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32   Leroy Smith
Leroy Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Quincy, FL

High School:
Shanks

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 190

Position:
CB


At Florida State: Returns as the starter at right corner-back... one of the more experienced Seminoles on the defense...has played in 34 career games and earned five starting assignments...tied for fifth in the ACC in interceptions per game in 2003 and has four career interceptions to lead all returning Seminole players... earnedACCDefensive Back of the Week honors after recording two tackles, two pass break-ups, one interception (returned for a touchdown) and one third down stop against Notre Dame during the 2003 season... his efforts helped the Seminole defense shut out Notre Dame in South Bend for the first time in 25years.

Junior Year (2003): Played in all 13 games including the Orange Bowl against Miami...had three starts at the right cornerback position (Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Clemson) in place of senior Stanford Samuels...tied for first among the team leaders with a single-season career-high three interceptions...tied with teammate Pat Watkins and four other ACC players for fifth in the conference in interceptions per game...ranked first on the team with 120 interception return yards and returned an interception 90 yards against Notre Dame for a touchdown...his return was the fifth longest in school history...earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors for his outstanding performance against the Irish ...also recorded interceptions against Maryland and Miami during the regular season...ranked fourth on the team with seven pass break-ups ...single-game career-high three pass break-ups against Notre Dame and he had two each against Maryland and Miami...ranked 15 th on the team and fifth among the Seminoles' defensive backs with a single-season career-high 32 tackles ...included in his total were a single-season career-high 25 unassisted stops...career-high four tackles against both Virginia and Wake Forest with career-high three unassisted stops coming against Duke, Virginia, Wake Forest and NC State.

Sophomore Year (2002): Appeared in 13 of Florida State's 14 games including the Sugar Bowl...earned the first two starts of his career against Wake Forest and Georgia Tech... recorded 22 tackles, 20 of which were unassisted...ranked second on the team with a career-high nine pass break-ups...was one of nine Seminoles with at least one interception...recorded his first career interception in the Seminoles' victory over Duke ...forced his first career fumble against North Carolina in the season opener...recorded his season-high of three unassisted tackles against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl...also had three tackles against Wake Forest and NC State.

Freshman Year (2001): Earned playing time in eight games at the right cornerback position and on special teams... credited with five total tackles on the season (all unassisted hits) ...among the team leader with three pass break-ups with one each coming against Duke, NC State and Florida...missed three games (North Carolina, Wake Forest and Miami) after undergoing surgery Sept. 19 to repair a torn lateral cartilage in his right knee...was injured in practice prior to Florida State's game against North Carolina.

2000: Redshirted along with most of his recruiting class.

High School: Graduated from Shanks High School in nearby Quincy, Fla. in 2000...earned All-Big Bend First-Team honors as a junior in 1999...set Shanks' school record with 16 career interceptions...totaled 71 tackles and five interceptions as s senior...also played wide receiver and was a three-time state championship meet qualifier in the 400-meter run.

Personal: Born December 26, 1981...majoring in sociology... graduated from the same high school as former Seminole and Super Bowl XXXVI Most Valuable Player Dexter Jackson and former FSU safety Abdual Howard...grew up watching games from the stands of Doak Campbell Stadium when new graduate assistant coach, James Colzie, starred for the Seminoles in the defensive backfield.

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