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Alphonso Smith
Alphonso Smith

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Pahokee, FL

High School:
Pahokee

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 190

Position:
Cornerback

Birthdate:
10/20/1985

Experience:
3VL

01/05/2007

Orange Bowl (photos by Brian Westerholt)

Orange Bowl (photos by Brian Westerholt)

2007 (Junior):
Considered one of the top corners in the ACC ... First team All-ACC ... Second team All-America by Walter Camp ... Third team AP All-America squad and honorable mention on the Sports Illustrated All-America team ... Led the nation and the ACC with a school-record eight interceptions ... Had three interception returns for touchdowns ... Against BC and Vanderbilt, made an interception on the first play from scrimmage by the opponent ... Intercepted Boston College's Matt Ryan on the first play from scrimmage and returned it 21 yards for a score ... Intercepted Vanderbilt's Mackenzi Adams on the first play as well ... Smith's 100-yard interception return against Maryland sparked the Deacons to rally from a 24-3 deficit and post a 31-24 win in overtime over the Terps ... It was the longest return in school history and also set a BB&T Field record ... Was just the sixth player in ACC history to go the distance with an interception ... Also had a 30-yard return for a score against Duke ... Registered end zone interceptions against Florida State and NC State ... Had two picks against NC State and Vanderbilt, totaling four interceptions in the last two games ... Set the school record for interception return yards in a season only to see LB Aaron Curry break that mark later in the year ... Named ACC Defensive Back of the Week following the Maryland game (Sept. 22) ... Is a graduate of the National Football Foundation's Play It Smart program ... Led the ACC in fumbles forced with four ... Led the conference in passes defended with 18 ... Season-high seven tackles vs. Florida State and NC State ... Made three sacks on the year and now has nine career sacks ... Had 4.5 tackles for loss in 2007 and has 21 for his career.

2006 (Sophomore):
Played in all 14 games and started three at cornerback ... Tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss from his position in the secondary ... Ranked third on the team with four sacks ... Intercepted three passes, tied for the the third-most on the team ... Broke up eight passes, the third-most on the team ... Ranked seventh on the team with 48 tackles ... Blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown against North Carolina ... Made a season-high seven tackles at Connecticut ... Had two tackles for loss against Liberty ... Had four sacks and three interceptions over the team's final six games.

2005 (Redshirt Freshman):
Named first team Freshman All-American by CollegeFootballNews.com, ESPN.com, and Scout.com ... Chosen second team Freshman All-American by The Sporting News and Rivals.com ... Selected to The Sporting News' ACC All-Freshman Team ... Recipient of the ACC's Defensive Back of the Week award on October 24 ... Ranked among the top freshmen nationally with eight tackles for loss ... Tied for the team lead and tied for third in the ACC with 12 passes defended ... Tied for eighth in the ACC and 68th nationally with three interceptions ... Claimed a starting job in the preseason as a rookie and retained it all season ... One of only three Wake Forest defenders to start all 11 games ... The team's fourth-leading tackler with 59 stops, including 52 solo ... Had nine pass break-ups, eight tackles for loss, three interceptions (one for TD), two blocked punts, two sacks and a forced fumble ... Broke up three passes against Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler in his career debut and made six tackles ... Had five tackles including one for loss at Nebraska ... Blocked a punt, broke up a pass and had two tackles against East Carolina ... Recorded four tackles, including one for loss, in the Maryland game ... Posted a season-high 11 tackles, including one for loss, against Clemson ... His TFL against the Tigers was on a fake field goal and it sealed the victory ... Had a forced fumble, a pass break-up and five tackles in the Florida State game ... Blocked a punt, intercepted a pass, had six tackles, including one for loss, at Boston College ... Returned an interception for touchdown, had two tackles for loss and six tackles against NC State ... His last tackle against the Wolfpack was on a fake punt that sealed the win ... Had three stops, one for loss and a pass break-up at Duke ... Made five tackles at Georgia Tech ... Had six tackles including a sack against Miami in the season finale.

2004 (True Freshman):
Redshirted the season.

Background:
A talented player at both quarterback and defensive back ... The runner-up for state Player of the Year ... Helped the Blue Devils to a 13-1 record and the 2B state championship. ... Named MVP of the state title game ... Threw a 58-yard TD strike to current Deacon teammate Demir Boldin in the state title game ... As a quarterback, threw for 2,400 yards and 32 touchdowns ... Also rushed for 640 yards and six TDs ... Responsible for 38 touchdowns as a senior, including scores on interception, punt, kickoff and fumble returns ... Had 27 tackles, a sack and four interceptions as a cornerback, earning first-team all-state honors ... Played in the Outback Bowl and the Palm Beach All-Star Game ... Also a starter on the basketball team ... Came to Wake Forest with high school teammates D.J. Boldin and Antonio Wilson ... Coached by Leroy Foster.

Personal:
A history major ... Nicknames are Zo and Prime ... Born October 20, 1985 in Pahokee, Fla. ... Son of Sharon Smith and Alphonso Smith, Sr.

 

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