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23   Brandon Smith
Brandon Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Bayonne, N.J.

High School:
Bayonne H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 217

Position:
DB

Birthdate:
07/12/1985


2006 Update:
• Key member of the secondary who has moved into starting free safety position as a senior in place of two-time All-American Shannon James, who signed with the Baltimore Ravens.
• Has seen major playing time in packages and as a special teams demon in first three seasons at UMass.

• Seventh on team with 62 tackles and 4.0 TFLs, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries for touchdowns -- his first career TDs. First came vs. Stony Brook (9/23), second vs. Rhode Island (10/21). Also has two interceptions at Towson (10/14) and at #2 Montana (12/8).
• Three tackles including a TFL against Appalachian State (12/15) in NCAA Final.
• Made game-clinching interception in final minute of NCAA Semifinal at #2 Montana (12/8), also made six tackles.
• Three tackles and pass break-up vs. #9 UNH (12/2) in NCAAs.
• Brought down five vs. Lafayette (11/25) in NCAA First Round including 100th career tackle.
• Four stops against Hofstra (11/18).
• Had 17 tackles in two games (8.5 per game) after eight vs. #19 Maine (11/11).
• Career-high nine tackles at #9 New Hampshire (11/4).
• Two tackles and pass break-up at Northeastern (10/28).
• Scored second TD of career and season with a 21-yard fumble return vs. Rhode Island (10/21), also made three tackles.
• Tied career-high with six tackles vs. William & Mary (10/7), also forced a fumble and broke up a pass. • Had five tackles and a forced fumble at Villanova (9/16).
• Three tackles and a TFL for 4 yards at Navy (9/9). • Had three tackles and a TFL for two yards vs. Colgate (9/2).
• In 2005, tied for sixth in the A-10 in interceptions per game at 0.27 (three in 11 games), also had 35 tackles.
• Named A-10 Defensive Player of the Week and UMass Dinn/Brothers Athlete of the Week on Sept. 4, 2005 after career-game at Richmond when he intercepted two passes.
• Identical twin brother, Bryan, played at UMass in 2004.
COMPLETE BIO ON MEDIA GUIDE PAGE 72.

On Smith: Jumped into the starting free safety position after two-time All-American Shannon James graduated and signed with the Baltimore Ravens ... Has seen major playing time in his first three seasons in the secondary ... A special teams demon ... Looks to compete for playing time at strong safety along with James Ihedigbo ... Will play a lot as part of secondary packages ... Provides a bigger body in the secondary and more speed in the blitz package ... Identical twin brother, Bryan, is a tailback for UMass.

As A Junior In 2005: Key member of the secondary who played the rover/strong safety position ... Also major special teams coverage factor ... Finished with 35 tackles, 11 solo and 24 assisted ... Tied for sixth in the A-10 in interceptions per game at 0.36 (three in 11 games) ... Intercepted third pass of season at Army (11/12), also made five tackles and had a TFL ... Three tackles at Delaware (11/5) and pass break-up ... Had a six-yard sack, forced fumble and pass break-up vs. New Hampshire (10/29) ... Made four tackles at Maine (10/22) ... Picked up four tackles vs. Northeastern (10/8) ... Had five tackles at Rhode Island (9/24), as he started as part of a nickel package ... Made four tackles at Colgate (9/10) ... Named A-10 Defensive Player of the Week and UMass Dinn/Brothers Athlete of the Week on Sept. 4 after career-game at Richmond ... Intercepted first two passes of his career, for 84 yards at Richmond (9/1), sealed the win with second interception of the game at the UMass 3-yard line with 6:26 left in the fourth and returned it 55 yards. Also made five tackles (3 solo).

As A Sophomore In 2004: Game-By-Game Statistics
UMass Special Teams Co-Player of the Year along with punter Christian Koegel ... Played in all 11 games as a defensive back and on special teams recording 17 tackles (one for loss), one sack, and one pass break up ... Earned his first-collegiate start vs. Hoftsra (11/20) registering 6 solo tackles and one sack for a 10-yard loss ... At Northeastern (11/6) made four tackles, three solo ... Had UMass' Special Team Hit of the Week against Richmond (9/18) and New Hampshire (10/16) ... Also named UMass Special Teams Player of Week after UNH game.

As A Freshman In 2003: Game-By-Game Statistics
Saw action in six games, playing on special teams ... Played against Hofstra, Villanova, Northeastern, Richmond, Delaware and Colgate.

Before UMass: Played for coach Ricardo Rodriguez at Bayonne High School ... Recorded 89 total tackles during his senior year, with 13 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and nine forced fumbles ... Also rushed for 575 yards and 10 touchdowns on offense, while returning both a kickoff and an interception for touchdowns ... Totaled 228 tackles during his high school career, with 26 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and six interceptions ... Served as team captain during senior year, when team won the New Jersey Group 4 Section 2 championship ... Named Hudson County Defensive Player of the Year as a senior ... Earned second team Group 4 All-State honors in senior year ... Selected All-Conference following junior and senior seasons ... Three-time All-Hudson County selection ... Also played basketball at Bayonne, averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game as a junior.

Personal: Brandon L. Smith ... Born July 12, 1985 ... Son of Darleana Smith ... Identical twin of UMass tailback Bryan Smith ... Majoring in Political Science.

CAREER STATISTICS (Defense)
Year	GP	UT	AT	TT	Sacks	TFL	Int	PBU
2003	6/0	0	0	0	0-0	0-0	0-0	0
2004	11/1	15	2	17	1-10	1-10	0-0	1
2005	11/1	24	11	35	1-6	3-15	3-84	5
2006	15/15	32	30	62	0-0	4-10	2-24	5
Totals	43/17	71	43	114	2-16	8-35	5-108	11

CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 9 at New Hampshire (11/4/06)
Interceptions: 2 at Richmond (9/1/05) Sacks: 1 vs. Hofstra (11/20/04) & vs. N. Hampshire (10/29/05) Touchdown: 1 vs. Stony Brook (9/23/06) 3-yard fumble ret. and 1 vs. Rhode Island (10/21/06) 21-yard fumble return

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