Marcus Smith named first-team All-American

University of Louisville senior defensive end keeps garnering postseason awards, this time earning first-team All-American honors from the Football Writers Association of America. Smith is the first player in U of L history to earn first-team honors from the FWAA.

The awards just keep coming for University of Louisville senior defensive end Marcus Smith.

Smith, who is one of the nations leaders in sacks, has been named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. He is the first U of L player to ever earn first-team FWAA honors.

Elvis Dumervil was the last U of L player to earn first-team honors on any postseason team.

"He's just had such a great year and I am so proud of him," U of L defensive line coach Clint Hurtt said recently. "He put in the work."

Smith has been honored by a number of organizations, including being named Defensive Player of the Year in the American Athletic Conference. He has also been tabbed as a Walter Camp Second Team All-American, a Second Team All-American, a USA Today Second Team All-American and an Athlon Magazine Third Team All-American.

As a senior, Smith has been a stud on the defensive side of the ball. A former quarterback in high school, Smith ranks second in the nation in sacks with 1.0 a game and 12.5 overall. He's also No. 17 nationally in tackles for a loss with a total of 16.5 and 1.4 a game.

In the school record book, Smith ranks seventh in the single-season mark of sacks with 12.5. Entering the final game of his Louisville career, Smith ranks eighth on the Cardinals' career sacks leaderboard with 22.

The Cardinals will play Miami on Dec. 28 in the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

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