In the second season of divisional play for the conference, Fresno State is picked to win the West
The Walter Camp Football Foundation honors the national player of the year
Smith is one of five Mountain West players on watch list for award that honors the nation's best defensive back
Award honors college football's defensive player of the year
Smith is one of 42 FBS defensive backs named to the College Football Performance Awards' 2014 watch list
Football at Boise State, 10/17/14, Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
San Diego State at Fresno State (USA Today); photos by Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Football Practice - 08-06-14 - Photos by Geoff Thurner, Copyright 2014.
Fresno State football
Fresno State defeats New Mexico 63-28 on Senior Day, 11/23/13
2014 (Senior): Enters senior season with 14 career interceptions, which is the most of any active FBS player returning in 2014 ... voted as the Mountain West Preseason Defensive Player of the Year for the second-straight season ... on the preseason watch lists for six national awards: the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Jim Thorpe Award, 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Chuck Bednarik Award, CFPA Defensive Back of the Year Trophy and the Lott IMPACT Trophy ... named a second-team preseason All-American by Lindy's Sports ... selected to the third-team preseason All-America teams by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports.
2013 (Junior): First-team All-Mountain West ... the preseason MW Defensive Player of the Year and CBSSports.com midseason All-America pick (Oct. 15) was also tabbed to preseason watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and CFPA Defensive Back Trophy ... a 13-game starter, he tied for second nationally in interceptions with seven ... led the MW in interceptions and also ranked in a tie for sixth in the league passes defended with 13 ... tied for second on the team with 87 tackles and added 8.0 tackles for a loss and 4.0 sacks out of his free safety position ... was third on the team in tackles for a loss and sacks ... among his picks, his longest return was a 47-yarder vs. Nevada to the Wolf Pack's three-yard line, and also added a 36-yard return the following week at Wyoming ... posted 18 total tackles, a half tackle for a loss, one pass breakup and one interception that he returned 41 yards for a touchdown in the Las Vegas Bowl against USC ... his 18 tackles in that game trail only USC's Troy Palomalu, who had 20 tackles in the 2001 edition of the bowl game and are the most ever by a MW player in a bowl game, surpassing the previous record of 17 set by Boise State's J.C. Percy in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl ... the 18 stops tied with Don Turner (1982 California Bowl II) for the most tackles by a Bulldog in a bowl game ... also led squad in tackles vs. Rutgers (8) and ranked second at San Diego State (10), San Jose State (10) and Utah State (6) ... was named the MVP of the 2013 Mountain West Championship game, when in addition to his six tackles, he also had a sack, one interception and one pass breakup that came on a pass in the end zone ...
2012 (Redshirt Sophomore): First-team All-Mountain West selection ... started all 13 games at free safety ... his six interceptions ranked second in the Mountain West and tied for fifth nationally ... his 127 return yardage on interceptions tied for the MW lead and tied for sixth nationally ... returned one pick 34 yards for a touchdown in a win at Nevada, Nov. 10, in a game where he posted eight tackles and a half tackle for a loss ... ranked second on the team with 79 tackles, had two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one tackle for a loss ... part of secondary that ranked second nationally in pass defense, giving up only 167.15 yards per game through the air, and ranked fourth in the FBS in pass efficiency defense at 100.75 ... Smith helped the Bulldog defense rank fifth nationally with opponent completion percentage of just .514 ... helped lead Fresno State defense that ranked third nationally in interceptions (22), fifth in turnovers gained (35), ranked 22nd in total defense (338.8) and 23rd nationally in third-down conversion defense (.340) ... his 13 tackles at No. 4 Oregon on Sept. 8 were the most by any Bulldog in a game in 2012 ... posted seven or more tackles in 7-of-13 games and had 10 or more tackles in three games.
2011 (Sophomore): Only played in three games, as he suffered a season-ending injury (broken arm) in the third game of the year on kickoff coverage against North Dakota ... finished with 16 tackles on the season and two pass breakups ... had a career-high eight tackles against California in the season opener with one tackle for a loss ... recorded six tackles at No. 10 Nebraska when he intercepted his first career pass and forced his first career fumble ... received a medical hardship waiver from the NCAA and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
2010 (Freshman): Saw lots of action on special teams and in the secondary in his first year in the program ... finished 10th on the team in tackles with 28 and one for a loss ... started the New Mexico State game in place of injured Phillip Thomas and finished the game with seven tackles, six of them solo, and one tackle for a loss ... had four solo tackles at Ole Miss.
High School: Played quarterback, safety and was his team's punter at Banning ... rated as the ninth-best defensive back prospect and 35th best player in California ... finished senior season with 109 tackles, including a season-high 18 against Beaumont ... had six interceptions with 159 yards in returns ... broke up 12 passes ... recovered three fumbles, returning one 94 yards for a touchdown ... averaged 23.3 yards per punt return ... had a 79-yard return against San Jacinto ... had 87 tackles and three interceptions as a junior ... rushed for 1,579 yards, 13 touchdowns and averaged 8.7 yards per carry as a senior in 2009 ... best game was 265 yards on 18 carries and four touchdowns against Vista del Lago .... ran for 1,091 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior ... threw for more than 2,300 yards and 12 touchdowns combined during his junior and senior seasons ... combined to score 18 touchdowns as a senior ... averaged 39.23 yards as a punter and had a long of 65 yards ... was named the MVP of his team and defensive MVP of the Mountain Pass League ... first team All-CIF ... a standout on his high school basketball team, averaging more than 17 points per game.
Personal: Born on Feb. 4, 1992 to Michael and Angela Smith ... has one brother, Darius ... hobbies include playing NCAA football game ... favorite athlete is Ed Reed because he makes big plays on defense ... chose Fresno State because of the coaches and the location ... recruited by Nebraska, San Diego State, UNLV and Nevada ... majoring in communications.
Derron Smith's Career Stats