Smith named 2011 Lindsey Donnell Award winner
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Smith named 2011 Lindsey Donnell Award winner
Josh Smith was named the 2011 Lindsey Donnell Award winner for excelling in both academics and athletics.

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland senior Josh Smith is this year’s recipient of the Lindsey Donnell Award presented annually to Bulldog student-athlete who excels in both academics and athletics. The award is given in honor of Lindsey Donnell, a former Bulldog football Little All-American and former professor at Cumberland University.

Smith was a four-year letterwinner for the Bulldog football team and a two-time NAIA Daktronics National Scholar-Athlete, posting a 3.91 grade-point-average in Humanities and Social Science. The Flintstone, Ga., native is set to graduate May 7. He was named a Mid-South Conference Scholar-Athlete three straight years and was a Second Team Academic All-District selection as a senior.

Smith also received the C.R. Bickerstaff/Coach Bill Pace University Scholar-Athlete Award in March at the 45th Annual Awards Banquet of the Middle Tennessee chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. The C.R. Bickerstaff /Coach Bill Pace University Scholar-Athlete Award is presented to the top university football scholar-athlete in the Middle Tennessee area based on scholarship, sportsmanship and value to the team. Bickerstaff was the long-time Executive Secretary of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the NFF and Pace is a former head football coach at Vanderbilt University.

Smith played in 40 career games in four seasons for the Bulldogs, recording 98 tackles with 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. At Cumberland he is a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society and Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and also serves as a student mentor at CU and Lebanon High School.

He works as a student employee and web editor in the University Communications Department, has developed education material for The Buchanan House and helped launch a student-led non-profit organization called Hope Again.

Donnell set a national collegiate football record in 1936 with 1500 rushing yards, a single-season record that stood until the 1960s. He graduated from Cumberland in 1936 and returned to teach English from 1960-62. The CU football stadium is named in his honor.

Former Lindsey Donnell Award Recipients
1982 John Britt
1983 Doug Taulbue
1984 Stephanie Nicole Neal
1985 John Hunn
1986 John Hunn/Stephanie Nicole Neal
1987 John Hunn
1988 Jon Franklin
1989 John White
1990 Beverly Burton
1991 Rebecca King
1992 Diane Petzoldt
1993 Ginger Carrigan/Lorie Hammock
1994 Pat McEnroe
1995 Jenny Rippetoe
1996 Dana Leath
1997 Jill Taylor Simmons
1998 Tara Daniel
1999 Joseph Atwood
2000 Rita Maynard
2001 Alice King
2002 Carissa Chitwood
2003 Michael Navratil
2004 Amy Biddle
2005 Jennifer Griffey Hayes
2006 Jennifer Griffey Hayes
2007 Kurt Braundmeier
2008 Josh Beasley
2009 Matt Eads
2010 Susan Simpson