CANES BASEBALL ALUM AND MLB VETERAN PLAYER DANNY VALENCIA TALKS ABOUT HIS TIME AT UM, PLAYING FOR 7 DIFFERENT MLB TEAMS AND HIS UPCOMING TRIP TO THE SUMMER OLYMPICS IN TOKYO WITH TEAM ISRAEL ON THE BEHIND THE U PODCAST

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Keontra Smith

position

Striker

Height

5-11

Weight

215 lbs.

Class

Sophomore

Hometown

West Park, Fla.

High School

Chaminade-Madonna

2020 (Sophomore): Saw action in all 11 games in second season…Finished with 22 total tackles, including two tackles for loss…Had one PBU…Saw action in season opener versus UAB (Sept. 10), finishing with one tackle, one PBU and one quarterback hurry…Posted three solo tackles in road win at top-20 Louisville (Sept. 19)…Credited with one quarterback hurry in romp of rival Florida State (Sept. 26)…Posted three total tackles (two solo) at top-ranked Clemson (Oct. 10)…Saw action in win over Pittsburgh (Oct. 17)…Finished with two tackles (one solo) in victory over Virginia (Oct. 24)…Posted two tackles in come-from-behind win at NC State (Nov. 6)…Had one solo tackle in road win at Virginia Tech (Nov. 14)…Posted career-high six total tackles (four solo), including two tackles for loss, in road win at Duke (Dec. 5)…Finished with two tackles in regular season finale against North Carolina (Dec. 12)…Posted two tackles in 2020 Cheez-It Bowl against Oklahoma State (Dec. 29).

2019 (True Freshman): Saw action in seven games during first season, largely on special teams…Finished with two tackles…Made career debut in home opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 14), finishing with two tackles…Saw action in in win over Virginia (Oct. 11)…Played in win at Florida State (Nov. 2)…Competed against Louisville (Nov. 9)…Saw action against FIU (Nov. 23)…Played in regular season finale at Duke (Nov. 30)…Played in 2019 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl against Louisiana Tech (Dec. 26).

High School: Consensus four-star prospect by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com…Ranked as the No. 15 cornerback and No. 38 player in Florida by ESPN.com…Rated the No. 16 cornerback nationally and No. 26 in Florida by 247Sports.com…Listed as the No. 27 cornerback and No. 33 player in Florida by Rivals.com…Helped Chaminade-Madonna win 2018 Class 3A state championship…As a senior, led team with 115 tackles, 31.0 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks…Selected to participate in the 2019 Army All-American Bowl…Participated in The Opening in the summer of 2018…Chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, NC State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, Pitt, Syracuse and Wisconsin among others.