Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
#30 Xavier Smith
Position: Running Back
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 210
Year: Junior
Hometown: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Sunnyside HS
Experience: 2 Letters

Arizona: 2L... Will compete for the top running back spot in 2008... Had moments in `07, such as a 77-yard game on 17 carries against NAU... Finished with a 4.1-yard average for 107 yards on 26 totes in three of the 11 games he played in... Caught one pass for six yards in the NAU game... Solid spring 2007 practice put him in position for duty, leading backs with 16 carries for 120 yards ... 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 linebacker...

High School: Sunnyside High School, Tucson, Ariz., 2005... Carried 150 times for 1,205 yards and 16 scores as a senior... 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: Academic major is sociology... Named C.A.T.S. Student-Athlete of the Month for the Summer Session '08 period along with three others in the department... Son of Xavier and the late Sheril Smith of Tucson... 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 D. Smith Jr... Date of birth: May 31, 1987, in Tucson.

Career Totals:
Year G TC Yds TD YPC Lg 2006 11 23 120 0 5.2 17 2007 11 26 107 0 4.1 11 Total 22 49 227 0 4.6 17 Receiving: 1-7; 1-6; 2-13 total