Chuck  Smith

Chuck Smith

Defensive Line

Defensive Line
1st Season at Tennessee

The Smith File

The Facts
Born: Dec. 21, 1969 (Los Angeles)
Wife: Mynique Smith
Children: Giavani, Chuckie and Maddox

College Football
Defensive End, Northeast Oklahoma A&M College, 1988-89
University of Tennessee, 1990-91

Coaching Career
Baltimore Ravens - 2008
New York Jets - 2009
Tennessee - 2010-present.

The Smith Family

Chuck Smith is pictured above with his wife, Mynique, and their children (L to R), Giavani, Chuckie and Maddox.

Tennessee's Derek Dooley completed his staff this year by naming Chuck Smith to the ninth and final assistant coach's position.

Smith is a former UT and pro football defensive star originally from Athens, Ga., where he was a teammate of Dooley's at Clarke Central High School in the 1980s.

The 40-year-old spent this past season with the New York Jets' No. 1-ranked defense as pass rush specialist and assistant defensive line coach. Jets head coach Rex Ryan first discovered Smith in Baltimore in 2008 when Ryan was the Ravens' defensive coordinator and named Smith his pass rush coach.

Smith built his coaching reputation as a defensive line specialist throughout the previous decade. There are nearly 60 NFL players over the last five seasons who Smith has personally taught, trained and mentored the art of defensive line play.

Among his star pupils are three former Vols -- Albert Haynesworth, of the Washington Redskins; Robert Ayers, a 2009 NFL first-round pick of the Denver Broncos; and Shaun Ellis, a Pro- Bowler with the New York Jets. Others include Cincinnati's Michael Johnson, Oakland's Richard Seymour, the New York Giants' Osi Umenyiora, the New York Jets' Bart Scott and Kris Jenkins, San Diego's Larry English, the Titans' Derek Morgan, Cleveland's Shaun Rogers and Seattle's Patrick Kerney, just to name a few.

In the 2009 NFL Draft, seven linemen selected in the first five rounds trained under Smith. Smith also taught and instructed coaches from the professional to high school levels as part of Defensive Line Inc., a firm he started in 2001. Since then, Smith has concentrated his efforts on teaching and coaching what it takes to be a successful defensive lineman.

"I'm just excited about this opportunity to be a part of a program that believes not only in winning championships but also having champions off the field," Smith said. "Integrity always will be one of our goals."

Smith compiled 58.5 career sacks in nine NFL seasons and captained the Falcons' first and only Super Bowl appearance following the 1998 season. He later was voted "Best Defensive Lineman in Team History" by the Atlanta Falcons fans.

Smith began his collegiate career at Northeast Oklahoma A&M, where he played two seasons and is a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

At Tennessee, Smith started at right defensive end in both of his UT playing campaigns. He helped the Vols to 1990 SEC and Sugar Bowl championships and earned All-SEC honors for the 1991 Vols that advanced to the Fiesta Bowl.

During his senior year, Smith made 13 of his 64 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Nine of those stops were quarterbacks sacks for a combined minus-74 yards. He then earned MVP honors at the Senior Bowl and was a second-round selection by Atlanta in the 1992 NFL Draft.

Smith also is a member of the Athens, Ga., Sports Hall of Fame and has been honored during Tennessee football pregame ceremonies as a UT Legend. The former UT Athletics Board member was considered by his head coach, Johnny Majors, the "best defensive end I ever coached."



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