TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Two-year starting linebacker Terrance Smith will return to Florida State for his redshirt senior season, FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher announced on Thursday.
“Terrance is one of the leaders of our defense and he has a chance to be a very good professional as he continues to grow in his game,” Fisher said. “His return is key to our defense and I’m very excited to have him a part of our program for another season. I think he’s making a very smart decision to come back as I think he can be an NFL player for a very long time. He’s going to be a very counted-upon guy with his senior leadership.”
Smith was the ACC’s leading tackler early in the 2014 season and he finished the year with 87 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss as one of the leaders of the FSU defense.
He nabbed All-ACC Second Team honors and had one of the highlights of the 2014 season when he returned an interception 94 yards for a touchdown to swing momentum versus Florida.
“I’m excited to return to Florida State for one more year,” Smith said. “I talked to Coach Fisher and my family and we decided this is the best opportunity for me. I know that I can improve as a player and I’m looking forward to one more year with my teammates and competing for another championship.
Smith started 10 games in 2014 and appeared in 12. He ranked second on the Noles with 7.3 tackles per game and had four games with double-digit tackles, including a career-high 13 stops in the hard-fought overtime victory over Clemson in September.
The Decatur, Ga., native also had a dominant performance against then-No. 5 Notre Dame in October, leading the Seminoles past the Irish, 31-27, by totaling 11 tackles and two tackles for loss en route to Bednarik National Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Over his 41-game career, Smith has made 20 starts and totaled 156 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.