Honors & Awards
Safety P.J. Smith produced an outstanding senior season in 2012 and teamed with fellow senior Daimion Stafford to give NU one of the Big Ten's top safety tandems. Smith completed his career in the Capital One Bowl where he played in his 53rd career game.
Smith finished the season with 86 tackles to rank third on the team behind Stafford and senior middle linebacker Will Compton. Smith had 46 solo stops and his eight tackles for loss ranked second on the team. Smith had at least eight tackles in six games in 2012, including a career high with 12 tackles against Michigan State. He also intercepted three passes to give him seven career interceptions, and Smith added five pass breakups in 2012.
Smith was honored for his play, earning honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades.
Smith had five tackles in the opener against Chattanooga, and also recorded five tackles against Fresno State, all on special teams. He made a season-high seven tackles at Wyoming, then had six solo stops at Wisconsin. He had five total tackles, including four solo stops, at Minnesota, marking his fourth game with at least five tackles.
Smith has shown the versatility to play either safety spot during his NU career and in 2011, he was second for Nebraska in special teams tackles.
2009 (Redshirt Freshman)
Before Nebraska (John Curtis HS)
Smith earned first-team all-state honors in 2007 and was a member of the Baton Rouge Advocate's Louisiana "Super Dozen". Smith made 85 tackles, added four interceptions and forced a pair of fumbles for a 12-2 state championship team in 2007. Smith also saw action at receiver and caught a pair of touchdown passes.
Smith was a two-way standout during his junior season. On defense, Smith made 28 tackles, had three interceptions and broke up 14 passes. Offensively, his 10 receptions covered 124 yards, including three touchdown catches. Smith was regarded as one of the top 15 players in Louisiana by Rivals.com and among the top 50 safeties in the country.
He was also a four-year starter in basketball and led his team in scoring and rebounding. Smith chose Nebraska after also visiting Arkansas, Baylor and Southern Miss.
Smith's Career Statistics