On Smith: Linebacker who worked primarily with the scout team in his first two years with the team ... performed well enough in spring of last year to get consideration at the "Sam" spot but missed most of the season due to injury (fractured right fibula then a stress fracture in his left ankle) ... not lightning-quick but very instinctive and a good tackler.
2004 (Sophomore): Saw action in one game (at Duke) but did not record any statistics.
2003 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in one game (The Citadel) ... productive in his short time on the field, registering a pair of tackles (one solo).
2002 (Freshman): Redshirt season ... named offensive scout team Player of the Week for his work in practice the week of the Akron game.
High School: A three-year letterman at Liberty High School ... was a two-time All-Carroll County selection ... as a senior in 2001, he led his team with 112 total tackles, including 75 unassisted stops, despite missing time with an injury in the first part of the season ... a second team All-Central Maryland Conference selection ... played linebacker as a senior after playing defensive end as a sophomore and junior ... also played basketball.
Personal: Jeris Smith was born August 11, 1984 ... son of Kevin and Thelma Smith ... majoring in African American studies.
Defense G-GS UT AT TT/Avg TFL Sacks Int 2003 1-0 1 1 2/2.0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 2004 1-0 0 0 0/0.0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0 Career 2-0 1 1 2/1.0 0.0-0 0.0-0 0-0