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    Cameron Smith
    Cameron  Smith

    Class:
    Junior

    Hometown:
    Roseville, CA

    High School:
    Granite Bay

    Height / Weight:
    6-2 / 245

    Position:
    ILB

    Birthdate:
    03/26/1997

    Experience:
    2V

    Major:
    Communication

    01/18/2017

    USC's 2017 Football Schedule Announced

    Rose Bowl champion Trojans playing seven games at L.A. Coliseum, open Sept. 2.

    10/26/2015

    Smith and Freeman Named USC Credit Union Student-Athletes of the Week

    Smith led the way with three interceptions and a touchdown to send Utah to their first loss of the season.

    10/24/2015

    Cameron Smith's 3 INTs lead USC's 42-24 Rout of No. 3 Utah

    Ronald Jones II, Justin Davis and Soma Vainuku rushed for scores

    01/02/2017

    2017 Rose Bowl Game - USC vs. Penn State

    Jan. 2, 2017

    10/24/2015

    USC 42, Utah 24

    Trojans take down undefeated Utah at home on Saturday.

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    CAREER: He has 161 tackles, including 8 for losses (with 2 sacks), plus 7 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and 3 interceptions (with a TD) in his career. He has 22 career starts.

    2017: The intense, physical Smith, who is always around the ball, returns for his third year as a starting inside linebacker as a junior in 2017.

    2016: Smith, coming off an eye-opening first-year performance in 2015, returned as a starting inside linebacker as a sophomore in 2016. Overall in 2016 while starting all 13 games, he had a team-best 83 tackles, including 7 for losses of 24 yards (with a 6-yard sack), plus 4 deflections, 1 fumble recovery and 1 forced fumble and he returned an onside kick 7 yards. He made the 2016 Campus Insiders Sophomore All-American first team, All-Pac-12 second team and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team. He won USC’s 2016 Trojan Way Leadership Award. He was limited in 2016 spring practice while recovering from 2015 knee surgery, as well as rehabbing a shoulder sprain.

    He had a game-best 9 tackles, including 1.5 for losses (with a sack), and a fumble recovery against Alabama, a team-high 13 tackles (1 for a loss) against Utah State and 6 tackles at Stanford. He had a game-high and career-best 15 tackles (1 for a loss), along with a forced fumble (that USC recovered) and a deflection at Utah, 2 tackles against Arizona State, 4 tackles (with 1 sack) against Colorado, a tackle for a loss at Arizona and 5 tackles (2 for a loss) against California. He led USC with 8 tackles against Oregon and he also had 2 deflections, then had 3 tackles, a deflection and returned an onside kick 7 yards at Washington, 3 tackles at UCLA and a game-high 10 tackles (with 1 for a loss) against Notre Dame. He had 4 tackles against Penn State before being ejected in the second half for targeting.

    2015: Smith, who enrolled at USC in the spring of 2015 after graduating a semester early from high school, started at inside linebacker as a first-year freshman in 2015 until suffering a late-season knee injury. Overall in 2015 while appearing in USC’s first 10 games (and starting all but California), he had 78 tackles, including a 9-yard sack, plus 3 deflections, a fumble recovery and 3 interceptions (1 for a TD). He tore knee ligaments against Colorado and had season-ending surgery. Before getting hurt, he was leading USC in tackles and interceptions and was on pace to be the first true freshman to top the Trojans in tackles in a season since records were first kept in 1954.

    He was a 2015 USA Today, ESPN.com, Sporting News and 247Sports Freshman All-American first teamer. He made 2015 All-Pac-12 honorable mention and Phil Steele All-Pac-12 second team, as well as Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (the fourth Trojan in the past 5 years to be so honored). He also won USC’s John McKay Award (underclassman with the most competitive spirit).

    He had a team-high 7 tackles along with a deflection against Arkansas State and became the first USC true freshman to start an opener at inside linebacker since Riki Gray (Ellison) did so in 1978 against Texas Tech. He had a team-best 6 tackles against Idaho, 12 tackles against Stanford and 5 tackles (with a sack) at Arizona State. He had a game-high 12 tackles against Washington and a team-best 11 tackles and recovered a fumble in the end zone at Notre Dame. He had 3 interceptions against Utah, including a 54-yard scoring runback that broke open the game right before halftime, a 41-yarder to set up USC’s game-tying TD early in the second quarter and a 27-yarder in the fourth quarter (it was the most picks by a Trojan in a game since Jason Oliver’s 3 in 1991 versus Penn State) to go along with his team-best 9 tackles to earn Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week, FWAA AutoNation National Defensive Player of the Week, Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week and CollegeSportsMadness.com National and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week honors. He had 4 tackles and a deflection at California, 6 tackles against Arizona and 6 stops at Colorado before getting hurt.

    HIGH SCHOOL: He made 2014 Prep Star All-American Dream Team, Cal-Hi Sports All-State first team, Max Preps All-State Division I first team, USA Today All-California, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News Tribune Western 100, Max Preps All-Northern California first team, Max Preps All-Sac-Joaquin first team and Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team as a senior linebacker at Granite Bay (Calif.) High. He had 148 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries and 4 interceptions (2 for TDs) in 2014.

    As a junior in 2013, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Junior first team, Max Preps All-Northern California second team, Max Preps All-Sac-Joaquin second team and Sacramento Bee All-Metro first team as he had 126 tackles, including 5 for losses, 3 interceptions, 3 deflections, 2 fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.

    He made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team and Max Preps All-Sac-Joaquin Section first team as a 2012 sophomore, posting 196 tackles (including 8 for losses, with 3.5 sacks) and 4 interceptions. Granite Bay won the California state championship in 2012. He had 11 interceptions in his career.

    He also was on Granite Bay’s baseball and wrestling teams.

    PERSONAL: He is a communication major at USC. He played youth football against eighth graders when he was in fourth grade.

    WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT CAMERON SMITH

    Kyle Bonagura, ESPN.com: "For as productive as he was, Smith's play didn't catch much buzz and he'll start his sophomore year relatively unknown. That should change quickly."

    Brian Cushing, former USC and current Houston Texans linebacker: "He’s doing an incredible job. My freshman year, I started at strong side linebacker, and it’s not easy with the expectations and the increased level of play. He has done an unbelievable job of adjusting immediately and playing at an extremely high level.”

    Lindsey Thiry, Los Angeles Times: "Cameron Smith is the future of the defense."

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR INT YDS AVG TD LG
    2015 (Fr.)... 78 1/9 3 1 3 122 40.7 1 54
    2016 (So.)... 83 7/24 4 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
    CAREER... 161 8/33 7 2 3 122 40.7 1 54

    KOR YDS AVG TD LG
    2016 (So.)... 1 7 7.0 0 7

    GAME-BY-GAME WITH CAMERON SMITH

    2016

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR
    Alabama* 9 0/0 0 1
    Utah St.* 13 1/2 0 0
    Stanford* 6 0/0 0 0
    Utah* 15 1/3 1 1
    Arizona St.* 2 0/0 0 0
    Colorado* 4 1/6 0 0
    Arizona* 1 1/2 0 0
    California* 5 2/4 0 0
    Oregon* 8 0/0 2 0
    Washington* 3 0/0 1 0
    UCLA* 3 0/0 0 0
    Notre Dame* 10 1/7 0 0
    Penn St. (RB)* 4 0/0 0 0
    2016 (So.)... 83 7/24 4 1


    2015

    TAC LS/YDS DFL FR INT YDS AVG TD LG
    Ark. St.* 7 0/0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Idaho* 6 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Stanford* 12 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Arizona St.* 5 1/9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Washington* 12 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Notre Dame* 11 0/0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Utah* 9 0/0 0 0 3 122 40.7 1 54
    California 4 0/0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Arizona* 6 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    Colorado* 6 0/0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
    2015 (Fr.)... 78 1/9 3 1 3 122 40.7 1 54
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    WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT CAMERON SMITH

    Kyle Bonagura, ESPN.com: "For as productive as he was, Smith's play didn't catch much buzz and he'll start his sophomore year relatively unknown. That should change quickly."

    Brian Cushing, former USC and current Houston Texans linebacker: "He’s doing an incredible job. My freshman year, I started at strong side linebacker, and it’s not easy with the expectations and the increased level of play. He has done an unbelievable job of adjusting immediately and playing at an extremely high level.”

    Lindsey Thiry, Los Angeles Times: "Cameron Smith is the future of the defense."