|61 William Smith|
Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill Discusses The Upcoming UTEP Game
Has provided an unmatched level of stability and security as the Pirates' top deep snapper for two-straight seasons ... Displays strength, quickness, consistent stellar work habits and uncanny accuracy to go along with a strong rapport with placekicker Michael Barbour, holder Trent Tignor and punter Ben Ryan ... Missed the 2011 spring practice period because of shoulder surgery and subsequent rehabilitation, but should return in full health for fall camp ... Opened career at N.C. State before transferring to East Carolina in August, 2008.
2010 Game-by-Game Statistics
2010: Handled the long snapping duties during all 13 games, earning second varsity letter ... Successfully executed all 127 snaps ... Tallied a season-high 12 snaps versus Tulsa and Memphis in the first two weeks of the year ... Also reached double-digit snaps versus Virginia Tech (10), Southern Miss (10), N.C. State (11), Marshall (10), UAB (10) and SMU (11) ... Season-low seven snaps occurred versus Navy ... Linchpin for the field goal unit that helped Michael Barbour average 1.23 field goals per game, the second-best mark in Conference USA and 42nd at the FBS level ... Group also led the league converting 88.9 percent of field goals ... Barbour made an East Carolina single-season record 56 PAT and totaled a program-best 104 points during the year ... Tallied only tackle of the year (second career) on a first-quarter punt return by North Carolina's Da'Norris Searcy.
2007 (N.C. State): Earned roster position with the N.C. State program as a walk-on ... Redshirted during true freshman campaign for the 5-7 Wolfpack.
High School: A three-year letterman for coach Bob Warren at Southern Wayne High School ... Helped Saints to a combined three-year mark of 21-16 as a sophomore (7-5), junior (8-5) and senior (6-6) playing the center and deep snapper positions ... Chosen as team captain in 2007 as a senior and earned both the Coach's Award and Excellence in Weightlifting Award after garnering the two honors separately in 2005 and 2006 ... Also picked up three track and field letters (shot put, discus) and one in tennis ... A strong performer in the classroom, earning selection to the National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students.
Personal: Full name is William Bryan Smith ... Born April 4, 1989 at Goldsboro, N.C. ... Graduated in the spring with a finance degree and is currently working on second degree as a management major ... Uncle (Nelson Smith) was a four-year letterman as an offensive lineman for the Pirates (1975-1979) ... Hobbies include hiking, surfing, canoeing, politics and playing the guitar ... An aficionado of all James Bond movies and props ... Favorite all-time NFL player is Brett Favre ... Credits parents as most influential sources of career.