Smith named to SEC Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Team

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FAYETTEVIL­LE – Arkansas foot­ball’s T.J. Smith has been se­lected to the 2019 South­east­ern Con­fer­ence Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Team, the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year to be hon­ored with the award.

Smith, a se­nior de­fen­sive line­man from Moul­trie, Ge­or­gia, has served along­side sev­eral or­ga­ni­za­tions to help bet­ter the Fayettevil­le and Arkansas com­mu­ni­ties. He has par­tic­i­pated in Lift Up Amer­ica, vis­ited with

Boys & Girls Club chil­dren at post-prac­tice events, worked with Blue Cross Blue Shield to help pack meals for fam­i­lies in need for the Fear­less Food Fight and has vis­ited Arkansas Chil­dren’s North­west Hos­pi­tal mul­ti­ple times to lift the spir­its of sick chil­dren.

Be­fore the sea­son, Smith was rec­og­nized as the first re­cip­i­ent of the Broyles Ra­zor­back Award, which will be given an­nu­ally to a se­nior who best ex­em­pli­fies what leg­endary Arkansas coach and ath­letic di­rec­tor Frank Broyles stood for as a


Smith has also worked dili­gently in the class­room, earn­ing First-year SEC Aca­demic Honor Roll ac­co­lades for the 2015-16 ath­letic year and was also awarded Fall Aca­demic Honor Roll sta­tus by the con­fer­ence af­ter the 2017 and ‘18 foot­ball sea­sons. Smith is also in­volved with the Arkansas Stu­dent-ath­lete Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (SAAC) and rep­re­sented the Ra­zor­backs as part of the SEC Lead­er­ship Coun­cil.

On the field, Smith started all 12 games in his fi­nal sea­son as a Ra­zor­back at de­fen­sive tackle. He racked up 20 stops, five solo, with 4.0 for loss, in­clud­ing 2.5 sacks. He was also cred­ited with three quar­ter­back hur­ries and a forced fum­ble, com­ing against Texas A&M on Sept. 28.

The SEC names a Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Team for each of its 21 league spon­sored sports, high­light­ing a stu­dent-ath­lete from ev­ery mem­ber in­sti­tu­tion who gives back to his com­mu­nity through su­pe­rior ser­vice ef­forts.

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