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Emerged as one of the nation?s top tight ends last season when he was a consensus first-team All-SEC selection ? Led the team in receiving last year and hopes to increase his contributions in the coming season ? Has a great combination of size, speed, and hands ? Concentrated on improving his blocking in the spring as the Wildcats work to be more productive in running the ball ? Has played in 22 games, starting 12.
2000 (Sophomore): Consensus choice as the first-team All-SEC tight end ? A semifinalist for the John Mackey Award, which goes to the nation?s top tight end ? One of only two sophomores among the eight Mackey semifinalists ? Team?s leading receiver with 50 catches for 716 yards and five TDs, plus a pair of two-point conversions ? Ranked seventh in the SEC with 4.6 receptions per game and sixth in the league in receiving yardage with 65.1 yards per game ? Caught five passes for 108 yards vs. Georgia and six for 102 vs. Mississippi State ? Had an 89-yard play against Georgia that is the third-longest pass play in UK history ? Had a career-high eight catches and two TD receptions at Florida.
1999 (Freshman): Played in all 11 games as an apprentice behind All-America tight end James Whalen ... Caught nine passes for 112 yards, an average of 12.4 yards per reception ... Started the Tennessee game when UK opened with a two-tight end set ... Saw his most extensive action against the Volunteers, also playing as a slot receiver, and snagged six passes for 85 yards ... Caught a 23-yard pass against Louisiana State on a fake punt ? Pressed into full-time duty in the Music City Bowl when Whalen went down with an injury and responded with five catches for 56 yards.
High School: Marvelous all-around athlete who was one of the top tight end prospects in the nation ... Three-year starter at tight end and defensive end, helping lead Highlands HS in Ft. Thomas, Ky., to Class AAA state championships in his sophomore and senior seasons ... As a senior, caught 44 passes for 1,058 yards, 24 yards per catch, and 19 touchdowns ... Totaled 85 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, 12 tackles for loss, six interceptions, three fumble recoveries, one fumble caused, four pass breakups, and one blocked kick ... An All-America pick by PrepStar, The Sporting News, Street and Smith?s, SuperPrep, Football Player, and Student Sports magazines ... Named the player of the year in Kentucky by Gatorade, KHSAA, and Paul Hornung ... Runner-up for ?Mr. Football? ... First-team all-state by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal and was named to the Lexington Herald-Leader ?Class of the Commonwealth? listing of the top 22 seniors in the state ... Second-team all-state as a junior when he caught 34 passes for 841 yards and 12 touchdowns, made 45 tackles, and punted for a 36.2-yard average ... Three-year career totals include 84 pass receptions for 2,017 yards, 24 yards per catch, and 33 touchdowns ... Totaled 163 tackles, including 19 quarterback sacks and 22 tackles for loss, along with six interceptions, nine fumble recoveries, four fumbles caused, 13 pass breakups, and two blocked kicks ... Teammate of fellow UK signee Jared Lorenzen ... Coached by Dale Mueller ... Outstanding basketball forward who was a four-year starter in that sport ... First-team all-state as a junior by the Louisville Courier-Journal and was a candidate for ?Mr. Basketball? ... Averaged double figures in scoring since his freshman season, averaging 21.2 points per game and 7.8 rebounds per game in his senior campaign ... Was named to nine all-tournament teams and won five tournament most outstanding player awards, including in-season and post-season tourneys ... The 1998 ?Grid-Hoop National Player of the Year? by Student Sports magazine in recognition of his all-around prowess in football and basketball ... Also a noteworthy baseball player, leading the team in hitting as a sophomore ... Named to the district baseball all-tournament team two seasons ... Was a member of the school newspaper and yearbook staffs ... Has been involved with numerous community service activities, including the Ft. Thomas Summer Camp for Handicapped Children, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati, and youth basketball leagues ... Picked Kentucky over Penn State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Michigan, and Florida State.
Personal: Full name is Christopher Derek Smith ... Born 10-1-80 in Campbell County, Ky. ... Son of Chris and Carolyn Smith ... Major is agricultural education.
The Cats? Cause: Participated in the Cat Tales reading program at area schools (2000) ? Guest speaker at area schools (2000-01).
Smith Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Long 1999 Tight End 11-1 9 112 12.4 0 32 2000 Tight End 11-10 50 716 14.3 5 89 Totals 22-11 59 828 14.0 5 89
Smith Game-by-Game Statistics
2000 Opponent Rec. Yds. TD Louisville 6 99 1 South Florida 2 35 0 Indiana 7 93 1 Florida 8 76 2 Ole Miss 2 12 0 South Carolina 2 44 0 Louisiana State 3 41 0 Georgia 5 108 0 Mississippi State 6 102 0 Vanderbilt 7 87 1 Tennessee 2 19 0 Totals 50 716 5