Even with Isaiah Johnson on the sidelines, Georgia Tech solid at safety
Isaiah Johnson is rehabbing to be ready for his final season on the Flats.
Yellow Jackets one-third through spring drills
#STINGDAILY: Georgia Tech (6-7, 5-3, 1st in ACC Coastal) vs. Southern California (7-5, 5-4, T-2nd in Pac-12 South) By The Numbers
A numerical look at today's 79th Hyundai Sun Bowl
This day arrives but once each century
An athletic defender who took over as a starter at safety last season after Jamal Golden went down with an injury... can play any position in the secondary... began his career at Tech as a quarterback before moving to defensive back in late August, 2011.
2013 (sophomore): Played in all 13 games and started the final 10 games of the season... recorded 45 tackles, 32 solo tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and a half-sack... broke up four passes... enjoyed a terrific five-game stretch from mid-September to mid-October... registered four solo tackles at BYU (Oct. 12)... had four solo tackles the following week in a shutout of Syracuse (Oct. 19)... recorded a career-high seven tackles, including five solo tackles, at Virginia (Oct. 26)... had five solo tackles and a tackle for loss vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 2)... recorded five tackles and a half-tackle for loss at Clemson (Nov. 14)... registered 1.5 tackles for loss and a half-sack vs. Alabama A&M (Nov. 23).
2012 (redshirt freshman): Played in all 14 games as a back-up at safety, and on special teams... recorded 12 tackles, 11 of which were solo tackles... recorded two solo tackles in the win at Maryland (Nov. 3)... had a career-high three tackles at North Carolina (Nov. 10).
2011 (true freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Monroe Area HS... coached by Matt Fligg... played quarterback for the Purple Hurricanes... led team to an 11-2 record and a state playoff appearance... ran the option... rushed for a school record 1,795 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior... had 13 rushing attempts of at least 50 yards... passed for 431 yards and five touchdowns... named all-state and was team MVP as a senior... two-time all-region selection... was on the academic honor roll all four years.
Personal: Full name is Demontevious Delirrhea Smith but goes by Demond (duh-MOND)... parents are Garry Smith and Shadonne Wright... has a younger brother, Degarrlow... born Nov. 14, 1993 in Rockdale, Ga... enjoys video games and basketball... began playing football at age 13... majoring in business administration.