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Jonathan Smith
Jonathan Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Argyle, Ga

High School:
Clinch County

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 189

Position:
Wide Receiver



AT TECH: Versatile, big-play performer who was Tech?s top offensive weapon in 2003. . . All-ACC performer who enjoyed one of the top seasons ever by a Georgia Tech receiver as a senior . . . A talented wide receiver and punt returner who has also lined up at tailback and quarterback at times in his career . . . Former high school quarterback with tremendous athletic ability . . . Drafted in the seventh round (214th pick) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Finished his career in second place in Tech history in career receptions (174), fourth in career receiving yards (2,238) and ninth in career TD catches (12) . . . Scored 15 touchdowns on receptions, rushes and returns and also threw one touchdown pass . . . Also stands 10th with 2,931 career all-purpose yards . . . Career average of 12.2 yards per punt return ranks fifth in Tech history.

2003: The leading punt returner and second-leading receiver in the ACC and a second-team all-conference selection . . . Second in the ACC with 6.0 receptions and 87.5 receiving yards per game . . . Led the league in punt returns with a 11.7-yard average and two touchdowns while ranking second in all-purpose yards (120.7) per game . . . Ranked 22nd in the nation in punt return average, 22nd receiving yards per game and 25th in receptions per game . . . Set Tech single-season records for receptions (78) and yards (1,138) . . . Had six 100-yard games and collected more than twice as many receptions as Tech?s number two receiver Nate Curry . . . Averaged 6.9 receptions, 109.3 receiving yards and 151.5 all-purpose yards in ACC games . . . Earned three ACC Player of the Week awards during the season, including back-to-back weeks in which he was named ACC Offensive Back of the Week . . . With his receiving and rushing yards, Smith has accounted for 27.5 percent of Tech?s offense (1,183 of 4,298 yards), by far the highest percentage of any receiver in the league.

Had a remarkable game in Tech?s win over North Carolina with a three touchdown explosion in a seven-minute span of the fourth quarter, becoming the first player in school history to account for touchdowns passing, receiving and returning in the same game. With Tech clinging to a 20-17 lead with less than 10 minutes to play, he took a pitch from quarterback Reggie Ball on an end-around; he faked off the defensive end and then lofted a pass down the right sideline, connecting with Nate Curry for a 26-yard touchdown. On Tech?s next possession, he caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Ball. After the Jackets forced UNC to go three-and-out, he fielded the punt at the 27-yard line and raced 73 yards for the end zone, putting the Jackets ahead 41-24 with just 3:29 left. That was Tech?s first punt return for a touchdown since 1998, and he was named ACC Specialist of the Week . . . The following week against Virginia, he returned another punt for a score, this time covering 80 yards to become the first Yellow Jacket with punt returns for touchdown in back-to-back games.

Named ACC Offensive Back of the Week following consecutive wins over NC State and Wake Forest, during which he totalled 16 catches for 349 yards (21.8 avg.) and two TD . . . Had seven catches for a career-best 194 yards against Wake Forest; caught a 65-yard touchdown pass and set up another score with a 55-yard reception down to the 11-yard line.

Also named ACC Offensive Back of the Week for his performance in Tech?s win over NC State, in which he caught nine passes for 155 yards with a 42-yard touchdown reception . . . Had eight catches for 143 yards in the first half to stake Tech to a 22-10 lead . . . Four of his catches resulted in third down conversions, including a 16-yard reception on third-and-10, a 24-yard catch on third-and-14, a 16-yard catch on third-and-10 and a 13-yard catch on third-and-seven . . . Scored the game?s only touchdown on a four-yard reception in Tech?s 7-3 win over Maryland . . . Lined up at cornerback in the fourth quarter of Tech?s Humanitarian Bowl victory and had one tackle while causing and recovering a fumble.

2002: The Jackets? third-leading receiver with 36 receptions for 430 yards and three touchdowns . . . Displayed his versatility late in the season by taking some snaps at quarterback and tailback . . . Rushed 19 times for 118 yards, highlighted by a 46-yard jaunt against Georgia . . . Also completed one of two passes for 12 yards and returned two punts for 19 yards against the Bulldogs . . . Caught a 42-yard touchdown pass in the Silicon Valley Classic that was the longest reception of his career . . . Also rushed seven times for 35 yards and returned four punts for 59 yards against Fresno State . . . Had one of his best games of the season in Tech?s win at NC State as he caught three passes for 63 yards, including a 28-yard reception when Tech was facing third-and-19 at its own 11-yard line, helping set up the tying touchdown in the fourth quarter . . . Then caught the two-point conversion pass that tied the game at 17-all . . . Season-high seven catches for 69 yards against Maryland . . . Had four receptions for 59 yards and four rushes for 20 yards against Florida State . . . Caught six passes for 68 yards against Duke, including a 34-yard completion . . . Rushed 19 times for 118 yards, averaging 6.2 yards per carry . . . Averaged 13.0 yards on six punt returns.

2001: Tech?s second-leading receiver with 53 catches for 590 yards and four touchdowns . . . Caught at least two passes in every game except Wake Forest . . . Career-high eight receptions in back-to-back games against North Carolina (86 yards) and Virginia (89 yards), including a 17-yard touchdown catch against the Tar Heels . . . Caught seven passes for a career-best 108 yards versus the Citadel . . . Scored the go-ahead touchdown in Tech?s win over NC State with a four-yard catch . . . Did not catch a pass against Wake Forest but scored on a 22-yard run . . . Attempted one pass against Georgia but it was incomplete . . . Caught four passes for 58 yards against Stanford in the Seattle Bowl, including a 26-yard catch-and-run to the four-yard line that set up Tech?s first touchdown . . . Also rushed once for three yards and attempted one pass against the Cardinal . . . Returned two punts for 35 yards against Navy.

2000: Worked his way into the lineup over the latter half of the season as a true freshman . . . Caught his first passes against Wake Forest with three receptions for 33 yards . . . Caught a two-point conversion pass in Tech?s win over Clemson . . . Longest reception of the year was 18 yards, against Wake Forest and Virginia . . . Also played on kickoff coverage and was one of Tech?s top tacklers on special teams with eight hits.

HIGH SCHOOL: Standout athlete who played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back . . . Had 710 yards rushing and 386 yards passing while scoring 12 touchdowns as a senior . . . Made 49 tackles and 10 interceptions . . . As a junior he caught 24 passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns and had 41 tackles and four interceptions . . . Earned all-state, all-area and all-region honors at Clinch County High . . . Coached by Cecil Barber . . . Had six tackles and an interception and returned four punts for 41 yards in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game.

PERSONAL: Full name is Jonathan Dewayne Smith . . . Nicknamed Freddie . . . Born November 28, 1981 . . . Parents are Ethel Mae Smith and John Tolbert . . . Majoring in Management.

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2003 Rec Yds TD LP Rsh Yds TD LP Pass, Yds BYU* 9 121 0 32 1 2 0 2 Auburn* 0 0 0 0 1 4 0 4 FSU* 4 64 0 27 2 1 0 3 Clemson* 9 170 0 52 0 0 0 0 Vandy* 2 21 0 13 0 0 0 0 NC State* 9 155 1 42 0 0 0 0 Wake* 7 194 1 65 2 14 0 8 Maryland* 5 43 1 12 2 18 0 14 Duke* 6 104 0 39 1 8 0 8 UNC* 6 53 1 30 2 5 0 4 1-1, 26 (TD) Virginia* 9 91 0 12 1 -4 0 -- Georgia* 9 108 1 35 2 -2 0 1 Tulsa 3 14 0 6 1 -1 0 -- 2003 TOUCHDOWNS: 42NCS (Rec); 65WF (Rec); 4MD (Rec); 26UNC (Pass); 30UNC (Rec); 73UNC (PR); 80UNC (PR); 35GA (Rec)

2003 PR Yds TD LP KR Yds TD LP All-P BYU 1 15 0 15 1 22 0 22 160 Auburn 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 6 FSU 2 19 0 12 0 0 0 0 84 Clemson 4 19 0 14 0 0 0 0 189 Vandy 4 48 0 20 0 0 0 0 69 NC State 3 21 0 21 0 0 0 0 176 Wake 1 4 0 4 0 0 0 0 212 Maryland 3 12 0 7 0 0 0 0 73 Duke 2 34 0 30 0 0 0 0 146 UNC 2 75 1 73 0 0 0 0 133 Virginia 2 84 1 80 0 0 0 0 171 Georgia 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 117 Tulsa 4 20 0 21 0 0 0 0 33

2002 Rec Yds TD LP Rsh Yds TD LP Pass, Yds Vandy DNP - Injured UConn? 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 Clemson 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 4 BYU? 1 6 0 6 1 5 0 5 UNC 4 33 0 13 0 0 0 0 Wake 4 51 1 29 0 0 0 0 Maryland 7 65 0 14 0 0 0 0 Virginia? 3 28 0 12 1 6 0 6 NC State 3 63 0 28 0 0 0 0 FSU? 4 59 0 30 4 20 0 10 Duke 6 68 0 34 2 1 0 2 Georgia? 1 4 1 4 3 47 0 46 2-1, 12 Fres St? 1 42 1 42 7 35 0 11 TOUCHDOWNS: 29WF, 4GA, 42FRES

2001 Rec Yds TD LP Rush Yds TD LP Pass, Yds Syracuse? 2 16 0 9 0 0 0 0 Citadel? 7 108 1 40 0 0 0 0 Navy? 2 33 0 18 0 0 0 0 Clemson? 4 29 0 13 0 0 0 0 Duke? 6 86 0 32 1 6 0 6 Maryland? 5 49 1 25 0 0 0 0 NC State? 4 16 1 13 0 0 0 0 UNC? 8 86 1 18 0 0 0 0 Virginia? 8 89 0 20 0 0 0 0 Wake? 0 0 0 0 1 22 1 22 Georgia 2 29 0 16 0 0 0 0 1-0, 0 FSU 5 49 0 19 0 0 0 0 Stanford# 4 58 0 26 1 3 0 3 1-0, 0 TOUCHDOWNS: 40CIT, 25MD, 4NCS, 17UNC, 22WF (Rush)

2000 Rec Yds TD LP Rush Yds TD LP Navy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NC State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 UNC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Wake 3 33 0 18 0 0 0 0 Duke 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 Clemson 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 Virginia 2 27 0 18 0 0 0 0 Maryland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Georgia 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 0 LSU# 1 7 0 7 0 0 0 0

CAREER STATISTICS Receiving G-GS Rec Yds Avg TD LP 2000 9-0 7 80 11.4 0 18 2001 12-10 53 590 11.1 4 40 2002 12-5 36 430 11.9 3 42 2003 13-13 78 1,138 14.6 5 65 Total 46-29 174 2,238 12.9 12 65

Rushing G-GS Att Yds Avg TD LP 2000 9-0 1 3 3.0 0 3 2001 12-10 2 28 14.0 1 22 2002 12-5 19 118 6.2 0 46 2003 13-13 15 45 3.0 0 14 Total 46-29 37 194 5.2 1 46

Passing Att- Cmp Int Pct Yds TD LP 2000 0- 0 0 .000 0 0 0 2001 2- 0 0 .000 0 0 0 2002 2- 1 0 .500 12 0 12 2003 1- 1 0 1.000 26 1 26 Total 5- 2 0 .400 38 1 26

Returns PR Yds Avg TD LP KR Yds Avg LP All-P TD 2000 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 83 0 2001 2 35 17.5 0 24 0 0 0.0 0 653 5 2002 6 78 13.0 0 21 0 0 0.0 0 626 3 2003 31 364 11.7 2 80 1 22 22.0 22 1,569 7 Total 39 477 12.2 2 80 1 22 22.0 22 2,931 15

CAREER HIGHS Rec: 9 vs. BYU, NC State, Clemson, Virginia, Georgia, 2003 Rec Yards: 194 vs. Wake Forest, 2003 (7 rec) Long: 65 vs. Wake Forest, 2003 (TD) Rushing Att: 7 vs. Fresno State, 2002 (35 yds) Rushing Yards: 47 vs. Georgia, 2002 (3 att) Long: 46 vs. Georgia, 2002 Punt Returns: 4 vs. Fresno State, 2002; Clemson, 2003; Vanderbilt, 2003 Punt Return Yards: 84 vs. Virginia, 2003 (2 ret) Long: 80 vs. Virginia, 2003 (TD) Passing Yards: 30 vs. North Carolina, 2003 (30-yd TD pass)

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