2010: After a fine showing while starting at linebacker in 2009, the always-around-the-ball Smith will look to do more of the same on the weak side as a senior in 2010. He had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle prior to 2010 spring practice.
2009: Smith started at weakside linebacker as a junior in 2009 and had an eye-opening performance. Overall in 2009 while appearing in 10 games (all but Washington State, California, Arizona State) and starting 9 times (all but Washington State, California, Arizona State, Stanford), he had 72 tackles (second on USC), including 6 for losses, plus 3 deflections, 1 forced fumble and 1 interception (for a 62-yard TD). He missed the Washington State and California games after spraining his right ankle at Washington and was sidelined at Arizona State after spraining his left shoulder at Oregon.
He had 5 tackles (1.5 for losses) and a deflection against San Jose State, 1 tackle at Ohio State, 6 tackles and a deflection at Washington and 5 tackles (1 for a loss) at Notre Dame. He had 10 tackles (1 for a loss) and a deflection against Oregon State, 3 tackles and forced a fumble that USC recovered (to set up a TD) at Oregon and 11 tackles against Stanford. He had a USC season-high and career-best 15 tackles (the most by a Trojan since Troy Polamalu had 20 against Utah in the 2001 Vegas Bowl), including 1.5 for losses, and returned a first quarter interception 62 yards for a touchdown against UCLA to earn Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors. He made a game-best 10 tackles against Arizona. He had 6 tackles (1 for a loss) against Boston College.
2008: Smith served as the backup weakside linebacker and was a key special teamer as a sophomore in 2008. Overall in 2008 while appearing in all 13 games, he made 18 tackles, including 0.5 for a loss of 1 yards. He had 6 tackles against Washington, 4 at Washington State and 3 at Virginia.
2007: Smith was a backup linebacker and key special teams player as a first-year freshman in 2007. Overall in 2007 while appearing in all 13 games, he had 6 tackles and 1 forced fumble. He also returned a fumbled kickoff return 31 yards (at Nebraska). He had 1 tackle against Idaho, 2 versus Washington State and 1 each at Notre Dame, Oregon (with a forced fumble) and Arizona State.
HIGH SCHOOL: His 2006 honors included Super Prep All-American, Prep Star All-American, Prep Star 100, Super Prep All-Farwest, Prep Star All-West, Scout.com All-West, Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West first team, Orange County Register Fab 15 second team, Tacoma News-Tribune Western 100, Cal-Hi Sports All-State third team, All-L.A. City first team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area second team as a senior linebacker and running back at Taft High in Woodland Hills (Calif.). He had 31 tackles, 10 sacks and 4 fumble recoveries on defense and ran for 919 yards on 118 carries (7.8 avg.) with 15 TDs on offense in 2006 despite missing the first half of the season with a leg injury.
As a junior in 2005, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass first team, All-L.A. City first team and Los Angeles Daily News All-Area first team while making 41 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 fumble recovery, plus running for 639 yards on 73 carries (8.8 avg.) with 10 TDs and catching 27 passes for 411 yards (15.2 avg.) with 7 TDs as Taft was the L.A. City runnerup.
He was named to the Student Sports Sophomore All-American and Cal-Hi Sports All-State Sophomore first team as a 2004 sophomore when he had 800-plus yards of total offense and 8 TDs, plus 2 interceptions, as Taft won the L.A. City title. Current Trojan D.J. Morgan also prepped at Taft.
PERSONAL: He's an economics major at USC. His brother, Steve, was a 2006 All-American wide receiver at USC who lettered 4 years with the Trojans (2003-06) and finished his career as Troy's No. 5 career pass catcher (190 receptions with 22 TDs), and now plays with the NFL's New York Giants.
GAME-BY-GAME WITH MALCOLM SMITH