ON SMITH: Slated to start at an inside linebacker position after gaining considerable experience as a true freshman a year ago ... heady and physical player who will play an integral role in the team's defensive success this season.
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 finishede 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.