Derron Smith Earns Spot on 2014 CFPA Watch List
    With 14 career interceptions, Derron Smith is four from becoming the Fresno State all-time leader
    With 14 career interceptions, Derron Smith is four from becoming the Fresno State all-time leader

    June 30, 2014

    By: Matt Burkholder

    Davidson, N.C. - Officials at the College Football Performance Awards announced on Monday that Derron Smith was one of 42 players to be named to its watch list for the 2014 Defensive Back of the Year Trophy.

    Smith enters the 2014 season as the nation's active leader in career interceptions with 14 and a host of accolades to match the success on the field. The soon-to-be senior is a two-time First-Team All-Mountain West selection as a sophomore and junior, and was the defensive MVP of the 2013 Mountain West Championship game.

    The Banning, Calif. native also owns three All-America preseason honors leading up to his senior campaign - Lindy's Second-Team, Athlon Sports Third-Team and Phil Steele Third-Team.

    He is coming off the 2013 season in which he was tied for second nationally with seven interceptions and tied for second on the team with 87 tackles. In 2012 as a redshirt sophomore, Smith picked off six passes to rank in a tie for fifth in the FBS.

    The CFPA enters its seventh season of player and team performance recognition, Fresno State has had two of its players earn an honor in back-to-back years - Phillip Thomas (2012 Defensive Back Trophy) and Derek Carr (2013 Elite Quarterback Trophy).

    About College Football Performance Awards:
    The goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football. Twenty-eight CFPA winners have been first-round NFL Draft selections.



    42-man 2014 Defensive Back Trophy Watch List
    Landon Collins, Alabama
    Tra'Mayne Bondurant, Arizona
    Robenson Therezie, Auburn
    Donte Deayon, Boise State
    Cortney Lester, Buffalo
    Jeremy Cash, Duke
    DeVon Edwards, Duke
    D'Joun Smith, FAU
    Vernon Hargreaves, III, Florida
    Nate Andrews, Florida State
    P.J. Williams, Florida State
    Derron Smith, Fresno State
    Damian Swann, Georgia
    Trevon Stewart, Houston
    Isaiah Johnson, Kansas
    Charles Gaines, Louisville
    Bobby McCain, Memphis
    Ladarius Gunter, Miami
    Blake Countess, Michigan
    Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
    Trae Waynes, Michigan State
    Kevin Byard, Middle Tennessee State
    Jamerson Love, Mississippi State
    Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
    Cody Prewitt, Ole Miss
    Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
    Steven Nelson, Oregon State
    Bryce Callahan, Rice
    Jordan Richards, Stanford
    Sam Carter, TCU
    Brian Randolph, Tennessee
    Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
    Quandre Diggs, Texas
    Deshazor Everett, Texas A&M
    Lorenzo Doss, Tulane
    Clayton Geathers, UCF
    Su'a Cravens, USC
    Josh Shaw, USC
    Anthony Harris, Virginia
    Brandon Facyson, Virginia Tech
    Kendall Fuller, Virginia Tech
    Cam Thomas, Western Kentucky

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