21  Marcus Smith
Marcus Smith


Memphis, TN

High School:
Hamilton HS

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 183

Defensive Back


Tigers Take on No. 21 Louisville Saturday

Cards feature nation's No. 2 defense

Returns to his starters role at field corner for the 2001 season ... Worked with Glenn Sumter to provide leadership for the younger players in the spring ... Is one of the team's top all-star candidates this fall ...

2000:Was the Tiger starter at cornerback for seven games in 2000 ... Suffered an ankle injury after the Mississippi State opener and missed the next three games ... Had three tackles in the season opener against the Bulldogs ... Returned to action in the Southern Mississippi contest and registered two tackles ... Had four solo hits in the Houston game ... Turned in a season best five tackles against Tennessee and logged his first pass interception of the season ... Recorded three tackles and a season high three pass break ups in the Cincinnati contest ... Finished the 2000 season with 22 total tackles including 19 solo stops ... Also credited with six pass break ups and one tackle for lost yardage ... Returning starter at field corner ... Took over the position last fall after an injury to Reggie Howard in the UAB contest ... Registered his first career interception in that game ... Continued his strong play in the spring of 2000 ...

1999: Earned his first varsity letter while starting five games in the secondary ... Became the Tiger starter at cornerback when Reginald Howard sustained as neck injury in the UAB game ... Finished the season with 28 total tackles, including 19 solo stops, one tackle for lost yardage, one pass interception and one fumble recovery ... Saw his first action in the Mississippi State game and had one tackle as a special teams member ... Also logged single tackles against Arkansas State, Tennessee and Missouri ... After replacing Howard in the UAB game he registered five tackles and his one pass interception in two quarters of action ... Had a season and career high six tackles as the starter in the Louisville game ... Had his fumble recovery in the Tigers' win over Tulane ... Was credited with five hits in the Southern Mississippi contest and tallied four tackles including one for lost yardage in the win over Army ... Entered the fall as the number two at boundary corner ... Worked with starter Michael Stone at corner and will be a member of several Tiger special teams ... Was credited with 10 tackles in the spring scrimmages ...

1998: Sat out the 1998 season while meeting academic requirements ... Spent the fall working as a member of the defensive scout team ... Was named the scout team co-Special Teams Player of the Year at the annual football banquet ... Shared the honor with defensive back Anthony Harden ...

Prep: Listed by Commercial Appeal as one of the Top Ten recruits in Memphis prior to the start of the 1997 season ... Selected to the Associated Press 5-A All-State team ... Named to the Tennessee Sports Writers 5A All-State team in 1997 ... Was named first team All-Shelby Metro as a defensive back ... Was named first team All-Tennessee as a defensive back ... Played both tailback and defensive back at Hamilton High ... Also worked as the Wildcats' kick returner ... Was ranked third in the city in punt return average ... Had four returns for 141 yards and a 35.5 average ... Had one punt return touchdown ... Led the city in kickoff returns ... Had five returns for 283 yards and two touchdowns ... Averaged 56.6 yards per kickoff return ... Had two kickoff returns over 90 yards for touchdowns ... Was named to the All-Region 5-A team as a defensive back and kick returner ... As a tailback he rushed 47 times for 160 yards and four touchdowns ... Had 12 pass receptions for 265 yards and two scores ... Registered three pass interceptions that he returned for 46 yards ... Averaged 15.3 yards per interception return ... Rushed for 600 yards and three touchdowns as a junior ... Ran track at Hamilton ... Is a sprinter and a member of the sprint relay team ... Was being recruited by Ole Miss, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Kentucky ... Played for coach Will Turner at Hamilton ...

Born: 8/17/80 ... Son of Gwendolyn Carpenter and Efren Smith.

Smith's Statistics

Defense G/S UT AT Tot. FR Int Loss Sack
1999 11/5 19 9 28 1 1 1-2 0-0
2000 7/7 19 3 22 0 1 1-1 0-0
Total 18/12 38 12 50 1 2 2-3 0-0

Smith's Career Highs

Most Tackles/Game: 6 vs Louisville ('99)
Most Solo Tackles/Game: 4 vs UAB ('99)
Most Assisted Tackles/Game: 4 vs Louisville ('99)
Most Tackles for Loss/Game: 1 vs Army ('99)
Most Pass Interceptions/Game: 1 vs UAB ('99)
Most Fumble Recoveries/Game: 1 vs Tulane ('99)

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