San Diego State named football’s Darren Hall and track’s Asia Smith the campus’ Student-Athletes of the Year.
The annual award goes to a male and female students with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.20, who display superior character and leadership while serving as outstanding citizens and role models.
Hall, a cornerback, was recently picked in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. The Pasadena native started the final 19 games of his career and was a 2020 All-Mountain West First Team selection after leading the conference in pass deflections and passes defended.
He graduated with a degree in communications in three years and had worked towards a master’s in education counseling prior to being drafted. He is a four-time SDSU scholar-athlete and three-time selection to the Mountain West All-Academic Team.
Smith, who recently graduated with a degree in communications, is a pentathlete and heptathlete. She won the pentathlon at the 2020 Mountain West Indoor Championships with 4,075 points, the second-most in school history.
Her performance earned her All-American honors and qualified her for the NCAA Championships before officials canceled the event due to COVID-19.
Smith also received All-Mountain West honors three times.
The Escondido native has been an active member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee throughout her years at SDSU and was the president for the current school year. She has also served on the student-athlete leadership council.
She coordinated the advisory committee’s Black History Month social media campaign and videos for Women’s History Month. Smith also helped raise money for the American Heart Association’s “Go Red for Women Campaign” and volunteered for “Read Across America.”
Smith will attend graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in journalism.