Mazi Smith
DT · Michigan

Physical Attributes:

Proj Rd: 2
Height: 6030
Weight: 323
Forty: 4.96
Arm: 33 3/4
Hand: 09 3/4
Wingspan: 80 7/8



YEAR (GP/GS)    TKLS   TFL      SACK     FF     PD    INT

2019: (2/0)         0          0.0      0.0         0       0       0

2020: (5/0)         3          1.0      0.0         0       0       0

2021: (14/14)     37       2.5      0.0         0       4       0

2022: (14/14)     48       2.5      0.5         1       0       0

Total: (35/28)    88       6.0      0.5         1       4       0

HISTORY -- From College Profile

• Tackles: 8 - vs. Maryland (Sept. 24, 2022)
• Solos: 5, 2x - last vs Maryland (Sept. 24, 2022)
• Asst: 5 - vs. Indiana (Nov. 6, 2021)
• TFLs: 1.5 - vs. Colorado State (Sept. 3, 2022)
• Sacks: 0.5, 2x - last vs Michigan State (Oct. 29, 2022)
• Int.: none
• FR: 1 - vs. TCU (Dec. 31, 2022)
• PBUs: 2 - at Michigan State (Oct. 30, 2021)
At Michigan
• Two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (2020-21)
• Two-time All-Big Ten selection (consensus first team, 2022; honorable mention, coaches and media, 2021)
• Named the team's Richard Katcher Award winner (2021) and Defensive Player of the Year (2022) 
• Four-time letterwinner (2019-20-21-22)
• Appeared in 35 games during his career with 28 starts
Senior (2022)
• Started all 14 games at nose tackle; made 48 tackles with 2.5 for loss and a share of a sack, and had one forced fumble which he recovered to go with one quarterback hurry as he earned his fourth varsity letter
• All-Big Ten selection (consensus first team)
• Midseason All-American by The Athletic (first team)
• Named the team's Defensive Player of the Year
• On four occasions, shared Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Maryland, Penn State, Illinois, at Ohio State
• Posted six tackles (two solo) including an 11-yard sack starting inside against Colorado State (Sept. 3)
• Started inside against Hawaii (Sept. 10) and assisted on one tackle 
• Made three stops in a start against UConn (Sept. 17)
• Tallied a career-best eight tackles including one for loss starting on the interior against Maryland (Sept. 24)
• Hurried the quarterback once and made two tackles starting at Iowa (Oct. 1)
• Was part of five tackles (four solo) in a start at Indiana (Oct. 8)
• Started against Penn State (Oct. 15) and finished with four assisted stops, narrowly missing out on a sack
• Notched five tackles in a start against Michigan State (Oct. 29) 
• Credited with two assisted stops in a start against Rutgers (Nov. 5)
• Against Nebraska (Nov. 12), assisted on one tackle from the interior 
• Posted five tackles including four solo stops starting against Illinois (Nov. 19)
• Contributed four tackles from the defensive interior at Ohio State (Nov. 26)
• Delivered two tackles against Purdue in the Big Ten Championship (Dec. 3)
• Forced and recovered a fumble and added three tackles against TCU in the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl/CFP Semifinal (Dec. 31)
Junior (2021)
• Started all 14 games along the defensive line; made 37 tackles including 2.5 for loss, four pass breakups, and four quarterback hurries to earn his third varsity letter
• All-Big Ten (honorable mention, coaches and media)
• Recipient of the team's Richard Katcher Award
• Shared Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance at Nebraska
• Twice earned a share of Hard Hat Player of the Week honors for his performances against Washington, Indiana
• Made his first start against Western Michigan (Sept. 4), contributing a solo tackle for loss and two quarterback hurries
• Registered one assisted tackle starting against Washington (Sept. 11)
• Started in the middle of the defensive line and assisted on one tackle against Northern Illinois (Sept. 18)
• Piled up three tackles (one solo) starting against Rutgers (Sept. 25)
• Starting at Wisconsin (Oct. 2), made two assisted stops and broke up his first career pass with a shared tackle for loss
• Produced a career-high six tackles (three solo) starting inside at Nebraska (Oct. 9) and also registered a quarterback hurry
• Made two tackles (one solo) in a start on the interior against Northwestern (Oct. 23)
• Broke up a pair of passes in a start at Michigan State (Oct. 30)
• Starting inside against Indiana (Nov. 6), assisting on five tackles 
• Broke up a pass, hurried the quarterback once, and made four tackles (two solo) from the interior at Penn State (Nov. 13)
• Made five solo tackles in a start at Maryland (Nov. 20)
• Made one solo tackle, a tackle for loss, starting inside against Ohio State (Nov. 27)
• Totaled four tackles (one solo) starting at nose against Iowa in the Big Ten Championship Game (Dec. 4)
• Started inside and assisted on two tackles against Georgia in the Capital One Orange Bowl/CFP Semifinal (Dec. 31)
Sophomore (2020)
• Appeared in five games along the defensive line; made three tackles with one for loss to earn his second varsity letter
• Academic All-Big Ten honoree
• Played along the defensive line against Michigan State (Oct. 31), at Minnesota (Oct. 24), at Rutgers (Nov. 21)
• Assisted on two tackles playing along the defensive line against Wisconsin (Nov. 14)
• Made one solo tackle for loss playing along the defensive line against Penn State (Nov. 28)
Freshman (2019)
• Appeared in two games along the defensive line to earn his first varsity letter
• Named Scout Team Defensive Player of the Week for his role in helping the offense prepare for Middle Tennessee State
• Made his Wolverine debut contributing on the defensive line at Maryland (Nov. 2)
• Played snaps along the defensive line against Alabama in the Vrbo Citrus Bowl (Jan. 1)
• Attended East Kentwood High School (2019) coached by Tony Kimbrough
• Helped team to the state quarterfinals as a senior after winning the Ottawa Kent Conference Red Division title
 Key Statistics
• Recorded 81 tackles, 18 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles as a senior
 Honors and Rankings
• ESPN four-star prospect, ranked the No. 38 player overall and No. 2 defensive tackle nationally
• Rivals four-star recruit, rated No. 174 nationally and No. 7 in Michigan
• 247 Composite four-star prospect, rated No. 137 nationally and the No. 9 defensive tackle
• four-star prospect, ranked as the No. 17 defensive tackle and the No. 4 player in Michigan
• Invited to play in the 2019 Under Armour All-American Game
• Named to the 2018 Detroit News Dream Team
• Named to 2017 Detroit Free Press Division 1 All-State Team
• Two-time Detroit News Division 1-2 All-State Team (2017-18)
• Mazi Smith was born June 16, 2001
• Son of Kenya Smith