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Blast from the Past
Football Season Opener Aug. 30 at UM
FAU record holder
Passing attempts (1,073)
Rushing, pass total yards (7,930)
Motor City Bowl: Named Bowl Game MVP...was 20-35-0 for 306 yards and two touchdowns...longest pass was 52 yards...led the team to the game's first score and continued to put pressure on the CMU defense.
2008 Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year
Two time SBC Player of the Week.
Palm Beach County Amateur Athlete of the Year
2008: Returned as the leader, of not only the offense, but the team...FAU record holder for TDs in a season (32 in 2007), single-season yards for both FAU and the Sun Belt (3,688 in 2007)...opening game he recorded 253 yards against the best defensive line FAU has faced in the history of the program...game two saw the junior complete 21-of-34 passes for 325 yards and three scores....Michigan State was a washout and Minnesota proved tough for the junior with a career high four INTs...did not throw an interception against WKU and was 15-23...rushed for a score against ULM and tossed two more touchdowns including a game-winning TD that culminated a 72-yard drive with less than a minute and a half to go against the Warhawks...tossed four TDs in the 46-13 victory over UNT...tossed four scores and surpassed career records touchdowns ...earned Sun Belt Player of the Week honors following ULL performance...named FAU's Shula Bowl MVP for the third consecutive year...recorded five touchdown passes and led the team to an overtime victory, scoring 21 unanswered points in the final three minutes and in overtime...earned the offensive game ball following the FIU game as well as Sun Belt Player of the Week honors...Motor City Bowl Offensive MVP...FAU team MVP.
2007 Sun Belt Player of the Year
Mid-Season Phil Steele's Second-Team All-Sun Belt Conference Selection
Four-Time SBC Offensive Player of the Week
New Orleans Bowl MVP
21st nationally in passing efficiency (141.63, 2007)
29th nationally in total offense (274.77, 2007) Team was No. 16 in passing offense
Palm Beach County Sports Commission's Amateur Athlete of the Year
Holds FAU and Sun Belt records for 3,688 pass yards
Holds the program's TDs in a game record at five
Holds the single-season TD record at 32.
Is second on the All-Time FAU Pass List
Holds the single season yards mark at 3,688
Miami Herald second team all-state
New Orleans Bowl: Guided FAU to a 44-27 victory in the program's first bowl appearance...tossed five touchdowns to equal his single-game mark and set a New Orleans Bowl record.
2007: Tossed for two TDs in the season opener and led FAU to a 27-14 conference victory over Middle Tennessee...recorded 463 yards passing and five touchdowns against Minnesota for a record-setting game, which was the program's and Sun Belt Conference's first win against a Big 10 team...named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week and National Player of the Week by USAToday.com...followed up with a 30-20 victory over North Texas, 300 yards and one TD...earned Sun Belt Player of the Week for the second time in 2007 for his performance against USF...named to Phil Steele's Mid-Season All-Sun Belt Second Team...tossed four TD passes at Lafayette, including the game-tying pass to Cortez Gent with just seconds remaining...led the come-from-behind charge once again, this time against Arkansas State...had three TDs and his first career rushing TD against the Indians...tallied 290 yards, one TD pass and one on the ground against Florida...named SBC Offensive Player of the Week after FIU game...set FAU's single-season TD mark at 27 and single-season yards record...tossed two TDs and was 34-23 for 291 yards at Troy to secure Sun Belt championship...earned the game ball following his Minnesota effort...served as game captain at FIU.
2006: Schnellenberger announced Rusty Smith as the Owls' opening day starter..."It was a very close decision to make, almost as close as it could get," said Schnellenberger. "The fact that Rusty made such extraordinary progress in the spring and fall makes us think he's our best option out there." ...Smith had entered spring practice with a three-way race...following his start at Clemson, he moved into a back-up position... served in that role while averaging more than nine passes a game until an injury moved him back into the starting role, a position he held the remainder of the season...most productive game was against Troy in which he tossed 37 passes and connected 24 times for a season and career-high 312 yards, including two touchdowns...longest pass of the season was a 54-yarder to Frantz Simeon against Troy...tallied more than 100 passing yards in his last four games...averaged 203.5 yards in that span while holding interceptions to three. 2005 (Redshirt season): Had a strong first fall of practice...traveled with the team and worked with the coaches...split time starting under first team center in the spring.
High School: Ran the offensive unit for Adam Guies...completed 105 passes in 176 attempts for 1,800 yards and 21 touchdowns, with just three interceptions as a senior...started for the North in the Jacksonville Shrine All-Star Game...two-sport athlete (football and baseball).
Personal: Information management systems major...son of Russell and Melody Smith...born Jan. 28, 1987, in Jacksonville, FL.
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