|62 Brandon Smith|
An imposing and powerful presence on the line of scrimmage … Has progressed from a highly-regarded all-state prep standout to collegiate starter, and is now considered a strong honors candidate on the conference level … Completed spring drills listed as the Pirates’ starting right tackle, a status he earned prior to the second week of sophomore season … A Preseason All-American Athletic Conference choice by Phil Steele Magazine (third-team) … Has played in 17 career games with 11 starts … Already participated in four spring practice periods (reported early in 2013) with three different position coaches, but appeared to take performance to a higher level under new line mentor Geep Wade during the spring of 2016 … Results in the strength and conditioning program are matched by few … Established a positional record with a power clean of 362 pounds during spring testing … Earned power quotient “freak” rating with other notables such as a bench press of 400 (plus 25 reps of 225 pounds), a back squat of 580, a 61” shot put toss, a 27” vertical leap and an 8’7” broad jump.
2015: Started 11 of 12 contests at right tackle as a sophomore … Came off the bench in the opener against Towson, but took over position from Dontae Levingston prior to the Florida tilt and did not relinquish job the remainder of the season … Significantly contributed to a unit that averaged 414.6 yards per game, 281.3 through the air (which stood 27th nationally) … Other Top 50 FBS ranks include fourth down conversion percentage (64.7/18th), redzone efficiency (88.6 percent/23rd), third down conversion percentage (43.0/35th) and pass efficiency rating (137.38/43rd) … Helped Pirates amass 400 or more yards six times and 500 or more on three occasions (622/UCF, 555/SMU, 518/BYU) … Member of line that produced a pair of 200-yard rushing efforts (306 vs. SMU, 203 vs. Connecticut) and three individual 100-yard ground performances – 2/RB Chris Hairston, 1/QB James Summers … Also provided protection for five 300-yard passing outings (473/UCF, 385/BYU, 346/Florida, 325/Navy, 317/Cincinnati).
2014: Played in five games, both as a reserve on the offensive line and on special teams, to earn first varsity letter … Appeared in contests against N.C. Central, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and SMU to open season, but did not experience action the remainder of the year.
2013: Provided solid service on the scout squad as a redshirt during true rookie year … Officially enrolled early at ECU in January of 2013 and joined the Pirates for spring drills.
High School: Selected to the 2012 Associated Press All-State squad, as voted on by 17 statewide media members ... A two-year varsity starter and team captain who earned three-star designation according to Scout.com ... Helped guide Todd Willert's East Forsyth High School program to a 13-1 record as a senior, which included a 6-0 mark in 4-A Piedmont Triad League play ... Eagles did not suffer a loss until the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4AA quarterfinals (a 25-15 setback to eventual state champion Butler) ... Anchored an offensive line from the guard position that helped EFHS amass over 4,000 yards and score 568 points - an average of 40.6 per game ... Tallied 29 pancake blocks during final campaign and allowed only one sack in 138 chances ... In addition to AP all-state status, also selected First Team All-Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference, NCPreps.com 4A All-State, CarolinaPreps.com 4A All-State, Triad Sports Weekly All-Forsyth County and Winston-Salem Journal All-Northwest (region) in 2012 ... Played key role in East Forsyth's 9-3 campaign (5-1 league record) in 2011, earning All-Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference honors as a junior ... Offensive unit averaged 30.9 points per outing and reached 40-point plateau on three occasions on the way to a NCHSAA first-round playoff appearance ... Also named to the Triad Sports Weekly All-Forsyth County First-Team ... Spent freshman season on junior varsity squad before a late-season sophomore year promotion to varsity.
Personal: Full name Brandon L. Smith … Born September 12, 1994 at Morganton, N.C. … Due to his height and the absence of Forsyth County middle school programs, Smith didn't play organized football until the ninth grade … A family community services major.