2008: Earned first-team Pac-10 All-Academic notice this season ... appeared in nine games on special teams with a tackle against Arizona State to his credit ... missed the spring due to shoulder surgery.
2007: The first-year transfer from Duke saw action in nine games at fullback and on special teams, before missing the last three outings due to injury ... earned his first career starts at fullback against Oregon and Arizona State ... ran three times for 23 yards ... had a 15-yard burst against Louisiana Tech and a six-yard carry against Oregon ... also had his first career reception at Oregon, a 12-yard grab.
At Duke: Played in 22 games in 2004 and 2005 at Duke, primarily at linebacker and on special teams ... sat out 2006 due to injury ... registered 11 tackles in 2005, including season-highs of three at Clemson and Georgia Tech ... had two tackles as a freshman ... a standout in the weight room as well, recording Duke's top power clean lift (352 pounds) and posting the team's second-highest squat lift (530 pounds).
High School: Rated as the 83rd-best safety prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com ... all-region pick by Prep Star ... helped Buford to 45 consecutive victories and three straight state championships ... team posted a four-year ledger of 58-2 during tenure ... as a senior, led team with 105 tackles with five tackles for loss, two sacks, three caused fumbles and one interception returned for a touchdown ... also rushed 75 times for 536 yards and eight touchdowns ... named first team all-state by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... during junior season, logged 115 tackles ... also rushed for 311 yards and seven touchdowns and received all-county and honorable mention all-state recognition.
Personal: Full name is Zachary Hunter Smith ... the son of Chip and Joy Smith ... born May 24, 1985 ... graduated from Duke in three years and pursued his master's degree at Cal in a special program focusing on athletes and academic achievement ... received a waiver from the NCAA in order to be eligible immediately.