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#28 Bret Smith
Position: Safety
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 190
Year: Junior
City/State: Highlands Ranch, Colo.
High School: Regis
Experience: 2 Letters

AT COLORADO: 2009 (Sr./Jr.)—He saw action in nine games (the last nine of the season), with all action on special teams.  He had four knockdown blocks on return unit duty.  He was a recipient of CU’s Gold Group Commitment Award at the end of the season, as selected by the coaching staff.  Since he was in position to graduate in May, he decided to forego a fifth year of varsity football.

2008 (Soph.)—He did not see any action; he injured a knee (ACL) in winter conditioning, had surgery on March 18 and did not dress for the first seven games of the season while finishing rehabilitation. 

2007 (Fr.-RS): He broke into the special teams lineup for games the fourth week of the season (Miami-Ohio), and saw action the rest of the way (10 games including the Independence Bowl, no starts, all action on special teams).  He had seven special team points for the season, as he was in on four tackles (one solo) and had three knockdown blocks.  He was the recipient of the Special Teams Scout Award as selected by the coaching staff and presented at the team’s postseason banquet, and also won the Special Teams Scout award for the Miami-Ohio game.  He was the recipient of the Jim Hansen Award following spring drills, an honor recognizing outstanding academics.

2006 (Fr.)—He joined the team as a walk-on after the start of the fall semester, eventually dressing for the final four games of the regular season.

HIGH SCHOOL—He lettered twice in football at Regis, playing strong safety, fullback and wide receiver.  He earned first-team All-Continental League honors on defense as a senior, when he recorded 88 tackles (40 solo), second most on the team and the top figure by a defensive back, with two for losses along with three fumble recoveries.   Regis won the Continental League title his senior season largely due to his being in the right place at the right time to make a fumble recovery in overtime, sealing a win over Gateway to clinch the crown.  Regis was 6-5 his senior year under coach Mike Woolford, and was 7-4 his junior campaign under former Denver Bronco linebacker, Jim Ryan.  He also lettered twice in track (sprints), and played freshman basketball and baseball.

ACADEMICS—He majored in Civil Engineering at Colorado and was scheduled to graduate in May 2010.  He completed his freshman year with a near perfect grade point average (all A’s; 4.0 in the fall, 3.98 overall after one A-minus in the spring).  He earned Academic All-Big 12 team honors as a junior/senior in 2009 and as a sophomore the previous year.   A member of the National Honor Society in high school, when he was a first-team Academic All-State selection as a junior and senior.  He was a National Merit Scholar finalist and is attending CU on an academic scholarship.

PERSONAL—Born August 31, 1987 in Miami, Fla.  Hobbies include playing both the acoustic and electric guitar, fishing, skiing and off-roading.  Father (Matt) lettered three years in football at Clemson (1977-79). 

STATISTICS—Special Team Tackles: 1,3—4 (2007).
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