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Za'Darius Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Greenville, Ala.

High School:
Greenville

Last College:
East Mississippi CC

Height / Weight:
6-6 / 264

Position:
Defensive End

Experience:
1L


11/23/2013

Kentucky Falls to Georgia in Road Finale

Dyshawn Mobely rushes for 92 yards and a touchdown in first career start

09/07/2013

Kentucky-Miami (Oh) Postgame Quotes

Kentucky 41, Miami (Oh) 7

04/13/2013

Blue Holds on For 24-23 Win Over White

By Ryan Suckow, UK Media Relations

04/13/2013

Blue/White Postgame Quotes

Blue 24, White 23

09/02/2013

Z. Smith on first UK sack

Za'Darius Smith registered a sack in his first game as a Wildcat on Satuday.

08/23/2013

Za'Darius Smith on Returning to Practice

Kentucky junior defensive end Za'Darius Smith talked Friday about returning to the practice fields after sitting out due to injury.

04/06/2013

Z. Smith on scrimmage, adjusting to UK

Defensive end Za'Darius Smith spoke to the media for the first time since arriving in Lexington.

11/30/2013

FB vs. Tennessee, 113013

On senior day, the UK football team falls to Tennessee 27-14 on Saturday, November 30, 2013

11/09/2013

FB vs. Missouri, 110913

The UK football team falls to Missouri on Saturday, November 9, 2013, in Lexington's Commonwealth Stadium.

10/25/2013

FB at Mississippi State, 102513

The University of Kentucky football team fell to Mississippi State 28-22 on Thursday, October 25, 2013

09/14/2013

FB vs. Louisville, 091413

The University of Kentucky football team fell to Louisville 27-13 in the annual Governor's Cup game

* Third-team All-SEC by CollegeSportsMadness.com (2013)

Returning starter at defensive end ... Made a good showing in his first season at Kentucky after coming to UK as a junior-college transfer ... Showed good pass-rush ability ... Went through the NFL Draft evaluation process but decided to return for his senior season.

2013 (Junior): Started every game at defensive end ... Tied for third on the team in tackles with 59, including 6.5 tackles for loss and six sacks ... Also had a team best six quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery and a pass breakup ... Finished the season ranked inside the top 50 in the SEC in tackles ... Top 10 in the SEC in sacks ... Career-high nine tackles against Georgia ... Had a great game against Miami (Ohio) with six tackles and three sacks ... Had a sack or tackle for loss in six games.

Junior College: The nation's No. 1 junior college strongside defensive end prospect as ranked by JCGridiron.com ... The nation's No. 10 overall juco prospect, and No. 2 defensive end, by ESPN ... Listed No. 15 overall, and the No. 2 weakside defensive end, by 24/7 Sports ... Totaled 47 tackles, including 6.5 quarterback sacks and 11 total tackles for loss, as a sophomore at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss. ... Named second-team All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association ... Also named to the juco all-region and all-state teams ... Helped EMCC to an 8-2 record ... Made 19 tackles, featuring 4.5 sacks and seven total TFL, as a freshman ... EMCC won the 2011 NJCAA national championship with a 12-0 mark ... Head coach was Buddy Stephens and his defensive line coach was current UK assistant Jimmy Brumbaugh.

High School: A relative latecomer to the game as he grew up playing basketball at Greenville (Ala.) High School and didn't begin playing football until his senior year ...Coached at Greenville by Ben Blackmon.

Personal: Born in Montgomery, Ala. ... Son of Sharon Smith and Robert Meeks ... Major is community and leadership development ... Comes from an athletic family ... An older brother, Bob Meeks, played center at Auburn from 1988-91 and for the NFL's Denver Broncos ... A cousin, Davern Williams, played at Troy and for the NFL's New York Giants ... A niece, Kristi Mokube, currently plays basketball at Florida State.

Za'Darius Says ... If I could trade places with any athlete, it would be: the quarterback ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: head football coach at my hometown high school ... If I could talk to anyone on Skype, it would be: God ... My game-day superstition is: wearing the same undershirt ... My favorite part of game day is: fourth quarter when the game is close.

2014 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium