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  Tad Smith
Tad Smith

Player Profile
Hometown:
Isleton, CA

High School:
St. Mary's HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 254

Position:
TE/DL

Birthdate:
03/29/1987

Experience:
2005-09

Major:
Sociology

Career Photo Gallery

Tad Smith first career TD against Maryland, 9-13-08


CAL CAREER: Was converted from a defensive end to a tight end during the spring of 2008 and spent one season in the position before an injury-filled 2009 ended his collegiate playing days ... was expected to take over as the team's full-time starter at tight end in 2009 but broke his scapula in spring practice and then suffered a career-ending knee injury during training camp after having recovered from the broken scapula ... played in a total of 25 games with five starts, playing in 12 games with two starts on offense and 13 games with three starts on defense ... had three career catches for 23 yards and a touchdown offensively, while contributing 14 tackles (four unassisted, 10 assisted), 2.0 tackles for loss (-7 yards), 0.5 sacks (-3 yards) and a fumble recovery on the defensive side of the ball ... wore No. 92 for his first three seasons on the program when he played defense, before switching to No. 44 when he moved to tight end in 2008.

2009: A member of the team but did not see any game action due to injury ... suffered a career-ending knee injury during training camp.

2008: Played in 12 games with two starts at tight end in his first season with the offense ... posted three catches for 23 yards and his lone career touchdown, including two catches for 17 yards and the score on a nine-yard catch from quarterback Kevin Riley at Maryland ... also had one catch for six yards vs. Arizona State ... added one assisted tackle ... primarily used in two-tight end formations for blocking and also on PAT protection schemes ... earned the Pappy Waldorf Coaches Award.

2007: Returned from a 2006 knee injury to play in all 13 games with three starts at defensive end ... registered 13 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss (-7 yards), 0.5 sacks (-3 yards) and a fumble recovery ... had a career-high three tackles, as well as his first career tackles for loss with a career-high 1.5 for seven yards of loss, his lone career sack with a half-sack for minus-three yards and a career-high two quarterback hurries vs. Louisiana Tech ... recorded two tackles vs. Arizona, including 0.5 for loss ... also had a pair of tackles vs. Oregon State and one each in six other games ... added his lone career fumble recovery against Colorado State.

2006: A member of the team but did not see any game action.

2005: Redshirted ... did not play.

HIGH SCHOOL: Registered a school-record 18.0 sacks, forced three fumbles and posted one interception that he returned 42 yards for a touchdown as a defensive end in his senior camapaign ... SuperPrep listed him on its All-Far West team and regarded him as the No. 78 overall player in the state of California ... Scout tabbed him the No. 55 defensive end in the nation ... earned second-team All-State and first-team All-Area and All-San Joaquin Athletic Association honors as a senior, helping St. Mary's win its first NorCal Division I championship ... also gained more than 200 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns as a tight end ... as a junior, collected 64 tackles, 13.0 sacks, three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles as a first-team All-SJAA pick ... also lettered for three years in basketball and was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2003.

PERSONAL: Full name is Thadeus Kevin Smith ... born March 29, 1987 ... parents are Brian and Connie Johnson ... major is Sociology.

LAST UPDATED: June 25, 2010


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