Arizona kicker Jake Smith was named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
Here is an excerpt from the release:
Smith, a senior place-kicker Philadelphia, Pa., set a school record with 16 points by kicking to help lead Arizona past UNLV 58-13 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. The first-year kicker collected his first made field goal from 41 yards to put Arizona up 3-0 and went on to convert three of four on the night in addition to making all seven extra points he attempted. Smith also kicked off 11 times in the game with five touchbacks and a 63.3-yard average.
Smith received the designation for the first time and was the first Wildcat to be named Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week since punt returner/wide receiver Richard Morrison for the week of Oct. 22, 2012. Punter Kyle Dugandzic (10/1/12) and kicker John Bonano (9/10/12) also won the award last season.
Smith was the second Wildcat to win a weekly award this season, joining safety Tra’mayne Bondurant, who won Defensive Player of the Week last Monday.
Oregon running back D’Anthony Thomas was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Washington State’s Damante Horton was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Arizona running back Ka’deem Carey, who rushed for 171 yards on 16 carries, was nominated for Offensive Player of the Week. Linebacker Jake Fischer, who returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown, was nominated for Defensive Player of the Week.