Yellow Jackets see 14-point fourth-quarter lead slip away in loss to Utah
A returning starter at right tackle... earned that starting job after recovering from a knee injury that kept him out of spring practice in 2010... he also beat out a returning senior starter for the job... enjoyed a solid redshirt freshman season in Tech's ACC championship season of 2009... began that year as a top back-up at tackle before starting three games late in the season... has played in 23 career games with 12 starts... one of Tech's most experienced offensive linemen... possesses good speed for a player his size.
2010 (Sophomore): Played in 10 games and started eight times at right tackle... missed three games with nagging injuries... started the first six games of the season... helped the Georgia Tech offense lead the nation in rushing offense.
2009 (Freshman) A top reserve and part-time starter on the offensive line as a redshirt freshman... suffered a season-ending injury in the ACC Championship Game vs. Clemson (Dec. 5) and did not play in the FedEx Orange Bowl... played in 13 game and started four times... started the final three games of the regular season and the ACC Championship Game after starter Austin Barrick went down with an injury.
A true freshman who redshirted... will battle for a starting job in 2009... part of a talented freshman class that included three offensive linemen... possesses good speed for a player his size.
High School Possesses good speed for a player his size... earned all-county honors in 2007 as an offensive lineman... selected All-Hillsborough County second team... earned all-state honors by the FSWA as an offensive tackle... recorded six sacks on the defensive line as a junior... earned two varsity letters in football at defensive end, offensive tackle and tight end... also earned two letters in basketball as an imposing center... served one year as captain of the basketball team... recorded a triple-double as a sophomore with 18 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocked shots against Berkeley Prep... selected for the student council as a senior... attended same high school as current Yellow Jackets Andrew Smith, A.J. Smith and Michael Peterson... former Tech quarterback George Godsey also attended Jesuit HS... Smith said "It's a family atmosphere" at Georgia Tech... chose Georgia Tech over Penn State and several other schools...
No. 56 offensive tackle in the nation (Scout.com)
Personal Born July 24, 1990 in Tampa... given name is Philip Wallace Smith... father, Mark, played football for four years at Nicholls State... has a younger brother, Brad... a management major.