He's a 'dirty-work' player whose name rarely appears in a box score for Clemson's flashy, high-powered offense.
Smith - a former defensive end - is a blocking machine; and with Sam Cooper sidelined for an indefinite period after tearing an ACL in the Orange-White spring game, the role that he shared with Cooper could be in for an increase.
"Coach Morris already had my role increasing because of my blocking skills," said Smith, a rising senior from Gadsden, Ala. "And Coop's package was increasing, too."
Smith - like Chad Diehl, who preceded him in the Tigers' 'fullback/tight end' position - plays the role of sledgehammer: a tough, physical, point-of-attack blocker.
It's a role he relishes.
"I like what I do," Smith said. "I got used to this in high school. Blocking is what I'm very comfortable with. I'm glad they've got me where I am."
Does he ever dream of stardom?
"No - I'm fine with my role," he said. "I'm fine with where I'm at."
Smith said he'll spend the off-season working to increase his size and strength, while refining his blocking skills.
"Last year I was about 240, and now I'm up to 255," he said. "I've lost some fat and added some muscle, so I'm pretty pleased with myself.
"I needed more weight - those guys are heavy, and I had to gain some ground."
He said Clemson's defensive ends - the players he's most often matched up against in practice - challenged him in a friendly-competition kind of way.
"Our defensive ends push me," Smith said. "They're strong - Corey (Crawford), Vic (Beasley), all of them. They told me if I don't get it right, they're going to come after me. So I have to be right for them...
"If I can be as big and strong as Chad Diehl, I'll be the man, y'all."