Za'Darius Smith

Za'Darius Smith (born September 8, 1992) is an American football outside linebacker for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kentucky.

Za'Darius Smith
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Smith with the Ravens in 2015
No. 55 – Green Bay Packers
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born:September 8, 1992 (age 26)
Greenville, Alabama
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:274 lb (124 kg)
Career information
High school:Greenville (AL)
College:Kentucky
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 4 / Pick: 122
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • CollegeSportsMadness Third Team All-SEC (2014)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:119
Sacks:18.5
Pass deflections:5
Forced fumbles:3
Player stats at NFL.com

Early years

Smith attended Greenville High School in Greenville, Alabama.[1] Smith played basketball in high school and didn't start playing football until his senior year.[2][3]

College career

Smith played college football for two years at East Mississippi Community College before transferring to the University of Kentucky.[4][5] In his two years at East Mississippi, he recorded 66 tackles and 11 sacks. In his first year at Kentucky, Smith started all 12 games and recorded 59 tackles and six sacks.[6] As a senior in 2014, Smith had 60 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Collegiate statistics

Za'Darius Smith
Year School Conf Class Pos G Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk PD FR FF
2013 Kentucky SEC JR DE 12 24 35 59 7.0 6.5 1 1 0
2014 Kentucky SEC SR DE 12 26 34 60 7.0 4.5 2 1 0
Career Kentucky 24 50 69 119 14.0 11.0 3 2 0

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Smith was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round (122nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft, The pick used to draft him was acquired from the Detroit Lions in exchange for Haloti Ngata.[7] As a rookie in 2015, Smith played 15 games with 30 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 2 pass defended.[8] In the 2016 season, he played in 13 games and started four. He recorded one pass defensed, one forced fumble, one sack, 20 tackles, and four quarterback hits.[9] In the 2017 season, he appeared in 14 games and started four. He recorded one pass defensed, one forced fumble, 3.5 sacks, 24 tackles, and 16 quarterback hits.[10]

In Week 6 of the 2018 season, Smith recorded three sacks, which was part of the new team record 11 sacks, in a 21–0 win over the Tennessee Titans, earning him AFC Defensive Player of the Week.[11] He finished the season with career-highs with 45 combined tackles, 8.5 sacks, two passes defensed and a forced fumble. He led the Ravens in sacks and finished sixth on the team in tackles.

Green Bay Packers

On March 14, 2019, Smith signed a four-year, $66 million contract with the Green Bay Packers.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Montgomery to NFL: The Latest – Za'Darius Smith". The Montgomery Advertiser. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Kentucky signee Za'Darius Smith a defensive end with basketball roots
  3. ^ Scouting the Cats: Smith making up for lost time as one of UK's defensive anchors
  4. ^ UK's Smith takes unlikely path to stardom
  5. ^ Greenville High product Za'Darius Smith signs to play football at Kentucky
  6. ^ Kentucky DEs Dupree, Smith form pass-rush threat
  7. ^ "2015 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  8. ^ "2015 Baltimore Ravens Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "2016 Baltimore Ravens Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "2017 Baltimore Ravens Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  11. ^ Lam, Quang M. (October 17, 2018). "Albert Wilson, Todd Gurley among Players of Week". NFL.com.
  12. ^ "Packers sign four players". Packers.com. March 14, 2019.

External links

2012 Kentucky Wildcats football team

The 2012 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team, led by third-year head coach Joker Phillips, played their home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky, US, and compete in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). On November 4, 2012, Kentucky Athletic director Mitch Barnhart announced that the university would not retain Phillips as head coach after the season.

2013 Kentucky Wildcats football team

The 2013 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2013 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats competed as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) as part of its Eastern Division. The team was led by head coach Mark Stoops, in his first year and played its home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky.

2014 Kentucky Wildcats football team

The 2014 Kentucky Wildcats football team represented the University of Kentucky in the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Wildcats competed as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) as part of its Eastern Division. The team was led by head coach Mark Stoops, in his second year, and played its home games at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Kentucky. They finished the season 5–7, 2–6 in SEC play to finish in sixth place in the Eastern Division.

2015 Baltimore Ravens season

The 2015 Baltimore Ravens season was the franchise's 20th season in the National Football League (NFL) and the eighth under head coach John Harbaugh. Although picked by some, including Sports Illustrated's Peter King, to reach the Super Bowl, they had a disappointing season in part due to injuries. 14 of their games were decided by 8 points or less and Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, Steve Smith, Sr., and Terrell Suggs all suffered season ending injuries. They were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 14 with a loss to the Seattle Seahawks, in which they also suffered their ninth loss, resulting their first losing season in the Harbaugh–Flacco era and first since the collapse of the Brian Billick era. Ultimately the Ravens finished with a 5–11 record and twenty-two players ended the season on Injured Reserve. The 5-11 record is their worst since the 2007 season.

2015 East–West Shrine Game

The 2015 East–West Shrine Game, the 90th staging of the all-star college football exhibition, was held on January 17, 2015, at 4:00 PM EST, and featured NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision players and a few select invitees from Canadian university football. The game featured more than 100 players from the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season and prospects for the 2015 Draft of the professional National Football League (NFL). In the week prior to the game, scouts from all 32 NFL teams attended. The game was held in St. Petersburg, Florida, at Tropicana Field, and benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. The game was broadcast on the NFL Network.

The East–West Shrine Game Pat Tillman Award was given to Jake Ryan (LB, Michigan); the award "is presented to a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award is about a student-athlete's achievements and conduct, both on and off the field."

2015 Senior Bowl

The 2015 Senior Bowl was an all-star college football exhibition game featured players from the 2014 NCAA Division I FBS football season, and prospects for the 2015 Draft of the professional National Football League (NFL). The game concluded the post-season that began on December 21, 2014. It was sponsored by Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and was officially known as the Reese's Senior Bowl.Ali Marpet of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the first NCAA Division III player selected for the Senior Bowl, was named Sports Illustrated as the game's "biggest riser".The game was played on January 24, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. CST, at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, between "North" and "South" teams, with the North team winning the game 34–13. Coverage of the event was provided on the NFL Network.

2016 Baltimore Ravens season

The 2016 season was the Baltimore Ravens' 21st season in the National Football League and the ninth under head coach John Harbaugh. With a week 12 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Ravens improved upon their 5–11 record from 2015, finishing the season 8–8. Despite the improvement, the Ravens failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive year after losing to the Steelers in Week 16. It was the first time the Ravens missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons since 2004–2005, and their first consecutive non-winning seasons since 1996–1999. They did, however, improve their position in the division, finishing in second place after finishing in third place for the previous three seasons.

2017 Baltimore Ravens season

The 2017 season was the Baltimore Ravens' 22nd in the National Football League and their 10th under head coach John Harbaugh. This was also the 10th season with Joe Flacco as the team's starting quarterback. The Ravens improved on the previous season's 8–8 record, but failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third consecutive season by a last second touchdown in a 31–27 loss to the Bengals in Week 17.

2018 Baltimore Ravens season

The 2018 season was the Baltimore Ravens' 23rd season in the National Football League and their 11th under head coach John Harbaugh.

On October 14, 2018, the Ravens set a franchise record, sacking Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota 11 times in a 21–0 Week 6 win against the Tennessee Titans.

After struggling to a 4–5 record for the second straight year, the Ravens went on a 6–1 run to finish 10–6 on the season, thanks to the emergence of Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson, who replaced longtime QB Joe Flacco due to injury. They clinched the AFC North after defeating the Cleveland Browns in Week 17, reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and winning their division for the first time since 2012. However they lost to the Los Angeles Chargers 23–17 in the wild-card round.

As of 2019, it marks the first time the Ravens won a division title in the post-Ray Lewis era.

This is also the last season under general manager Ozzie Newsome as he would step down following the 2018 season and have assistant general manager Eric DeCosta fill in his role.

2019 Green Bay Packers season

The 2019 season will be the Green Bay Packers' upcoming 99th season in the National Football League, their 101st overall and their first under new head coach Matt LaFleur. After suffering back-to-back losing seasons in for the first time since 1990–91 and missing the playoffs back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2005–06, the Packers will look to improve on their 6–9–1 record from last year, and attempt to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

2019 NFL season

The 2019 NFL season will be the 100th season of the National Football League (NFL). The season will tentatively begin on September 5, 2019. The season will conclude with Super Bowl LIV, the league's championship game, tentatively scheduled for February 2, 2020, at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida.

Baltimore Ravens draft history

This page is a list of the Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft selections. The Ravens franchise began when the Cleveland Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996, leaving their team name, uniforms, and franchise records in Cleveland. The first draft the Ravens participated in was 1996, when they selected offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden of UCLA for their first selection as the Ravens.

Bud Dupree

Alvin "Bud" Dupree Jr. (born February 12, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Kentucky, and was drafted in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Steelers.

East–West Shrine Game

The East–West Shrine Game is a postseason college football all-star game that has been played annually since 1925. The game is sponsored by the fraternal group Shriners International, and the net proceeds are earmarked to some of the Shrine's charitable works, most notably the Shriners Hospitals for Children. The game's slogan is "Strong Legs Run That Weak Legs May Walk".

Teams consist of players from colleges in the Eastern United States vs. the Western United States. Players must be college seniors who are eligible to play for their school. The game and the practice sessions leading up to it attract dozens of scouts from professional teams. Since 1985, Canadian players playing in Canadian university football have also been invited (even though the CIS and NCAA play by different football codes). As such, this is the only bowl or all-star game in either the Canadian or American college football schedules to include players from both Canadian and American universities.

Since 1979, the game has been played in January, and has been played on January 10 or later since 1986. The later game dates allow players from teams whose schools were involved in bowl games to participate, which is important, as these teams often have some of the very best players.

Haloti Ngata

Etuini Haloti Ngata (Tongan pronunciation: [ˈŋata]; born January 21, 1984) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football for the University of Oregon and earned consensus All-American honors. Ngata was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and was selected for the Pro Bowl five times. Ngata played for the Ravens for nine seasons before being traded to the Detroit Lions before the 2015 NFL season. Ngata was also a member of the Philadelphia Eagles for one season in 2018 before retiring.

List of Green Bay Packers players

The following is a list of notable past or present players of the Green Bay Packers professional American football team.

List of Kentucky Wildcats in the NFL Draft

The University of Kentucky Wildcats football team has had 196 players drafted into the National Football League (NFL) since the league began holding drafts in 1936. Because of the NFL–AFL merger agreement, the history of the AFL is officially recognized by the NFL and therefore this list includes the AFL draft (1960–1966) and the common draft (1967–1969). This includes 16 players taken in the first round and one overall number one pick, Tim Couch in the 1999 NFL draft.

Each NFL franchise seeks to add new players through the annual NFL draft. The draft rules were last updated in 2009. The team with the worst record the previous year picks first, the next-worst team second, and so on. Teams that did not make the playoffs are ordered by their regular-season record with any remaining ties broken by strength of schedule. Playoff participants are sequenced after non-playoff teams, based on their round of elimination (wild card, division, conference, and Super Bowl). Prior to the merger agreements in 1966, the American Football League (AFL) operated in direct competition with the NFL and held a separate draft. This led to a bidding war over top prospects between the two leagues. As part of the merger agreement on June 8, 1966, the two leagues held a multiple-round "common draft". Once the AFL officially merged with the NFL in 1970, the common draft became the NFL draft.

Matthew Judon

Matthew Judon (born August 15, 1992) is an American football linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Grand Valley State.

Tim Williams (American football)

Timothy Williams (born November 12, 1993) is an American football outside linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Alabama.

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