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Keith Smith





San Jose State
4 Years Pro

2017 Season

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01/05/16: Signed with Dallas as a future.

11/14/15:  Activated, waived (11/16) and re-signed to Dallas’ practice squad (11/18).

05/14/15: Waived, re-signed (7/31), waived (10/5) and signed to Dallas’s practice squad (10/7).

10/18/14: Activated, waived (11/14), re-signed to Dallas’ practice squad (11/18) and activated (11/26).

10/4/14:    Activated, waived (10/6) and re-signed to Dallas’ practice squad (10/7).

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The Dallas Cowboys originally signed Keith Smith as a rookie free agent in 2014 to compete for time as a reserve linebacker and on special teams. He was released at the end of training camp, but immediately signed  to the club’s practice squad. He was activated at the end of September and spent most of his rookie season bouncing between the active roster and practice squad. He saw time in 10 games as a rookie and posted four special teams tackles to go with six defensive tackles and a forced fumble. He returned in 2015 as a reserve, again spending most of the season on the practice squad, but was activated for five games, finishing with a pair of special teams tackles. For the 2016 season, Smith switched sides of the ball and worked at fullback, helping clear the way for the NFL’s rushing champ, Ezekiel Elliott. Smith returns in 2017 with a leg up as a contributor at fullback and on special teams.



  • Moved to fullback from linebacker, had his first career start and played in 16 games for the first time in his career as the club’s lead blocker.
  • Collected his first career offensive stats, rushing two times for five yards and catching three passes for 20.
  • Made his debut at fullback in the opener against the N.Y. Giants (9/11) and had his first career rush - a three-yarder.
  • Had his first career reception on a five-yard pass at Washington (9/18) then had a third down conversion on a two-yard run and caught a pass for a career-long 14 yards in the win at San Francisco (10/2).
  • Helped lead Elliott to his highest rushing yards total (159) of the season in the win against Tampa Bay (12/18).
  • Had his first career start as the club opened in the I-formation in the finale at Philadelphia (1/1/17).
  • Made his playoff debut, starting as the team opened in the I-formation against Green Bay (1/15/17), and helped Elliott to a 5.7 yard-per-carry average (22 for 125).


  • In his second pro season, played in five games after spending a majority of the season on Dallas’ practice squad and was in on two special teams tackles.
  • Played in the first four games of the season before landing on the practice squad.
  • Was activated at Tampa Bay (11/15), then spent the remainder of the season on the practice roster.


  • Signed with Dallas as a rookie free agent and spent the season between the practice squad and active roster.
  • Played in 10 games, mainly on special teams, and finished with four special teams tackles to go with six tackles and a forced fumble on defense.
  • Made his NFL debut as a reserve linebacker and on special teams at St. Louis (9/21).
  • Had his first career defensive stop and first special teams tackle at Jacksonville (11/9) in London.
  • Posted a season-best four tackles on defense at linebacker against Indianapolis (12/21) then forced his first career fumble to go with one tackle and two special teams stops in the season finale at Washington (12/28).
  • Inactive for both of Dallas’ playoff contests.


  • Finished his four-year career as a linebacker at San Jose State with 45 starts in 49 games played, amassing 476 tackles, ninth in FBS history and second in school history, 29 tackles for loss, five sacks, nine forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, as well as 12 pass breakups and two interceptions.
  • Was the first Spartan in five years to post back-to-back 100-tackle seasons in addition to finishing eighth in school history with 29 tackles for loss and first with eight forced fumbles.
  • As a senior team captain, led the nation in total tackles (159) while becoming the first FBS player since tackles became an official statistic in 2000 to be credited with 20-or-more tackles with 21 at Minnesota and 20 against. Utah State on his way to first-team All-Mountain West honors.
  • Named first-team All-WAC after finishing 2012 with a team-leading 97 tackles, including four games with 10-plus tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and four forced fumbles.
  • Started all 12 games and was named second-team All-WAC for the second season in a row, leading the team with 104 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups.
  • Named WAC freshman defensive player of the year in 2010 as the leading freshman tackler in the FBS, amassing 116, to go along with an FBS freshman record 14 for loss, four sacks, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup.


  • Lettered in football and track and field at Charter Oak High in Covina, Calif., where he was named the 2009 Mira- monte League Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Led his team to a 13-1 record in 2009 with a team-high 132 tackles.
  • Earned his degree in communications from San Jose State.


  • 2014 Rookie Club presented by UnitedHealthcare.
  • 2014 NFL PLAY 60 FITNESSGRAM® school visit.
  • 2014 Home Run Derby Competition benefiting The Salvation Army.
  • 2014, 2016-17 Dallas Cowboys U High School Camp.
  • 2016-17 Dallas Cowboys Draft Day/Fan Appreciation Party.
  • Annual Team Holiday Hospital Visits.
  • Dallas Cowboys Kickoff Luncheon and Cowboys Family Cookbook benefiting Happy Hill Farm.
  • Salvation Army Angel Tree Christmas Program.
  • Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas.


Career Stats


Recent Games

2@DENL 17-42------------
1NYGW 19-3------------


TOTAL 3320.152.50.2032100000


TOTAL 333206.70.61400010


TOTAL 3312120000000-0


wkgame dateoppresultggsattydsavglngtdrecydsavglongtdfumlost
008/03/2017ARIW 18-2011-----315-80--
108/12/2017@LAL 10-1311-----115-150--
208/19/2017INDW 19-2410-----114-140--
308/26/2017OAKW 20-2400------------
TOTAL 32-----544-150--
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