Western Kentucky's Quanterus Smith Sets Sack Record

Jordan BallCorrespondent IOctober 30, 2012

Sep 29, 2012; Jonesboro, AR, USA; Arkansas State Red Wolves quarterback Ryan Aplin (16) rushes as he is pressured by Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defensive lineman Quanterus Smith (93) at Liberty Bank Stadium. Western Kentucky defeated Arkansas State 26-13. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

In the midst of a hard-fought 14-6 victory over Sun Belt foe Florida International, Western Kentucky defensive end Quanterus Smith made history. 

Throughout the course of the game, Smith recorded a game-high eight tackles. What was so historic was the fact that five of the takedowns went for quarterback sacks. 

The five sacks are a Sun Belt record and Smith only fell one shy of tying former Louisville Cardinal, Elvis Dumervil, for the NCAA record. His record-breaking sack came on the team's final defensive play of the night as he brought down FIU backup quarterback, E.J. Hillard, forcing a fumble which was recovered by the Hilltoppers.

The senior's big night earned him Defensive Player of the Week honors in the Sun Belt. This was his second time receiving the award this season. 

Besides just having a monster week, Smith is putting together a very impressive 2012 season.

After the game against FIU, the 22-year-old currently sits in first place in the nation for most sacks with 11.5. With that amount, he now has more sacks than 22 other teams do all together. 

Are those numbers impressive? Without a doubt. The amazing part, though, is that all 11.5 of those sacks have come in just three games.  

The first quarterback "Q" haunted this season was A.J. McCarron of the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide. In that Week 2 matchup, Smith found himself planting one of the nation's best quarterbacks three times. Every other opponent that has faced Alabama this year have only gotten to McCarron 11 times combined.

The other 3.5 came against Arkansas St, which resulted in Smith bringing home his first POTW award.

Thanks to those few aforementioned games, Smith holds three of the top eight single-game sack totals on the year, with his most recent outburst sitting in the top spot. 

His huge season now has him sitting at 23 sacks in his four years with WKU, one shy of the Sun Belt record for most in a career.

With four regular-season games left, it will be interesting to see how Smith finishes. If he can continue to build on his success and show some consistency, it wouldn't be surprising to not only see him take home the sack crown this year, but also take his game to the next level come draft day.