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L.J. Smith


Height: 6-3

Weight: 258

Position: TE

College: Rutgers

Drafted: Pick 29 of the 2nd round by Philadelphia
Analysis
Positives: Durable athlete with good quickness, agility and balance, displaying adequate strength...Has no trouble releasing from the line, showing quickness getting into his blocks... Displays good concentration going up for the ball, making proper body adjustments and using his body to shield the ball from the defenders...Instinctive runner with a good feel for the zone's seams...Works his feet well to shut off the defender when blocking at the point of attack...Can work from either the classic tight end position or from the wing.
Negatives: Has to build to reach his top speed and lacks the acceleration to be effective on deep routes...Not a polished route runner, needing to do a better job of selling his routes...Has good, but not explosive separation agility...Does not show ideal leaping ability...Has good hands, but tends to double catch and cradle the ball...Has decent run instincts, but no burst to consistently separate...Willing blocker, but gets too high in his stance and tends to lean into the defender rather than extending his arms to wall off...Lacks the ideal hip swerve to turn on the ball...Needs to add more bulk to his frame, as he lacks steady blocking strength.
Career Notes
Well-respected player who the coaches cite for being an ideal role model for the team's younger athletes...Hard worker who lets his actions on the field speak for his ability...The team leader emerged as one of the top tight ends in college football, but also shows the ability to be an effective runner from the H-back position...Ranks second in school history among tight ends with 122 receptions for 1458 yards (12.0 avg) and ten touchdowns, surpassed only by Marco Battaglia (171 for 2221 yards and 16 scores, 1992-95).
2002 Season

All-American Dream Team and Super Sleeper Team selection by The NFL Draft Report...All-Big East Conference second-team choice...Served as team captain, leading the team with a career-high 32 receptions for 384 yards (12.0 avg) and three touchdowns...Gained 2 yards on a reverse and recorded three tackles on special teams.


Villanova...Opened the season with 5 catches for 43 yards and touchdowns of 6 & 21 yards.
Buffalo...Followed with 44 yards on 4 snatches.
Pittsburgh...Snared 4 passes for 64 yards/
Tennessee...Gained 63 yards on 7 receptions.
West Virginia...Caught 2 passes for 18 yards before leaving the game with a knee sprain.
Virginia Tech...Did not play (knee the injury would hamper him for the next month).
Syracuse...Returned to action with 3 catches for 48 yards.
Temple...Added a 53-yard touchdown as he grabbed 2 passes for 64 yards.
Notre Dame...Collected 4 passes for 28 yards.
Boston College...Closed out his career with a 12-yard reception.
2001 Season

All-Big East Conference second-team choice...Recipient of the team's Most Valuable Player on Offense Award...Started every game, leading the team with 30 receptions for 282 yards (9.4 avg) and three touchdowns...Carried 16 times for 74 yards (4.6 avg) and recorded 6 tackles (5 solos) on special teams.


Buffalo...Opened the season with 4 catches for 17 yards and a 1-yard score.
Miami...Had an 11-yard reception, a 4-yard gain on a reverse and a pair of tackles.
Syracuse...Collected 77 yards on 6 grabs.
Navy...Rushed 9 times for 71 yards and made 5 catches for 82 yards, including a 24-yard score.
Pittsburgh...Credited with a pair of solo tackles and 5 catches for 25 yards.
California...Finished the year with 2 catches for 20 yards and a 15-yard touchdown.
2000 Season

Started every game, finishing second on the team with 34 receptions for 374 yards (11.0 avg) and a touchdown.


Villanova...Gained 51 yards with a touchdown on 6 catches.
Buffalo...Added 3 grabs for 41 yards.
Pittsburgh...Had 4 receptions for 22 yards.
Temple...Snatched 5 passes for 50 yards.
Notre Dame...Collected 3 passes for 35 yards.
Syracuse...Closed out the season with 4 receptions for 82 yards.
1999 Season

Made a big impact as a redshirt freshman, hauling in 26 passes for 418 yards (16.1 avg) and three touchdowns.


California...Began his career with 4 catches for 42 yards and a score.
Texas...Had 3 receptions for 69 yards.
Virginia Tech...Added a 36-yard touchdown as he made 2 catches for 63

yards.
Pittsburgh...Caught 3 passes for 79 yards and a score.


Syracuse...Gained 62 yards on 5 catches.
1998 Season

Redshirted as a freshman.


Injury Report
Sat out the 2002 Virginia Tech game after suffering a knee sprain vs. West Virginia.
Campus Agility Tests
4.75 in the 40-yard dash...340-pound bench press...33.5-inch vertical jump.
COMBINE AGILITY TESTS
ARM HAND TEST 40 20 10 225 VJ BJ SHUTTLE CONE

32 7/8 10 3/8 18 4.65 2.74 1.65 26 37 10'2" 4.25 6.74


High School
Attended Highland Park (N.J.) High...First-team All-Area by the Home News Tribune, first-team All-County on defense by the Star-Ledger and a first-team All-Group I pick for coach Joe Policastro, as he caught 29 passes and scored 10 touchdowns in his senior year...Recorded 143 tackles (72 solos), 11 sacks and five interceptions as a senior...Rated the No. 9 linebacker in the state by the McCarthy Report...Also a tremendous basketball prospect who had several Division I scholarship offers.
Personal
Physical Education major...Born John Smith on 5/13/80...Resides in Highland Park, New Jersey.
RECEIVING STATISTICS
YEAR GP GS NO YARDS AVG TD LONG R/G GM/AVG

1999 11 08 26 418 16.1 3 54 2.36 38.00

2000 11 11 34 374 11.0 1 32 3.09 34.00

2001 11 11 30 282 9.4 3 31 2.73 25.64

2002 11 10 32 384 12.0 3 53 2.91 34.91

TOTAL 44 40 122 1458 12.0 10 54 2.77 33.14


RUSHING STATISTICS SPECIAL TEAM TACKLES

YEAR NO YARDS AVG TD LONG TK SO AS FR FC

2001 16 74 4.6 0 14 6 5 1 0 0

2002 1 2 2.0 0 2 3 1 2 0 0

TOTAL 17 76 4.5 0 14 9 6 3 0 0


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