A fiery, intense and passionate conference honors candidate who has tirelessly worked way up from walk-on status to a projected high-impact starting defensive tackle entering second season on the active roster ... An old-school, throw-back player of sorts whose relentless approach in the weight room has also benefited growth and progress ... Also handles role as a media favorite because of charisma, personality and sense of humor ... Expected to provide leadership to a unit that lost all four starters 2009, two of which were NFL draftees ... Closed first active campaign at end but has since made the shift to the interior ... Participated in walk-on tryouts prior to spring practice in 2008 and made squad after getting released during fall tryouts in 2007 ... Did not play in the first spring scrimmage (April 3) after missing the majority of the opening two weeks due to an upper leg injury ... Returned to action in the second contest (April 10), logging one tackle and returning a fumble 18 yards ... Completed the spring with three tackles and a pass breakup in the Purple-Gold Game (April 17).
2009: Played in 13 games as the top reserve on the defensive line, missing only the Tulsa contest because of a right shoulder injury ... Credited with 26 tackles, including 10 solo stops, and was the unit's third-leading sack producer with 4.0 ... Stood third on the squad with eight quarterback hurries ... Equaled a career high with a pair of five-tackle efforts, the first against Appalachian State in the season opener ... Sacked ASU quarterback DeAndre Presley for a one-yard loss in the third quarter ... Recorded a pair of quarterback hurries in home games against Virginia Tech and Southern Miss ... Also credited with a quarterback hurry against Marshall, Rice, UAB and Houston in the Conference USA Championship game ... Tied a personal best with five stops, including a career-high two sacks, against UAB in a pivotal C-USA divisional victory ... Also picked up a sack at Memphis, dropping Will Hudgens for a two-yard loss in the second quarter ... In addition to five-tackle performances, booked multiple stops against UCF (three), Marshall (three), Memphis (two), Virginia Tech (three) and Arkansas (two) ... Earned defensive unit's Effort Award at the conclusion of the campaign, while also being selected for inclusion into the Victors Club (weekly performance-based honor).
2008: A transfer who made an immediate impact for the Pirates during his first season on East Carolina's active roster ... Played in 11 games, all as a reserve defensive lineman ... Opened the campaign as a tackle but was moved to the end position prior to the Virginia game in early October ... Credited with a total of 18 tackles, eight solo hits ... Made two stops behind the line scrimmage (West Virginia and Virginia), one coming as a pair of half sacks of Mountaineer quarterback Pat White ... Also logged one quarterback hurry against N.C. State ... Turned in a career-high tackle performance vs. Wolfpack with five stops ... Racked up at least one tackle in eight games, with multi-stop efforts against West Virginia (four), Virginia Tech (two), Memphis (two) and Tulsa (two) in the C-USA Championship Game ... Also served role on special teams squad during season ... Missed three games (Marshall, Southern Miss and UAB) because of a neck injury.
2007: Attended ECU but did not earn roster position with football program ... Participated in walk-on tryouts in August.
2006: Attended Western Carolina University and experienced action with Catamount program ... Played in seven games as a top reserve (Chowan, Eastern Kentucky, Furman, Georgia Southern, Elon, The Citadel, and Wofford) ... Logged 19 total tackles (10 solo), including one for lost yardage (Furman) ... Top effort of campaign came during season opener vs. Chowan with six stops (five solo) ... Also recorded four hits each against the Colonels and Paladins before adding four against the Phoenix.
2005: Played football at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. ... Originally signed a national letter-of-intent with the Naval Academy but was also recruited by John Thompson's staff at East Carolina.
High School: A three-year starter and two-time All-Triangle Alliance 4-A Conference selection at Garner High School ... As a junior, tallied 163 tackles, including five sacks, with two interceptions and a blocked punt to earn Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Triangle Alliance ... Led Garner to a league regular season title in 2003 ... A two-time all-state selection.
Personal: Full name is Joshua Chadwick Smith ... Born February 28, 1987 ... Major is communications.