Phil Steele Tabs WKU’s Andrews And Smith As All Americans

By: WKU Athletic Media Relations
By: WKU Athletic Media Relations

Bowling Green, Ky. - For the second time this week, Western Kentucky University football standouts Antonio Andrews and Quanterus Smith have been named to an All-America team.

On Friday, Phil Steele's College Football Preview named Andrews a third-team all-purpose performer and Smith a fourth-team defensive lineman. On Wednesday, selected Andrews as second team all-purpose and third-team running back, and Smith as an honorable mention defensive linemen on its All-America squad.

In his first season carrying the load for the Hilltoppers, Andrews rushed for 1,609 yards, ranking sixth in the nation with over 134 rushing yards per game. The junior showed off his versatility in the receiving and return game as well, ending the year with a school-record and nations-best 2,977 all-purpose yards. The total ranks third all-time in FBS history for all-purpose yards in a single season. With 274 yards against Central Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 26, Andrews would break Barry Sanders' (Oklahoma State, 1988) record for all-purpose yards in a season.

Smith recorded 12.5 sacks during his senior campaign, a mark that ranks third nationally and that fell a half sack shy of the Sun Belt Conference regular-season record. His 24 career sacks are tied for the most in Sun Belt history. Smith's dominance earned him Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors, making him the first Hilltopper to accomplish the feat.

Former Hilltopper running back Bobby Rainey was the first WKU player to earn Phil Steele All-America accolades when he was selected as a fourth-team running back in 2011.

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