Gregor Smith
Gregor Smith
Height: 6-1
Weight: 215
Year: RS Senior
Hometown: Nine Mile Falls, Wash.
High School: Lakeside HS '03
Position: DB
Experience: 3L*
2007: Listed as a starter at free safety on preseason depth chart. He missed spring practices for the second-straight season because of a shoulder injury. Although he has been injured much of his career, Smith has drawn comparisons with former Eagle Kurt Schulz. Schulz played 10 seasons in the NFL from 1992-2001, mostly with the Buffalo Bills. As a senior at EWU in 1991, Schulz was listed as 6-1, 206. 2006: Started three games at midseason at free safety. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury against Portland State (10/21/06) that required surgery on Nov. 6. Before his injury, he had two of the team's 14 interceptions that helped EWU rank 21st in the NCAA Championship Subdivision. His interceptions came in back-to-back games versus Montana (10/7/06) and Northern Colorado (10/14/06). He had a season-high six tackles against the Grizzlies and four versus the Bears. He missed spring practice after off-season surgeries on his shoulder and knee. 2005: Started Eastern's first four games at whip safety before missing five games with a knee injury. He had 24 of his 31 tackles before the injury, including a career-high nine in EWU's third game of the season against Idaho State (9/24/05). He won the big hit of the week award against San Jose State (9/3/05). He was the second-leading tackler during spring practice with a total of 18 tackles in four scrimmages. 2004: He was a second team All-Big Sky Conference selection as a special teams specialist. Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. He didn't start, and missed the first two games and valuable preseason practice time with a groin injury. In his first game as an Eagle, he returned an interception 24 yards, had a sack and finished with three tackles versus Central Washington (9/18/04). He scored on a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown against Sacramento State (10/30/04). He blocked a punt against Weber State (10/23/04) that was recovered for a touchdown by teammate Kyle Long. Smith had six tackles against Montana (10/16/04) and Southern Illinois (11/27/04). He was selected as team Special Teams Player of the Week once and won the team's big play and big hit awards once each. He was selected as the most improved defensive player in spring practice. Smith led the defense in the spring with 19 tackles, three interceptions and a pass broken up. He had two interceptions in the Red-White Spring Game, including one he returned 59 yards for a touchdown. 2003: Redshirted. HS: Graduated from Lakeside HS in 2003. Was named a first team 2A All-State defensive back by Associated Press as selected by sportswriters. Washington Prep Football Report selected him as a first team 2A All-State selection as a tight end. Selected by the Seattle Times as a "Red Chip" selection as one of the top 28 recruits in the state of Washington. He played in the East-West All-Star Game following his senior year, catching a 38-yard touchdown pass with 5:06 to play to help the East to a thrilling 22-16 win. Was selected as the Great Northern League Defensive MVP and was also a first team All-GNL selection as both a wide receiver and defensive back. He had 91 tackles his senior season with 11 sacks and four fumble recoveries. He also had five interceptions, returning them for 221 yards, including a 96-yard touchdown. On offense, he rushed 53 times for 423 yards and 11 touchdowns, and caught 25 passes for 255 yards and two scores. Lakeside finished the regular season 8-1 and ranked seventh in the state before losing 29-24 to Othello in the State 2A Playoffs. As a junior, he earned 2A All-State honors by Associated Press as a wide receiver. Was recognized by The Spokesman-Review as the best three-sport athlete in the Inland Northwest. He was also a baseball and basketball standout for the Lakeside Eagles, whose hoops coach while he was there was Eastern Athletics Hall of Fame basketball player Ron Cox. He earned 2A All-State honors in baseball as selected by the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association. He also earned honorable mention 2A All-State honors in basketball as a junior by Associated Press, then earned first team honors as a senior. He also earned second team all-tournament honors after helping lead Lakeside to a 20-5 record and the State 2A Tournament. He closed his career by leading the Lakeside baseball team to a third-place finish at the State 2A Tournament. Personal: Born 9/2/84. Will turn 23 two days after Eastern opens its season against Montana-Western. Interdisciplinary studies major.
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