Smith is a four year starter who also competes on the school's track team as a sprinter. AFCA All-American as a senior catching 52/761/6 in ten games and averaging 18.1 yards on 26 punt returns with one score.
Name: Zuriel Smith School: Hampton Year: 5Sr
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 170 40: 4.51 Pos: WR
Bio: Four year starter who also competes on the school's track team as a sprinter. AFCA All-American as a senior catching 52/761/6 in ten games and averaging 18.1 yards on 26 punt returns with one score. Junior totals were 58/732/6 as a receiver with a 17.7 average on 29 punt returns with four resulting in scores. Totaled 47/816/5 as a sophomore.
Positive: Quick, elusive ball handler who breaks the long one catching the pass or returning punts. Fluid releasing off the line of scrimmage, solid route runner and effectively uses his body to shield away opponents. Adjusts well to the errant throw and gets down to scoop up the low pass. Productive running after the catch showing quick footwork and a burst of speed. Runs well in an open field.
Negative: Tall and thin, not strong and has difficulty getting off jams at the line of scrimmage. Not a physical receiver, does more body catching rather than plucking the ball away from his frame and does not possess the strong hands. More quick than fast.
Analysis: Does not look the part nor does he time well for the stop watch but his return abilities make him an intriguing prospect and could find him a spot on a final roster.
Hampton University senior Zuriel Smith has been named to the 2002 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) All-America Team as a return specialist. The native of Mechanicsville, VA is one of two players from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to earn All-America honors, joining defensive back Rashean Mathis of Bethune-Cookman College.
Background: Smith led Division I-AA in punt returns this season averaging 18.52 yards per return with one touchdown, a 77-yard scamper against Howard University. The 6-foot-2, 180 pound Smith earned national attention last season after he tied a Division I-AA record by returning three punts for touchdowns in Hampton's win over Virginia State.
Smith is just the fifth player from Hampton University to named to the AFCA All-America Team joining Emerson Martin (OL, 1993), John Meredith (LB, 1994), Cordell Taylor (DB, 1997) and Deon Hunt (LB, 1999).
Scouting Report: WR Zuriel Smith
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