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Za’Darius Smith makes Deadspin’s Week 2 Lowsman Trophy Watch

UK vs. Miami, OH

Deadspin’s Lowsman Trophy Watch recognizes defenders, linemen and other dark horses in college football who won’t win the Heisman Trophy. It’s designated for the game’s best players with little to no recognition from the SportsCenter coverage, highlight packages and Heisman discussion. It’s for the guys not named Johnny Manzeil, Tajh Boyd, Teddy Bridgewater, or Braxton Miller. You know the type.

This week, Kentucky defensive end Za’Darius Smith caught Deadspin’s eye with his three-sack performance against Miami. He makes the list with a defensive tackle from Michigan State, BYU’s offensive line, a BYU linebacker, a defensive tackle from Florida, a linebacker from Miami, a cornerback from Washington State, and this week’s Outsider of the Week, New Mexico running back Kasey Carrier.

Here is what Deadspin had to say about Za’Darius:


Smith, a junior college transfer playing in just his second game, lived up to his four-star recruiting hype by recording three of the Wildcats’ six sacks against Miami (Ohio), making him the most dominant player in a dominating, 41—7 rout that snapped a 10-game losing streak against FBS opponents. As a team, Kentucky held the RedHawks to 122 total yards — the fewest its yielded to an FBS offense this century, or that Miami has gained — and did not allow consecutive first downs on any drive. Miami’s only points came on a fumble recovery/return by its own defense.

So, yes, Miami is only a random MAC also-ran. In this case, after allowing 35 points in an opening day loss to Western Kentucky, you take the positives where you can get them. Especially when your next game is against Teddy Bridgewater.

Za’Darius 4 Lowsman.

Sack Bridgewater.

[Deadspin: Lowsman Trophy Watch]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

10 Comments for Za’Darius Smith makes Deadspin’s Week 2 Lowsman Trophy Watch

  1. goUKats
    4:41 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    Why does KSR take such delight in disparaging WKU and Miami (Ohio) and UKs’ performance against them?
    It seems like UK should get some kind of positive recognition for their performance against these two .

  2. Louisville1Cal4
    4:42 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    Big Z will be an absolute monster next season, not that he isn’t a monster already, he’ll just be an even bigger one next season lol

  3. 2012 Alabama National Title
    4:45 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    D J Fluker screwed up and it may cost us our 2012 National Title. Do you think we ought to have to give up our Championship Trophy??? Saban is going off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. DH
    4:45 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    Ok, this will be the second comment I’ve posted today that I’ll probably regret. For some reason when Za’Darius makes a big play I sing his name to the tune of Aquarius. My GF laughs. Laugh may not be the right word. She kinda chuckles. Or at least she did the first couple times…

  5. Roy Williams
    4:49 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    ^ #3 Daggum right yall ought to have to give up that trophy. Daggum it ever time we do something wrong here in the ACC, the daggum NCAA murders us. So daggum it I say give her up.

  6. Han
    5:26 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    How about Z gets 4 sacks with a fumble force/recovery on the Bridge and ends Louisville’s title pretending? I would enjoy that.

  7. DH
    5:33 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    Han, that, my friend, is why I’m going to watch the game. Louisville *should* run away with this game, but if we play with a positive attitude and make some of our own good luck, we could get some momentum and end up pulling this thing out. Stranger things have happened. Go CATS

  8. Za'Darius
    6:11 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    I like easy opening cans

  9. Is this true
    6:46 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    Just wondering if this is true about Kentucky:

    “41—7 rout that snapped a 10-game losing streak against FBS opponents”

  10. Wildcatsteeler
    7:08 pm September 12, 2013 Permalink

    But will he celebrate excessively and have the sack nullified by a 15 yard penalty? 117 yards in penalties is unacceptable. Half of that is unacceptable. I’m not religious but I’ll be praying for a miracle Saturday. Because that’s what it’s going to take. Beating up on a horrible Miami team did nothing to erase my memory of getting beat up by a bad WKU team.