Spartans top BGSU in season opener.
Position-by-position breakdown of the Spartans entering preseason camp.
MSU head coach Mark Dantonio gives an update on the team following practice.
CAREER NOTES: Third-year player has 23 tackles, five pass break-ups and one interception in 26 career games, including six starts . . . provides depth and talent in the rotation at cornerback . . . his uncle Bobby Williams spent 13 years on the football coaching staff at Michigan State, including three seasons as head coach from 1999-2002 . . . suffered a stroke last November and wasn’t medically cleared to play football until late June . . . has been nominated for the Orange Bowl Courage Award, which honors players in college football who show great courage in the face of adversity.
2017 SEASON (JUNIOR): Has played in all 11 games this season with one start . . . made first start of season in Maryland game, starting at boundary cornerback, posting one tackle . . . tallied two tackles at No. 11 Ohio State . . . recovered muffed punt return at MSU 9-yard line in fourth quarter at Northwestern . . . logged two tackles, including career-high 1.5 tackles for loss, against Notre Dame . . . made smashing return to action in Bowling Green game in his first game back since suffering an offseason stroke, returning an interception 38 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter . . . it was his first career interception and first career touchdown . . . co-winner of the team’s “Unsung Hero” award after tallying 15 total production points, ranking tied for second on the defense.
2016 SEASON (SOPHOMORE): Played in eight games with four starts at cornerback (Furman, Notre Dame, BYU, Illinois) . . . ranked third on team with four pass break-ups . . . recorded 13 tackles . . . missed Northwestern, Rutgers, Ohio State and Penn State games with an injury . . . was starting boundary cornerback at Illinois and registered one tackle and one pass break-up . . . logged career-best six tackles vs. No. 2 Michigan . . . notched three tackles to go with one pass break-up in BYU game after starting at field cornerback . . . logged one pass break-up vs. No. 11 Wisconsin . . . was MSU's starting field cornerback at No. 18 Notre Dame, registering two tackles and one pass break-up . . . started at boundary cornerback vs. Furman, tallying one QB hurry.
2015 SEASON (FRESHMAN): True freshman played in the last seven games (Indiana, Nebraska, Maryland, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Alabama) to earn his first letter . . . primarily saw action on special teams but also played at cornerback . . . recorded five tackles . . . collected two tackles in College Football Playoff Semifinal against No. 2 Alabama . . . made one stop in the Big Ten Championship Game vs. No. 4 Iowa . . . broke up a pass against Maryland . . . made his first career start at Nebraska and recorded two tackles against the Huskers . . . made his collegiate debut in Week 8 vs. Indiana.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Rated among the nation's Top 300 prospects by Scout.com (No. 165) . . . ranked among the country's top cornerbacks by Scout.com (No. 20), ESPN.com (No. 66) and 247Sports.com (No. 68) . . . listed among the Midwest's top prospects by ESPN.com (No. 87) . . . rated among the state's top seniors by Scout.com (No. 4), The Detroit News (No. 8), Detroit Free Press (No. 8), 247Sports.com (No. 8), Lansing State Journal (No. 9) and ESPN.com (No. 11) . . . three-year starter for Coach George Porritt at Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary's . . . Associated Press Division 3-4 all-state selection as a senior . . . named to Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and MLive Dream Teams . . . earned Detroit News All-Metro North and All-Catholic honors in 2014 . . . recorded 51 solo tackles, eight interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior while helping the Eaglets win the 2014 Division 3 state championship . . . had 26 receptions for 314 yards (12.8 avg.) and four touchdowns as a senior . . . returned six kickoffs for 147 yards (24.5 avg.) in 2014 . . . posted two tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss, in Orchard Lake St. Mary's 7-0 victory over Muskegon in the Division 3 championship game . . . scored on a 60-yard bomb in the season opener vs. Southfield . . . his uncle Bobby Williams spent 13 years on the football coaching staff at Michigan State, including three seasons as head coach from 1999-2002 . . . son of Shawn and Kim Smith . . . born May 18, 1997 . . . psychology major.
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