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Daryl Smith
Daryl Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Albany, Ga

High School:
Dougherty County

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 235

Position:
Linebacker



AT TECH: Honorable mention all-ACC defender who was Tech's leading tackler two of his four seasons . . . Talented middle linebacker who anchors a Tech defense that ranks among the Top 30 nationally in rushing defense, total defense and scoring defense . . . Named to the Academic All-ACC football team for 2002 . . . Elected one of Tech's permanent team captains for 2003 . . . Selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl following his senior season . . . Selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second round (39th overall pick) of the 2004 NFL Draft, becoming Tech's highest pick since 1998.

Career totals of 383 tackles, 15 sacks, 48 tackles for loss and three interceptions . . . Ranks fourth in Tech history, and first among linebackers, in career tackles for loss, behind only defensive ends Greg Gathers, Marco Coleman and Pat Swilling . . . Also stands 11th in Tech history in career tackles.

2003: Key player on a Tech defense that led the ACC and ranked 12th in the nation against the run, allowing 110.5 yards per game, as well as 20th nationally in total defense (322.2) and 27th scoring defense (20.46) . . . Helped Tech hold Maryland to 253 yards and three points, Florida State to 251 yards and 13 points, Auburn to 243 yards and three points, and Tulsa to 10 points and 144 yards . . . Averages 10.2 tackles per game and has 14 tackles for loss . . . Second on the team in tackles with 116, behind fellow linebacker Keyaron Fox . . . Made one of the key plays in Tech's win over Auburn with his fourth-down sack of QB Jason Campbell; had 10 tackles.

Had seven tackles with three tackles for loss in Tech's win over NC State as the Jackets held the high-powered Wolfpack more than 20 points below their scoring average . . . Helped the Tech defense limit Auburn to 40 yards rushing, NC State to minus-8 yards rushing and Tulsa to a school-record minus-56 yards on the ground . . . Had 12 tackles, one tackle for loss and a fumble recovery in Tech's win over Maryland . . . Had two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble in Tech's standout defensive effort against Tulsa in the Humanitarian Bowl as Tech held the Golden Hurricane to 144 total yards and a school-record minus-56 yards rushing.

2002: Named to the ACC All-Academic football team . . . The Jackets' leading tackler with 99 hits . . . Had a team-leading 15 tackles for loss, including five sacks . . . Also contributed an interception and five pass breakups . . . Season-high 15 tackles against Wake Forest . . . Had nine tackles with three tackles for loss and a sack against Georgia . . . Added 12 tackles and pass breakup against Fresno State . . . Grabbed an interception against Vanderbilt and returned it 14 yards . . . Made two tackles for loss and three pass breakups in Tech's win over Virginia.

2001: Made 59 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three sacks despite missing three-and-a-half games . . . Suffered a dislocated left elbow in the first half of the Clemson game; missed the next three games before returning against North Carolina . . . Played the rest of the season with a cumbersome brace that limited his effectiveness . . . Had seven tackles and one tackle for loss in his return against the Tar Heels . . . Finished the regular season with a season-high 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack against Florida State . . . Opened the season with 10 hits against Syracuse with two tackles for loss and a sack . . . Had an outstanding game in Tech's win over 11th-ranked Stanford in the Seattle Bowl and was named to Sports Illustrated magazine's All-Bowl team . . . Made perhaps the play of the game when he threw Stanford's Kerry Carter for a two-yard loss on fourth-and-one at the Tech one-yard line on the Cardinal's opening possession; Tech then drove 97 yards for a touchdown, setting the tone for the game . . . Had six tackles against the Cardinal.

2000: First-team Freshman All-America by Football News and The Sporting News . . . Georgia Tech's top tackler, the second straight true freshman to lead the Jackets . . . Became a starter in the season's third game and collected 96 tackles, including four sacks and 10 tackles for loss . . . Also had two interceptions, three fumble recoveries and three pass breakups . . . Played his best game of the season against Georgia and was named ACC Defensive Lineman and Rookie of the Week . . . Made perhaps the defensive play of the season against the Bulldogs with his interception and 70-yard return for a touchdown that gave Tech a 27-3 lead just before halftime . . . That was the longest interception return by a Yellow Jacket since 1997 . . . Also had a season-high 16 tackles, two tackles for loss and three pass breakups against Georgia . . . Honored as ACC Rookie of the Week for Tech's win at fourth-ranked Clemson, when he made 10 tackles, a pass breakup and a fumble recovery that set up a field goal . . . Had an interception and 11 tackles against Wake Forest . . . Made his first start against Navy and collected eight tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack and two fumble recoveries . . . Had seven tackles and a sack against Florida State . . . Made 13 tackles and a sack against NC State.

HIGH SCHOOL: Rated the No. 6 linebacker in the nation by Tom Lemming . . . Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Top 75 in Georgia . . . Earned a 9.75 rating from Jeff Whitaker's Deep South Football . . . Tabbed to the Consensus Super Southern 75 by Florida Bluechips Report . . . Rated among the top 150 players in the nation by Tom Lemming . . . Recorded 103 tackles, five sacks, four caused fumbles and two interceptions as a senior . . . Added 117 tackles and seven sacks as a senior . . . Coached by John Reynolds at Dougherty County High . . . Played in the Georgia-Florida All-Star Game and had three tackles, one tackle for loss and a pass breakup . . . Also lettered in baseball.

PERSONAL: Full name is Daryl Lamont Smith . . . Parents are Dan and Ruby Smith . . . Born April 14, 1982 . . . Majoring in Management.

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS 2003 P-A-T TFL Sks FC FR Int PB BYU* 5-4-9 0 0 0 0 0 1 Auburn* 4-8-10 2-10 1-8 0 0 0 0 FSU* 7-5-12 2-5 0 0 0 0 0 Clemson* 1-6-7 1-1 0.5-1 0 0 0 0 Vandy* 8-3-11 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 NC State* 3-4-7 3-3 0.5-2 0 0 0 0 Wake* 7-7-14 1-0 0 0 0 0 0 Maryland* 6-6-12 1-5 0 0 1-7 0 0 Duke* 3-6-9 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 UNC* 6-6-12 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 Virginia* 10-1-11 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 Georgia* 6-0-6 1-1 0 1 0 0 0 Tulsa* 3-4-7 2-4 1-3 1 0 0 0

2002 P-A-T TFL Sks FC FR Int PB VandyÂÂ? 1-2-3 0-0 0-0 0 0 1-14 0 UConnÂÂ? 3-1-4 2-13 2-13 0 0 0 0 ClemsonÂÂ? 8-2-10 2-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 BYUÂÂ? 3-4-7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 UNCÂÂ? 2-4-6 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 WakeÂÂ? 4-11-15 1-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 MarylandÂÂ? 4-2-6 1-2 1-2 0 0 0 0 VirginiaÂÂ? 5-4-9 2-7 1-6 0 0 0 3 NC StateÂÂ? 2-1-3 1-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 FSUÂÂ? 0-7-7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 DukeÂÂ? 2-6-8 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 GeorgiaÂÂ? 7-2-9 3-4 1-1 0 0 0 0 Fres StÂÂ? 2-10-12 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 1

2001 P-A-T TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR SyracuseÂÂ? 9-1-10 2-4 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 CitadelÂÂ? 2-5-7 1-9 1-9 0 0 0 0 0 NavyÂÂ? 2-1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 ClemsonÂÂ? 2-1-3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Duke DNP-Injured Maryland DNP-Injured NC State DNP-Injured UNCÂÂ? 5-2-7 1-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 VirginiaÂÂ? 5-2-7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 WakeÂÂ? 5-2-7 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 0 GeorgiaÂÂ? 3-2-5 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 FSUÂÂ? 8-2-10 2-5 1-4 0 0 0 0 0 StanÂÂ?# 4-2-6 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0

2000 P-A-T TFL Sck FC FR Int PB PR UCF 4-2-6 1-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 FSU 4-3-7 1-8 1-8 0 0 0 0 0 NavyÂÂ? 6-2-8 2-7 1-3 0 2 0 0 0 NC StateÂÂ? 7-6-13 2-4 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 UNCÂÂ? 5-1-6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 WakeÂÂ? 8-3-11 1-1 0 0 0 1-5 1 0 DukeÂÂ? 5-3-8 1-7 1-7 0 0 0 0 0 ClemsonÂÂ? 7-3-10 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 VirginiaÂÂ? 1-3-4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 MarylandÂÂ? 2-5-7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 GeorgiaÂÂ? 10-6-16 2-2 0 0 0 *1-70 3 0 LSUÂÂ?# 7-4-11 1-2 0 0 0 0 1 1 * Returned for touchdown

CAREER STATISTICS Year G-GS P-A Tkl TFL Sck FC FR Int PB 2000 11-9 59-37 96 10-33 4-21 0 3 2-75 3 2001 9-9 41-18 59 7-24 3-15 0 0 0 2 2002 13-13 43-56 99 15-32 5-22 0 0 1-14 5 2003 13-13 64-65 129 16-34 3-14 2 1-7 0 2 Total 46-44 207-176 383 48-123 15-72 2 4 3-89 13

CAREER HIGHS Tackles: 16 vs. Georgia, 2000 TFL: 3 vs. Georgia, 2002; NC State, 2003 Sacks: 2 vs. Connecticut, 2002 Int: 1 vs. Wake Forest, 2000; Georgia, 2000; Vanderbilt, 2002

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