Guest Speaker

Will Smith

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Will Smith is a returning NFF Riverside County Scholar Athlete.  Will was honored in 2010 and is from Notre Dame High School.

CAREER HIGHS

Tackles: 18, at Texas (2013) 
Tackles For Loss: 4, at Texas (2013) 
Sacks: 2, at SMU (2013) 
Interceptions: None 
Fumbles Recovered: None 
* Indicates most recent high

2013 
Holiday Bowl Defensive Most Valuable Player… ESPN Big 12 All-Bowl Team… All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)… Big 12 Broadcasters All-Conference (1st Team)… AP All-Big 12 (1st Team)… Preseason Phil Steele All-Big 12 (4th Team)… played in all 13 games (13 starts) with 120 tackles (86 solo), 10. 5 tackles for loss (37 yards), 4.5 sacks, three quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and a fumble return for a touchdown… 120 total tackles are the most by a Red Raider since 2002 (Lawrence Flugence – 193)… 86 solo tackles are the most by a Red Raider since 2002 (Lawrence Flugence – 124)… either led the team or tied for team lead in tackles in 9-of-13 games… made 48 tackles in three consecutive games (vs. Baylor/at Texas/vs. Arizona State) which marked the most by a Red Raider since 2002 (Lawrence Flugence – 52)… became the first Red Raider with eight or more tackles in seven consecutive games since 2002 (Lawrence Flugence – 9)… NCAA RANKINGS: fourth in solo tackles (86)… fifth in solo tackles/game (6.6)… 15th in total tackles in a single-game (18 at Texas)… 18th among active players in career solo tackles/game (4.6)… 22nd in total tackles (120)… 34th in total tackles/game (9.2)…BIG 12 RANKINGS: led the league in solo tackles (86)… second in total tackles in a single-game (18 at Texas)… third in total tackles (120)… third in total tackles/game (9.2)… 11th in sacks (4.5)… 11th in sacks/game (0.35)… 11th in assisted tackles (34)… led all players with 14 tackles (10 solo), including two tackles for loss helping the Red Raiders to a 37-23 upset over No. 14 Arizona State (12/30) at the National University Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego… Holiday Bowl Defensive MVP… 34 tackles in back-to-back games (vs. Baylor/at Texas) are the most by a Red Raider since 2002 (Lawrence Flugence – 36)… posted a career-high 18 tackles (13 solo) at Texas (11/28)… 18 tackles marked the most by a Red Raider since Dwayne Slay also had 18 at Baylor in 2005… recorded a career-high 16 tackles (13 solo) against No. 4 Baylor (11/16) at AT&T Stadium in Arlington… led team with eight tackles (all solo) against Kansas State (11/9)… led team in tackles with eight (seven solo) and broke up a pass against No. 12 Oklahoma State (11/2)… made nine tackles for the second straight game (two solo) at No. 12 Oklahoma (10/26)… tied for the team lead with nine tackles (six solo) with one sack for a loss of three yards at West Virginia (10/19)… made six tackles (all solo) with a quarterback hurry against Iowa State (10/12)… led or tied for the team lead in tackles for the third consecutive game with six tackles (five solo) with a sack and a quarterback hurry at Kansas (10/5)… became the first Red Raider to score a touchdown after picking up a fumble since 2011 (Cornelius Douglas, vs. No. 2 Oklahoma State) with a nine-yard return against Texas State (9/21) and led the team with eight tackles (five solo) with one tackle for a loss… fumble recovery for a touchdown gave Tech a 10-0 lead 32 seconds into the second quarter… tied for the team lead (Tre' Porter) with nine tackles (five solo) and broke up one pass against No. 24 TCU (9/12)… made two tackles (both solo) in home opener against Stephen F. Austin (9/7)… made season debut making seven tackles (four solo) with 1.5 tackles for a loss of 10 yards on 1.5 sacks in season opener at SMU (8/30).

2012 
All-Big 12 (3rd Team)… Dallas Morning News All-Big 12 (Honorable Mention)… Midseason All-Big 12 (3rd Team)… Preseason All-Big 12 (4th Team)… Preseason College Sports Madness All-Big 12 (3rd Team)… finished first season at Tech with a season-high eight tackles (2 solo) against Minnesota (12/28) in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas at Reliant Stadium… played in 13 games (11 starts) with 55 tackles (34 solo, 21 assisted) with 1.5 tackles for a loss and three quarterback hurries… led all Red Raider newcomers with 55 total tackles and 34 solo tackles… had at least one tackle in all 13 games played… notched at least three tackles in 11-of-13 games… made two tackles (one solo) and tallied two quarterback hurries against Baylor (11/24) at Cowboys Stadium… collected three tackles (all solo) at No. 24 Oklahoma State (11/17)… made four tackles (three solo) against Kansas (11/10)… posted six tackles (four solo) against No. 22 Texas (11/3)… tallied four tackles (all solo) at No. 3 Kansas State (10/27)… made six tackles (five solo) at No. 21 TCU (10/20)… had one tackle (solo) against No. 4 West Virginia (10/13)… made three tackles (one solo) with 0.5 tackles for a loss against No. 14 Oklahoma (10/6)… led the team with seven tackles (three solo) at Iowa State (9/29)… posted three tackles with 0.5 tackles for a loss of four yards against New Mexico (9/15)… led the team with six tackles (three solo) and made 0.5 tackles for a loss at Texas State (9/8)… made career debut with three tackles (all solo) in season opener against Northwestern State (9/1).

RIVERSIDE COMMUNITY COLLEGE 
Riverside Community College in Riverside, Calif… SUPERPREP JUCO team … helped team to a perfect 11-0 record and a No. 5 national ranking by JC Gridwire…finished the 2011 season second on the team with 36 solo tackles and 13 tackles for loss during sophomore season… recorded three interceptions and returned one 75-yards for a touchdown…CHOSE TEXAS TECH OVER: Nevada, New Mexico, New Mexico State and San Jose State… Junior College Head Coach: Tom Craft.

NORTHWOOD UNIVERSITY 
Northwood University in Midland, Mich… recorded 22 tackles during freshman season… played for head coach Mike Sullivan.

HIGH SCHOOL 
Notre Dame High School in Riverside, Calif… named team and league most valuable player in football and basketball… also selected team MVP in track… received all-county honorable mention in football and basketball… also competed in basketball and track and field… High School Coach: Bob Burt.

PERSONAL 
William "Will" Smith… born January 13, 1992 in Riverside, Calif… son of Wade and Gina Smith… has a twin brother, Wade, Jr., and a younger brother, Wesley… father, Wade, played football at New Mexico, mother, Gina, played college basketball at California Baptist University, and brother, Wade, Jr., plays football at Northwood University (Mich.)… a university studies major at Texas Tech.