Linebackers look to fill starting role of graduated David Nwabuisi
2014: Redshirt junior ... Played in all 12 games with seven starts at linebacker ... Collected 37 tackles with 4.5 TFLs ... Ended the season with a career-best eight tackles vs. Illinois, adding a PBU ... Notched four tackles at Purdue ... Had three tackles and a fumble recovery vs. Michigan ... Recorded six tackles against Nebraska ... Tallied two tackles against Wisconsin ... Picked up first sack of the season at Penn State ... Collected three tackles against Cal.
2013: Redshirt sophomore ... Key reserve at multiple linebacker positions and special teams contributor ... Recorded 31 tackles, including 4.5 TFL ... Notched three tackles at Illinois ... Assisted with a career-high three tackles at Nebraska ... Tallied three solo tackles against Minnesota ... Matched a career high with two QB hurries against Maine ... Registered a career-high five solo tackles against Western Michigan ... Made two tackles including 1.0 TFL against Syracuse ... Posted a career-high six tackles in season opener at Cal ... Produced four solo stops against the Bears.
2012: Redshirt freshman ... Reserve linebacker ... 17 tackles, with 3.0 TFL's, on the year ... Made one tackle in his college debut at Syracuse to go along with one pass breakup and two QB hurries ... Two tackles vs. Vanderbilt ... Also had two tackles vs. South Dakota ... Recorded his first career pass sack for a 9-yard loss vs. Nebraska ... Posted two tackles at Michigan ... Four tackles and 1.5 TFLs against Michigan State, including a 7-yard pass sack ... Stepped in and played significant time for the injured Damien Proby vs. Illinois, finishing with career-best five tackles.
2011: Did not see action ... Recipient of two defensive practice player of the week awards and one such honor on special teams.
High School: ESPN.com three-star linebacker ... Three-year letterwinner at outside linebacker for Colerain ... Named first-team All-Greater Miami Conference (GMC) and second-team All-Southwest Ohio ... Selected to play in Big 33 All-Star game (Ohio vs. Pennsylvania) ... Named team's defensive MVP ... Team completed undefeated 10-0 regular season in 2010 ... Led the conference with 10 sacks his senior year ... Totaled 58 tackles with 12 sacks and 24 TFL's in his career ... Honor Roll student ... Coached by Tom Bolden.
Personal: Born Andrew Ward Smith III ... Son of Andrew Smith and Zenith Strum ... Majoring in communication studies.