Donovan Smith is a left tackle for the Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions of the Big Ten Conference. He was named to Phil Steele’s 2014 pre-season All-Big Ten second team.
Smith attended Owings Mills High School in Maryland where he was a first team All-State selection. Smith starred on both sides of the ball, not allowing a sack as an offensive lineman as a junior or a senior. Smith was a four-star recruit according to 24/7sports.com and he earned a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Smith redshirted at Penn State in 2011 and played in 10 games, making nine starts along the way in 2012. ESPN.com named Smith to their Big Ten All-Freshman team. He started the first two games of the season for the Nittany Lions but suffered a sprained ankle that kept him out for a couple of contests. In his return to the starting lineup, Penn State pulled off an upset come-from-behind win over Northwestern. The Nittany Lions finished tops in the Big Ten in total offense in 2012 with 437 yards per game.
In 2013 Smith started 11 games and Penn State’s offense was remarkably consistent, gaining at least 350 yards every contest. The Nittany Lions also ran the ball for at least 250 yards in four of the games. Smith can bench more than 400 pounds and squat more than 500 pounds. Entering the 2014 season he is one of only two returning starters on the line for the Nittany Lions.
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