Was almost thrown into the battle for the tight end job last season as a freshman, but was redshirted instead ... Is in the battle for real now and ranks a close third behind returnees Greg Boone and Sam Wheeler ... Has a chance to be a good blocker ... Needs to get stronger, but is effective at the point of attack ... Provides a big target in the passing game ... Must still prove he will be a consistent receiver, but is closing fast on the leading candidates. 2006: Was redshirted while working at tight end ... Picked up some valuable reps on the scout team ... Added some bulk through the strength and conditioning program ... Turned in the best NFL shuttle time among the tight ends at 4.19 seconds. High School: Caught 18 passes for 278 yards and six touchdowns as a senior tight end for Coach Fred Kim ... Also played defensive end and linebacker ... Had 44 solo tackles, including five sacks, despite missing three games with an injury in 2005 ... Was all-league and second-team all-state ... Made the game-saving tackle in a triple-overtime win over Urbana ... Had 12 catches for 276 yards and five touchdowns, and 70 tackles at defensive end, as a junior ... Posted a 4.28 shuttle time at the Nike camp at Penn State (second-fastest among tight end recruits) ... Also posted a 29-inch vertical leap at the same event ... Rated the No. 51 tight end in the country by rivals.com ... Rated the No. 20 player on the Mid-Atlantic 47 team by SuperPrep ... Listed as the No. 18 player in his state by rivals.com in its final state rankings ... An All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar. Personal: Andre Phillip Smith ... Born 9/26/88 in Savannah, GA ... Son of the late Julida Kilafwakun ... Enrolled in university studies.