Player Of The Year

Football/defense

High School Sports

December 15, 2003

Brady Smith

Loyola

Smith did a little bit of everything for the second-ranked Dons. And he did it very well.

"You can't find a player who can play more positions on defense," Dons coach Brian Abbott said of Smith, who saw action as a strong safety, cornerback, defensive end and linebacker. "He plays every team's top guy, has a great combination of speed, size and power and can take over a game."

Smith, a 6-foot-2, 240-pound junior, finished with 65 tackles, nine behind the line of scrimmage, four sacks, three interceptions and a fumble recovery, as the Dons won their first Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title since 1997.

"His flexibility allows us to play a lot of combinations," said Abbott. "We can move him around. He can drop in coverage or roll up tight [to the line of scrimmage]."

A three-year starter defensively, Smith also is a two-year starter at quarterback. This season, he threw for 1,054 yards and 10 touchdowns, and rushed for 400 yards and two more scores.

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