2015 (Sr.): Sat out for the 2015 season due to an injury.
2014 (Jr.): Started all 12 games to earn third letter … career-high six tackles versus Colgate and Northern Illinois … led Ball State with four sacks … registered sacks in four games … fourth on the team with 5.5 tackles for loss, including a career-high 1.5 versus Indiana State … forced first career fumble at Central Michigan … three or more tackles in seven games.
2013 (So.): Played in 12 games to earn second letter … season-high five tackles versus Army … recovered first career fumble versus Miami … three tackles at Eastern Michigan … two tackles versus Toledo and Virginia.
2012 (Fr.): Played in 11 games, including the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg … first career tackle at Toledo … one quarterback hurry versus Eastern Michigan … earned first letter.
HIGH SCHOOL: Earned two letters in football for coach John Hart at Warren Central … helped the Warriors to an 11-1 overall record as a senior and a 32-5 mark in his career … helped team to the Indiana High School Athletic Association Class 5A State Championship as senior … helped Warren Central to a 7-0 conference record as a senior … helped the Warriors to the most consecutive conference victories in school history … all-state as a senior … received honorable mention all-conference accolades as a senior … managed 52 tackles, two sacks and one forced fumble as a senior … tallied 90 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble in career … set school records in the bench press, power clean and squat.
PERSONAL: Son of Randy Newell and Shelia Smith … one brother and one sister … earned his Ball State bachelor’s degree in marketing in May 2016 … born Jan. 19, 1994, in Indianapolis … full name is Darnell Dawayne Smith.
|SINGLE-GAME HIGHS [all-time ranking]:
Tackles: 6, Northern Illinois, 11/5/2014 (2-4); Colgate, 8/30/2014 (1-5)
Sacks: 1.0, 6 times
Tackles for loss: 1.5, Indiana State, 9/13/14 (1-0); Indiana State, 9/13/2014 (1-0)
Fumbles forced: 1 [t-4th], at Central Michigan, 10/18/2014 ; Northern Illinois, 11/5/2014 ; at Central Michigan, Oct 18, 2014
Fumbles recovered: 1 [t-4th], Miami, 11/29/2013 ; Northern Illinois, 11/5/2014