2007 Overview: This has been a break-out season for the junior runningback out of Miami ... Kevin Smith currently leads the nation in both rushing and scoring ... and has taken over just about all the rushing records for UCF, Conference USA, State of Florida, NCAA (single-season and all-time) ... the school launched a website, KevinSmith24k.com, to help celebrate the featured player's impressive 2007 season ... was tapped 2007 Conference USA Co-Offensive Player of the Year, in addition to his third straight postseason honor from the league ... earned game MVP honors in the Bright House Networks Conference USA Football Championship Game after toppling Tulsa with his 39 carries for 284 yards and four touchdowns, all of which was a league championship game record ... with the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ahead, stands only 180 yards away from tying Barry Sanders (Oklahoma State) all-time single-season rushing record of 2,628 yards ... should garner All-America recognition from several postseason publications ... Is the very first running back from a State of Florida school to crack the 2,000-yard rushing mark in a season ... Was recently selected as a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, of which he was named to the watch list during the preseason ... Was also selected as player to watch for the prestigious Walter Camp Award ... Also listed as a contender for the Heisman Trophy ... Was named the AT&T National Player of the Week (11/10) after the UAB game ... Is a four-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week honoree in 2007 ... Earned preseason first team All-Conference USA honors heading into the year ... In just his third year of action for the Knights has already become the school's all-time leading rusher ... One of the most prolific running backs in the history of Florida schools with some of his present statistics passing the likes of Emmitt Smith (UF), Willis McGahee (UM) and Warrick Dunn (FSU).
2007: Opened the season with a career-high 217-yard effort in the 25-23 victory over NC State (Sept. 1) ... His rushing total was the second-highest in the nation during the opening weekend of the season ... On the game's opening play, raced 80 yards for a touchdown, marking the longest rush in UCF history ... Finished the game with a career-high 35 rushes and moved up to fourth on the UCF career rushing charts with 2,329 yards .... Earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Week accolades for his efforts vs. the Wolfpack ... In game two vs. No. 6 Texas (Sept. 15), rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns ... Kept his national lead in rushing yards per game (183.00) with his second-consecutive 100-yard effort and multiple touchdown game this season ... Through two games, had 366 yards and four touchdowns and moved to fourth on the UCF career charts with 2,478 rushing yards ... Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson was the only back in 2006 to eclipse the 100-yard mark against the Horns when he rushed for 109 yards on Oct. 14 in The Red River Shootout ... His 149-yard effort was also the most by a single back against the Longhorns since Oklahoma State's Mike Hamilton rushed for 194 yards in a loss to Texas on Oct. 29, 2005 ... Recorded his third-consecutive 100-yard rushing game of the season as the Knights rolled past Memphis 56-20 (Sept. 22) ... Carried 22 times for 124 yards and equaled his career-high with three touchdowns vs. the Tigers ... Only one of those carries came after halftime as the Knights built a 42-0 advantage at the break ... With his 124-yard effort, moved into third place on the UCF career rushing charts with 2,602 career yards ... With his three rushing touchdowns, slid into fourth on the UCF career charts in that category with 23 - one behind former UCF standout Daunte Culpepper ... Regained the national lead in rushing yards per game (178.2) with a career-high 223-yard effort in the win over Louisiana (Sept. 29) ... His 200-plus yard effort was the third of his career, setting a new school record (two by Marquette Smith) ... Scored three first-half touchdowns for the second- straight game and also led the nation with 10 rushing touchdowns ... His 10 rushing scores set a new career-high as well, surpassing his total of nine from his freshman campaign in 2005 ... Registered four plays of 20-plus yards against the Ragin' Cajuns, rushing for a 56-yard score in the opening quarter and adding rushes of 26 and 24 yards as well as a 22-yard reception ... Scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter of the opening four games of the season ... With his trio of rushing scores, moved into third place on the UCF career charts for rushing touchdowns with 26 ... His four-consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts to open the season tied Marquette Smith's school record for consecutive 100-yard games ... Carried 29 times for 147 yards and a touchdown in the 52-38 loss to East Carolina (Oct. 6) ... Maintained the national lead in rushing yards per game at 172.00 ... Set a new UCF record with his fifth-consecutive, 100-yard rushing effort ... Also equaled his career-high with four receptions vs. the Pirates ... His 11th rushing touchdown of the season moved him into a tie for fifth for the most in a single season by a UCF rusher and second on the career charts (27) ... Became just the third back in school history to eclipse the 3,000-yard career rushing mark against USF (Oct. 13) ... Finished the game with 18 carries for 55 yards and three receptions for 45 yards ... Hauled in a career-long 42-yard reception in the second quarter ... Scored a career-high four touchdowns in the 44-23 victory over Tulsa (Oct. 20) ... Rushed for touchdowns of 13, four and 44 yards, while adding his first-career receiving score on a 15-yard reception in the second quarter ... It was his fifth multiple-touchdown game of the season and third time this season he had three rushing scores in a game ... Finished with 170 yards on the ground to eclipse the 100-yard mark for the sixth time this season and bring his rushing total to 1,085 ... Also moved into second place on the UCF career charts in both rushing touchdowns (30) and rushing yardage (3,197) with his efforts vs. the Golden Hurricane ... His 14 rushing touchdowns in 2007 also tie Marquette Smith (1995) for the UCF single-season mark and ranks second nationally through week eight ... Broke five school records in the Knights' 34-17 road win vs. Southern Miss (Oct. 28) ... With his 175-yard rushing effort on a school record 43 carries, became the all-time leading rusher at UCF with 3,372 yards, eclipsing the mark of 3,359 yards held by Alex Haynes (2001-04) ... Added a pair of rushing touchdowns to break UCF single-season marks for rushing touchdowns (16) and total touchdowns (17) scored in a single season ... His 175-yard rushing effort was his seventh 100-yard rushing effort in eight games this season, giving him a school record 16 100-yard rushing games in his career ... Increased his season rushing total to 1,260 yards, which is a new career-high and the third most by a UCF running back in a single season ... Was named C-USA Offensive Player of the Week for the second time this season on Oct. 29 ... Rushed 29 times for 188 yards and two touchdowns in the 47-13 victory over Marshall (Nov. 3) ... His 87-yard scoring run in the second quarter, broke his own school record for longest rush from scrimmage that he set in the season-opener vs. NC State (80-yarder) ... Equaled his career-high with four receptions, netting 48 yards to give him 236 all-purpose yards ... With two more rushing touchdowns, moved into the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision lead with 19 total touchdowns this season and a tie for the FBS lead with 18 rushing scores ... His 100-yard rushing effort was his eighth of the season, which is also tied for the national lead and moves him to within one of the single-season school record ... Broke the UCF single-season rushing mark in the opening quarter of UCF's 45-31 win at UAB (Nov. 10) with a 20-yard run and finished the game with a single-game school record of 320 yards ... Needed 64 yards coming into the contest to set the mark, which was previously held by Marquette Smith (1,511 - 1995) ... His 320-yard total was the third highest in the FBS this season ... Moved into fourth place on the C-USA charts for rushing yards in a season and tied the C-USA record with his 22nd rushing touchdown of the season ... His 23 total touchdowns also tied the league's single-season record ... Both records were held by DeAngelo Williams of Memphis (22 and 23, respectively in 2004) ... Four rushing touchdowns gave him eight-multiple touchdown games this season and tied the school's single-game record (Alex Haynes, 2001 vs. Tulane) ... Has 853 rushing yards (213 ypg) and 12 touchdowns during the Knights' four-game winning streak ... Leads the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with 23 total touchdowns and 22 rushing touchdowns ... With his 41 rushing attempts, Smith moved past Alex Haynes (742 carries; 2001-04) for the top spot on the UCF career charts and Marquette Smith (274 carries; 1995) on the single-season charts ... Now has 764 rushing attempts in his career and 310 this season ... The 310 attempts are also a single-season record for a running back in the state of Florida and his single-season total of 1,768 yards is the highest total by a running back in the history of Florida college football (Willis McGahee, Miami (Fla.); 1,753 yards in 2002) ... Smith's 100-yard rushing game was his ninth of the season and 18th of his career ... Is one of only two backs in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision with nine 100-yard rushing efforts this season (Calvin Dawson; Louisiana-Monroe) ... Had six carries of 20-plus yards in the game, giving him 19 on the season ... Posted runs of 36, 24, 23, 20, 20 and a 41-yard touchdown scamper on his last carry of the game ... For his efforts, earned his third C-USA Offensive Player of the Week honor, sharing the award with Memphis quarterback Martin Hankins ... Smith played in just the first half of the Knights' 49-20 victory at SMU (Nov. 17), rushing for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries ... His 22-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter was his 23rd rushing score of the season and 39th of his career, breaking the C-USA single-season rushing touchdown record previously held by Memphis running back DeAngelo Williams (22) and the UCF career rushing touchdown record previously held by Willie English (38) ... Smith's first quarter touchdown was his 24th total of the season, which also broke Williams' previous C-USA mark of 23 ... Has 25 total touchdowns on the season, which ties him for 11th on the NCAA FBS single-season list ... The multiple-touchdown game was his ninth of the season ... With his 20 rushing attempts, set the C-USA single-season record for carries in a season with 330 ... Joffrey Reynolds held the previous mark of 316 (2002) ... With his 80-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, went over the 4,000-yard career rushing mark in his career becoming just the second back in the state of Florida to achieve that feat (Errict Rhett of Florida; 4,163) ... finished the game with 4,057 yards for his career ... The 80-yard scoring jaunt was his third rushing TD of 80 yards or longer this season, which is the most in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ... Posted his 10th 100-yard rushing game of the season, which set a single-season school record and tied Willis McGahee's (Miami, Fla.; 2002) state of Florida single-season record ... His 10 100-yard rushing games this season leads the FBS ... The two touchdowns tied DeMarco McClesky (Cincinnati) for second on the C-USA career charts for touchdowns with 41 ... Smith now has 1,945 rushing yards on 330 attempts this season ... The rushing total is the third-highest in C-USA single-season history ... During the Knights' five-game winning streak, Smith has rushed for 1,031 yards and scored 14 touchdowns (13 rush, 1 rec.) ... Became the first rusher in the state of Florida history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark in the season with a seven-yard carry in the second quarter of UCF's 36-20 C-USA East Division clinching win over UTEP (Nov. 24) ... For the game, Smith carried the ball a school-record 46 times for 219 yards with one score ... his rushing total helped him regain the national lead in rushing with 2,164 yards ... The Miami native is now fourth in the NCAA single-season annals with 2,164 yards in 2007 ... He entered the contest 16th on the single-season register ... His 100-yard rushing game was his 11th of the season, which breaks the Conference USA single-season record previously held by DeAngelo Williams, who achieved that feat three times in his career (2003, 2004, 2005) ... Smith surpassed Florida's Erict Rhett for the career rushing lead among running backs in the history of the state of Florida during the third quarter. Rhett had 4,057 yards for the Gators from 1990-93. Smith now has 4,276 for his career ... He is also the state leader for single-season 100-yard games (11) and career 200-yard games (5) ... During the Knights' six-game winning streak, Smith has rushed for 1,250 yards and scored 15 touchdowns (14 rush, 1 rec.)...earned C-USA Offensive Player of the Week after his record-setting performance against UTEP ... Against Tulsa (Dec. 1) in the Bright House Networks Conference USA Football Championship, Smith ran the ball 39 times for 284 yards and four touchdowns to win game MVP honors in the Knights' 44-25 victory over the Golden Hurricane ... Following his 284-yard rushing effort, Smith now stands second all-time on the NCAA Bowl Subdivision rushing yards in a season list with 2,448. Smith moved to second on the list, surpassing USC's Marcus Allen in the third quarter with a six-yard run that helped set up the third field goal of the game by Michael Torres. Smith trails only Barry Sanders (2,628; 1988) on the all-time list ... The 200-yard rushing effort was his fifth of the season. His 284 yards were his second-highest total of the season (320 vs. UAB) ... Smith's touchdown runs of three, four, 46 and 74 yards gave him 29 on the season, which is the fourth most in a single-season in FBS history. It marked the third time this season Smith scored four touchdowns in a game. His 74-yard scoring jaunt in the fourth quarter was his fourth of 70-plus yards this season ... With his 39 carries, Smith broke the all-time record for rushing attempts in a season in the NCAA FBS. Marcus Allen of USC held the previous record of 403 - a mark he set in 1981. Smith now has 415 carries in 2007 ... The 100-yard rushing effort was his 12th of the season and it marked the seventh time this season Smith had 100 yards rushing by halftime (24 for 161 at the break) ... Smith's four rushing touchdowns also surpassed Florida State's Greg Allen for the state of Florida career record at 45 for his career ... "I have coached in the BCS, and I can guarantee you that he is as good as anybody in the country," Tulsa coach Todd Graham said. "No question about it."