2017: Enters the fall as a starting defensive end ... preseason All-ACC selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview (4th team) ... earned co-Most Improved Defensive Player honors along with S Jeremy McDuffie following spring practice ... in 12 career games (1 start), has 15 tackles, 2.5 TFL and one QB pressure ... has four games with 2+ tackles including a career-high three stops against both Pittsburgh and Miami in 2016 ... has played 156 career snaps.
2016 Game-by-Game Statistics
2016: Played in all 12 games with one start ... earned starting assignment against Miami ... carded 15 tackles, 2.5 TFL and one QB pressure ... logged a season-high three tackles against both Pittsburgh and Miami ... also had 1.5 TFL versus the Hurricanes ... logged nine tackles and 2.0 TFL over the final five weeks of the season ... one of eight true freshmen to earn varsity letter ... on the field for 156 snaps.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Four-year letterman at Murray High School under head coach Keith Hodge ... three-star prospect according to ESPN.com and 247Sports.com ... charted as the No. 68 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 7 prospect in Kentucky by ESPN.com ... selected as the Russell Athletic/Kentucky Football Coaches Association Class 2A, District 1 Player of the Year as a senior ... following final campaign, played for Kentucky squad in the Best of the Bluegrass All-Star Game and earned defensive MVP honors after helping team to 40-21 victory ... also selected to participate in the Border Bowl, an annual All-Star game featuring the best players in Kentucky and Tennessee ... a Louisville Courier-Journal first team all-state and USA TODAY High School Sports American Family Insurance ALL-USA Kentucky Team honoree as a senior ... all-conference and all-region honoree after final season ... as a senior, helped the Tigers to 7-5 record and second round of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Class 2A playoffs ... booked 112 tackles, 21.0 TFL and 11.0 sacks while adding three caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... All-Purchase Area pick by the Paducah Sun as a junior and senior ... during junior year, registered 103 tackles with 10.0 sacks as Tigers went 9-4 and reached the KHSAA state semifinals ... received Louisville Courier-Journal honorable mention all-state, first team All-WKC, Paducah Sun all-region and Associated Press first team all-state accolades ... registered 60 tackles with 1.0 sack and one INT ... also lettered in basketball.
PERSONAL: Born December 22, 1997 ... son of Renee Hornbuckle and Deon Smith ... mother was a four-year letterwinner (1994-95-96-97) in basketball at Murray State ... father was a four-year letterwinner (1993-94-95-96) in football at Murray State.