2015 All-America Candidate
2015 Dick Butkus Award Candidate
2015 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Candidate
All-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (Media)
Started all nine games he appeared in…missed four games due to an ankle injury…finished fourth on the team in tackles with 66…wrapped up the season with 4.5 TFLs, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble…recorded double-digit tackles twice on the year – at Clemson (12) and in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl against Houston (13)…tied a career-high with 13 tackles in his final game against the Cougars…tallied seven or more tackles in six of the nine games he played…opened the season with seven tackles against Texas State…tallied a career-high 3.5 TFLs at Boston College en route to a six-tackle performance…recorded his lone sack of the season at Florida…collected All-ACC honors for the third straight season earning Honorable Mention accolades from the media…finished his Seminole career with 222 tackles in 50 games…also had 13 TFLs, four sacks, four PBUs, and three forced fumbles…played in the 2016 East-West Shrine Game as a member of the East All-Stars.
Veteran leader on the defense who finished third on the Seminoles with 87 tackles, despite missing two games…captured All-ACC Second Team honors…ranked eighth in the ACC with 8.7 tackles per game in conference-only contests…made 10 starts…opened season with 12 stops against Oklahoma State and eclipsed that mark with a career-high 13 against Clemson…nabbed two interceptions; none bigger than his swipe and 94-yard return for a TD to turn the momentum against Florida…also had an interception to go along with five stops versus Virginia…tallied 4.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles… had 12 stops and a forced fumble at NC State and 11 vs. Notre Dame…added two TFLs and a forced fumble versus the Irish and was named Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance…two-time ACC Linebacker of the Week, grabbing the honor following the Notre Dame and Florida games…made eight solo stops at Syracuse and had seven tackles at Miami and against Boston College…was named to the Butkus Watch List.
Redshirt sophomore linebacker made a huge leap from 2012 to 2013…made 10 starts and appeared in all 14 games…started at Mike linebacker from Week 5 on…finished fourth on the Seminoles with 59 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss and two sacks…also tallied an interception and three pass break-ups…posted his first pass break-up at Pitt on Sept. 2…led the team with 12 tackles in his first career start against Bethune-Cookman – matching his previous career total – and registered his first career sack…registered five tackles at Clemson…five tackles including an eight-yard sack against NC State…made 10 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, to lead the team against Miami…had his first interception, to go along with two tackles and a pass break-up at Wake Forest…totaled five tackles against Syracuse…recorded four tackles and a PBU versus Duke in the ACC Championship Game…made four stops against Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game…nabbed All-ACC honorable mention accolades.
Redshirt freshman linebacker who excelled on special teams and a reserve linebacker…registered a season-high three tackles including a tackle for loss against Wake Forest…added two tackles against Boston College and Maryland and a half tackle for loss against the Terrapins
Earned a medical redshirt season after playing in the first two games of the season against ULM and Charleston Southern…registered one tackle against Charleston Southern.
Three-year starter at Southwest DeKalb where he developed his reputation as an outstanding pass rusher…enrolled at Florida State in January of 2011…three-star prospect by Rivals.com rated the No. 18 outside linebacker…had a four-star rating and ranked the No. 21 defensive end by Scout.com…rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports…rated the No. 26 outside linebacker by ESPN…as a senior amassed 60 tackles and 10 sacks in nine games…as a junior, had more than 120 tackles, 15 sacks and 15 tackles for loss…No. 27 on the SuperPrep Georgia 83…No. 34 on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Top 50 Recruits…also enjoyed a standout career in track & field as a sprinter/jumper…chose the Seminoles over the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, South Carolina and Vanderbilt…Smith’s father, the late Terry Smith, starred as a wide receiver for Clemson in the 1990s…born May 3, 1993…graduated with a degree in social science in spring 2015.