November 20, 2007

Smith not upset about award snub

Kevin Smith isn't just having one of the best seasons in UCF history, it's one of the best seasons in all of college football.

Smith, the nation's No. 2 leading rusher, is just 55 yards away from eclipsing the 2,000-yard mark, something only 11 other players have ever done in NCAA FBS history. He tops the nation in scoring, touchdowns and 100-yard games. Smith is the first running back since 1944 to rush for more than three touchdowns of 80 yards or longer in the same season. The list goes on and on.

But you wouldn't know that based on a lack of recognition from the national media and further proof came when Smith was left off the finalists list for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation's top running back.

Smith had been one of the 10 players on the initial Doak Walker Award watch list, but the final three players in contention are Michigan's Mike Hart, Rutgers' Ray Rice and Arkansas' Darren McFadden, who won the 2006 award. All are fine running backs in their own right, but Hart even missed three games this season and his stats don't come close to the year Smith is having.

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