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Derrick Smith

position

Defensive Back

Height

6-2

Weight

200 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Jacksonville, Fla.

High School

Trinity Christian Academy

Derrick Smith - Football - University of Miami Athletics

2018 (Sophomore): Saw action in 12 of 13 games, totaling 11 tackles (six solo)…Had 0.5 TFLs…Saw action in season opener against LSU (Sept. 2) and finished with three tackles…Had one solo tackle in win over Savannah State (Sept. 8)…Had two tackles in win at Toledo (Sept. 15)…Recorded one solo tackles in wins over FIU (Sept. 22) and North Carolina (Sept. 27)…Ejected for targeting call in second half of win over Florida State (Oct. 6)…Saw action in games at Boston College (Oct. 26), vs. Duke (Nov. 3) and at Georgia Tech (Nov. 10)…Posted three total tackles (two solo) and 0.5 TFLs at Virginia Tech (Nov. 17)…Saw action in regular season finale vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 24)…Played in New Era Pinstripe Bowl vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 27).

2017 (True Freshman): Saw action in all 13 games…Totaled 13 tackles (10 solo) and one tackle for loss…Made career debut in season opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 2)…Saw action against Toledo (Sept. 23) and at Duke (Sept. 29)…Saw action in win at Florida State (Oct. 7)…Posted first two tackles of career (both solo) in win over Georgia Tech (Oct. 14)…Had three solo tackles in win over Syracuse (Oct. 21)…Saw action at North Carolina (Oct. 28)…Lone tackle against Virginia Tech (Nov. 4) was first tackle for loss of career (two yards)…Saw action in wins over Notre Dame (Nov. 11) and Virginia (Nov. 18)…Saw time at Pittsburgh (Nov. 24)…Finished with career-best six tackles (four solo) in ACC Championship Game against Clemson (Dec. 2)…Had one tackle in Capital One Orange Bowl against Wisconsin (Dec. 30).

High School: Consensus three-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout…Listed as the 76th-best prospect at his position by ESPN…Listed as the 124th-best recruit in the state of Florida by 247Sports…Helped guide Trinity Christian Academy to an 11-3 record…Coached by Verlon Dorminey at Trinity Christian Academy…Chose Miami over offers from USC, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Kentucky and Cincinnati.