Draft choices Richburg and Gillmore in their first NFL camps
2009 (Senior): The Rams' senior starter at weakside guard, played in nine games with eight starts, but did not miss a conference game...An honorable-mention all-conference selection, allowed only two QB hurries on the season, finishing with nearly 50 knockdown blocks in conference play alone, and 19 "outstanding efforts"...A preseason all-conference selection, sustained an ankle injury in practice Aug. 29 and missed the season's first three games...Also entered the year on the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list, the first such CSU player since Erik Pears in 2004...Named in the season's opening week one of five permanent team captains, one of two on offense (also Cole Pemberton)... Head Coach Steve Fairchild said following the season opener at Colorado (Sept. 6) that Smith has a future at the next level and would not play until fully healthy to avoid jeopardizing that future... In conference-opening loss at No. 19 BYU (Sept. 26), made his 2009 debut on the Rams' third series, in the first quarter; played about two quarters, helping CSU pass for 372 yards, its most since the 2005 Poinsettia Bowl...In bitter 31-29 loss at Idaho (Oct. 3), made his first 2009 start, and helped Tyson Liggett into the end zone on a key block during the opening period; later pulled and paved the way for John Mosure on a fourth-down conversion to keep alive a first-quarter TD march...In 24-17 loss vs. Utah (Oct. 10), helped Leonard Mason to 130 rushing yards, including a key block to convert a third-and-1 on CSU's second-quarter field-goal drive; also helped Mason convert another third-and-1 to keep alive a third-quarter touchdown march...In loss vs. San Diego State (Oct. 24), picked up blocks on a pair of big John Mosure carries, an 11-yard burst in the first quarter and a 22-yard run on a second-quarter TD drive...In loss vs. Air Force (Oct. 31), threw a lead block to help Mason convert a third-and-1 in the third quarter...Helped CSU to an early tie on a first-quarter TD drive in eventual last-second loss at New Mexico (Nov. 21); had three key blocks on the series, paving the way for Lou Greenwood's 13-yard spurt, and John Mosure's 14-yard carry and 1-yard TD run...Was key in Mosure's career-high 177 rushing yards against Lobos; later opened a hole for Mosure on his 26-yard burst in the second quarter...In his final college game, a 17-16 loss vs. Wyoming (Nov. 27), helped Mason to 119 yards rushing, including a key first-quarter block on third-and-1 to generate 14 yards.
2008 (Junior): A second-team all-MWC choice, played in 12 games, with 11 starts, including the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20)...Started the season opener at weak-side guard vs. Colorado (Aug. 31) and played the entire game, making a nice block on Gartrell Johnson's 18-yard run in the first quarter; sustained an ankle injury in CU contest and did not practice the following week...Missed the home opener vs. Sacramento State...Did not start the following week vs. Houston (Sept. 20), but played the entire fourth quarter at guard, collecting a pair of pancake blocks...At Air Force (Nov. 1), opened a hole for Gartrell Johnson's 17-yard run on CSU's first play; the Rams would score a go-ahead TD on the march...Considered by coaches the team's most talented offensive lineman, with the ability to pull and adjust on the run, complementing great speed and strength.
2007 (Sophomore): Beat out several competitors to earn starting role at left guard, and made first career start in season opener at Colorado (Sept. 1); started all 12 contests and impressed coaches despite his inexperience...In win vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17), opened a hole for Kyle Bell on his fourth-quarter touchdown run.
2006 (Freshman): Saw playing time in three games.
2005: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first year of college eligibility.
High School: Was an all-star offensive lineman at Westview High School in Phoenix, Ariz. ...Earned three varsity letters in football, and was a two-year starter...Lettered once in track, where he threw the shot put and discus...Received first-team all-region honors in 2004 as an offensive tackle and was second-team as a defensive lineman...Was a two-time all-state performer in football and was named to the all-Arizona team as a senior...Was named the West Valley Player of the Year as a senior...High school coach was Jeff Bowen.
Personal: Given name Shelley Andres Smith...Born May 21, 1987, in Phoenix, Ariz. ...Son of Ishmia Reed-Smith...Has one brother and one sister...Majoring in nutrition and food science...Hometown: Phoenix, Ariz.
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