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Ron Smith Career Stats
Youngster who continues to learn the defense ... Was thrown into a starting position nine games into the season last year and started the final six across two-time Mountain West Defensive Player-of-the-Year award winner and current Atlanta Falcon Damontae Kazee ... Is SDSU's only returning cornerback with a start at cornerback ... Also excels on special teams.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2016)
Recorded 57 tackles (30 solo), three interceptions for 77 yards and two touchdowns, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and 0.5 tackles for loss, despite only starting the final six games of the season ... The two interceptions returned for a touchdown tied a SDSU single-season record and ranked as the third most in the country, while his 77 interception return yards ranked 46th ... Played in all 14 games ... Led the team with 13 tackles on special teams and 12 on the kick return unit ... Had two assisted tackles in his first career game on special teams vs. New Hampshire ... Logged statless time on special teams against California ... Made a solo stop on special teams at Northern Illinois ... Had another solo tackle on special teams at South Alabama .... Made a solo tackle on special teams against UNLV ... Had two tackles at Fresno State ... Did not record a stat in playing time against San José State ... Had a then career-high four tackles and his first two career pass breakups at Utah State in his most extensive action at cornerback of the season ... Had a then career-high seven tackles (four solo), a 14-yard interception return for a touchdown and two pass breakups in his first career start against Hawai'i ... The interception and touchdown were each the first of his career ... The touchdown put SDSU up, 21-0, early in the second quarter ... Matched his then career high with seven tackles at Nevada and had an interception for the second straight game ... The interception went for nine yards ... Also had his first career forced fumble ... Made seven tackles (third straight game with exactly seven stops) and 0.5 tackles for loss in a third straight start at Wyoming ... Had a then career-high nine tackles in a start vs. Colorado State ... Led the team in tackles for the first time of his career ... Registered five tackles (three solo) with a pass breakup at Wyoming in the 2016 MW Championship game ... Had a career-high 10 tackles (seven solo) and a 54-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Las Vegas Bowl against Houston ... Recorded his first career game with double-digits in tackles ... The interception was his third of the season, while the interception return for a score was his second ... Was named to the 2016-17 Associated Press and Athlon Sports all-bowl teams for his play in the Las Vegas Bowl.
REDSHIRT SEASON (2015)
Utilized his redshirt season at SDSU.
Helped St. Mary's High go 21-6 (.778) over his final two years, including a 11-2 mark in 2014 ... Recorded a team-high 69 total tackles with two interceptions as a senior at St. Mary's High, according to MaxPreps ... Also added two interceptions for 117 yards, three pass deflections and a forced fumble ... Added team highs of 175 kick return yards (21.9 avg.) and 81 punt return yards (9.0 avg.) ... Helped lead the Panthers to an 11-2 overall record and an appearance in the CIF North Coast Division 4 championship game in 2014 ... Had a bigger year in 2013, recording a team-best 135 tackles (125 solo), two interceptions for 65 yards, six forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two pass deflections ... A three-star recruit by Rivals, Scout, 247sports and ESPN ... Received a scout grade of 86 by 247sports and a 75 by ESPN.
Ron Angelo William Smith was born Nov. 18, 1997, in Oakland, Calif. ... Son of Ron Smith and Mary Holly ... Picked San Diego State over offers from Air Force, Fresno State, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, UTEP, Washington State and Wyoming, according to Rivals ... Is majoring in psychology.
Tackles: 10 vs. Houston (12/17/16)
Tackles For Loss: 0.5 at Wyoming (11/19/16)
Interceptions: 1 vs. Houston (12/17/16), at Nevada (11/12/16), vs. Hawai'i (11/5/16)
Pass Breakups: 2 at Utah State (10/28/16)
Forced Fumbles: 1 at Nevada (11/12/16)
Defensive Touchdowns: 1 vs. Houston (12/17/16), vs. Hawai'i (11/5/16)