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PAC NAMES BETHANY’S SMITH SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Sept. 15 - WEXFORD, Pa. – Bethany sophomore Chad Smith (Washington, Pa.) has been selected as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Special Teams Player of the Week for Sept. 14.

The Bison punter averaged 40.6 yards on five kicks in Saturday’s 41-33 win over Kentucky Christian. Smith’s longest boot traveled 48 yards and he placed one kick inside the Knights’ 20-yard line. He also hit a 40-yard punt from deep in his own territory that was downed , forcing KCU to take possession on their own end of the field to try to drive for the possible tying score with only 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

In addition to his kicking duties, Smith is the Bethany starting quarterback and he had a big day throwing the ball in the victory. The 6-2, 220-pound signal-caller completed 17-of-31 attempts for 196 yards and a career-high four touchdowns, including a BC single-game record three scores to sophomore RB Eric Walker (New Brighton, Pa.).

This is Smith’s second year handling both QB and punting duties and head coach Tim Weaver says he has improved significantly in his approach.

“Doing double duty is hard and it appears he is handling better than he did last year, which is a testament to Chad’s maturity,” said Weaver. “If he can average 40 yards a kick, it will help us tremendously.”

A communication major, Chad is the son of Melissa and Mark Smith and Glenn Cimino (stepfather).