Andre Smith (linebacker)

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Andre Smith
No. 57 – Carolina Panthers
Position: Linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1997-04-20) April 20, 1997 (age 21)
Jacksonville, Florida
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 240 lb (109 kg)
Career information
High school: Trinity Christian Academy
(Jacksonville, Florida)
College: North Carolina
NFL Draft: 2018 / Round: 7 / Pick: 234
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 7, 2018
Total tackles: 1
Sacks: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Interceptions: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Andre Smith (born April 20, 1997) is an American football linebacker for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at North Carolina.

Early years

Smith attended Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Florida. As a senior, he tallied 65 tackles with 5.5 being for loss.[1] He committed to play football for the North Carolina Tar Heels in October 2013.[2]

College career

As a true freshman in 2015, Smith played in all of North Carolina's 14 games. He tallied 53 tackles, two being for losses, one interception, one pass breakup, and one forced fumble.[3]

In 2016, Smith played in all 13 games, starting 12 of them at middle linebacker. He made 113 tackles, second on the team, along with one interception, one sack, three pass deflections, and one forced fumble.[4]

As a junior in 2017, Smith suffered a knee injury in North Carolina's second game against Louisville, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season.[5] In only two games, Smith tallied 21 tackles and a 73 yard interception return.[6] After the season, he declared for the 2018 NFL Draft.[7]

Professional career

Smith was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in seventh round (234th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft, using the 7th round pick acquired from a trade that sent Kelvin Benjamin to the Buffalo Bills.[8]

References

  1. ^ "Andre Smith". University of North Carolina Tar Heels Official Athletic Site. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "Smith Is UNC Commit No. 2 for 2015". Carolina Blue. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Andre Smith 2015 Player Statistics". cfbstats. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  4. ^ "Andre Smith 2016 Player Statistics". cfbstats. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "Andre Smith, UNC's star linebacker, is out for the season. Here's who will replace him". The News & Observer. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  6. ^ "Andre Smith 2017 Player Statistics". cfbstats. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  7. ^ "UNC linebacker Andre Smith to enter NFL draft". The Herald Sun. Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  8. ^ Strickland, Bryan (April 28, 2018). "Panthers draft Andre Smith, Kendrick Norton in seventh round". Panthers.com. Retrieved May 20, 2018.

External links

  • North Carolina bio
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