UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WTAJ) – Penn State junior linebacker Brandon Smith announced on Twitter that he will forgo his senior season and will not play in the upcoming Outback Bowl.

Smith was second on the team in total tackles at 81. He finished the season with five pass break ups, three quarterback hurries, two sacks, and forced a fumble.

He was named a third-team All-Big Ten honoree by the coaches and an honorable mention by the media.

In September, Smith was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Auburn.

Smith is the first Nittany Lion to announce he will not play in this year’s bowl.

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