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2015 NFL DRAFT

Quanterus Smith, DE

School: Western Kentucky  |  Conference: BELT
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Loganville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 250 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
287237-FA
LATEST NEWS
04/17/2013 - WKU's Quanterus Smith visits with Eagles, will visit Giants...Western Kentucky defensive end Quanterus Smith has visited with the Philadelphia Eagles and will visit with the New York Giants this weekend. Smith (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) was at the NFL Scouting Combine, but unable to do drills due to a left ACL injury. He returned to Indianapolis for further medical evaluation last week, and checked out healthy.

Smith was in Texas rehabbing his knee when Western Kentucky held its pro day on March 20. Smith is a pass-rushing defensive end, and was a productive player before the ACL injury cut short his senior season (he finished as the Football Bowl Subdivision leader in sacks per game with 1.25 - he had 12.5 sacks through 10 games in 2012). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

02/23/2013 - Only quarterbacks hold more value in today's NFL than pass rushers and thus, Western Kentucky defensive end Quanterus Smith, who led the country with an average of 1.25 sacks in 2012, is certain to attract plenty of attention from scouts... even though he won't be able to workout at the Combine or potentially at all before the draft.

Smith was leading the nation with 12.5 sacks when he tore the ACL in his left knee against Louisiana-Lafayette on November 17. He underwent surgery to repair the ligament November 29 and hasn't been able to workout sufficiently since. In fact, he told NFLDraftScout.com that he doesn't plan to start running on his knee until he leaves the combine early next week and isn't sure that he'll be able to work out at Western Kentucky's Pro Day.

As such, teams may have to draft him based on the faith that he'll recover from the injury, making the medical reports clubs receive on him as critical to his draft stock as with any player in the 2013 draft.

The 6-4, 253-pound Smith lacks the bulk teams prefer at defensive end and is the first to admit that he needs to get better at setting the edge against the run. He is, however, a talented pass rusher who stepped up his game against top competition, including posting three sacks against the vaunted Alabama offensive line in the second game of the 2012 season for both clubs. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Players have the option of passing on workouts at the Combine, but every one of the 333 players invited will be subjected to a battery of medical evaluations that range from blood tests to X-rays to psychological testing. Some players have bumps and bruises that plagued them throughout the season while others are more serious. One more prospect to keep an eye on is Western Kentucky's Quanterus Smith, who collected 12.5 sacks through 10 games in 2012 before he tore his ACL in mid-November. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/26/2012 - DE Quanterus Smith had surgery following the end of the regular season to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. Smith, the nation's leading sacker statistically, recorded 12 1/2 sacks in 10 games this season. - The Sports Xchange

12/14/2012 - 2012 ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES & MEDIA): Quanterus Smith (WKU, Sr., DL), has been selected First Team All-Sun Belt Conference (Coaches & Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. Before suffering a season-ending knee injury late in the game against Louisiana-Lafayette on Nov. 17, Smith was poised to put his name at the top of the league record books with his nation's best 12.5 sacks. That total fell just a half sack shy of equaling the Sun Belt Conference regular-season record, and give him 24 career sacks - tying a league mark.

Smith also leads the conference, and ranks fourth nationally averaging 1.85 tackles for loss per game, and is third in the league in forced fumbles. The Loganville, Ga., product also set a conference record when he finished with 5.0 sacks in a win at Florida International - the second-highest single-game total in NCAA history. - Western Kentucky football

12/06/2012 - 2012 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Quanterus Smith (WKU, Sr., DL)...Leading the nation with 1.25 sacks per game, WKU's Quanterus Smith earned SBC Defensive Player of the Year. The senior also ranks fourth nationally with 1.38 tackles for loss per game and his 12.5 sacks was just a half-sack shy of tying the SBC single-season record. He recorded multiple tackles for a loss in five games this season, including a career-best 5.5 in a win at ASU (9/29).

The Loganville, Ga. native set a conference record when he finished with 5.0 sacks in a win over FIU (10/27), the second highest single-game total in NCAA history. Smith broke threw for 3.0 sacks at Alabama which was the most the Crimson Tide allowed to an opposing player this season. He forced three fumbles on the year and returned one for 75 yards for a touchdown. - Sun Belt football

11/20/2012 - Western Kentucky defensive end and national sacks co-leader Quanterus Smith is done for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. Smith is tied with Texas A&M's Damontre Moore for the lead in sacks (12.5) and is first in sacks per game (1.25). He's third in sack yardage (84).

Smith's 24 career sacks are tied for the Sun Belt Conference mark and he's just half a sack off the league's single-season record (13). He has drawn interest from NFL scouts who have attended Hilltoppers practices this season. Sophomore T.J. Smith and freshman Gavin Rocker will see time in Smith's place for WKU (6-5, 3-4 Sun Belt) in Saturday's regular season finale against North Texas (4-7, 3-4). - AP Sports

11/20/2012 - Western Kentucky University senior defensive end Quanterus Smith will miss the remainder of the 2012 football season after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the fourth quarter on Saturday against Louisiana-Lafayette. Smith will miss WKU's final regular season game against North Texas, and would also miss a bowl game, should WKU be selected. "Quanterus was having such an incredible season, and my heart goes out to him as he begins the process of recovering from this injury," WKU head coach Willie Taggart said. "It is unfortunate that this would happen to a kid that had worked so hard and was having such a great senior season, but I know that if there is one kid that can get through something like this, Quanterus is definitely that kid. I know that he will bounce back and will continue to be a senior leader for our football team for the remainder of this season."

The Loganville, Ga., native has put together one of the most decorated seasons of any defender in WKU football history, racking up 12.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss in 2012. The 12.5 sacks this season sits just behind the Sun Belt Conference record of 13.0 sacks in a single season, while his 24.0 career sacks are tied for the conference record.

Smith has been named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, while also earning honors from the College Football Performance Awards on four different occasions. Following his performance against Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday, Smith moved up to second in the nation in tackles for loss per game (1.85), while maintaining the nation's lead in sacks per game (1.25). Smith also ranks fifth among active players in career sacks, and 11th in career tackles for loss. - Western Kentucky football

10/11/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Western Kentucky at Troy, Oct. 11 -- A rubber match for two teams looking to spring board their respective league standing. A second loss will hurt Troy's bowl and league title hopes. A defeat will derail WKU's strong start. KEYS TO THE GAME: Either team's offense will likely be its best defense. If WKU can force quick Troy possessions while simultaneously eating clock with long, physical drives of its own, this game will belong to the Tops. If not, the Trojans can put Western Kentucky in a big hole with a few quick, early strikes. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Quanterus Smith -- The one they call 'Q' has been a menace to backfields all season long. The senior leads the nation in sacks with 1.62 per game. Smith recorded three sacks each in games at Alabama and Arkansas State and has nine tackles for loss this season. - The Sports Xchange

10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Quanterus Smith (WKU, Sr., DL)...WKU senior defensive end Quanterus Smith recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks and a career-best 5.5 tackles for loss to help the Hilltoppers come back for a 26-13 victory at Arkansas State on Saturday. Smith finished with seven total tackles in the game - six of which came behind the line. He had a three-sack game earlier in the year at Alabama. Smith was able to pressure ASU quarterback Ryan Aplin on a number of occasions, helping WKU limit the Red Wolves to 123 yards after halftime and just 71 total yards until late in the fourth quarter. Smith already has 9.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks in four games played in 2012. - Sun Belt football

07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT TEAM (COACHES/SELECT MEDIA): Quanterus Smith (WKU, Sr., DL)...Smith was also a second-team all-league pick last season after registering 38 total tackles during his junior campaign. He finished the year tied for eighth in the Sun Belt with 11 tackles for loss (0.92 per game), and was second in the league with a team-best 7.5 sacks. The Loganville, Ga., product played in all 12 games at defensive end, finishing with multiple tackles in 11 games. His efforts also helped the Hilltoppers average 6.58 tackles for loss (fourth in the SBC) and 2.33 sacks per game (third in the SBC) in 2011. - WKU football

 
LATEST NEWS
04/17/2013 - WKU's Quanterus Smith visits with Eagles, will visit Giants...Western Kentucky defensive end Quanterus Smith has visited with the Philadelphia Eagles and will visit with the New York Giants this weekend. Smith (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) was at the NFL Scouting Combine, but unable to do drills due to a left ACL injury. He returned to Indianapolis for further medical evaluation last week, and checked out healthy.

Smith was in Texas rehabbing his knee when Western Kentucky held its pro day on March 20. Smith is a pass-rushing defensive end, and was a productive player before the ACL injury cut short his senior season (he finished as the Football Bowl Subdivision leader in sacks per game with 1.25 - he had 12.5 sacks through 10 games in 2012). - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

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