Smith, David

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    David Smith.jpgDavid Smith was a star football player at Hamilton high in the early 2000's. A member of the defensive line, Smith was known for his strong work ethic and his ability to sack the opposing quarterback. He earned All-Region and All-State honors after his junior year, as well as a place on the Army All-American team. He had just as strong of a senior season. He was named to All-Region and All-State teams once again and added an Arizona Defensive Player of the Year award to his mantle. He finished his career at Hamilton with 247 sacks, 80 quarterback hurries, and 17 pass deflections. He also set the Hamilton record for sacks in a career with 25 and a half, an impressive achievement when one considers the many great defensive lineman that have passed through Hamilton's doors. He was such a dominant defensive force that he was nominate for the Ed Doherty Award, a state award given to the most outstanding high school senior in Arizona. Smith was just the second defensive lineman ever who had been nominated for the award.

    Smith elected to stay in state and attend Arizona State. Despite his dominate high school career, he faced an uphill climb in becoming a starter. Smith appeared in nearly every game in his career, and his work ethic and devotion to his craft had earned him a place as a two year starter at defensive tackle. Playing a position that required Smith to engage blockers instead of tackle runners, the Hamilton product managed to record 55 tackles in his career, of which 13 were tackles for loss. He added five sacks, two forced fumbles, and two interceptions, demonstrating the same playmaking ability that had set him apart at the high school level.

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