Aldon Smith

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Aldon Smith
Aldon Smith in 2012.jpg
Aldon Smith in 2012
No. 99     San Francisco 49ers
Outside linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-09-25) September 25, 1989 (age 24)
Place of birth: Greenwood, Mississippi
Height: 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) Weight: 265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school: Raytown (MO)
College: Missouri
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Debuted in 2011 for the San Francisco 49ers
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 137
Quarterback sacks 42.0
Interceptions 1
Forced fumbles 5
Stats at NFL.com

Aldon Jacarus Smith (born September 25, 1989) is an American football outside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of Missouri. He was chosen by the 49ers with the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Early years[edit]

Smith was born in Greenwood, Mississippi. He attended Raytown High School in Raytown, Missouri, where he played for the Raytown Bluejays high school football team. As a senior he recorded 60 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, while adding 7 forced fumbles, 1 blocked punt and 1 safety on defense, whilst on offense he caught 34 passes for 570 yards and 4 touchdowns as a tight end.

Considered only a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Smith was considered the No. 5 overall prospect (any position) in the state of Missouri, as well as the No. 27 strongside defensive end in the nation.[3] Smith chose Mizzou over Nebraska, Kansas and Kansas State, among many others.

College career[edit]

Smith played for the Missouri Tigers football team while attending the University of Missouri from 2008 to 2010. After being redshirted as a freshman in 2008, he started 11 of 13 games at defensive end in 2009. He finished the season with 60 tackles and 11 sacks. He was named the Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year and a first team freshman All-American.[4] As a sophomore in 2010 he played in nine games, recording 48 tackles and six sacks.

After the season Smith announced that he would forgo his final two years of eligibility and enter the 2011 NFL Draft.[5]

College awards and honors[edit]

  • 2009 First-team Freshman All-American (College Football News, Phil Steele)
  • 2009 Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year (Associated Press)
  • 2009 Big 12 Defensive Freshman of the Year (es)
  • 2009 Hendricks Award Watch List
  • 2009 Second-team All-Big 12 (Associated Press)
  • 2009 Honorable mention All-Big 12 (Coaches)
  • 2009 Team Defensive Lineman of the Year Award
  • 2009 Team Freshman of the Year Award

Professional career[edit]

2011 NFL Draft[edit]

Playing as a defensive end at Missouri, Smith was considered a "DE/OLB prospect" by most NFL scouts and was considered a strong edge run defender as 4-3 end or 3-4 linebacker.[6] Many scouts had compared him to DeMarcus Ware. Prior to the 2011 NFL Draft he was projected to selected in the mid-late first round by mock draft analysis. On Draft day, the San Francisco 49ers decided to draft Smith with the 7th overall pick.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4¼ in 263 lb 35⅜ in 10 in 4.74 s 1.66 s 2.70 s 4.50 s 7.19 s 34 in 9 ft 10 in 20 reps x
All values from NFL Combine[7]

2011 season[edit]

Smith did not start but did make his NFL debut against the Seattle Seahawks. In a match against the Philadelphia Eagles in week 4 he recorded his first sack taking down Michael Vick. The next 2 weeks Smith would win the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week in victories against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Detroit Lions. After a strong month of October, Smith became the first 49ers player since Patrick Willis in 2007 to earn the NFL Rookie of the Month, he recorded 13 tackles, 6.5 sacks including 1 that forced a safety as he helped San Francisco to a 6-1 record. In Week 15 Smith recorded 2.5 sacks against the Pittsburgh Steelers.[8] He also surpassed Charles Haley for the 49ers record for most sacks by a rookie in a single season with 13.0 sacks.[9] He finished with 37 total tackles, four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, and 14 sacks. Smith was half a sack shy of tying the all-time rookie sack record held by Jevon Kearse despite not starting a single game in his rookie season. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year by Pro Football Writers of America,[10] and finished second to Von Miller for the Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Award [11]

2012 season[edit]

Smith takes on block by Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson in Super Bowl XLVII.

After being used only as a situational pass rusher throughout his rookie season, Aldon Smith became a full-time starter in 2012. In Week 11 he set a Monday Night Football record by recording 5.5 sacks against the Chicago Bears.[12] The next week, in a game against the New Orleans Saints, he surpassed Reggie White as the fastest player in league history to record his 30th career sack, doing so in 27 games.[13] The next week, against the St. Louis Rams, Smith broke another of White's records by recording 31.5 sacks in his first two seasons. In that same game, he tied Fred Dean's franchise record of 17.5 sacks in one season.[14] On the NFL Networks Top 100 players of 2013 the players voted him the seventh best player in the league entering the 2013 season, which made him the second highest ever debutant and second highest defensive player on the list, both behind J. J. Watt.[15] He was also voted the San Franscico 49ers MVP in 2012.

Legal Issues[edit]

On January 28, 2012, Aldon Smith was arrested for driving under the influence in Miami Beach, Florida.[16][17]

On June 30, 2012, Smith was believed to have suffered stab wounds when attempting to break up a fight at a party at his residence. Two other people were shot in the incident.[18] On October 9, 2013, Smith was charged with "three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon" relating to the stabbing incident.[19]

On September 20, 2013, Smith was involved in a single vehicle accident in San Jose, California. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of marijuana. After the loss to the Indianapolis Colts in the third week of the football season, he voluntarily entered a rehabilitation facility, to be put onto the non-football injury list with an indefinite leave of absence.[20]

On April 13, 2014, Smith was detained and arrested following an incident at the Los Angeles International Airport in which Smith became belligerent and uncooperative with the TSA agent before falsely claiming he was carrying a bomb. The Los Angeles City Attorney decided to drop the charges.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Barrows, Matt. "49ers Blog and Q&A: Aldon Smith: rookie sack record but no Pro Bowl?". Blogs.sacbee.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  2. ^ "Aldon Smith Stats - San Francisco 49ers - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved 2011-12-28. 
  3. ^ Rivals Page
  4. ^ 2009 All-Big 12 Football Awards Announced
  5. ^ Missouri DE Aldon Smith enters NFL Draft
  6. ^ Aldon Smith Scouting Report « PRO Prospects
  7. ^ "Aldon Smith". NFL Draft scout.com. 2011-02-29. Retrieved 2011-04-27. 
  8. ^ ESPN - Aldon Smith has shot at rookie sack record
  9. ^ Smith earns 49ers' rookie sack record
  10. ^ 49ers Aldon Smith Named 2011 PFW/PFWA Defensive Rookie of the Year - SB Nation Bay Area
  11. ^ 49ers' Aldon Smith top defensive rookie? - NFC West Blog - ESPN
  12. ^ Sando, Mike. "Around the NFC West: Aldon Smith's night". ESPN. 
  13. ^ Michael David Smith (November 26, 2012). "Aldon Smith passes Reggie White as fastest NFL player to 30 sacks". ProFootballTalk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2012-11-29. 
  14. ^ Cam Inman (12/02/12). "San Francisco 49ers notebook: Aldon Smith ties Fred Dean's sacks record.". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2012-12-03. 
  15. ^ Top 100 players of 2013 - Aldon Smith
  16. ^ "Most Popular E-mail Newsletter". USA Today. 2012-01-28. 
  17. ^ Branch, Eric (2012-01-29). "49ers' star rookie Aldon Smith accused of DUI". The San Francisco Chronicle. 
  18. ^ NFL.com Wire Reports (July 1, 2012). "Aldon Smith reportedly stabbed at party; 49ers: Injuries 'minor'". NFL Enterprises LLC. Retrieved August 2, 2012. 
  19. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000259850/article/aldon-smith-charged-with-assault-weapon-possession
  20. ^ http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000248867/article/aldon-smith-will-take-indefinite-leave-of-absence Aldon Smith will take indefinite leave of absence
  21. ^ Reyes, Lorenzo (14 April 2014). "Aldon Smith arrested on false bomb report charge". http://www.usatoday.com/. USA Today. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 

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