Naquan Smith, a graduate strong safety on the GSU football team
has been honored for his hard work and dedication on and off the field.
By TIERRA SMITH
Grambling State University Media Bureau
New Orleans, La. – Naquan Smith, a graduate strong safety on the Grambling State University football team has been honored for his hard work and dedication on and off the field.
In between the “trash talk” and jokes during Friday’s Bayou Classic coaches luncheon, Smith, of Atlanta, was recognized by United States Marines Corp.
“It is a great honor,” said interim GSU head football coach Dennis Winston. “(Smith) is deserving of it and will be a very productive citizen after college.”
Smith is more than a football player; he is a father, husband and mentor to other players.
“It means a lot to me that my coaches, teammates and others believe that I show great leadership,” said Smith, who graduated from Grambling State with a bachelor’s degree in sports management in May 2013 and is pursuing a master’s degree in sports administration.
Smith was notified of his accomplishment after GSU’s lost against University of Arkansas Pine Bluff about three weeks ago. He has watched three teammates receive the leadership honor in recent years, including last year when his best friend Fabian Carter, a GSU kicker, was recognized.
Smith said he and Carter are much like each other. “We give advice to the freshman and student-athletes and teach them how matriculate through Grambling State successfully,” he said.
Smith is rooted in the campus and Grambling communities. As an intern in the Office of Academic Enhancement at Grambling State, he mentors peers and freshman student-athletes. He teaches them how to adapt to college life, how to balance being a student-athlete and academics. In addition, he volunteers at the Boys and Girls Club of Ruston and Grambling Lab High School.
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