Penn State’s Brandon Smith was named one of five finalists for the Pop Warner College Football Award on Thursday.
The honor is is given to players who represent their university with excellence on the field, in the classroom, on campus and in the community.
The junior walk-on linebacker started the season third on the team’s depth chart, but injuries elevated him to starter by the third game, and he has totaled 43 tackles, fifth for the Nittany Lions, and a team-high two interceptions.
The Winfield native carries a 3.79 GPA in kinesiology, was recently selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-District, plans to become a pediatric oncologist, is active in the community and helps his wife’s nonprofit organization, Honduran Soles, which provides shoes for children in other countries.
The award will be given out next month.