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87 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Sheldon Smith


#87 Sheldon Smith
Redshirt Senior
5-11 | 180
Culver City, Calif.


Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: Cerritos College

Projection: Second-String

Status: On Scholarship

Sheldon Smith (b. Dec. 7, 1989) caught a few nifty passes against UCLA in 2009, but pretty much was an afterthought for the rest of the season, appearing in only half the games.

Then he redshirted in 2010, at which point he pretty much fell off everyone's collective radar. End of the story, right?

Not so fast, my friend. Smith served notice in the spring game that he will be a factor in this season's receiving corps.

He caught five passes for 138 yards and one touchdown for the Purple team, with a long catch of 61 yards, and at times, he looked like the best receiver on the roster.

While he likely won't displace the front-line trio of Brodrick Smith, Chris Harper and Tramaine Thompson, Sheldon Smith showed every sign of being the fourth or fifth name listed in fall box scores from the overall position group.