AU's Smith Signs Pro Football Contract

Auburn running back Tre Smith will get a shot a professional football.

Vancouver, British Columbia--Former Auburn University running back Tre Smith has signed a contract to play for the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.

Smith will report to training camp on June 4th in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

A backup to Kenny Irons, who was drafted in the second round by the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, Smith put up impressive numbers at Auburn's annual NFL Pro Day after the 2006 season.

Checking in at 5-9, 193 pounds for the Pro Day, Smith had the best vertical jump of the 17 players tested at 37 inches and the tailback was one of the fastest in the 40-yard dash with a clocking of 4.47.

"My 40-time was a little faster than I had been doing in training, but I had a little adrenalin pumping out there and I think that made me faster," Smith said. "My fast times had been in the high 4.4s and my slow times in the low 4.5s."

While the 40 and vertical jump numbers were something to get excited about, Smith was disappointed that he didn't run a very fast time in the NFL short shuttle drill. "I usually run a 3.9 on that one, but I slipped and I only got to run it once. I hope they put a note with the time that I slipped."

In the longer shuttle run, a 60-yarder, Smith had no slips and felt good about that test. "My time was a 11.1 and they told me that was really good," he said.

Smith showed his strong legs again with a leap of 10 feet even in the standing broad jump. He also benched 225 pounds nine times.

Former Auburn quarterback Ben Leard (left) was asked to throw passes at pro day. He discusses that subject with Tre Smith (right) while Courtney Taylor, who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, listens.

Unlike most players who go through combine and pro day tests, Smith didn't work with a specialist for a couple of months to get him ready to test. "I have been training on my own," he said "I like doing that better. I am one of those guys who gets more work done when I am training by myself."

Smith, who played in 54 games at Auburn with eight starts, rushed for 1,023 yards and 13 TDs for the Tigers, averaging 5.2 yards per carry. He caught 27 passes for 267 yards and three scores.

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