Smith Earns Pre-Season All-America Acclaim
June 3, 2002
EUGENE - University of Oregon tailback Onterrio Smith, who ran for over 1,000 yards a year ago in his first season with the Ducks, has been selected a pre-season first-team All-American by The Sporting News, according to a release issued by the magazine.
The information is included as part of the magazine's 2002 College Football Yearbook issue. In addition, it ranked Oregon 20th as a team in it's annual pre-season national poll, as well as fourth in the Pacific-10 Conference. Washington State was ranked sixth in the country, followed by Washington (12th) and USC (18th).
Smith is one of only two players from the Pac-10 to be included on the magazine's first-team list, and the league's only nominee on offense.
It marked the second such honor attained by Smith within the last month as he earlier was flown to Phoenix, Ariz., to take part in a photography shoot for Playboy magazine's All-America team.
The Oregon junior led the team in rushing last year as Maurice Morris' back-up with 1,058 yards and seven touchdowns, in addition to scoring two other TDs as a receiver and one more as a kick returner. He ranked sixth in the conference in rushing and third in kickoff returns (28.2 avg.) in 2001.