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  Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Player Profile

Los Angeles, Calif.

High School:
Santa Monica JC

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 180

Wide Receiver


S. SMITH FACTS: One of the most electrifying players ever to play for Utah ... a leading candidate for MWC Player of the Year ... held out of contact drills in spring due to neck injury suffered in final regular season game of 1999 ... cervical fracture has healed and he is expected to at full strength for fall camp ... one of country's best receivers and return men ... play maker is extremely competitive... 4.35 40 speed when healthy ... 38" vertical jump.

UTAH: 1999 - Made all-conference team as both a receiver (second team) and specialist (first team) ... played in all 11 regular season games, starting last 10 at receiver and last eight as punt returner ... missed bowl game due to fractured fourth cervical vertebrae suffered in regular season finale vs. BYU ... averaged 78.2 yards per game receiving-second in MWC and eighth all-time at Utah ... averaged 20.0 yards per catch, best in MWC and second all-time at Utah ... 43 catches for 860 yards ... second in MWC in receiving yards per game (78.2), despite ranking just seventh in receptions per game (3.9) ... two 100-yard receiving games, including career-best 131 yards against SDSU ... 110 yards against UNLV ... 8 touchdown receptions is tied for fifth at Utah in a single season ... led conference in all-purpose yards per game (140.5 ypg) ... punt return average (17.1 ypg) was best in MWC and fifth in nation ... 29 punt returns for 495 yards ... led nation in punt returns through 10 games (Nov. 13), averaging 20.0 yards per return ... also led nation in punt return average for the weeks of Oct. 16-23 ... set school record for punt return yards in a season (495), despite returning punts in just eight games ... 2 punt returns for touchdowns (70 and 52 yards) vs. New Mexico tied the NCAA record ... 3 total punt returns for touchdowns set school single season record and is tied for second in career books ... named MWC Special Teams Player of the Week against both Air Force (returned 2 punts for 110 yards and 1 touchdown) and New Mexico (4 punt returns for 163 yards and 2 Tds) ... USA Today Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for Air Force game ... won national "play of the week" award three times-twice for punt returns (vs. Air Force and New Mexico) and once for most unusual play (for his 54-yard touchdown "reception" against San Diego State, which resulted from running in a teammate's fumble after a reception) ... 6 kickoff returns for 169 yards ... averaged 28.2 yards per kickoff return

PRIOR TO UTAH: Honorable mention junior college All-American ... all-conference ... led Santa Monica JC to win in South Bowl Classic ... once caught 7 touchdown passes in two games ... had over 300 all-purpose yards in one game ... at University High School (Los Angeles, Calif.) was all-CIF and all-Metro League ... scored 9 TDs in three games ... also lettered in track ... set school hurdle record ... all-city in high hurdles.

PERSONAL: Son of Steven Smith and Florence Young ... father ran track at Cal Poly Pomona ... goes by Steve or Stevonne (pronounced STEVE-on) ... enjoys cooking ... family and consumer studies major ... born May 12, 1979.

1999 11/10 43 860 20.0 8 59

1999 11/8 29 495 17.1 3 70
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