- Rod Smith
- United States
- Cleveland, OH
- High School
- St. Joseph
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
Major: Sports and Leisure Studies (1992-93), Communications (1990-91)
Weight: 310 (1993), 300 (1992), 285 (1991), 297 (1990), 290 (1989)
1993 Media Guide: Will back up classmate Jack Thrush at center, but will continue to battle for playing time … has spent most of his Buckeye career at guard, and could play that position again should the need arise … has worked to get into playing weight, a situation which in the past that has hindered his progress … coaching staff hopes he can reach his potential and contribute this season … has very quick feet for a player his size and is good at sustaining blocks.
1992 Media Guide: Veteran lineman, who if he doesn’t start on the right side, will be the No. 3 guard in the fall … figures to see a lot of action either way … has been a top reserve the past two seasons … started the Northwestern, Michigan State and Michigan games last year … excellent pass blocker because of his quick feet and agility … has all the physical tools needed to win post-season accolades, but still lacks the consistency needed to garner those types of honors … played well in the spring, but sprained his knee during the last week of drills and missed the spring game … expected to be totally healthy in the fall … came to Ohio State as a very highly touted high school center, but was moved to guard in the spring of his freshman year.
1991 Media Guide: Expected to start on the right side … young, talented player, who has to overcome his inexperience and become more consistent … when he does, he will be an impact player on the national level … great athlete with a tremendous agility and speed for his size … outstanding pass blocker because of his quick feet … can also play center … has lost 37 pounds since last winter … has unlimited potential … played a total of 94 minutes in eight games last year.
1990: Played a total of 94 minutes in eight games.
1990 Media Guide: Enormously talented young player … redshirted last year … came to Ohio State as a highly regarded offensive center … was moved to guard in the spring and will back up John Peterson on the strong side this year … can be as good as he wants to be … excellent at pass protection because of his quick feet … deceptively mobile for his size.
HIGH SCHOOL: Consensus all-state … a member of USA Today’s Super Team … graded out at over 90% as an offensive lineman … also played defensive tackle and averaged 10 tackles a game his last two years … credited with more than 100 tackles and 14 sacks on defense as a junior … runs a 5.1 in the 40, despite his size … helped his team to the state playoffs as a senior, despite a 6-4 record.
PERSONAL: His brother, Andre, plays football at Bowling Green … his younger brother, Troy, won the Heisman Trophy after leading Ohio State to an undefeated regular season in 2006 … hobbies are listening to jazz and lifting weights … nickname is “Big Deal”.