Honors & Awards
- Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (Media, 2013)
- Nebraska Special Teams MVP (2013)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013; Spring 2014)
Place-kicker Pat Smith joined the Nebraska program in the summer of 2013, and made a big contribution in his only season in a Husker uniform. Smith came to Nebraska after graduating from Western Illinois last spring and won the starting place-kicker role after a fall camp competition with sophomore Mauro Bondi.
Smith responded with a strong season, connecting on 12-of-13 field goals to rank second in the Big Ten in field goal percentage. His effort included making 10-of-11 kicks in Big Ten games, with three field goals in games against Minnesota and Penn State. Smith will be best remembered for his effort against the Nittany Lions, when he hit a game-winning 42-yard field goal in overtime. Smith also connected on 43-of-45 extra points in 2013.
Smith earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades for his effort.
Wyoming: Scored Nebraska’s first points of the year on a 24-yard field goal in the first quarter... converted 4-of-5 PAT tries. Southern Miss: Was a perfect 6-for-6 on PAT tries. UCLA: Converted all three PAT tries. SDSU: Perfect 5-for-5 on PATs. Illinois: Was 2-of-3 on PATs... knocked home a pair of field goals, including a 32-yarder. Purdue: Was a perfect 6-for-6 on PATs in the 44-7 win. Minnesota: Connected on a 45-yard field goal in the first quarter... added a 42-yard field goal in the second quarter and a 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Northwestern: Was 3-for-3 on PATs... missed his first field goal of the season, a 48-yard try in the second quarter. Michigan: Opened the scoring with a 21-yard field goal... was 2-for-2 on PATs. Michigan State: Was a perfect 4-for-4 on PATs. Penn State: Connected on the game-winning 42-yard field goal in overtime... added a 39-yard field goal in the third quarter that gave Nebraska a 17-13 lead and a 19-yarder with 4:29 remaining in regulation that tied the game at 20. Iowa: Knocked home his lone field goal attempt of the day, a 33-yarder late in the first half... was also 2-for-2 on PATs. Georgia: Connected on a career-long 46-yard field goal in the second quarter... also made all three PAT tries.
Before Nebraska (Western Illinois/Notre Dame HS)
Pat Smith joins the NU program in 2013 for his final year of eligibilty after transferring from Western Illinois. In his junior season with the Leathernecks, Smith made all ten of his field goal attempts, including a career-long 46-yarder against Indianapolis. He averaged 38 yards on 84 punts, with a long of 54 yards coming against South Dakota. Smith was named a 2012 finalist for the Fred Mitchell Award, an honor given to the nation’s most outstanding placekicker at a non-FBS school. Smith averaged 63.2 yards on 35 kickoffs and made three of six field goal attempts in his sophomore season, earning the program’s Special Teams Player of the Year award. As a redshirt-freshman, Smith made five of his seven field goal attempts and 21 of 21 extra points after earning placekicking duties for the final six games of the season. Smith attended Notre Dame High School in Quincy, Ill., lettering four years in football. He was a two-time all-conference and all-area selection at kicker and safety, helping Notre Dame to an 11-1 record in his senior season. Smith spent his redshirt season at the University of Missouri before trasferring to Western Illinois in 2010.
Smith was born on Jan. 25, 1991, and is the son of Bryan and Donna Smith. Pat earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2013-14.
Smith's Career Statistics
» Field Goals - 3 at Minnesota (2013), at Penn State (2013)
» Long Field Goal - 46 vs. Georgia (2014 Gator Bowl)
» PATs Made - 6 vs. Southern Miss (2013)