Anchors the defensive line as the starting right end for the third-straight year . . . named to Playboy’s preseason All-America Team for the second year in a row . . . rated among the nation’s top defensive ends by Lindy’s College Football Annual (No. 11) and The Sporting News (No. 16) . . . preseason first-team All-Big Ten selection by Street & Smith’s, Lindy’s and Athlon Sports College Football . . . already ranks among Michigan State’s all-time leaders in sacks (sixth at 14) and tackles for losses (15th at 24) . . .
AS A JUNIOR: Voted to the Walter Camp All-America Team in 1998 . . . started the first nine games in ’98 at right defensive end before breaking his right fibula in the first quarter vs. top-ranked Ohio State . . . led the defensive line and ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 52 (23 solos, 29 assists) at the time of the injury . . . also led the Spartans in tackles for losses with eight (22 yards), including two sacks (11), through the first eight games . . . routinely double- and triple-teamed with bookend Dimitrius Underwood sidelined for the entire ’98 season with a high ankle sprain . . . named Spartan Defensive Player of the Week after recording nine tackles (5-4) vs. Northwestern, including three for losses (9 yards) and a sack (5) . . . matched his career high with 10 stops (5-5) vs. Indiana, including two behind the line of scrimmage (7 yards) . . . his 6-yard sack late in the fourth quarter vs. Indiana helped send the game into overtime tied at 24 . . . registered eight tackles (2-6) in the season opener vs. Colorado State . . . played a total of 226 minutes in ’98, including a career-high 35.5 minutes vs. Indiana . . .
AS A SOPHOMORE: Second-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media . . . presented MSU Outstanding Underclass Lineman Award . . . started all 12 games at right defensive end in 1997 . . . led the defensive line and ranked fifth on the team in tackles with 74 (38 solos, 36 assists) . . . led the Spartans in tackles for losses (16 for 66 yards) and sacks (12 for 58) . . . listed among the Big Ten leaders in tackles for losses (sixth) and sacks (third) . . . returned his first career interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter vs. Penn State but it was called back for a clipping penalty . . . had four multiple-sack games in ’97, including two each vs. Ohio State (15 yards), Northwestern (7), Minnesota (10) and Michigan (14) . . . recorded a season-high 10 tackles (5 solos, 5 assists) vs. Michigan, including a sack (4 yards) . . . had nine stops each vs. Northwestern (3-6) and Minnesota (7-2) . . . selected Spartan Defensive Player of the Week vs. Northwestern (24 production points) and Minnesota (23) . . . returned a fumble 37 yards for a touchdown in his collegiate debut vs. Western Michigan . . . preseason Big Ten Defensive Newcomer of the Year pick by The Sporting News . . . named Green team’s defensive MVP in the 1997 spring game after recording nine tackles (6 solos, 3 assists), including two for losses (13 yards) and a sack (11) . . .
AS A FRESHMAN: Sat out the entire 1996 season for academic reasons . . .
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Parade and National Recruiting Advisor All-American in 1995 . . . ranked as the nation’s No. 5 defensive end and Michigan’s top prep player by the National Recruiting Advisor . . . listed among the country’s top 11 players by Scholastic Coach Magazine . . . Lansing State Journal’s No. 1 pick on its Catch 22 list . . . rated among the state's top prospects by both The Detroit News (No. 5) and Detroit Free Press (No. 7) . . . earned first-team all-state, all-conference and all-city honors as a senior . . . registered 92 tackles, including 11 sacks, in ’95 for Coach Gary Lee at Flint (Mich.) Northern High School . . . had 17 receptions for 297 yards (17.5 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior . . . also lettered in basketball . . . born Nov. 15, 1977 . . . brother Fernando plays defensive end for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens . . . brother Antonio started at forward for Michigan State’s Final Four 1999 basketball team . . . majoring in communication.
R. Smith’s Career Statistics
G/GS UT AT TM TFL-Yds. Sacks INT-Yds. 1997 12/12 38 36 74 16-66 12-58 1-6 1998 9/9 23 29 52 8-22 2-11 0-0 Career 21/21 61 65 126 24-88 14-69 1-6
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