An honorable-mention all-MWC choice, Smith tied for first in the nation with a .923 field-goal percentage, with Florida State's Graham Gano, and Jonathan Phillips from the national champion Florida Gators, just ahead of Utah's Louie Sakoda (.917)...Ended his college career having connected on 85 consecutive PATs, dating to Sept. 2, 2006...Was 45-of-58 (77.6 percent) to finish as the most accurate career field-goal kicker in CSU annals...Missed only one kick on the entire season -- a 43-yarder vs. New Mexico -- connecting on 12 of 13 field-goal attempts and all 31 extra points...Also had 13 touchbacks on 42 kickoffs (31.0 percent)...Played in 11 games after sustaining a broken arm during a freak play, diving for a loose ball at the last practice of fall camp, Aug. 23...Prior to the injury, had beaten out competition to enter the year as both the kicker and punter...Saw his first `08 action just four weeks after the injury, kicking two extra points in CSU's dramatic 28-25 triumph vs. Houston (Sept. 20)...Also kicked a PAT at Cal (Sept. 27)...For the first time since the injury, in nail-biting win vs. UNLV (Oct. 4), kicked field goals, connecting on 24- and 29-yard attempts to surpass No. 7 Cecil Sapp (174) on the school's all-time scoring list...Took another positive step vs. TCU (Oct. 11), making his first 2008 kickoff; the boot, which opened the second half, left the end zone for a touchback...At No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), handled 100 percent of kicking duties for first time after breaking his arm; hit all three fields, including a clutch, career-long 52-yard yarder that cut Utah's lead to 28-16 in the third quarter; followed that FG with a touchback on the kickoff...In Utes contest, became CSU's all-time leader in field-goal percentage...Hit all five PATs in 38-34 win at San Diego State (Oct. 25), and with his first-quarter field goal, surpassed No. 3 Mike Brown and Jon Poole (38) on the school's all-time field goals list...In tough, 45-42 loss vs. No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), nailed all six kicks (all PATs), including a 35-yard try after Gartrell Johnson and former CSU standout Joey Porter spontaneously chest bumped following the RB's fourth-quarter go-ahead TD, drawing an excessive celebration penalty...In final home game, an important win vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15), connected on his first two FG attempts, but missed a fourth-quarter try from 43 yards out, snapping his streak of successful field-goal attempts at 15; the kick was his first miss since Nov. 10, 2007, at New Mexico...In 31-20 win at Wyoming (Nov. 22) that secured a bowl berth for CSU, limited the Cowboys to an average starting field position of their own 25-yard line, collecting two touchbacks, a kickoff returned despite landing 9 yards deep in the end zone, and a perfectly placed squib kick that kept Wyoming off the scoreboard just before halftime...In final college game, the New Mexico Bowl triumph vs. Fresno State (Dec. 20), had a season-high four touchbacks, matching his career high (also four, vs. San Diego State, 10/6/07)...Elected by teammates as one of two special-teams captains for the season (with Dion Morton), the first time the Rams have had season-long captains since 1992.
Played in all 12 games, hitting 16 of 20 field-goal attempts (80.0 percent) and all 33 PAT kicks...Jeff Babcock in 2004 hit on all 30 PAT tries, but prior to Babcock, no other kicker in the school's recorded history has been perfect on more than 30 attempts in a single season...Earned academic all-conference honors...Through six games, was the most accurate kicker in the MWC, the only primary placement specialist who was perfect on both field goals and PATs...From 40 yards and in, had connected on 13 straight field goals, since missing a 39-yarder at Wyoming in `06, until his 30-yarder sailed wide right at BYU in Game 9; in 2007, he was still 13-for-14 from that range...Also has nailed 55 straight PATs, including his last 22 of 2006; hasn't missed a PAT attempt since his opening try of 2006, a block Sept. 2, 2006 vs. Weber State...In fourth-quarter FG attempts, was 4-for-4 on the year...Instrumental in two onside kick recoveries, one in each of the first two games, in `07, and a third, wind-aided recovery in Game 7...At Houston (Sept. 22), nailed both field goals, including a clutch, 31-yard kick that put CSU up 27-24 with only 9:20 left in the game...At TCU (Sept. 29), booted two field goals, including a 47-yarder to put CSU on the board; the kick marked the second-longest of Smith's career, topped only by his 49-yard field goal vs. New Mexico in 2006...In the face of sustained 32-mph winds with gusts up to 50 at UNLV (Oct. 20), saw his accuracy streak end by failing to convert a 42-yard field goal in the first quarter; the miss was his first -- field goal or extra point -- since Nov. 25, 2006, when he missed a 56-yard FG vs. TCU; he had hit eight straight field goals dating back to 2006...Still kicked two FGs and five extra points against Rebels in difficult conditions to help CSU to an emotional first win...Additionally at UNLV, got a hand on a conventional kickoff that hit a wall of wind and blew back to the 50-yard line, where CSU recovered, and earlier kicked off from his own 15 due to penalty and placed the ball at the UNLV 8...At BYU (Nov. 3), snapped a string of 13 successful field goals from 40 yards or less...At New Mexico (Nov. 10), missed from 42, then connected on his final three kicks, including critical fourth-quarter FGs to knot the game, 23-23, and put CSU in a position to win, but UNM's last-second kick stunned the Rams...Hit all three field goals in 36-28 triumph vs. Wyoming (Nov. 23), including a crucial 41-yarder with 7:01 left in the third quarter, extending CSU's lead to 20-14 after Wyoming missed a kick at the other end on the previous drive...In the preseason, hit a 57-yard FG during an August scrimmage at Hughes Stadium.
Connected on 8 of 15 field-goal attempts (53.3 percent) and nailed his final 22 PAT attempts, after his season's first PAT kick was blocked by Weber State in `06 opener (Sept. 2)...Also collected 16 touchbacks on 45 kickoffs (35.6 percent)...Against TCU (Nov. 25), missed his career's longest attempt, 56 yards...Made a career-long 49-yard field goal, vs. New Mexico (Oct. 28).
After earning the No. 1 placekicker role midway through 2005, replacing Kevin Mark, proceeded to convert 90.0 percent of his field-goal tries, the best single-season percentage in school history...Made his lone field-goal attempt against Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl (Dec. 22), from 34 yards out...Named to the academic all-conference team...Was named MWC Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance at New Mexico (Oct. 28) in his first game as the No. 1 kicker; hit all four field goals and all three PATs in 35-25 triumph...Competed in track and field, where he ranks 11th in CSU history in the triple jump (47 feet, 8 inches), and placed fifth in the MWC outdoor championships.
Redshirted on the football team as a true freshman, but competed on the CSU track team, where he placed ninth at the MWC indoor championships in the triple jump and finished sixth at the outdoor championships.
At Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo., won three letters in football...Twice garnered all-league honors at both kicker and punter, in 2002 and `03...Was second-team all-state in 2002 and an all-state and all-Colorado selection in 2003...Earned his team's Sitting Eagle award...Helped AHS to a league crown in `02...Was an academic all-state honoree...Also lettered three times in track...Earned team track MVP in 2002 and `03...Holds the school record in the triple jump.
Given name: Jason Dinan Smith...Born June 8, 1986, in Denver, Colo. ...Son of Roland and Sue Smith...Has one brother...Majoring in construction management...Hometown: Centennial, Colo.
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