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Florida State is loaded with talent at the linebacker position but has just seven scholarship athletes on the roster, including two freshmen that have never played before.
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2013 SPRING OUTLOOK: Play-making linebacker who heads into 2013 as the starter at middle linebacker. Has great range, instincts and athleticism, which allows him to shoot the gap well and consistently make plays in the backfield. Enjoyed another successful season finishing as the team's third-leading tackler.
2012: Back-up linebacker quietly had another great season...played in all 14 games and recorded multiple tackles in all 14 games this season...posted new career highs for tackles and is third on the team with 64, which is 22 more than his previous season best...had 18 more tackles than the next non-starter on the FSU defense...9.5 tackles for loss was a new career high bettering the 8.5 he posted in 2011...tied for 18th in the ACC for TFL...established a single game high for tackles with 11 versus Georgia Tech, breaking his personal best mark he set earlier this year versus NC State (10)...also led FSU versus Miami in tackles (8) and TFL (2.0)...tied his career high for TFL in a game versus Miami and NC State and now has five career games with two TFL.
2011: Sophomore linebacker who not only thrived on special teams but saw a lot of action at middle linebacker...played in 12 games and started once...posted 42 tackles (28 solo) on the season and 8.5 tackles for loss, which was the fourth-most for FSU...also had three sacks, one interception, three pass break-ups and two fumble recoveries...made his first career start at Wake Forest and tallied a career-best six tackles...had four tackles and two TFLs at Duke...had a career-best two sacks and four tackles versus Maryland...tallied five stops versus NC State...had a fumble recovery and an interception at Boston College...added five tackles and one tackle for loss in the Champs Sports Bowl win over Notre Dame...received one of three Mr. Versatile awards at the team's annual banquet.
2010: True freshman linebacker, who came in and made an immediate impact on special teams especially on kickoff return coverage where he made several big tackles...played in all 14 games and registered 18 tackles, one sack and 1.5 tackles for loss...named one of two Special Teams Newcomers of the Year at the annual football banquet.
PERSONAL: Held a four-star ranking from Rivals and a three-star ranking from Scout out of high school...cousin of rising senior, cornerback Greg Reid, who signed out of Lowndes County with the `Noles in 2009 along with safety Gerald Demps...Rivals rated Smith as the No. 18 outside linebacker prospect in the country and No. 22 prospect overall in Georgia...No. 8 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN and No. 107 prospect overall...participated in the GACA North/South All-Star Classic...registered 84 tackles, 25 assists and two interceptions as a senior for the powerhouse Vikings...as a junior logged 97 tackles (16 TFLS) and two interceptions for the state AAAAA champions...SuperPrep Georgia ranked him as the No. 25 player in the state...committed to the Seminoles in July 2009 and reaffirmed that decision by selecting FSU over Georgia and LSU...born April 11, 1991.