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Georgia Tech Football: Honoring the Seniors - S Demond Smith

Today we look at a player who has had a few different roles with Tech's defense.

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As a Recruit

Coming out of high school, 3-star Demond Smith committed to Georgia Tech Jan. 16, 2011, just two days after his official visit to the Flats.

Smith played quarterback at his high school (Monroe Area High School) and was pretty good at running the ball. His senior season, he rushed for 1,795 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also had 13 carries for at least 50 yards. Passing the ball, Smith added in 431 yards and five touchdowns. He was named all-state and team MVP as a senior and all-region twice.

On the Field

Smith redshirted in his first year on the Flats and participated on the scout team. In his second season, he played in all 14 games as a reserve and on special teams. He collected 14 tackles.

As a redshirt sophomore, Smith played in all 13 games and became a starter after the third game. He finished with 45 tackles (32 solo), three tackles for loss and a half a sack. He also broke up four passes.

As a redshirt junior, Smith's role changed a bit. Ted Roof had implemented the 4-2-5 defense which moved Smith to the nickel position. At the nickel, Smith had a good season, finishing third on the team in tackles with 73 tackles (54 solo). He added in two tackles for loss, four pass break-ups, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

In his senior season, following the graduation of Isaiah Johnson, Smith moved back to safety. There, he started 11 games and finished the season 51 tackles (35 solo) and 2.5 tackles for loss.

Off the Field

Off the field, I couldn't find a whole lot of info on Smith, other than he's majoring in business administration. As a player, though, his flexibility to be used in multiple positions was very nice for the Yellow Jackets and a good demonstration of self sacrifice to make the team better.

Thank you for your hard work and dedication on the Flats, Demond! Best of luck in your future endeavors!