Blazers and Golden Hurricane battle on Saturday at 7 p.m. CT
Blazer football holds weekly press conference Monday
Callaway fine tunes gameplan during Thursday's practice
An early enrollee for the Blazers, Smith signed with UAB in December, 2009 and came on board in January, 2010 ... participated in 2010 spring drills and assumed starting job ... held down last season and emerged as one of top centers in Conference USA ... listed among nation's top centers as a candidate for 2011 Rimington Trophy.
2010: Appeared and started in 12 games for the Blazers in his first season in the Green & Gold ... took over starting center duties after departure of four-year and all-conference selection Jake Seitz following the 2009 season ... anchored offensive line that helped UAB record its second-highest offensive total in school history (5,074).
Junior College: Attended Copiah-Lincoln Junior College ... an early enrollee for UAB, Smith signed with the Blazers in 2009 ... earned All-Region XXIII honors at center at Copiah-Lincoln JC in 2009 while helping his team to a 6-3 record ... coached by Glenn Davis at Copiah-Lincoln.
High School: Was a highly-regarded prep lineman at Brookhaven (Miss.) HS where he earned first-team all-state honors in 2007 by the Mississippi Association of Coaches ... was an All-Region 6-4A choice in 2006 as a junior as well as second-team all-state recognition by MAC/MagnoliaPreps.com.
Personal: Born Oct. 17, 1989 ... son of Bertha Stewart ... intended major is IDM: Sports and Health in Society.