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Zach Smith 8

Zach  Smith


Grandview, Texas

High School:
Grandview HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 225




QB Seth Russell To Undergo Season-Ending Ankle Surgery

True freshman Zach Smith to replace Russell for Saturday’s game against Kansas State.


Baylor vs. Oklahoma State

NCAA Football: Baylor vs. Oklahoma State


USATSI Gallery - Baylor @ Kansas State

USATSI Gallery - Baylor @ Kansas State


Oklahoma at Baylor Photos

USATSI Gallery: Oklahoma at Baylor Photos


Motel 6 Cactus Bowl - Baylor vs. Boise State

Dec. 27, 2016


West Virginia 24, Baylor 21

Photos from Baylor @ No. 14 West Virginia on December 3, 2016.

Junior quarterback with strong arm ... Threw for at least 200 yards in first seven career starts and in eight of 10 career starts ... 14 TD passes in first five career starts were second-best among Baylor QBs in first five starts, trailing only Seth Russell (24) ... Earned team’s final single-digit jersey following K-State game (No. 8) ... Prep All-American, graduated early from Grandview (Texas) High School, and enrolled at Baylor in January 2016 ... Former top 300 recruit ... Went through spring drills in 2016 ... 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie team ... 2017 Academic All-Big 12 second team.

2017 (Sophomore): Played in nine games with six starts ... Went 105-for-201 for 1,471 yards with eight TDs and eight interceptions on season ... Second-team Academic All-Big 12 ... Ranked 16th in FBS and third in Big 12 in yards per completion (14.01) ... Ranked first in FBS in passes of 70 or more yards (5) and seventh in 60 or more (7) ... Came off bench at No. 10 TCU, went 2-for-5 for 13 yards with one interception ... Missed games at Kansas, vs. Texas Tech and vs. Iowa State due to injury ... Started vs. Texas, went 4-for-11 for 37 yards with one interception ... Started vs. No. 23 West Virginia, went 16-for-27 for 261 yards while rushing five times for negative 42 yards ... Started at No. 14 Oklahoma State, went 11-for-28 with 127 yards and one interception while rushing four times for minus five yards ... Started at Kansas State, went 26-for-44 with 291 yards, one TD and one interception while rushing three times for negative 19 yards ... Started vs. No. 3 Oklahoma, set career highs going 33-for-50 with 463 yards and four TDs to earn recognition in Davey O’Brien Great 8 list for Week 4, one of eight spots on Manning Award Stars of the Week list and honorable mention on Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Player of the Week list ... Tallied third career 300-yard passing game and first 400-yard game with 463 yards, fifth most single-game yards in program history and 19th 400-yard effort by BU QB ... 33 completions, tying Shawn Bell and Robert Griffin III for fourth most completions in game ... Started at Duke, went 12-for-34 with career-high-tying three TDs and three interceptions while amassing 263 yards with career-long TD strikes of 73 and 79 yards while rushing career-high seven times for career-best 10 yards with career-long 17-yard gain ... Subbed in for one play, completed only pass for 16 yards ... Played one snap vs. Liberty, throwing hail mary pass that was intercepted as time expired in game.

2016 (Freshman): Played in nine of 13 games and started last four games at quarterback ... Ranked 42nd in FBS and fifth in Big 12 in passing efficiency (139.3) ... Ranked 36th in FBS and fifth in Big 12 in passing yards per completion (13.16) ... Ranked 38th in FBS and sixth in Big 12 with 7.79 yards per pass attempt ... Threw for at least 200 yards and two touchdowns in all four starts ... Started, completed 28 passes on 39 attempts with 375 yards, career-high-tying three TDs and one interception, adding seven rushes for two yards vs. Boise State ... Started, went 15-for-31 for 244 yards, two TDs and two INTs at No. 13 West Virginia ... Started, set career highs with 30 completions, 46 attempts, 377 yards and three TDs while throwing one interception vs. Texas Tech ... Started, posted 27 completions, 45 attempts, 258 yards and career-high three TDs while throwing first three career interceptions vs. Kansas State ... Entered game in third quarter at No. 9 Oklahoma after Seth Russell suffered season-ending ankle injury, posted six completions, 15 attempts, 144 yards and 1 TD pass -- a career-long 62 yard strike -- while also rushing two times for negative six yards and first career rushing TD ... Went 0-for-1 passing in limited action vs. TCU in fourth quarter ... Went 4-for-8 for 63 yards, rushed three times for eight yards vs. Kansas ... Did not play vs. Oklahoma State, at Iowa State and at Texas ... Late insert in Rice game, went 1-for-3 passing for five yards ... Came into game in fourth quarter vs. SMU, went 0-for-1 passing ... Entered season-opener vs. Northwestern State in second quarter, completed five of seven passes for 60 yards and one TD. ... 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Rookie team.

High School: National top 300 recruit from Grandview (Texas) High School ... All-American quarterback and three-time all-state honoree, rated nation's 224th best overall prospect on ESPN300 ... Named Semper Fidelis All-American ... Rated No. 333 overall national recruit on PrepStar Top 350 All-America listing ... Record-setting QB under head coach Casey Walraven, also two-time all-state pitcher at GHS ... Career passing yards (10,217) and TDs (113) rank among top 10 in Texas high school football history ... Ranked No. 309 overall recruit by ... National position rating: No. 10 by ESPN, No. 11 by Rivals, No. 12 by 247Sports, No. 24 by Scout ... Top 50 recruit in Texas: 26th on Lone Star 100, top 30 on Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100, 35th by ESPN, 40th on Austin American-Statesman Fabulous 55, 41st by Rivals, 43rd by 257Sports, 47th on Dave Campbell Texas Football Top 150 ... All-time leader in all passing categories at Grandview ... Finished three-year varsity career with 10,217 yards and 113 TDs passing and 482 yards and 11 scores rushing ... Selected 2015 second-team Class 3A All-State after leading GHS to 12-1 record and to regional finals as senior (team averaged 48.9 ppg) ... Threw for 3,877 yards and 46 TDs (8 interceptions) on 251-of-375 passing (67 percent), added 334 yards and six TDs on 92 rushes ... Named 2015 District 9-3A Offensive MVP and All-Johnson County MVP ... Earned 2014 Class 3A All-State honorable mention, first-team All-District 9-3A and Johnson County Co-Offensive Player of Year honors as junior ... Totaled 3,399 yards and 34 TDs (seven interceptions) on 200-of-301 passing and 149 yards and five scores on 48 rushes ... Earned national player of week honors after GHS win over Maypearl, threw for 491 yards, eight TDs and no interceptions (20-for-25) ... Named 2013 honorable mention Class 2A All-State and District 12-2A Offensive Newcomer of Year as sophomore after leading Grandview to 9-3 record and area finals ... Passed for 2,940 yards and 33 TDs ... Standout in baseball for GHS, earned 2014 and 2013 Class 2A All-State honorable mention at pitcher, also twice named district MVP (earned 2013 first-team All-District 10-2A honors as sophomore infielder) ...Three-time academic all-district honoree.

Personal: Son of Shawn and Kim Smith ... Major is communications.


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