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SaberCats Assigned WR/DB Courtney Smith

September 23, 2010 - Arena Football League (AFL) - San Jose SaberCats News Release

SAN JOSE - The San Jose SaberCats today announced the assignment of wide receiver/defensive back Courtney Smith, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens, by the league office. Per team policy, terms were not disclosed.

"Courtney is an athletic football player who brings NFL experience to our team," Head Coach Darren Arbet said. "He enjoyed a great collegiate career at Central Washington and we look forward to him making plays for us this season."

Smith (5-11, 190) spent time with the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 offseason after being signed as a rookie free agent. Prior to joining Baltimore, he earned first-team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors at defensive back (2008 and 2009) and as a kick returner (2008) in his only two seasons at Central Washington.

Smith tallied 71 tackles, 12 pass breakups and two interceptions in 23 games for the Wildcats, returning 21 kickoffs for 625 yards while setting school records for return touchdowns (2) and return average (29.8). Smith holds the conference record for the longest kickoff return for a touchdown in a game (98) that he set in 2008.

He transferred to Central Washington after spending two seasons at Langston University (OK) as a running back.

Smith, a native of Stockton, CA, attended East Union High School (CA) where he earned All-Valley Oak League recognition.

The XVI, XVIII and XXI ArenaBowl champion, San Jose SaberCats, return to the Arena Football League for their 15th season starting in 2011. The SaberCats began play in 1995, playing their home games at HP Pavilion. Fans and sponsors can go to or call 408-673-3400 to sign up to receive the latest news and updates about the SaberCats, as well as to pre-register for ticket information.

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