Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Smith Named Walter Camp & Big 12 Defensive Player Of The Week

Dallas, Texas – University of Missouri sophomore DE Aldon Smith (Raytown, Mo.) was named Big 12 co-Defensive Player of the Week as announced today by the Big 12 Conference office.  Smith was honored for his standout performance in Mizzou’s 23-13 win last Saturday over border rival Illinois which saw MU’s defense pitch a second-half shutout to aid the comeback win.  Earlier this week, Smith was also named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.

Smith was a constant disruptive force against Illinois, as he led Mizzou with a career-high 10 tackles on the day.  Included in that total were three tackles for loss, and a pair of quarterback sacks, including one on the third play of the third quarter which forced a crucial three-and-out for the Illinois offense that helped swing the momentum back in MU’s favor.

Smith, the 2009 Big 12 Conference Defensive Newcomer/Freshman of the Year, is the first Tiger defender to win the weekly Big 12 award since LB Sean Weatherspoon won it in 2008 after a big day against Buffalo.  This marks the 16th time a Tiger defender has been named Big 12 player of the week since the league formed in 1996, and Smith is the fourth Tiger defensive end to take home the award – joining former greats
Justin Smith (once in 2000), Brian Smith (once each in 2005 and 2006) and Stryker Sulak (once in 2008).