April 30th, 2013

St. X's Matt Smith signs with Atlanta Falcons

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Conor Revell

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St. X's Matt Smith signs with Atlanta Falcons
Matt Smith (left) carries off Joker Phillps with Larry Warford (right) / photo from zimbio.com

Our Mother of Good Counsel ’04 and St. Xavier alum Matt Smith ’08 signed with the Atlanta Falcons Saturday afternoon. Smith played as a defensive tackle for St. X and then moved to center while playing for the University of Kentucky. He’ll now have the chance to play with some of the best football players in the world.

Rich Brooks coached Smith during his freshman and redshirt freshmen seasons. It was Brooks who asked him to move from defensive tackle to center. He redshirted the 2008-2009 season when the Cats went 7-6 and won the Liberty Bowl over East Carolina. In his first season on the field, he played six games as UK managed another 7-6 campaign and lost to Clemson in the Music City Bowl.     

He then played for Joker Phillips his sophomore, junior, and senior seasons. The former Tiger played in 41 games and started 34 of them. UK went 6-7, 5-7, and 2-10 while Smith played for Phillips.

Smith was named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy in his junior season, an honor which is given out to the nation’s top center. In his senior season he was a finalist for the Wuerffel Trophy. The Wuerffel Trophy honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. In addition to his prowess on the field, Smith was named to the SEC Honor Roll all four years while at UK.

Now Smith will have the opportunity to play for a team that is a Super Bowl contender. The Falcons went 13-3 and won the 2012 NFC South Division. San Francisco knocked the Falcons out of the NFL playoffs in the NFC Championship game.

 

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