Harrison Smith (American football)

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Harrison Smith
Harrison Smith of Vikings in 2012.jpg
Harrison Smith during the 2012 NFL season.
No. 22     Minnesota Vikings
Free Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-02-02) February 2, 1989 (age 25)
Place of birth: Augusta, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school: Knoxville (TN) Catholic
College: Notre Dame
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29
Debuted in 2012 for the Minnesota Vikings
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 2, 2014
Tackles 172
Sacks 2.0
Passes defended 15
Interceptions 8
Stats at NFL.com

Harrison Smith (born February 2, 1989) is an American football safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He was drafted in the first round, 29th overall of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football for Notre Dame.

High school career[edit]

Smith attended Knoxville Catholic High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. In his senior season, he gained 1,340 yards rushing to go with 19 touchdowns, caught 23 passes for 453 yards and six TDs, and also made 61 tackles, two tackles for loss, two interceptions and caused two fumbles on defense. He was named Gatorade Football Player of the Year in Tennessee in 2006.

In addition to football, he also played basketball and ran track. In track, he was primarily a jumper. He won the state meet in the high jump (1.98 m) and the decathlon, scoring 6230 points. He had a career-best leap of 2.03 meters in the high jump.[1] He also had personal-best jumps of 6.54 meters in long jump and 14.15 meters in triple jump.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was listed as the No.25 Athlete in the nation.[2] Many scouts believed he could play offense or defense in college. He chose Notre Dame over offers from Tennessee, Auburn, and Alabama.

College career[edit]

After red-shirting as a freshman in 2007, he emerged as a star in 2008. He began his career at linebacker. In his first year, he started 9 games and recorded 57 tackles, which included 8.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks. As a junior in 2009, he started 6 games at strong safety, before moving to strongside linebacker for the final 6 games. He recorded 69 tackles including 6.5 tackles for loss. In 2010, as a senior, he started all 13 games for the Irish at strong safety where he recorded 93 tackles including a team-high 7 interceptions. In 2011, he was accepted to a graduate program at Notre Dame allowing him to play another season.[3] In his final year in 2011, serving as team captain, he played in and started in all 13 games. He recorded 90 tackles including 3 tackles for loss.

College statistics

Year Team G GS Tackles TFL - Yards Sacks - Yards PBU Int - Yards
2008 ND 13 9 57 8.5 - 39 3.5 - 26 7 0
2009 ND 12 12 69 6.5 - 12 0 - 0 4 0
2010 ND 13 13 93 0.5 - 1 0 - 0 7 7 - 54
2011 ND 13 13 90 3.0 - 10 0 - 0 10 0
Tot. N/A 51 47 309 18.5 - 62 3.5 - 26 31 7 - 54

Professional career[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

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
6 ft 2 in 213 lb 32 5/8 in 10 1/4 in 4.54 s 1.54 s 2.59 s 4.12 s 6.63 s 34 in 10 ft 2 in 19 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Smith was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the first round, 29th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On October 8, 2012, Smith was ejected after flailing against an official. On October 19, 2012, he was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle on Robert Griffin III. On October 21, 2012, Smith had his first career interception and returned it for a touchdown against the Arizona Cardinals. On December 9, 2012, Smith had his third career interception and returned it for a touchdown against the Chicago Bears.[4]

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