Jerome Hassan Smith was born on April 6, 1991 in Chester, PA. He graduated from Pencader Charter High School in New Castle, DE. As a true freshman, he played in 2 games before a shoulder injury sidelined him and forced him to redshirt. As a redshirt freshman, he appeared in 12 games and rushed 37 times for 134 yards (3.6 avg) and a touchdown. He also caught a single pass for 4 yards. As a sophomore, he started 12 of 13 games and rushed 227 times for 1,171 yards (5.2 avg) and 3 scores with 8 catches for 83 yards (10.4 avg). As a junior, he started all 13 games and rushed 200 times for 914 yards (4.6 avg) with 12 touchdowns. He also caught 8 passes for 74 yards (9.3 avg) and a touchdown. He earned third team All-ACC honors as a senior and declared early for the 2014 NFL Draft. He was originally signed by the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent following the draft.
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Signed by Atlanta Falcons on May 12, 2014.
Signed a three-year deal with Falcons in 2014.