Troy running back BJ Smith is coming off of a career year in 2018, but the senior seems poised for an even bigger 2019 and national awards committees are taking notice.
Last week the senior was named to the Wuerffel Trophy, Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award Watch Lists.
The Wuerffel Trophy is given out each year to the FBS player that “best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.” The award is named in honor of former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel.
The Maxwell Award is a national award that has been given out every year since 1937 to the nation’s College Player of the Year, voted on by the Maxwell Football Club. The Award is named in honor of former professional football star and longtime sports writer Robert “Tiny” Maxwell. Maxwell played for the Ohio League, a predecessor of the National Football Leauge.
The Doak Walker Award is given out annually to the nation’s top running back, named in honor of SMU and NFL legend Doak Walker.
Smith is coming off of a first team All-Sun Belt junior campaign in which he rushed for 1,186 yards and set the Troy school-record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games in a season with five.
At Sun Belt Media Day’s Smith was also named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year and preseason All-Sun Belt first team.
Semifinalists for the Maxwell Award will be announced in October, while the Doak Walker Award’s semifinalists will be named in November and the Wuerffel Trophy is presented in February.
Smith isn’t the only Trojan on national award watch lists, either. Offensive tackle Kirk Kelley was named to the Outland Trophy Watch List and kicker/punter Tyler Sumpter was named to the Lou Groza Award Watch List.