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Better Know an Eagle: #96 Ray Smith

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Name: Ray Smith

Position: Defensive Tackle

Number: #96

Year: Junior

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 305 lbs.

Hometown: Carlsbad, CA

High School: Cathedral Catholic

2016 Stats: Smith broke out as a key member of the defense last year as he started 9 games at defensive tackle. Smith finished the year with 24 tackles and a sack.

2015 Stats: Smith was forced into action as a true freshman and appeared in five games.

2017 Projections: Smith will be counted on to start at defensive tackle this year. I’d expect him to up his sack total from one to at least three or four sacks and to at least triple up on his three tackles for a loss last weekend.

How'd He Get Here: Smith came to BC as a 3* recruit with offers from San Diego State, Navy, Bucknell and Air Force.

Quotes from ‘Daz: “Then you add in the fact that you have guys like Zach Allen who I think is a phenomenal potential guy. He's a pass-rusher. Just a great pass-rusher. Wyatt Ray, Ray Smith. I think the development of our front. But those three pass-rushers specifically, you're talking about the guy who led the country in sacks in the best conference in college football. Then you're talking about two other guys who I think are getting ready to make the same jump that Harold made last year, right?” - From the Spring Practice Press Conference.

Linkage: The Dudes Strike Back: Ray Smith