Senior Linebacker Will Smith Works to Break November Slump

Saturday's game against KSU is also the Senior game and linebacker Will Smith said he and the other seniors will do what they can to get over Tech's November slump.

Senior linebacker Will Smith has only been at Texas Tech for two years but already feels like part of the family.

“Those two years went by pretty fast,” Smith said. “A little sad about that. I’m just real blessed to be here and I am happy to be here.”

Smith transferred to Tech from Riverside Community College in Riverside, California-his home state.

Saturday he is playing in his last home game as a Red Raider.

“Just thinking about it these last couple of weeks is like 'dang its already almost over,'” Smith said. “But I am just going to enjoy these last couple of weeks here and do what my best can do to help out this team.”

Smith has been an important asset for Texas Tech.

He leads the team with 64 total tackles so far this season and despite losing the last two games he wants to finish the year strong.

“Us seniors take pride in not trying to be the typical Tech team, going into November and can’t win a game,” Smith said. “So it’s just about us letting the losses go and forgetting about that and moving on to next week.”

Smith said he has made a lot of friends on the team including Kerry Hyder, Terrance Bullitt and Tre’ Porter. Guys he said he will still talk to 30 years from now.

“Those are guys I feel like welcomed me very well and I respect them a lot and thank them for that,” Smith said.

While his teammates may be hi new family Smith said his mom, dad and twin brother will be at the game Saturday.

“My best friend from hometown he is coming too,” Smith said. “It’s going to be fun they get to all come see me play together so it should be a fun game.”

Smith is a university studies major but hopes the NFL is in his future.

“Hopefully I am blessed to keep playing,” Smith said. “That has always been a dream of mine. If not, I graduate in December that is the plan hopefully football continues to work out. If not I’ll pursue a job somewhere whether that be here in Texas or back in California.”

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