Smith emerged in 2013 as one of the nation's elite pass rushers. Entering the bowl season, he ranks second in the nation in sacks with 1.0 per game and 12.5 overall. The former quarterback also ranks 17th nationally in tackles for loss with 1.4 per contest and 16.5 total and is 29th in the country in forced fumbles at 0.25 per game (three total). Since the Cardinals' regular season finale, Smith has earned numerous awards and accolades. Along with being chosen as the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, he has also been tabbed as a Walter Camp Second Team All-American, a CBSSports Second Team All-American, a USA Today Second Team All-American and an Athlon Magazine Third Team All-American.Smith ranks seventh on the school's single season sack chart with 12.5 overall and needs just a half sack to tie for fifth most in a season. Entering the final game of his Louisville career, Smith ranks eighth on the Cardinals' career sacks leaderboard with 22.0. He is just one sack behind seventh place Marcus Jones (23 sacks from 2001-04), while Joe Johnson (1991-93) is sixth with 25 career sacks.
Finished second on the team with four sacks ... Tops on the defensive line with 29 tackles ... Led the team with seven tackles for loss ... Erupted for five tackles in win at FIU ... Had a sack in three straight games versus USF, Cincinnati and Temple ... Notched seven stops in overtime win versus Cincinnati ... Caught a two-point conversion pass from Will Stein against Kentucky and Missouri State ... Sacked Florida Jeff Driskel on a two-point conversion attempt in Sugar Bowl.
Appeared in 10 games, making five starts ... Led the team with 5.5 sacks ... Finished with 12 tackles ... Exploded for three sacks for a loss of 24 yards in loss at North Carolina ... Had four stops and a sack at Cincinnati.
Appeared in nine games at linebacker and special teams ... Totaled three tackles and one tackle for loss ... Started at linebacker in season-opener versus Kentucky ... Recorded first career tackle for loss against Memphis.
Played for Jeff Battles at Hardaway High School in Columbus, Ga. ... Three-star prospect as a quarterback by Rivals.com and two-star prospect by Scout.com ... Rated as the No. 37 athlete by ESPN.com ... Selected to the 2009 AAAA All-Region Second Team as a quarterback ... Passed for more than 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns for Hardaway ... Added 227 yards rushing and four touchdowns.
Son of Elba Wilson and Marcus Smith ... Born 3/31/92 ... Sport Administration major.
01/01/2014 - Risers-Fallers from early bowl games...In the Louisville Cardinals' impressive victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the Russell Athletic Bowl, it was hard not to get distracted by Teddy Bridgewater's brilliance. Former quarterback Marcus Smith was nearly as impressive on the defensive side of the ball for the Cardinals, however, demonstrating the fluidity and power to intrigue scouts working for 4-3 and 3-4 defenses, alike. The All-American showed off the traits to earn a significantly higher grade than the 5th round projection NFLDraftScout.com currently has for him -- if he continues his impressive final campaign with an impressive performance at the Senior Bowl. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com