UCF continued collecting accolades as the football team added two more rewards to its list Wednesday afternoon. Junior punter Caleb Houston was listed to the second-team all-conference selection and breakout freshman wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith reeled in the league’s Rookie of the Year award, according to a press release.
Houston, a Cleveland native, on average netted 44.2 yards, claiming the second-highest spot in UCF’s single-season history. He has also been nominated for the Ray Guy Award, as he worked 65 punts for a total of 2,874 yards which included a long of a 56 yarder while also punting for the third-most times in the school’s history. Of the 65 punts, 28 landed inside the 20 yard line, two of which resulted in touchbacks. Seventeen of the 65 punts traveled at least 50 yards.
Meanwhile on the other end of the field, Smith, one of the biggest weapons for the multiple UCF quarterbacks over the course of the 2015 season, finished his first season with the Knights with 52 catches for 724 yards, both of which became UCF records. The athlete of Delray Beach recorded four catches resulting in end zone celebrations with three games, having at least 100 receiving yards.
With these rewards, UCF now has won a major conference award in every year of the American Athletic Conference’s existence. Smith is the third player in school history to earn a conference Rookie of the Year award.
Evan Abramson is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.