One of the more interesting positional switches of the offseason was Thomas Smith's move from defensive end to tackle...with Dave Wannstedt envisioning a quicker, sleeker defensive unit, Smith's move could provide Pitt with a tenacious and quick-hitting playmaker on the interior...brings excellent athleticism to the tackle spot, a fact not lost on positional coach Bob Junko..."Thomas brings a lot of potential to his new position because of his athletic ability," Junko said. "I like his quickness. He can really get off the ball. He's an intense competitor and we expect him to be a leader for us."...one of the team's most passionate and fiery players, Smith figures to be a spark from an emotional standpoint as well for this year's unit.
2004: Played in all 12 games, starting 11 at defensive end...had 47 tackles on the year, including 5.5 TFLs and three sacks...three sacks ranked second (tied) on team...had seven tackles versus Furman and a seven-yard sack... totaled three tackles, including a 13-yard sack, and one forced fumble against Syracuse...finished with five tackles, including a 14-yard sack, against Rutgers...had five tackles versus West Virginia and in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl versus Utah...finished with three tackles against Boston College and recovered the Eagles' fumble that sealed the win in overtime for Pitt...had three tackles with two TFLs versus Nebraska.
2003: Played in and started all 13 games at defensive end...named Pitt's Most Valuable Defensive Lineman after compiling 44 tackles and ranking second on the team with 16 quarterback hurries and eight tackles for losses...in addition to his MVP honor, was also named Pitt's Most Improved Defensive Player...had a career-high eight tackles at Temple...named coaching staff's Co-Defensive Player of the Game for his performance versus the Owls...had six tackles on three different occasions, including the Notre Dame, Rutgers and Kent State contests...earned Co-Defensive Player of the Game honors after recording five tackles and three quarterback hurries at West Virginia.
2002: Lettered in his first active collegiate season, playing in 12 games as a reserve end...had 10 tackles...had a season-high three stops in the Insight Bowl versus Oregon State ...had his first career fumble recovery in the Syracuse game...had a seven-yard sack, causing a fumble, in his collegiate debut versus Ohio.
2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: First team All-Maryland (big schools classification) at Suitland Senior High... Washington Post All-Metropolitan First Team...Pigskin Club All-Metropolitan First Team...Pigskin Club Metropolitan Defensive Player of the Year...two-year starter at defensive end...Smith's senior season (2000) marked only his third year of organized football... collected 58 solo tackles and 11 quarterback sacks as a senior...also had a 12-yard fumble return for a touchdown...PrepStar All-Atlantic Region...nation's 54th-ranked defensive end prospect by Rivals100.com... 21st-ranked prospect in the Mid-Atlantic region by SuperPrep...lettered twice under Coach Nick Lynch.
Personal: Thomas Smith, born 6/8/83, is the son of Edward and Martha Smith...has five brothers and one sister...communication and rhetoric major.
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