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Florida State Senior Spotlight: Terrance Smith

A final look at Florida State redshirt senior linebacker Terrance Smith.

Terrance Smith is a redshirt senior linebacker from Southwest Dekalb High School in Decatur, Georgia. Smith was ranked as the 205th best prospect in the country in 2011 by Scout. He has been a starter for the last three seasons.

Smith played the first two games of his freshman season, but suffered an injury and got a medical redshirt.

He bounced back in 2012 where he played mostly on special teams and as a backup linebacker. He finished the year with 9 tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss.

Smith moved into a starting role in week 5 of the 2013 season. He started the remaining 10 games including the National Championship game. Smith finished fourth on the team with 59 tackles and added 2.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 1 interception. He was awarded All-ACC Honorable Mention and was named to College Football News All-Sophomore second team. 

Smith struggled with injuries in 2014, but still made 10 starts. He finished third on the team with 87 tackles to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. His 94-yard interception return for a touchdown against rival Florida turned the game around for the Seminoles. He was awarded the second team All-ACC honors.

Smith has missed four games due to an ankle injury this season, but is sixth on the team in tackles with 37. He has 3.5 tackles for loss on the season and 1 forced fumble with three games left.

Smith has won three ACC Championships and one National Championship at Florida State and believes he has made the most of his opportunity at Florida State.

“It was the best five years I could have asked for," Smith said. "From winning the National Championship to earning a starting position here and creating my own legacy here at Florida State and leaving that legacy here and moving on up. I really enjoyed my five years here and I made the most of it.”


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