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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