Duran Smith & Curtis Head Honored By MAC

Duran Smith & Curtis Head Honored By MAC


Duran Smith

Marshall University senior linebacker Duran Smith, and senior punter/kicker Curtis Head, were recognized by the Mid-American Conference Monday as East Division Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week.

For Smith (Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.) it was his first MAC POW honor while it was the second of the season for Head (Shelbyville, Ky.), and third of his career.

Smith was the sparkplug of a Herd defense that Held Troy State to just 164 yards of total offense on Saturday. He was credited with 16 solo tackles and 11 assists to go with three tackles for loss. The 27 total stops are the most in a game by any player in the MAC this year.

Head brought home the award thanks to his 43.2 yard average on six punts while placing all of his five kickoffs inside the two-yard line. He also connected on a 25-yard field goal and was 3-of-3 on PAT kicks.

The two POW selections brings the total number for the season to six for the Herd. Brandon Carey was honored for his performance against Central Florida, as was Head, while Franklin Wallace was recognized for his efforts against Kent State and Byron Leftwich for his first half performance against Buffalo.

The Herd will go on the road this week to play Central Michigan in a game slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. The game will be televised by WSAZ-TV locally as a part of the ISP/Thundering Herd Network, and it will be availble on ESPN GamePlan around the country.