Troy football gains more national recognition


TROY, Ala (WDHN) — On Monday, Carlton Martial was listed as a Chuck Bednarik watch list player and just two days later he and another Trojan are in the spotlight again.

BJ Smith Jr. has been named to the Doak Walker watch list for the best running back in the nation. This is his second straight preseason being added to the list.

Smith missed majority of 2019 with a knee injury however, in 2018 the tailback shined rushing for an average of 91 yards a game.

He particularly shined in the month of October as he averaged just north of 140 yards for the entire month, which ranked fifth at the FBS level for that time span.

Smith also recorded 13 touchdowns on the year putting him inside the top five all-time in Trojan history. That also led the Sun-Belt Conference in 2018.

Carlton Martial has been named to Phil Steele’s All-American Fourth team.

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