After another monster game last Saturday, FIU tight end Jonnu Smith leads all tight ends in the nation in three different receiving categories.
Smith's 57 receptions are three more than Kent State tight end Casey Pierce who has 54 catches. Smith also leads all tight ends in receiving yards with 695 through 11 games. Massachusetts tight end Jean Sifrin is second with 593 yards. FIU plays at UMass next October.
With his three touchdowns on Saturday, Smith leads all tight ends with eight touchdowns this season. Tight end Clive Walford from the Coral Gables school has seven scores. Smith's three receiving touchdowns against Middle Tennessee broke the FIU single-game record for receiving touchdowns that he shared with former FIU receivers T.Y. Hilton, Cory McKinney and Harold Leath.
Below is video of Smith's Hail Mary touchdown grab right before halftime Saturday. The last time FIU converted a Hail Mary was also on Senior Day, in 2012 against ULM with E.J. Hilliard and Willis Wright connecting.
On Saturday Smith did fall one touchdown shy of the FIU single-game record for total touchdowns. Hilton and FIU's all-time leading rusher Rashod Smith still share that mark with four touchdowns each. Hilton score four touchdowns (1 rush, 2 receiving and 1 kick return) against ULM in 2010. Smith scored four touchdowns on the ground against New Mexico State in 2004.