Mizzou Has Had Six First-Rounders in Last Five NFL Drafts
In two seasons, has become one of the most dominant defensive players in MU history ... has recorded 178 tackles including 11 1/2 sacks and is a legitimate All-America candidate as well as a candidate for the Bronco Nagurski Award which is presented to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player ... because of his unique combination of size, speed, strength and innate ability, will be used in a variety of roles on the Tiger defense in 2000 ... Larry Smith has likened him to one of his earlier proteges – USC linebacker Junior Seau – and plans to utilize him in similar fashion ... primary position will be on the edge at defensive end ... has speed (4.5), agility (30.5-inch vertical leap) and strength (a school-record 485-lb. power clean).
1999: One of 19 players on the Bronco Nagurski Award “watch” list and one of only two sophomores ... named first team All-Big 12 by both the coaches and the Associated Press ... also voted to the first team by the Kansas City Star, Dallas Morning News and San Antonio Express-News ... tied single-season record for quarterback sacks, joining former Tiger greats Bobby Bell, All-American Jeff Gaylord, and current NFL linemen Rick Lyle and Steve Martin with eight quarterback sacks ... recorded 92 tackles, good for third on the team with 16 of those tackles for loss ... tallied four double-digit tackle games, including a career-high 14 against Iowa State and 12 vs. Nebraska ... forced two fumbles, including one against Memphis that changed the momentum of the game to help clinch a victory ... blocked a punt in the season opener against UAB that was picked up by teammate John McPherson for the Tigers’ first touchdown of the season ... off the field, was a force in the classroom ... tabbed second team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America, District VII, as well as first-team Academic All-Big 12.
1998: The first Tiger true freshman to start every game since CB Adrian Jones in 1986 and both were tabbed as conference defensive freshman of the year – Jones by the Big Eight and Smith by the Big 12 ... also received Freshman All-America plaudits from Football News and Sporting News ... defensive newcomer of the year by the Associated Press, Kansas City Star and Dallas Morning News .. led the league’s rookies with 86 tackles, which was second on the Missouri team ... led the Tigers with 13 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with 3-1/2 sacks ... was Mizzou defensive “player of the game” against Oklahoma and Colorado ... made 58 tackles in Mizzou’s last six games and had 11 three times – vs. Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Texas A&M.
High School: Was one of Mizzou’s first commitments in the 1998 recruiting class ... had a monster senior year for the state champion Jeff City Jays, making 124 tackles, 15 sacks, four forced fumbles and two recoveries ... also played tight end and caught 15 passes for 270 yards and five touchdowns ... ran the ball five times for 59 yards ... all-stater and two-time all-district choice who landed on Super Prep’s all-America and Top-50 teams ... journeyed up Highway 63 from Jeff City along with prep teammate Kirk Farmer ... lettered twice in basketball.
Personal: Son of Dave and Ginger Smith ... older sister Sarah was the 1999 MU Homecoming Queen and serves as a Tiger Hostess and Diamond Darling ... high school coach – Ron Cole ... undeclared major ... born Sept. 30, 1979 in Jefferson City, Mo.
SMITH’S CAREER STATISTICS
Has one blocked punt that was recovered for a MU touchdown ... Made five tackles in the 1998 Insight.com Bowl, one for an 8-yard loss.