June 6, 2014
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Fresno State safety Derron Smith was named a third-team preseason All-American by Phil Steele, who unveiled his 2014 Preseason All-America teams Friday.
Smith, a Banning, Calif. native, enters his senior season as the Football Bowl Subdivision's active leader in career interceptions with 14. Smith has returned two picks for touchdowns and has also totaled 275 yards on interceptions returns, which is the most yardage of any FBS player.
Already a highly decorated player, Smith enters his senior season on the verge of breaking Fresno State's record for most interceptions in a career. That record of 17 held by Rod Webster has stood since 1987. Smith needs just four more to break the record.
Over the past two seasons, Smith has posted six (2012) and seven (2013) interceptions and has ranked in the top five nationally both years in passes intercepted.
The 5-11, 200-pounder is a two-time, first-team All-Mountain West selection and he was the 2013 MW Preseason Defensive Player of the Year. CBSSports.com named Smith a midseason All-American halfway through last season and he was also on the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Jim Thorpe Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and CFPA Defensive Back Trophy in 2013.
Having made 30 career starts, Smith has registered 211 tackles, 11.0 tackles for a loss and four sacks for the Bulldogs. He has 11 career pass breakups and two forced fumbles also on his resume.
Joining Smith from the Mountain West on Steele's preseason All-America teams was New Mexico kick returner Carlos Wiggins, also a third-team selection.
"Catch the Wave" - 2014 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at GoBulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio and ESPN Deportes 1600 AM.
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