Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
|Height / Weight:|
6-0 / 197
Started all 12 games at cornerback ... credited with 43 tackles, including 31 solo stops ... had four interceptions on the year ... recorded a season-high seven tackles in the win over Miami ... forced a fumble at Ohio State ... returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown against Cincinnati in the Fort Worth Bowl.
Started all 12 games at cornerback ... recorded a team-high 14 pass break-ups which ranked fourth in the Mid-American Conference and 33rd nationally ... recorded 54 tackles on the year, 29 of which were solo stops ... intercepted one pass in the win over Kent State ... credited with a season-high 11 tackles (6 solo) against Toledo ... notched eight tackles at Tennessee ... broke-up a season-high three passes in the win over Akron ... broke-up at least one pass in all, but three games ... managed to limit opposing teams top receiver well below their receiving average in every contest ... a big reason why Marshall ranked 10th in the nation in pass defense and led the MAC in total defense.
Saw action in all 13 games as a reserve defensive back and as a special teams performer ... made his first collegiate start in the win at Ohio ... recorded 28 tackles on the year, including 15 solo stops ... had a season-high six tackles in the game at Virginia Tech ... credited with four passes broken up, had a sack against Kent State, an interception against Ball State and blocked a kick against Ohio.
Redshirted, did not play.
Was a four-year letter winner for coach Jack Daniels at Dwyer High where he also lettered in basketball and track ... played receiver and defensive back recording 11 interceptions and 45 receptions for 11 touchdowns ... named best defensive back and all-conference ... scored more than 400 points and had more than 200 steals in his prep hoops career.
Full name is Willie James Smith ... born on November 2, 1982 ... son of Patricia and Isham Richardson ... has two younger sisters, Wilzavier and Isha ... majoring in sports management and marketing.