BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior running back Armond Smith is reaping the rewards after his
record-setting performance in the 84-55 win over Bethel (Tenn.) as he earned two national offensive player of the week honors and the Mid-South Conference Offensive Player of the Week award Monday.
Smith (Stone Mountain, Ga.) took top honors from the NAIA and from Victory Sports Network, a national media organization which covers the NAIA solely.
This is the first time Smith has received any of these honors in his career at Union.
Smith was a large factor in the Bulldogs' wild and crazy victory Saturday. All he did was rush for a school-record 312 yards and five touchdowns on 16 carries, averaging 19.5 yards per attempt. As a team, Union racked up 509 rushing yards, and Smith accounted for 61.3 percent of them.
He scored on runs of 2, 8, 59, 55 and 67 yards.
The 5-foot-9, 186-pound back is the first player in Bulldog history to rush for over 300 yards. The previous rushing record was set at 231 by teammate Terence Pollock (Orange Park, Fla.) only two weeks prior to Saturday's outburst. Smith's five rushing touchdowns eclipse the record of four held by Pollock and Clarance Mackey, who played for Union in the early 1990s. Smith also set the program record for most points in a game with 30. Mackey tallied 26 in 1993 with four touchdowns and a two-point conversion.
In addition, Smith returned three kickoffs for 91 yards, including a 65-yard return which set up a one-play, 7-yard scoring drive. Smith finished the day with 403 all-purpose yards.
On the season, Smith leads the team in rushing with 715 yards and eight touchdowns on 56 carries and is averaging 12.8 yards per carry. He has 929 all-purpose yards.
In national statistics, Smith ranks seventh in yards rushing
per game (119.2) and 11th in all-purpose yardage per game (154.8).
Union (3-3 overall, 1-1 MSC West) returns to action Saturday at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.