BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Campbell running back Carl Smith was named the College Sports Madness Pioneer Football League Player of the Week, the organization announced on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 9. The Madness identifies the highest impact player nationally and one from each FCS conference in their weekly feature.
Smith had an outstanding performance for Campbell (2-3, 1-2 PFL) in the team's 38-23 victory over conference rival Butler over the weekend. Smith ran for a career-high and a school record 148 yards in the win. Smith, who carried the ball 30 times on the day, did most of his damage in the second half when Campbell extended a one-point halftime lead to a 15-point victory. Smith carried the ball 20 times for 91 yards and a touchdown after the halftime break. He averaged 4.9 yards a carry on the afternoon with a long run of 18 yards. His 148 yards on the ground was the 13th time in school history that a CU back has reached the century mark and the second time this season. As a team the Camels ran for 247 yards with Jordan Cramer also running for a career-high 70 yards in the win.
Smith bettered the previous school record of 143 rushing yards put up by C.J. Oates during the 2008 season. Smith also tied his own career-high was a pair of rushing touchdowns. He has now run for 1,559 yards in his career to tie Oates for all-time school record. He also is second at Campbell in career rushing scores with 14 (Daniel Polk – 16 rushing touchdowns).
Carl Smith enters the week ranking eighth in the conference in rushing (63.60) and tied for 72nd in the nation. Smith also ranks 19th in the league in total offense and tied for 23rd in scoring (3.60). Smith has run for 318 yards this season and scored three touchdowns. He is the second Campbell football player to be recognized as the College Sports Madness Pioneer Football League Player of the Week with C.J Oates taking home the honor on Sept. 12.
The Camels travel to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. this weekend to take on conference rival Marist (2-4, 1-2 PFL) on Oct. 15 at noon.