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Cameron Smith | Linebacker

Team: USC Trojans
Age / DOB:  (21) / 3/26/1997
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 250

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No USC players made the cut for the Pac-12 first-team.
While Cam Smith, Porter Gustin, Iman Marshall, Chuma Edoga and Jay Tufele all managed second-team recognition from the conference, the first team is completely barren for the Trojans. Just how far has USC fallen? This was the first year since 2000 that they did not land anybody on the first team. We'll see if new OC Kliff Kingsbury can inject some life into the proceedings next season. The 2018 campaign proved something of a wilderness year for USC. Dec 4 - 4:24 PM

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USC senior LB Cameron Smith (hamstring) is expected to play in Saturday's game against Oregon State.

Smith (6'2/250) has had a devil of a time staying healthy this season, with knee and hamstring injuries limiting him to five games played to date. It's been a pesky hamstring injury which has kept him out the past three games, though Smith said this week that he could have played against ASU on Saturday if the team had asked. Palaie Gaoteote has been starting in the senior's place while he's been out injured. Smith has registered 47 tackles (5.0 for loss), a sack and three passes defended when he's been healthy enough to play this year.
Nov 1 - 5:51 PM

USC senior LB Cameron Smith (various) is not dressed in advance of Saturday's game against Arizona State.

Smith (6'2/25) is nursing knee and hamstring injuries. Palaie Gaoteote will start in his place against the Sun Devils.
Oct 27 - 3:12 PM

USC senior LB Cameron Smith is considered to be doubtful for Saturday's game against Arizona State with knee and hamstring injuries.

Video of Smith (6'2/250) going through a warmup ahead of Saturday's game in a T-shirt and shorts was posted to Twitter, but he's still considered to be doubtful. The senior linebacker is the leader of the USC defense, and the impact of his absence is noticeable. As a result of Smith's injuries freshman Palaie Gaoteote IV has started at middle linebacker, and that will remain the case against the Sun Devils.
Oct 27 - 2:37 PM

USC senior LB Cameron Smith will not play in Saturday's game against Colorado due to a hamstring injury.

Smith did not participate in Wednesday's practice as a result of the hamstring issue, a development that turned out to be more concerning than originally anticipated. To say the least this is a huge loss for USC, as the senior is the team's leader in tackles with 47 (30 solo, 10 assisted). With Smith, whose run of 31 straight games comes to an end, ruled out freshman Palaie Gaoteote IV will make his first start at the college level.
Oct 13 - 9:53 PM

USC senior LB Cameron Smith left Wednesday's practice early with a tight hamstring.

This is probably only precautionary. Assuming that's the case, Smith should be good to go Saturday against Colorado.
Oct 11 - 12:24 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that USC senior LB Cameron Smith is a "tough, instinctive linebacker who quickly locates the action and flies around the ball to make positive plays."

"He remains disciplined with assignments but quickly diagnoses the action and fights to get through blocks and make the play," Pauline notes, adding that the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Smith is "explosive, plays fast and will fit multiple schemes at the next level." The analyst passes along that there's a range of opinions as to the linebacker's draft grade, ranging from Round 3 to Round 7. Pauline, himself, hews toward the third round when it comes to his evaluation of the USC standout.
Sep 6 - 3:32 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein lists Cameron Smith 12th among his top linebackers to watch in 2018.

The Trojans lost several players to early defection last year, but Smith is back, and it's a big reason why they have a chance to compete for the Pac-12 South. "Smith has good size and solid instincts to help him get more head-starts on the play than most inside linebackers you will see," writes Zierlein. He also notes some negatives, such as that Smith doesn't really stand out on tape, and that he doesn't have the skill set or production of Josey Jewell; one of the top linebackers in the 2017 class.Still, Smith is one of the top players at the position, and another big year could see him go in the first 64 picks next season.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 29 - 12:30 PM

USC junior LB Cameron Smith will return to school for the 2018 season.

USC lost plenty on the offensive side of the ball -- QB Sam Darnold, RB Ronald Jones, WR Deontay Burnett -- but linebackers Porter Gustin and now Smith have both announced that they'll be back for one more rodeo with the Trojans. For his part, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Smith is coming off his best season to date. He posted 112 tackles (5.0 for loss), an interception and three passes defended for the campaign. Those 112 tackles were good for second in the Pac-12 in 2017.
Jan 10 - 4:49 PM

USC junior LB Cameron Smith is a full-go ahead of Saturday's game against Stanford.

Smith was suspended for the first half of last week's game after being ejected for targeting in the final game of the 2016 season. Western Michigan posted 263 rushing yards against the Trojans last week. Smith will need to play at a high level in order to prevent Stanford from doing the same.
Source: SF Gate
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 10:05:00 AM

USC junior LB Cameron Smith is suspended for the first half of Saturday's game against Western Michigan.

The first-half suspension is penalty for Smith's being ejected for targeting against Penn State in the Rose Bowl. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder logged 83 tackles (7.0 for loss) and four passes defended in 13 games last season. He should be good to go after he serves the little slap-on-the-wrist suspension.
Fri, Sep 1, 2017 06:44:00 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon sees USC sophomore LB Cameron Smith as one of the nation's 10-best non-draft eligible talents.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Smith finished his freshman campaign with 78 tackles, only eight less than S'ua Cravens despite the fact that Smith missed the last four games with a knee injury. Smith chipped in three interceptions. "He's one of the more intuitive kids we've seen," USC head coach Clay Helton said during the season. "He's playing on a very, very high level. It's unbelievable for a freshman."
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 04:50:00 PM

USC freshman LB Cameron Smith's three-interception performance against Utah "will earn him high marks in meeting rooms around the NFL," according to NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Smith was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for his work in making Travis Wilson's life hell for one night. "Smith exhibited exceptional instincts, awareness and recognition in jumping routes," Brooks wrote. "He also displayed outstanding hands and ball skills in snagging picks. In addition, Smith showed tremendous athleticism and explosiveness on a pick-six return that changed the momentum of the game." In addition to the picks, Smith recorded a team-high nine tackles.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Oct 28, 2015 07:28:00 PM

USC freshman LB Cameron Smith has been named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, Orange County Register's Michael Lev reports.

The USC freshman had himself a day, as he hauled in three interceptions on Saturday, even taking one back to the house for a score. The 6-foot-2, 245-pound Smith also recorded a team-high nine tackles in the Trojans’ 42-24 win over No. 3 Utah.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 03:51:00 PM