Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 Things to Know About Ryan Smith

A few interesting facts about the Bucs' new cornerback.

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1. He was one of the best players in his school's history.
Smith recorded 168 solo tackles, which were the most in North Carolina Central's history. He had 263 total tackles, which were the sixth-most in team history, and defensed 31 passes, enough for No. 11 on the team's all-time list.

2. He can return kicks.
Smith was a dominant defensive player in college, but excelled on special teams as well. He averaged 28.1 yards per kickoff return, a North Carolina Central record. With the departure of Bobby Rainey, who handled the majority of the Bucs' returns a year ago, Smith could be in the mix to step in and fill that role.

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A look at the newest member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

  1. He was a four-year starter.**
    Smith took a redshirt year at North Carolina Central but would go on to start for the next four seasons. He started eight games as a freshman before starting all 12 as a sophomore and junior. He missed one game as a senior but started the rest.

4. He was born overseas.
According to his college bio, Smith was born in Germany. He attended high school at Upper Marlboro High School in Maryland.

5. He earned his place.
No schools offered Smith a full scholarship out of high school. In fact, North Carolia Central was the only school to offer him a partial scholarship. When he arrived in campus, he was 5-foot-10 and 155 pounds, but built his body up to 190 pounds over the next five seasons.

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