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James Smith

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Height
6' 1"
CLASS
RJR
Hometown
Gainesville
Weight
232 lbs.
Experience
2L
School
Buchholz
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CAREER: Has seen action in 53 games in his career, tied for the most ever by a player in UF history...2008: Named a team captain for the 2008 season...Named a semifinalist for the 2008 Draddy Trophy, presented annually by the National Football Foundation to the individual that is the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership...Served as the long snapper on all field-goal attempts and punts...Also played a key role in kickoff and kick coverage units...Collected four tackles on the season...Recovered a fumble on an errant throwback attempt after a Florida kickoff against South Carolina...2007: One of two football representatives on the UF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...Member of the Leadership Committee...Earned this third-consecutive Academic All-SEC recognition...Participated in all 12 Gator contests...Executed all long-snapping duties and served on the kickoff team in every game last season...Made an assisted tackle while a member of the kickoff team to start the second half against Auburn...Recorded his first tackle of the campaign while performing all long-snapping duties against Tennessee...2006: Member of the 2006 SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll...Responsible for snapping duties in Florida’s 41-14 win over Ohio State in the Tostitos BCS Championship Game...Also recorded his fourth tackle of the season in the victory...Manned the long-snapper position in Florida’s 38-28 win over Arkansas in the SEC Championship Game...Notched his third tackle of the season on special teams in Florida’s 25-19 win at Vanderbilt...Recorded his second tackle of the year on special teams against Georgia...First Florida player down the field to initiate the recovery effort of a muffed punt that the Gators eventually turned into a touchdown to even the score at 7-7 in the first quarter of the win over LSU...Recorded a tackle on special teams versus LSU...Made a pair of solo tackles on special teams versus Alabama...Member of the Leadership Committee and the UF Student-Athlete Advisory Committee...2005: Was the team’s primary option at the long-snapper position and made every snap on punts, field goals and extra-point attempts...Academic All-SEC recipient...2004: A back-up at long snapper...Made first career road trip to Tennessee...Dressed for the Kentucky, Middle Tennessee State and Mississippi State games...PREP: A three-year letterwinner in both football and track...A three-time varsity football academic excellence award winner (2001, 2002, 2003)...Led Buchholz in tackles during his senior season (2003)...Member of the three-time 5A district championship teams...Helped team win the district and regional championships in 2001...A member of the Buchholz track and field 2004 state championship team...Was team captain of the track and field team which won the 3A state championships that year...PERSONAL: Was born on Oct. 31, 1985...His parents are Jim and Mary Smith...2005 SAAC Parliamentarian...Parents were Florida graduates in the 1980’s and his sister Megan is a current Gator...Active member of the Goodwill Gators who participated in a Shands Medical Plaza/AGH and YMCA visit and volunteered with the Climb for Cancer Sports Camp...MAJOR: Earned a degree in Fitness/Wellness and is currently enrolled in Graduate School studying Entrepreneurship.

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