Skylar Smith
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Skylar Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Springfield, Mo.

High School:
Kickapoo High

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 185

Position:
Defensive Back

 Fifth-year senior and two-year starter at safety who looks to hold down the strong safety post this season ... Ranked as the No. 13 strong safety in Division I FCS football by Phil Steele's College Football Preview ... Posted three tackles, 2.5 for loss and broke up a pair of passes in the Maroon and White spring game (4/24/10).

2009: Claimed All-MVFC second-team honors after accounting for 94 tackles, a team-high 49 solo stops, 3.5 TFLs and five defended passes as a junior ... Started all 11 games at strong safety ... Finished fifth in the MVFC and tied for 51st nationally in total tackles per game (8.55) ... Recorded double-figure tackles in four games, including a career-high 12 stops against South Dakota State (10/10/09) to earn MSU Special Teams Player of the Week honors by the coaching staff ... Returned a fumble 55 yards for a touchdown in home win over Murray State (9/19/09) and was awarded the game ball by the coaching staff ... Notched 11 tackles, including seven solos, in games against North Dakota State (10/24/09) and Southern Illinois (11/14/09) ... His efforts against No. 1 ranked SIU earned him MSU Defensive Player of the Week distinction ... Tallied 10 tackles against Illinois State (10/31/09) ... Earned MVFC All-Academic Team honorable mention honors and was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 7 Second Team ... Averaged 10.3 tackles per game over the last four games of the season.

2008: Started 10 games and finished second on the squad in total tackles (79), while earning All-MVFC honorable mention honors ... Posted 11 tackles and a fumble recovery at Oklahoma State (9/13/08) to earn MSU Coors Player of the Week honors ... Notched nine stops in win at Illinois State (10/18/08), with career-high seven solo tackles ... Recorded eight tackles three times, including games against Youngstown State (10/11/08), South Dakota State (11/1/08) and UNI (11/8/08) ... Had only interception of the season in win at Southeast Missouri (9/20/08) ... Snagged MSU Defensive Player of the Week laurels in Washburn game (9/4/08) after breaking up a pair of passes, logging seven tackles and recording an 11-yard tackle for loss.

2007: Played in five games as a redshirt freshman, tallying three tackles ... Had two assisted tackles at Western Illinois (10/13/07) and one in win over Southeast Missouri (11/10/07).

2006: Redshirted his first year at MSU ... Earned MSU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week honors for Western Kentucky game (10/14/06).

High School: Was a two-time all-state running back and three-year starter for coach Kurt Thompson at Kickapoo High in Springfield, Mo. ... Carried 190 times for 1,369 yards (7.2) with 21 touchdowns and averaged 41.5 yards per punt as a senior in 2005 ... Scored 14 touchdowns as a junior with 198 carries for 1,542 yards (7.8) ... Was also a three-time All-Ozark Conference, two-time all-district and two-time all-region pick ... Was also a standout sprinter and jumper on the Chiefs' track team.

Personal: Skylar Wayne Smith was born 6/4/87 in Springfield, Mo. ... Son of Darrell and Kelly Smith of Springfield ... Majoring in Real Estate/Finance (3.20) ... Has a sister, Jamie.

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