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#5  Shaq Smith

Baltimore, Md.
High School:
IMG (Fla.) Academy

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Talented linebacker who spent most of his time on special teams in his first active season as a Tiger in 2017 and expanded into a reserve role at linebacker in 2018 … enters 2019 credited with 29 tackles (1.5 for loss), a sack and an interception over 203 snaps in 26 career games.

2018: Credited with 16 tackles (2.5 for loss) including a sack in 140 snaps over 15 games … opened the season with four tackles, including 1.5 for loss against Furman … posted one tackle in each game at Texas A&M, at Georgia Tech and at Wake Forest … named co-special teams player of the week vs. No. 16 NC State … added two tackles at Florida State and vs. Louisville … made two tackles in 25 snaps vs. Duke and in 11 snaps vs. South Carolina … recorded his first sack of the season vs. No. 3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl … contributed on special teams in the National Championship Game vs. No. 1 Alabama.

2017: Had 14 tackles and an interception for six yards in 73 snaps over 13 games … had four tackles and a six-yard interception return in 31 snaps against The Citadel on Nov. 18 … had three tackles in 15 snaps against No. 7 Miami (Fla.) in the ACC Championship Game on Dec. 2.

2016: Redshirted.

Before Clemson: Five-star linebacker prospect … second-team USA Today All-American … played in the Under Armour All-American game … No. 1 prospect in Maryland and the No. 6 overall player in the nation according to … rated the No. 1 outside linebacker, No. 5 player in Maryland and the No. 21 prospect nationally by ESPN … rated the No. 17 overall prospect in the nation by Tom Lemming … No. 28 prospect nationally by PrepStar … had 89 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in the 2015 season … played for IMG Academy in Florida in 2015 … had those 89 tackles in just eight games … IMG was 9-0 for the season … had 15 tackles in a game twice, each of his last two games of the year … had 79-yard fumble return against Bergen Catholic for a touchdown … had at least one tackle for loss in seven of his eight games … had double figures in tackles in four of the eight games … had 111 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions in 2014 for St. Frances Academy in Maryland … recruited by Brent Venables … narrowed his college choices to Clemson, Auburn, and LSU … played for Kevin Wright at St. Frances and Chris Weinke at IMG Academy … recruited by Brent Venables and Mike Reed.

Personal: Born March 26, 1997 … earned degree in parks, recreation & tourism management on May 9, 2019.