|College:||Ohio State University|
|High school:||Gibsonburg High School|
|Career highlights and awards|
Smith graduated from Gibsonburg High School in Gibsonburg, Ohio. At Gibsonburg, he earned nine letters in various sports and was team captain of both the basketball and football team.  In football, he played both ways as a running back and linebacker. In his senior year he earned several honors including being named All-Ohio and High School All-American.
Smith played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team under coach Woody Hayes during the 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975 seasons, lettering in the last three years. He played linebacker at first but switched to guard at the beginning of his junior year. Following his senior year, as a 6-foot, 1-inch, 242-pound guard, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from several publications and organizations including the Football Writers Association of America, and Associated Press.
Smith spent 31 years in highway construction as a superintendent until he retired at age 55.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Markey, Matt (December 13, 2009). "Small-town boy starred at OSU". Toledo Blade. http://www.toledoblade.com/Ohio-State/2009/12/13/Small-town-boy-starred-at-OSU.html. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
- ↑ "Ohio State University 1975 Football Information". Ohio State. p. 37. http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/osu/graphics/pdf/m-footbl/1975/1975_guide.pdf. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
- ↑ "Ohio State Letterwinners". Ohio State. http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/osu/graphics/pdf/m-footbl/all-time-letterwinners.pdf. Retrieved August 29, 2014.
- ↑ 2014 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners, National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 4 & 14 (2014). Retrieved August 28, 2014.