We are almost ready to turn the calendar to August, meaning that the start of Penn State’s 2014 season is just around the corner. In an effort to get you excited for the upcoming season, we are continuing to take a closer look at the Nittany Lions who you’ll see on the field this season.
Our series continues with the defense. The next defensive player up is rising sophomore cornerback Jordan Smith.
The Washington, D.C., native was an early enrollee back in January of 2013 and appeared in all 12 games last year as a true freshman. Smith played primarily on special teams but also played a little defense. He ended his freshman campaign with five total tackles.
It should be noted that Smith was the first player to commit to Penn State after the sanctions were announced two summers ago. The NCAA handed down the sanctions on July 23, 2012 and Smith pledged to Penn State a couple of weeks after on August 11. Even though Smith was rated as just a 2-star recruit by Rivals, committing when he did given the circumstances meant a whole lot to Bill O’Brien and the program at the time.
Smith chose Penn State over Colorado and Kansas.
The 5-11, 183-pound defensive back will probably find consistent playing time hard to come by this season, but he is someone who can definitely make a name for himself on special teams. Should Trevor Williams, Adrian Amos, Jordan Lucas or another cornerback go down with an injury, Smith will be one of the first called upon to fill in.
This might not be Smith’s year to make a big impact at cornerback, but his special teams play and play during practices will be invaluable for this 2014 Penn State team.