At Stanford: An honors candidate in 2004, Alex returns for his fifth season at Stanford as one of the top tight ends in the Pacific-10 Conference ... He has started the last 21 games for Stanford over the past two years and has proven to be a quality receiver and one of the team's top offensive threats ... His numbers compare to the best tight ends in school history ... He enters the '04 season with 55 career receptions for 585 yards and five touchdowns ... He is one of the most prolific tights ends at Stanford over the past 25 years and by the time the 2004 season concludes, his name could appear on top of the record book for receptions by a tight end ... He is one of the team's most valuable offensive weapons and will play a key role in Stanford's offensive success in 2004.
The 2003 Season: One of two starting tight ends for the Cardinal, Alex started all 11 games and was the team's third leading receiver (24 receptions, 185 yards) ... He was tied for the team lead with three touchdown receptions ... He was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 and honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 ... Had three receptions for 42 yards and two touchdowns against Washington ... He scored the game's first TD on a 12-yard pass from Trent Edwards, then scored his second TD on an 18-yard pass from Edwards in the second quarter, which tied the game at 14-14 ... In the Cardinal's 38-27 win over Arizona State, Alex caught a team-high six passes for 49 yards and one TD, that coming on an 11-yard pass from QB Chris Lewis ... Alex also had four receptions for 38 yards in Stanford's win over UCLA ... Had three catches for 35 yards against USC.
The 2002 Season: Started the final 10 games of the season at tight end after starter Brett Pierce was lost for the year in the season opener at Boston College ... Alex came on to have an outstanding season as he caught 30 passes for 380 yards and two touchdowns ... Stanford's second leading receiver behind Teyo Johnson ... His 30 receptions was the most by a Cardinal tight end since Tony Cline had 35 in 1994 ... Earned honorable mention Academic All-Pac-10 honors ... Had a career day on October 19 in Stanford's 16-6 win over Arizona ... He had eight receptions for 120 yards and one touchdown ... He caught a 12-yard scoring pass from Chris Lewis for the game's only touchdown ... Also had a 27-yard catch in that game ... Season best 43-yard reception against Arizona State ... Had three games in which he caught four passes: San Jose State (4-55), Washington State (4-44) and California (4-41) ... Caught a 10-yard scoring pass from Lewis in Stanford's 63-26 win over San Jose State.
The 2001 Season: Played on special teams, and as a backup at tight end ... Caught one pass in 2001, a 20-yarder from Chris Lewis against UCLA ... Registered five tackles on special teams ... Earned his first varsity letter.
The 2000 Season: Redshirted the season as a true freshman.
In High School: The SuperPrep First-Team All-American was one of the top tight end prospects in the nation ... PrepStar named him to its All-Midlands Team ... First-Team All-State and All-Centennial League following his senior season ... After catching 12 balls for 207 yards and two TDs as a junior, caught 35 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns as a senior ... Helped Mullen High School win the Colorado 5A Championship as a junior ... Three-year varsity letterwinner in basketball and four-year letterwinner in track ... Named Honorable Mention All-Colorado and First-Team All-League in basketball as a senior ...Earned All-League and All-State recognition as a junior in basketball ... Competed in track in the high jump and 400-meters ... Placed eighth in the state in the high jump as a senior at 6-foot-5 ... Nominee for the Fred Steinmark Award for Colorado Athlete of the Year ... Member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society ... Selected to receive a Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship, and a finalist for the Scahs Foundation Scholarship.
Personal Information:Economics major ... Father, Edwin, played for the Denver Broncos from 1973-76.
Getting to Know: Alex Smith
What people don't know about me is:I have a Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do
The reason I love football is: It's the ultimate team game
I pattern my play after: Shannon Sharpe, Tony Gonzalez, Jeremy Shockey
For me to improve as a person, I need to: put other's interests ahead of mine
My favorite pre-game ritual is: praying
My greatest athletic moment is: winning the state championship in football during high school
The biggest thrill in my life to date is: scoring my first collegiate touchdown vs. San Jose State
The teammate I admire the most is: all of the walk ons because they are out there simply for the love of the game
My favorite stadium in which to play is: Autzen Stadium, Oregon
The toughest player I have faced in college is: Terrell Suggs, Arizona State
A friend from another college football team is: Bo Scaife, Texas
The reason I chose Stanford University is: was the best school that could provide both athletic and academic challenges
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned: how to become independent
The best thing about Stanford is: the friends I have made
My favorite class at Stanford is: sleep and dreams, and edge
My least favorite class at Stanford is: math 51
What sets Stanford apart from other college football programs? not only did we have to be great athletes but we had to excel in the classroom as well
The sports team I followed when I was younger: the Chicago Bulls, Denver Broncos
When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be: All of the Broncos
The athlete I admire most is: Michael Jordan
The person I admire most is: my parents, grandparents
If I could spend a day with anyone, it would be: Jay Z
The three people in history I admire most are: Jesus, Michael Jordan, Dr. Martin Luther King,
Best book I have read: Catcher in the Rye
Favorite food: steak and potatoes
Least Favorite food: vegetables
If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on: macaroni and cheese and cereal
Favorite movie: Gladiator
Favorite TV show: Smallville
Favorite actor: Samuel L. Jackson
Favorite actress: Halle Berry
If a movie were made of my life, I would have the following actor play me: Will Smith
Favorite musical group or performer: Jay Z
If I were not playing college football, I would be: playing college basketball
After my Stanford career, I'd like to be remembered as: a great teammate
The best advice I ever received was: Put God first in all things that you do (my dad)
The person who had the greatest influence on my life: my parents, grandparents
One moment in history I wish I could have seen: Jesus performing any one of his incredible miracles
The place I'd most like to visit: Australia
The favorite place I've visited: the Bahamas
Hobbies: video games, drawing, sleeping
My advice to youngsters: live everyday to the fullest because there is no going back
My most prized possession: my Bible
If I won $1 million, I would: buy a Bentley, buy my family some cars, and go on a shopping spree
The one thing about college football I would change: compensate the players for all of their hard work