** 2015 Team Captain **
** 2014 All-Mid-American Conference Third Team **
2014 (Jr.): Started all 12 games to earn third letter . . . career high six tackles vs. Colgate and vs. Northern Illinois . . . led Ball State with four sacks . . . registered sacks vs. Indiana State, at Central Michigan, vs. Akron and vs. Northern Illinois . . . fourth for the Cardinals with 5.5 tackles for loss, including a career high 1.5 vs. 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 vs. Army . . . recovered first career fumble vs. Miami University . . . three tackles at Eastern Michigan . . . two tackles vs. Toledo . . . two tackles at Virginia and vs. Toledo.
2012 (Fr.): Played in 11 games, including the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl St. Petersburg . . . first career tackle at Toledo . . . one quarterback hurry vs. 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 . . . all-county as a senior . . . received honorable mention on the all-conference team 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 . . . owns a 3.74 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale . . . born Jan. 19, 1994, in Indianapolis, Ind. . . . 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