Football vs. Oklahoma State; photos by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Kansas vs. Football; photos by Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Third-year sophomore lineman, coming off Freshman All-America season in 2014... Listed as co-starter at end on post-spring depth chart... Started eight games as redshirt freshman in 2014... Projected 2015 preseason All-Big 12 by Lindy's (second team).
2014 (Redshirt Freshman): Played all 13 games and started eight at end for 2014 Big 12 champions... Named first team Freshman All-American by Athlon... Earned first collegiate letter... Totaled 45 tackles (28 solo, 10 for losses of 58 yards), five sacks (-39 yards), seven hurries, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery on season... Five sacks ranked tied for 16th in Big 12... Played as reserve through first five games... Made collegiate debut in season-opening win over SMU, finished with three solo tackles including first career sack (11 yards) and season-high two QB hurries... Had season-high five tackles, two for losses including five-yard sack, in win over Northwestern State in second game... Made three unassisted tackles and one hurry in win at Texas in fifth game... Entered starting lineup in sixth game following injury to starter Jamal Palmer, started season's final eight games... Had two tackles in career-first start in epic 61-58 comeback win over No. 9 TCU in sixth game... Matched season-high five stops at West Virginia in seventh game... Had season-high two sacks (-19 yards), five solo tackles, two forced fumbles and QB hurry in win over Kansas in eighth game... Made five tackles in win at No. 16 Oklahoma in ninth game... Had four stops in win over Oklahoma State in 10th game... Matched season-high two hurries and had fumble recovery and assisted TFL in win vs. Texas Tech in 11th game... Had four-yard sack and three tackles in win over No. 9 Kansas State that clinched share of Big 12 championship and berth in New Year's Six bowl... Matched season-high five tackles and had hurry in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 7 Michigan State.
2013 (True Freshman): Sat out first season at Baylor and participated on practice squad, redshirted to retain eligibility... Dressed for six of 13 contests, but did not see any game action.
High School: Defensive lineman from Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas... Played for head coach Mark Howard at CHS... National position rankings among defensive linemen: No. 32 by 247Sports.com, No. 35 by Rivals.com, No. 37 by Scout.com, No. 68 by ESPN.com... Third-best defensive end prospect in state by Dave Campbell's Texas Football... Rated 89th prospect in Texas by 247Sports.com and among Waco Tribune-Herald's Texas Top 100... Rated No. 40 on Dallas Morning News/SportsDay's Area Top 100, eighth defensive lineman listed... Led Centennial to 12-2 record and 2012 4A DII region II finals as senior... Totaled 102 tackles (73 solo), 21 sacks, 22 hurries, six forced fumbles and one safety as senior... Named honorable mention 2012 4A All-State and 2012 District 9-4A Defensive MVP... Earned second-team 2012 All-Area honors from Dallas Morning News/SportsDay... Led CHS to 12-1 finish and 2011 DII regional semis as junior... Made 89 tackles and 13 sacks as junior in 2011... Earned 2011 4A All-State honorable mention and first-team 2011 All-District 9-4A recognition as junior... Helped Centennial to 6-5 mark and 2010 bi-district finals as sophomore... Named 2010 District 9-4A Sophomore Defensive MVP.
Personal: Son of Kevin and Renee Smith... Full name is Kevin J. Smith... Born Sept. 11, 1994, in Plano, Texas... Majoring in exercise physiology.