Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith has proven to fans who he is with his play on the field this season. And now he’s being recognized for what he’s done off the field.
Smith was named one of the five finalists for the Pop Warner College Football Award on Thursday. The honor goes to players who lead on the field, in the classroom, on campus and in the community.
On the gridiron, Smith went from a third-string option in the season-opener to a starter by the end of September because of injuries to Penn State’s linebacking unit. He has made 43 tackles in seven games and had an interception in the Nittany Lions’ win against Purdue on Oct. 29.
Smith, a walk-on, also does a lot of work off the field, working on mission trips, with Penn State’s “THON” and more. Landof10 profiled Smith earlier in the season. Smith also has a 3.79 GPA, according to the press release about the award.
The Pop Warner College Football Award will be given out during the first week of December at Disney’s Wide World of Sports. The fellow finalists are Florida’s Jarrad Davis, Mississippi’s Evan Engram, Wake Forest’s Ryan Janvio and Duke’s A.J. Wolf.