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Xavier Smith
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: April 18, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Arizona: 1L... Smith will contend for the top role at running back, with some north-south running... Led backs with 16 carries for 120 yards and the lone rushing TD, plus caught seven balls in major spring scrimmages... Played in 11 games in 2006, with a team-best 5.2 yards per carry on 23 attempts... Rushed for 120 yards, mostly in two solid outings against Stephen F. Austin (57) and at Stanford (56)... Caught one pass, at LSU, for seven yards... Redshirted the 2005 season, but if not for a trio of experienced guys ahead of him, coaches felt he had the goods to contend... Smith was an early commitment as an in-town star in fall 2004... Was recruited by some schools as a safety and played some linebacker...


Career Totals: 11 Games, 23-120, 1-7 rec


High School: Sunnyside High School, Tucson, Ariz., 2005... Carried 150 times for 1,205 yards and 16 scores as a senior... Four-star rating by at No. 13 RB... Rivals three-star rating and No. 23 running back prospect... SuperPrep All-Farwest and No. 4 on its Arizona 20 list... PrepStar All-West... No. 4-rated player in the state by Rivals... all-state 4A... Arizona Republic honorable mention 4A all-state... Max Emfinger Recruiting top 50 tailback, with 4.5 stars... Totaled 1,851 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns as junior in leading Sunnyside to the 4A state championship... Ran track his final two years...


Personal: Son of Xavier and the late Sheril Smith of Tucson... Academic major to be determined... Dad is an HVAC technician... Younger brother and sister, Michael and Aisha, were active in youth athletics... Two noted athletic relatives: Kevin Payne was a 2004 all-conference sophomore running back at Louisiana Monroe; and 1995 second-round NBA pick George Banks played pro basketball in Europe after two years at Central Arizona and two years at UTEP as a power forward... Full name Xavier Decarles Smith Jr... Date of birth: May 31, 1987, in Tucson.