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Ryan Smith

CB

Height
5' 10"
CLASS
JR
Hometown
Diamond Bar, Calif.
Weight
165 lbs.
Experience
TR
School
Bishop Amat Memorial

Drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the sixth round (228th overall) of the 2007 NFL draft...

2006: Started all 14 games for the Gator defense, while also seeing time on the punt return and kickoff teams…Named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press…Earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from the Associated Press and second-team honors from the league’s coaches…Named a third-team All-American by Rivals.com…Intercepted three passes against top-25 opponents, which tied for the national lead…All eight of his interceptions came in the Gators’ final 10 games…Led the SEC with eight interceptions, and stood fourth in the league with 16 passes defended…His eight interceptions were the second-highest single-season total in school history, and ranked for seventh nationally…One of six Florida players to break or reach the 50-tackle barrier…Went over the 100-career tackle mark after making five stops against Georgia…Came up with two tackles and a pass defended in the decisive win over Ohio State in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game…Made five stops, in addition to intercepting his eighth pass of the season and knocking away another ball, in Florida’s SEC Championship Game win over Arkansas…Recorded a tackle, an interception and a pass breakup in the win over Florida State…Notched one tackle, resulting in a loss of three yards, and broke up a pass in the defeat of Western Carolina…Made five tackles in the win over South Carolina…Tallied a career-high 11 tackles, intercepted a pass and blocked a punt against Vanderbilt in his finest all-around effort as a Gator…The blocked punt was his second of the season, and came on the Commodores’ first series of the game…His 10 solo tackles in the Vanderbilt game were the most any Florida player accumulated in a game last year…Notched five tackles and his team-leading fifth interception in the Gators’ 21-14 win over Georgia…Contributed three tackles in the Auburn game…Had a career-high-tying two interceptions for the second-consecutive game, while also posting two pass breakups and three tackles (including one for loss), in the Gators’ 23-10 win over LSU…Had a big game against Alabama, picking off a career-high two passes, notching three tackles and deflecting a pass in the 28-13 win…Recorded the Gators’ first blocked kick of the season when he partially deflected a punt in the first quarter of the Kentucky game…Notched four tackles, including three solo, versus the Wildcats…Had four tackles, including three of the solo variety, versus Tennessee…Made two solo tackles against UCF…Earned the start in his Gator debut and responded with five tackles, including one for a loss of three yards, against Southern Miss…

2005 (at Utah) Played in nine games and made six starts for the Utes...Smith’s 27 total tackles included 19 solo stops...Had 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and two pass breakups...Tallied a season-high eight tackles with one pass defended against Arizona...Recorded five tackles against TCU...Totaled five tackles and a pass defended versus Air Force...Interception came against Colorado State (six-yard return)...Earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference recognition…

2004 (at Utah) Tabbed a second-team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News playing for head coach Urban Meyer..Started all 12 games at right corner...Led the Utes with seven pass breakups...Made 44 total tackles...Three tackles for loss and two sacks...Forced two fumbles and recovered one...Named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week after 10-tackle (seven solo) game against Air Force...Also forced two fumbles, had an interception and a pass break-up vs. AFA...Notched four tackles and two pass breakups in Utah's Fiesta Bowl victory over Pittsburgh...Collected six stops, one tackle for loss and a pass break-up against Arizona...Had two pass breakups against BYU…

2003 (at Utah) Redshirt…

PREP: First-team all-league as a junior and senior...First-Team All-Valley as senior (second-team selection as a junior)...L.A. Times First-Team All-Valley...During his senior year, he averaged 28 yards per punt return and 37 yards per pass reception...Notched 31 solo tackles and 15 pass breakups in 2002…

PERSONAL: Was born July 17, 1985…Son of Lance and Marlene Smith...Father works for the Los Angeles Police Department...Has one sister.


CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Year UT-AT TT TBL QBS FF FR PD INT
2004 26-18 44 3.0 2 2 1 7 1
2005 19-8 27 1.5 0 0 0 2 1
2006 43-11 54 3.5 0 0 0 16 8
Totals: 88-38 126 8.0 2 2 1 25 10

SMITH’S CAREER HIGHS
Tackles: 11 (Vanderbilt, 2006)
QB Sacks: 1 (last vs. New Mexico, 2004)
Forced Fumbles: 2 (Air Force, 2004)
Interceptions: 2 (twice, last vs. LSU, 2006)

Game-By-Game

2006

                                     |---RUSHING---|  |--RECEIVING--|  |-------PASSING-------|  |--KICK RET--|  |--PUNT RET--|   All
 Date         Opponent               No.  Yds TD  Lg  No.  Yds TD  Lg  Cmp-Att-Int  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  No  Yds TD  Lg  Purp
 Sep 02, 2006 SOUTHERN MISS..........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Sep 09, 2006 UCF....................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Sep 16, 2006 at Tennessee...........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Sep 23, 2006 KENTUCKY...............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Sep 30, 2006 ALABAMA................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    30
 Oct 07, 2006 LSU....................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0    13
 Oct 14, 2006 at Auburn..............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Oct 28, 2006 vs Georgia.............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Nov 04, 2006 at Vanderbilt..........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   1   13  0   0    14
 Nov 11, 2006 SOUTH CAROLINA.........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Nov 18, 2006 WESTERN CAROLINA.......  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Nov 25, 2006 at Florida State.......  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Dec. 2, 2006 vs Arkansas............  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Jan. 8, 2007 vs Ohio State..........  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0     0
 Totals..............................  0    0  0   0    0    0  0   0    0-  0-  0    0  0   0   0    0  0   0   1   13  0   0    57

 Games played: 14
 Punt ret avg: 13.0
 All purpose avg/game: 4.1

                                     |---------TACKLES---------| |-SACKS-| |-FUMBLE-|            Pass Blkd |-Kicks--XPTS-|
 Date         Opponent               Solo  Ast  Total    TFL-Yds    No-Yds  FF FR-Yds Int-Yds QBH Brk Kick Att-Mad Run Rcv Saf  Pts
 Sep 02, 2006 SOUTHERN MISS..........   4    1      5    0.5-3     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 09, 2006 UCF....................   2    0      2    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 16, 2006 at Tennessee...........   3    1      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 23, 2006 KENTUCKY...............   3    1      4    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    1   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Sep 30, 2006 ALABAMA................   2    1      3    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     2-30    0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 07, 2006 LSU....................   3    0      3    1.0-3     0.0-0     0  0-0     2-13    0   2    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 14, 2006 at Auburn..............   2    1      3    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Oct 28, 2006 vs Georgia.............   3    2      5    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 04, 2006 at Vanderbilt..........  10    1     11    1.0-2     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-1     0   1    1   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 11, 2006 SOUTH CAROLINA.........   3    2      5    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   0    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 18, 2006 WESTERN CAROLINA.......   1    0      1    1.0-3     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Nov 25, 2006 at Florida State.......   1    0      1    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-0     0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Dec. 2, 2006 vs Arkansas............   4    1      5    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     1-0     0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Jan. 8, 2007 vs Ohio State..........   2    0      2    0.0-0     0.0-0     0  0-0     0-0     0   1    0   0-0     0   0   0    0
 Totals..............................  43   11     54    3.5-11    0.0-0     0  0-0     8-44    0   8    2   0-0     0   0   0    0

What They Are Saying About Ryan Smith

"Can you put an MVP on him? I don't know. It might be too early to say. But he's an instinctive player. Ryan Smith is one of my best football players." (11/08/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

“[Smith has] adjusted well [since his playing day at Utah]. The best thing going for Ryan Smith is his relationship with [secondary] coach [Chuck] Heater. Those two are on the same page and have been together for a long time. It’s like a father-son deal.” (10/8/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

"It's life. I'm thinking about Gator football maybe 23 hours and I don't know how many minutes a day, but I love that." (9/14/06)
Ryan Smith

"(Football is) life here and I like that. I grew up loving the Pac 10, but being here, you really realize this is serious football. The fans. The tradition. The people. Everybody is about football, and I love that. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else. I'm thinking about Gator football maybe 23 hours and I don't know how many minutes a day." (9/8/06)
Ryan Smith

“It was a dream come true. I always wanted to play big-time college football. It was like a dream. I almost got teary-eyed on the Gator Walk (before the game). It was emotional. I just felt like it really was a dream come true. I remember growing up watching big-time schools." (9/8/06)
Ryan Smith

"Ryan Smith came in right away and performed the way we thought he would. He's been a great gift for us. He kind of dropped out of the sky and has helped us out and we needed help, for sure. I feel comfortable (with Smith at cornerback). He's good enough to go out and play every down. We'll see how it all falls together. We need all of them. Ryan covers these guys the way you need to cover them at this level. He's done a good job. I'm very confident he can come in and play. He'll do what he needs to do." (8/23/06)
Chuck Heater, UF Cornerbacks Coach

"I expect to come in and get a starting job; that's what I want to do," Smith said. "There are guys here that have been here and have been playing here, so I can't expect to walk in and take a job. I have to earn it." (8/9/06)
Ryan Smith

“I’m just glad to be here. I don’t want to do too much talking about the past. Things happened and the cards fell that way. I graduated early. I took a lot of classes in summer school and I was done with my credits and I was ready to play football somewhere else.” (8/8/06)
Ryan Smith

“Coach Heater and him are real close, so when Chuck came to me and said it, I looked at him and said, ‘No, we can’t do that.’ First off, I don’t want to start taking players from another school, and then we had the issue show up where the guy’s getting ready to quit. I remember him having a great family, a great person, a 3.0 student and then I found out about that new rule I was complaining about. (Jeremy Foley) came in and said you might want to quit complaining so loud if you can get a guy. It’s really worked out well. The fact is he’s graduated and he’s going to graduate school at the University of Florida, which is a pretty good deal.” (8/8/06)
Urban Meyer, UF Head Coach

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