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Donovan Smith
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Donovan Smith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Owings Mills, Md.

High School:
Owings Mills

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 322

Position:
T

Experience:
JR

H.S. Coach:
Steve Lurz


12/20/2013

Robinson Named Phil Steele's First Team All-American; Seven Lions on All-Big Ten Teams

Senior Guard John Urschel Named Fourth-Team All-American

12/02/2013

Trio Named First Team All-Big Ten; Robinson Earns Second Receiver of the Year Award

Robinson, Jones and Urschel on First Team; Nine Nittany Lions Earn Honorable-Mention

04/20/2013

Blue-White Postgame Quotes

04/19/2013

Blue-White Gameday Preview

Blue-White Game set for Saturday at noon on BTN

03/28/2013

Physical is a Way of Life for Howle and Offensive Line

NIttany Lions have wrapped up five spring practices

10/12/2013

Michigan @ Penn State 2nd Half

Michigan @ Penn State 2nd Half

09/10/2013

Bill O'Brien Press Conference 9/10/13 -UCF Week

Bill O'Brien Press Conference 9/10/13 -UCF Week

01/02/2012

Penn State vs. Houston - AP Photos

TicketCity Bowl

10/29/2011

No. 21 Penn State vs. Illinois - AP Photos - 10/29/11

No. 21 Penn State vs. Illinois - AP Photos - 10/29/11

Standing 6-5 and more than 325 pounds, Donovan Smith is a striking and imposing physical presence. Just ask the defensive linemen he battled in 2012 en route to earning a spot on the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman team. But, when Smith is around Nittany Lion fans, THON, Make-A-Wish children or the Special Olympians who visit Penn State every year, his tenacity is replaced with a smile, high fives, autographs and photos. In his first season on the field, Smith earned the starting left tackle job in training camp and was highly effective in protecting Matt McGloin's blind side during his record-breaking campaign. His efforts were critical in opening running lanes for Zach Zwinak to become a 1,000-yard rusher and helping McGloin break Penn State's season records for passing yardage and completions and career touchdown passes, among others. Smith has been a standout in trying to make sure he maximizes his tremendous physical attributes, improving his strength and speed and adding more than 15 pounds since the summer of 2012. He is among the leaders in the Penn State weight room, lifting more than 400 pounds in the bench press and 500 pounds in the squat. A U.S. Army All-American at Owings Mills High School, Smith is a highly-skilled, athletic and instinctive player with a very promising future. He is among 12 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland.

2012 (Sophomore Season)
In his first season on the field, Smith appeared in 10 games with nine starts at left tackle. For his efforts, he was selected to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman team. Smith earned the starting nod the first two games of the season, but a sprained ankle at Virginia forced him to miss the next two contests. He returned to the field in the 35-7 victory at Illinois and moved back into the starting lineup for the dramatic comeback win over No. 24 Northwestern to begin a string of seven straight starts. Smith was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions lead the Big Ten in total offense (437.0 ypg) in conference games and ranking second in scoring offense (32.6 ppg) and passing offense (283.1 ypg) against Big Ten foes. He helped Penn State gain more than 500 yards of total offense three times in conference play, topped by 546 yards against Indiana, its highest total against a Big Ten foe since gaining 557 yards against Michigan State in 2008. Smith was instrumental in helping pave the way for 1,000-yard rusher Zach Zwinak and protecting quarterback Matt McGloin during his record-setting 2012 campaign.

2011 (Freshman Season)
Redshirt season.

High School
Smith was a first-team all-state and Baltimore Sun first-team all-met selection for Coach Steve Lurz at Owings Mills High School. He did not allow a sack as a junior or senior and also was a standout defensive lineman. Smith played in the 2011 U.S. Army All-American Bowl and was rated a four-star recruit by 24/7sports.com.

Personal
Full name is Donovan Cole Smith. He is the son of Sharon Thomas. He has three sisters, Danielle and Tamika Thomas and Ebony Smith, and one brother, Dwayne Thomas. He enjoys listening to music, reading, cooking, fishing, playing video games and watching stand-up comedy. He is studying criminology and is interested in becoming an FBI agent or detective. Born June 23, 1993 in Hempstead, N.Y.

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