Consensus Draft Services has identified Arkansas Tech offensive lineman Deerick Smith as one of the players to watch in NCAA Division II football during the 2010 season.
Smith was named an honorable mention preseason All-American by Consensus Draft Services, a national Web site which specializes in scouting college football players and projecting their status for the National Football League Draft.
A 6-foot-2, 300-pound junior-to-be from Batesville, Smith started 11 games for Arkansas Tech and earned his second letter at Tech in 2009.
He helped the Wonder Boys break school records for most points scored in a season (489), most points averaged per game in a season (40.8), most touchdowns in a season (66), most total offense yards in a season (6,329), most passes completed in a season (357), most passing yards in a season (4,635) and most touchdown passes thrown in a season (41).
Tech was 9-3 overall and 6-2 in Gulf South Conference play in 2009. The Wonder Boys were GSC runners-up and they reached the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs.
Smith is projected to start at right guard for Arkansas Tech in 2010.
The Wonder Boys will open their 96th football season by hosting Lambuth University (Tenn.) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2, at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field.
Tech has accumulated 520 all-time football victories, ninth-most in NCAA Division II history.