|PREVIOUS SCHOOL||Clay-Chalkville HS|
2019 (R-Senior): Captured three All-American honors for the first time in his career: AP FCS All-American Second Team, STATS FCS All-American Second Team and the Phil Steele All-American Third Team…Named as a Buck Buchanan Award Finalist … Tabbed to both the Coaches and Media All-SoCon First Team … Twice named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 30 & Oct. 28) … Appeared and started in all 12 games as a senior … Turned in a career performance as a senior, finishing the season with a team-best 89 tackles, as well as a team-high 62 solo tackles … Pulled in a career-best and Southern Conference-best five interceptions … Also forced two fumbles on the season, the only two forced fumbles in his career … Ranked 11th in the SoCon in tackles per game (7.4) and fourth in the league in passes defended per game (0.83) … Recorded a career-best 11 tackles three times on the season, including the season opener at Appalachian State and a pair of conference games (Samford & WCU) … Had a string of three consecutive games with an interception, beginning with the game-clinching interception in ETSU’s 20-14 win over Austin Peay … Tallied one interception and one forced fumble at Furman (Sept. 28) … Forced at least one turnover in six of the 12 games played, all six coming in a span of eight games … Led the Bucs in tackles in seven of the 12 games.
2018 (R-Junior): Named to the SoCon Honor Roll … Named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 5) … Appeared in all 12 games for the Bucs, garnering seven starts on the season … Finished the season with a career-high 30 tackles, including 14 solo tackles … Brought down two interceptions at Mercer on Nov. 3 … Tallied a season-high six tackles each against Mercer and Jacksonville State (Nov. 24) … Totaled a career-best five solo tackles vs. Furman (Sept. 22) … Returned one kickoff for 16 yards at VMI (Sept. 14).
2017 (R-Sophomore): Played in nine games for the Bucs, primarily used on special teams … Posted tackles in five of the nine games – vs. Limestone, at No. 1 James Madison, at Western Carolina, vs. No. 8 Wofford and vs. VMI … Had a 14-yard kickoff return at No. 1 James Madison on Sept. 9.
2016 (R-Freshman): Played in 10 games, making three starts for the Buccaneers … Made collegiate debut in ETSU’s season-opening win over Kennesaw State on Sept. 3, while picking up his first start at Wofford on Sept. 24 … Finished the season with four receptions for 35 yards, nine rushes for 57 yards and had five kickoff returns for 90 yards … Collected his first collegiate rush and kickoff return against Wofford … Posted his first collegiate reception against Chattanooga (Oct. 1) … Had two rushes for 31 yards, including a career-long 24-yard run in the win over Cumberland on Nov. 12 … Two receptions for 16 yards at Mercer (Nov. 5) … Finished with 10 special teams tackles on the season … Three tackles at Mercer and two in the win over West Virginia Wesleyan on Oct. 20 … Named Bowman Jewelers Special Teams Player of the Game against West Virginia Wesleyan and Mercer.
2015 (Freshman): Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Multi-sport athlete as he lettered in football and track & field at Clay-Chalkville High School … Primarily a cornerback for the Cougars … Recorded 706 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in only four games as the starting running back for Clay-Chalkville … Helped guide Clay-Chalkville to the 2014 6A State Championship … Cougars finished with a perfect 15-0 record … Named Fox 6 Sideline Player of the Week and Blitz Player of the Week … Two-time first team all-state performer in track (long jump).
Personal: Son of Ardella Smith … Born June 26, 1997 … Majoring in physical education/exercise science.