2018: Returning starting defensive end ... in 25 career games (14 starts), has 65 tackles, 12.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, one caused fumble and seven QB pressures ... has nine games with 3+ tackles including a career-high 12 stops against Army West Point in 2017 ... has three games with multiple TFL including a career-high 3.5 stops for lost yardage against N.C. Central in 2017 ... has played 785 career snaps ... one of six returning DEs in the ACC to post 50+ tackles and 9.5+ TFL in 2017, joining Boston College’s Zach Allen, Clemson’s Austin Bryant, North Carolina’s Malik Carney, Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell and Miami’s Joe Jackson ... one of four Duke defensive linemen with 400+ snaps of experience, joining Edgar Cerenord (882), Victor Dimukeje (608) and Trevon McSwain (410).
2017 Game-by-Game Statistics
2017: Academic All-ACC selection ... recipient of the program’s Sonny Falcone Iron Duke Award, an honor presented annually to offensive, defensive and developmental program members for their year-round commitment to strength training and conditioning ... started all 13 games ... totaled 50 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 1.0 sack, one caused fumble and six QB pressures ... had seven games with 3+ tackles including a season-high 12 stops at Army West Point ... logged six tackles and a season-best 3.5 TFL in the win over N.C. Central ... posted five stops, 2.5 TFL and 1.0 sack versus Florida State ... one of just seven DEs in the ACC to register 50+ tackles and 9.5+ TFL on the year ... coupled with teammates Joe Giles-Harris (16.0), Mike Ramsay (9.5) and Ben Humphreys (9.0) to make Duke one of four teams in the ACC to have 4+ players with 9.0+ TFL, joining Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech ... on the field for 629 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 ... 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 by ESPN.com and 247Sports.com ... charted as the No. 68 outside linebacker in the country 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 ... 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 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 Associated Press first team all-state accolades ... also lettered in basketball.
PERSONAL: Born December 22, 1997 ... majoring in sociology while pursuing a certificate in markets and management ... son of Renee Hornbuckle and Deon Smith ... mother was a four-year letterwinner (1994-95-96-97) in basketball at Murray State University ... father was a four-year letterwinner (1993-94-95-96) in football at Murray State.