Redskins Ed Block Courage Award (2014)
Redskins Ed Block Courage Award (2014)
NFL debut: 9/9/12 (at NO)... First NFL start: 9/7/14 (at HOU)... First FR: 9/7/14 (at HOU, Arian Foster)... First INT: 9/25/14 (vs. NYG, Eli Manning)
Selected by the Washington Redskins in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Athletic linebacker who emerged and shined at the Redskins’ middle linebacker spot in 2014 following the retirement of London Fletcher... Enters 2015 having previously appeared in 24 games with 13 starts.
Started all 13 games in which he played, leading the Redskins with 108 total tackles (70 solo) and adding 1.5 sacks, one interception and a fumble recovery... Earned team’s Ed Block Courage Award for his standout performance in 2014 after consecutive campaigns in which pectoral tears ended his 2012 and 2013 seasons prematurely... Recorded his first NFL start at HOU (9/7), making five tackles (all solo) and notching the first fumble recovery of his career... Tied for team lead with six tackles (four solo) in a start vs. JAX (9/14). Recorded the first partial sack of his career... Started at PHI (9/21), finishing tied second on the team with five tackles (four solo)... Started and made a then-career-high 13 tackles (seven solo) along with his first career interception vs. NYG (9/25)... Started and registered eight tackles (four solo) vs. SEA (10/6)... Registered six tackles (all solo) in a start at ARI (10/12)... Started and led the Redskins with a career-high 14 tackles (seven solo) vs. TEN (10/19), earning NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance... Started and led the Redskins with 10 tackles (six solo) and added a sack in an overtime win at DAL (10/27)... Started and notched eight tackles (six solo) at MIN (11/2)... Started and led team with seven tackles (five solo) vs. TB (11/16)... Started and led the Redskins with eight tackles (seven solo) at SF (11/23)... Recorded three tackles (two solo) and a pass defensed at IND (11/30)... Inactive vs. STL (12/7), at NYG (12/14) and vs. PHI (12/20)... Tied for team high with 10 tackles (seven solo) in a start vs. DAL (12/28).
Placed on the Reserve/Injured list on Aug. 26 after sustaining a pectoral injury during training camp.
Played 11 games in his rookie season, getting credit for nine tackles (four solo) on defense and seven special teams tackles according to the coaching staff... Saw action on special teams in a season-opening win at NO (9/9)... Played at linebacker and on special teams at STL (9/16), vs. CIN (9/23), at TB (9/30), vs. ATL (10/7) and vs. MIN (10/14)... Had one tackle on defense and two special teams tackles at NYG (10/21)... Had two tackles (both solo) at PIT (10/28)... Saw action at linebacker and on special teams vs. CAR (11/4)... Had one tackle in a win vs. PHI (11/18)... Had two tackles (both solo) in a Thanksgiving Day win at DAL (11/22)... Placed on the Reserve/ Injured list with a torn pectoral on Nov. 27.
Played in 51 games, including 39 starts, at outside linebacker during his five-year career... Was a two-time Butkus Award semifinalist... Graduated in December 2011 with a degree in sports management... Posted 317 tackles (172 solo), 5.5 sacks, 25 TFL, 14 pressures, two INTs, two fumble recoveries, three forced fumbles and 14 passes defensed during his career... Named the 2011 Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP... Started all 13 games in 2011, recording 106 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, one sack, one safety, 13 pressures, seven pass breakups and two caused fumbles... Started all 12 games at linebacker and appeared on special teams in 2010... Posted 113 tackles (61 solo), eight TFL, two sacks, two INTs, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, two passes defensed and one TD... Started 14 games at outside linebacker in 2009... Compiled 74 tackles (42 solo), 1.5 sacks, five TFL, a pressure and four passes defensed... Appeared in 12 games at outside linebacker in 2008... Notched 24 tackles (16 solo), a sack, two TFL, a pressure and a pass defensed.
At Plano East (Texas) H.S., was named first-team All-American by both Parade Magazine and USA Today... Was a member of ESPNU’s top 150 national prospects... Finished his high school career with 273 tackles... Won the district championship in the triple jump as a junior... Was a three-time member of UT’s Athletics Director’s Honor Roll... Graduated with a degree in physical culture and sport with a minor in business... Served as a mentor at local middle schools in the Brothers and Brothers program... In 2014, encouraged students at Dumfries (Va.) Elementary to exercise for 60 minutes and read for 20 minutes every day and also participated in the Get the Ball Rolling Flag Football Experience with 120 middle school students at Redskins Park... In 2013, despite being on injured reserve, volunteered at the All-Stars Survivors Celebration at Redskins Park for women battling breast cancer... Was an active member at church functions at Texas... Brother, Aubrey Smith, played cornerback at NAIA Missouri Valley College... Enjoys video games and cooking... Born on July 7, 1989.