USC LB Cameron Smith voted Pac-12 freshman defensive player of year

Cameron Smith is the fourth USC freshman in five years to receive this honor from the Pac-12.
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USC linebacker Cameron Smith has been named the Pac-12's defensive freshman of the year. 

Smith, a freshman from Roseville, Calif., helped the Trojans to an 8-4 overall record, a share of the Pac-12 South title and a berth to the Pac-12 Championship Game. 

Smith was the first USC freshman to start at middle linebacker since 1978 and finished his rookie campaigns with a team-leading 78 tackles as well as three interceptions. 

Smith became the first USC player to intercept three passes in a game since 1991, picking off three passes in the win over then-No. 3 Utah and was named the Pac-12's defensive player of the week. 

The freshman linebacker is the fourth Trojan in the last five years to be named freshman defensive player of the year.

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