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Sept. 12, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Freshman "run-on" defensive end Brent Smith is not your typical true freshman student-athlete.
Not only is a 26-year-old in his first semester with the Nittany Lion football team, Smith spent eight years in the Marines. After graduating high school in January of 2004, Smith joined the Marines just months later. He made two trips to Iraq, one in 2005-06 and again in 2007 for nearly the entire calendar year.
To say Smith has seen it all would be an understatement. The Hughesville, Pa., native engaged in first-hand combat during his duty in Iraq. After eight years in the Marines, Smith is now at Penn State taking classes, and he joined the football program during training camp.
An incredibly hard worker on the "dirty show" scout squad defense, Smith brings a unique leadership perspective into the locker room. In honor of Military Appreciation Day for the Navy game, take a look at a video interview with Smith to hear about his time in the Marines and his journey to Penn State.