Showed impressive potential last season when he earned playing time as a true freshman ... One of several talented contenders for playing time at cornerback ... Has played in 12 games.
2002 (Freshman): Played in all 12 games as a reserve cornerback and on special teams ... Made 13 tackles with a season high of three stops against Indiana and Georgia ... Had two pass breakups, both coming at Florida ... Member of the punt return team that helped spring Derek Abney to four punt return touchdowns ... Blocked a punt against Tennessee.
High School: Outstanding two-way player as a running back and defensive back at Senior HS in Owensboro, Ky. ... As a senior, rushed for 1,796 yards on 158 carries, an 11.4-yard average, and 20 touchdowns ... Caught 11 passes for 183 yards and four TDs ... On defense, accounted for 72 tackles ... Also had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, and broke up eight passes ... His combination of offensive and defensive prowess earned first-team all-state honors from The Associated Press and third-team all-state laurels from the Louisville Courier-Journal ...Tabbed to the Lexington Herald-Leader "Class of the Commonwealth" listing of the top 22 seniors in Kentucky ... Area Player of the Year as voted by the coaches ... Named to the PrepStar All-South team ... Rushed for 1,369 yards his junior year and was a two-year selection for the all-district and all-area teams ... Three-year starter at tailback and two-year regular at safety ... Helped lead his team to a 37-7 record, advancing to the state championship game as a sophomore and junior and the state semis as a senior ... Coached by Gordon Powers ... Member of the Kentucky team for the Kentucky vs. Tennessee High School All-Star Game in the summer of 2002 ... Will be a three-year letterman in track, competing in the 100- and 200-meter dashes along with the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays ... Went to the state meet in all four events last year, capturing the state title in the 4x100 relay ... Honor roll student ... Drew recruiting attention from numerous other schools such as Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, and West Virginia.
Personal: Full name is Tyler Bo'tez Smith ... Born 6-8-83 in Owensboro, Ky. ... Son of Paulette Smith ... An uncle, Vince Buck, played for the New Orleans Saints ... Plans a major in business.
The Cats' Cause: Participated in the UK Children's Hospital annual "Breakfast With Santa" (2002).
Smith Career Statistics
Year Position G-GS Tackles Int.-Yds. PBU Blk. Kick 2002 Cornerback 12-0 13 0 2 1