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September 19, 2013Florida Atlantic University's D'Joun Smith has earned the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week for week three. Following the conclusion of the 2013 season, one defensive back will be named the Jim Thorpe honoree. Each week the organization selects one defensive back that had an outstanding game as its weekly recipient.
Smith, a junior cornerback from Miami, is the first player in the program's 13-year history to receive the national honor.
Earlier this week he became the first FAU football player to earn Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Smith receives the accolades after he recorded a 75-yard interception return for a score, forced a fumble and recorded a pass breakup against the USF Bulls on Sept. 14. He also tallied four tackles in the game including one for a loss and was in on the play that allowed senior defensive lineman Cory Henry's fumble recovery and 10-yard score.
FAU will open its 2013 home season on Saturday, Sept. 21 versus Middle Tennessee State University at FAU Stadium. The game, scheduled to kick-off at 12:07 p.m., will air on CSS.
Florida Atlantic University's D'Joun Smith put on a defensive clinic last Saturday as the Owls defeated USF 28-10 in Tampa, Fla. For his efforts, the junior has been named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week, as voted by the league's media members. Smith took a third-quarter interception 75 yards for a touchdown, forced a fumble to setup another score, and broke up a pass on USF's first possession.
His sixth pass breakup of the season and his first interception moved him into a tie for the nation's leader in passes defended. Smith totaled four tackles in the game, including one for a loss. His pass breakup came on a third down in the first quarter, forcing the Bulls to settle for a field goal.
Smith forced a fumble late in the third quarter that setup a short field for the Owls. FAU scored six plays later to go up 21-10.
The interception return came as USF was driving midway through the fourth quarter in a two-possession game. His 75-yard return was the third-longest in school history. The score put the Owls up by 18 and sealed the team's first victory of the year.
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