Despite missing the final two games of the season with an injury, Smith's sack production in the 10 games he suited up for was enough to continue to hold the top spot in sacks per game at season's end. Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones was right on Smith's heels, averaging 1.21 sacks per game for the Bulldogs. With 12.5 sacks on the year, Smith fell just a half sack shy of tying the Sun Belt Conference single-season record. Smith owns three of the top 12 single-game sack totals in 2012, and his five sacks in a win over Florida International were the most by any FBS player this season. He also posted 3.5 sacks at Arkansas State, and his three sacks against eventual national champion Alabama were the most the Crimson Tide allowed to an opposing player in 2012. Additionally, Smith finished his final season on the Hill leading the Sun Belt and ranking fifth nationally with 1.85 tackles for loss per game.
Named to the second team all-Sun Belt Conference list after leading the Hilltopper defense with 7.5 sacks on the season and finished second with 11 tackles for loss - both career highs...Had double-digit tackles for loss the second year in a row, with losses totaling 100 yards lost...Played in all 12 games, posting 38 total tackles, including 23 tackles of the solo variety...Had two sacks on two different occasions, with the first coming in week four against Arkansas State...Finished the game with five tackles...His second two-sack performance came against Louisiana-Monroe, as he finished with a pair of sacks totaling 15 yards lost, to go along with six total tackles and a career-high four tackles for loss in helping WKU to its fourth consecutive win...Had a sack against Louisiana-Lafayette (10/22/11), to go along with three tackles...Had three tackles or more in five different games and posted tackles for loss in seven games...Posted three tackles on the road against No. 1-ranked LSU as a starter at defensive end...Closed the regular season leading the WKU defense with five total tackles against Troy, including a solo sack for a loss of 10 yards.
Named to Phil Steele's all-Sun Belt Conference third team at season's end...Played in all 12 games, drawing 10 starting assignments at defensive end...Ranked fifth on the team with 47 total tackles...Ranked second on the squad with 10.5 tackles for loss, while recording a team-best four sacks...Posted a career and season-high seven tackles against Middle Tennessee, with three of those stops going for loss...Finished with at least four tackles eight times in 11 games...Recorded full sacks against Nebraska, Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana-Lafayette, while assisting on sacks against Indiana and MTSU...Also forced fumbles against ULM and ULL, and recovered a fumble against Indiana...Was credited with pass breakups against both Florida Atlantic and Troy.
Played in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman, making two starts...Compiled 12 total tackles on the year, with seven solo stops, including a solo tackle for an 11-yard loss...Saw action in week one on the road at Tennessee...Made first collegiate tackle in the home opener against South Florida, making a solo tackle for a loss of 11 yards...Posted a pair of tackles in week four on the road against Navy...Had one tackle in week five at home against Florida International...Collected two solo tackles in week eight at North Texas...Made first career start in week nine at home against Troy, making one solo stop...Had two tackles in the season finale against Arkansas State.
Lettered two years at Grayson High School, earning First-Team All-County honors...Also lettered in basketball for the Grayson Rams.
Quanterus Smith; Parents - Veronica Spear (mother); Birth - November 26, 1989, Decatur, Ga.; HS - Grayson High '08; HS Coach - Mickey Conn (Alabama); HS Letters - football 2, basketball; Major - recreation.