61 - Chris Smith
Chris Smith
Height: 6-1
Weight: 285
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Buffalo, N.Y.
High School: St. Francis
Position: OL

2008: Selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District first team ... Named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll ... Started all 11 games at center ... Key part of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to lead the Patriot League in scoring (34.4 points per game), total offense (455.4 yards per game) and passing offense (348.9 yards per game) ... Helped the Crusaders to allow just 16 sacks all year (just one sack for every 33.7 times the team dropped back to pass).

2007: Named first team Academic All-District by ESPN The Magazine ... Selected to the FCS Athletic Directors Academic All-Star Team ... Chosen to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll ... Started all 11 games at center ... Key part of an offensive line which paved the way for the Crusaders to average 35.9 points and 463.4 yards of total offense per game ... Helped Holy Cross rank first in the Patriot League in scoring offense, total offense and passing offense ... Key part of a line which allowed only 14 sacks all year (just one sack for every 36.5 times the team dropped back to pass).

2006: Started all 11 games at center ... Named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll ... Key part of an offensive line which paved the way for the Crusaders to average 25.0 points and 384.4 yards of total offense per game ... Helped Holy Cross rank first in the Patriot League in both total offense and passing offense, and third in scoring offense.

2005: Missed the entire season due to injury, and received a medical redshirt.

High School: One of 50 players honored as a National Player of the Year by Old Spice Red Zone ... A two-time All-Western New York selection ... Received the Trench Trophy during his junior and senior years ... Won the Jim Burt Award as the best defensive lineman in western New York, and the Vaughan Parker Award as the best offensive lineman in western New York ... Became the first lineman in history to win both of those awards ... Member of the senior class student council at St. Francis High School ... Also a member of the wrestling and track teams ... Placed sixth at the New York state championship in wrestling, while posting a record of 14-2 as a senior and a 71-32 mark for his career.

Personal: Son of Jerome and Cheryl Smith ... Father is the head football coach and athletic director at St. Francis High School ... Father played football and wrestled at Canisius College ... Majoring in Economics and Accounting.