June 16, 2010
CDS Names Evans And Smith Preseason All-American
Samford seniors Bryce Smith and Chris Evans were named to the Preseason Football Championship Subdivision Honorable Mention All-America team by Consensus Draft Services, released on the CDS website recently.
Evans is already Samford's all-time career rushing leader with 3,469 yards in his Samford career. He has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, including a school-record 1,284 yards as a sophomore in 2008.
Evans has led the Southern Conference in rushing in both of Samford's seasons in the league. He has also been named first-team All-SoCon in each of the last two seasons, and he was named to the preseason watch list for the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top offensive player in all of FCS football, prior to the 2009 season.
Smith, who was named one of the top 10 linebackers in the FCS by the Sports Network, has led Samford in tackles in each of the last two seasons. Last season, he led the nation in solo tackles per game, averaging 7.2 per contest.
As a junior, Smith led the team with 102 total tackles, despite missing one game due to injury. He also led the team in interceptions with four, and he ranked third in the SoCon in total tackles per game with an average of 10.2 per contest. Smith was named first-team All-SoCon as a junior and second-team All-SoCon after his sophomore season.
The Bulldogs will open the 2010 season on Sept. 4, when they travel to Tallahassee, Fla., to take on the Florida State Seminoles. The game is scheduled for an 11 a.m. (CDT) start and will be televised live on ESPNU.