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#1 Josh Smith
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Moorpark, Calif.
High School: Moorpark
Experience: 1 Letter

 

AT COLORADO: This Season (Soph.)—Enters the fall listed second among the “x” receiver grouping.  A big play receiver, he’s already 69th on CU’s all-time receiving yards list.

2007 (Fr.)—He played in 11 games, starting four including the Independence Bowl; he was sidelined for the opening two weeks after suffering a severe kidney bruise with mild lacerations during a CU scrimmage inside the stadium in late August.  He came back with a vengeance, however, catching 23 passes for 451 yards, a team-best 19.6 average per catch (no touchdowns).  That 19.6 figure was also the 10th best in school history for a single season with 15 or more receptions.  He was 23rd in the Big 12 in receiving yards per game (45.1).  He caught at least two passes in nine of the 10 games he would appear in, having only been shutout at home against Missouri.  He caught two passes for 103 yards at Baylor, his 51.5 yards per catch being among the all-time top game averages in CU history; he had 40 or more yards in six games.  He also rushed the ball 10 times out of various calls and formations for 34 yards.  In the bowl game against Alabama, he caught two passes for 40 yards and had three rushes for 10 yards.  He wore jersey No. 9 as a freshman.
 
HIGH SCHOOL—A two-year letterman, as he did not start playing organized football until his junior year.  As a senior, he was an honorable mention All-Marmonte League selection and won the team’s Iron Man Award for playing on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he finished with 21 receptions for 477 yards and scored 10 touchdowns, and at cornerback, he recorded 35 tackles and had six interceptions. As a junior, he caught nine passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns. His top prep games came in his senior season: against Royal, he had 115 receiving yards, three touchdowns and an interception in a 40-7 win. He had five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown, to go along with two interceptions—one of which was returned for a touchdown—in a 34-7 victory over Saugus in the state quarterfinals. He had a 48-yard touchdown reception and a 50-yard punt return in the first half of a 40-0 win over Newberry Park. Under coach Tim Lins, Moorpark finished 12-3 both his junior and senior seasons, losing in the championship game each occasion.  He also lettered three times in track (sprints, relays and jumps); he ran in the 4x100 relay and holds the school record for the long jump—his 23-0 distance came in his first-ever meet after he coached himself.          
 
ACADEMICS—He plans to major in Business Management at Colorado.  He owned a 3.3 grade point average in high school where he was a scholar athlete and member of the Honor Roll.
 
PERSONAL—Born December 29, 1987 in Tallahassee, Fla.  His hobbies include working out and watching movies, and most recently skiing.  After meeting CU skier Josh Smith, the two became fast friends and “football Josh” quickly became adept at the sport within a week.  After college, he has aspirations of getting into real estate and hopes to start both his own clothing line (“Josh Fly”) and shoe line (“PF Fly’s”).  Several schools were also interested in him for his track accomplishments, including Harvard, Columbia and Cal Poly.    He moved to California from Florida because he wanted a change in lifestyle: he lived with his older sister, Alexis Scott, who was a big part of helping him make it through high school and succeed coming from a broken household.

 

 

 

 

 

Receiving
High Games
Season
G
No
Yds
Avg.
TD
Long
Rec
Yds
2007
10
23
451
19.6
0
65
8
106
2008
12
29
387
13.3
3
65
5
85
Totals
22
52
838
16.1
3
65
8
106

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Rushing: 22-94, 4.3 avg., 28 long (2008).

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