Linebacker | 2005-08
On defense though Dantonio took a big risk. That 2005 was really young and made younger by Dantonio's decision to start three unheralded true freshmen Mike Mickens, Terrill Byrd and Corey Smith, one at each level of the defense. Those three would be the backbone of the Bearcats success in the Brian Kelly era defensively. Each started well north of 40 games in their career. Of the trio Smith is the forgotten man and its easy to forget just how good he was for the defense.