- United States
- DB, ST, SS
- Columbus, OH
- High School
- Past Teams
- Ohio State
- 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Post-OSU Update: After his Ohio State career ended, Antonio Smith was not selected in the 2007 NFL Draft. He spent time with four NFL teams, but never appeared in a game. After football, Smith began a career in engineering. He also cofounded (with former OSU teammate Roy Hall) the Driven Foundation, a Columbus-area non-profit. He also authored a book titled: Waiting to Fail. (Updated: Mar. 2023)
Major: Mechanical Engineering (2005-06), Engineering (2003-04)
Weight: 195 (2005-06), 190 (2004), 175 (2003)
2006 Media Guide: Former walk-on who was converted to scholarship status in the spring … went into spring practice as the leading candidate to replace Ashton Youboty at right corner and came out of that session firmly cemented in place as the starter … is realizing a life-long dream by having the opportunity to start … is a good athlete with good cover skills and is an intelligent player who studies the game … a four-time OSU scholar-athlete.
2005: Appeared in all 12 games … most of his time came with the special teams … did get on the field as a safety against Miami and at corner against Northwestern … logged six minutes in the former contest and five in the latter … finished the season with six tackles, two of which came against Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl … recovered a fumble at Indiana.
2005 Media Guide: Hard-hitting defender who is in his fourth year with the Buckeyes after walking on in 2002 … was redshirted that year, but has seen increased playing time each of the past two seasons and that number should continue to go up this year … listed as a strong safety on the roster, but has made a name for himself with his kamikaze style of play on special teams … played in all 12 games last year and earned his first letter … has a terrific work ethic and is a student of the game … a three-time OSU scholar-athlete … is a member of the Young Scholars program and is attending Ohio State on a scholarship from that organization.
2004: Easily had his best year, playing in all 12 games, making eight tackles and earning his first varsity letter … played on the punt coverage and kickoff coverage teams and was always one of the first players downfield … recorded his most important tackle of the year while covering a punt in the win over Michigan.
2004 Media Guide: A quick, physical presence in the Ohio State defensive backfield … looks to make a contribution in 2004 on special teams as well as for the Buckeye defense … showed tremendous work ethic last season as a redshirt freshman … can play safety or cornerback … on an academic scholarship and a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
2003: Saw action on the punt unit and kickoff unit against Northwestern, Indiana and Purdue … had one solo tackle against the Hoosiers for his lone stop of the season … was named the defensive scout team player of the week twice during the season, following the Wisconsin and Indiana games.
2002: Redshirted and did not see any game action.
High School: Was named Beechcroft’s Most Valuable Player as a senior when he had five interceptions … end his prep career with eight interceptions … earned All-City League and all-district honors.
Personal: Is the son of Monica Smith and the grandson of Mattie Smith … has one brother, Amon, and two sisters, Sinay and Alana Lyons … favorite football memory is scoring his first high school touchdown as a sophomore against Columbus West H.S. … favorite pro sports team is the Dallas Cowboys … favorite professional football player is Emmitt Smith.
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