71  Wade Smith
Wade Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Dallas, TX

High School:
Lake Highlands High

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 265

Position:
Offensive Tackle

Experience:
3L


A three year letter winner for the Tigers who changed positions last fall and remained a starter ... Started all 11 games for the Tigers at offensive tackle and never missed a game despite playing part of the season with a broken thumb ... 2001: Was moved from tight end to offensive tackle and became the Memphis starter in 2001 ... Was named the Tigers? Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2001 ... Was voted by his teammates as a permanent Captain for 2001 ... Started all 11 games during the 2001 season ... Opened the season playing 49-of-67 snaps against Mississippi State ... Worked 66-of-72 plays against UT-Chattanooga ... Had 67 snaps against South Florida and matched that with 67 plays against Louisville ... Had 49 snaps in Southern Mississippi victory ... Worked 66 plays in road win over Houston and worked all 58 snaps against East Carolina ... Did not leave the UAB contest as he was a part of 73 offensive snaps ... Never came out of the Tennessee, Army and Cincinnati games to end the season ... Completed the 2001 campaign working 686-of-744 plays ... His 686 snaps were the second highest total by a Tiger lineman in 2001... Was moved during spring practice to offensive tackle and was very impressive ... Had great blocking skills at his tight end position and has now put those skills to use in the offensive line ... Was named as one of the recipients of the Glenn Jones Award in the fall of 2000 ... 2000: Lettered for the second consecutive season while working as a tight end ... Was used as a blocker in the Tigers? two tight sets ... Had a 16-yard pass reception for a key first down in the win over Army ... Also logged single pass receptions in the Southern Mississippi, East Carolina, Tennessee and Tulane games ... Finished the season with five catches for 25 yards ... His 16-yard reception against Army was a career long catch ... Worked as a member of the Tiger special teams in 2000 .... Was credited with three tackles on kick coverage ... Had tackles against Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi and Tennessee ... A returning letterman who saw action in all 11 games of the 1999 season ... Worked in all of the two tight end sets last season due to early injury to Jeff Cameron ... Had a good spring ... Caught three passes for 35 yards in the annual Blue-Gray game ... 1999: Lettered as a true freshman after playing in all 11 games ... Worked as the backup tight end for Billy Kendall and was used in all two-tight end sets ... Was the starter for the Arkansas State game when Memphis opened in a two tight end set ... Was used mainly as a blocker in 1999 ... Caught just one pass during the 1999 season ... Had a six yard pass reception in the Cincinnati contest ... Prep: Came from a very strong program in Texas where he lettered as a tight end ... Lettered for two seasons in football ... Helped his team to the area championship in 1997 and the regional championship in 1998 ... Played in a wishbone offense and was used mainly as a blocker ... Was named to the honorable mention all-district team in 1997 and was selected 2nd team all-district in 1998 ... Had 17 knockdowns in the Richardson (TX) Beckner game and had 16 knockdowns in the Midland Lee game ... Was fifth on the team in knockdowns in 1998 ... Had 106 total knockdowns in 1998 in 15 games started ... Registered 54 knockdowns as a junior ... Had eight pass receptions for 108 yards as a junior ... Visited Wisconsin and TCU before deciding on the Tigers ... Played for coach Gerry Gayden ... Born: 4/26/81 ... Is the son of Freddie and Shelia Smith.

Statistics

ReceivingG/S No Yds Avg Tds LG
199911/1166.006
200011/25255.0016
Total22/36315.1016

Statistics

YearGames/StartsSnaps/Total Snaps
200111/11686/744

Career Highs
Most Pass Receptions/Game: 1 five times ('00)
Most Yards Receiving/Game: 16 vs Army ('00)
Longest Pass Reception: 16 vs Army (?00)

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