WESTMINSTER -- Mike Smith has adopted a relatively simplistic approach to football. Whenever the Baltimore Ravens' rugged backup middle linebacker is in doubt, he hits someone. In the case of Friday's preseason opener against the New York Giants, Smith's instincts took over as he ran with the starting defense for the first time because middle linebacker Ray Lewis was given the night off.
August 13, 2006
Last season wasn't a very memorable season for the Texas Tech linebackers. The bright spots consisted of an outstanding season by Lawrence Flugence in the middle, and John Saldi making his way into the starting lineup late in the season. With Flugence gone, how will the linebacker position shape up?
August 22, 2003
Linebacker Mike Smith isn't an inexperienced player, but with the Red Raiders bringing in a new defensive coordinator, he's having to learn a whole new defensive scheme. The scheme brings some big changes to the way the Texas Tech linebackers play the game.
August 13, 2003