Donovan Smith

QuarterbackQB
Questionable
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 5/1/2024
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Smith held the starting job for much of the early portion of 2023 after Shough left the season opener with an injury and sat out until Week 9 against Baylor. Smith eventually lost his starting gig under center to Behren Morton, but he heads to Houston as the obvious candidate to take over for the departed Clayton Tune, who compiled 4,074 passing yards and a 40:10 TD:INT ratio last season. That said, gone is Tank Dell, who was the clear leader of the wide receiver group with 109 grabs for 1,398 yards and 17 touchdowns. Matthew Golden is expected to take up the mantle as the go-to receiver for Houston, while Samuel Brown also returns to the fold after a solid season in his own right in 2022. Even with the loss of Dell, Smith should compile a healthy fantasy output in 2023. Read Past Outlooks
Ahead of schedule in recovery
Shoulder
April 8, 2024
Smith (shoulder) is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery, Joseph Duarte of The Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
According to Duarte, Smith could begin throwing a football again by the end of April, meaning he can participate in some of Houston's spring practice instead of sitting all of it out. This is great news for him and UH, as there is now a possibility he can enter the summer with prior practice. The updated news gives both parties further leeway before their 2024 season begins.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Smith will attempt to win the starting quarterback job over Tyler Shough at Texas Tech. The Red Raiders have a new head coach in Joey McGuire who snagged a prolific offensive coordinator, Zach Kittley, from Western Kentucky who put up a ridiculous 44 points per game in 2021. Smith established some nice momentum in nine games last season with 1,181 yards and 10 total touchdowns versus just two interceptions. Whoever wins the starting job at Texas Tech will have all kinds of fantsay potential as they will be slinging the ball all over the place each and every week.
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Out for spring practice
Shoulder
March 4, 2024
Smith is out for Houston's spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery, Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Ends season with 28 total TDs
November 26, 2023
Smith was 12-for-20 passing for 161 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Saturday's 27-13 defeat to UCF. He also had 14 rushes for 24 yards.
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Scores in three different ways
Shoulder
November 19, 2023
Smith (shoulder) completed 17 of 29 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions during Saturday's 43-30 defeat to Oklahoma State. He also had 13 rushes for 63 yards with one touchdown as well as a 28-yard touchdown reception.
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May split reps due to shoulder issue
Shoulder
November 18, 2023
Smith may share some reps under center Saturday against Oklahoma State Saturday due to a shoulder injury, Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Three picks against Cincinnati
November 12, 2023
Smith was 16-for-28 passing for 102 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions during Saturday's 24-14 defeat against Cincinnati. He also had 13 rushes for 88 yards.
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