Smith Earns National, League Honor

Chris Smith. (photo by Kevin McCarthy)

Sophomore WR Establishes Ivy Standard

 
 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - It's no surprise that Chris Smith, who had 223 all-purpose yards at Brown, earned two different honors for his big day in Yale's 27-24 Ivy League win last Saturday.

Smith, The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week as well as the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, ran a pair of kickoffs back for scores.

The amazing part was him becoming the first player in Ivy League history to do that in one game. In fact, no other Eli has ever taken more than one kickoff for six points in a career.

He scored on consecutive Brown kicks (2:23 apart) with a quick Bears' drive (field goal) between. Smith took the first 79 yards to give Yale a 17-7 lead in the second quarter. After the Bears kicked a field goal, the Eli sophomore went 83 yards with the next one to put the visitors up 24-10 late in the half.

The only thing he mentioned in the post-game press conference was how great the blocking was on both returns.

It's only his second collegiate season, but Smith's 829 yards on kick returns rank sixth at Yale, while his 573 kick return yards this fall are already a school season record.

A starting receiver, Smith also had a game-high six catches for 45 yards at Providence and now leads Yale with 35 grabs on the year.