PRO: The Titans selected Jonnu Smith in the third round (100th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3-inch, 248-pound tight end participated in every game as a rookie and ranked fifth among rookie tight ends in receptions (18). In 2018, he set single-season career highs in every receiving category before having his second season cut short due to a knee injury. Smith was a prolific passer catcher in his four seasons at Florida International. Smith concluded his career as FIU’s all-time leader for tight ends in receptions and receiving yards and his 18 career receiving touchdowns ranked third in the school’s record books. Smith possesses the ability to flash after the catch and has the speed to attack all three levels of the field. He is also known for his strength and willingness to block in the run game.
• In 2018, Smith set single-season career highs in receptions (20), receiving yards (258), receiving long (61t), and receiving touchdowns (3) despite missing the final three contests due to injury. His three receiving touchdowns ranked second on the squad.
• During the 2017 regular season, Smith was one of three rookie tight ends to appear in all 16 games (Gerald Everett and David Njoku) and one of two rookie tight ends with at least 13 starts (O.J.
Howard). His 18 receptions, which resulted in 157 yards and two touchdowns, ranked fifth among all rookie tight ends.
• Smith finished his career as Florida International’s all-time leader for tight ends in receptions and receiving yards. Smith ended his career ranking fourth on the school’s career receptions list and fifth on the program’s receiving yardage list. His 18 career receiving touchdowns rank third in school annals.
• As a sophomore (2014), led all college tight ends with 61 receptions, 710 receiving yards and eight touchdown catches.
• Smith credits his mother, Karen, for his successes. Jonnu’s father passed away as a result of a tow truck accident when he was four years old and his mother raised all six children by herself. “My mother is my rock. It was tough, but we always got what we needed—not necessarily what we wanted all the time—but what we needed. She was so strong all the time.”
• Smith endured a lot of challenges as a youngster in Philadelphia and after his brother was arrested and one of his friends was killed on the streets, a decision needed to be made. His family didn’t have the financial means to just uproot, so for his own safety Jonnu moved in with his mother’s sister and brother-in-law, Darla and Mike Kirkland, in Ocala, Fla. He started playing high school football and even though he was far from a touted recruit, he earned a scholarship to Florida International where his play took off.
• Smith’s best friend Willie “Quasim” Jefferson tragically died from a gun shot in October 2016. Jonnu gave his son the middle name Quasim in honor of him.
• The Philadelphia, Pa., native was selected by the Titans in the third round (100th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.
• In four seasons at Florida International (2013-16), Smith appeared in 43 career games and tallied 178 receptions for 2,001 yards with 18 touchdowns.
• As a senior (2016), started in 11 games for the Panthers and was a second team, All-Conference USA honoree. Caught 42 passes for 506 yards and four touchdowns. Became the fifth player in Florida International history to register over 2,000 yards receiving during a career (2,001 yards). Finished his career registering at least one reception in every game he played (43-straight – second-most in school history).
• As a junior (2015), started eight games for the Panthers and recorded 36 catches for 397 yards and four touchdowns. Finished fourth on the team in receptions, third in receiving yards and second in receiving touchdowns. Missed the final four games of the season due to injury.
• As a sophomore (2014), appeared and started in all 12 games for the Panthers and earned first team All-Conference USA honors. Led Florida International with 710 yards on 61 catches and eight touchdowns. Also led all tight ends nationally in touchdowns, receiving yards and receptions. Set the school record for tight ends in receiving yards, touchdowns and receptions and his eight receiving touchdowns broke the previous school season-best of seven set by T.Y. Hilton (2008, 2011) and Cory McKinney (2002). The 710 receiving yards ranked seventh all-time at FIU for a season and his 61 catches were tied for fourth in a single year.
• As a freshman (2013), started all 12 games as a true freshman and earned All-Conference USA honorable mention honors as well as a spot on the league’s All-Freshmen team. Led all Florida International players with 39 receptions for 388 yards and was the only FIU receiver to have a catch in all 12 games. Either led or tied for the team-lead in receptions or receiving yards in eight of 12 games. Was the first true freshman to lead the team in receptions and receiving yards since T.Y. Hilton in 2008.
• Majored in liberal studies at Florida International.
• Has a son, Jaiyen.
• Attended West Port (Ocala, Fla.) High School and was named to the 2012 Ocala Star Banner All-County first team and the 2012 Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-District 7 Football team.
• As a senior, posted a team leading 34 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns.
• As a junior, notched nine receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
• Also competed in weightlifting, finishing second in the county in the 219-pound weight class.
• List of favorites: (movie) all the “Halloween” Michael Myers’ films; (TV show) “Stranger Things”; (musician or band) Meek Mill; (food) chicken and shrimp alfredo; (guilty pleasure) Swedish fish; (sports team as a child) Philadelphia Eagles and (athlete as a child) LeBron James.
• Follow Smith on Twitter at @EasyMoney_87.
• Follow Smith on Instagram at @jonnusmith87.
• Born Jonnu Andre Smith on Aug. 22, 1995 in Philadelphia, Pa.
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