Nov. 4, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's defensive back D'Joun Smith has garnered two awards for his efforts in the 34-17 victory over Tulane University on Nov. 2. Smith was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week and the College Football Performance Wards-Week 10 National DB of the Week.
After Interim Head Football Coach Brian Wright had elected to remove the last name of all football players from the backs of the football jerseys for the game, Smith was the inspiration behind replacing the last name with the FAU acronym,. Both decisions were made to show team unity.
But what earned the awards for the junior began in the second half of the FAU/Tulane game, when the Owls held Tulane to just 56 second-half yards and 167 yards in the game.
Smith tallied three interceptions on the night and a pass break-up, along with two tackle assists. Each of the team's four interceptions was recorded in the second half and they occurred on four consecutive pass attempts.
The Miami native got the ball rolling in the first Tulane drive of the second half, on the 11th play of the drive with Tulane holding a 17-10 advantage, Smith recorded his first interception at the FAU 48. The next pass thrown by the Green Wave also resulted in a Smith interception at the Tulane 23, eventually tying the score at 17. On Tulane's second play of the very next drive, a pass attempt was intercepted by FAU's Christian Milstead and it resulted in a seven-play scoring drive and FAU taking its first lead of the game at 20-17. Three plays later, Tulane's pass attempt was intercepted by Smith on the Green Wave 32. FAU would score and move up 27-17. Tulane would complete just one pass in the next 12 minutes of play. With the three interceptions, D'Joun Smith moved into the nation's leader for interceptions. He is No. 2 nationally in passes defended with 17. He is the third FAU player to have three interceptions in a single game and the ninth in the history of C-USA.
Smith will be featured on tonight's FAU SportsPage call in show, hosted by ESPN 106.3's Ken LaVicka. The show will be the first for Interim Head Coach Brian Wright and will originate from Duffy's, 401 N. Federal Highway, in Deerfield Beach.
The Owls have a bye week and will next travel to Southern Miss on Saturday, Nov. 16.