Thirteen Lions earn Dean's List recognition by earning a 3.5 GPA or higher this past semester
Brandon Smith turned down offers from Penn and Princeton in order to fulfill his dream, an opportunity to play at Penn State. A three-time all-state honoree and superb student at Lewisburg High School, one hour from Happy Valley, Smith will be seeking a chance to see time in the backfield rotation this fall. A redshirt freshman, Smith owned a 3.87 grade-point average after the spring semester and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate. He is among 17 returning Nittany Lions from Central Pennsylvania.
2013 (Freshman Season)
Redshirt season. He made one catch for 13 yards in the 2014 Blue-White game.
Smith was a standout linebacker and running back for coach Jeremy Winn at Lewisburg High School, earning four letters for the Green Dragons. Smith was a three-time first-team Class AA all-state performer and a four-time All-Heartland Athletics Conference honoree. He garnered first-team All-HAC during each of his final three seasons and was the Sunbury Daily Item Offensive and Defensive Player-of-the-Year in 2012. Smith ran for 1,095 yards on 145 carries (7.6) and scored 19 rushing touchdowns, while also making 30 catches and scoring four touchdowns as a senior. He totaled 122 tackles, with six for loss, and grabbed two interceptions his final year and recorded 135 tackles, three interceptions and 4.5 sacks as a junior, earning Eastern Pennsylvania Player-of-the-Year honors. His sophomore season included the Williamsport Sun-Gazette Linebacker-of-the-Year award after compiling more than 100 stops. Smith also was a member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and French National Honor Society. He also lettered in wrestling and track and field, qualifying for the PIAA State Championships in the javelin and 300 hurdles.
Full name is Brandon Smith. He is the son of Jeffrey and Deborah Smith. He has two brothers, Jared and Tyler, and one sister, Bethany. Tyler attended Penn State and Jared played football for one season at Susquehanna University. Smith enjoys Bible study and fishing away from the classroom and the practice field. Smith brought a perfect 4.00 grade-point average into the 2014 spring semester. He plans to major in kinesiology and pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist. Born May 23, 1994 in Lewisburg, Pa.