Will be in the mix for a lot of playing time at tight end this season ... Gets better every time he steps on the field ... A good blocker at the point of attack and a big target who can work the middle of the field and get open ... Saw his role increase as the 2007 season progressed ... Moved into the No. 2 spot at tight end after Sam Wheeler was sidelined for the season during the Georgia Tech game ... Got starts in two games when the Hokies opened in a two-tight end set ... Also contributed as a starter on the punt, extra point and field goal teams ... Closed out 2008 spring practice on a strong note, playing faster and with more focus and energy ... Can make a real impact if he carries that over to the fall. 2007: Saw his first action at LSU with five offensive snaps ... His first reception was a 6-yard catch against Ohio ... Caught two passes for 39 yards in the William & Mary game ... Played 13 snaps at tight end against Clemson ... Contributed two knockdown blocks while playing 10 snaps at Duke ... Contributed a tackle on special teams against BC ... Played 26 snaps at Georgia Tech, catching two passes for 22 yards ... Earned his first start against Florida State and played 37 snaps ... Had a 20-yard catch while playing 29 downs against Miami ... Was in for 29 plays against Virginia and 27 offensive snaps in the ACC title game against BC ... Had six catches for 87 yards on the season ... His 35-inch vertical jump during off-season testing was tops among the tight ends ... Had two catches for 14 yards during one spring scrimmage ... Led all receivers with three receptions during the Maroon-White game, good for 24 yards. 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.