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ALUMNUS OF THE WEEK

Ravens' Smith has 3-sack day vs Titans

Wed, Oct 17, 2018

ALUMNUS OF THE WEEK - WEEK 6

Za'Darius Smith  OLB | Baltimore Ravens
2015 Reese's Senior Bowl

The fourth-year outside backer was one of the ring leaders of the Ravens' sack party against the Titans. He had three of the team's franchise record 11 sacks in the Raven's 21-0 blanking of Marcus Mariota and the Titans. He now has 5.5 sacks this season, tying his career best mark set as a rookie in 2015.

He is the Reese's Senior Bowl Alumnus of the Week, and also, for the first time in his four-year career, picked up a weekly award from the league, earning the AFC Defensive Player of the Week Award.

He's come a long way since his days at Kentucky, when he came to the Senior Bowl as a raw, but talented prospect.

“I didn’t play football that long, and coach (John) Harbaugh has been talking to me about working on my craft, practicing every day,” Smith told baltimoreravens.com. “Practice makes perfect. Me just going to work every day and playing my heart out. It’s starting to show, and I’m just glad everybody is seeing it.”

OTHER FINALISTS:

Kareem Hunt, RB | Kansas City Chiefs
2017 Reese's Senior Bowl
The dynamic second-year running back caught five passes for 105 yards -- including an electric 67-yard touchdown -- and rushed for 80 more yards on 10 carries in a narrow 43-40 loss to the Patriots.

Kyle Williams, DT | Buffalo Bills
2006 Reese's Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl Hall of Fame inductee recorded two sacks and a forced fumble in the Bills 20-13 loss to the Texans.

Marquise Goodwin, WR | San Francisco 49ers
2013 Reese's Senior Bowl
The speedy wide receiver showed his explosiveness on Monday Night Football, catching four passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in a 3-point loss to the Packers.

PREVIOUS WINNERS:

Philip Rivers (Chargers), Kirk Cousins (Redskins), Darius Leonard (Colts), Cooper Kupp (Rams), Baker Mayfield (Browns)