Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Byron Smith
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 03, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: Earned Mike Stoops' acclaim as an interior tackle ... Enrolled at mid-year and proved that his accolades were deserved, earning top spot at nose tackle entering fall camp ... Despite a year off away from football, appears to be a key up front.


Junior College: Kilgore, Texas, College, 2003 ... Took courses at Pima Community College in 2004 ... Even without playing, earned Rivals/ Top Juco prospect at No. 99 overall ... Was on Stoops' radar during his coaching tenure at Oklahoma ... Earned first-team National Junior College Athletic Association All-America honors in 2003 ... First-team All-Southwest Junior College Conference honors in 2003 ... Top 101 list as No. 32 overall prospect, and No. 5 among defensive linemen ...  Max Emfinger national Top 300 with a four-star rating and Top 10 juco nose tackle selection ... No. 8 DL prospect and No. 51 on its overall list ... Two-year starter on the Rangers' defensive line, with 41 tackles and three sacks in first year, 65 tackles and seven sacks his sophomore year.


High School: Bryan, Texas, High School, 2001 ... High school teammate of UA wide receiver Syndric Steptoe in 2001, when he earned first-team all-district honors.


Personal: Academic major is political science ... Date of birth: Nov. 7, 1983.
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