Smith was expected to be a star for the Trojans after earning High School All-American honors. He actually started building his reputation as a fourth-grader, as he suited up against eighth-graders due to his instincts and toughness. The honors started early in his collegiate career, garnering Freshman All-American and honorable mention All-Pac-12 notice in 2015 (78 tackles, one sack, three interceptions, three pass breakups). The Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year only played in 10 games (nine starts) because he had season-ending surgery on torn knee ligaments. Smith somehow returned for the 2016 season opener, receiving second-team all-conference accolades with 83 tackles, seven for loss, and four pass breakups in 13 starts. He was a first-team All-Pac-12 player in 2017, starting 13 of 14 games played (sat out first half of opener due to targeting call in previous year's bowl game). He led USC with 112 stops, 11 of which went for losses, intercepting one pass, and breaking up three passes. He played in only 10 games in 2018, but still landed second-team all-conference notice by leading the Trojans with 81 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and four pass breakups.
Smith: I'm An Instinctual Player That Loves Football
One of the newest Vikings, USC LB Cameron Smith, FaceTimed in to TCO Studios on Saturday afternoon to chat with vikings.com's Mike Wobschall about becoming a Viking, joining a UCLA-heavy linebacker room, being a two-time team captain and more.
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See highlights of USC linebacker Cameron Smith from his college career.
Cameron Smith Highlights
View highlights of USC LB Cameron Smith, who the Vikings took in round five of the 2019 NFL Draft.