Smith after a USC fall practice preceding the 2008 season.
|No. 53 Seattle Seahawks|
|Date of birth:July 5, 1989|
|Place of birth: Woodland Hills, California|
|High School: Woodland Hills (CA) Taft|
|Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)||Weight: 226 lb (103 kg)|
|College: Southern California|
|NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 7 / Pick: 242|
|Debuted in 2011 for the Seattle Seahawks|
|Roster status: Active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012|
Malcolm Smith (born July 5, 1989) is an American football linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks. Smith played college football for the USC Trojans, and was drafted by the Seahawks in the 7th round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Smith attended Taft High School in Woodland Hills, California. As a senior he had 31 tackles, 10 sacks, and four fumble recoveries at linebacker and ran for 919 yards on 118 carries with 15 touchdowns as a running back despite missing the first half of the season with a leg injury.
As a true freshman in 2007 Smith played in all 13 games as a backup linebacker and special teams player. He finished the year with six tackles and a forced fumble. As a sophomore in 2008 he again spent time as a backup and on special teams. He finished the season with 18 tackles in 13 games.
In the 2009 game against cross-town rival UCLA Bruins, Smith led the strong Trojan defense for a 28-7 win. Smith returned the first UCLA interception 62 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. For his play, Smith was awarded the "Legend Nike Game Ball" for the National Defensive Player of the Week.
On Dec, 9, 2012, Smith picked up a fumbled kick return and scored a touchdown.
Smith has achalasia, a rare disorder of esophagus which affects its ability to move food toward the stomach. It started to affect him around the time of the 2009 Rose Bowl, where he began losing a few pounds of body weight each week because food would get stuck in his esophagus and he would have to throw it up. The weight loss was a problem as Smith tried to keep his weight up to 230. Originally diagnosed as acid reflux, further tests revealed the problem as achalasia. Smith underwent a surgical procedure called a Heller myotomy which helped somewhat, but he still has dietary restrictions that force him to eat very slowly.
- ↑ http://blog.seahawks.com/2011/04/30/seahawks-add-lb-smith-in-seventh-round/
- ↑ "Malcolm Smith". The Official Site of USC Trojan Athletics. http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/smith_malcolm00.html. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
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- ↑ Michael Lev, USC's Malcolm Smith tackles rare disorder August 19, 2010, accessed May 1, 2011.
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