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Rusty Smith
QB #11
Height:
6-5
Weight:
226
College:
Florida Atlantic
Experience:
5

Biography

PRO: The Titans used their first of two sixth-round selections in 2010 on quarterback Rusty Smith, a strong-armed signal caller with solid vision and pocket awareness.  In his first three NFL seasons, he has appeared in three career games with one start and completed 23 of 45 passes for 234 yards with four interceptions.  The three-and-a-half year starter for Florida Atlantic can make all the throws and excels as a passer outside of the pocket.
 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2010, Smith saw action in two games and completed 20 of 40 passes for 200 yards with four interceptions.  He made his first career NFL start at Houston (11/28/10).
•    As a sophomore at Florida Atlantic, Smith was named 2007 Sun Belt Player of the Year and set FAU records for a season with 3,688 passing yards and 32 touchdowns.   He led the Owls to their first ever Bowl appearance, a victory against Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Smith’s parents, Russell and Melody, own two restaurants called Russ-Doe’s Sandwich Shops in Jacksonville.  He grew up working in the restaurants and still helps out when he is in town.  One of the most popular sandwiches is the “Russ-Doe’s Special,” which includes ground beef, small diced onions with the family’s “special” ingredient.  Only a handful of people actually know what the ingredient is.
•    Smith became the first player ever drafted out of Florida Atlantic when the Titans selected him in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
•    When he was in high school Smith began attending the same church in Jacksonville as former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.  The two signal callers know each other and have worked out together.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
•    The Jacksonville, Fla., native was selected by the Titans with their first of two sixth-round picks (176th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:  
•    Smith became the most prolific passer in Florida Atlantic football history during his four-year career with the Owls.  He amassed school records with 10,112 passing yards, 768 completions and 76 touchdowns.  He led the Owls to back-to-back Bowl appearances for the first time from 2007-2008.
•    As a senior (2009), saw action in only seven games after suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.  Completed 145 of 253 passes for 1,915 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.  Became one of just 50 players nationally to throw for more than 10,000 career passing yards.  Also became the FAU career record holder in pass attempts (1,361), completions (768), passing yards (10,112) and touchdowns (76).
•    As a junior (2008), named the team MVP after starting all 13 games and completing 234 of 435 passes for 3,224 yards with 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.  Was a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Week recipient and also earned Palm Beach County Amateur Athlete of the Year.   Led his team to the Motor City Bowl where he captured MVP honors.
•    As a sophomore (2007), named 2007 Sun Belt Player of the Year after setting numerous school records including passing yards in a season (3,688) and touchdowns in a season (32).  Was named Sun Belt Player of the Week four times and set a conference record with 3,688 passing yards.   Received the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s Amateur Athlete of the Year award.
•    As a freshman (2006), played in 12 games with four starts and accumulated 1,285 passing yards with six touchdowns.  Was named the opening day starter against Clemson for playing in a backup role for the next eight games.  Started the final three games leading the team to two victories.
•    As a redshirt freshman (2005), had a strong first fall of practice.  Traveled with the team and worked with the coaches. Split time starting under first team center in the spring of 2006.
•    Majored in Information Management Systems at Florida Atlantic.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Nicole.  The couple has a son, Rustyn, and they live in Franklin.
•    Attended Sandalwood High School (Jacksonville, Fla.) and lettered in football and baseball.
•    As a senior, completed 105 passes in 176 attempts for 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns, with just three interceptions.  Started for the North in the Jacksonville Shrine All-Star Game.
•    Was a three-year letterwinner in baseball as a pitcher.  
•    Enjoys the outdoors including hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, golf, volleyball and biking.
•    Was a youth leader for high school students for three years at Boca Raton Community Center.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Shawshank Redemption”, “Gladiator”, “Pirates of Caribbean”; (TV show) anything on ESPN; (actor/actress) Kevin Costner/Julia Roberts; (music artist) Tim McGraw; (school subject) Math; (video game) none; (food) Macaroni and cheese and Italian; (sports hero) Danny Wuerffel; and (sports team as a child) Atlanta Braves.
•    Born Russell Edgar Smith on Jan. 28, 1987 in Jacksonville, Fla.

PRO: The Titans used their first of two sixth-round selections in 2010 on quarterback Rusty Smith, a strong-armed signal caller with solid vision and pocket awareness.  In his first three NFL seasons, he has appeared in three career games with one start and completed 23 of 45 passes for 234 yards with four interceptions.  The three-and-a-half year starter for Florida Atlantic can make all the throws and excels as a passer outside of the pocket.
 
CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:
•    In 2010, Smith saw action in two games and completed 20 of 40 passes for 200 yards with four interceptions.  He made his first career NFL start at Houston (11/28/10).
•    As a sophomore at Florida Atlantic, Smith was named 2007 Sun Belt Player of the Year and set FAU records for a season with 3,688 passing yards and 32 touchdowns.   He led the Owls to their first ever Bowl appearance, a victory against Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.

TITANS TIDBITS:  
•    Smith’s parents, Russell and Melody, own two restaurants called Russ-Doe’s Sandwich Shops in Jacksonville.  He grew up working in the restaurants and still helps out when he is in town.  One of the most popular sandwiches is the “Russ-Doe’s Special,” which includes ground beef, small diced onions with the family’s “special” ingredient.  Only a handful of people actually know what the ingredient is.
•    Smith became the first player ever drafted out of Florida Atlantic when the Titans selected him in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
•    When he was in high school Smith began attending the same church in Jacksonville as former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow.  The two signal callers know each other and have worked out together.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS:
•    The Jacksonville, Fla., native was selected by the Titans with their first of two sixth-round picks (176th overall) in the 2010 NFL Draft.

COLLEGE:  
•    Smith became the most prolific passer in Florida Atlantic football history during his four-year career with the Owls.  He amassed school records with 10,112 passing yards, 768 completions and 76 touchdowns.  He led the Owls to back-to-back Bowl appearances for the first time from 2007-2008.
•    As a senior (2009), saw action in only seven games after suffering an injury to his non-throwing shoulder.  Completed 145 of 253 passes for 1,915 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.  Became one of just 50 players nationally to throw for more than 10,000 career passing yards.  Also became the FAU career record holder in pass attempts (1,361), completions (768), passing yards (10,112) and touchdowns (76).
•    As a junior (2008), named the team MVP after starting all 13 games and completing 234 of 435 passes for 3,224 yards with 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.  Was a two-time Sun Belt Player of the Week recipient and also earned Palm Beach County Amateur Athlete of the Year.   Led his team to the Motor City Bowl where he captured MVP honors.
•    As a sophomore (2007), named 2007 Sun Belt Player of the Year after setting numerous school records including passing yards in a season (3,688) and touchdowns in a season (32).  Was named Sun Belt Player of the Week four times and set a conference record with 3,688 passing yards.   Received the Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s Amateur Athlete of the Year award.
•    As a freshman (2006), played in 12 games with four starts and accumulated 1,285 passing yards with six touchdowns.  Was named the opening day starter against Clemson for playing in a backup role for the next eight games.  Started the final three games leading the team to two victories.
•    As a redshirt freshman (2005), had a strong first fall of practice.  Traveled with the team and worked with the coaches. Split time starting under first team center in the spring of 2006.
•    Majored in Information Management Systems at Florida Atlantic.

PERSONAL:  
•    Married to Nicole.  The couple has a son, Rustyn, and they live in Franklin.
•    Attended Sandalwood High School (Jacksonville, Fla.) and lettered in football and baseball.
•    As a senior, completed 105 passes in 176 attempts for 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns, with just three interceptions.  Started for the North in the Jacksonville Shrine All-Star Game.
•    Was a three-year letterwinner in baseball as a pitcher.  
•    Enjoys the outdoors including hunting, fishing, four-wheeling, golf, volleyball and biking.
•    Was a youth leader for high school students for three years at Boca Raton Community Center.
•    List of favorites: (movie) “Shawshank Redemption”, “Gladiator”, “Pirates of Caribbean”; (TV show) anything on ESPN; (actor/actress) Kevin Costner/Julia Roberts; (music artist) Tim McGraw; (school subject) Math; (video game) none; (food) Macaroni and cheese and Italian; (sports hero) Danny Wuerffel; and (sports team as a child) Atlanta Braves.
•    Born Russell Edgar Smith on Jan. 28, 1987 in Jacksonville, Fla.
 
Passing
YearTeamGAttCompPctAtt/GYdsAvgYds/GTDTD%IntInt%Lng20+40+SckSckYRate
TOTAL 3 45 23 51.1 15 234 5.2 78 0 -- 4 8.9 52 2 1 1 0 29.3
2013 TEN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2012 TEN 1 5 3 60 5 34 6.8 34 0 -- 0 -- 17 0 0 0 0 80.4
2011 TEN 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2010 TEN 2 40 20 50 20 200 5 100 0 -- 4 10 52 2 1 1 0 25

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