Western Kentucky University All-America candidates Antonio Andrews and Quanterus Smith put forth record-setting performances on Saturday against Florida Atlantic, as both Andrews and Smith set or tied Sun Belt Conference and school records with their performances. The pair of All-America candidates are on the verge of not only shattering conference and school records, but are closing in on numerous national marks. Information on both student-athletes can be found below. Also, please find the attached documents on both players.
Junior RB Antonio Andrews
WKU junior running back Antonio Andrews became only the second player in the nation this season to gain over 300 all-purpose yards in two separate games, racking up 340 all-purpose yards on Saturday against Florida Atlantic. Andrews joins Southern California’s Marqise Lee as the only other player in the nation to accumulate over 300 all-purpose yards twice this year.
Andrews’ big game was his second in as many weeks, as he piled on 392 all-purpose yards last Thursday against Middle Tennessee, giving him 732 yards over his last two games combined. For the year, Andrews now has 2,312 all-purpose yards, which sets the WKU and the Sun Belt Conference single-season record with two games still to play.
The Fort Campbell, Ky., product now leads the nation in all-purpose yards per game, averaging over 231 yards per game, and ranks 16th in rushing yards per game and seventh among running backs with 385 receiving yards.
Andrews’ stellar season has the junior running back on the verge of etching his name in the national record books. With two games still to play, Andrews is only 202 all-purpose yards away from moving into the top 25 in all-purpose yards in a single season in FBS history. Andrews is only 248 yards away from passing Marcus Allen’s mark of 2,559 all-purpose yards back in 1981, which ranks as the 24th-most in FBS history.
If the season ended today, Andrews’ average of 231.2 all-purpose yards per game would rank 10th all-time in a single season in FBS history, ranking ahead of players such as Chris Johnson (2007) and Ricky Williams (1998).
Andrews went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark following the Middle Tennessee game, and currently leads the Sun Belt Conference with 1, 141 yards on the ground.
The do-it-all athlete currently leads the Sun Belt Conference in four different statistical categories, including rushing yards per game (114.1), all-purpose yards per game (231.2) and punt return average (12.6).
Andrews has earned Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week honors on two different occasions this year, and has been recognized seven different times this season by the College Football Performance Awards.
Senior DE Quanterus Smith
WKU senior defensive end Quanterus Smith picked up another sack on Saturday against Florida Atlantic, giving him 12.5 on the season, maintaining his national lead averaging 1.39 sacks per game in 2012. The 12.5 sacks leave him just one sack away from setting the Sun Belt Conference record, while his 24.0 career sacks tied a conference record.
Smith needs just two more sacks in 2012 to move into the top 25 in FBS history for most sacks in a season, which would tie the likes of former N.C. State standout Mario Williams, who had a career-high 14.5 sacks in 2005.
For the season, Smith has produced games of 5.0, 3.5 and 3.0 sacks, which accounts for three of the top eight single-game performances this season by a defender, including a season-high 5.0 sacks against Florida International – the second-most sacks in a single game in FBS history.
Smith also had 2.0 tackles for loss against Florida Atlantic, including a solo sack, while also returning a fumble 75 yards in the fourth quarter for his first career touchdown. Smith now has 16.5 tackles for loss on the year, which ranks fourth in the nation.
The Loganville, Ga., native improved to fifth among active players with 24.0 career sacks, and could move into the top 25 all-time in FBS history in career sacks if he can reach 28.5 career sacks with two regular season games remaining.
Smith was named the National Defensive Lineman of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for the second time this season on October 28, while also being named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time on the year after his five-sack performance against FIU.