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Bobby Smith

School

Bradley

Position
Defender
Major
Accounting
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Classroom

Smith is enrolled in Bradley University’s Accounting 3:2 program, which allows students to receive both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. Boasting a 3.93 GPA, Smith is on pace to complete the program in just four years. He earned the inaugural Missouri Valley Conference Elite 18 Award in men’s soccer, which goes to the student-athlete competing in the conference championship game with the highest GPA. He was a 2010 First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District V and NSCAA Midwest Region Scholar-Athlete and a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete Team (1st Team in 2010 and Honorable Mention in 2009).

Character

Bradley University’s recipient of the Fall 2010 MVC State Farm Good Neighbor Award, Smith represented Bradley Athletics on the student leader panel during the Spring 2011 University Board of Trustees meeting. He is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society recognizing business excellence. He earned the Bradley soccer team’s 2011 Braves Award in a vote of his teammates, as well as the 2011 Danny Dahlquist Memorial Scholarship. He is a two-year Bradley soccer team captain.

Community

Smith will serve a third term on the Braves Council student-athlete advisory board during the 2011-12 year, as well as a second term on the MVC Student-Athlete Advisory Council. As a representative on the Missouri Valley Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Council, Smith volunteered with the Special Olympics. Smith is a popular volunteer in the MVC State Farm Just Read program at local grade schools and was a guest reader in 2009 at St. Philomena School in Peoria. He was a volunteer for the 2010 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Run/Walk 5K race and for the past two years has performed volunteer maintenance duties at a local cemetary for the Catholic Cemetaries Association.

Competition

A three-year starter in Bradley’s defensive scheme, Smith was named to the 2010 State Farm MVC All-Tournament Team after helping the Braves to their second conference tournament championship. He has started 53 of the 57 games he has played at Bradley. A member of the 2008 MVC All-Freshman Team, he then played the entire 2009 season with a sports hernia that was not diagnosed and corrected until the season’s end. He suffered a strained MCL the first day of the 2010 preseason, but recovered to start each of the season’s final 20 games. He earned Bradley’s co-Newcomer of the Year Award in 2008 and the Coaches Award in 2009.