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#45 Jeff Smart
Position: Inside Linebacker
Height: Inside Linebacker
Weight: 205
Year: Redshirt Freshman
Hometown: Boulder, Colo.
High School: Boulder
Alma Mater: Colorado '09
Eligibility: Redshirt Freshman
Experience: Redshirt
Email: jeffrey.smart@colorado.edu

Jeff Smart is in his second year as a defensive graduate assistant, as he joined the staff of his alma mater just ahead of 2011 spring practice. His primary role is assisting Brian Cabral with the linebackers along with general overall duties with the entire defense.

For Smart, 25, this is his first foray in coaching. He graduated from CU in December 2009 with a degree in Sociology.

Originally a walk-on at Colorado, he would finish his career ranked 18th all-time in overall tackles with 291, including the 13th most solo stops, 188, in school history. As a senior, he earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches, along with first-team All-Colorado honors from the state's NFF chapter. A team captain, he won the Dave Jones Award as his teammates selected him as the defensive most valuable player for the season.

As a junior, he was a second-team All-Big 12 performer (Associated Press), and was first-team All-Colorado; in racking up 118 tackles (80 solo), he became just the third former walk-on in school history to lead the team in tackles. He was placed on scholarship during the 2007 season, when he initiated a streak of what would become 33 straight games in the starting lineup. He joined the Buffs as an invited walk-on in August 2005.

He was born November 22, 1986 in Boulder, graduating from Boulder High School where he was an honorable mention All-State performer in football. He also played fullback at BHS and earned second-team Academic All-State honors as a senior.

Smart's Full CU Player Biography

AT COLORADO: 2009 (Sr.)-He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from both the Associated Press and the league coaches, along with first-team All-Colorado honors from the state's NFF chapter. He won the Dave Jones award as his peers selected him as the most valuable defensive player for the season, and the coaches named him a recipient of a Gold Group Commitment Award. He played and started 11 games, as a streak of 33 straight starts came to an end when he didn't play against Oklahoma State (concussion), the longest active streak on the team at the time. He led the team in tackles most of the year but finished second with 93 (65 solo); he had six for losses, two and-a-half going as quarterback sacks, with seven third down stops, five tackles for zero, two fumble recoveries with one caused, two hurries, three near-sacks, three passes broken up and an interception (the latter against Colorado State in the opener). He posted double-digit tackle totals four times, with a high of 13 at Toledo; all 11 of his tackles at Kansas State were solo, and he also racked up 11 at Texas. He finished his CU career ranked 18th all-time in overall tackles (291) and 13th in solo stops (188). He was the recipient of the Greg Biekert award, as selected by the coaches, for attention to detail during spring drills for the second straight year. Selected as team captain prior to the season.

2008 (Jr.)-He earned second-team All-Big 12 Conference honors from the Associated Press, along with first-team All-Colorado honors from the state's chapter of the National Football Foundation. He was also bestowed with the team's Tom McMahon Award for dedication and work ethic and earned a Gold Group Commitment Award.  He started all 12 games (the first three at the will spot, the last nine at the mike locale), and in racking up 118 tackles (80 solo), he became just the third former walk-on in school history to lead the team in tackles (the first since Ryan Sutter in 1997).  He played the second most snaps on defense (778; fourth most on the team on either side of the ball) and also had two tackles for losses (one sack, at Missouri), nine third down stops, three tackles for zero gain, six pressures, four passes broken up and one fumble recovery (the latter versus Eastern Washington).  He was CU's defensive player of the week for the season opener against Colorado State, when he has 12 tackles (11 solo), including a third down stop and a TFL.  He had double figure tackle counts in six games (eight or more in 10 games), as he also racked up 15 stops at Nebraska (11 solo), 13 versus Texas (6 solo), and 12 against West Virginia and Iowa State.  He had three more tackles on special teams duty, along with a knockdown block and a downed punt.  The coaches selected him as the Greg Biekert Award winner for his attention to detail during spring practice, and he was also the Iron Buffalo Award winner among the linebackers for hard work, dedication, toughness and total poundage for spring strength and conditioning.

2007 (Soph.)-He entered the fall listed third at inside "will" linebacker and as a walk-on; he exited the season on scholarship and as CU's starting "mike" inside 'backer.  Pressed into service due to injuries and personnel matters, he played in all 13 games on both defense and special teams, making starts in the last 10 including the Independence Bowl.  He made his first career start against Miami-Ohio, less than a week after being placed on scholarship.  He finished as the team's third leading tackler with 80 (43 solo), including four for losses, eight third down stops and four for zero gain.  He had six quarterback pressures, two fumble recoveries, two near-sacks, five passes broken up and a forced fumble.  He recorded 10 tackles twice, against Baylor (six solo) and at Kansas (seven unassisted); he had at least five tackles in all 13 games.  On special teams duty, he had a tackle and two knockdown blocks.   In the bowl game against Alabama, he was in on nine tackles (four solo), with a forced fumble.

2006 (Fr.-RS)-He saw action in 11 games (all but the opener), all on special teams and in four on defense (Missouri, Baylor, Kansas State, Nebraska).  He was in for a total of seven plays from scrimmage (did not record any tackles).  He had one knockdown block on special teams duty.

2005 (Fr.)-Redshirted; practiced all fall at inside linebacker.  He joined the team as an invited walk-on for August drills.

HIGH SCHOOL-As a senior, he earned first-team All-Boulder County, second-team All-Centennial League and honorable mention all-state accolades, in addition to being named team MVP.  On the year, he tallied 98 total tackles (60 solo), 17 tackles for loss, four quarterback sacks, seven fumble recoveries, five caused fumbles, three passes broken up and two interceptions.  At fullback, he rushed 23 times for 130 yards and four touchdowns.  A first-team all-county and honorable mention all-league performer as a junior, he played exclusively on defense, recording 111 total tackles (83 solo, 23 tackles for loss with three sacks), eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five passes broken up.  He earned honorable mention all-county honors as a sophomore, when he had 103 tackles (63 solo, 16 for losses with two sacks), five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and two passes broken up.  Boulder was 1-9 his senior year, 7-4 his junior year and 6-5 his sophomore season under coach Bob Carskie.

ACADEMICS-He Majored in Sociology at Colorado, Graduating in December 2009.  He earned second-team Academic All-State honors as a senior in high school.

PERSONAL-He was born November 22, 1986 in Boulder.  Hobbies include playing sports and hanging out with his friends.

Defense

Tackles

 

Season

G

Plays

UT

AT

Total

TFL

Sacks

3DS

Hurr

FR

FF

PBU

INT

2006

4

7

0

0

0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2007

12

677

43

37

80

4-16

0-0

8

6

2

1

5

0

2008

12

778

80

38

118

2-5

1-4

9

6

1

0

4

0

2009

11

541

65

28

93

6-13

2.5-8

7

2

2

1

3

1

Totals

39

2003

188

103

291

12-34

3.5-12

24

14

5

2

12

1

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS-Interception Return Yards: 1-10, 10.0, 0 TD (2009). Special Team Tackles: 1,0--1 (2007); 2,1--3 (2008).

 

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