A veteran senior who battled a series of nagging injuries and illnesses most of the season... came off the bench to play significant snaps vs. LSU (Dec. 31), at Georgia (Nov. 29), vs. Miami (Nov. 20), at North Carolina (Nov. 8), vs. Florida State (Nov. 1) and Virginia (Oct. 25)... made his first start of the season, at right guard, at Clemson (Oct. 18)... played in the season opener then missed the next four games... hurt his elbow in a walk-through Sept. 12 causing him to miss the Virginia Tech game (Sept. 13) and the Mississippi State game (Sept. 20)... did not play at Boston College (Sept. 6) after missing practice all week with an illness... returned to action, served as a game captain and saw considerable playing time in the Gardner-Webb game (Oct. 11)... played guard after playing tackle previously in his career... a strong offensive lineman with good size... missed part of spring drills with an elbow injury.
Played in the last 11 games of the regular season and started the season opener against Notre Dame... started six times... helped protect Yellow Jacket quarterbacks throughout the season as Tech ranks tied for first in the ACC in fewest sacks allowed... also helped Georgia Tech rank first in the league in rushing offense.
Played in every game on the PAT-FG unit . . . Was pressed into service at tight end the week of the Duke game and played there against the Blue Devils, wearing No. 92 . . . Also played on the offensive line against Samford, Troy, Virginia and Clemson.
Played as a backup against Virginia Tech, Duke and Virginia in 2005 . . . Moved from the defensive line to the offensive line late in 2004 during a redshirt year.
High SchoolNo. 50 overall prospect in Florida (Tampa Tribune)
No. 70 overall prospect in Florida (SuperPrep)
Second-team all-state selection in Class 3A by the Florida Sportswriters Association . . . Ranked the No. 11 prospect in the St. Petersburg Times' Best of the Bay Area listing . . . First-team all-Hillsborough County and honorable mention all-Suncoast by the St. Petersburg Times . . . Selected for the Florida vs. Louisiana All-Star Game . . . National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete . . . 2003 Red Zone Player of the Year . . . Had 41 tackles and eight sacks in eight games as senior . . . Added 58 tackles, seven sacks and three fumble recoveries as a junior, when he helped Jesuit High to the Class 3A state semifinals . . . Comes from the same high school program that produced former Tech standouts George Godsey and Will Glover . . . Team captain and three-year letterwinner for coaches Dominick Ciao and Bill Schmitz.
Full name is Austin Jude Smith . . . Born Oct. 15, 1985 . . . Parents are Don and Karen Smith . . . Majoring in management.