Fourth-year senior returns as starting receiver... Moved from wide receiver to inside receiver during spring drills... One of eight Bears to have played at least 33 career games (33)... One of nine returning offensive starters... Native of New Orleans came to Texas after Hurricane Katrina.
2008 (Junior): First-string wide receiver played all 12 games as junior in 2008... Made nine starts and finished second on team in touchdown receptions (three) on just seven total catches... Totaled seven receptions for 175 yards, 25.0 yards-per-catch average, and three TDs... Made two catches for season-high 59 yards (including career-long 49-yarder) and one score win over Northwestern State in second game... Had one touchdown catch for 27 yards in win over Washington State in third game... Second multiple-catch game of season in win over Texas A&M in 11th game, gained 53 yards and tied career-long 49-yard reception... Caught third TD in season finale at No. 7 Texas Tech, a 1-yarder.
2007 (Sophomore): Played in every game with seven starts to credit as sophomore wide receiver... No. 7 on squad in both receptions (21) and receiving yards (247), but averaged 11.8 yards per catch to rank No. 5... Registered seven multi-catch games, one a career-high four-reception, 38-yard effort at No. 22 TCU in season-opener... Recorded career-high 65 receiving yards on three catches with one touchdown, a 19-yard grab, vs. Rice... Performance against Owls also included career-long 37-yard catch... Played 525 snaps, with high of 87 against Texas Tech, to earn second letter.
2006 (True Freshman): True freshman wide receiver saw action in 10 games and made one start as rookie behind senior All-Big 12 wide out Dominique Zeigler... Caught six passes for 55 yards on season... Hauled in season-high tying two passes for 18 yards at Texas Tech, one a season-long 15-yard grab... Tallied one catch for 12 yards vs. No. 22 TCU in first game as Bear, then had two for 18 yards vs. Northwestern State in first career start following week... Played 91 snaps to earn first varsity letter.
High School: John Tyler High School, Tyler, Texas... Ranked No. 48 on The Dallas Morning News Top 100 State list... Rivals.com rated him as nation's 40th-best prep wide out... 3-star ranking from Rivals.com... Had team-high 21 receptions for 283 yards and three scores in lone season with Lions... Earned second-team all-district honors after helping Lions to 8-3 record and playoff berth... Joined John Tyler program in aftermath of Hurricane Katrina... Attended Edna Karr Magnet School in New Orleans and resumed education there in spring of 2006... Coached by Thomas Brooks at District 12-5A school.
Personal: Son of Ernest Smith Sr., Ernest Jr. was born March 18, 1988, in New Orleans, La.... Majoring in general studies.