Robinson, Smith garner SBC honors

Blue Raiders have earned 11 awards in 2006

November 13, 2006 · MT Media Relations

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The Sun Belt Conference announced its players of the week today and Middle Tennessee brought home two of the three awards. Junior Bradley Robinson was voted the Defensive Player of the Week and senior Colby Smith was honored with the Special Teams award. It marks the third straight week the Blue Raiders have won the defensive and special team's award.

Robinson, a defensive back out of Duncan, S.C., proved to be the difference maker in Middle Tennessee's 38-10 win over Arkansas State. Trailing 10-3 in the third quarter, ASU was driving and faced third-and-6 from the Blue Raider 15 when Robinson stepped in front of a Corey Leonard pass and went 88 yards for the touchdown. The 88-yard score is the fourth longest interception return for a touchdown in Blue Raider history and it staked the Blue Raiders to a 17-3 lead. Bradley now has nine career interceptions and is just one shy of moving into the Top 10 at Middle Tennessee.

Smith, who hails from nearby Franklin, Tenn., once again turned in a solid performance kicking the football at Arkansas State. Smith averaged 44.7 yards on his three punts, including a 51-yarder, and he placed two of his three attempts inside the 20-yard line. Smith also connected for a 29-yard field goal that put the Blue Raiders on top 10-0 at the time and he finished with eight total points.

The Blue Raiders have now won 11 player of the week awards this season which equals the total MT had during the 2001 co-championship campaign.

Middle Tennessee will face SEC member South Carolina this Saturday in Columbia. Kickoff is scheduled for 11:30 AM CST.

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