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Connor Smith
54  Connor Smith
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Canyon Lake, Texas

Last College:
Northwestern

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 292

Position:
OL

Birthdate:
03/11/1988

Experience:
1L

2010 (Junior): A fifth-year junior, the reserve lineman played in 11 games (one start)...Served as a sixth offensive lineman on several possessions, usually on a weekly basis...Received a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA over the summer after injuries conspired to rob him of multiple seasons...Made his 2010 debut, his first game since the 2008 New Mexico Bowl, in season-opener vs. Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, playing guard on a second-half series...Also played guard late in games at Nevada (Sept. 11), at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18) and vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), entering Vandals contest in the fourth quarter mid-series after Weston Richburg's ejection...In loss vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2), made his first start since Oct. 4, 2008; drew the nod at strongside guard as the Rams shifted their lineup to fill the void left by strongside tackle Mark Starr (concussion)...In loss at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9), saw extensive action at guard...Inserted as a mid-series substitute on several drives in 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), played most of the game, helping the Rams to 259 rushing yards...Played several snaps as a guard at No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23)...Played much of a 38-14 win vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), helping CSU to its most rushing yards (328) since the '08 New Mexico Bowl; played guard on several series, including the Rams' unbalanced lines...Did not play (concussion) at SDSU (Nov. 6), but returned to action the following week vs. BYU (Nov. 13)....At Wyoming (Nov. 20), sprained his knee in the first quarter and did not return. Career Division I games played/started -- 17/4 (11/1 in 2010; 6/3 in 2008).

2009 (Junior): Did not play, sidelined by shoulder injury...Received sixth year of eligibility from NCAA after season.

2008 (Sophomore): Played in six games, with three starts...Started his CSU debut, at weak-side guard for an injured Shelley Smith (ankle) in team's first win, vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6)...At Cal (Sept. 27), played much of the second half at strong-side guard for an injured Adrian Martinez...Got the starting nod at that spot for Martinez in conference-opening win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4)...Injured shoulder during practice before contest vs. TCU (Oct. 11) and did not play...Also played in the second half vs. Houston (Sept. 20), vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15) and at Wyoming (Nov. 22).

2007 (Freshman): Practiced but did not play, sitting out the season after transferring from Northwestern.

2006: Redshirted at Northwestern as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility, before transferring to Colorado State.

High School: One of the San Antonio area's top 10 recruits at Smithson Valley High School in Spring Branch, Texas, earned 5A all-state recognition as a senior...A two-time letterman, also garnered first-team all-district honors...Became the first-ever offensive lineman named MVP of the San Antonio All-Star Game...Helped school to district title and state semifinals as a senior, and a berth in state championship as a junior...Also named academic all-state and was a member of the National Honor Society...Played for head coaches Larry Hill and Robert Tueton.

Personal: Given name Connor Davenport Smith...Born March 11, 1988, in Austin, Texas...Son of Peter Smith and Elizabeth Fitzpatrick...Has two sisters...Spent an afternoon visiting with patients and their families serviced by Respite Care in February before the '10 season...For a month during the summer of 2010, interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church...Made a couple Saturday appearances at the Centre Avenue Health & Rehab Facility in Fort Collins, working social events with patients, in February 2011...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Spring Branch, Texas.

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