Career Summary: A four-year starter for the Tigers who was named to the All-C-USA first team three straight years...Started 40 consecutive games before coming in as a reserve in the revamped defense against Tennessee...Registered at least one tackle in all but one game of his career (vs. Ole Miss in `04)...Had his first career double-digit tackle effort against Ole Miss in 2003...Finished his career with 11 games of 10 or more tackles, including a career-high 17 versus ASU in 2004...Registered his first career interception against ASU in 2003...Tallied at least five tackles in all 13 games in 2003...Earned C-USA Defensive Player of the Week honors after totaling eight tackles and an interception return of 36 yards that set up the game-winning touchdown against Cincinnati...Was a consistent performer in 2004, totaling 10 or more tackles in three games and five or more in nine contests...Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year for 17 tackles against ASU...Had an interception against East Carolina for a 15-yard return...Opened the 2005 season on the Jim Thorpe Trophy watch list...Recorded his sixth career game of double digit tackles with 10 versus Tulsa...Also credited with a pick against Tulsa...Had back-to-back double digit tackles with 10 against UCF and 13 versus Houston...Also tallied 10 stops versus UAB...Credited with five or more stops in eight games in 2005.
Honors: Selected first-team All-C-USA in 2003, 2004 and 2005...Picked as the preseason C-USA Defensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News prior to the 2006 season...Was an honorable mention selection to the 2005 NationalChamps.net and Street and Smith's All-America Teams prior to the start of the season...Received the True Tiger Award in spring 2005...Was presented the Glenn Jones Award in spring 2006.
Notable: Earned his bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies in August 2006...Was invited to play in the All-American Classic following his senior season, but the game was canceled just prior to the scheduled date.
2006: Voted by his teammates as a permanent captain for the season with Brandon McDonald and Mario Pratcher...Opened the season on the Jim Thorpe Trophy watch list for the second-straight year...Started eight of the 10 games he played...Third on the team with seven tackles in the season opener against Ole Miss...Made a season-high 14 stops against East Carolina and registered his fifth career forced fumble...Suffered a thigh bruise against UAB and missed the following game versus ASU...Returned against Tulsa and tied for the team lead in tackles with seven, including a TFL for four yards...Missed the USM game with an ankle injury...Returned to the field a week later to post 13 tackles against UCF...Credited with eight tackles, including six solo stops versus Houston... Forced his second fumble of the season in the final game with UTEP...Finished the season ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 69.
2005: Opened the 2005 season on the Jim Thorpe Trophy watch list, which honors the nation's top defensive back...Was an honorable mention pick on the 2005 NationalChamps.Net and Street & Smith's All-America teams prior to the start of the season...Started the year with four tackles in the season opener against Ole Miss...Doubled that total with eight stops against Chattanooga...Recorded his sixth career game of double-digit tackles with 10 against Tulsa...Logged nine solo stops, one interception and a pass breakup against the Golden Hurricane...Had back-to-back double-digit tackle games with 10 versus UCF and 13 against Houston...Also forced a fumble and broke up a pass attempt in the Houston game...Also logged 10 tackles against UAB to bring his career total to nine games with 10 or more stops...Recorded five tackles against both Tennessee and Southern Miss...Had an impressive game against Marshall with seven tackles, including a sack for a loss of 13 yards...Also forced a fumble versus the Thundering Herd...Registered three tackles against Akron in the Motor City Bowl before leaving the game midway through the first quarter with a concussion...Was presented the Glenn Jones Award, along with teammate Joe Doss, this past spring for his leadership through determination.
2004: Named first team All-Conference USA for the second-consecutive year...Started all 12 games at free safety in 2004...Listed in the top 20 for tackles in Conference USA...Helped Memphis to a 20-13 win over the Rebels in Oxford...Logged four tackles in the Tigers' 52-21 win over Chattanooga in Memphis...Also credited with one pass breakup against UTC...Credited with a team-high 17 tackles, including 10 solo stops, in the Tigers' win over Arkansas State...Also tallied two tackles for lost yardage against the Indians...Was named a C-USA Defensive Player of the Week following the ASU game...Logged five tackles and one tackle for lost yardage against UAB...Injured his shoulder early in the contest but never left the game...Logged nine tackles and one tackle for lost yardage in the Tigers' win over Houston...Had seven tackles and one pass breakup in the Tigers' victory over Tulane...Credited with eight tackles before suffering a leg injury in the Cincinnati game...Had 10 total tackles, including four solos, in the Tigers' ESPN-televised game with Louisville...Logged 10 tackles in the Southern Miss victory...Had three tackles and one pass interception in the East Carolina contest, and returned his interception for 15 yards...Credited with eight tackles, including five solo stops, in the Memphis win over USF...Also logged eight tackles, four of which were solo stops, in the GMAC Bowl against Bowling Green...Finished the 2004 season as the Tigers' third-leading tackler with 89 total stops...Also boasted one interception and four pass breakups in 2004...Received the True Tiger Award in spring 2005.
2003: Was named to the All-Conference USA first team in just his first year of competition...Was the Memphis starter at free safety throughout the fall of 2003...Credited with seven tackles, four of which were solo stops, in his first collegiate contest versus Tennessee Tech...Led the team in tackles with 10 in the ESPN2-televised win over Ole Miss...Totaled six tackles in the Southern Miss game...Tallied nine tackles and had his first career pass interception in the victory over Arkansas State...Logged nine tackles in the Conference USA match-up against UAB...Had a team-high 12 tackles in the Mississippi State game, including six solo stops...Totaled six tackles in the Tigers' win over Houston on the road...Had seven tackles in the Memphis victory over Tulane in the Superdome...Logged seven tackles and a pass interception in the win over East Carolina...Logged seven tackles in the Memphis win over Louisville and had a quarterback sack for 20 yards...Had eight tackles, five pass breakups and one pass interception in the Cincinnati game...Returned his interception for 38 yards to the Bearcat 9-yard line to set up game winning touchdown...Named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week for his work against Cincinnati...Logged five tackles in the regular-season finale against USF...Credited with five tackles, two tackles for lost yardage and one pass breakup in the Tigers' 27-17 win over North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl...Finished the 2003 season as the team's second-leading tackler with 98 total hits...Had 51 solo tackles, four tackles for lost yardage, one quarterback sack, a team-leading three pass interceptions, eight pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and two forced fumbles.
2002: Worked as a free safety during fall practice...Did not participate in a game, but was a vital member of the defensive scout team...Spent his fall learning the Tiger defensive system.
Prep: Lettered in football and basketball at Lafayette County High under Coach Scott Samsel...Listed as one of the Top 100 Prospects in Mississippi in 2001 by the Jackson Clarion Ledger...Was named to the 2001 Mississippi All-State team...Was a three-time all-district selection and was the district MVP as a junior...Finished the 2001 season with 98 tackles, 120 assists, three pass interceptions and four fumble recoveries...Registered 20 career interceptions...Named to the North Mississippi Elite 11 Team in 2001...Nominated to play in the Miss./Ala. All-Star Game and the North/South All-Star Game...Appointed to the U.S. Football Exhibition Team that toured Australia in the summer...Career totals were 295 tackles, 25 pass interceptions and 10 touchdowns...Holds the school record for interceptions in a game with four...Also lettered in track.
Personal: Wesley Jimmele Smith is the son of Jimmy and Janice Smith...Born September 29, 1983, in New Albany, Miss.
SMITH'S STATISTICS Defense G/S UT AT Tot. FF Int Loss Sack 2003 13/13 51 47 98 2 3-40 4-31 1-20 2004 12/12 40 49 89 0 1-15 3-11 0-0 2005 12/12 48 34 82 2 1-0 2-16 1-13 2006 10/8 36 33 69 2 0-0 2-8 0-0 Totals 37/37 175 163 338 6 5-55 11-66 2-33