Smith of Ohio Football Participates in Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship


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ATHENS, Ohio—Ohio Football Cornerbacks Coach and Director of Player Development De’Angelo Smith accepted the NFL Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“The Bengals welcomed me into their facility,” Smith said. “I was able to attend meetings with the owner and the general manager as well as with several coaches. It gave me the opportunity to see how things work on a professional level.

The program’s goal is to use NFL club training camps, off-season training programs, and minicamps to give talented coaches the opportunity to observe, participate, and gain insight. experience at the professional level. It was created as a professional tool to increase the number of full-time minority coaches in the NFL.

“Although I spent most of my time observing, the staff were excellent at asking my opinion,” Smith said. “I made sure to stay as involved as possible to maximize the learning experience.”

All 32 NFL clubs participate each year. Applicants must either be a former NFL player or have coaching experience at the high school or college level or in other professional leagues, such as the XFL or CFL.

Smith joined the Bobcats coaching staff in 2017. In his freshman season, he coached Bradd Ellis, who earned All-MAC Third Team honors. With the help of cornerbacks, Ohio won back-to-back bowl games, including a 27-0 win over San Diego State in the 2018 DXL Frisco Bowl, making Ohio the first MAC team to win a laundry. Under his leadership, Tariq Drake earned All-MAC Third Team honors in 2021.

Smith earned a three-year letter as a cornerback and safety in Cincinnati (2006-08). As a senior in 2008, Smith was named the recipient of UC’s Brig Owens Award after totaling 53 tackles, 10 breakups and a pair of interceptions to help the Bearcats win the Big East Championship and clinch a place in the Orange Bowl against Virginia. Technology. As a junior in 2007, Smith earned second-team All-BIG EAST honors and set a single-season Bearcat record with eight interceptions, which was also tied for most in the NCAA FBS.

Smith was selected 143rd overall in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He played in seven games during the 2009 NFL season for the Detroit Lions, recording 16 tackles.


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