Player Bio

Roquan Smith
LB #58
Height:
6-1
Weight:
225
Age:
21
College:
Georgia
Experience:
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Biography

A native of Montezuma, Ga., and Macon County High School, Roquan Smith was a unanimous 2017 First Team All-American, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and winner of the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding linebacker. He also was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award, both of which are presented to the country's top overall defensive player.
 
A 6-1, 225-pounder, Smith started all 15 games for the 13-2 Bulldogs as Georgia earned a spot in the College Football Playoff and advanced to the CFP national championship game. He led the Bulldogs on the season with 137 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 14.0 tackles-for-loss and 20 QBH. Smith also was named Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl in the CFP semifinal with 11 tackles as the Bulldogs defeated Oklahoma to advance to the CFP National Championship game.
 
HONORS AND AWARDS
2017 Associated Press All-America First Team
2017 Walter Camp All-America First Team
2017 American Football Coaches Association All-America First Team
2017 Football Writers Association of America All-America First Team
2017 The Sporting News All-America First Team
2017 Phil Steele All-America First Team
2017 Butkus Award Winner
2017 AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year
2017 Coaches' SEC Defensive Player of the Year
2017 Coaches' & AP All-SEC 1st Team
 
2017 - JUNIOR SEASON
Stellar junior season, starting all 15 games and leading the team in total stops with 137, QB sacks (6.5), tackles for loss (14.0) and QB pressures (20) ... named one of four permanent team captains, as well as Defensive MVP, at the team's post-season awards gala ... named Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker ... also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award, both of which go to the country's top overall defensive player ... Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl with 11 tackles, including half a QB sack and highlighted by several key third-down stops ... named to the All-Bowl Team by both ESPN and Rivals.com ... MVP of the SEC Championship game after he had a career high-matching 13 tackles, one QB sack, another stop for lost yardage and a pair of fumble recoveries ... had team-high nine stops vs. Georgia Tech that included three tackles for lost yardage, one of which was a QB sack ... named to the Associated Press and Sporting News' midseason All-America teams ... led the team with 11 tackles (six solo) with one QB hurry against Tennessee ... led team with nine tackles, including a 10-yard QB sack, vs. South Carolina ... also had team-best seven stops at Vanderbilt ... had eight tackles  (3 solo) against Mississippi State with one QB hurry ... tallied a team-high six tackles (four solo) with one pass breakup vs. Samford ... had seven tackles (five solo), one TFL and two quarterback hurries against Notre Dame ... led the team against Appalachian State with six tackles (three solo) ... named to the Bednarik Award Watch List ... named a member of the Preseason First-Team All-SEC and Coaches Preseason First-Team All-SEC ... recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.
 
2016 - SOPHOMORE SEASON
Played in all 13 games, making 10 starts ... team's leading tackler with 95 total stops ... also had 5.0 tackles for loss, five QB pressures and one pass breakup ... had career-high 13 tackles in each of the last two games of the season ... had 11 tackles in win at South Carolina, adding a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... in addition to six stops vs. Vanderbilt, he assisted on a QB sack and broke up one pass ... has led team in tackles in each of the past two games: 7 stops vs. Auburn and 7 vs. Louisiana ... had 7 tackles in win at Kentucky ... made a then-career-high 6 tackles with 2 TFL against UNC ... had five tackles vs. Tennessee ... made 4 tackles against Nicholls ... added four tackles (all solo) at Missouri ... recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.
 
2015 - FRESHMAN SEASON
Appeared in 12 games ... 20 total tackles ... four tackles, including 1.5 TFLs vs. Penn State ... career-high 5 tackles against Florida ... recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Macon County, coached by Larry Harold … competed in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game … PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, No. 61 nationally on its Top 150 Dream Team … ESPN.com four-star prospect, No. 29 player nationally, No.2 OLB nationally, No. 5 player in Georgia … 247Sports.com four-star prospect, No. 71 ranked overall player nationally, No. 5 OLB nationally, No. 5 player in Georgia ... Rivals.com four-star prospect, No. 77 nationally, No.6 OLB nationally, No. 9 player in Georgia … Scout.com No. 62 ranked overall player nationally, No. 1 ranked MLB nationally, No. 1 ranked in the South … DawgPost No. 6 ranked player in Georgia ... named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's 2014 Class AA Defensive Player of the Year … named the Georgia Sports Writers Association's 2014 Class AA Defensive Player of the Year ... led team to a 9-3 record and the Class AA playoffs.
A native of Montezuma, Ga., and Macon County High School, Roquan Smith was a unanimous 2017 First Team All-American, the SEC Defensive Player of the Year and winner of the Butkus Award, presented annually to the nation's most outstanding linebacker. He also was a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award, both of which are presented to the country's top overall defensive player.
 
A 6-1, 225-pounder, Smith started all 15 games for the 13-2 Bulldogs as Georgia earned a spot in the College Football Playoff and advanced to the CFP national championship game. He led the Bulldogs on the season with 137 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 14.0 tackles-for-loss and 20 QBH. Smith also was named Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl in the CFP semifinal with 11 tackles as the Bulldogs defeated Oklahoma to advance to the CFP National Championship game.
 
HONORS AND AWARDS
2017 Associated Press All-America First Team
2017 Walter Camp All-America First Team
2017 American Football Coaches Association All-America First Team
2017 Football Writers Association of America All-America First Team
2017 The Sporting News All-America First Team
2017 Phil Steele All-America First Team
2017 Butkus Award Winner
2017 AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year
2017 Coaches' SEC Defensive Player of the Year
2017 Coaches' & AP All-SEC 1st Team
 
2017 - JUNIOR SEASON
Stellar junior season, starting all 15 games and leading the team in total stops with 137, QB sacks (6.5), tackles for loss (14.0) and QB pressures (20) ... named one of four permanent team captains, as well as Defensive MVP, at the team's post-season awards gala ... named Butkus Award winner as the nation's top linebacker ... also a finalist for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and Chuck Bednarik Award, both of which go to the country's top overall defensive player ... Defensive MVP of the Rose Bowl with 11 tackles, including half a QB sack and highlighted by several key third-down stops ... named to the All-Bowl Team by both ESPN and Rivals.com ... MVP of the SEC Championship game after he had a career high-matching 13 tackles, one QB sack, another stop for lost yardage and a pair of fumble recoveries ... had team-high nine stops vs. Georgia Tech that included three tackles for lost yardage, one of which was a QB sack ... named to the Associated Press and Sporting News' midseason All-America teams ... led the team with 11 tackles (six solo) with one QB hurry against Tennessee ... led team with nine tackles, including a 10-yard QB sack, vs. South Carolina ... also had team-best seven stops at Vanderbilt ... had eight tackles  (3 solo) against Mississippi State with one QB hurry ... tallied a team-high six tackles (four solo) with one pass breakup vs. Samford ... had seven tackles (five solo), one TFL and two quarterback hurries against Notre Dame ... led the team against Appalachian State with six tackles (three solo) ... named to the Bednarik Award Watch List ... named a member of the Preseason First-Team All-SEC and Coaches Preseason First-Team All-SEC ... recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.
 
2016 - SOPHOMORE SEASON
Played in all 13 games, making 10 starts ... team's leading tackler with 95 total stops ... also had 5.0 tackles for loss, five QB pressures and one pass breakup ... had career-high 13 tackles in each of the last two games of the season ... had 11 tackles in win at South Carolina, adding a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... in addition to six stops vs. Vanderbilt, he assisted on a QB sack and broke up one pass ... has led team in tackles in each of the past two games: 7 stops vs. Auburn and 7 vs. Louisiana ... had 7 tackles in win at Kentucky ... made a then-career-high 6 tackles with 2 TFL against UNC ... had five tackles vs. Tennessee ... made 4 tackles against Nicholls ... added four tackles (all solo) at Missouri ... recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.
 
2015 - FRESHMAN SEASON
Appeared in 12 games ... 20 total tackles ... four tackles, including 1.5 TFLs vs. Penn State ... career-high 5 tackles against Florida ... recipient of the Tommy Lyons Football Scholarship.
 
HIGH SCHOOL
Macon County, coached by Larry Harold … competed in the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game … PrepStar Magazine five-star prospect, No. 61 nationally on its Top 150 Dream Team … ESPN.com four-star prospect, No. 29 player nationally, No.2 OLB nationally, No. 5 player in Georgia … 247Sports.com four-star prospect, No. 71 ranked overall player nationally, No. 5 OLB nationally, No. 5 player in Georgia ... Rivals.com four-star prospect, No. 77 nationally, No.6 OLB nationally, No. 9 player in Georgia … Scout.com No. 62 ranked overall player nationally, No. 1 ranked MLB nationally, No. 1 ranked in the South … DawgPost No. 6 ranked player in Georgia ... named the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's 2014 Class AA Defensive Player of the Year … named the Georgia Sports Writers Association's 2014 Class AA Defensive Player of the Year ... led team to a 9-3 record and the Class AA playoffs.
 

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    Posted May 16, 2018

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