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#41 Terrel Smith
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 180
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Paterson, N.J.
High School: Passiac County Tech
Experience: High School
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AT COLORADO: This Season (Sr.)He entered the fall listed second at strong safety, but a likely regular again in the nickel formation regardless of starting status.  A three-year regular who’s played 1,371 career snaps on defense, he enters his senior year ranked 97th in defensive tackles (166) and 14th in special team tackles (24) at Colorado.

2012 (Jr.)He played in all 12 games, including seven starts, and was CU’s second-leading tackler with 70 (48 solo).  He recorded a team-high seven touchdown saves and added three third down stops, three passes broken up, two fumble recoveries and three quarterback pressures.  He had a season-high 12 tackles (seven solo) and a fumble recovery against Arizona State, with 11 (eight solo) at Oregon; he had six games in all with eight or more tackles.  He earned 11 special team points, on the strength of five solo tackles (one of which was inside-the-20), two knockdown blocks, a downed punt, a forced fair catch and a caused penalty.  He had a fine spring, with eight tackles and an interception in the main spring scrimmages.

2011 (Soph.)He saw action in all 13 games, 11 on defense including six starts.  He was in for exactly 400 snaps from scrimmage, recording 36 tackles (29 solo), with three third down stops, a quarterback chasedown (near sack) and an interception (which he made at Stanford).  He had a season-high eight tackles (seven solo) against Southern California, with six (five solo) at Washington and five (four solo) versus Arizona; one of the stops against the Wildcats was a key fourth down stop when he sniffed out a fake punt attempt on UA’s first drive of the second half.  He led the team in special team tackles with 14 (11 solo, three inside-the-20) and he was second in overall points with 25; he also had three forced fair catches, two first downfield credits that altered returns, a touchdown save, a knockdown block and a caused penalty.  His biggest tackle came on punt coverage, when he tackled Oregon’s Cliff Harris in the end zone for a safety, helping the Buffs avert a shutout as those were CU’s only points in a 45-2 loss.  He was the special teams award winner for his efforts in the Colorado State game. 

2010 (Fr.)—He was originally penciled in to redshirt, practicing at safety over the first half of the season, but after the season-ending injury to Anthony Perkins, he was “activated” and started the last six games of the year at strong safety (or in each one he appeared in).  He finished fourth on the team in tackles with 60 (30 solo, two for losses), but his 10.0 average per game was a team-best; the 60 tackles were the third-most in a single-season by a true freshman in school history (behind Jordan Dizon, 85 in 2007, and J.J. Billingsley, 67 in 2002).  In 414 snaps from scrimmage, he also had a quarterback sack, one tackle for zero, three third down stops, a pass broken up and an interception, the latter coming at Kansas.  In his first career game against Texas Tech, he tied the school record for the most tackles in a game by a true freshman with 15 (four solo including his sack); he matched the mark set by J.J. Billingsley against San Diego State in 2002.  He then took over the record for himself in the season finale at Nebraska, recording a career-high 17 tackles (11 solo); that matched the overall freshman mark by Matt Russell, who had 17 at Oklahoma State in 1993.  Those were his two double-figure tackle games, and he also had nine (four solo) at Kansas and eight (five solo) at Oklahoma.  He also had seven special team points on the strength of five tackles (three solo, one-inside-the 20) and a knockdown block.  He was one of seven true freshmen to play for the Buffs in the 2010 season.

HIGH SCHOOL—He earned third team All-State, first-team All-Passaic County and first-team All-Tri County A League honors as a senior (he was also first-team All-League as a junior).  Started both ways for three seasons (running back, safety), and broke into the starting lineup on defense the second half of his freshman season.  As a senior, he rushed for 1,261 yards on 215 attempts (5.9 per), with 10 touchdowns and seven 100-yard games; on defense, he racked up 117 tackles (61 solo), with three interceptions, 24 passes broken up and two forced fumbles.  He returned 20 punts for 232 yards (11.6 per) and a touchdowns, and averaged 17.2 yards on 13 kickoff returns.  As a junior, he had 185 carries for 936 yards and 6 TDs, with 87 tackles (49) solo on defense, where he also had four pass deflections, two forced fumbles, on recovery and an interception.  He returned five punts for 98 yards (19.6 per) with a touchdown, and averaged 20.1 for 12 kickoff returns.  He had 392 yards as a sophomore (90 carries, 3 touchdowns), with 60 tackles on defense (31 solo), with five passes broken up, an interception and a caused fumble.  He had 13 tackles, 12 solo, his freshman year.  Top games as a senior included a 25-22 win over Clifton, when he rushed for a career-high 234 yards (on just 22 carries, or 10.6 per), and had 13 tackles on defense; a 35-0 win over Bloomfield, when he scored four touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving and one via punt return); and in a 22-15 win over rival Passaic, when he rushed for 133 yards and two scores, with 10 tackles and two PBU’s.  One of his best games as a junior came in a 14-0 loss to Milford, when he rushed 33 times for 181 yards.  Under coach John Iurato, PCT was 8-3 his senior year, reaching the state playoffs, and was 6-4 his junior season, 4-6 his sophomore campaign and 2-8 as a freshman.  He also lettered three times in track (sprints, freshman through junior years).

ACADEMICS—He is majoring in Communication at Colorado.  He owned a 3.1 grade point average as a prep and made the Principal’s Honor Roll as a senior.

PERSONAL—He was born August 29, 1992 in Passaic, N.J.  His hobbies include fishing, bowling, movies and video games.  (First name is pronounced ter-rel.)


Defense Tackles  
Season G Plays UT AT Total TFL Sacks 3DS Hurr FR FF PBU INT
2010 6 414 30 30 60 2- 8 1- 6 3 0 0 0 1 1
2011 11 400 29 7 36 0- 0 0- 0 3 0 0 0 0 1
Totals 17 814 59 37 96 2- 8 1- 6 6 0 0 0 1 2

ADDITIONAL STATISTICS—Interception Return Yards: 1-0, 0.0 avg, 0 TD (2010); 1-0, 0.0 avg., 0 TD (2011). Special Team Tackles: 3,2—5 (2010); 11,314 (2011).

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