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Tyron Smith
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Smith (right) and Kris O'Dowd during USC Pro Day 2011
No. 77     Dallas Cowboys
Offensive Tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-12-12) December 12, 1990 (age 29)
Place of birth: Los Angeles, California
High School: Moreno Valley (CA) Rancho Verde
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 308 lb (140 kg)
Career information
College: Southern California
NFL Draft: 2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Debuted in 2011 for the Dallas Cowboys
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2012
Games played     31
Games started     31
Fumbles recovered     0
Stats at NFL.com

Tyron Smith (born December 12, 1990) is an American football offensive tackle with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.

He attended the University of Southern California, entering the NFL draft after his junior year. Smith was selected by the Cowboys with the 9th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He signed a four-year, $12.5 million dollar contract.

High school careerEdit

Smith attended Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California, where he played on the offensive and defensive line. He earned All-American honors by Parade, SuperPrep, PrepStar, Scout.com, and EA Sports, while also receiving numerous other All-Region honors. As a junior in 2006, he made Cal-Hi Sports All-State Underclass second team, All-CIF Central Division first team and Riverside Press-Enterprise All-Riverside County second team.

Considered a five-star recruit and described as "an amazing right tackle prospect" by Rivals.com, Smith was ranked as the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect.[1] Scout.com, who also viewed Smith as a five-star recruit, listed him as the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.[2]

College careerEdit

In his initial year at USC, Smith served as the back-up left offensive tackle behind Charles Brown, and appeared on special teams. He appeared in 10 games of the 2008 season. In his sophomore year, he became a starter at right tackle, appearing in every game of the season except for the 2009 Emerald Bowl due to academic ineligibility. He made 2009 All-Pac-10 honorable mention and CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American honorable mention.

In 2010, Smith competed with sophomore Matt Kalil for Brown's succession at left tackle, eventually losing out. He remained starting right tackle, and was first team All Pac-10. He also won the Morris Trophy award as the conference's top offensive lineman.

Professional careerEdit

2011 NFL DraftEdit

Smith was considered one of the top offensive tackle prospects in the 2011 NFL Draft, along with Gabe Carimi, Anthony Castonzo, and Nate Solder.[3] Selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the 9th overall pick,[4] Smith was the first offensive lineman off the board, which was one of the lowest for the first offensive lineman since Jake Long in 2008. He was the first offensive lineman drafted in the first round by the Cowboys since Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989,[5] and the highest in franchise history since John Niland in 1966.

Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5 in 307 lb36⅜ in11 in 4.92 s 29 reps

Dallas CowboysEdit

2011 SeasonEdit

Smith started his rookie season as the starting right tackle for the Cowboys with Doug Free taking over the left tackle spot. Smith started every game at right tackle for the Cowboys in his rookie season, earning praise for his play and prompting the media to speculate on his possible move to left tackle in the near future.

2012 SeasonEdit

Starting the 2012 season, Tyron has switched to starting left tackle, switching sides on the offensive line with Doug Free. On September 12, 2012, Smith was fined $15,000 for a horse-collar tackle he did during the season opener against the New York Giants. Though, little celebrated was the fact that the tackle was touchdown saving coming after an interception, which led to a goal line stand by the Dallas defense.

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