UCF Freshman Wide Receiver Named AAC Rookie of the Year
By UCFKnights.com // December 2, 2015
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (UCFKnights.com) – On Wednesday afternoon, the American Athletic Conference released its postseason awards and all-conference honorees.
UCF freshman wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith (Delray Beach, Fla.) was tagged the league’s Rookie of the Year, while junior punter Caleb Houston (Cleveland, Tenn.) was listed as second-team all-conference selection.
UCF has now won a major conference award in each year the league has existed. In 2013, Blake Bortles was The American Offensive Player of the Year, while Jacoby Glenn was the 2014 Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Smith is the third Knight to earn a conference freshman/rookie of the year award. In 2005, Kevin Smith was the Conference USA Freshman of the Year, and Jeff Godfrey claimed the honor in 2010.
Smith finished his first collegiate season with 52 catches and 724 yards, both UCF freshman records. The Delray Beach, Florida, native also recorded four touchdowns and three games with at least 100 receiving yards on the year.
Smith was one of several freshmen who contributed in 2015, including classmates Tristan Payton, Cam Stewart and D’erren Wilson. In all, freshmen accounted for 110 of UCF’s 211 receptions this past season.
Houston owned a 44.2 average, which finished as the second-highest in UCF single-season history. The Ray Guy Award nominee booted 65 punts, which is the third most in school history, for 2,874 yards including a long of 56. Of his 65 punts, 28 stopped inside the 20 and only two resulted in touchbacks. Meanwhile, 17 of Houston’s punts carried at least 50 yards.
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