SMU 27, Rice 24
Quotes from the Oct. 10 Rice football press luncheon
The Owls closed out the 2011 season by dropping a 27-24 decision to SMU on November 26
Final practice at Rice Stadium for the 2011 Seniors
Expanded photo galleries from the win over Tulane on Senior Day
Michael Smith images
Souvenir covers from the 2011 season
Rice's Michael Smith is about to visit a place where his deceased brother's memory is very much alive (Houston Chronicle, 9/9/10)
Consistent presence on the defensive front wall over the past four years.
Made his 32nd consecutive career start on the Owls defensive front at SMU and was credited with a tackle, deflected a pair of passes and credited with a quarterback hurry... Posed a career-high 4.5 tackles for loss... Credited with five tackles at Marshall, including one on the Owls' four-down stop at midfield at the end of the third quarter... Credited with a career-high five tackles, including one sack in the home opening win over Purdue.
Delivered on a need the Owls had entering the season by starting all 12 games at the nose... Ended the year with a streak of 20 consecutive starts...Tied his career high with four tackles at Tulsa, including a pair for loss (first multi TFL game in his career)... Also picked up a sack vs. Tulsa... Also credited with four tackles, including a key sack on North Texas' final possession of the night and also broke up a pass in the Owls' 32-31 win.
Finished the year with 24 tackles after starting the last eight games of the year... Matched his career high with four tackles at Houston.... Also credited with four tackles and also picked off his first career pass vs. Tulane... Finished strongly, totaling 17 tackles in the last five games... Picked up his second career sack vs. UCF... Returned to the starting vs. Tulsa, his first start since the Southern Miss... Picked up his first career sack, for a loss of eight yards, vs. Vanderbilt... Credited with his first tackle at Texas Tech... Saw action in the rotation at nose tackle in the opener at UAB.
Worked his way into the rotation on the defensive line before a knee injury slowed him down the stretch ... made his debut in the opener against SMU and played in the first five games ... missed the Tulsa game, then made his first career start against Southern Miss ... missed the final five games of the regular season, but returned to the playing rotation for the Texas Bowl vs. Western Michigan ... had two tackles against both Vanderbilt and Texas.
Bay City High School
Stout defender who was a two-time unanimous All District 24-4A selection and a three-year starter for coach Danny Edelman ... earned second-team All-State honors by the Texas Sports Writers Association ... also lettered in basketball (twice) and track (four times) ... named to the Texas Prep Extra Houston Top 100 ... member of the National Honor Society for three years.
Full Name: Michael David Smith.. Born: April 17, 1990 at Bay City ... Parents: Andrew and Berrilyn Smith, Bay City (one brother, one sister) ... father played football at Prairie View... Member of the Black Student Association... brother, Andrew Jr. , played football at North Texas Rice major: Psychology and Sociology.
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