ON SMITH: Had a breakout year in his first season as the starting inside linebacker... heady and physical player who will play an integral role in the team's defensive success this season … enters the season with career totals of 116 tackles and one interception.
SOPHOMORE (2012): Started all 11 games at inside linebacker … led the team in tackles with 91 … posted a career game in a win vs. Appalachian State, making seven tackles, returning a blocked punt for a touchdown and hauling in his first career interception earning him SoCon Defensive and Student-Athlete of the Week … recorded double digit tackle games vs. Chattanooga (11), Samford (career-high 12), Western Carolina (11) and Elon (10) … notched his first career sack vs. Chattanooga … second on the team in pass breakups with four.
FRESHMAN (2011): Played in all 11 games in a reserve linebacker role as a true freshman and made 25 tackles ... had a season-high eight stops vs. VMI a week after being credited with four vs. Western Carolina ... also broke up one pass, forced a fumble and blocked a punt.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2011 graduate of Mauldin High School ... lettered three times in football and once in track and field ... also competed in competitive weightlifting ... served as a team captain ... finished his career with totals of 493 tackles, 102 tackles for loss, 19 sacks, 16 forced fumbles and nine fumble recoveries ... holds several school defensive records and led state Class 4A schools in tackles his junior and senior seasons ... twice named team's defensive MVP and was the team's overall MVP his senior season when he was also selected all-county, all-region and first team all-state ... was a Wendy's High School Heisman finalist for South Carolina, played in the Shrine Bowl and received the Shrine Bowl Academic Award ... named a Newberry Scholar, USC Upstate Scholar, Woodruff Rd Exchange Club Student of the Year and a Palmetto Fellow ... played on team which finished 10-3 and was ranked No. 10 in the state in 2009.
PERSONAL: Born Nov, 12, 1992 in Greenville, S.C. ... son of Kelly and Tarah Smith ... father played football at Furman from 1984-88 ... majoring in electrical engineering.