Arizona Wildcats football: UA kicker Smith named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week

2013-09-09T13:15:00Z 2013-09-09T13:22:05Z Arizona Wildcats football: UA kicker Smith named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the WeekDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 09, 2013 1:15 pm  • 

For the second straight week, an Arizona Wildcats player was recognized by the Pac-12.

Wildcats kicker Jake Smith was named the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week today. He follows safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant, who was honored on defense last week.

Smith was active in the UA’s 58-13 win over UNLV on Saturday.

The former Syracuse and Youngstown State kicker was three of four on field goal attempts. His makes were from 41, 29 and 30 yards.

The senior, who was a captain for the road game against the Rebels, connected on all seven of his extra point tries.

His 16 total points set a new single-game record for a UA kicker.

Smith averaged 63.3 yards on his 11 kickoffs and had five touchbacks. He also had a tackle, stopping a potentially long return by the Rebels.

Smith’s 41-yard field goal in the first quarter marked his first-ever make for the Wildcats and the first of his career. The kicker missed all of last season with a knee injury and sat out the 2011 season after transferring from Youngstown State.

Smith missed his only try in the UA’s opener against NAU.

In 2010, he handled kickoffs for Youngstown State, but did not attempt a field goal. As a sophomore at Syracuse in 2009, Smith attempted one field goal, but missed it. He didn’t attempt any as a freshman.

Ka'Deem Carey was nominated for the Offensive Player of the Week award, but it went to Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas. Linebacker Jake Fischer was nominated for defense, but Washington State cornerback Damante Horton earned that honor after a two-interception game against USC.

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