Roquan Smith

Roquan Daevon Smith (born April 8, 1997) is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia. Smith became the first Georgia Bulldog to win the Butkus Award.[1]

Roquan Smith
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Smith in 2018
No. 58 – Chicago Bears
Personal information
Born:April 8, 1997 (age 22)
Marshallville, Georgia
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Macon County
(Montezuma, Georgia)
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Total tackles:122
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Smith attended Macon County High School in Montezuma, Georgia, where he played football.[2] He originally committed to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to play college football but changed his commitment to the University of Georgia.[3][4]

College career

While at the University of Georgia, Smith played college football under head coaches Mark Richt and Kirby Smart. As a true freshman at Georgia in 2015, Smith played in 12 games and recorded 20 tackles.[5] As a sophomore in 2016, he started 10 of 13 games, recording 95 tackles.[6][7]

In 2017, Smith was named MVP of the SEC Championship Game, as well as SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press.[8] He also became the first Georgia Bulldog to win the Butkus Award. Smith decided to forgo his final year of eligibility and entered the 2018 NFL Draft.[1]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad
6 ft 0 78 in
(1.85 m)
236 lb
(107 kg)
32 in
(0.81 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.51 s 1.58 s 2.63 s 33 12 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 9 in
(2.97 m)
All values from NFL Draft[9][10]
Bears Defense 2018
Smith with Khalil Mack, DeAndre Houston-Carson, and Akiem Hicks of the Chicago Bears in 2018

Smith was drafted by the Chicago Bears with the eighth overall pick in the first-round of the 2018 NFL Draft.[11]

His contract signing was significantly delayed due to contract disputes between the Bears and Smith's agency CAA Football over language in his rookie contract stating whether his guaranteed money would be reclaimed by the team if he was suspended due to the NFL's new rule outlawing contact leading with the helmet. CAA argued for wording that would protect Smith's guaranteed earnings, while the Bears preferred for decisions to be determined by the league, a situation that was exacerbated by skepticism surrounding the rule and the frequency of tackling in Smith's role.[12] On August 14, the Bears signed Smith to a fully guaranteed four-year, $18.47 million contract that included a signing bonus of $11.51 million.[13] He was the last first-round pick in his draft class to sign with his team.[14][15]

2018 season

In his NFL debut in Week 1 against the Green Bay Packers, Smith recorded a sack on the Packers' quarterback DeShone Kizer on his first career snap.[16] In Week 6 against the Miami Dolphins, Smith made 13 tackles.[17] In Week 9 against the Buffalo Bills, Smith made 13 tackles as the Bears won the game 41–9.[18][19] In Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, he made 10 tackles and sacked quarterback Matthew Stafford, while the Bears won 34–22,[20] while also leading the team in tackles in both of these weeks.[21] In Week 12 against the Detroit Lions, he made 11 tackles and sacked quarterback Stafford in a 23–16 win.[22][23] In Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams, Smith made six tackles and recorded his first career interception off Jared Goff and returned the ball 22 yards to the four-yard line as the Bears won 15–6.[24][25][26] In Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers, Smith made 10 tackles in a 24–17 win.[27] In Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers, Smith made nine tackles and sacked Nick Mullens in a 14–9 win.[28] On December 30, during a Week 17 game against the Minnesota Vikings, Smith had six tackles as the Bears defeated the Vikings 24–10.[29]

On January 6, 2019, in the Bears' 16–15 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in a Wild Card playoff game, Smith led the team with seven tackles and made an interception off Nick Foles.[30]

Smith finished the season with 122 tackles, five sacks, five passes defended, and one interception. He received an overall grade of 67.4 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked him as the 39th highest grade among all qualifying linebackers.[31]

Career statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2018 CHI 16 14 122 89 33 5.0 5 1 22 22.0 22 0 0
Total 16 14 122 89 33 5.0 5 1 22 22.0 22 0 0

Personal life

On May 8, 2018, nearly two weeks after being drafted, it was reported that Smith's car was burglarized in Athens, Georgia, where a team-issued iPad along with some of Smith's personal belongings, including his college jerseys, helmet, and awards were stolen from his car. However, the next day, the stolen items were recovered.[32][33]


  1. ^ a b Rittenberg, Adam (January 15, 2018). "Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith to enter NFL draft".
  2. ^ Seibel, Ron (February 2, 2015). "Smith about to give Macon County its big moment". Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Four-star LB Roquan Smith commits to Georgia without LOI". Sports Illustrated. February 13, 2015. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  4. ^ Carvell, Michael (February 13, 2015). "Roquan Smith: UGA beats UCLA for historic recruit - College recruiting blog". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "Active Roquan Smith impressing Georgia coach Kirby Smart". Times Free Press. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  6. ^ "Roquan Smith garners high expectations, bold comparison ahead of junior season". Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  7. ^ "Roquan Smith ready to build off Georgia's 2016 finish". Times Free Press. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  8. ^ "Georgia, Auburn split top awards on AP All-SEC football team". Associated Press. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  9. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Will Hernandez". March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  10. ^ "Georgia LB Roquan Smith : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  11. ^ "Roquan Smith selected No. 8 overall by Bears". April 26, 2018.
  12. ^ Campbell, Rich (July 28, 2018). "Roquan Smith's holdout centers on new NFL helmet-contact rule". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  13. ^ " Roquan Smith contract". Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Roquan Smith ends holdout, signs contract". August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  15. ^ Knoblauch, Austin (August 13, 2018). "Roquan Smith agrees to $18.4M rookie deal with Bears". Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  16. ^ Finley, Patrick (September 9, 2018). "Roquan Smith debut: Bears rookie LB posts sack on first NFL snap". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  17. ^ Stankevitz, JJ (October 15, 2018). "Bears grades: Defense falls flat, and a longer look at Matt Nagy's decision-making". NBC Sports Chicago. Retrieved October 17, 2018. Roquan Smith racked up 13 tackles...
  18. ^ Eurich, Matt (November 4, 2018). "5 Bears up, 5 Bears down vs. Bills". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  19. ^ "Bears' Roquan Smith: Ties season high in tackles". November 4, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  20. ^ Eurich, Matt (November 11, 2018). "Allen Robinson dominates in Bears win over Lions". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  21. ^ Jahns, Adam L. (November 11, 2018). "Welcome back, Mack: Bears OLB Khalil Mack stars in return with two sacks". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved November 12, 2018. And linebacker Roquan Smith led the Bears in tackles for the second game in a row with 10, which included a sack on a blitz.
  22. ^ Eurich, Matt (November 22, 2018). "Bears players react to Thanksgiving Day win". Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  23. ^ "Bears' Roquan Smith: Explodes in Thursday's win". November 22, 2018. Retrieved November 23, 2018.
  24. ^ Cohen, Jay (December 10, 2018). "Goff, Rams shut down by Bears in 15-6 loss". AP News. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  25. ^ Eurich, Matt (December 10, 2018). "Bears defense dominates Rams in big Sunday Night Football win". Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  26. ^ Perez, Bryan (December 10, 2018). "Roquan Smith has something in common with Brian Urlacher after Wk 14 INT". Bears Wire. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  27. ^ "Bears' Roquan Smith: Reaches double-digit tackles again". December 16, 2018. Retrieved December 17, 2018.
  28. ^ Jahns, Adam L. (December 24, 2018). "Film Study: Five takeaways from the Bears' 14-9 win against the 49ers". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 24, 2019. Smith was everywhere again. He led the Bears with nine total tackles. His sack of Mullens in the third quarter on second-and-eight also deterred a 49ers drive.
  29. ^ "Bears' Roquan Smith: Finishes amazing rookie season". December 31, 2018. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  30. ^ Kelly, Brad (January 7, 2019). "Rookie Takeaways: Wild Card Sunday". The Draft Network. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  31. ^ "Pro Football Focus: Roquan Smith". Retrieved March 31, 2019.
  32. ^ "Roquan Smith had Bears-issued iPad stolen from car". NFL. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  33. ^ "Roquan Smith recovers most items after robbery". NFL. Retrieved May 9, 2018.

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2016 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 2016 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at Sanford Stadium. They were members of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. They were led by first-year head coach Kirby Smart. They finished the season 8–5, 4–4 in SEC play to finish in a three-way tie for second place in the Eastern Division. They were invited to the Liberty Bowl where they defeated TCU.

2017 All-SEC football team

The 2017 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by the Associated Press (AP) and the conference coaches for the 2017 Southeastern Conference football season.

Georgia won the conference, in a rematch, beating Auburn 28–7 in the SEC Championship.

Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson was voted the AP SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith was voted the AP SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

2017 College Football All-America Team

The 2017 College Football All-America Team includes those players of American college football who have been honored by various selector organizations as the best players at their respective positions. The selector organizations award the "All-America" honor annually following the conclusion of the fall college football season. The original All-America team was the 1889 College Football All-America Team selected by Caspar Whitney and Walter Camp. The National Collegiate Athletic Bureau, which is the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) service bureau, compiled, in 1950, the first list of All-Americans including first-team selections on teams created for a national audience that received national circulation with the intent of recognizing selections made from viewpoints that were nationwide. Since 1957, College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) has bestowed Academic All-American recognition on male and female athletes in Divisions I, II, and III of the NCAA as well as National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics athletes, including all NCAA championship sports.

The 2017 College Football All-America Team is composed of the following College Football All-American first teams chosen by the following selector organizations: Associated Press (AP), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Walter Camp Foundation (WCFF), The Sporting News (TSN), Sports Illustrated (SI), USA Today (USAT) ESPN, CBS Sports (CBS), College Football News (CFN),, Athlon Sports, and Fox Sports (FOX).

Currently, the NCAA compiles consensus all-America teams in the sports of Division I-FBS football and Division I men's basketball using a point system computed from All-America teams named by coaches associations or media sources. Players are chosen against other players playing at their position only. To be selected a consensus All-American, players must be chosen to the first team on at least two of the five official selectors as recognized by the NCAA. Second- and third-team honors are used to break ties. Players named first-team by all five selectors are deemed unanimous All-Americans. Currently, the NCAA recognizes All-Americans selected by the AP, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, and the WCFF to determine consensus and unanimous All-Americans.Twenty-seven players were recognized as consensus All-Americans for 2017, 14 of them being unanimous. Unanimous selections are followed by an asterisk (*).

2017 Georgia Bulldogs football team

The 2017 Georgia Bulldogs football team represented the University of Georgia in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulldogs played their home games at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by second-year head coach Kirby Smart.

The Bulldogs notched their 800th win in program history with a 41–0 victory over Tennessee on September 30, 2017.The 2017 Georgia Bulldogs were crowned Southeastern Conference Champions on December 2, 2017, with a postseason win over the Auburn Tigers, against whom they had suffered their only defeat in the regular season. This was their first conference title since 2005. After the win against Auburn, 2017 became only the fifth season of all time to see Georgia beat all of its traditional rivals (Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, Tennessee) in the same season (previously 1980, 1982, 2011, 2012).

Georgia received its first ever College Football Playoff appearance against Oklahoma in the school's first Rose Bowl Game since the 1942 season. Georgia won by a score of 54–48 in double overtime. The Bulldogs reached the National Championship game for the first time since 1982, but lost to Alabama in overtime.

2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season

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The Alabama Crimson Tide and Georgia Bulldogs played in the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship. Alabama defeated Georgia in overtime by a score of 26–23 on a game-winning touchdown pass from Tua Tagovailoa to Devonta Smith. Alabama claimed its 17th national title in school history, the most of any current FBS team.

The University of Central Florida Knights finished the season as the only undefeated team in NCAA Division I FBS and beat the Auburn Tigers. Auburn defeated College Football Playoff national champion Alabama and split two games with runner-up Georgia during the season. Because of this, the UCF Knights also claimed a national title this season.

2017 SEC Championship Game

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2017 Southeastern Conference football season

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2018 Chicago Bears season

The 2018 Chicago Bears season was the franchise's 99th season in the National Football League, as well as the first under head coach Matt Nagy, who took over the job after John Fox was fired in 2017 following a three-year tenure.

2018 marked their first winning season since 2012 and their first playoff appearance since 2010. The Bears ensured improvement over their 5–11 record from the previous season in Week 10 when they defeated their division rival Detroit Lions. In week 12, they scored their eighth win of the season, also against the Lions, ensuring that the Bears would not have a losing season for the first time since 2013. With a Week 14 win over the Los Angeles Rams, the Bears clinched their first winning season since 2012. With their Week 15 win over the rival Green Bay Packers, the Bears clinched their first playoff berth and division title since 2010. They lost to the defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles, who they had helped get into the playoffs on the last game of the season, in the NFC Wild Card Game 15–16 on January 6, 2019 at Soldier Field.

2018 College Football Playoff National Championship

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The College Football Playoff selection committee chose the semifinalists following the conclusion of the 2017 regular season. Alabama and Georgia advanced to the national championship after winning the semifinal games hosted by the Sugar Bowl and Rose Bowl Game respectively in January 2018. The championship game was played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia on January 8, 2018.

2018 Rose Bowl

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Butkus Award

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List of Chicago Bears first-round draft picks

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List of Georgia Bulldogs in the NFL Draft

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Macon County High School

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PFWA All-Rookie Team

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SEC Championship Game

The SEC Championship Game is an annual American football game that has determined the Southeastern Conference's season champion since 1992. The championship game pits the SEC West Division regular season champion against the East Division regular season champion. Since 2007, the game has typically been played on the first Saturday of December, and the game has been held in Atlanta since 1994, first at the Georgia Dome, and at Mercedes-Benz Stadium since 2017.

Ten of the fourteen current SEC members have played in the SEC Championship Game. Kentucky and Vanderbilt have yet to reach the game from the East, while Ole Miss and Texas A&M have yet to reach the game from the West. The overall series is led by the Western Division, 15–12.

While ten SEC members have played in the game, only six have won: Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee of the East Division, and Alabama, Auburn, and LSU of the West Division. Each of these teams has won the championship multiple times. Alabama is the reigning SEC champion.

Southeastern Conference football individual awards

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