Kickoff set for 12:21 p.m. on SEC-TV
Sophomore who will battle for the starting quarterback spot this fall with junior Tommy Beecher... has the most experience of the signal-callers in camp despite being in just his third season in the program... shared the Most Improved Quarterback honor in the spring with Tommy Beecher... has made six career starts, logging a 4-2 record in those contests... has completed 57.1 percent of his passes (101-for-177) for 1,288 yards and nine touchdowns.
2007: Started six games, posting a 4-2 record... completed 92-of-162 passes (56.8 percent) for 1,176 yards and nine TDs with seven interceptions... had a quarterback efficiency rating of 127.46... was the starting QB in week one, when he took the season's first snap against Louisiana-Lafayette... became the first redshirt freshman to start a season-opener at quarterback since Todd Ellis did so in 1986... celebrated his 21st birthday by completing 19-of-37 passes for a career-high 279 yards with two touchdowns and one INT against Mississippi State on Sept. 29... his performance earned him SEC Freshman of the Week honors... came back the next week by connecting on 17-of-30 passes for 256 yards and two TD's to lead the Gamecocks to a win over No. 8 Kentucky, earning his second-straight SEC Freshman of the Week honor... fired a career-high three touchdown passes in the win at North Carolina... won each of his first four starts, matching Ron Bass and Steve Tanneyhill for the best start by a Carolina quarterback before suffering his first loss as a starter against Vanderbilt.
2006: True freshman who won the backup role behind Blake Mitchell in the preseason... made his collegiate debut in the season opener at Mississippi State... replaced an injured Blake Mitchell in the first quarter and responded by completing 2-of-4 passes for 48 yards, including a 42-yard hookup with Kenny McKinley... came into the Georgia game late in the contest and connected on 7-of-11 passes for 64 yards... bothered by a left heel injury and did not play again for the rest of the season... petitioned for a medical redshirt following the season... completed 9-of-15 passes overall for 112 yards with no interceptions or touchdowns.
High School: Graduated from American Christian High School in Tuscaloosa, Ala., in 2006 where he was coached by Stephen Hooks... a four-star prospect, according to Rivals.com... ranked as the #8 pro-style quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com... selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Alabama in 2005 after throwing for a state record 4,120 yards and 59 touchdowns with only nine interceptions... Smelley's 134 career touchdown passes smashed the existing record of 105 set by former Alabama star Brodie Croyle... set a state record by passing for 565 yards in a game against Brantley HS his senior year... passed for 10,385 yards during his career, a mark that ranks second all-time in the state of Alabama... Orlando Sentinel All-Southern team honoree... selected to the Alabama Sports Writers Association's 2005 All-State Football Team's Super 12... runner-up for the Mr. Football award in the state of Alabama... member of the National Honor Society... selected as the Eugene Brittian Award winner for excellence in personal, athletic and academic life every year from his ninth grade year though his senior year, becoming the first person to earn the award multiple times... started four games as a seventh grader and every game from his eighth grade year through graduation, compiling a 59-12 record as a starter, including a 39-3 record from his 10th grade through 12th grade years... led American Christian to 32 consecutive wins from the end of his ninth grade year through his senior year... his team was recognized as the WTXT High School Football Team of the Year for West Alabama in 2003, 2004 and 2005... also competed for the American Christian baseball team, earning all-state honors... led his team to state titles in 2004 and 2005... earned MVP honors at the 2005 Alabama State Finals... recognized as a Super 9 baseball player by the Tuscaloosa News and was a Super 12 baseball player according to the Birmingham News... honored as the Top Sports Baseball Player of the Week four times.
Personal: Christopher Smelley was born Sept. 29, 1986... is a business administration major... enjoys hunting, fishing and reading in his spare time... sister, Jana, played volleyball at Birmingham Southern... chose South Carolina over scholarship offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Louisville and NC State, among others.