MOBILE, AL – Rutgers senior tight end L.J. Smith, selected as a member of the North squad in this year’s Senior Bowl college football all-star game, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and will not be able to participate in the contest." />
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Smith Selected for 2003 Senior Bowl
  • Posted on January 14, 2003 12:00:00 AM
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  • MOBILE, AL – Rutgers senior tight end L.J. Smith, selected as a member of the North squad in this year’s Senior Bowl college football all-star game, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and will not be able to participate in the contest.

    The Senior Bowl, which annually features the nation’s top senior collegiate football players, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 18 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. (EST) and will be televised live on ESPN.

    Smith, recently named to the ECAC’s Division I-A All-Star team, was the Scarlet Knights' leading receiver in 2002. Smith caught 32 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns.

    Smith had a season high seven grabs before over 103,000 fans at Tennessee (Sept. 28). Smith caught five passes for 43 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener vs. Villanova (Aug. 31) and added his third TD of the season against Temple (Nov. 16), when he finished a catch-and-run play by covering 53 yards on a pass across the middle.

    Smith, of Highland Park, NJ, ended his Rutgers career as the second-most prolific tight end in Rutgers history. He was sixth all time in receptions (122), ninth all time in yards (1458) and eighth in TD receptions (10).

    Among the collegiate standouts competing in the Senior Bowl include quarterbacks Kyle Boller of California, Dave Ragone of Louisville and Seneca Wallace of Iowa State for North, and Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, the quarterback from USC.

    Past participants from Rutgers in the Senior Bowl include quarterback Mike McMahon (2000), currently a member of the Detroit Lions. All-America center Alex Kroll and teammate Steve Simms, a running back, both participated in the 1962 Senior Bowl.

    Both the North and the South squads are coached by a staff from a NFL team. Guiding the North squad will be the coaching staff of the NFL’s Houston Texans, headed by Dom Capers. The South squad will be directed by the Detroit Lions staff, led by Marty Mornhinweg.

    Both squads will conduct one practice session per day throughout the week. Senior Bowl practices are attended by representatives of the 32 NFL teams, including head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and front office.

    As a charity event, the Senior Bowl has presented over $2 million to charity since 1989. In addition, participants in the Senior Bowl have visited area hospitals as part of their bowl week functions.

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