Dec. 13, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Senior Marcus Smith, who was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, continued to pile up the awards as the he was tabbed a Walter Camp second team All-American on Thursday.
The 6-foot-3, 260-pounder also accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl on Jan. 25, 2014 in Mobile, Ala. He is the first Cardinal player to participate in the all-star game since Billal Powell was selected in 2010.
Named a second-team All-American by USA Today on Wednesday, Smith is one of the most decorated UofL players since Elvis Dumervil was named on numerous teams All-American squads in 2005.
Smith, also a first-team all-conference honoree, ranks second nationally in sacks at 1.0 per game. The Columbus, Ga., native currently ranks seventh on the school's charts with 12.5 sacks overall and needs just half a sack to tie for fifth most in a season. Smith is second in the league in tackles for loss per game both overall (11.5) and per game (1.44). Smith also forced three fumbles and blocked a kick.
Starting all 12 games at defensive end, Smith registered 39 total tackles and recorded a team-high 16 quarterback hurries. He totaled a career-high three sacks in a 24-10 win over Rutgers and also had 2.5 sacks versus Connecticut.
Louisville (11-1, 7-1 AAC) concludes the 2013 campaign on Dec. 28 in the Russell Athletic Bowl against Miami (Fla.). Kickoff at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.