On Smith: Redshirt sophomore who figures to be in the mix at a cornerback position, where he is listed behind senior Tony Okanlawon on the pre-spring depth chart … saw more and more game action as the season progressed last year, eventually starting the final game of the campaign (vs. Georgia Tech).
2000 (Redshirt Freshman): Appeared in eight games, making his first career start in the season finale (Georgia Tech) … totaled 19 tackles, five pass breakups, one interception and one fumble recovery … lone interception came in the Florida State game … career-high seven tackles in the Virginia game … also had four tackles in the overtime victory over NC State … did not play in the season’s first two games.
1999 (Freshman): Redshirt season.
High School: A 1999 graduate of Meade High School in Fort Meade, Md. ... a talented all-around prospect who played two seasons at Meade after relocating with his family from Texas ... alternated between quarterback and running back on offense, and was regarded as a hard-hitting safety on defense ... also punted, averaging 35 yards per punt ... had four interceptions and 106 tackles as a senior while earning first team all-county accolades and SuperPrep all-region mention at safety ... was second team all-county as a junior ... rushed for 1,189 yards on 136 carries in 1998 ... had 14 touchdowns and 8.7 yards per carry ... team was 5-5 in 1998, 7-3 in 1997 ... high school coach was Mark Frye.
Personal: Andrew Smith, Jr. was born August 14, 1981 ... son of Clarice and Andrew Smith ... majoring in mechanical engineering ... father is a retired military officer … named a Maryland scholar-athlete in 2000.
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