Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 8/8/12
MANKATO, Minn. Rookie safety Harrison Smith wasn't handed a starting spot by the Minnesota Vikings entering training camp despite being the 29th overall pick in April's draft and a talented player at a position of need.Smith is having to earn his way in his first NFL training camp and he's showing he's not going to back down from the challenge or his veteran teammates.The 6-foot-2 safety from Notre Dame has started receiving more snaps with the starting unit in practice this week and has had two run-ins with Minnesota star receiver Percy Harvin. The second one, in Wednesday's afternoon practice, ended up resulting in the first skirmish of Vikings' training camp. Smith downplayed the incident and denied he was trying to make a point as a rookie newcomer."I don't really think that implies to coming in here," Smith said of showing he won't back down. "I just think that applies to life. I don't think I was standing my ground. It's just football. That stuff happens."But Smith is also s...
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