Emerged as a playmaker in the secondary ... showed an ability to come up and make a tackle ... sure-handed tackler ... will continue to develop as he gets bigger and stronger.
Smith, who was the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was selected as a second team All-American by USA Today and the Walter Camp Association. The first-team all-conference honoree ranks second nationally and also led the league decisively in total sacks with 12.5 and sacks per game at 1.0. The Columbus, Ga., native currently ranks seventh on the school's charts with 12.5 sacks overall and needs just half a sack to tie for fifth most in a season. Smith is second in the league in tackles for loss per game both overall (11.5) and per game (1.44). Smith also forced three fumbles and blocked a kick.
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.
Named first team All-BIG EAST at safety...tied for second on the team with 84 tackles ... needs seven more tackles to match total from last season ... leads the team with nine pass breakups ... has forced three fumbles and has one interceptions ... has punished opponents with 19 negative yards on four tackles for loss ... added five tackles at USF and first career interception ... had 10 tackles for the third straight game at Connecticut ... added a forced fumble against the Huskies ... tied career-high with 13 tackles versus Pittsburgh ... added 10 tackles and a forced fumble in win at Morgantown ... had two tackles and forced a fumble versus Syracuse ... notched seven stops and two breakups versus Rutgers ... had two breakups and six stops at Cincinnati ... totaled five tackles at North Carolina ... stepped up with 10 tackles versus Marshall including two tackles for loss ... had six tackles at Kentucky ... tallied seven tackles between FIU and Murray State contests.
Named the BIG EAST Conference Rookie of the Year ... earned second team All-BIG EAST Conference ... finished as the team leader in tackles with 88 ... also had six tackles for loss and a sack ... credited with eight tackles versus Southern Mississippi ... had six tackles, including a solo sack for a loss of seven yards. against Rutgers ... credited with nine stops, including an assisted tackle for a loss against USF. .. registered a career-high 13 tackles in the start versus Syracuse ... tallied 11 solo stops, two assisted ... totaled eight tackles - five of which were solo stops in a loss to Pittsburgh ... credited with team-high eight tackles, seven of which were solo stops versus Connecticut ... also forced a fumble ... tallied six tackles, two of which were solo stops ... also had a fumble recovery. versus Arkansas State ... tied for a team-leading seven tackles against Oregon State ... made two solo and five assisted stops and earned first career start against Eastern Kentucky ... recorded three solo tackles, including one that resulted in a loss of eight yards ... played in first career game against Kentucky ... finished with six tackles, five of which were solo ... tied for second on team with most total stops ... also registered first career tackle-for-loss.
Played for Nick Davis at Riverdale High School ... two-star prospect by Rivals.com ... played both wide receiver and safety ... caught 30 passes for 650 yards and five touchdowns ... also recorded 44 tackles and a forced fumble on defense ... earned first team All-County honors at safety ... was a first team All-Region selection ... earned second team All-Conference honors at wide receiver ... caught 25 passes for 700 yards and three touchdowns during his junior campaign ... was named team captain as a senior ... earned Scholar-Athlete Award.
Son of Sheri and Craig McCobb ... born 11/9/89 ... computer science major.
12/16/2013 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): S Hakeem Smith, Louisville, Sr., 6-2 179, Jonesboro, Ga./Riverdale,...Smith, a senior, who ranked in the top 20 in the league in passes defended, became the first Louisville player since Ronnie Ghent (2000-03) to earn all-conference honors each of their four years. For the season, the Jonesboro, Ga., native intercepted three passes this season - two in conference play - and recorded his lone sack against league-foe Rutgers. - Louisville football