Jamar Smith plays in historic Neyland Stadium

For the second time in his UTEP career Jamar Smith started for the Miners at linebacker. His first start was in 2017, at home, against Rice. His second start was on September 15, 2018 in historic Neyland Stadium. They have been playing games in that facility which seats 102,455 since 1921.

Jamar Smith reaches in with his left hand and forces a fumble

On this sunny Saturday 87,707 showed up for a game which aired at noon time eastern on the SEC Network. Jamar had a very busy first half and helped UTEP stay within two scores at the break as the Volunteers had a 10-0 lead. All seven of Jamar’s tackle (four solo’s and three assists) came in the first half and he forced a fumble in the second quarter which denied Tennessee a touchdown. Jamar knocked the ball out of running back Jeremy Banks’s hands at the UTEP one-yard line where it was recovered by one of his teammates.

Jamar Smith eyes Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano

First Quarter

2nd and 5 at UT41- Ty Chandler rush for 1 yard to the UT42 (Jamar Smith; A.J. Hotchkins)

1st and 10 at UTEP28- Tim Jordan rush for 7 yards to the UTEP21 (A.J. Hotchkins; Jamar Smith)

2nd and 4 at UTEP37- Tim Jordan rush for no gain to the UTEP37 (Jamar Smith)

1st and 10 at UTEP28- Tim Jordan rush for 7 yards to the UTEP21 (A.J. Hotchkins; Jamar Smith)

3rd and 1 at UTEP19- Ty Chandler rush for 2 yards to the UTEP17, 1ST DOWN UT (A.J. Hotchkins; Jamar Smith)

Jamar Smith (second form left) is the first Miner to the ball
Jamar Smith winds up with the ball after the MIners break up a pass

Second Quarter

2nd and 1 at UTEP03- Jeremy Banks rush for 2 yards to the UTEP1, fumble forced by Jamar Smith, fumble by Jeremy Banks recovered by UTEP Denzel Chukwukelu at UTEP1.

1st and 10 at UT44- Tim Jordan rush for 4 yards to the UT48 (Jamar Smith)

Jamar Smith has his picture taken with UT’s Emmit Gooden

Jamar Smith 2018 Statistics

Smith, Jamar – Defensive Statistics
Date Opponent Tackles Sacks Fumble
9/1/2018 Northern Arizona 0 2 2 0.5 1 0 0 0 0 0
9/8/2018 at UNLV 6 2 8 1.0 6 1.0 6 0 0 0
9/15/2018 at Tennessee 4 3 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Totals 10 7 17 1.5 7 1.0 6 1 0 0