After suffering a shoulder injury, John David Smelser looks to return healthy in 2011 ... tore his labrum during the 2010 season and was forced to have season-ending surgery ... will look for time in the corner outfield positions ... may also get time on the infield.
Played in only 16 games for the Tide before suffering a shoulder injury ... hit .306 while knocking in seven runs and crossing the plate 12 over those 16 games.
SOPHOMORE (2009 - Shelton State CC):
Transferred to Shelton State Community College and played 53 games and earned 49 starts for Coach Bobby Sprowl ... helped the Bucs to a 43-18 record and third straight trip of the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series ... also helped Shelton State secure its third straight state championship ... led the team with 61 runs scored ... hit .285 (49-for-172) with one home run and 28 RBI ... added four triples, eight doubles and 41 walks ... he ranked eighth in the state in runs scored per game (1.151), 13th in triples per game (0.075) and 45th in assists per game (1.491) ... recorded season-high three hits against Bevill State on March 30 ... scored season-high three runs against Snead State (March 3), Marion Military (March 17) and Jefferson Davis (May 12) ... knocked in season best three runs against Snead State (March 3) and Birmingham Southern (March 24).
FRESHMAN (2008 - Jacksonville State University):
A two-way player for coach Jim Case at Jacksonville State University .... played in 21 games and earned 16 starts at second base, shortstop and third base ... hit .183 (11-for-60) with 14 runs scored, four extra base hits and four RBI ... recorded multi-hit games against Appalachian State (March 15) and Murray State (March 22) ... made 11 appearances and seven starts on the mound ... posted 0-3 record and 9.95 ERA ... he recorded 28 strikeouts in 31 innings ... earned starts against Georgia (March 5) and Alabama (March 26) ... allowed first-inning home run to Georgia's Gordan Beckham at Foley Field ... allowed three runs and four hits in three-inning stint against Alabama at Rudy Abbott Field in the Tide's 5-0 win.
A three-year starter at Hillcrest High School for Coach Todd Agee ... named 2007 Mr. Baseball for the State of Alabama by the Alabama Sports Writers Association after batting .469 with 23 doubles, 76 RBI and 13 home runs as a senior ... was also voted Player of the Year by the Alabama Coaches Association ... helped the Patriots to the AHSAA Class 6A State Championship in 2007 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the State Championship ... was a first-team All-State selection as a senior, while also earning first-team All-Area and All-Region honors ... set the AHSAA state record with 92 hits in 2007 ... finished his career with a .453 batting average with 179 hits, 41 doubles, seven triples and 139 RBI ... was an honor student ... named Who's Who Among American High School Students ... member of the National Honor Society ... played summer baseball for American Legion Post 34 for John Rushing for two years, where he helped team to the State Championship in 2007 ... team advanced to the Southwest Regional.
Full name is John David Smelser ... son of Joey Smelser (step-mother Sharon) and Sherri Blount ... has one older sister, Brittney, who is married to former Alabama baseball player Ryan Rhoden (2006-09) ... he is wearing No. 34 at Alabama, the same number worn by his brother-in-law.