|2 Xavier Smith|
Will battle for inclusion on the defensive two-deep in the secondary, specifically at one of the safety spots to open third campaign on ECU’s active roster … Also expected to continue service as a primary special teams contributor in an effort to utilize athleticism on game day … Has played in five career contests ... Was not credited with any tackles during a pair of spring scrimmages, but did have reps with top three units during weekday practice sessions under new coaching staff … After nagging back injury hampered strength and conditioning development early in career, displayed improvement during modified recent spring testing periods… Produced a bench press of 300 pounds (45-pound increase), but did not participate in other lifts … Agility evaluation included a 34” vertical leap, a 9’5” broad jump, a 4.24 time in the pro-shuttle and 7.24 clip in the three-cone drill.
2015: Played in three contests as a sophomore (special teams and as a reserve in the secondary) … Made season debut at BYU and participated in snaps vs. Tulsa at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium a week late … Closed out play with an appearance at UCF in road finale … Was not credited with any defensive statistics.
2014: Experienced limited action as a redshirt freshman, playing in two games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium – season opener against N.C. Central and again vs. Tulane … Did not record any statistics during pair of special teams appearances.
2013: Redshirted during true freshman campaign … Valued member of the scout team, helping prepare pass-oriented offensive unit on a weekly basis … Inked with the Pirates in February.
High School: Played his senior season for head coach Rod Sink at Wakefield High School after opening prep career at Wake Forest-Rolesville as a freshman, sophomore and junior ... Listed as a three-star recruit and the 47th-best prospect in the state of North Carolina according to ESPN.com ... A key part of a Wolverines' squad that posted an 11-2 overall mark and a 6-1 4A Cap Eight record in 2012 ... Posted 60 stops and netted three interceptions as a senior … WHS advanced to the second round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4AA playoffs before falling to Garner Magnet ... Earned Cap Eight First-Team All-Conference honors ... Tallied 45 tackles, seven pass breakups and one blocked kick as a junior at Wake Forest-Rolesville ... Helped the Cougars to an 11-3 record (6-1 in 4A Cap Eight play) in 2011 by contributing to a defense that allowed only 19.6 points per game ... Stood ninth among all Cap Eight tacklers during junior campaign ... Part of a Rolesville program that rolled to a 14-1 mark (6-0 league) in 2009 during freshman year, suffering only loss to Jack Britt in the state semifinals ... Participated in the 2011 Under Armour Combine and the 2010 Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine in Durham and received the DB MVP award ... Rated as the No. 8 athlete at the Nike combine in Charlotte ... Also earned track letters at Rolesville as a 400-meter specialist.
Personal: Full name is Xavier LaMont Smith … Born November 19, 1994 at Charlotte, N.C. … Major is criminal justice … Earned ECU Honor Roll designation for successful work in the classroom.