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One of the top returnees for ...
One of the top returnees for the defense is senior Garnet Smith who moved from linebacker to defensive end last season.Smith led the Lions with seven sacks and 11 1/2 tackles behind the line of scrimmage for a loss of 91 yards.He
also recorded 61 tackles, which was good for third on the team and notched first team all-Lone Star Conference honors.
"Last year I wasn't playing for awards," said Smith
."I moved to defensive end for the team, but it is a blessing to get noticed."
Voters took notice of Smith
again this pre-season as he
was picked second behind Central Oklahoma linebacker Will Clewis for LSC North Division Defensive Player of the Year.Clewis received eight votes, edging out Smith
The biggest question for the defense, according to Smith
, is filling in the spots left by the seniors because of the camaraderie of the 2006 squad.
"Last season's defense was good because of the chemistry," said Smith
."We felt chemistry on and off the field."
So far in camp, Smith
says the best thing about the new defense is the Lions
' "positive attitude."Before playing for the Lions, Smith was at the University of Texas from 2002-2005, getting into all 13 games as a freshman, but missed the 2003 and 2004 seasons due to injury.He
recorded 21 tackles, five tackles for loss and a sack as a Longhorn.
"(Smith) is very competitive, it is very important to him, very physical and is one of our leaders," said Conley.
...Texas A&M University-Commerce defensive end Garnet Smith puts pressure on the quarterback in a loss to West Texas A&M last season.Smith
finished the game with 10 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.Craig Buck/A&M-Commerce (Click for larger image)
After a A&M-Commerce punt, Hill took ...
After a A&M-Commerce punt, Hill took a run up the middle and had the ball swiped out of his hands by Lions' linebacker Garnet Smith.
AUSTIN, Texas , University of Texas sophomore linebacker Garnet Smith (Fort Worth, Texas/Arlington Lamar HS) has elected to transfer, Smith said on Wednesday.In addition, a series of injuries have forced sophomore RB Albert Hardy (Houston, Texas/Galena Park HS) and junior OG Terrance Young (Longview, Texas/Longview HS) to give up football, the two Longhorn players confirmed on Wednesday. Smith
, who has been given an unconditional release from his
scholarship by UT, is enrolling at another school this semester.After being sidelined with an ankle injury he
sustained in the first game of 2003, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound Smith
played in 10 games in 2004 and posted six tackles, a TFL and one QB pressure.He
played in all 13 games, primarily on special teams, as a true freshman in 2002 and received a medical redshirt year for 2003.Smith
recorded 21 tackles, five TFLs and a sack in 23 career contests.
"I've really enjoyed my time at Texas and appreciate all of my teammates and coaches," Smith
The extra practice reps can only ...
The extra practice reps can only be a plus for a team that lost 17 seniors, including linebacker/defensive end Garnet Smith and the LSC Receiver of the Year, JaMichael Palmer.Defensive lineman Ander Magee could help fill the shoes left by Smith.
Texas A&M University-Commerce, Official Athletic Site - Football
Four members of the 2007 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team - offensive lineman Darron Sheppard (Longview, Texas), all-purpose player Nabil El-Amin (Rochester, N.Y.), linebacker Garnet Smith (Arlington, Texas) and cornerback Elliot Jones (Pasadena, Calif.) - were named to the 2007 Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region Third Team on Friday.