Former MU quarterback Smith earns AFC honor

Thursday, January 6, 2011 | 10:07 p.m. CST

New York Jets kick returner Brad Smith, a former standout quarterback on the Missouri football team, has been chosen the special teams player of the month in the AFC.

Smith, now in his fifth season as a receiver with the Jets, led the NFL with a 27.5-yard kickoff return average and had one touchdown during December and January. In Week 15, Smith totaled 140 yards on kickoff returns, including a 97-yard score with the opening kickoff in the Jets' 22-17 win at Pittsburgh.

Overall, Smith ranked second in the NFL with a 28.6-yard kickoff return average this season, trailing David Reed of Baltimore.

It is Smith's first career player of the month award.

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