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
2009: Turned in a season of consistent play, successfully getting off 144 snaps - including a season-high 14 at Tulsa ... An All-Conference USA selection (honorable mention) who played a key role in the Pirates' No. 2 national ranking in punting average (45.2 ypp), No. 7 national ranking in net punting (39.1 ypp) and No. 16 national ranking in field goals made per game (1.43 fgmg) ... Helped Matt Dodge lead C-USA in punting (45.8 ypp) and Ben Hartman top the league in field goals made (20) and field goals made per game (1.54) ... Recorded only career tackle against Virginia Tech, hauling down Jayron Hosley on a fourth-quarter punt return ... Solid play led to the inclusion as a member of the special teams Victors Club (weekly performance-based honor). 2008 Game-by-Game Statistics
2008: Played in one game during first year in Pirate program ... Pressed into duty against Kentucky late during the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and made two snaps after veteran starter Wilson Raynor suffered a knee injury.
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.