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Tyron Jerrar Smith (born December 12, 1990) is an American football offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at USC where he won the Morris Trophy, recognizing the best offensive and defensive linemen on the West Coast, in 2010. Smith was drafted by the Cowboys with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Tyron Smith
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Smith in the 2017 NFL season.
No. 77 – Dallas Cowboys
Position:Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1990-12-12) December 12, 1990 (age 28)
Los Angeles, California
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:320 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Rancho Verde
(Moreno Valley, California)
College:USC
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2018
Games played:118
Games started:118
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Contents

High school careerEdit

Smith attended Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California, where he played on the offensive and defensive line.[1] 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. Smith played in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Also a standout in track & field at Rancho Verde, Smith notched top-throws of 14.23 meters (46 feet, 7 inches) in the shot put and 46.62 meters (152 feet, 10 inches) in the discus.[2]

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.[3] Scout.com, who also viewed Smith as a five-star recruit, listed him as the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation.[4]

College careerEdit

Smith played three season with the USC Trojans from 2008-2010. As a freshman, he was the backup left offensive tackle. He appeared in 10 games. As a sophomore, he started the first twelve games at right offensive tackle. He earned All-Pac-10 honorable mention and CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American honorable mention for the 2009 season.[5] As a junior, he appeared in twelve games.[6]

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.[7] Selected by the Dallas Cowboys with the ninth overall pick, he was the first offensive lineman drafted in the first round by the Cowboys since Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989, and the highest in franchise history since John Niland went fifth overall in 1966.[8] He signed a four-year, $12.5 million contract.[9]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 5 in
(1.96 m)
307 lb
(139 kg)
36 38 in
(0.92 m)
11 in
(0.28 m)
4.93 s 1.69 s 2.87 s 4.68 s 7.47 s 29 in
(0.74 m)
9 ft 1 in
(2.77 m)
31 reps
All values from NFL Combine, except bench press and 40 yard dash. (Pro Day)[10]

Dallas CowboysEdit

2011 seasonEdit

Entering the league as a 20-year-old rookie, Smith was named a starter at right tackle from the first day of Organized Team Activities, with Doug Free taking over the left tackle spot. His role became even more important after the Cowboys released veteran offensive linemen Marc Colombo, Leonard Davis, Andre Gurode, and Montrae Holland during the preseason. Smith started every game and earned praise for his play, prompting the media to speculate on a possible move to left tackle in the next season.[11][12] He was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.[13]

2012 seasonEdit

Starting the 2012 season, Smith switched to starting left tackle, switching sides on the offensive line with Free. On September 12, Smith was fined $15,000 for a horse-collar tackle he did during the season opener against the New York Giants.[14] However, 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.[15] He started 15 games for the Cowboys in the 2012 season.[16]

2013 seasonEdit

In his third year with the Cowboys, Smith committed just one holding penalty and allowed only one sack in his 16 starts.[17] He was named to the 2014 Pro Bowl on Team Rice.[18] He was ranked 78th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2014.[19]

2014 seasonEdit

Smith signed an eight-year, $109 million contract extension with the Cowboys in July, making him the highest-paid offensive lineman in the league at the time.[21] He was widely considered one of the top three offensive tackles in the league, and for his play against the Seattle Seahawks, he became the first offensive lineman in 10 years to be named Offensive Player of the Week.[22] He started all 16 games for the NFL's second ranked rushing offense, while helping DeMarco Murray become the league's rushing leader.[23][24] He was ranked 36th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2015.[25]

2015 seasonEdit

Smith started all 16 games, helped clear the way for the NFL's fourth leading rusher (Darren McFadden) and earned his third Pro Bowl selection.[26][27] He was ranked 42nd by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[28]

2016 seasonEdit

Forced to play through nagging injuries throughout the season, Smith helped lead the Cowboys to a 13-3 record, and aided rookie Ezekiel Elliott in becoming the league's leading rusher.[29] Smith was named the first team left tackle for the 2016 All-Pro Team, the second time he carried this honor in his career.[30] He was named to his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl and was named First-team All-Pro, both honors being shared with fellow Cowboy offensive linemen Travis Frederick and Zack Martin.[31][32] He was ranked 18th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 as the highest ranked offensive lineman.[33]

2017 seasonEdit

 
Dallas Cowboys Offensive Line vs Redskins 2017

Smith was named to his fifth straight Pro Bowl alongside guard Zack Martin and center Travis Frederick for the second straight year.[34] Smith's 2017 season was marred by multiple injuries, which included to his knee, back, groin, and hip. He started and played in 13 games.[35] He was placed on injured reserve on December 29, meaning that he would not play in the season finale against the Philadelphia Eagles.[36][37] He was ranked 39th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[38]

2018 seasonEdit

Smith started 13 games at left tackle, missing three with injury, on his way to his sixth straight Pro Bowl.[39][40]

Personal lifeEdit

Smith has one son, Jaxson.[41]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Klein, Gary (April 29, 2011). "Confident Smith picked by Cowboys". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "High School Track and Field Data". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Rivals.com offensive tackles 2008, January 16, 2008
  4. ^ "10 things to know about Tyron Smith". Dallas News. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Tyron Smith - Football". USC Athletics. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Tyron Smith College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "Draft preview: Best of offensive line prospects". CBSSports.com. Retrieved April 3, 2011.
  8. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "Tyron Smith, 20, isn't showing his age". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  10. ^ Sportsdaydfw.com. "Draft analysts on Cowboys' Tyron Smith: He's an 'immediate replacement'". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  11. ^ "2011 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  12. ^ "Cowboys want Tyron Smith at left tackle". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  13. ^ "2011 NFL All-Rookie Team". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  14. ^ "Tyron Smith of Dallas Cowboys fined $15,000 for horse-collar". NFL.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  15. ^ "Tyron Smith fined for key horse-collar tackle". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  16. ^ "2012 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  17. ^ "2013 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  18. ^ "2014 Pro Bowl rosters". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  19. ^ "2014 NFL Top 100". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  20. ^ "How Dallas built the NFL's 1,586-pound MVP". ESPN. December 20, 2016.
  21. ^ Keown, Tim (November 26, 2014). "Financial requests overwhelm Smith". ESPN Magazine. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  22. ^ "Dallas Cowboys' Tyron Smith named NFC offensive player of week". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
  23. ^ "2014 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  24. ^ "2014 NFL Leaders and Leaderboards". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  25. ^ "'Top 100 Players of 2015': No. 36 Tyron Smith". NFL.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  26. ^ "2015 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  27. ^ "2015 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  28. ^ "'Top 100 Players of 2016': No. 42 Tyron Smith". NFL.com.
  29. ^ http://www.star-telegram.com/sports/nfl/dallas-cowboys/cowboys-corner-blog/article124151824.html
  30. ^ Wire, SI. "Elliott, Ryan lead AP All-Pro Team".
  31. ^ "Three rookies, Matt Ryan among players named to All-Pro team". NFL.com. January 6, 2017.
  32. ^ "2016 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  33. ^ NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 - No. 18 Tyron Smith
  34. ^ "NFL announces 2018 Pro Bowl rosters". NFL.com. December 19, 2017. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  35. ^ "2017 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  36. ^ "Injuries: Tyron Smith, Orlando Scandrick heading to IR". NFL. Retrieved December 29, 2017.
  37. ^ Phillips, Rob (December 29, 2017). "Scandrick, T. Smith Headed To IR; OT, WR To Be Signed From Practice Squad". DallasCowboys.com.
  38. ^ "'Top 100 Players of 2018': Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith". NFL.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  39. ^ "2018 Dallas Cowboys Starters, Roster, & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  40. ^ "2018 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  41. ^ "10 things to know about Cowboys OL Tyron Smith, including his insane bench press and odd eating problem". SportsDay. dallasnews.com. June 17, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.

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