More than 20 graduates will suit up for Alabama's game against LSU in the BCS National Football Championship Game on Jan. 9 in New Orleans
2011 (SENIOR): Brad Smelley has taken over at h-back for Alabama as a senior ... has been productive with 27 catches for 317 yards and four touchdowns ... 21 of his 27 catches (77.8 percent) have helped the Crimson Tide offense convert a first down ... tied for second on the Tide squad with 27 receptions ... also has one rushing first down on a fake punt ... has started nine games while playing in all 12 ... averaging 11.7 yards per reception ... also helps the Tide on special teams, starting on the kickoff team and the field goal and extra point teams ... has 10 receptions for 144 yards and three touchdowns in the last two games. Kent State: Caught one pass for eight yards in the Tide's 48-7 win in the season opener. Penn State: Executed a fake punt for a critical first down early in the Tide's 27-11 win at the No. 23 Nittany Lions ... also caught two passes for 18 yards. North Texas: Hauled in a career-best four receptions that matched his career high in receiving yards with 46 ... long catch was a 20-yard grab. Arkansas: Recorded one catch for 15 yards in the win against the Razorbacks. Florida: Did not start but caught one pass for 16 yards that gave the Crimson Tide a first down ... also helped block for 226 rushing yards. Vanderbilt: Caught his first career touchdown on a first-quarter strike from AJ McCarron ... finished with three receptions for 19 yards. Mississippi: Started for the first time in two games ... made two catches for nine yards ... long of six yards converted a Crimson Tide first down. Tennessee: Hauled in two receptions for 34 yards ... both were 17-yard catches that converted Alabama first downs in a 37-6 win over the Volunteers. LSU: Caught one pass for eight yards in his seventh start of the year. Mississippi State: Had an excellent game blocking on the edge for Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy in the running game ... did not have a catch and did not start. Georgia Southern: Turned in the best game of his career with highs in receptions (4), yards (58) and touchdowns (2) ... converted two first downs ... highlight was a one-handed touchdown grab ... was named one of the Offensive Players of the Week by the UA coaching staff. Auburn: Produced a career-best game in his final Iron Bowl ... career a career-best six passes for a career-high 86 yards ... hauled in a 35-yard touchdown reception in the Tide's 42-14 win ... shared Alabama Offensive Player of the Week honors with Trent Richardson.
2010 (JUNIOR): Smelley played in 13 games ... was the Crimson Tide's third tight end and also a regular on special teams ... tallied six catches for 55 yards and recorded one tackle on punt coverage. San Jose State: Hauled in one pass for nine yards ... helped provide the blocks for the Tide to rush for 257 yards. Penn State: Came off the bench but did not record any statistics. Duke: Tallied one tackle on special teams and helped the Tide amass 315 yards on the ground. Arkansas: Came off the bench but did not haul in a pass or record a tackle on special teams. South Carolina: Caught one pass for 12 yards. LSU: Came off the bench to catch one pass for five yards. Georgia State: Hauled in one pass for nine yards ... helped seal off blocks for the Tide to rush for 262 yards. Michigan State: Caught a season-high two passes for 20 yards in the Tide's Capital One Bowl win over the No. 7 Spartans.
2009 (SOPHOMORE): Smelley played in 13 games and earned two starts at the h-back spot ... made seven receptions for 50 yards ... averaged 7.1 yards per catch ... a regular on the Tide's kickoff return team. Virginia Tech: Made first career start at h-back in the season opener ... did not record any statistics. Florida International: Came off the bench to record one catch for -1 yard. North Texas: Tallied two catches for 13 yards ... had a long reception of seven yards vs. the Mean Green. Arkansas: Played but did not record and statistics. Mississippi: Dd not catch a pass, but was outstanding as a blocker and on special teams. South Carolina: Came off the bench but did not tally a catch ... helped block for an offense that recorded 302 yards on the ground. Tennessee: Caught one pass for 10 yards. LSU: Caught one pass for 10 yards and helped block for Mark Ingram who rushed for 144 yards. Mississippi State: Came off the bench but did not record a catch ... helped provide the blocks for a Tide offense that amassed 252 yards on the ground, including 149 by Mark Ingram. Chattanooga: Hauled in two passes for 18 yards, including a long of 11 ... helped provide the blocks for a Tide rushing attack that amassed 313 yards. Auburn: A reserve option for the Crimson Tide at h-back ... did not record any statistics ... also started on kickoff return. Florida: Did not record any statistics coming off the bench at H-back and on special teams. Texas: Played but did not register any catches in the Tide's 37-21 victory over the Longhorns in the BCS National Championship Game.
2008 (FRESHMAN): Smelley came out of redshirt against Mississippi in the season's seventh game and played a vital role for the Crimson Tide down the stretch ... caught seven passes for 98 yards in eight games ... averaged 14.0 yards per catch ... was an important target for the Tide on third down ... five of his seven catches went for first downs, including four on third down ... converted a third down for the Tide in his first game against Mississippi with a 16-yard grab ... made his second catch of the season at Tennessee for eight yards ... caught a pass for 11 yards vs. Arkansas State on Homecoming ... had a season-high two catches for 46 yards vs. Mississippi State, including a 37-yard reception - his longest reception of the season ... caught one pass for 10 yards and a first down vs. Auburn in the Iron Bowl ... caught one pass in the Allstate Sugar Bowl for seven yards.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: He played quarterback at American Christian Academy, throwing for 3,022 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior ... led ACA to a state semifinal appearance in his senior year ... completed 183-of-264 passes (69 percent) for 2,611 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior ... ranked No. 34 on the Alabama Top 35 list by Rivals.com ... listed as a tight end on ESPN.com, earning the No. 77 national ranking at that position ... Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 2A All-State selection as an athlete ... The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super South 100 selection ... listed as the No. 39 prospect in Alabama by SuperPrep magazine ... a West Alabama All-Star selection and named Class 2A Player of the Year by The Tuscaloosa News ... also an outstanding baseball player, hitting over .500 as a junior with 11 home runs ... his brother, Chris, was a quarterback at South Carolina and is currently on the Alabama baseball team ... played for head coach Stephen Hooks.