Chris Smelley has made the transition from college football to baseball and will battle Cody Trotter and Brett Booth for playing time as the Tide's catcher this season ... Smelley transferred to Alabama on Jan. 12, 2009 after spending the last three years as the quarterback at South Carolina ... an outstanding two-sport star at American Christian Academy in Tuscaloosa, Smelley played on state championship teams in football and baseball ... he was the starting catcher on three straight Class 1A state championship baseball teams at ACA ... also set numerous single-season and career records the starting quarterback at ACA ...originally signed a football scholarship at South Carolina ... after a redshirt season, he was the Gamecocks starting quarterback in 2007 and 2008, where he compiled a 9-6 record in his 15 starts.
2009 SUMMER BASEBALL:
Played this summer for the Sanford River Rats in the Florida Summer Collegiate League ... led the River Rats to a 23-17 overall record and second-place finish in the FSCL ... lost to No. 3 seed Leesburg in first round of playoffs ... named to the FSCL All-Star Team ... he was one of 11 River Rats players and coaches on the team ... played 31 games this summer and made 31 starts at catcher (13), DH (9), right field (3) and left field (1) ... he batted .253 (24-for-95) with two home runs and 16 RBI ... recorded six multi-hit games and two multi-RBI games ... his best game of summer came against Clermont, where he went 3-for-4 with one RBI on June 9 ... posted five-game hitting streak from July 17-27, where he batted .333 (6-for-18) with two runs scored and three RBI.
Smelley sat out the 2009 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
SOUTH CAROLINA FOOTBALL (2006-08):
He spent the last three football seasons as a quarterback for Coach Steve Spurrier at the University of South Carolina ... in 21 career games, he posted a 9-6 record as the Gamecocks' starting quarterback ... in 12 games this past season, Smelley completed 169 of 302 passes (56 percent) for 1,922 yards and 14 touchdowns ... he threw 15 interceptions ... named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after leading South Carolina to a 31-24 victory over Mississippi in 2008, where he completed 22 of 32 passes for a career-high 327 yards and three touchdowns.
A 2006 graduate of American Christian Academy, Smelley earned All-State honors in both baseball and football ... he was an Alabama Sports Writers Association and Birmingham News All-State selection at catcher, where he played for his father, Bart Smelley ... also earned All-State recognition as a quarterback and played linebacker and defensive back for Coach Stephen Hooks ... on the diamond, Smelley was a three-year letterman and three-time state champion, leading the Patriots to three consecutive Class 1A state championships in 2004, 2005 and 2006 ... played on same high school team at UA pitcher Del Howell ... named most valuable player of the 2005 Class 1A state finals ... recognized as a "Super Nine" baseball player by The Tuscaloosa News and was named to the 2006 Super All-State team by The Birmingham News ... as a prep senior, he hit .421 with 12 home runs and 52 RBI for the Patriots ... also a Super 12 All-State football selection by the Alabama Sports Writers Association (ASWA) in 2005 ... set an AHSAA record with 59 touchdown passes during his senior season ... holds AHSAA records for most touchdown passes in a career (134); most passing yards in a game (565); and most passing yards in a season (4,120) ... also ranks second in the AHSAA with 10,385 career passing yards. He was the 2005 Alabama Gatorade High School Player of the Year.
Full name is Christopher Smelley ... parents at Bart and Sissi Smelley ... younger brother Brad is a sophomore tight end on the Crimson Tide football team ... older sister Jana played volleyball at Birmingham Southern ... born Sept. 29, 1986.