|Height: 5.10||Born: Oakland, CA|
|Weight: 186||College: Sacramento State|
|Birthdate: 1984-08-21||Years: 7 CGY / 7 CFL|
Calgary signed Smith as a free agent on May 20, 2008. Smith attended a mini-camp with the NFL’s Detroit Lions before joining the Arena League’s San Jose SaberCats in 2007.
Smith started 18 games and led the team with 85 tackles which ranked third in the CFL. He also had three tackles for a loss of four yards, a sack, two interceptions for 26 yards, one knockdown, three forced fumbles and two special-teams tackles. Smith started the Western Final and recorded one tackle. He also started in the Grey Cup and registered five tackles. He was voted a West Division all-star, CFL all-star and CFLPA all-star.
Smith started 16 games and registered a team-high 60 tackles including three tackles for a loss of 12 yards, a special-teams tackle, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three knockdowns. He had a career-high 10 defensive tackles on Nov. 1 against BC. Smith started the Western Final and registered two tackles, a quarterback sack and had one punt return for 51 yards.
Smith was a starter at halfback for 12 regular-season games as well as all three playoff contests including the 100th Grey Cup. He registered 48 tackles, including on tackle for loss, and matched a career high by picking up a pair of sacks. Smith had a fumble recovery, which he returned 48 yards for a touchdown on Oct. 6 at BC, one interception and two pass knockdowns. His pick, which he returned 21 yards, came in the regular-season opener against the Montreal Alouettes. He recorded sacks in back-to-back games to close out the regular season — against BC on Oct. 26 and against Edmonton on Nov. 2. His best tackle total was nine, which he achieved during a July 28 game against BC. Smith made his 200th career tackle during an Oct. 20 matchup with Hamilton. During the post-season, Smith collected 13 tackles and one pass knockdown.
Smith started all 18 regular-season games as well as the West semifinal and was Calgary’s nominee for the Most Outstanding Defensive Player award. He led the Stampeders with a career-high 65 tackles and was often tasked with covering the opposition’s best receiver. Smith added one interception, six pass knockdowns, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. His best single-game total in tackles was seven and came in the Nov. 5 regular-season finale against Winnipeg. He also recovered a fumble in that contest. Smith recorded at least five tackles on five separate occasions. His interception came in the Stamps’ July 14 win at Winnipeg’s Canad Inns Stadium.
Smith completed his remarkable comeback from a serious knee injury to become a key contributor to the Calgary defence. He started 17 regular-season games at halfback as well as the West final. Smith finished the season in a tie for third on the team with four interceptions. Two of the picks came in the Labour Day Classic at McMahon Stadium on Sept. 6 against the Edmonton Eskimos, with Smith running back the first interception 58 yards for a touchdown. Just four days later, in the return game at Edmonton on Sept. 10, Smith turned in another two-interception performance. Smith also made 43 tackles on the season — including a team-leading seven tackles in a July 10 win at Hamilton — and had two pass knockdowns.
Smith suffered a knee injury during the pre-season and did not see any regular-season action.
In his first season with the Stamps, Smith started 17 games including the West final and Grey Cup. He was fifth on the team in tackles with 56 and also recorded two forced fumbles, five special-teams tackles, six pass knockdowns and two tackles for loss. He recorded his first career sack on July 3 against Edmonton and then added another on July 17 against Hamilton, making him the first Stamps defensive back to record a multi-sack season since 2005. Smith led the team with seven tackles against Hamilton on July 17. He added seven tackles in his first career post-season game against BC on Nov. 15 before recording four more tackles in the Grey Cup.
Smith led Sacramento State with three interceptions in 2005. He tallied 44 tackles, two sacks and seven pass breakups in just four games with the Hornets in 2004. He attended Sacramento State after transferring from Saint Mary’s, which disbanded its football program following the 2003 season.
Smith is an active player in the community, attending local events and participating in the Every Yard Counts program. Smith attended Oakland’s McClymonds High School, where he lettered in football, track and basketball. He was a first team all-league and all-city defensive back as a senior. Smith works as an accountant in the CFL off-season.