Smith to Play in All-American Classic

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University senior quarterback Kent Smith of Toledo (Ohio) Start High School will play in the Las Vegas All-American Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., Jan. 14, 2006.

The all-star contest is in its second year at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas and will be televised on CSTV: College Sports Television. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Tickets are available online at www.unlvtickets.com or by calling (702) 739-3267.

Kent Smith is in his second season as the Chippewas' starting quarterback. He has completed 186-of-308 passes for 2,012 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, while also running for 363 yards and seven scores.

Entering Saturday's game at Western Michigan, Smith ranks second all-time at Central Michigan in total touchdowns (46; 29 passing, 17 rushing), fourth in completions (384) and attempts (673), fifth in touchdown passes (29) and sixth in passing yards (4,392). His 186 completions in 2005 is the third-highest single-season total in school history, while his 2,375 yards of offense this season is the fourth-best single-season mark.

Smith holds CMU single-game records for attempts (51), completions (33) and total offense (478 yards) and shares the record for touchdown passes (5).

Smith has run and thrown for a touchdown in the same game 10 times in his career. He has been named Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week three times in 2005.

CMU (5-4 overall, 4-2 MAC) visits WMU on Saturday. The contest is the MAC Television Game of the Week and is available on Comcast Local, Comcast Sports Net Chicago, Fox Sports Net Ohio, and Adelphia 13 in Buffalo. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m.


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