Oct. 15, 2013
By Jason Clay
By Jason Clay
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State football team had several players receive midseason honors from various national media outlets Tuesday, highlighted by junior safety Derron Smith being named a first-team midseason All-American by CBSSports.com.
Smith, who was voted the Mountain West Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was one of only two offensive or defensive players not from a BCS conference to be named a first-team midseason All-American by CBSSports.com. Smith is also a candidate for four national awards: the Chuck Bednarik Award, the Jim Thorpe Award, the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the CFPA Defensive Back Trophy.
The Bulldog safety has 30 tackles on the year, 2.5 tackles for a loss, one sack that went for a safety, three interceptions and two pass breakups. His three interceptions in Fresno State's five games have him tied for ninth in the FBS in interceptions per game.
In addition to CBSSports.com releasing their All-America teams, Phil Steele announced his midseason All-Mountain West teams. Fresno State had 12 players selected to the teams, including a league-high seven first-teamers.
On the first-team for offense was quarterback Derek Carr, wide receiver Davante Adams and left tackle Austin Wentworth. Defensively, nose guard Tyeler Davison, cornerback L.J. Jones and Smith made the list while punt returner Isaiah Burse was selected for special teams.
The Bulldogs had four second-team honorees, three of which were on defense in ends Andy Jennings and Nikko Motta along with inside linebacker Karl Mickelsen. Guard Cody Wichmann was Fresno State's lone second-team honoree on offense.
Gracing the third-team were receivers Josh Harper and Burse.
The 17th-ranked Bulldogs return home this weekend for their first home game in 29 days when they host UNLV at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football 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.
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