Senior strong safety who enters the fall as the starter... primarily performed in the "nickel" package and on special teams as a junior... coming off his best spring... brings leadership to the position... has started one game... has recorded 17 tackles over his career.
2001: Saw action in all 12 games in the defensive secondary and on special teams... recorded eight tackles, including a key 12-yard sack of Jeff Kelly in the 14-12 win at Southern Miss... made his lone start vs. Army... forced one fumble and recovered one fumble.
2000: Had seven tackles in eight games.
1999: Played in two games before suffering season-ending knee injury (torn ACL in right knee)... had two solo tackles in 1999.
1998: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Chalked up 87 tackles and two interceptions as defensive back for Houston's Nimitz High School... returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown against Houston Yates in the Texas Class 5A playoffs... a two-time all-district performer... credited with 74 stops and three interceptions as a junior... also played baseball.
Personal: Jared Kirk Smitherman is the son of Gary and Karen Smitherman of Humble... born March 12, 1980... is a business major.