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Penn State Football: Brandon Smith Finalist For Pop Warner College Player Award

by on November 10, 2016 2:09 PM

Junior walk-on linebacker Brandon Smith has made quite the impact on the field and is begin recognized for his work off it as well. Smith was named as one of the five finalists for the Pop Warner College Football Award. The award was created the award in 2010 and is given to leaders who represented their university with excellence on the field, in the classroom, on campus and in the community.

Smith, who started the season at third-string at middle linebacker was thrown into the action early in the season following numerous injuries at that position. Having seen significant action this season Smith now ranks fifth on the team with 43 tackles and leads Penn State with two interceptions.

A native of Winfield, Pennsylvania, Smith has a 3.79 cumulative GPA in kinesiology and was recently selected CoSIDA Academic All-District. He intends on becoming a pediatric oncologist.

Off the field Smith is just as active as he works with his wife’s non-profit organization, Honduran Soles, which provides shoes to kids that need them in various countries. He and his wife traveled to Honduras during spring break in 2015 helped build a soccer field. He and his wife have volunteered at homeless shelters, and done other community work through their church, Revival Tabernacle, in Watsontown, Pennsylvania, near his hometown.

The 2016 recipient will accept the Pop Warner College Player Award at Walt Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports during the 60th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl the first week of December.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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