Alphonso Smith is a defensive back for the Denver Broncos, who selected him with the 37th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Smith played college football at Wake Forest, where he was a first team All-America selection. Smith is 5-feet, 9-inches tall and weighs 190 pounds.
Smith played both quarterback and defensive back at Pahokee High School in Pahokee, FL. He led Pahokee to a 13-1 record and a 2B state championship as a senior. During his senior season, he finished with 2,400 passing yards, 640 rushing yards and 38 total touchdowns. He intercepted four passes on defense, and scored in interception, punt, kickoff and fumble returns. He joined his high school teammates D.J. Boldin and Antonio Wilson in signing with Wake Forest, after Smith had originally committed to Pitt.
Smith sat out 2004 as a redshirt, delaying his debut until 2005. Smith played all 11 games for Wake Forest as a redshirt freshman in 2005, finishing the season with 59 total tackles, eight tackles for loss and three interceptions. He scored his first career college touchdown on an interception return against NC State. He was named a first team Freshman All-American by ESPN.com and was a second team selection by The Sporting News.
In his sophomore season, Smith played all 14 games and made his first three starts. He tied for the team lead with 8.5 tackles for loss and was third on the team with 4.0 sacks. He also had three interceptions, good for third on the team. All of his sacks and interceptions came over Wake Forest's final six games of the season. He also blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown against North Carolina.
Smith continued to progress as a junior, earning first team All-ACC honors and third team All-America honors from the Associated Press. He set a school record with eight interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns. He set a school record with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown against Maryland. He also led the ACC with eight forced fumbles and 18 passes defended.
As a senior, Smith continued to rack up the accolades, earning first team All-America honors from the Associated Press. He tied for the ACC lead with seven interceptions, finishing his career with an ACC-record 21 interceptions. He was one of 13 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back.
Alphonso Smith was selected in the second round (37th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Before the 2009 season, Smith signed a four-year contract with Denver. Smith finished his rookie season with 14 total tackles. He also served as a part time kick and punt returner for the Broncos.
When Stanley Arnoux was selected 118th overall by the New Orleans Saints, it marked the first time in the common draft era that Wake Forest had four players selected in the same draft. All four Wake Forest selections have been defensive players.
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