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  Will Smith
Will Smith
Player Profile
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Utica, NY

High School:
Proctor

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 265

Position:
Defensive End

Major:
Criminology

BUCKEYE NOTES: One of the premier players in the country at his position and a leading candidate for postseason honors � has been named to several preseason All-America teams and is on the watch list for the Lombardi Trophy � opted to return for his senior year and work on completing his degree rather than early entry into the NFL � has outstanding speed and is a tremendous pass rusher � at his best in big games as evidenced in the National Championship game where his two early tackles-for-loss (1 sack) set the tone for the evening and helped establish the dominance of the Ohio State defensive front against Miami�s vaunted offense � finished the Fiesta Bowl with a team-high eight total tackles � has played in all 38 games the past three years, including 23 starts the last two seasons � a second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media in 2002 � has 21.5 tackles-for-loss the past two seasons and a career total of 26.5 � 2002 RECAP: Missed practice the week of the Wisconsin game because of a stomach virus � did not start against the Badgers, but did tough it out for 15 minutes and figured in on four tackles � enjoyed career highs in solos, assists, total tackles, tackles-for-loss and sacks � his TFL total was second on the team, behind only All-American linebacker Matt Wilhelm (19.5) � opened the year with four tackles-for-loss and two sacks against Texas Tech in the Pigskin Classic, a game in which he had six total tackles � also had sacks against Indiana, Wisconsin and Illinois � his interception of Penn State QB Zack Mills in the second quarter led to Ohio State�s first field goal of the game � teamed with Kenny Peterson for a 9-yard sack at Illinois and then later teamed with David Thompson to tackle running back Antoineo Harris for a loss of 3 yards � later forced Harris to fumble at the OSU 18-yard-line, a fumble that was recovered by Tim Anderson to thwart an Illinois score � recovered a fumble against Michigan with 2:02 to play, stopping the Wolverines at the OSU 30-yard-line � 2001 RECAP: Finished the season with 47 tackles, 34 of which were solos � also had four sacks and nine tackles-for-loss � had nine tackles, a sack and a key forced fumble in the win over Northwestern, still a career high � credited with seven tackles, including two for losses, at Minnesota �five tackles, two sacks in the win at Michigan � finished the year with nine tackles in the Outback Bowl, including a tackle-for-loss � 2000 RECAP: Was the backup to Brent Johnson � played in all 12 games for a total of 99 minutes, easily tops among the freshmen, and had 12 tackles, including five for losses and three sacks � three tackles at Wisconsin was his top game statistically � voted OSU�s Outstanding First-Year Defensive Player � HIGH SCHOOL: A USA Today All-America pick � 20 sacks as a senior � rated by one recruiting service as the No. 1 defensive line prospect in the state � also played three years of basketball and ran track, competing in the sprints and the long jump � PERSONAL: Is the son of William and Lisa Smith � his mother is deceased � wants to be an FBI agent after he graduates � enjoys music, especially jazz, and plays the trumpet.

Will Smith�s Career Defensive Statistics
Year   GP/GS   S-A-T     TFL   YDS  SA    YDS
2000   12/0    6-6-12     5    22    3     20
2001   12/10  34-13-47    9    34    4     23
2002   14/13  41-18-59   12.5  42    5.5   31
Total  38/23  81-37-118  26.5  98   12.5   74
 
 
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