WORTH NOTING: Has a very strong leg ...handled the team's kickoff duties all four years ... handled the the team's kick scoring duties early in his freshman year in 2002 ...scored 43 points that season ...his 43 points that season were fourth-most by a UVa freshman since 1972, while his seven field goals ranked third ... one of only five players in Virginia history to play in 51 games in his career ...is also one of the few players to play in four bowl games ...received his bachelor's degree in economics in May 2005 and competed as a graduate student during the 2005 season.
HONORS: 2005--All-ACC Academic Football Team. 2002--ACC All-Freshman Team by The Sporting News.
2005--One of the best kickoff men in the country ...very strong leg ...allowed very few runbacks ... kicked off 66 times and 54 reached the end zone resulting in 38 touchbacks (58 percent touchbacks) ...only six were returned for more than 25 yards ... Virginia allowed just 19.5 yards per return, the team's lowest average since 1992 (16.4 avg.) ... led the ACC in touchbacks, as well as highest percentage of touchbacks (and was the only kicker over 50 percent) ... the opposition's average starting position was the 21-yard line, tied for the best figure in the league ... had at least two touchbacks in every game but two ...five of six kickoffs to the end zone, with three touchbacks, against Western Michigan ... all eight kickoffs to the end zone against Maryland with six resulting in touchbacks ...five of seven kickoffs in the win over Florida State were touchbacks ...his performance was so important in the win over Temple he was awarded a game ball by coach Al Groh after the game ... kicked off nine times and sent eight to the end zone, resulting in seven touchbacks ...Temple returned two, but did worse than if they had been touchbacks since those drives started at the 11- and 16-yard lines ...the Owls' 12.0-yard return average was six yards below their season average coming in ...kicked off six times against Georgia Tech with three touchbacks and three returns for an 18.7-yard average, while against Virginia Tech all three kickoffs were touchbacks ... had two touchbacks among six kickoffs against Minnesota in the Music City Bowl ... played as a graduate student after receiving his undergraduate degree in economics in May.
2004--Third-year kickoff specialist ...possesses a strong leg and reaches the end zone with regularity ... 43 of 70 kickoffs were to the end zone with 26 touchbacks ...had at least two touchbacks on eight occasions ...only eight of 70 kickoffs were returned for more than 30 yards ... had three distinct parts to his season ... reached the end zone 28 times (17 touchbacks) in 39 kickoffs in the first five games ... dropped off the next month ... put only three of 15 kickoffs into the end zone with only one touchback as UVa went 2-2 ... ended on an upswing the last three games with eight touchbacks (12 to end zone) in 16 kickoffs ...reached the end zone five times on eight kickoffs with three touchbacks vs. Temple ...boomed six of nine kickoffs to the end zone against North Carolina and had two touchbacks ... sent six of nine kickoffs to the end zone vs. Akron with a season-high five touchbacks ...had four touchbacks on six kickoffs against Syracuse ...reached the end zone six times in seven kickoffs in a Thursday night win over Clemson ...three were touchbacks ...reached the end zone just once in eight attempts vs. Duke and only once in four kickoffs in the Maryland game ...kicked off twice vs. Miami but didn't get either to the end zone ... got back on track against Georgia Tech when he had three touchbacks in seven kickoffs ... all three kickoffs against Virginia Tech reached the end zone and two were touchbacks ... kicked off six times to Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl and reached the end zone five times, with three touchbacks ... lettered.
2003--Handled the kickoff duties once again ... 54 of 76 kickoffs reached the end zone resulting in 36 touchbacks ... had at least one touchback in every game but two (Florida State, Pittsburgh) ... his long kickoffs enabled the coverage team to get down field and minimize returns ...the longest return was 45 yards and there were only three returns of more than 30 yards ...the coverage unit allowed an average of 20.5 yards per return, the lowest average by the opposition since 1997 ...kicked off 10 times against Western Michigan ...eight went to the end zone and five resulted in touchbacks ...best percentage was four of five touchbacks in the Clemson game ...season-high six touchbacks in eight kickoffs vs. N.C. State ...had four touchbacks in six kickoffs in the win over Virginia Tech ... earned his second letter.
2002--Handled the team's kickoff duties all season and was kicker for field goals and extra points until the season's final month ... played in every game ... strong leg ... reached the end zone 39 times in 78 kickoffs resulting in 19 touchbacks ... did the kick scoring for seven games and scored 43 points to finish third on the team ... made 22 of 24 extra points and seven of 12 field goals ... his 43 points are fourth-most by a UVa freshman since 1972, while his seven field goals rank third ... had a rough debut as the primary field goal and extra point kicker against South Carolina ... made his first two extra points, but had his third attempt blocked ... also missed a 36-yard field goal in his first attempt ... his first field goal was a 32-yarder vs. Wake Forest and started a streak of five consecutive makes ...four of seven kickoffs against Wake Forest and four of six vs. Duke were touchbacks ... booted field goals of 30 and 32 yards vs. Duke as the Cavaliers posted a five-point win ... made three of four attempts, including a career-long 42-yard kick in a 22-17 win over Clemson ... scored a career-high 10 points in that game ... of his four kickoffs against Virginia Tech, three were touchbacks ... lettered.
2001--Joined the team as a walk-on ... in uniform for the Richmond contest ... did not see game action ... red-shirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year football letterwinner at the Baylor School in Chattanooga, Tenn. ... played as a place-kicker and punter for coach David Bibee ... earned first-team All-State honors as a senior ... named Most Valuable Special Teams Player in 2000 ... connected on 10 of 13 field goal attempts and converted all 30 extra point attempts ... his longest field goal was 47 yards ... also a member of the Baylor soccer team ... served as captain of the soccer team as a senior and earned first-team All-State honors ... led the Baylor soccer team to a two-year record of 41-1-1 ... Honor Roll student.
PERSONAL: Kurt Benjamin Smith ... born 1-9-83 in Memphis, Tenn. ... son of Christine and Dr. Bill Smith ... has four brothers--Kyle (25), Kip (19), Karter (17) and Kelly (15), and a sister, Kadie Ann (7) ... his father played quarterback at Western Kentucky and is currently the team physician at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga ... received his bachelor's degree in economics in May.
Hunter Dazzles as 'Hoos Stay UnbeatenMen's Basketball11/19/17Behind a career-high 23 points from redshirt freshman De'Andre Hunter, unbeaten Virginia defeated Monmouth 73-53 on Sunday at JPJ.'Hoos Rue Missed OpportunityFootball11/18/17On an afternoon when Kurt Benkert threw four touchdown passes, Virginia twice built 14-point leads before falling 44-28 to No. 2 Miami at Hard Rock Stadium.Cavalier Football Notebook -- Miami WeekFootball11/16/17Two regular-season games remain for Virginia (6-4 overall, 3-3 ACC), which plays No. 2 Miami (9-0, 6-0) at noon Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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