5 Chris Smith
2010: Started 13 games at cornerback despite playing much of the season with an injured thumb that required a cast for each game. Missed the Illinois contest due to the injury. His 15 passes defended, including 12 pass break-ups and three interceptions, ranked second in the league with 1.15 per game. Led NIU in pass break-ups and ranked second on the team in INTs. Led the Huskies in solo tackles with 50 and his 70 total stops ranked fifth on the squad. Made 4.5 tackles for loss and forced a fumble. His 12 passes break-ups were the most by a Huskie defender since 2003 and tied for the third-most all-time. Earned first team All Mid-American Conference honors from league coaches, rivals.com and Phil Steele's Magazine. Named the team's 2010 Defensive Back of the Year. Tied his career-high with nine tackles, five solo and one for loss, in the season opener at Iowa State (9-2). Named NIU's Defensive Back of the Week after tallying a game-high nine tackles, seven solo, in his return to the starting line up at Minnesota (9-25). Named NIU's Defensive Back of the week after recording four tackles, including his first interception of the season and a pass break-up, against Temple (10-9). Made an interception, returned for a season-high 21 yards, and broke up two passes against Buffalo (10-16). Intercepted his third pass in as many games with a pick versus Central Michigan (10-23), while adding seven tackles. Made eight tackles and broke up a pass at Western Michigan (10-30). Recorded five tackles and a pass break-up against Toledo (11-9). Named NIU's Defensive Back of the Week for the fourth time after recording a team-high eight tackles and two pass break-ups, while forcing a fumble at Ball State (11-20). Totaled two tackles for losses of four yards at BSU. In on eight stops, seven solo, against Miami (Ohio) in the 2010 MAC Championship game (12-3). Credited with seven stops, a tackle for loss and a career-best three pass break-ups versus Fresno State in the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl (12-18). Had at least one tackle in every game he played and broke up a pass in eight different games.
2009: Appeared in 13 games and started 12. Played exceptionally well at the cornerback position in his first season at NIU. Ranked tied for third on the team in pass break ups with four and finished fourth on the team in tackles with 70. His 43 stops were second highest on the team. Made six stops, with four solo tackles, at Central Michigan (11-27). Led the Huskies with a career-high nine stops, six solo, versus Ohio (11-21). Named NIU's defensive skill player of the week after making four tackles and recovering a fumble against Toledo (10-17). Recovered fumbles versus Western Illinois (9-12) and Toledo. Tallied six stops, five solo, and blocked a field goal versus Miami (10-24). Made his first career start against Western Illinois, finishing the game with five tackles, a fumble recovery and a pass break-up. Totaled eight tackles, with five solo stops, against South Florida in the International Bowl (1-3). Recorded three stops, all solo, and two pass break ups against Akron (10-31). Had multiple stops in each contest in which he played, including six tackles each in games against Purdue (9-19), Idaho (9-26), Miami, and Central Michigan and five tackles in games against Wisconsin (9-5), Western Illinois, Western Michigan (10-3), Ball State (11-12).
Junior College: Recorded 41 tackles, six interceptions, 15 pass break-ups, forced two fumbles and blocked a kick for Highland C.C. in 2008. Second-team all-conference selection ranked as the 49th best JUCO prospect in the country. Saw action as a cornerback as well as a kick and punt returner. Enrolled at NIU in January 2009 and participated in spring drills. Twin brother Donald also plays for the Huskies.
Personal: Born June 23, 1987. Son of Michelle Johnson and Donald Smith. Admires Deion Sanders. Communication major.
SMITH'S CAREER STATISTICS
SMITH'S CAREER GAME HIGHS
Tackles: 9, three times, last at Minnesota 11-29-10
Int: 1, three times last vs. Central Michigan, 10-23-10