Anthony Smith had demonstrated his versatility and team-first attitude prior to matriculating to Penn State, qualities that will greatly aid his efforts to earn time in the secondary rotation this season. Smith shifted to safety during spring practice after playing cornerback and working as a long-snapper last season. A sophomore, Smith likely will compete with seniors Ryan Keiser and Jesse Della Valle for snaps at free safety. As a true freshman in 2013, Smith played in three games, primarily on special teams, and made one tackle. When Smith was a youth football player, he began long-snapping, a role he continued in 2012 at Valley Forge (Pa.) Military Academy and practiced last year. He is one of 12 returning players on the roster from New Jersey and was among four Garden State products to matriculate to Penn State in 2013.
2013 (Freshman Season)
Smith was one of 12 true freshmen to earn their stripes as he appeared in a trio of games on the special teams units. He participated in the season-opening win over Syracuse in MetLife Stadium. Smith made his first collegiate tackle on a kickoff return against Eastern Michigan. He also saw game action in the prime time contest against UCF.
Smith was the team MVP for Coach Josh Sands at Valley Forge (Pa.) Military Academy in 2012, grabbing seven interceptions from his cornerback position. When the starting quarterback was injured in the first game of the season, Smith stepped in behind center and also served as the team's long snapper. Smith's Valley Forge squad squared off against 2013 Nittany Lion freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg's Fork Union Military Academy team during the 2012 season.
Smith was selected second-team All-West New Jersey, first-team All-Sussex County and first-team All-Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference as a senior for Coach Brian Carlson at Pope John XIII High School in Sparta, N.J. He grabbed three interceptions, had 12 pass breakups and 25 tackles as a senior and was named first-team All-Defense by the New Jersey Herald. During his junior campaign in 2010, Smith helped the Lions to an undefeated regular-season. He was a three-year letterman under Carlson and the late Vic Paternostro, who coached Pope John XIII for 43 seasons and is New Jersey's all-time prep football victories leader. Smith was invited to the Paul Robeson All-Star Football Classic and the Big 33 Classic. He was selected a team captain during his senior year. He also lettered in baseball.
Full name is Anthony Smith. He is the son of Brian Shaw, and has a younger sister, Aheelah Shaw. He plans to enroll in the Smeal College of Business. Born October 22, 1993 in Dover, N.J.