As a redshirt freshman in 2013: Game-By-Game Statistics Started all 11 games played this season ... Part of an offensive line group which excelled in pass protection allowing just 16 sacks compared to 32 sacks in 2012 ... UMass was tied for fifth in the league for fewest sacks allowed in 2013 ... Also helped the offense's run game improve in year two at the Football Bowl Subdivision ... UMass rushed for over 1,500 yards on the ground averaging 125.2 yards per game in 2013 compared to 1,075 yards rushing and an 89.6 yard per game average in 2012 ... Was the starting left guard for each of UMass' 10 games this season ... Helped open holes for running back Jamal Wilson when he gained 119 yards at Bowling Green (10/5) while the Minutemen averaged 5.9 yards per carry against the Falcons ... Helped UMass put up 376 yards of total offense as the starting left guard in the 17-10 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 12 ... Continued to serve as the starting left guard at Buffalo (10/19) and against Western Michigan (10/26) ... Provided running lanes for freshman Lorenzo Woodley, who produced 163 yards and a touchdown on 38 carries against the #17/21 Northern Illinois defense on Nov. 2.
As a freshman in 2012:Game-By-Game Statistics Played in three games ... Took snaps at Connecticut (8/30), against Indiana (9/8) and at #17 Michigan (9/15).
Before UMass: Was a second-team all-state selection as a senior and a second-team all-county pick as a junior at Lacey Township High School ... Earned an invitation to the All-American Bowl ... Led Lacey Township to the a state championship title in 2011 ... Captain of the football and basketball teams.
Personal: Tyrell Dejoin Lee Smith ... Born April 27, 1994 ... Son of Tanya Smith ... Brother of Eric, Deon, Tarique and Elijah.