P. Smith to transfer to UCF

Former Georgia Tech offensive tackle Phil Smith will transfer to Central Florida to complete his college career.

Smith, a two-year starter for the Yellow Jackets, left the team following the season after two separate suspensions. Smith will graduate from Tech with a management degree in May and will be immediately eligible to play. Central Florida is coached by former Tech coach George O’Leary and is located in Orlando, about 90 minutes from Smith’s hometown of Tampa.

“I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to play at Tech,” Smith said in a statement. “It has been the experience of a lifetime.”

Smith’s plan is to pursue a health care management master’s degree and pursue his goal of playing in the NFL.

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FL Jacket

January 23rd, 2012
10:12 am

Best of luck to you Philthy!


January 23rd, 2012
10:12 am

George won’t put up with your BS either!


January 23rd, 2012
10:15 am

Looks like you will be getting all your penalties for someone else now.

TX Jacket

January 23rd, 2012
10:57 am

Hope he does well. He is still a kid at 22 or 23. He’ll have a degree and a second chance. Good for him.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 23rd, 2012
10:59 am

What with Johnson steering Junior G to UCF (although it looks like he can’t qualify there either), it would seem that Ga Tech has become a “prep school” for UCF……LOL

Supersize that order, mutt

January 23rd, 2012
11:00 am

TX Jacket, I agree. Best of luck to him

Tokyo jacket

January 23rd, 2012
11:02 am

I hope the change of scenery serves him well.


January 23rd, 2012
11:06 am

Glad we got him all set up with O’Leary, but UCF is kind of a big party school. Hopefully there will be growth on his part, but there will be even more temptation to “violate team rules” at UCF than at Tech I think.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 23rd, 2012
11:20 am

Designer, since he is actually graduating from Tech, he can’t be all bad. He must have applied himself when he wanted to. Unfortunately, he didn’t do that to football, at least based on his multiple suspensions.

William Casey

January 23rd, 2012
11:41 am

Thirty-one years of working in schools taught me that the young adult mind is not yet fully developed.

Supersize that order, mutt

January 23rd, 2012
11:59 am

LOL @ William Casey

Supersize that order, mutt

January 23rd, 2012
12:01 pm

Actually, William Casey, I guess I shouldn’t have laughed. It’s really pretty sad. But there are also some old farts whose mind never fully developed either. And there are obviously some politicians in Washington who come up short in that category too.


January 23rd, 2012
12:04 pm

Coach O’Leary likes to run the Bull in the Ring drill to help motivate linemen. I remember at least one offensive lineman who decided to leave because of that at Tech. Coach O’Leary does not mess around.

Full Metal Jacket

January 23rd, 2012
12:28 pm

I don’t know what team rules Phil violated and I wish him the best of luck. When a player “violates team rules,” whether it is because he is simply a little immature, just has a bad-judgment moment, or is a ceritified sociopath, he is committing an offense against his team mates, not his school and not his coach. The fact that Smith has done it twice is evidence he needs a new environment and Tech does not need his unreliability and lack of commitment to his team mates.

Full Metal Jacket

January 23rd, 2012
12:30 pm

And every time we reference UCF I just wish the whole Notre Dame/resume mess had never happened, and O’Leary was still our coach….I bet he does, too, haha.

Full Metal Jacket

January 23rd, 2012
12:32 pm

Anyone heard about Ralph Friedgen’s latest status….I know he had been mentioned for the OC role at Penn State early in the process….and I was wondering if he is actively looking or being suited for any role anywhere right now.

Jack G

January 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

Some of these control freaks (coaches) have too many team rules. True they are on a scolly, but Classes and Football add up to one hell of a lot of stress.
I dont think they should run wild, but i do think team rules go to far to often.

Cut them a little slack

Stinger 2

January 23rd, 2012
12:49 pm

Glad he is getting a second chance. Hope he does not blow it. He must have been a good player when on the field
as he was a starter and did well in the classroom to get his degree.


January 23rd, 2012
12:58 pm

Good luck, young man, get it together and end your career on a high note!

1 4 GT

January 23rd, 2012
2:25 pm

Phil made some bone head penalties at inopportune times, but was overall a good offensive lineman. Rare is the lineman such as Mike Kenn of Falcons fame, who went complete years more that once without any flags on his number. His rules violations were an issue of immaturity more than anything else. Hopefully, he will keep a clean nose and get his master’s and fulfill his dreams and goals in a successful manner.

Jacket Man

January 23rd, 2012
2:36 pm

Best of luck to Phil. He was smart to take advantage of getting his degree and will always be a member of the “family”. However, Phil made some unfortunate personal ‘choices” that affected his time on campus last season, and, hopefully, being closer to home, working towards a graduate degree, and going through the experiences at GA Tech will serve him well at UCF and he can take a leadership role for that team.


January 23rd, 2012
3:17 pm

I appreciate his contributions and wish him the best.

Spartans, prepare for glory!

January 23rd, 2012
4:02 pm

Best of luck, Phil!

5150 UOAD

January 23rd, 2012
4:34 pm

Good Luck Phil.

5150 UOAD

January 23rd, 2012
4:36 pm

Interesting little back-n-forth between GT & UCF/ Johnson & O’Leary.


January 23rd, 2012
7:12 pm

Good luck Phil, don’t blow this 2nd chance.

Hopefully Louis Young is taking notes.

Paul in NH

January 23rd, 2012
9:39 pm

Smith graduates and then transfers for graduate school to a place not far from his home, where he can play next year. Looks like a good move to me.

chief osceola

January 24th, 2012
5:36 am

hey supersize, i’m an old fart and my uh whatsis, what were we talking about?


January 24th, 2012
6:25 am

As a season ticket holder he was one of my favorites – big Phil. One of the best pass blockers we have had in the last couple of years (for D Thomas) and rush blockers (for Anthony Allen) . Wish we had him for his 5th year but if he desires to pursue nfl then best to get experience with a different offense. I thank him for the 4 years and congratulate him on his Ga Tech degree.


January 24th, 2012
8:00 am

Congrats on “getting out”, Phil. You can’t ever tarnish a Tech degree! Thanks for the time put in for the Rambling Wreck and good luck with the knights.



January 24th, 2012
9:11 am

P Smith will end his career on a high note. O’Leary doesnt care if his players smoke dope, as long as they don’t get busted.

Freddie Blassie

January 24th, 2012
9:25 am

Good luck to the kid at Orlando.
I’m thankful that there were not video recorders in everyone’s pocket back in the day of the Regency Riot or Tech couldn’t have fielded a team. Most of the guys who remember this probably can’t turn on a computer but let’s just say that was back when Jerry Glanville recruited a running back who was coming to Tech to major in Forestry.
“I told him Georgia Tech had the finest Forestry school in the nation”.


January 24th, 2012
11:36 am

Phil, best wishes and thanks for your time at Tech. Congrats on getting your degree!!

William P Cochran

January 24th, 2012
6:47 pm

It’s been a pleasure watching you play . Best of luck at CF and in the NFL. We are going to miss you Philthy!

Not Disappointed

January 25th, 2012
10:20 am

Good luck young man! Ramblin Wreck!

Mad Jacket fan

January 26th, 2012
7:07 am

Smart move on his part. Get out of this juvenile offense scheme. Hard to show skills when your chop blocking on every play. I too wish George was still here. Program has been in steady decline ever since he left.


January 29th, 2012
2:26 pm

Best wishes to Phil. There are two sides to every story.