Sept. 16, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's D'Joun Smith put on a defensive clinic last Saturday as the Owls defeated USF 28-10 in Tampa, Fla. For his efforts, the junior has been named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week, as voted by the league's media members. Smith took a third-quarter interception 75 yards for a touchdown, forced a fumble to setup another score, and broke up a pass on USF's first possession.
His sixth pass breakup of the season and his first interception moved him into a tie for the nation's leader in passes defended. Smith totaled four tackles in the game, including one for a loss. His pass breakup came on a third down in the first quarter, forcing the Bulls to settle for a field goal.
Smith forced a fumble late in the third quarter that setup a short field for the Owls. FAU scored six plays later to go up 21-10.
The interception return came as USF was driving midway through the fourth quarter in a two-possession game. His 75-yard return was the third-longest in school history. The score put the Owls up by 18 and sealed the team's first victory of the year.