Green Wave looks to snap six-game skid vs. the Tigers; pick up first road win in 2012
Career Notes: Three-year letterman has 229 tackles (163 solo, 66 assists), 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, 13 pass break-ups, four interceptions and a fumble recovery for his career...played in 37 games with 34 starts...made successful transition from linebacker to safety following his freshman campaign...sits atop the depth chart at strong safety entering preseason practice.
2011: Saw action in all 13 games with 12 starts as a junior...finished third on the team with 68 tackles (54 solo, 14 assists) while sitting tied for third in both interceptions (1) and pass break-ups (5)...ranked 49th in Conference USA in tackles per game (5.2)...posted a season-high 10 tackles (9 solo, 1 assist) vs Tulsa (9/10)...had a season-best two pass break-ups to go with seven tackles (5 solo, 2 assists) vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/3)...added a seven-tackle performance (3 solo, 4 assists) at Army (10/1)...had three six-tackle outings: 4 solo, 1 assist vs Syracuse (10/8) and six solo at both Rice (11/19) and at Hawai'i (11/26)...posted an interception and a pass break-up in the season finale vs the Warriors...also posted pass break-ups at Duke (9/24) and vs Houston (11/10).
2010: Started all 12 games at free safety as a sophomore...led the team in interceptions (3) while ranking tied for second in pass break-ups (5), third with 90 tackles (60 solo, 30 assists) and tied for ninth in tackles for loss (2.0)...finished tied for ninth in Conference USA in interceptions per game (0.25), 13th in tackles per game (7.5) and tied for 18th in passes defensed per game (0.18)...ranked tied for 87th nationally in interceptions per game...posted double-digit tackle totals on three occasions, including a career-best 18 (14 solo, 4 assists) vs Rice (11/13) when he also picked off a pair of passes, broke up another and posted a tackle for loss...recorded 13 tackles (7 solo, 6 assists) at Houston (9/25) and 11 (10 solo, 1 assist) vs Southern Miss (11/6)...logged first career fumble recovery vs the Golden Eagles...had four solo tackles, one tackle for loss and an interception vs Southeastern Louisiana (9/2).
2009: Played in all 12 games as a true freshman, including 10 starts at strong-side linebacker...named to Conference USA All-Freshman Team after finishing second on the team in tackles for loss (5.5) while ranking fourth in tackles with 71 (49 solo, 22 assists) and tied for fourth in pass break-ups (3) and sacks (1)...posted most tackles by a freshman since Anthony Cannon had 114 in 2002...tabbed Louisiana Co-Defensive Player of the Week after tallying a career-best 10 tackles (7 solo, 3 assists) and two tackles for loss at Army (10/3)...added another 10 tackles (9 solo, 1 assist) in the season finale at SMU (11/28)...had five-plus tackles on six occasions, including nine stops vs McNeese State (9/26), eight tackles vs UTEP (11/7) and seven-tackle performances vs BYU (9/12) and at Rice (11/14)...had a sack among four tackles vs Tulsa (9/4), recorded single tackles for loss at Rice and SMU, and added a half tackle for loss at UCF (11/21).
High School: Four-year letterman at Karr High where he played wide receiver and defensive back for coach Jabbar Juluke...named two-star recruit and No. 75 prospect in the state of Louisiana by Rivals.com...helped the Cougars win back-to-back District 10-4A titles and advance to the second round of the state playoffs in each of his final two prep seasons...named first-team all-district as a senior when he had 72 tackles and picked off eight passes, including one returned for a touchdown...selected to play in the Sportsman's Paradise Bowl...posted four interceptions as a junior...also lettered twice in track and field.
Personal: Born Shakiel O'Neal Smith on Aug. 22, 1991, in New Orleans, La...son of Tyrone Johnson and Michelle Smith...has five brothers: Tevin and Javen Smith, Tyrone and Quaillav Johnson, and Rueben Washington; and four sisters: Jericha and Tiffany Washington, and Tearra Johnson...uncle, Chad Smith, played college football at Norfolk State...majoring in sociology.