BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Former Union running back Armond Smith saw his first action of the season Sunday as he saw time on the special teams unit in the Carolina Panthers' 30-20 win over the Atlanta Falcons.
Smith returned three kickoffs for the Panthers for a total of 54 yards, averaging 18 yards per return. He had a long return of 26 yards and had two returns over 20 yards. In addition, Smith recorded one solo tackle.
Signed as a free agent during the summer, Smith had been on the Panthers' practice squad since Sept. 1. On Dec. 4, he was signed as a free agent from the practice squad and placed on the active roster.
Smith is with his second NFL team, having spent the 2011 season in the Cleveland Browns organization. He appeared in three games for the Browns, rushing for 2 yards on a three carries with a long run of 6 yards. Smith also had a tackle when with Cleveland.
During his senior season at Union in 2010, Smith led the Mid-South Conference in rushing, averaging 125.1 yards per game en route to being named MSC West Offensive Player of the Year. He also led all running backs with 16 rushing touchdowns. Smith was MSC Offensive Player of the Week twice during the season and MSC Special Teams Player of the Week once.
Smith set numerous program records including most rushing yards in a game (312), most rushing yards in a season (1,376), most rushing touchdowns in a game (five), most rushing touchdowns in a season (16), most points scored in a game (30) and most points scored in a season (102 - 16 rushing touchdowns and one kickoff return touchdown).
For his career, Smith rushed for a total of 1,404 yards and 16 touchdowns on 157 carries in two season. He ranks eighth on the Bulldogs' all-time rushing list.
The Panthers are 4-9 on the season and next play at San Diego on Sunday.