Tykee Smith – The Best DB in the Nation

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If you were tasked with naming the heart and soul of WVU’s defense, there is a strong probability that you would go with safety Tykee Smith.


Since storming onto the scene in 2019, Smith has made a name for himself with his play in the secondary. Pro Football Focus, an in-depth football analytics outlet, has been particularly high on the Philadelphia native.


Seemingly each time PFF publishes stats regarding defensive backs in College Football, Smith is at the top of the list in terms of production. They also named him a First Team All-American in 2020.


Last night, the outlet once again shared a tweet with statistics, this time for “fewest yards per catch allowed in coverage.” As expected, the feisty Mountaineer found himself with the fewest allowed this past season.



In the pass happy Big 12, Smith incredibly only allowed 4.4 yards per catch.

West Virginia has a solid defensive back on their hands – and in our opinion, the best best defensive back in the nation.

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Clark Johnson
Clark Johnson is a Football Columnist for The Voice of West Virginia. He is a student at Concord University and is majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He became a Mountaineer fan at 9-years old and has not missed a WVU football game since 2008. He is honored to bring new perspective and fresh content to the best fanbase in the nation!