Smith Will Return in 2019 (2018-12-21 19:32:20)

BOONE - The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that new Appalachian State University football coach Eli Drinkwitz has retained another coach from former coach Scott Sattefield's staff.

Former two-time All-American. D.J. Smith, who played on App State's national championship team in 2007, has been named an defensive assistant by Drinkwitz. He's the second coach Drinkwitz has retained. Shawn Clark was retained as offensive line coach on Wednesday.

Smith, who was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in 2011, played at App State from 2007-10. And he had a marvelous career with the Mountaineers.

During his stay, Smith, who became a starter in the seventh game of the season during his freshman year, registered an NCAA Division I FCS-leading 525 stops in his career. He became the first Mountaineer since three-time Pro Bowler Dexter Coakley to record 500 tackles in his college career.

Smith played in the NFL for five seasons, and for four teams (Green Bay. San Diego Chargers, Houston Texans and the Carolina Panthers). He joined App State in 2016 as a Director of Recruiting, he was a Senior Defensive Analyst the following year, and he was named an outside linebackers coach this past fall.

Smith, a Charlotte native, played at Independence High School, where he started for three years out of four, and was part of a team that went undefeated and won four straight state titles.

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