Smith, Foster Honored For Performance Awards
LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky sophomore quarterback Maxwell Smith and true freshman punter Landon Foster have been honored for their performances in Kentucky’s 47-14 victory over Kent State on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium.
Smith, a native of Granada Hills, Calif., earned a “helmet sticker” from ESPN.com, was named Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week by SouthernPigskin.com and Honorable Mention Quarterback of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards. Foster, a native Franklin, Tenn., was named Honorable Mention Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for the second consecutive week.
Smith put together a career performance for Kentucky in the win against Kent State, completing 30-of-39 passes for a career-high 354 yards and four touchdowns. The four touchdown passes were the most for a UK player since Mike Hartline had four against Georgia in 2010. Smith’s 354 passing yards were also the most since Andre’ Woodson had 430 against Tennessee in 2007. Smith connected with 10 different receivers in the win, including four different receivers who caught touchdown passes.
For the season, Smith is 65-of-89 for 634 yards and six touchdowns. The sophomore ranks seventh in the SEC and 32nd nationally in passing efficiency at 155.12 rating points and second in the SEC and 24th nationally in total offense at 313.5 yards per game. As a team, Kentucky is 18th nationally and third in the conference in pass offense and 29th in the nation and fifth in the SEC in passing efficiency.
Foster has been a huge part of Kentucky’s field position game so far this season. The true freshman punted three times Saturday against Kent State, averaging 50.7 yards per punt with a net yardage of 49.0. Overall, Foster has five punts this season for an average of 48.0 yards per punt, pinning opponents inside their own 20-yard line twice with no touchbacks.
As a team, Kentucky ranks third nationally and second in the SEC in net punting at 48.8, while Foster ranks second in the conference. Foster does not have the minimum number of punts to rank nationally; however, his 48.0 average would rank sixth.
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Weekly Awards for Sept. 8
Maxwell Smith – Sophomore – QB
SEC Offensive Player of the Week, by SouthernPigskin.com
Honorable Mention Quarterback of the Week, by College Football Performance Awards
SEC “Helmet Sticker,” by ESPN.com
Landon Foster – Freshman – Punter
Honorable Mention Punter of the Week, by College Football Performance Awards