Smith enters the 2014 season of the Fresno State Bulldogs with 14 career interceptions and is decidedly the Mountain West’s leading ball hawk from the secondary. Voted the Mountain West preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season after coming off a first-team all-MWC season in 2013. After 26 straight starts and a pair of first-team all-conference selections under his belt, Smith enters 2014 on six watch lists – Walter Camp, Jim Thorpe, Bronko Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik, CFPA Defensive Back of the Year and the Lott IMPACT trophy. He will once again hold down the free safety spot and use his instincts to chase down balls in the air.
Was highly decorated at Banning High School in Banning, Calif., where he played quarterback, safety and was the team’s punter. As a senior, he was rated the ninth best defensive back and 35th best player in California. He finished his senior season with 109 tackles, six interceptions and broke up 12 passes. He also rushed for 1,579 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. He was named defensive MVP of the Mountain Pass League and was a first-team All-CIF. He was also a star on the basketball team, averaging 17 points per game.
As a true freshman in 2010, Smith saw action as a special teamer and as a reserve in the secondary. He finished with 28 tackles, including one for loss. In 2011, he played in only three games after breaking his arm and received a medical redshirt. Healthy again in 2012, Smith started 13 games and was named first-team all-Mountain West after recording six interceptions, good enough for second in the Mountain West and tied for fifth nationally. In 2013, he again started 13 games and tied for second nationally with seven interceptions. He tied for second on the team in tackles with 87 and added eight tackles for loss and four sacks.
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