Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

PSU Football

Get to know: LB Brandon Smith ‘more confident in my game’ this year

Brandon Smith came to Penn State as an elite five-star recruit, and he didn’t waste much time earning his way onto the field.

Smith played in all 13 games as a true freshman last season. He finished with 14 tackles (8 solo) and had two tackles for loss.

This season, Smith should be in line to make a big impact as a starting linebacker.

“For me, it’s just another opportunity to introduce myself to college football and actually be a key performer in our defense,” Smith said last week during media days.

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 237-pounder from Virginia, will have to make more plays — along with other linebackers — now that Micah Parsons has departed for the NFL.

“At the beginning of the year last year, I wasn’t as knowledgeable about the playbook as I am now. And just being out on the field and continue to get a bunch of reps and taking my time talking with the coaches and working on my fundamentals with film study and on-the-field stuff, I feel more confident in my game and me being able to help the team in any way I can.”

Smith’s parents both tested positive and had to battle COVID over the summer.

“For me, I wasn’t able to go out and continue to work out because, for one, I just didn’t want to be a risk to anyone else,” Smith said. “I didn’t know if I was asymptomatic of it or whatever. So for me, I was just keeping myself mentally prepared for whatever and continuing to stay sane over that time I was stuck in the house.”

Become a Nittany Pride member for an ad-free experience throughout the site and even more exclusive in-depth content. You can sign up for $3.99 per month or get a yearly subscription for only $38.00.

He watched a lot of game film during that time to find areas to improve and “take mental notes.”

Find out a lot more about Smith in his full interview.

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from Cory Giger and the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Written By

Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

Click to comment

Sound Off!

Get NSN in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get notifications of new posts by email.

Most Viewed

Ficken still kicking after wacky weekend
PSU commit predicts 'national championship within the next 3-4 years'
That makes 12! PSU adds two more commits, bringing July total to a dozen for class of 2022
Big Ten or ACC? Which is the better home for Penn State?
Lions lose 4-star commit Fearbry, pick up another in Driver
PSU adds transfer forward Jalanni White from Canisius
Brent Pry, a Buffalo alum, mentioned as potential candidate for head coaching job
Q&A: Everything Altoona Curve fans need to know about tickets for games this season
Who dat gonna be the Saints' new punter? Blake Gillikin
Meet Luke Ruggery, the handsome, shirtless, 6-pack, dancing Saint Francis basketball player with 700k TikTok followers

More from Nittany Sports Now

Analysis

0 We discussed the best news for Penn State this holiday season on Christmas day, and now it’s time for the other side of...

PSU Football

0 Let’s C here. This was a crazy C-son for Penn State. The kind of C-son we will never C again, at least hopefully....

Nittany Notebook

0 Welcome to our daily Nittany Notebo. This post will be updated frequently throughout the day with news, notes and sometimes entertaining info. So...

PSU Football

0 There were a lot of good feelings among the Penn State players after Saturday’s 27-17 win at Michigan. Check out the postgame interviews...

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from Cory Giger and the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Send this to a friend