Despite being a 6-foot-6, 270-pound lineman, Smith is tied for the FBS lead in 2014 with two interceptions. With Smith leading the way, Mississippi State’s defense ranks first in the SEC in tackles for loss and third-down conversion defense, while also placing fourth nationally in red-zone defense.
Smith returns to action this Saturday as the 2-0 Bulldogs travel to Mobile, Ala., to take on South Alabama inside Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The 3 p.m. kickoff will be televised live on ESPN News. For more information on the Maroon and White, follow the program on Twitter at @HailStateFB, like team on Facebook at Facebook.com/HailStateFootball and join the squad on Instagram at Instagram.com/HailStateFB.
MSU’s SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week
2005 – Willie Evans (Sept. 17)
2008 – Jessie Bowman (Sept. 15)
2009 – Pernell McPhee (Sept. 21, Nov. 28)
2011 – Fletcher Cox (Oct. 10, Oct. 17, Oct. 31, Nov. 28)
2014 – Preston Smith (Sept. 1, Sept. 8)