Keith Smith was elevated from the Cowboys practice squad back up to the 53 man roster and will assume the roster spot formerly held by quarterback Kellen Moore who was resigned to the practice squad as the result of numerous injuries at the linebacker position.
Sean Lee has been ruled out of Sundayâ€™s game at Tampa Bay as per the leagues concussion protocol,Â Rolando McClain, who is dealing with a hand/foot injury and Anthony Hitchens with an ankle issueÂ are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s match-up. I previously did a scouting report on Smith and he showed flashes of being a solid linebacker.
Keith Smith saw action in the Cowboys first four games on special teams and logged one tackle. Smith looked good in the preseason: he tallied 16 tackles and forced a fumble as a part time player. I wont lie. I was not happy when it was first reported that Moore was waived to activate Mark Nzeocha from the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list when he had never even suited up for a preseason game
Keith Smith attended San Jose State University and and played for the Spartans football team from 2010 to 2013 as an inside linebacker. In 49 games, Smith made 45 starts and amassed 476 total tackles; the second most all-time among San Jose State players. He also had 29 tackles for loss and eight forced fumbles. Smith played under head coach Mike MacIntyre from 2010 to 2012 and Ron Caragher in 2013.
During his senior year in 2013, Keith Smith amassed 159 tackles for an average 13.3 tackles per game. Both were the most of any FBS player that season. Smith also amassed 8 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, one interception, andÂ defended one pass.
Keith Smith set new career records, logging two games with at least 20 tackles. One on September 21st against Minnesota and the other on September 27th against Utah State. In the 2013 regular season finale on November 29th, (which was a 62-52 win over #16-ranked Fresno State), Smith intercepted a pass by Derek Carr and ended his streak of 305 passes without an interception.
Much to my Chagrin, Smith went undrafted. In 2014 he was signed by the Cowboys as a free agent. It’s my guess the small school label combined with San Jose State finishing the season 6-6 and not getting invited to a bowl game were both contributing factors.
Keith Smith is a very intelligent player with good instincts and I am confident that he will step up and play well if needed. It’s a sad reality, but in many cases, good players never get their opportunity to shine in Dallas unless someone gets injured.Â I am confident Keith Smith is one of those players.