Postgame Notes - Illinois vs. Southern Illinois - August 31, 2013
2013 Freshman: Played in seven games ... Notched eight tackles and one sack on the season ... Had career-best four tackles and his first career sack against Northwestern ... Recorded two tackles against Michigan State ... Had a solo tackle against Cincinnati and also in his Illini debut in the season-opener against SIU.
High School: Three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247 Sports ... Ranked the No. 68 defensive end in the nation by 247 Sports ... Ranked the No. 54 player in Ohio by Rivals ... As a senior, had 91 tackles, 14 sacks, five forced fumbles and one fumble recovery ... As a junior, had 113 tackles, 10 sacks and four PBUs ... As a sophomore, had 56 tackles and six sacks ... Ohio Capital Conference first-team selection as a senior after earning special mention as a junior ... Defensive MVP at Madison as a junior and senior ... All-Metro second-team selection as a senior ... Earned three letters in football and three in track ... In track, competed at nationals in the shot put, discus and 400 hurdles.
Personal: First name pronounced duh-WON ... Born March 2, 1995... Goes by "D.J." ... Parents are Darrell Sr., and Jamecca Smoot ... Major is undecided ... Favorite athlete is NFL great Julius Peppers because of his style of play ... Was named to his high school academic honor roll as a senior ... Says his father most influenced his athletic career because "he pushed me to be the best."
Updated July 2014