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Tye Smith playing in East-West Shrine game

Towson cornerback Tye Smith will play in the East-West Shrine game this week.

Towson cornerback Tye Smith will play in the East-West Shrine game this week.

It’s not every year that Towson’s football team has an All-American to likely get drafted. But maybe it’s coming to that. Last year Terrance West received All-American honors and was selected in the third round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. This year, it’s first-team All-American Tye Smith getting ready for the process.

Smith has been widely regarded as one of the best cornerbacks in the country, even playing on the FCS level. This week he is one of just five FCS players to be playing for the East roster in the East-West Shrine game, held on Jan. 17 at Tropicana Field.

The 90th East-West Shring game will air live on NFL Network and will kick off at 4 p.m. and is one of the top opportunities for a prospect to showcase himself to a national television audience and over 300 NFL scouts. The East team is coached by former San Francisco Giants head coach Mike Singletary.

Smith earned All-American recognition this year after starting all 12 games and ranked second on the Tigers team with 85 tackles. He finished his career with 312 tackles, the fifth most in school history. He also led the team with eight pass break-ups.

The 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback has been praised for his ball skills and footwork. He has a great burst of speed that allows him to play both man and zone coverage. He showed throughout his career that he can play the run well. CBSSports.com has Smith ranked as the No. 40 cornerback at this point but with his performance in the East-West Shrine game it is very likely he goes up the ranks. Last year 35 cornerbacks were drafted.

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