CUTigers' Top 25 in '13: No. 21

Up next in our countdown of the 25 players we believe will have the most productive seasons for Clemson is Robert Smith.

No. 21

SS Robert Smith, Junior
Before moving over to the defensive side of the ball, Smith was one of the most productive high school quarterbacks in South Carolina history.

After accounting for over 11,000 yards of total offense during his career at Woodland, Smith has spent his first two seasons in college trying to make quarterbacks' lives miserable.

The Resume

Smith, who is one of the smartest players on the team, exited spring practice as the starting strong safety ahead of Jadar Johnson.

As the backup to multi-year starter Jonathan Meeks, Smith played 104 snaps over 13 games last season. He had nine tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

As a freshman in 2011, Smith had nine tackles and an interception over 59 snaps in 14 games, one of which he started.

Moving Forward

Smith will have a few more freshmen to hold off if he's to continue as the starting strong safety. To go along with Johnson, freshmen Jayron Kearse and Cordrea Tankersley could figure into the mix.

Former defensive coordinator Kevin Steele used to rave about Smiths' intelligence, both on and off the field. After Brent Venables showed up last year, it wasn't long before he was saying the same things about Smith, who's listed at 5-10, 210 pounds.

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