43  Derek Smith
Derek Smith

RS Senior

Evergreen, Ala.

High School:
Hillcrest HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 225





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With a medical waiver for a sixth year, returns to the Memphis program ahead of his senior year in 2014 ... Will being looking for his first playing time since an injury sidelined him midway through his red-shirt sophomore season in 2011.

Honors (Academic/Athletic)

Earned Tiger 3.0 list recognition for the Fall 2009, Spring 2010 and Spring 2013 semesters ... Earned recognition on the U of M Dean's list for the Fall 2009 and Spring 2013 semesters ... Named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for 2009-10.

2011 (Redshirt Sophomore)

Played in five games during his red-shirt sophomore season ... Registered an assisted tackle in the Austin Peay game.

2010 (Sophomore)

Missed the 2010 season after suffering a knee injury during summer workouts that required surgery...Spent the year rehabbing his knee for the second time in his short career at Memphis...Was back out on the field for the 2011 spring session...Had contact limited during the beginning of spring practice but worked back into full drills...Had a strong showing in the 2011 Blue-Gray Game with nine tackles.

2009 (Freshman)

Played in four of 12 games on special teams as a true freshman...Totaled four tackles, including two solo stops...All four tackles came on kickoff returns...Made his collegiate debut as a true freshman on special teams in the season opener against Ole Miss and assisted on one tackle...Registered two unassisted tackles on the kickoff coverage team against UT Martin...Posted one assisted tackle against Marshall...Did not play in the final eight games after suffering a season-ending knee injury....Requested and received a medical hardship for the 2009 season...Recovered from his injury by the start of spring practice and was able to fully participate in the spring...Was presented the Rex Dockery Award at the 2010 Blue-Gray Game.

Hillcrest High School

Played for coach Maurice Belser at Hillcrest High...Worked at running back and cornerback...Was a team captain as a senior...Missed a majority of the 2008 season with an injury...Scored on a two-point conversion in a 21-20 win over Theodore...Registered 69 yards and a one-yard touchdown run versus Baldwin County...Logged 277 yards rushing in 2008 versus Hantley...Participated in the West versus East All-Star game...Rushed for 772 yards and 12 touchdowns on 88 carries in 2007...Had a long run of 82 yards versus Jackson...Rushed for multiple TDs in five games...Posted 200-plus yards rushing in consecutive games versus Jackson (17-220-2 TD) and Georgiana (14-204-2 TD)...Also caught five passes for 33 yards...Logged 36 tackles, one sack and four interceptions as a junior...Tallied three interceptions against Monroe County...Received the team's 100-Percent Award and the Top Defensive Back award as a junior...Also played basketball for Hillcrest.


Derek Cordell Smith is the son of Carl and Sandra Smith...Born January 30, 1991, in Monroeville, Ala. ... Graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Journalism (Advertising) from the University of Memphis in 2013 ... Currently pursuing a Master's of Arts degree in Liberal Studies .

Smith's Career Defensive Statistics
2009 4/0 2 2 4 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
2011 5/0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0
TOTALS 9/0 2 3 5 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Smith's Career Highs
Tackles 2 (vs. UT Martin 2009)
Solo Tackles 2 (vs. UT Martin 2009)
Assisted Tackles 1 (3 games, last vs. APSU 2011)
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