Honors & Awards
After serving as a team captain and winning NU's Guy Chamberlin Trophy in 1979, Smith was drafted as a wide receiver by the Houston Oilers in the third round of the 1980 NFL Draft. He went on to a seven-year NFL career with the Oilers from 1980 through 1986.
A three-year letterman (1977, 1979, 1979), Smith finished his NU career with 72 catches for 1,089 yards and three touchdowns. He also punted 135 times for 5,413 yards, for an average of 40.10 yards per punt, and he never had a punt blocked in his NU career.
At the conclusion of his career, Smith ranked third on NU's receiving yardage list, trailing only Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers (1970-72) and Guy Ingles (1968-70), while also ranking fourth in career receptions, trailing Rodgers, Ingles and Jeff Kinney. Smith also became just the third Nebraska punter in history to average 40 yards per punt in his career.
In 1979, Smith hauled in 30 catches for 477 yards and one touchdown, while adding one reception for 10 yards in Nebraska's Cotton Bowl appearance against Houston. Smith led the Big Eight in both receptions and receiving yards as a senior. He scored his lone touchdown on the year with a 42-yard catch from Tim Hager in NU's 36-0 shutout of Oklahoma State in Stillwater on Oct. 20. Smith added his longest catch of the season with a 47-yarder against Penn State. He also hauled in a season-high six receptions in NU's 42-17 win over the Nittany Lions at Memorial Stadium.
Smith punted 41 times for 1,623 yards for a 39.6 regular-season average, before booming 10 punts for 406 yards (40.6 ypp) including a 53-yarder against the Cougars in the Cotton Bowl. He helped the Huskers ranked third in the league in net punting on the year.
A second-team All-Big Eight selection by the UPI as a junior, Smith also punted two times for 75 yards (37.5 ypp) against the Sooners in the Orange Bowl. During the regular season, he punted 45 times for 1,777 yards (39.5 yards per punt).
Smith's touchdown provided the Huskers with the winning score on a 34-yard pass from Randy Garcia with 3:16 left in the game to help NU come back from a 17-7 fourth quarter deficit. Smith also punted three times for 111 yards for a 37-yard average in the Liberty Bowl.
During the regular season, Smith boomed 49 punts for 2,013 yards for a 41.1 yard per punt average. His averaged ranked second in the Big Eight in 1977, while he also ranked fifth in the conference in receiving yardage and seventh in receptions.
Smith's Career Statistics
1977 Liberty Bowl vs. North Carolina: Receiving, 4-78-1 TD (game-winning score); Punting, 3-111-37.0 avg.