Preston Demarquis Smith (born November 17, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Mississippi State University, and was drafted by the Washington Redskins in the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Smith with the Washington Redskins in 2015
|No. 91 – Green Bay Packers|
|Born:||November 17, 1992|
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||265 lb (120 kg)|
(Stone Mountain, Georgia)
|NFL Draft:||2015 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2018|
Smith attended Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was rated as a two-star recruit by 247sports.com, and Scout.com, and a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He chose to attend Mississippi State Bulldogs over offers from Kentucky, Syracuse, and West Virginia, among others.
Smith appeared in 8 games as a true freshman in 2011 season, recording a forced fumble in a 31–3 win over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl. In 2012, Smith appeared in all 13 games and led the Bulldogs with 4.5 sacks. As a junior in 2013, Smith recorded 2.5 sacks, including 2.0 in a 59–26 loss to LSU.
Smith started the 2014 season with a bang, winning the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week Award in each of the first three weeks. Smith recorded an interception in the Bulldogs' 49–0 rout of Southern Miss, and returned another acrobatic, one-handed interception for a touchdown in the Bulldogs' win over UAB. Smith ended the season with 42 tackles, nine sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown.
|Preston Smith's NFL Combine Workout|
|Preston Smith's Combine Interview|
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 5 in
|10 5⁄8 in
|4.74 s||1.60 s||2.73 s||4.28 s||7.07 s||34 in
|10 ft 1 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
|Redskins draft Preston Smith 38th overall|
|NFL Draft Profile: Preston Smith|
In the Week 16 game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Smith was voted Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week after his career high of three sacks in the game. Smith finished the season with eight sacks, which led all rookies for the 2015 season, as well as posting a safety against Aaron Rodgers in the Wildcard playoff loss against the Green Bay Packers.
In March 2016, Smith was voted as one of the best under-25 players in the NFL. Due to a season-ending injury to Junior Galette in the 2016 preseason, Smith became the starting right outside linebacker at the start of season. In a game against the Minnesota Vikings in November 2016, Smith had two sacks, along with his first career interception, helping the Redskins to a 26–20 win.
Smith had a strong performance in the 2017 win against the Arizona Cardinals recording a sack, his second career interception, and a fumble recovery caused by Anthony Lanier. In the last game of the season, Smith recorded his third career interception on New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. At the end of the 2017, he tied his season-high of eight sacks.
In 2018, Smith recovered a fumble caused by Ryan Kerrigan in the end zone helping to seal the Week 8 win against the Dallas Cowboys and recording his first career touchdown. Smith recorded his fourth career interception against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson in Week 11.
Preston Smith may refer to:
Preston Smith (American football coach) (1871–1945), American football coach at Colgate University
Preston Smith (linebacker) (born 1992), American football outside linebacker
Preston Smith (governor) (1912–2003), Texas governor, 1969–1973
Preston Smith (general) (1823–1863), Civil War Confederate general
Preston Smith (Georgia state politician), Georgia state senator, 2002–present
Preston Smith (musician), singer/songwriter from Houston, Texas
Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport, an airport in Texas, USA
Green Bay Packers current roster