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Penn State Football Top 10 Players-#5 Donovan Smith

We’ve reached the halfway point of our countdown and the next guy up is someone who is probably often overlooked, but is nevertheless an essential part of this Penn State football team. Without further delay, number five on our countdown is redshirt sophomore offensive tackle Donovan Smith.

Smith is a Long Island native but played his high school football in Owings Mills, MD. Standing at a stout 6′ 5”, 327 lbs, Smith started the first two games of the 2012 season before sustaining an injury and missing games three and four. But he returned for the Illinois game and started every game since. With Smith figuring to be 100% healthy for the 2013 season, he will certainly be counted on to protect either Tyler Ferguson’s or Christian Hackenberg’s blind side.

Smith was the ninth-ranked offensive tackle coming out of high school in the 2011 class and chose Penn State over the likes of Clemson, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia Tech and others. Smith is a member of the “Supa Six,” which also includes Bill Belton, Adrian Amos, Kyle Carter, Deion Barnes and Allen Robinson. On Twitter, Smith created a hash tag/slogan for himself: #Highway76 (he wears #76). To me at least, that sounds like he plans on bulldozing the defensive linemen who line up against him. That sounds plenty good to me.

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