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THE PENN STATE FOOTBALL YEARBOOK is provided as a service to the

media. The public may purchase copies by forwarding a check or money order, payable to Penn State, in the amount of $20 per copy, to: 2016 Football Yearbook, 101 Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA 16802. Online orders may be made through the Publication Store at www.GoPSUsports.com. The Football Yearbook is prepared to assist the media in its coverage of the Nittany Lions. Official website is GoPSUsports.com. For additional information, the media may contact the Strategic Communications Office, 101-D Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA 16802. Telephone 814-865-1757; FAX: 814-863-3165. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Members of the staff also may be reached by e-mail or via cell phone.

CREDITS: The 2016 Penn State Football Yearbook was compiled by Kristina Petersen, Layout/Managing Editor; Steve Love, Design & Layout; editorial assistance by Kevin Fiorenzo, Greg Campbell, Tony Mancuso and Mark Brumbaugh. Printed by Josten’s. Current as of July 1, 2016. PHOTO CREDITS: Mark Selders, Steve Manuel, Steve Tressler, Campus Photography, Carl Kosola, Michael Sisak, Giancarlo Pitocco, Jason York, Shawn McCullough, Prince Spells, Jenn Vasinda, Amber Walser, Alli Harvey, Wagner Photography, Heather Crowder Photography, Greg Grieco, Penn State Department of Public Information, Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kellie Goodman, Pennsylvania Ski Association, Preston Mack, WDW Photo, AP Images, NFL Properties, Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers, Bill Smith & Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, James D. Smith & Dallas Cowboys, Jim Biever & Green Bay Packers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders, Karl Roser & Pittsburgh Steelers, Newman Lowrance & St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tennessee Titans and Washington Redskins. U. Ed No. ICA-17-1

MAJOR SECTIONS We Are Penn State................................ 1-59 2016 Season Preview.......................... 60-69 2016 Player Bios............................... 70-122 Coaching Staff................................. 123-139 2015 Season Review....................... 140-172 Records........................................... 174-207 Awards & Honors............................. 208-232 History............................................. 233-291 Bowl History..................................... 292-314 Penn State University...................... 315-324 Full Table of contents available on page 60

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TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE SUCCESS WITH HONOR The true greatness of a program is measured over the long haul and since 1887 Penn State has demonstrated consistency and quality on and off the field. The nation’s second-largest stadium houses a powerhouse that ranks among the elite programs in producing NFL Draft choices and All-Americans, while ranking among the leaders in community service and graduation rates.

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Penn State has had 61 linebackers selected in the NFL Draft and 19 earn first-team All-America honors. Jack Ham is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and won four Super Bowl rings as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

ALL-TIME AP POLL RANKINGS (TOTAL NO. OF WEEKS RANKED)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. LaVar Arrington & Courtney Brown

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Todd Blackledge & Curt Warner

OHIO STATE MICHIGAN OKLAHOMA NOTRE DAME ALABAMA USC NEBRASKA TEXAS PENN STATE LSU

854 807 783 767 743 742 716 702 591 575


BY THE NUMBERS

106,572 856

Capacity of Beaver Stadium

Wins in school history, which ranks No. 8 all-time in the FBS

409

Wins by Joe Paterno (Most in NCAA Division I history)

129 99 81

Seasons of football at Penn State

First-team All-America selections

Graduation Rate Percentage of football student-athletes

29 NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS

Of the 29 national award winners that Penn State has had over the years, a record-tying seven Nittany Lions have claimed the Maxwell Award. The award is presented annually to the Outstanding Player in College Football. The latest Nittany Lion to join the club was Carl Nassib, who claimed three national awards in 2015, including the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award and the Ted Hendricks Award.

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Lambert Meadowlands Trophies (Best Team in the East)

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National Award Winners

Undefeated seasons

National Championships (1982, 1986)

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Don Graham

Joe Paterno

Matthew Rice & Michael Robinson

BEST OF THE BOWLS Penn State has at least one win in five of the six current College Football Playoff bowl games. (Penn State has never played in the Chick-fil-a Peach Bowl.)

Heisman Trophy Winner (John Cappelletti, 1973)

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SUCCESS

Derrick Williams

INTO THE B1G

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

An offer was extended in 1990 from the oldest and most storied athletic conference to the iconic blue and white and since that day the Big Ten Conference and Penn State have been a perfect match. After playing the first 106 seasons of football as an independent, Penn State opened Big Ten play on the first day of the 1993 season and enters its 24th season as a marquee player in the conference.

Christian Hackenberg was just the second Penn Stater to win the B1G Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year award after leading the Nittany Lions to a 6-2 conference mark in 2012. That season, Hackenberg set 12 Penn State freshman passing records, including passing yards (2,955), completions (231) and touchdown passes (20).

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Christian Hackenberg

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First-team All-Big Ten selections

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First-team All-Americans since 1993

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Seasons as a member of the Big Ten

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Big Ten indvidiual award winners


CATCHING TOP HONORS

AND THE AWARD GOES TO

MAKING STOPS

Allen Robinson won back-to-back Big Ten Richter-Howard Receiver of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013. The wideout was the first player to lead the Big Ten in receptions and yardage since 1985, compiling 2,445 yards on 174 receptions over the two seasons. Robinson’s 97 catches and 1,432 yards in 2013 are both Penn State season records.

In 23 seasons in the Big Ten, Penn State claimed 22 individual awards, including six Defensive Player of the Year honorees (2015 winner Carl Nassib, above). The list also includes three Offensive Players of the Year, three Freshmen of the Year and 10 positional award winners.

In 2007, Penn State had the top two tacklers in the Big Ten with Dan Connor (11.2) and Sean Lee (10.6) each averaging more than 10 tackles per game. Connor earned All-American first team honors that season, the second of his career, while Lee was named All-Big Ten second team.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-B1G DEFENSIVE SELECTIONS (SINCE 2005)

1. 2. 3. 4.

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Devon Still

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Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year award winners

Mike Hull

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Overtimes played vs. Michigan in 2013 (Longest game in B1G history)

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Chicago Tribune Silver Football winners

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B1G awards named for Penn State student-athletes

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POSTSEASON PROWESS Playing on New Year’s Day is a dream of any college football student-athlete, and Penn State has the track record of being among the last teams on the annual bowl schedule. The Nittany Lions have 28 all-time appearances in January bowl games, including wins in five different New Year’s bowl games since joining the Big Ten in 1993.

Penn State earned its stripes in its first visit to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, toppling Boston College, 31-30, in overtime. The game began with a bowlrecord-tying 72-yard touchdown pass from Christian Hackenberg to Chris Godwin and ended when Sam Ficken converted his extra point attempt in overtime following a Kyle Carter scoring grab. The Pinstripe Bowl win gave Penn State a victory in its 13th different bowl game in school history.

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First bowl appearance in the first official Rose Bowl Game

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FORTY-SIX & COUNTING The tradition began in 1923 with a trip to the West Coast and a berth in the Rose Bowl and continued in 2015 with Penn State’s appearance in the TaxSlayer Bowl. The 2015 bowl berth marked the 46th in school history, which ranks tied for No. 9 in NCAA history.

Winning percentage in 46 bowl appearances (3rd in NCAA history)

46

Bowl appearances in school history (T-9th in NCAA history)

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Jared Odrick

WINNING PERCENTAGE IN NEW YEAR’S SIX BOWL GAMES (SINCE 1940)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

PENN STATE USC MISSISSIPPI LSU WASHINGTON

.725 .710 .688 .635 .625

Penn State victories in bowl games (T-4th in NCAA history)

Shane Conlan

SIX VICTORIES Penn State is one of only two teams with unblemished records in the desert (at least three games played). The six wins in the Fiesta Bowl are the most by any team in the bowl’s history.

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Fiesta Bowl record for tackles set by Matt Millen in 1977

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Curtis Enis

Different bowl games won

Tackles for loss by NaVorro Bowman in 2009 Rose Bowl (Rose Bowl Record)

THAT TOOK A WHILE The first triple overtime contest in BCS history ended with Kevin Kelly’s 29-yard field goal, as Penn State toppled Florida State, 26-23, in the longest game in Orange Bowl history.

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National Championships

Of nine quarterbacks to appear in both the Rose Bowl and a Super Bowl (Kerry Collins)

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Penn State is the only team in Rose Bowl history with two scoring drives of 15 seconds or less. Both of those drives came against Oregon in the 1995 Rose Bowl, with Ki-Jana Carter breaking an 84-yard touchdown run and Jon Witman rumble in from nine yards out after a Ducks turnover.

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2016 NFL Pro Bowlers - Tamba Hali, NaVorro Bowman, Allen Robinson, Sean Lee

THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN Since Elgie Tobin won the first NFL Championship in 1920, Penn Staters have dotted NFL rosters. With 343 players drafted all-time, Penn State is among the Top 10 among NCAA institutions in producing professional talent. There has been a Nittany Lion in 45 of the 50 Super Bowl games, with 55 total rings won. Being prepared in life is paramount to success, and when polled by Sporting News, NFL General Managers and Player Personnel Directors ranked Penn State the clearcut winner as the collegiate program that best prepares pupils for the NFL.

BY THE NUMBERS

Jared Odrick

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Allen Robinson

20,349

NFL games played by Nittany Lions (4th all-time)

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Cameron Wake

343

Total Nittany Lions selected in the NFL Draft (7th all-time)

Jordan Norwood

104

Super Bowl appearances by Penn Staters (T-4th all-time)

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First round picks


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1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Sean Lee

Paul Posluszny

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NaVorro Bowman

TO THE HALL Penn State has produced six Pro Football Hall of Famers over the years, with (top left to bottom right) Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Mike Michalske, Lenny Moore, Mike Munchak and Dave Robinson all earning a bust in Canton’s hallowed halls.

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Times Penn State has had at least five players drafted

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Pro Football Hall of Fame selections (T-6th all-time)

Courtney Brown

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First round picks in 2003

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Shane Conlan

THOSE HALLOWED HALLS When you walk around the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you will find the bronze busts of six Nittany Lions. Inside the College Football Hall of Fame, you will view 23 individuals with Penn State ties. Penn State is one of 12 schools to have six or more representatives in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Jack Ham, Franco Harris, Mike Michalske, Lenny Moore, Mike Munchak and Dave Robinson are all enshrined in Canton, Ohio for their accomplishments on the field of play.

THE LEGACY CONTINUES With Shane Conlan’s induction in 2014, Penn State has 23 members of the College Football Hall of Fame. Five coaches and 18 players have earned their way into the College Football Hall of Fame, with five of them running backs and four more playing on both offense and defense during their careers.

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TOP OF THE LIST Penn State ranks tied for 10th among college programs in producing both College Football Hall of Famers and Pro Football Hall of Famers. The Nittany Lions are tied with five programs in College Football Hall of Famers, while they are all square with Illinois, Miami (Fla.) and Oregon in Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees.

Lydell Mitchell

BIG TIME IN THE BOWLS One of the nation’s most sought after postseason programs also has its fair share of student-athletes enshrined in bowl game Hall of Fames. Most notable are Ki-Jana Carter (Rose), Lydell Mitchell (Cotton) and Dave Robinson (Gator). Penn State also has five honorees in the Orange Bowl Hall of Fame, including Joe Paterno, who is also a member of the Gator Bowl Hall of Fame.

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NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS A STANDARD OF SUCCESS When Richie Lucas claimed the Maxwell Award given to the Outstanding Player in College Football in 1959, he set the standard for success at Penn State. Since that season, 32 Nittany Lions have either won or been named finalists for 60 major college football awards.

NASSIB ADDS TO HARDWARE In 2015, Carl Nassib exploded onto the college football scene, as the former walk-on led the NCAA in sacks and forced fumbles, setting the school standard for sacks in a season with 15.5. For his efforts on the field and in the classroom, Nassib claimed a trio of national awards, winning the Lott IMPACT Trophy, Rotary Lombardi Award and the Ted Hendricks Award. He was named a finalist for six awards in 2015, the second-most by a Penn State football student-athlete (Paul Posluszny).

HEISMAN INSPIRATION A running back built in Pennsylvania’s steel country, John Cappelletti’s 1973 season was highlighted by winning the Heisman Trophy. In what is considered the most moving speech ever given at the ceremonies, Cappelletti spoke from the heart about his brother, Joey, who was battling leukemia at the time. “A lot of people think I go through a lot...Only for me it is on Saturdays and it’s only in the fall. For Joseph, it is all year round and it is a battle that is unending...He has always been a great inspiration to me.”

MAXWELL AWARD WINNERS ALL-TIME (OUTSTANDING PLAYER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL)

1. 3.

PENN STATE NOTRE DAME NAVY OHIO STATE TEXAS

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1959: RICH LUCAS, QB

1964: GLENN RESSLER, C/G

1969: MIKE REID, DT


SEVEN-TIME FINALIST

THREE FOR THREE

ACADEMIC EXELLENCE

Paul Posluszny made things happen on the field for the Blue and White and for that he was named a finalist for national awards a schoolrecord seven times. He was a three-time winner, claiming the Bednarik Award for Defensive Player of the Year twice and earning the Butkus Award as the nation’s top linebacker once.

Running back Larry Johnson broke the Penn State single-game rushing record on three occasions in 2002, helping him win all three major awards in which he was named a finalist. He also finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting that season behind quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Brad Banks.

Offensive linemen don’t often get the credit they deserve on and off the field. John Urschel changed that, as he earned a pair of the most distinguished awards a college student-athlete can attain. He was named the William V. Campbell Trophy winner, widely considered the “Academic Heisman”, and earned the James E. Sullivan Award awarded to the nation’s top amateur athlete by the AAU.

60/28 On 60 occasions, Nittany Lions have been named finalists for National Awards.

Kerry Collins

1973: JOHN CAPPELLETTI, RB

A.Q. Shipley

1978: CHUCK FUSINA, QB

Carl Nassib

1994: KERRY COLLINS, QB

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ALL-AMERICANS LaVar Arrington

Michael Mauti

Tamba Hali

Larry Johnson

Paul Posluszny

THE CENTURY MARK The next Penn Stater to be selected a first-team All-American will be the 100th in Penn State history. In 128 years of playing football in Happy Valley, there have been 99 All-America first team selections, with 85 different student-athletes earning the honor, most recently defensive end Carl Nassib in 2015.

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BY THE NUMBERS

168

Total All-American selections in school history (1st, 2nd & 3rd team)

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Student-Athletes selected as an All-American

Matt Millen

Chuck Fusina and Ken Dorsey

SIX IN ’78

MULTIPLE FIRST-TEAMERS

The 1978 team watched as a school-record six studentathletes were named first-team All-Americans. Ken Dorney earned his second-straight first team nod, while Bruce Clark earned his first of two selections. Matt Bahr, Chuck Fusina, Pete Harris and Matt Millen also earned the most heralded distinction in college football.

Having one first-team All-American selection is a big deal, however, on 11 occasions the Penn State football program has placed three-or-more student-athletes on the top All-America squad. It first happened in 1969 and last occurred during the 2002 campaign.

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First-team All-America selections in school history

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of the last 49 years with an All-American for Penn State

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Consensus All-Americans

First-team All-Americans since 2000

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First-team All-American linebackers from Linebacker U.

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Penn State student-athletes have earned All-America and Academic All-America honors

The list reads like a veritable who’s who of college football lore. From W.T. “Mother” Dunn in 1906 to Glenn Ressler in 1964. Ted Kwalick in 1967 & 1968 to Kyle Brady in 1994. It’s names like Arrington, Bahr, Collins, Mauti, Zordich and Robinson. The list goes on and on, while college football’s best continually pull on the blue and white uniform to play for those who have come before them and continue laying the foundation of one of college football’s most storied programs.

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Penn Staters have earned multiple All-America first team honors

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LIVING UP TO THE MONIKER Many times when college athletics are mentioned, the term student-athlete is used and at Penn State that is held with the highest regard. Seventeen different Penn Staters have earned both Academic All-American honors and on-field All-American honors (1st, 2nd or 3rd team) during their respective careers.

Kurt Allerman, LB

Chris Bahr, K

Jack Balorunos, OL

Bruce Bannon, DL *

Rich Buzin, OL

Keith Dorney, OL *

Jeff Hartings, OL *

Dave Joyner, OL *

Mark Markovich, OL

Dan Natale, TE

Dennis Onkotz, LB *

Charlie Pittman, RB *

Paul Posluszny, LB *

Scott Radecic, LB

Mark Robinson, DB

John Urschel, OL

Stefen Wisniewski, OL *

* Earned First Team All-American honors

W.T. “Mother� Dunn led Penn State to an 8-1-1 record, as the center captained a team that shut out nine of its 10 opponents. Dunn was selected a first-team All-American by Walter Camp at the age of 29.

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Courtney Brown

THREE IN A ROW

THIRTY-EIGHT

Dan Connor is the latest in the line of two-time first-team All-Americans after earning honors in 2006 and 2007. Connor also claimed the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s Defensive Player of the Year, in 2007, a year after watching teammate Paul Posluszny win the Bednarik in 2006.

Penn State has seen 38 different student-athletes named consensus All-American for 41 honors, including eight since 2000. Of those 38, 13 Penn Staters to earn unanimous All-America selections, with Carl Nassib doing so in 2015.

HIGH FIVE

DEFENSE AND OFFENSE

The 1994 squad placed a NCAA-best five student-athletes on the All-America first team, including unanimous pick Ki-Jana Carter, consensus selection Kerry Collins, along with Kyle Brady, Bobby Engram and Jeff Hartings.

Linebacker Dennis Onkotz and tight end Ted Kwalick each earned All-America first team honors in 1968 and both were two-time first team selections in their respective careers. Kwalick earned his second nod in 1967, while Onkotz was also a first-teamer in 1969.

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GAME DAY IN HAPPY VALLEY

“IF THIS ISN’T ONE OF THE BEST PLACES IN AMERICA, I DON’T KNOW THE OTHER ONE.” — Lee Corso, ESPN GameDay

IT TAKES A VILLAGE It isn’t just about the team arrival or the battle on the field; game day is about the cumulative efforts of everyone involved. From Nittanyville to the Penn State Blue Band, the spirit squads to the ‘S’ Zone, or the tailgaters to the ticket takers, every Penn Stater has a hand in making Happy Valley the best show in college football.

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TRADITION CONTINUES As they have for years, the Penn State football team arrives at Beaver Stadium via the classic Blue Buses, however, they no longer take the left-hand turn onto Curtin Road. The team now exits the caravan at the corner of Porter and Curtin and the team walks through a sea of cheering fans on the way into Beaver Stadium.

GET UP...IT’S GAMEDAY ESPN’s College GameDay made the trek to Happy Valley for the first time in 1999 for the season-opening contest between No. 3 Penn State and No. 4 Arizona. The Nittany Lions have hosted the GameDay crew on four occasions. Sports Illustrated dubbed it “Greatest Show in College Football,” however Penn State fans refer to it simply as Saturday. Other than packing the nation’s second-largest stadium with nearly 107,000 screaming fans, many more make the trek to campus to enjoy tailgating and camaraderie and maybe some Creamery ice cream.

107K When 107,000 fans reach full throat inside Beaver Stadium, the defense must have forced third down or the Nittany Lion is dancing around celebrating a score. With so many fans, however, tickets are not easy to come by. More than 85,000 seats are sold on a season ticket basis each year, including more than 21,000 student season ticket holders.

NITTANYVILLE It’s not the postal service, but Nittanyville’s dedication to make Beaver Stadium the toughest venue in college football is unmatched no matter sun, rain, snow or dead of night.

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107K STRONG Penn State fans fill Beaver Stadium to the brim every fall, providing an electric and exciting atmosphere for the Nittany Lions each Saturday inside the nation’s second-largest venue. The eruption of 107,000 blue and white clad fans fill the valley as the team emerges from the South Tunnel and the steel foundation of the stadium shakes when Zombie Nation pumps through the speakers on a pivotal third-down stand.

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The University Park campus becomes the thirdlargest city in Pennsylvania on game days, driving the local economy to the tune of $40 million annually.

2015 NCAA ATTENDANCE LEADERS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

MICHIGAN OHIO STATE TEXAS A&M ALABAMA TENNESSEE PENN STATE LSU GEORGIA FLORIDA TEXAS

110,168 107,244 103,622 101,112 100,584 99,799 93,441 92,746 90,065 90,035

PENN STATE WHITE OUT On October 9, 2004, 21,000 students clad in white set the wheels in motion for one of the most replicated experiences in college sports, the Penn State White Out. The phenomenon evolved from a students only event into a full stadium white out in 2007, earning Beaver Stadium the White House moniker.

271-72

Penn State has won nearly 80 percent of its games in front of the Nittany Lion faithful, compiling an all-time mark of 271-72 at Beaver Stadium, including a 6-1 mark during the 2015 campaign.

“THAT’S THE BEST STUDENT SECTION IN THE COUNTRY.” Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN

LARGEST NCAA FOOTBALL STADIUMS 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

MICHIGAN PENN STATE OHIO STATE TEXAS A&M TENNESSEE

107,601 106,572 104,944 102,733 102,455

GONE IN A FLASH The No. 1 student section in the nation [NCAA.com, 2014] has sold out consistently for over four decades, with many of those sellouts occurring in just minutes. The 2008 allotment sold out in under 20 minutes, with the freshman, sophomore and junior classes taking just nine minutes total to gather up nearly 15,000 tickets.

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HAPPY VALLEY PLAN AN ADVENTURE Looking to add some adventure to your life? State College was named one of National Geographic’s Top 100 Adventure Towns. From the Waffle Shop to Mount Nittany, local music and fly fishing, our central Pennsylvania positioning makes us a hidden gem. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (Arts Fest) brings over 125,000 people to Happy Valley over five days each July. The Festival is one of the nation’s premier outdoor fine art events made possible by tremendous community support to produce a unique cultural experience.

WE ARE… A COLLEGE TOWN Using a matrix of a dozen factors, including livability, education, safety and activities, Niche.com rated State College as the No. 2 College Town, including the top campus in the Commonwealth. The University Park campus was also rated as the No. 14 public university in the country.

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THERE FROM THE START The Corner Room located on the corner of Pugh Street and College Avenue has been a State College staple since 1855. Originally named Jack’s Roadhouse, the establishment became the The Corner Room in 1926 and has been going strong ever since.

“Old Willow,” planted in 1859 by William Waring, was revered for its ties to several campus traditions and lived on The Mall until 1976. Though the original tree perished in 1921, it was replaced multiple times by cuttings grown from it, until disease took the last tree at the spot in 1976. A Penn State historical marker sits at the site of “Old Willow” to highlight its place on the National Register of Historic Places.

fans pack the Bryce Jordan Center for special events and athletic contests. Acts have included Garth Brooks, Brantley Gilbert, Billy Joel, Kevin Hart, Paul McCartney, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and Jay Z. In 2013, a then-NCAA record crowd of 15,996 spectators watched the three-time defending National Champion Penn State wrestling squad take down Pittsburgh in the venue.

From Eisenhower Auditorium to Beaver Stadium, Penn Staters flock to every speaker, performance or event on campus. The Nittany Lion faithful enjoy some of the most historic venues, like Rec Hall, while laying claim to the most state-of-the-art buildings, such as Pegula Ice Arena. A classic college town located in the Nittany Valley, State College is renowned for its beauty, charm and youthful lifestyle. Quaint shops and popular restaurants share the cozy downtown area with contemporary retail stores and gathering spots for locals and students alike. And it all lies in the shadow of the legendary Mount Nittany in what is affectionately known as “Happy Valley.”

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WE ARE... TRUE COLORS Penn State’s student-athletes are instantly identified by their blue and white uniforms — but those weren’t the original school colors. In October 1887, the student body unanimously chose dark pink and black. After the pink faded to white on many of the uniforms, the students opted for blue in place of black and white as the official school colors. The iconic blue and white became official on March 18, 1890. In 1999, the Penn State Lion Ambassadors, the student alumni corps, revived one of the oldest traditions in college football — the Block ‘S’ — in the student section at Beaver Stadium. Now, 700 students don coordinated blue and white t-shirts to create the giant block ‘S’ each home Saturday. On Homecoming, the ‘S’ Zone dons the school’s original colors of pink and black to pay homage.

THE LION SHRINE Penn State’s Lion Shrine was dedicated on Oct. 24, 1942, during Homecoming Weekend. The 13-ton block of Indiana limestone was molded into the most recognizable symbol of Penn State by renowned sculpture Heinz Warneke. A gift of the Class of 1940, it rests in a natural setting of trees near the Recreation Building. Seniors of Penn State’s Class of 2012 voted to improve and enhance the area surrounding the statue as the class gift. The Lion Shrine is the second-most photographed landmark in the state of Pennsylvania.

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WE ARE In the 1970s, the cheerleaders sought out a new cheer and so was born, “We Are… Penn State.” The cheer didn’t catch on right away, but it caught hold in the early 1980s and now echoes through Beaver Stadium each Saturday in the fall. The cheerleaders later added “Thank You…You’re Welcome.” The first use of the phrase “We are Penn State” is often attributed to football All-American Steve Suhey. A captain on the 1947 Cotton Bowl team, Suhey used the phrase as the team, an early racially-integrated unit, was faced with several situations in which Penn State’s African-American players were not welcome to participate. A team captain, Suhey, pointing at all his teammates, said “We’re Penn State and we play together or we don’t play.” The Class of 2013 chose to have this slogan immortalized with a sculpture serving as a visual representation of what it means to be a Penn Stater. Created by Penn State alumnus Johnathan Cramer, the sculpture is made out of mirrorpolished, stainless steel. The 12-foot-tall sculpture rests on a stone base and is located in the shadow of Beaver Stadium at the corner of Curtin Road and University Drive.

PENN STATE STAPLES Old Main: Originally erected in the 1850s, the current Old Main has been in use since 1930. Used as student and staff housing in the early days, Old Main is now the administrative hub of the University Park campus. Note: The clock tower was a gift from the class of 1904 and was moved from the original building to the top of Old Main. Protecting Our Turf: It is often said that the sun never sets on Penn State turfgrass surfaces. This is made possible through the Penn State Center for Turfgrass Science, a program that has been at the forefront of cutting edge of research in its field since 1929. Berkey Creamery: Dairy research began at Penn State in 1865, and the Creamery has been setting milestones ever since. From Baskin-Robbins to Haagen-Dazs, industry pros flock to Penn State to learn how to craft ice cream perfection THON: A student-run philanthropy committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer, the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon is a year-long effort, which culminates with a 46-hour dance marathon in February. The event has raised more than $137 million for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The HUB: Since the 1920s, Penn Stater students had been clamoring for a central gathering place, but it wasn’t until 1953 that vision became reality in what was know as the Hetzel Union Building. After a handful of temporary locations, the University broke ground on what is now named the HUB-Robeson Center and the most highly trafficked building on campus now covers 305,000 square feet. The HUB was renovated beginning in 2013 to include new seating and lounge space, additional meeting and multi-purpose rooms, a THON merchandise store and renovated Penn State Bookstore and Food Court.

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FRONT PAGE PROGRAM WALL-TO-WALL COVERAGE Penn State has long been a media darling, as the Nittany Lions’ program prestige and performance on the field make them a weekly choice for national television coverage. The black shoes and basic blues can be found on channels from ABC to Big Ten Network to ESPN, along with coverage from the biggest print media organizations in the nation.

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Penn State has had 276 of its last 278 games overall televised, including 159 consecutive games.

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90 Million 22 Million

Homes in U.S. and internationally that have the Big Ten Network

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Monthly readership for online and print outlets covering Penn State regularly

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Or more credentialed media members for each home game

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Straight games appearing on national television


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B1G TELEVISION In 2007, the Big Ten Conference embarked on a joint venture with the FOX Entertainment Group to begin the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering a single collegiate athletic conference. The Big Ten Network continues to lead the charge in promoting the nation’s oldest athletic conference through live events, studio shows, documentaries and other related programming.

Over the last 12 seasons, every Penn State game has aired on either ABC, the Big Ten Network, NBC or one of the ESPN family of networks.

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Bill Belton

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Radio affiliates make up the Penn State Sports Network

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Appearances on ESPN’s College GameDay

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Of the Top 10 rated Big Ten football games on ESPN

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ON THE COVER A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS When a dramatic image graces the cover of a national publication, you no doubt find yourself immersed in the story. Penn State Football is among the select few universities to have the staying power to continually see their images grace the covers of numerous national publications, continually creating memories for Nittany Nation.

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22 million is the approximate monthly readership for the online and print outlets that cover Penn State regularly.

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THE SPREAD Penn State was a spread team in magazines well before the offensive scheme became mainstream in college football, gracing the pages of ESPN the Magazine, Sporting News and Sports Illustrated with some of the most polarizing figures and stories on the national scene.

LOCAL COVERAGE Along with national attention, Penn State is covered extensively throughout the state and region. Among the 80plus credentialed media outlets that cover the Nittany Lions when at home, the program also boasts the largest traveling media contingent in the Big Ten, with 15-20 daily newspapers, along with multiple radio and television outlets following the Blue and White around Big Ten country.

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Penn State has graced the cover of Sports Illustrated on 15 occasions. Who will be next?

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SUCCESS WITH HONOR COMPETE IN THE CLASSROOM Head coach James Franklin has always said his teams compete in everything they do, and the classroom is no exception. During the 2015 fall semester, a record 56 student-athletes earning a 3.0 or better.

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graduation rate for Penn State studentathletes, including an 81 percent rate for the football program, which is nearly 10 points higher than the national average.

WELL-ROUNDED STUDENT-ATHLETE An All-American on the field and in the classroom, linebacker Paul Posluszny is the only defensive player to ever win National Defensive Player of the Year and CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year honors in the same season (2006). Posluszny was a two-time first-team Academic All-American and earned a pair of first-team All-American nods on the field, doing so in 2005 and 2006.

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ALL-TIME CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

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Academic All-Big Ten performers since joining the conference in 1993

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NEBRASKA PENN STATE NOTRE DAME OKLAHOMA OHIO STATE STANFORD TEXAS MICHIGAN STATE AIR FORCE MICHIGAN NORTHWESTERN

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Football student-athletes with 3.00 GPAs following 2015 fall semester

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2011 Graduates

School record number of Academic All-Big Ten performers in 2012

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of Penn State’s 27 NFL players in 2015 had already earned their degrees

Stefan Wisniewski

Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel

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National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes (No. 3 Nationally)

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Repeat Academic All-American selections in program history Coach Joe Paterno, Todd Blackledge, Dick Enberg

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CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame members John Urschel

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NaVorro Bowman

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GIVING BACK IN THE COMMUNITY The Penn State football program has long prided itself on being active in the community and giving back to those who give so much to Penn State University. From participating in THON and Make-A-Wish Foundation events, Penn State also volunteers countless hours to making sure the community knows their daily efforts are appreciated.

RECORD BREAKING SERVICE The 2015 offensive unit claimed Penn State’s CHAMPS Cup for community outreach. As a team, the Nittany Lions compiled more than 2,000 hours of community service-related activities in 2015-16, breaking the previous mark of 1,900 set by the 2014 team.

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HELPING OTHERS WITH NEEDS The initiatives that Penn State Football studentathletes are active with include Special Olympics, THON, Make-A-Wish Foundation, United Way Day of Caring and Giving Tuesday. Along with those - and many others - the Blue and White consistently host groups at Lasch Building as a way of reaching out to the local community.

STILL GIVING Staying connected is also something Penn Staters do and it is no different with football alumni. Devon Still and his daughter, Leah, came back to THON in 2016 to speak to the crowd. Leah was diagnosed with stage IV neuroblastoma in 2015. She battled and beat cancer.

Devon & Leah Still

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A CALL FOR ACTION When Scott Shirley’s father was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2003, his family was told the disease didn’t typically respond to traditional treatments, which made it rare and therefore didn’t attract research and development. That wasn’t good enough for his teammates, who used the platform as student-athletes to give the fight against rare diseases a voice - thus Lift For Life was born. Lift For Life is organized and run by Uplifting Athletes, a non-profit organization that inspires the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport. The national network of chapters is run by current football student-athletes, providing them with an opportunity to gain practical job skills while learning how to leverage their assets and abilities to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community.

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RAISING THE BAR

MAN BEHIND THE MISSION

For 13 summers the Penn State football team has gathered for Lift For Life, and though the format has changed from strictly weight lifting based to a team fitness test format, the fans continue to come out and support. One year after raising a programrecord $150,990, the squad brought in $120,000 in 2015 to push the all-time total to $1.12 million raised to benefit kidney cancer research and the rare disease community.

With a master’s in engineering, Scott Shirley (third from left) began his professional career designing buildings - his dream job - but upon his father’s passing from kidney cancer in 2005, Uplifting Athletes became his mission. First, as a hobby, Shirley soon realized that the cause needed full time attention, so he packed up and moved home to get the non-profit off the ground in 2007. From two schools in 2007, Uplifting Athletes now has 24 chapters coast-to-coast.

While the event was fun to watch, the Uplifting Athletes leadership thought there might be a way to get the younger fans more involved. So, in 2015 they decided to add the first ever Kids Combine, where the newest Nittany Lions - incoming freshmen interacted with boys and girls, while running them through an NFL Combine-style event.

LIFT FOR LIFE PRESIDENTS 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003

GARRETT SICKELS BEN KLINE BEN KLINE ERIC SHRIVE MIKE FARRELL MIKE FARRELL BRETT BRACKETT BRETT BRACKETT BRETT BRACKETT KEVIN SUHEY KEVIN SUHEY MATT CAMPOLONGO, LANCE ANTOLICK, CURT REESE ROBBIE GOULD, JONATHAN NABAVI DAVE COSTLOW, DAMONE JONES, SCOTT SHIRLEY

RARE DISEASE CHAMPION AWARD Presented annually to recognize a leader in the world of college football to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community, the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award was bestowed upon Nittany Lion offensive lineman Eric Shrive. During his Penn State career, Shrive personally raised more than $112,000 to benefit the fight against kidney cancer.

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NATION’S LARGEST The Penn State Alumni Association ranks as the largest organization of its kind among colleges and universities. There are more than 625,000 Penn State alumni worldwide and they do not sit on their hands. They are active in their University and they love football. Penn Staters have distinguished themselves in a wide variety of professions. Former Nittany Lions are company presidents, business owners and leaders in the financial world. Others are lawyers, doctors, dentists, engineers, teachers, coaches, computer and technology specialists, administrators, consultants, supervisors and members of the media, to name just a few of the professions.

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KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY Earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University Park campus, KeeganMichael Key may have done his best impression when playing head coach James Franklin during a team meeting in 2015. Key returned to campus as the Grand Marshal of Penn State’s Homecoming in 2015. The actor, writer and comedian is best known for his roles on “MADtv” and “Key & Peele”, while also appearing on shows like “ER”, “Fargo” and “Whose Line is it Anyway?”.


NOTABLE ALUMNI (Left to right) LARA SPENCER — B.A. in Broadcast, Cable (‘91). Good Morning America co-anchor. MARK PARKER — B.A. in Political Science (‘91). President and CEO of

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NIKE, Inc. JACK HAM & STEVE JONES — Ham - B.S. in Insurance and Real Estate (‘71). Pro Football Hall of Fame/Penn State Radio Network color analyst. Jones - B.S. in Speech Communications/Broadcasting (‘80). Penn State Radio Network play-by-play announcer. GUION BLUFORD — B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (‘64). NASA Specialist on Challenger and Discovery. LISA SALTERS — B.A. in Journalism (‘88). ESPN Monday Night Football reporter. MIKE MUNCHAK — B.S. in Business Logistics (‘82). Pro Football Hall of Fame/former head coach of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. DAVE ROBINSON — B.A. Business Administration (‘63). Pro Football Hall of Fame/ corporate vice president.

JOHN ANISTON B.A. in Liberal Arts, ‘55

MATT MILLEN B.S. in Marketing, ‘80

John Aniston is a long-time soap opera actor known for his role on Days of Our Lives. He is the father of actress Jennifer Aniston.

Matt Millen played in the NFL for 12 years and earned four Super Bowl rings. A former analyst with Fox Sports and president of the Detroit Lions, he is a Big Ten Network football analyst.

JESSE ARNELLE B.A. in Liberal Arts, ‘55 Juris Doctorate, ‘62

DANA O’NEIL B.A. in Print Journalism, ‘90

Former chairman of Penn State’s Board of Trustees, Jesse Arnelle retired as senior partner of the San Francisco-based law firm of Arnelle, Hastie, McGee, Willis and Greene.

Dana O’Neil is one of ESPN’s lead NCAA basketball reporters and served as the president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association in 2014-15.

ALLISON BAVER B.S. in Business, ‘03

MIKE REID B.A. in Music, ‘69

Allison Baver is an American record-holder in speed skating and won a bronze medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Outland Trophy winner Mike Reid has collected Grammy Awards as a prolific pop and country music entertainer and songwriter.

TY BURRELL Master of Theatre Arts, ‘97

TOM VERDUCCI B.A.in Journalism, ‘82

Ty Burrell is an actor and comedian, best known for his role as Phil Dunphy in ABC’s primetime comedy, Modern Family.

Tom Verducci is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and one of the nation’s most prominent baseball writers. He also provides commentary for baseball games on Fox Sports and the MLB Network.

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LEADER OF THE PRIDE PENNSYLVANIA BOY WITH A PENN STATE HEART From Langhorne, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb, Franklin spent many summers in Pittsburgh during his youth, and graduated from East Stroudsburg University. He was a two-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) selection at quarterback, breaking or tying 23 school records. Franklin coached one season at his alma mater and one year at Kutztown University, another PSAC institution. The passion and vision Franklin has for the Penn State program is built on a foundation of four core values: positive attitude, unrivaled work-ethic, competing on and off the field and the ability to sacrifice. Just days before he was named the Nittany Lions’ head coach, the engaging Franklin was in Pasadena, California, appearing on multiple ESPN platforms during the network’s coverage of the BCS National Championship Game in the Rose Bowl. Franklin began 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas as a part of ESPN’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game coverage on College Football Live. He also provided analysis for Fox’s pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the Big Ten Championship game in 2015.

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FAMILY MAN

HEAD COACHING SUCCESS

When you are a football coach, you spend a lot of time at the office and on the field, however, James Franklin likes to say he has two daughters - Shola and Addison - and 125 sons and every decision he makes is based on this premise.

In his five years as a head coach, Franklin has guided each of his teams to the postseason. He is one of nine current Power 5 head coaches to lead his teams to the postseason in each of his first five seasons as a head coach. In 2014, Franklin led Penn State to an overtime victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, claiming a 31-30 victory inside Yankee Stadium. He also led the Nittany Lions to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. Additionally, Franklin guided Vanderbilt to consecutive bowl games for the first time in program history, winning the Music City Bowl over North Carolina State and the BBVA Compass Bowl over Houston. The Commodores had played in four bowl games all-time in the 121 seasons prior to his arrival; none in consecutive years. Franklin has been instrumental in bringing success at every stop in his coaching career. His tenure as head coach at Vanderbilt was historic, as he led the Commodores to consecutive Top 25 finishes, a pair of nine-win seasons and bowl victories, all for the first time in school history. During the 2013 season, Vanderbilt defeated Florida, Georgia and Tennessee all in the same season for the first time in school history. At Maryland, he helped the Terrapins improve from 5-6 the year before he arrived to a 10-plus win team in his second, third and fourth years on the coaching staff.

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Franklin still owns the game record for rushing yards by a quarterback at East Stroudsburg, piling up 150 yards on 28 carries vs. Southern Connecticut State in 1994. Franklin left as East Stroudsburg’s season total offense (3,129) and passing yardage (2,586) record holder. He finished his career as the all-time leader in quarterback rushing yards (1,077), becoming the first quarterback to ever rush for 1,000 yards.

Franklin enters his 22nd season in coaching, with 21 years at the collegiate level. He also spent one season with the NFL’s Green Bay Packers as the wide receivers coach.

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BUILDING THE PRIDE NITTANY LION COACHING STAFF

Associate Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach Brent Pry hails from Altoona, just 40 miles south of State College. Pry first met head coach James Franklin at East Stroudsburg when Franklin was a quarterback and Pry served as an assistant coach.

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Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach Joe Moorhead built Fordham into an FCS playoff regular, earning a 38-13 overall record in four seasons as head coach. Moorhead’s Ram teams earned the highest final ranking in program history (No. 9 in 2013 & 2014) and set 16 school records on offense (individual and team) in 2013 and 2014.


Offensive Recruiting Coordinator and Wide Receivers Coach Josh Gattis has coached the all-time leading pass catcher in two different conferences. Gattis’ pupils lead the SEC (J. Matthews) and Mid-American Conference (J. White) in career receiving yardage.

Special Teams Coordinator and Running Backs Coach Charles Huff spent the 2012 season with the Buffalo Bills. Huff tutored C.J. Spiller to 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career and a Pro Bowl invitation.

Co-Defensive Coordinator and Safeties Coach Tim Banks was a two-time All-Mid-American Conference cornerback at Central Michigan. Banks led CMU with 105 tackles in 1993 and served as co-captain on the Chippewas’ 1994 MAC Championship team.

Tight Ends Coach and Passing Game Coordinator Ricky Rahne was a three-time team MVP as a quarterback at Cornell. A 2002 graduate, Rahne threw for 7,710 yards and set 33 Cornell passing records in his career. He was inducted into the Cornell Hall of Fame in 2014.

Defensive Line Coach and Run Game Coordinator Sean Spencer nicknames his D-line unit the “Wild Dogs” for their relentless pursuit of the offensive ball carrier. Spencer has mentored three different Nittany Lion defensive linemen to All-Big Ten honors in two seasons. He had three of his protégés hear their name called in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Offensive Line Coach Matt Limegrover has 16 years of experience as an offensive coordinator. While at Minnesota, Limegrover’s offense increased its scoring average by 10 points from 2011-14, which included three consecutive bowl games.

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As a player and coach, Terry Smith has spent seven years with the Blue and White. Smith tallied 108 receptions and scored 15 touchdowns as a player before being drafted by the Washington Redskins in 1992.

Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Recruiting Coordinator and Cornerbacks Coach Terry Smith played for the Nittany Lions from 1988-91 and remains as one of the program’s most-decorated receivers.

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LASCH FOOTBALL COMPLEX THE LASCH LEGACY The Mildred & Louis Lasch Football Complex is the headquarters for Penn State Football. The building houses everything the coaching staff and student-athletes need to be successful on and off the field - on a daily basis. From the pristinely manicured outdoor practice fields to the Morgan Academic Center and everything in between, the Lasch Football Complex is a one-stop shop.

SECOND TO NONE

BY THE NUMBERS

The Lasch Football Complex houses two full-size natural grass surfaces and one full-sized turf outdoor and a full-sized turf inside Holuba Hall, as well as a player’s lounge, fully-stocked nutrition bar, coaches’ offices, meeting rooms, athletic training facilities, whirlpool therapy room and a newly-renovated team locker room.

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8,900 Square-foot locker room

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4,600

Square-foot equipment room

700

Pound “We Are” sign suspended in the front entrance

500

Square-foot motivational pass-thru


UPGRADING THE LIONS’ LAIR Opened in 2000, the Lasch Football Complex is getting a face lift for the 2016 season, with modern updates being constructed in the lobby, team locker room, athletic training facilities and various corridors of the structure. The contemporary design features powerful and progressive themes keeps in line with the clean, classic Penn State tradition. The team auditorium showcases the Penn State Football core values with imagery displayed throughout the room, while the locker room concept will continue the classic Penn State theme and feature an illuminated “helmet stripe” on the ceiling and new multi-functional lockers. James Franklin & LaVar Arrington

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Custom designed lockers with USB power outlets and dedicated ventilation in each locker

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Full-size football fields. 2 natural, 2 turf.

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Hydrotherapy pools

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FOLLOWING THE MASTER

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another, and the John and Willie Leone Family Strength and Conditioning Center is where the Nittany Lions lay the foundation for success on the field. The veterans lead the newcomers by showing them exactly what is expected on a daily basis.

Dwight Galt, the assistant athletics director for performance enhancement, earned the prestigious distinction as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, while also holding his certification from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches’ Association.

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HITTING THE WEIGHTS & REFUELING More than 20,000 pounds of free weights stack on 24 stations inside the walls of the strength and conditioning center. Each station is prepared for every rep and set and contains equipment for full body workouts.

A state-of-the-art nutrition bar facility sits adjacent to the 13,000-square-foot strength and conditioning center, which is designed to provide pre- and post-workout fueling. The station features six Vitamix blenders for high volume smoothie making, refrigerators, coolers, shelves and display areas for more than 20 different products for pre- and post-workout nutrition.

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PURSUING A DEGREE

“GROUP STUDY, PRIVATE TUTORING AND SOMETIMES A GOOD KICK IN THE REAR IS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE. WE ARE VERY PROUD OF OUR ACADEMIC SUCCESS AND WORK HARD EVERY DAY TO MAKE SURE IT CONTINUES AND OUR STUDENT-ATHLETES LEAVE HERE WITH A VALUABLE EDUCATION AND A DEGREE.” — Todd Kulka

UNDER ONE ROOF The $7.2 million renovation of the Philip and Barbara Greenberg Indoor Sports Complex gave the building new life and it now serves as the 32,000-square-foot Morgan Academic Center. The academic services and support hub and its staff will now serve all 800 Penn State student-athletes in one physical location for the first time. Among the numerous features in the new Morgan Academic Center are: staff offices for the student-athlete development and welfare unit, academic counselors, learning specialists and a sports psychologist; 15 collaborative learning rooms; two conference rooms; classroom space; three large study rooms; two open reading rooms; computer lab; student lounge; fueling station and displays of studentathlete academic recognition through the years and benefactor recognition. The Morgan Academic Center is a vital component in keeping Penn State’s academic services and the academic performance of its 800 student-athletes at the forefront among the nation’s premier Division I institutions. Todd Kulka and his staff keep the Penn State football program among the nation’s top performers in the classroom with an 81 percent graduation rate.

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PENN STATE FOOTBALL ACADEMIC STAFF Todd Kulka Assistant Director of the Morgan Center Football Academic Support Service Coordinator - 24th Year Bachelor of Science in Hotel Restaurant & Institutional Management, Penn State University Master of Education in Counselor Education, Penn State University

Molly Tye Academic Counselor - Third Year Bachelor of Social Work, University of Kansas Master of Social Work, Howard University

Chelsea Holmes Assistant Learning Specialist - Fourth Year Bachelor of Communications, University of Maryland, College Park

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OFFENSIVE LINE TRADITION

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Glenn Ressler - 1962-64 1964 Maxwell Award Winner 2001 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

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MAXWELL AWARD WINNERS Glenn Ressler

1964

RIMINGTON TROPHY WINNER A.Q. Shipley

2008

RIMINGTON TROPHY FINALIST Matt Stankiewitch

2012

WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY WINNER John Urschel

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JAMES E. SULLIVAN AWARD WINNER John Urschel

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ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD FINALIST Sean Farrell

1981

WUERFFEL TROPHY FINALIST Stefen Wisniewski

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SENIOR CLASS AWARD WINNER John Urschel

2013

SENIOR CLASS TEAM John Urschel Stefen Wisniewski

2013 2010

ALLSTATE/AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM Wayne Holmes Stefen Wisniewski

1994 2010

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Steve Suhey Glenn Ressler Keith Dorney

1985 2001 2005

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Mike Michalske Mike Munchak

1964 2001

ALL-AMERICANS C.A. “Brute” Randolph W.T. “Mother” Dunn Percy W. “Red” Griffiths Stan Czarnecki Ray Baer Joe Bedenk Jules Prevost Leon Gajecki John Jaffurs Steve Suhey Jim Dooley Sam Valentine Charlie Janerette Chuck Sieminski Glenn Ressler Rich Buzin Dave Joyner Charlie Getty Mark Markovich John Nessel Jack Baiorunos Tom Rafferty Keith Dorney Randy Sidler Irv Pankey Bill Dugan Sean Farrell Mike Munchak Todd Moules Chris Conlin Steve Wisniewski

1898 1906 1909 1917 1921 1921, 1922, 1923 1924 1940 1943 1947 1952 1956 1959 1962 1964 1967 1970 1973 1973 1974 1974 1975 1977, 1978 1977 1979 1980 1980, 1981 1981 1985 1986 1987, 1988

Jeff Hartings Levi Brown A.Q. Shipley Rich Ohrnberger Dennis Landolt Stefen Wisniewski John Urschel ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS Joe Bellas Rich Buzin Dave Joyner Mark Markovich Jack Balorunos Keith Dorney Jeff Hartings Jordan Caruso Joe Iorio Dave Costlow Gerald Cadogan Andrew Pitz Stefen Wisniewski John Urschel Tyler Yazujian

1994, 1995 2005, 2006 2008 2008 2009 2010 2013 1965 1967 1971 1972, 1973 1973 1978 1994, 1995 1999, 2000 2002 2003 2007, 2008 2008, 2009 2008, 2009, 2010 2012, 2013 2015

BIG TEN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR A.Q. Shipley 2008 ALL-BIG TEN Jeff Hartings Bucky Greeley Marco Rivera Keith Conlin Andre Johnson Phil Ostrowski Floyd Wedderburn Kareem McKenzie Eric Cole Levi Brown A.Q. Shipley Gerald Cadogan Rich Ohrnberger Dennis Landolt Stefen Wisniewski Matt Stankiewitch John Urschel

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LEADING THE CHARGE NFL PLAYERS Elgie Tobin Larry Conover Red Griffiths Rudy Kraft Duke Osborn Clarence Beck Saville Crowther Dick Rauch Dick Schuster Ernie McCann John Filak Mike Michalske Roger Mahoney Ernie Cuneo Herb Eschbach Tony Panaccion Donn Greenshields Chuck Cherundolo Bob Wear Len Frketich Johnny Jaffurs Lou Palazzi Red Moore Leo Nobile John Nolan Steve Suhey Charlie Janerette Stew Barber Glenn Ressler Rich Buzin Bill Lenkaitis Dave Bradley Warren Koegel Charlie Getty Phil LaPorta Mark Markovich Jeff Bleamer Carl Schaukowitch Ron Coder Tom Rafferty George Reihner Brad Benson Eric Cunningham Keith Dorney Chuck Correal Irv Pankey Sean Farrell Mike Munchak Jim Romano Bill Contz Ron Heller Nick Haden Chris Conlin Mitch Frerotte Dan Morgan Keith Radecic Stan Clayton Steve Wisniewski Roger Duffy Dave Szott John Gerak

1920-21 1921-25 1921 1921 1921-28 1925 1925 1925-29 1925 1926 1927-29 1927-37 1928-30 1929-30 1930-31 1930 1932-33 1937-48 1942 1945 1946 1946-47 1947-49 1947-49 1948-50 1948-49 1960-65 1961-69 1965-74 1968-72 1968-81 1969-72 1971-74 1974-83 1974-75 1974-77 1975-77 1975 1976-80 1976-89 1977-82 1978-87 1979-80 1979-87 1980 1980-92 1982-92 1982-93 1982-86 1983-88 1984-95 1986 1987-91 1987-92 1987 1987 1988-90 1989-2001 1990-2001 1990-2003 1993-97

Greg Huntington Eric Jonassen Sean Love Todd Rucci Todd Burger Greg Truitt Jeff Hartings Bucky Greeley Andre Johnson Marco Rivera Phil Ostrowski Floyd Wedderburn Kareem McKenzie Levi Brown Rich Ohrnberger A.Q. Shipley Johnnie Troutman John Urschel Stefen Wisniewski Garry Gilliam Donovan Smith

1993-98 1993-94 1993-95 1993-99 1994-98 1994-98 1996-06 1997 1997-98 1997-2006 1999-2000 2000-02 2001-11 2007-13 2009-14 2012-pres. 2012-15 2013-pres. 2013-pres. 2014-pres. 2015-pres.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS Mike Munchak 9 times (1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993) Steve Wisniewski 8 times (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000) Stew Barber 5 times (1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967) Marco Rivera 3 times (2002, 2003, 2004) Chuck Cherundolo 2 times (1941, 1942) Jeff Hartings 2 times (2004, 2005) Keith Dorney 1 time (1982) Brad Benson 1 time (1986) ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM PLAYERS Mike Michalske 5 times (1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931) Stew Barber 2 times (1963, 1964) Mike Munchak 2 times (1987, 1991) Steve Wisniewski 2 times (1991, 1992) Duke Osborn 1 time (1922) Dave Szott 1 time (1997) Jeff Hartings 1 time (2004) SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS Glenn Ressler Tom Rafferty Jim Romano Brad Benson Marco Rivera Jeff Hartings Kareem McKenzie

1971 1978 1984 1987 1997 2006 2008, 2012

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Stefen Wisniewski - 2007-10 Three-Time CoSIDA Academic All-American Three-Time All-Big Ten

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PASS HAPPY VALLEY HEISMAN TROPHY TOP 10 FINISHES Richie Lucas John Hufnagel Chuck Fusina Todd Blackledge Kerry Collins Michael Robinson

1959 1972 1978 1982 1994 2005

MAXWELL AWARD WINNERS Richie Lucas Chuck Fusina Kerry Collins

1959 1978 1994

DAVEY O’BRIEN AWARD WINNERS Todd Blackledge Kerry Collins

1982 1994

DAVEY O’BRIEN AWARD FINALIST John Schaffer

1986

BURLSWORTH TROPHY WINNER Matt McGloin

2012

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Eugene “Shorty” Miller Rich Lucas

1974 1986

ALL-AMERICANS Eugene “Shorty” Miller Rich Lucas John Hufnagel Chuck Fusina Kerry Collins

1913 1959 1972 1978 1994

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS Todd Blackledge John Shaffer

1982 1986

BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Kerry Collins 1994 Michael Robinson 2005 CHICAGO TRIBUNE SILVER FOOTBALL (Big Ten Most Valuable Player) Kerry Collins 1994 Michael Robinson 2005 Daryll Clark 2009 (shared) BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Christian Hackenberg ALL-BIG TEN Kerry Collins Michael Robinson Daryll Clark

Kerry Collins - 1992-94 1994 Maxwell Award Winner 1994 Davey O’Brien Award Winner

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2013 1994 2005 2008, 2009

NFL PLAYERS Mike Palm Milt Plum Bob Scrabis Rich Lucas Galen Hall Pete Liske Tom Sherman John Hufnagel Steve Joachim Chuck Fusina Todd Blackledge Tony Sacca Kerry Collins Wally Richardson Kevin Thompson Michael Robinson Matt McGloin

1925-33 1957-69 1960-62 1960-61 1962-63 1964-72 1968-69 1974-75 1976 1979-86 1983-89 1992 1995-2011 1998 2000 2006-13 2013-pres.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS Milt Plum Kerry Collins Michael Robinson

2 times (1960, 1961) 2 times (1996, 2008) 1 time (2011 – as a FB)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS Michael Robinson

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RECEIVER TRADITION

PLAYMAKERS HEISMAN TROPHY TOP 10 FINISHES Ted Kwalick, te

1968

BILETNIKOFF AWARD WINNER Bobby Engram, wr

1994

BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST Bobby Engram, wr

1995

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Ted Kwalick, te

1989

ALL-AMERICANS Ted Kwalick, te Dan Natale, te Mickey Schuler, te Kenny Jackson, wr Troy Drayton, te O.J. McDuffie, wr Bobby Engram, wr Kyle Brady, te Derrick Williams, wr Allen Robinson, wr

1967, 1968 1973 1977 1982, 1983 1992 1992 1993, 1994, 1995 1994 2008 2013

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS Dan Natale, te Scott Fitzkee, wr Brian Siverling, te

1974 1978 1986

BIG TEN RECEIVER OF THE YEAR Allen Robinson, wr ALL-BIG TEN Kyle Brady, te Bobby Engram, wr Freddie Scott, wr Keith Olsommer, te Joe Jurevicius, wr Chafie Fields, wr Tony Stewart, te Bryant Johnson, wr Deon Butler, wr Derrick Williams, wr Kyle Carter, te Allen Robinson, wr DaeSean Hamilton, wr Chris Godwin, wr

2012, 2013

1993, 1994 1993, 1994, 1995 1994 1996 1997 1999 2000 2002 2008 2008 2012 2012, 2013 2014 2015

NFL PLAYERS Bob Campbell, wr Ted Kwalick, te Bob Parsons, te Rich Mauti, wr Jimmy Cefalo, wr Mickey Shuler Sr., te Scott Fitzkee, wr Tom Donovan, wr Ron LaPointe, te Vyto Kab, te Gregg Garrity, wr Mike McCloskey, te Kenny Jackson, wr Ray Roundtree, wr Mike Alexander, wr Bob Mrosko, te Michael Timpson, wr David Daniels, wr Troy Drayton, te O.J. McDuffie, wr Kyle Brady, te Bobby Engram, wr Freddie Scott, wr Joe Jurevicius, wr Tony Stewart, te Eddie Drummond, wr John Gilmore, te Bryant Johnson, wr Matt Kranchick, te John Bronson, te Ethan Kilmer, wr Isaac Smolko, te Deon Butler, wr Jordan Norwood, wr Derrick Williams, wr Andrew Quarless, te Mickey Shuler Jr., te Brett Brackett, te Derek Moye, wr Andrew Szczerba, te Allen Robinson, wr Jesse James, te

1969 1969-77 1972-83 1977-84 1978-84 1978-91 1979-82 1980 1980 1982-87 1983-89 1983-87 1984-91 1988 1989-91 1989-91 1989-97 1991-92 1993-2000 1993-2000 1995-2007 1996-2009 1996-98 1998-2007 2001-09 2002-07 2002-11 2003-11 2004-05 2005-06 2006 2007 2009-12 2009-pres. 2009-10 2010-pres. 2010-15 2012-14 2012-13 2012 2014-pres. 2015-pres.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS Ted Kwalick, te 3 times (1971, 1972, 1973) Mickey Shuler Sr., te 2 times (1986, 1988) Eddie Drummond, wr 1 time (2002) Allen Robinson, wr 1 time (2015) ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM PLAYERS Ted Kwalick, te Eddie Drummond, wr SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS Ted Kwalick, te Bob Mrosko, te Joe Jurevicius, wr Andrew Quarless, te Jordan Norwood, wr

1 time (1972) 1 time (2002) 1977 1991 2003 2011 2015

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Ted Kwalick - 1966-68 Two-Time All-American 1989 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

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John Cappelletti - 1971-73 1973 Heisman Trophy Winner 1973 Walter Camp Player of the Year

HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER John Cappelletti

1973

HEISMAN TROPHY TOP 10 FINISHES Lydell Mitchell Curt Warner D.J. Dozier Blair Thomas Ki-Jana Carter Curtis Enis Larry Johnson

1971 1982 1986 1989 1994 1997 2002

WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS John Cappelletti 1973 Larry Johnson 2002 MAXWELL AWARD WINNERS John Cappelletti Larry Johnson MAXWELL AWARD FINALIST Ki-Jana Carter Doak Walker Award Winner Larry Johnson

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1973 2002 1994 2002

DOAK WALKER AWARD FINALISTS Ki-Jana Carter Curtis Enis

1994 1997

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Pete Mauthe Glenn Killinger Harry “Lighthorse” Wilson John Cappelletti Lydell Mitchell Curt Warner

1957 1971 1973 1993 2004 2009

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Lenny Moore Franco Harris

1975 1990

ALL-AMERICANS Bob “Punk” Berryman Charley Way Henry “Hinkey” Haines Glenn Killinger Joe Lightner Harry “Lighthorse” Wilson Joe Roepke Fran Rogel Elwood Petchel Lenny Moore Roger Kochman Charlie Pittman Lydell Mitchell John Cappelletti Curt Warner D.J. Dozier Blair Thomas Ki-Jana Carter Curtis Enis Larry Johnson

1915 1919, 1920 1920 1921 1921 1923 1927 1948 1948 1954, 1955 1962 1969 1971 1973 1981, 1982 1986 1987, 1989 1994 1997 2002

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS Charlie Pittman Mike Gusman

1969 1979

BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Curtis Enis 1997 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Curtis Enis 1995 (media) ALL-BIG TEN Ki-Jana Carter Curtis Enis Larry Johnson Tony Hunt Evan Royster Silas Redd Saquon Barkley

1993, 1994 1996, 1997 2002 2005, 2006 2008, 2009 2010 2011 2015


OFF AND RUNNING NFL PLAYERS Glenn Killinger Harry Robb Charlie Way Stan Mills Jiggs Ullery Ruel Redinger Hinkey Haines Jimmy Tays Barney Wentz George Snell Bill Pritchard Johnny Roepke Steve Hamas Cliff Moore Bud Cooper Pepper Petrella Jeff Durkota Larry Joe Wally Triplett Fran Rogel Lenny Moore Dick Hoak Lew Luce Don Jonas Roger Kochman Charlie Pittman Franco Harris Lydell Mitchell John Cappelletti Gary Hayman Tom Donchez Bob Torrey Mike Guman Matt Suhey Mike Meade Booker Moore Curt Warner Jon Williams Tony Mumford D.J. Dozier Tim Manoa Steve Smith Blair Thomas Gary Brown Leroy Thompson Sam Gash Richie Anderson Brian O’Neal Mike Archie Ki-Jana Carter Brian Milne Jon Witman Curtis Enis Omar Easy Kenny Watson Larry Johnson Eric McCoo Sean McHugh Tony Hunt Evan Royster

1921-26 1921-26 1921-24 1922-24 1922 1925 1925-31 1925-30 1925-28 1926-27 1927-28 1928 1929 1934 1937 1945 1948 1949 1949-53 1950-57 1956-67 1961-70 1961 1962 1963 1970-71 1972-84 1972-80 1974-83 1974-75 1975 1979-80 1980-88 1980-89 1982-85 1982-85 1983-90 1984 1985 1987-91 1987-91 1987-95 1990-95 1991-99 1991-96 1992-2003 1993-2004 1994-95 1996-98 1996-2004 1996-2000 1996-2001 1998-2000 2002-05 2002-08 2003-11 2004 2004-08 2007-08 2011-13

PRO BOWL PLAYERS Franco Harris 9 times (1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980) Lenny Moore 7 times (1956, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1964) Lydell Mitchell 3 times (1975, 1976, 1977) Curt Warner 3 times (1983, 1986, 1987) Sam Gash 2 times (1998, 1999) Larry Johnson 2 times (2005, 2006) Fran Rogel 1 time (1956) Dick Hoak 1 time (1967) Richie Anderson 1 time (2000) ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM PLAYERS Lenny Moore 5 times (1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964) Harry Robb 1 time (1922) Charlie Way 1 time (1924) Franco Harris 1 time (1977) Larry Johnson 1 time (2006)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS Franco Harris 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980 Matt Suhey 1986 Sam Gash 2001 Sean McHugh 2009

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Franco Harris - 1969-71 2,002 Career Rushing Yards at Penn State Four-time Super Bowl Champion

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Mike Reid - 1966, 68-69 1969 Maxwell Award Winner 1969 Outland Trophy Winner

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HEISMAN TROPHY TOP 10 FINISH Mike Reid

1969

MAXWELL AWARD WINNER Mike Reid

1969

ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WINNERS Bruce Clark Carl Nassib

1978 2015

ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD FINALISTS Matt Millen Courtney Brown

1978 1999

OUTLAND TROPHY WINNER Mike Reid

1969

OUTLAND TROPHY FINALIST Devon Still

2011

TED HENDRICKS AWARD WINNER Carl Nassib

2015

LOTT IMPACT AWARD WINNER Carl Nassib

2015

BEDNARIK AWARD FINALISTS Courtney Brown Aaron Maybin Devon Still Carl Nassib

1999 2008 2011 2015

BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY FINALISTS Courtney Brown Tamba Hali Devon Still Carl Nassib

1999 2005 2011 2015

BURLSWORTH TROPHY FINALIST Carl Nassib

2015

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Dexter Very Mike Reid Dave Robinson

1976 1987 1997

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Dave Robinson

2013

ALL-AMERICANS Dexter Very Bob Higgins George Brown Stan McCollum Sam Tamburo Les Walters Bob Mitinger Dave Robinson Mike Reid Steve Smear Bruce Bannon Randy Crowder Mike Hartenstine Greg Murphy Bruce Clark Matt Millen Walker Lee Ashley Tim Johnson Ray Isom Pete Curkendall Frank Giannetti Lou Benfatti Courtney Brown Michael Haynes Jimmy Kennedy Tamba Hali Jay Alford Aaron Maybin Jared Odrick Devon Still Jordan Hill Carl Nassib

1911, 1912 1915, 1919 1920 1921 1948 1957 1961 1962 1968, 1969 1969 1972 1973 1974 1974 1978, 1979 1978 1982 1985, 1986 1986 1987 1990 1992, 1993 1999 2002 2002 2005 2006 2008 2009 2011 2012 2015

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS Bruce Bannon John Quinn Chuck Benjamin Tim Shaw Pete Massaro

1971, 1972 1975 1976 2006 2010, 2012

BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR Courtney Brown Michael Haynes Jared Odrick Devon Still Carl Nassib

1999 2002 2009 2011 2015

BIG TEN DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR Courtney Brown Jimmy Kennedy Tamba Hali Jared Odrick Devon Still

1999 2002 2005 2009 2011

BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR Deion Barnes

2012


THE ART OF CHAOS ALL-BIG TEN Tyoka Jackson Todd Atkins Terry Killens Brandon Noble Courtney Brown Brad Scioli Justin Kurpeikis Jimmy Kennedy Michael Haynes Lou Benfatti Tamba Hali Jay Alford Scott Paxson Matthew Rice Maurice Evans Aaron Maybin Jared Odrick Ollie Ogbu Jack Crawford Devon Still Jordan Hill DaQuan Jones Anthony Zettel Austin Johnson Carl Nassib

NFL PLAYERS Bob Higgins Whitey Thomas Rae Crowther Al Olszewski Bob Davis Bill Smyth Dan Orlich Sam Tamburo Rosey Grier Maury Schleicher Andy Stynchula Dave Robinson Chuck Sieminski Hatch Rosdahl Dave Rowe Mike McBath Mike Reid Bruce Bannon Randy Crowder Mike Hartenstine Matt Millen Frank Case Pete Kugler Bruce Clark Leo Wisniewski Walker Lee Ashley Tim Johnson Dave Opfar Frank Giannetti Mark Flythe Lou Benfatti Tyoka Jackson Brandon Noble

1993 1994 1995 1996 1997, 1998, 1999 1998 2000 2001, 2002 2002 1993 2004, 2005 2005, 2006 2005 2005 2007 2008 2008, 2009 2010 2011 2011 2012 2013 2014, 2015 2015 2015 1920-21 1924 1925-26 1945 1946-50 1947-50 1949-51 1949 1955-66 1959-62 1960-68 1963-74 1963-68 1964-66 1967-78 1968-72 1970-74 1973-74 1974-80 1975-87 1980-87 1981 1981-90 1982-89 1982-84 1983-90 1987-96 1987 1991 1993 1994-95 1994-2006 1999-2004

Brad Scioli Courtney Brown Justin Kurpeikis Bob Jones Anthony Adams Michael Haynes Jimmy Kennedy Tamba Hali Jay Alford Edward Johnson Scott Paxson Aaron Maybin Jared Odrick Jack Crawford Devon Still Jordan Hill DaQuan Jones Brad Bars

1999-2004 2000-05 2001-04 2002 2003-11 2003-05 2003-11 2006-pres. 2007-10 2007-10 2008-11 2009-12 2010-pres. 2012-pres. 2012-14 2013-pres. 2014-pres. 2015-pres.

Tamba Hali - 2002-05 2005 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year 2005 All-American

PRO BOWL PLAYERS Tamba Hali 5 times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) Dave Robinson 3 times (1966, 1967, 1969) Rosey Grier 2 times (1956, 1960) Mike Reid 2 times (1972, 1973) Bruce Clark 1 time (1984) Matt Millen 1 time (1988) ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM PLAYERS Rosey Grier Dave Robinson Mike Reid

1 time (1956) 1 time (1967) 1 time (1972)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS Dave Robinson 1967, 1968 Bruce Bannon 1973, 1974 Dave Rowe 1977 Matt Millen 1981, 1984, 1990, 1992 Pete Kugler 1982, 1989, 1990 Mike Hartenstine 1986 Tim Johnson 1992 Justin Kurpeikis 2005 Jay Alford 2008 Scott Paxson 2009 Jimmy Kennedy 2012 Jordan Hill 2014

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LINEBACKER TRADITION

PENN STATE FOOTBALL HEISMAN TROPHY TOP 10 FINISH LaVar Arrington

1999

BEDNARIK AWARD WINNERS LaVar Arrington Paul Posluszny Dan Connor

1999 2005, 2006 2007

BEDNARIK AWARD FINALIST Dan Connor

2006

BUTKUS AWARD WINNERS LaVar Arrington Paul Posluszny

1999 2005

BUTKUS AWARD FINALISTS Shane Conlan Andre Collins Brandon Short Paul Posluszny Dan Connor

1986 1989 1999 2006 2007

BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY FINALIST LaVar Arrington

1999

ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD FINALISTS LaVar Arrington 1999 Paul Posluszny 2005, 2006 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY FINALIST Paul Posluszny

2006

ALLSTATE/AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM Ben Kline

2015

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Jack Ham Dennis Onkotz Shane Conlan

1990 1995 2014

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME Jack Ham

1988

ALL-AMERICANS Paul Kelly Dennis Onkotz Jack Ham Charlie Zapiec John Skorupan Ed O’Neil Greg Buttle Kurt Allerman Lance Mehl Chet Parlavecchio Scott Radecic Harry Hamilton Shane Conlan Trey Bauer Andre Collins LaVar Arrington Brandon Short Paul Posluszny Dan Connor NaVorro Bowman Michael Mauti Mike Hull

1948 1967, 1968, 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1975 1976 1979 1981 1982 1983 1985, 1986 1987 1989 1998, 1999 1999 2005, 2006 2006, 2007 2009 2012 2014

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS John Runnells Dennis Onkotz Gary Gray Douglas Allen Kurt Allerman Scott Radecic Carmen Masciantonio Paul Posluszny Josh Hull Chris Colasanti

1965, 1966 1969 1971 1973 1976 1982, 1983 1984 2005, 2006 2008, 2009 2010

BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR LaVar Arrington 1998 BIG TEN LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR Michael Mauti Mike Hull ALL-BIG TEN Brian Gelzheiser Willie Smith Phil Yeboah-Kodie Aaron Collins Jim Nelson LaVar Arrington Brandon Short Gino Capone Paul Posluszny Dan Connor Sean Lee NaVorro Bowman Josh Hull Gerald Hodges Michael Mauti Mike Hull

Dennis Onkotz - 1967-69 Three-Time All-American 1995 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

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1993, 1994 1994 1994 1996, 1997 1997 1998, 1999 1998, 1999 2002 2004, 2005, 2006 2006, 2007 2007, 2009 2008, 2009 2009 2011, 2012 2012 2014


LINEBACKER U. NFL PLAYERS Chuck Drazenovich Bob Mitinger Bill Saul Albert Gursky Ralph Baker John Ebersole Dennis Onkotz Jack Ham Jim Laslavic John Skorupan Doug Allen Tom Hull Ed O’Neil Chris Devlin Dave Graf Greg Buttle Jim Rosecrans Kurt Allerman Ron Crosby Tom DePaso Rich Milot Lance Mehl Larry Kubin Chet Parlavecchio Scott Radecic Rogers Alexander Shane Conlan Don Graham Bob Ontko Brad Saar Keith Karpinski Quintus McDonald Andre Collins Mark D’Onofrio Keith Goganious Andre Powell Rob Holmberg Eric Ravotti Rich McKenzie Terry Killens Phil Yeboah-Kodie Reggie Givens Jim Nelson LaVar Arrington Brandon Short Tim Shaw Paul Posluszny Dan Connor Cameron (Derek) Wake NaVorro Bowman Josh Hull Sean Lee Nathan Stupar Gerald Hodges Michael Mauti Glenn Carson Mike Hull

1950-59 1962-68 1962-70 1963 1964-74 1970-77 1970 1971-82 1973-82 1973-80 1974-75 1974-75 1974-80 1975-78 1975-81 1976-84 1976 1977-85 1978-83 1978 1979-87 1980-87 1982-85 1983 1984-95 1986-87 1987-95 1987-89 1987 1987 1989 1989-91 1990-99 1992 1992-96 1993-94 1994-2001 1994-96 1995 1996-2002 1996 1998-2000 1998-2005 2000-06 2000-06 2007-12 2007-pres. 2008-13 2009-pres. 2010-pres. 2010-13 2010-pres. 2012-pres. 2013-pres. 2013-pres. 2014 2015-pres.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS Jack Ham 8 times (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980) Chuck Drazenovich 4 times (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958) Cameron (Derek) Wake 4 times (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014) Shane Conlan 3 times (1988, 1989, 1990) LaVar Arrington 3 times (2001, 2002, 2003) NaVorro Bowman 3 times (2012, 2013, 2015) Lance Mehl 1 time (1985) Paul Posluszny 1 time (2013) Sean Lee 1 time (2015) ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM PLAYERS Jack Ham 6 times (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979) NaVorro Bowman 4 times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) Cameron (Derek) Wake 1 time (2012) SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS Ralph Baker 1969 Jack Ham 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980 Larry Kubin 1983 Rich Milot 1983, 1988 Andre Collins 1992

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Paul Posluszny - 2003-06 2005 & 2006 Bednarik Award Winner 2006 Academic All-American of the Year

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DEFENSIVE BACK TRADITION

BALL HAWKS

ALL-AMERICANS Tim Montgomery Neal Smith Pete Harris Mark Robinson Michael Zordich Eddie Johnson Darren Perry Kim Herring David Macklin James Boyd Alan Zemaitis

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS John Walsh Harry Hamilton Lance Hamilton Tony Pittman Andrew Guman Mark Rubin Mark Robinson Nolan McCready ALL-BIG TEN Derek Bochna Shelly Hammonds Brian Miller Tony Pittman Kim Herring David Macklin James Boyd Shawn Mayer Yaacov Yisrael Alan Zemaitis Calvin Lowry Justin King Anthony Scirrotto Lydell Sargeant Nick Sukay

Alan Zemaitis - 2002-05 2005 All-American Three-Time All-Big Ten

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1967 1969 1978 1982 1985 1988 1991 1996 1998 2000 2005 1980 1982, 1983 1984, 1985 1994 2004 2008 1982 2006 1993 1993 1994, 1995, 1996 1994 1996 1998, 1999 2000 2002 2003 2003, 2004, 2005 2005 2006, 2007 2006, 2008 2008 2011

NFL PLAYERS John Patrick Les Walters Jim Kerr Bob Riggle Chuck Crist Paul Lankford Harry Hamilton Mark Robinson Duffy Cobbs Ray Isom Sid Lewis Mike Zordich Darren Perry Leonard Humphries Shelly Hammonds Marlon Forbes Kim Herring David Macklin James Boyd Bruce Branch Shawn Mayer Bryan Scott Rich Gardner Calvin Lowry Anwar Phillips Justin King Bhawoh Jue Chaz Powell Adrian Amos

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS Kim Herring Shawn Mayer

1941-46 1958 1961-62 1966-67 1972-78 1982-91 1984-91 1984-90 1987 1987-88 1987 1987-98 1992-2000 1994 1995 1996-99 1997-2004 2000-08 2001-02 2002 2003-04 2003-12 2004-06 2006-08 2008 2009-12 2001-07 2012 2015-pres. 2001 2004


SPECIAL TEAMS TRADITION

KICKIN’ IT RAY GUY AWARD FINALIST Jeremy Kapinos, p

2006

ALL-AMERICANS Chris Bahr, k Matt Bahr, k Jeremy Kapinos, p

1975 1978 2006

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS Chris Bahr, k Craig Fayak, k Travis Forney, k

1975 1993 1999

ALL-BIG TEN Brett Conway, k Jeremy Kapinos, p Jeremy Boone, p Kevin Kelly, k Anthony Fera, k/p Sam Ficken, k

1995, 1996 2006 2007, 2009 2008 2011 2014

NFL PLAYERS Chris Bahr, k Matt Bahr, k Ralph Giacomarro, p John Bruno, p Brian Franco, k Massimo Manca, k Greg Montgomery, p Brett Conway, k Robbie Gould, k Jeremy Kapinos, p

1976-89 1979-95 1983-87 1987 1987 1987 1988-97 1998-2003 2005-pres. 2007-11

PRO BOWL PLAYERS Robbie Gould, k Greg Montgomery, p

1 time (2006) 1 time (1993)

ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM PLAYERS Greg Montgomery, p Robbie Gould, k

1 time (1993) 1 time (2006)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS Matt Bahr, k Chris Bahr, k

1980, 1991 1981, 1984

Jeremy Kapinos - 2003-06 2006 All-American 2006 Ray Guy Award Finalist

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 2016 OUTLOOK

GENERAL We Are...Penn State Football.........................................1-59 Schedule.......................................................................... 60 Quick Facts....................................................................... 61 2016 Squad Breakdown................................................... 62 Players to Watch..........................................................62-64 2016 Outlook Notes....................................................63-65 Future Schedules.............................................................. 65 Roster..........................................................................66-67 Pronunciation Guide........................................................ 67 2016 Big Ten Schedule..................................................... 68 Opponent Information..................................................... 68 2016-17 Bowl Schedule................................................... 69 PLAYER BIOS Returning Nittany Lion Bios......................................70-116 Nittany Lions Newcomer Bios..................................117-122 PENN STATE FOOTBALL STAFF Head Coach James Franklin.....................................123-125 Coaching Staff.........................................................126-135 Administrative & Support Staff...............................136-138 Athletics Endowments................................................... 139

2016 SCHEDULE Sept. 3

KENT STATE Beaver Stadium

3:30 p.m. (BTN)

Sept. 10 at Pittsburgh noon (ABC/ESPN) Heinz Field (68,400) Sept. 17 TEMPLE Beaver Stadium

noon (BTN)

Sept. 24 at Michigan * Michigan Stadium (107,601)

TBA

Oct. 1

MINNESOTA (1) * Beaver Stadium

TBA

Oct. 8

MARYLAND (2) * Beaver Stadium

noon (TBA)

Oct. 22 OHIO STATE * 8 p.m. Beaver Stadium (ABC/ESPN/ESPN2) Oct. 29 at Purdue * Ross-Ade Stadium (57,236) Nov. 5

IOWA * Beaver Stadium

TBA

7:30 p.m. (BTN)

Nov. 12 at Indiana * Memorial Stadium (52,929)

TBA

Nov. 19 at Rutgers * 8 p.m. (BTN) High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454) Nov. 26 MICHIGAN STATE (3) * Beaver Stadium

TBA

(1) All-U Day; (2) Homecoming/Varsity “S” Day; (3) Senior Day. * - Big Ten Conference games; times Eastern & subject to change. All games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com.

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SEASON IN REVIEW 2015 Season in Review...........................................140-169 Big Ten Conference..................................................170-172 RECORDS Rushing Records......................................................174-178 Passing Records.......................................................179-182 Receiving Records...................................................183-186 Total Offense Records..............................................187-188 All-Purpose Records................................................189-190 Punt Return Records................................................191-192 Kickoff Return Records............................................193-194 Punting Records......................................................195-196 Kicking Records.......................................................197-198 Scoring Records.......................................................198-199 Defensive Records...................................................200-201 Interception Records...............................................202-203 Team Records & Streaks..........................................204-205 Opponent Records.......................................................... 206 The Last Time................................................................. 207 AWARDS & HONORS National Awards......................................................208-214 Big Ten Honors........................................................215-217 Team Awards...........................................................218-219 Postseason All-Star Games......................................220-221 Hall of Fame Inductees............................................222-223 Hall of Fame Bios.....................................................224-226 All-American Bios...................................................227-232 HISTORY All-Time Lettermen.................................................233-238 Coaching History.....................................................239-241 Nittany Lions in the NFL..........................................242-245 NFL/AFL Draft............................................................246-47 Beaver Stadium.......................................................248-251 Year-by-Year Records..............................................252-266 Homecoming Games...................................................... 253 Night Games.................................................................. 254 Television Appearances...........................................255-257 Penn State vs. Opponents........................................267-274 Poll History..............................................................275-278 Dates in Penn State Football History.......................279-291 BOWL HISTORY Bowl History.................................................................. 292 Bowl Records..........................................................293-298 Bowl Recaps............................................................299-314 PENN STATE Penn State Athletics................................................315-317 Penn State University..................................................... 318 President Eric Barron...................................................... 318 Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour............................... 319 Athletics Department..................................................... 320 Penn State Head Coaches............................................... 321 Strategic Communications......................................322-323 Penn State Sports Network............................................ 324


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➤ QUICK FACTS

➤ COACHING STAFF

➤ STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

Location: University Park, Pa. 16802 Enrollment: 46,606 (40,742 undergrad) at University Park Nickname: Nittany Lions Colors: Blue & White Stadium (Capacity): Beaver Stadium (106,572) Stadium Surface: Natural Grass Conference: Big Ten President: Dr. Eric Barron Athletic Director: Sandy Barbour Deputy Athletic Director/COO: Phil Esten Official Athletics Website: GoPSUsports.com Football Twitter Account: @PennStateFBall

Head Football Coach: James Franklin Franklin’s Penn State Record: 14-12, two seasons Franklin’s Career Record: 38-27, five seasons Franklin's Twitter: @coachjfranklin Assistant Coaches: Brent Pry - Assoc. Head Coach/Defensive Coord./Linebackers Joe Moorhead - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Charles Huff - Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs Tim Banks - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Josh Gattis - Off. Recruiting Coord./Asst. Special Teams Coord./WR Matt Limegrover - Offensive Line Ricky Rahne - Passing Game Coordinator/Tight Ends Terry M. Smith - Asst. Head Coach/Def. Recruiting Coord./Cornerbacks Sean Spencer - Run Game Coord./Defensive Line Football Office Telephone: 814-865-0412

Primary Football Contact: Kristina Petersen (@GoPSUKris) Petersen Phone: 814-865-2497 Petersen Cell: 814-883-4581 Petersen Email: kap18@psu.edu Secondary Football Contacts: Greg Campbell (@SIDGreg; gxc35@psu.edu) Mark Brumbaugh (@markbrumbaugh; mgb28@psu.edu) Associate AD for Strategic Communications: Jeff Nelson Strategic Communications Telephone: 814-865-1757 Strategic Communications Fax: 814-863-3165 Strategic Communications Address: 101-D Bryce Jordan Center University Park, PA 16802 Press Box Phone: 814-863-1121

➤ TEAM OVERVIEW 2015 Record: 7-6 2015 Big Ten Record (Finish): 4-4 Lettermen Returning/Lost: 40/19 Starters Returning/Lost: 18/10 Additional Returnees with Starting Experience: 15

➤ HISTORY First Year of Football: 1887 All-Time Record: 856-382-42, 129 seasons, 8th in victories. All-Time Bowl Record: 28-16-2, t-4th in bowl victories. Years In Post-Season Play: 46, t-9th in bowl appearances.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH 26 SAQUON BARKLEY

2015 Stats Carries: 182 Rushing Yards: 1,076 Rushing TDs: 7 Yards Per Carry: 5.9 Long Rush: 56

So. — Running Back A Freshman All-American, Barkley dazzled onlookers in 2015 with a Penn State freshman record of 1,076 rushing yards in 11 games (missed two due to injury)... Tallied 34 rushes of 10 or more yards and a Big Ten-high 16 carries of 20-plus yards... Topped the team in 40-yard dash timing (4.38), agility (4.00) and power clean max (390) and was one of just three Lions to squat 600 pounds during spring testing.

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2015 Stats Receptions: 8 Receiving Yards: 248 Receiving TDs: 1 Yards Per Catch: 31.0 Long Catch: 59

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2015 Stats Receptions: 13 Receiving Yards: 125 Receiving TDs: 1 Yards Per Catch: 9.6 Long Catch: 33

Jr. — Tight End/H-Back A standout all-around athlete, Gesicki made big strides in his blocking ability in 2015...Hauled in his first career touchdown reception last fall against Army...Appeared in 25 career games and has 24 receptions for 239 yards... Poised to be an impact player with continued progress and consistency.

Jr. — Wide Receiver Poised for a breakout campaign, Blacknall was clocked as the secondfastest in the 40-yard dash (4.39) this spring...Made 19 catches for 360 yards and scored two touchdowns in his Penn State career...Primed to play a much bigger role in the offense during the 2016 season...Earned Red Worrell Award for his efforts during spring ball.

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2015 Stats Starts: 13

12 CHRIS GODWIN

2014 Stats Receptions: 69 Receiving Yards: 1,101 Receiving TDs: 5 Yards Per Catch: 16.0 Long Catch: 56

Jr. — Wide Receiver Godwin became just the third Penn State receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season, finishing 2015 with 69 catches for 1,101 yards and five touchdowns...A second-team All-Big Ten selection, he tallied a teamhigh 11 catches of 30-plus yards...A tremendous athlete, he will again be a focal point in the passing game...Has made a catch in 25 of 26 career games.

Sr. — Center/Guard The most experienced player on the roster, Gaia has appeared in 37 career games and started 25 contests during the past two seasons...A leader on offense, he shifted to center during the spring and will be instrumental for the Nittany Lion offense in 2016... Gaia was the only offensive lineman to start every game in 2015...Moved from defensive tackle to the offensive line prior to the 2014 season.

5 DaeSEAN HAMILTON

2015 Stats Receptions: 46 Receiving Yards: 580 Receiving TDs: 6 Yards Per Catch: 12.9 Long Catch: 48

Jr. — Wide Receiver The team’s active leader in receptions, Hamilton enters 2016 with 127 catches for 1,479 yards and eight touchdowns during the last two seasons...Added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame and will be a consistent weapon on the offense...Ranked No. 7 on Penn State’s all-time receptions list...Will move to the slot receiver this fall.

2016 SQUAD BREAKDOWN ➤ LETTERMEN RETURNING FROM 2015 (40)

➤ LETTERMEN LOST FROM 2015 (19)

➤ STARTERS RETURNING (16)

Offense (16) Center Guard Tackle Tight End/H Running Back Receiver

(Number of 2015 starts in parenthesis)

Wendy Laurent Derek Dowrey, Brian Gaia, Brendan Mahon Noah Beh, Andrew Nelson, Paris Palmer Mike Gesicki Mark Allen, Saquon Barkley, Nick Scott Saeed Blacknall, Chris Godwin, DaeSean Hamilton, Brandon Polk, DeAndre Thompkins

Offense (10) Guard Center Tackle Quarterback Tight End/H Running Back Receiver

Kevin Reihner Angelo Mangiro Albert Hall Christian Hackenberg Kyle Carter, Brent Wilkerson Brandon Johnson, Akeel Lynch Geno Lewis, Matt Zanellato

Defense (19) End Tackle Linebacker Cornerback Safety

Torrence Brown, Curtis Cothran, Evan Schwan, Garrett Sickels Parker Cothren, Antoine White Brandon Bell, Manny Bowen, Jason Cabinda, Jake Cooper, Von Walker Christian Campbell, Grant Haley, Amani Oruwariye, John Reid Marcus Allen, Troy Apke, Koa Farmer, Malik Golden

Defense (9) End Tackle Linebacker Cornerback Safety

Carl Nassib Tarow Barney, Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel Jordan Dudas, Troy Reeder, Gary Wooten Jr. Trevor Williams Jordan Lucas

Specialists (5) Placekicker Punter Kick Snapper

Tyler Davis, Joey Julius Chris Gulla, Daniel Pasquariello Tyler Yazujian

➤ LETTERMEN RETURNING FROM 2014 (1) Defense (1) Linebacker

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Offense (8): Paris Palmer, t (11); Brendan Mahon, g/t (11); Brian Gaia, g (13); Andrew Nelson, t (8); Mike Gesicki, te/h (8); Saquon Barkley, rb (6); Chris Godwin, wr (11); DaeSean Hamilton, wr (12). Defense (5): Garret Sickels, de (12); Brandon Bell, lb (11); Jason Cabinda, lb (13); Grant Haley, cb (11); Marcus Allen, s (12). Specialists (3): Tyler Davis, k (5); Daniel Pasquariello, p (11); Tyler Yazujian, ls (13). ➤ STARTERS LOST (10) (Number of 2015 starts in parenthesis) Offense (3): Angelo Mangiro, c (12); Christian Hackenberg, qb (13); Brent Wilkerson, te/h (7).

2015 LETTERMEN AT A GLANCE Offense Returning: 16 Lost: 10 Defense Returning: 19 Lost: 9 Specialists Returning: 5 Lost: 0 Total Returning: 40 Lost: 19

Offense Defense Specialists Total

2015 STARTERS AT A GLANCE Returning: 8 Lost: Returning: 5 Lost: Returning: 3 Lost: Returning: 16 Lost:

3 6 0 10

Defense (6): Carl Nassib, de (13); Anthony Zettel, dt (13); Austin Johnson, dt (13); Troy Reeder, lb (11); Jordan Lucas, s (9); Trevor Williams, cb (13). ➤ OTHER RETURNEES WITH STARTING EXPERIENCE (15) (Number of career starts in parenthesis) Offense (6): Derek Dowrey, g (6); Saeed Blacknall, wr (4); Wendy Laurent, c (3); Brandon Polk, wr (3); Mark Allen, rb (1); Nick Scott, rb (1). Defense (7): Nyeem Wartman-White, lb (21); Malik Golden, s (4); Von Walker, lb (3); John Reid, cb (2); Troy Apke, s (1); Christian Campbell, cb (1); Jake Cooper, lb (1). Specialists (2): Chris Gulla, p (9); Joey Julius, k (8).


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PLAYERS TO WATCH 9 TRACE McSORLEY

2015 Stats Completions: 20 Pass Attempts: 40 Passing Yards: 185 Passing TDs: 2

So. — Quarterback McSorley returns as the most experienced player at quarterback... Saw action in seven games, including significant reps in the TaxSlayer Bowl... Finished 14-of-27 for 142 yards and had two touchdowns in the bowl... Elusive with the ball in his hands, he made significant strides during the spring.

59 ANDREW NELSON

2015 Stats Starts: 8 Games Played: 9

2 MARCUS ALLEN

2015 Stats Tackles: 81 Solo Tackles: 43 Tackles For Loss: 5.0 Pass Breakups: 2 Forced Fumbles: 2

Jr. — Safety An honorable-mention All-Big Ten honoree in 2015, Allen made a careerhigh 81 tackles as a true sophomore...A leader in the secondary, he has started 19 games and appeared in 25 of the last 26 contests...Named to the AllFreshman Team by several outlets in 2014 and will again be instrumental in the success of the defense.

Jr. — Tackle An anchor on the offensive line, Nelson has started 21 games during the past two seasons (missed four due to injury) and has been a model of consistency...Enters the fall as the team’s most experienced player at tackle for the second-straight season...An AllFreshman Team selection in 2014, he will again be a significant piece on the Nittany Lion offense.

2 TOMMY STEVENS

2015 Redshirt Season

11 BRANDON BELL

2015 Stats Tackles: 65 Solo Tackles: 36 Tackles For Loss: 12.5 Sacks: 5.5 Forced Fumbles: 3

Sr. — Linebacker A versatile athlete, Bell tallied a career-high 65 tackles after playing in 11 games during 2015...Finished third on the team with 12.5 tackles for loss...Ranked sixth in the Big Ten with three forced fumbles and is primed for another strong campaign in 2016.

Fr. — Quarterback Stevens adapted to significant reps for the first time in his career with an efficient approach during spring ball... Added eight pounds to his frame over the winter...Instrumental on the scout team in 2015...Poised to be in the mix for the starting assignment in the fall.

40 JASON CABINDA

2015 Stats Tackles: 100 Solo Tackles: 39 Tackles for Loss: 5.5 Sacks: 2.5 Pass Breakups: 5

Jr. — Linebacker Named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, Cabinda led the team with 100 tackles in 2015...Thrust into the spotlight, he moved to middle linebacker after week one and started every game...Earned All-Big Ten honorable mention honors as a true sophomore...Has played in 21 games during the past two seasons.

2016 OUTLOOK NOTES ➤ FORTY LETTERWINNERS RETURN

➤ NINE GAME BIG TEN SLATE RETURNS

➤ EIGHT BOWL TEAMS HIGHLIGHT SCHEDULE

• Penn State returns 40 lettermen from last year’s TaxSlayer Bowl squad – 19 on defense, 16 on offense, five on special teams. • Of the 40 overall lettermen returning, 31 have starting experience – 12 on defense, 14 on offense and five on special teams. • The Nittany Lions lost the services of 19 lettermen – nine on defense and 10 on offense.

• The 2016 season marks the return of a nine-game Big Ten Conference schedule. • Penn State and the other members of the East Division will host five conference home games in 2016 and even-numbered years, while teams from the West Division will host five conference home games during odd-numbered years. • As a result of the nine-game conference schedule and the Big Ten’s schedule rotation, every student-athlete will have the opportunity to play against every other team in the conference at least once during a four-year period. • The Big Ten is returning to a nine-game conference schedule for all teams for the first time since the 1983 and 1984 seasons.

• The Nittany Lions will face eight teams that participated in a bowl game during the 2015 campaign. • Michigan bested Florida, 41-7, in the Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl; Minnesota defeated Central Michigan, 21-14, in the Quick Lane Bowl; and Ohio State topped Notre Dame, 44-28, in the Fiesta Bowl. • Michigan State earned the No. 3 seed in the College Football Playoff and lost to Alabama, 38-0, in the Cotton Bowl. • Pitt fell to Navy, 44-28, in the Military Bowl; Temple dropped a 32-17 decision to Toledo in the Marmot Boca Raton Bowl; Iowa lost to Stanford, 45-16, in the Rose Bowl; and Indiana suffered an overtime loss to Duke, 44-41, in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. • The Nittany Lions’ slate features five teams that won at least 10 games in 2015, including three teams with 12 wins.

➤ SIXTEEN STARTERS RETURNING • The Nittany Lions return 16 starters – eight on offense, five on defense and three on special teams. • Fifteen additional Penn Staters have starting experience – six on offense, seven on defense and two on special teams. • Among the returning starters are Freshman All-American running back Saquon Barkley, All-Big Ten second team selection Chris Godwin and All-Big Ten honorable mention choices Marcus Allen, Jason Cabinda, Grant Haley and DaeSean Hamilton. ➤ NITTANY LION POSITION CHANGES Among the Penn State players who played new positions during the spring are: Kevin Givens (DE to DT) and Curtis Cothran (DE to DT). ➤ PENN STATE NUMBER CHANGES Several Nittany Lions are wearing new numbers, including Irvin Charles (11), Desi Davis (38), Jan Johnson (36), Jarvis Miller (9), Ryan Monk (91), Nick Scott (4), Zach Simpson (64) and Tommy Stevens (2).

➤ NEW FACES & PLACES ON THE SIDELINE • Head Coach James Franklin added offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Joe Moorhead, offensive line coach Matt Limegrover and co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach Tim Banks to the coaching staff in the off-season. • Franklin also made adjustments within the coaching staff. Brent Pry moves to associate head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach; cornerbacks coach Terry Smith serves as the assistant head coach; Sean Spencer remains the defensive line coach and adds the title of run game coordinator; and Ricky Rahne takes over as the tight ends coach. • Moorhead brings 18 years of collegiate coaching experience to Penn State, including the last four as Fordham’s head coach. • Limegrover comes to Happy Valley with 25 years of collegiate coaching experience, including the last five seasons at Minnesota as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. • Banks joins the Nittany Lions after spending the last four seasons at Illinois as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach.

➤ MARYLAND IS HOMECOMING FOE • When the alumni return to Happy Valley for the 2016 Homecoming game, the Penn State faithful will cheer their Nittany Lions against Maryland. • The Terps will provide the opponent for the 2016 Homecoming contest on Oct. 8 at noon. • Penn State owns a 69-22-5 record all-time on Homecoming, including wins in nine of its last 11 games.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH 41 PARKER COTHREN

2015 Stats Tackles: 13 Solo Tackles: 4 Tackles For Loss: 0.5 Sacks: 0.5 Pass Breakups: 1

Jr. — Defensive Tackle Cothren is poised to be at the heart of the Nittany Lion defense after appearing in all 26 games during the past two seasons...Has made 24 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and one sack in his game experience...Will be counted on as a much bigger impact player for the defense in 2016.

15 GRANT HALEY

2015 Stats Tackles: 42 Solo Tackles: 27 Tackles for Loss: 2.0 Interceptions: 2 Pass Breakups: 7

94 EVAN SCHWAN

2015 Stats

Sr. — Defensive End The lone senior on the defensive line, Schwan will be among the team’s leaders in 2016...Has appeared in 30 career games during his career...Made 21 tackles in 2016 and is poised to have a much bigger role in this season.

Tackles: 21 Solo Tackles: 8 Tackles For Loss: 0.5 Pass Breakups: 1

Jr. — Cornerback Among the top returnees on defense, Haley is a veteran of 24 career games in his first two seasons...Finished with 42 tackles, tied for the team lead in interceptions and led the team with nine passes defended in 2015... Became the first PSU freshman to score a defensive TD since Paul Posluszny in 2003 with a pick-six in 2014.

29 JOHN REID

2015 Stats Tackles: 29 Solo Tackles: 18 Tackles For Loss: 1.0 Interceptions: 2 Pass Breakups: 5

90 GARRETT SICKELS

2015 Stats Tackles: 35 Solo Tackles: 18 Tackles for Loss: 5.0 Sacks: 3.0 Fumbles Recovered: 2

Jr. — Defensive End Playing the best football of his career in 2015, Sickels was quietly one of the team’s most productive players... Started 12 games, notching 35 tackles, 5.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks... Appeared in 25 of the last 26 games and will be looked upon as a leader on the defensive line in 2016.

So. — Cornerback Reid played the best football of his true freshman season during the final weeks of the season...Named to ESPN. com’s Big Ten All-Freshman team, he started twice and appeared in every game...Finished with 29 tackles and tied for team lead in interceptions with two...Poised to take a significant step forward in 2016.

5 NYEEM WARTMAN-WHITE

2014 Stats Tackles: 75 Solo Tackles: 32 Tackles For Loss: 3.5 Interceptions: 1

Sr. — Linebacker Wartman-White returns as one of the team’s most experienced players after suffering a season-ending injury in the 2015 opener...Finished second on the team with 75 tackles in 2014...A versatile linebacker capable of playing multiple positions, he has started in 20 games during his career...Tallied 3.5 TFL and one interception during 2014.

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➤ LIONS & PANTHERS MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 2000

➤ SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM

➤ 1,000 BY GROUND & IN THE AIR

• Penn State and Pittsburgh meet on the gridiron for the first time since 2000 when the Nittany Lions visit Heinz Field Sept. 10 at noon. • The Nittany Lions have met the Panthers more than any other opponent – 96 times – with Penn State owning a 50-42-4 series advantage. • The teams first met in 1893 and played every season from 1900-31 and 1935-92, often in a compelling final game of the regular season. • The teams did not meet from 1993-96, when Penn State began play in the Big Ten Conference, and then played a fourgame series from 1997-2000, with the Nittany Lions winning the 1997-99 contests. • The Panthers won the last meeting, 12-0, in Three Rivers Stadium in 2000. • Penn State owns a 17-6 record against Pitt in State College, while the Panthers have a 35-28-4 advantage in games played on their home field. • Penn State leads, 5-1, in neutral site games, the majority of which were played in Pittsburgh.

• The Penn State football team continued to excel in the classroom during the 2015 fall semester with a record 56 squad members earning at least a 3.0 grade-point average. • This marked the fifth consecutive semester (including summer sessions) the Nittany Lions have had more than 50 studentathletes with a 3.0 GPA or better. • The 56 Lions with a 3.0 GPA or higher surpasses the mark of 55 set by the 2008 fall semester for the most 3.0s in a semester in program history. • A total of 23 Nittany Lions posted a 3.5 GPA or higher in the fall semester, with 19 earning Dean’s List recognition for having 3.5 GPA or higher with 12 credits earned in undergraduate work. • The Nittany Lion freshmen were impressive in the fall semester with 14 posting a 3.0 or higher. • Overall, 51 football student-athletes own a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher after the fall semester, with 21 posting a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher. • The fall semester also saw 45 student-athletes improve their cumulative GPA since the 2015 spring semester. • Additionally, 22 Nittany Lions earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition last fall.

• Junior wide receiver Chris Godwin and freshman running back Saquon Barkley combined to accomplish a feat that only two other duos have in program history as they each surpassed the 1,000-yard marks in their respective positions. • The pair is the third Nittany Lion tandem to have 1,000 yards receiving and 1,000 yards rushing in Penn State history, joining Allen Robinson and Zach Zwinak (2012) and Bobby Engram and Ki-Jana Carter (1994). • Godwin had 69 catches for 1,101 yards, while Barkley rushed 182 times for 1,076 yards. • Only two teams in the Big Ten (Penn State and Indiana) and 20 squads nationally touted a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000yard rusher in 2015.

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➤ LEADING THE NATION • The Nittany Lions led the NCAA FBS in a trio of categories last season. • Senior defensive end Carl Nassib finished atop the FBS standing for sacks (15.5) and forced fumbles (6). • Nassib is the first Nittany Lion to lead the nation in a statistical category since Larry Johnson led in rushing yardage per game and all-purpose yards per game in 2002. • Penn State also paced FBS in sacks per game as a team with a 3.54 average. This marks the first team statistical title for the Nittany Lions since leading the country in scoring offense and total offense in 1994.


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2016 OUTLOOK NOTES ➤ STOPS BEHIND THE LINE

➤ STINGY DEFENSE

➤ GODWIN LEADS RECEIVING CORPS

• In addition to leading the nation in sacks per game with a 3.54 average, Penn State also ranked sixth in FBS and topped in the Big Ten with 8.2 tackles for loss per game. • The 106 total TFLs were the most since 2007 (120). • Penn State recorded at least five tackles for loss in 18 consecutive games until only registering four against Michigan. • The 18-game streak with at least five TFLs was the longest streak for Penn State since a 38-game streak from 1997 to 2000. • Penn State led the nation in sack yardage (344) and was second in tackle for loss yardage (502). • Penn State’s 15 tackles for loss against Temple were the second-most in the country during the opening week, trailing only Colorado State, which racked up 16 against FCS-level Savannah State.

• Penn State ranked 14th in the country in total defense, yielding an average of 324.5 yards per game. • The Lions led the country in denying fourth down conversion attempts, as opponents were successful at a rate of just 15.4 percent. • The Nittany Lions allowed only 38 points in the first quarter in 13 games in 2015, an average of 2.92 points per game. • The Penn State defense was particularly stingy at home, holding 10 consecutive opponents to less than 300 yards of total offense until Michigan registered 343 yards on Nov. 21. • Penn State’s defense allowed just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing) to Illinois, the fewest allowed by the Nittany Lions since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009. • The Nittany Lion defense held Illinois to 12 first downs, the fewest since giving up just eight to Temple last season, and the fewest in a Big Ten game since allowing 12 to Michigan last season.

• Sophomore wide receiver Chris Godwin caught at least four passes in 11 of 13 games last season and 12 of his last 15. • Godwin is just the third player in school history to register 1,000 receiving yards in a season, joining Allen Robinson (2012, 2013) and Bobby Engram (1994, 1995) as the players to accomplish the feat. It was the fifth 1,000-yard performance in a season in program history. • Godwin is just the sixth player in program history to have 60 catches in a season, ranking fourth on the season receptions list with 69. • Godwin finished second on Penn State’s season receiving yards list with 1,101 in 2015. • He is also in 17th place on the career receiving yards chart (1,422). • Godwin posted five 100-yard receiving games in 2015. • Godwin finished the season ranked 25th in FBS and second in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game (84.7) and finished 49th in FBS and fifth in the Big Ten in receptions per game (5.3). • With 133 yards against Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl, Godwin became Penn State’s career leader in bowl receiving yards with (273) in two games, passing Bobby Engram’s 272 yards. • Godwin owns the No. 2 (140 yards) and No. 3 (133 yards) bowl receiving yardage marks in Penn State single game bowl history. • He has at least one catch in 25 of 26 career games and eight career games with five or more grabs, joining his seven-catch night vs. Boston College in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl.

➤ FUMBLE! • Penn State’s 20 forced fumbles led the country and were the most by the Nittany Lions since 1985 (24). • Penn State ranked 11th nationally and second in the Big Ten in fumble recoveries with 12. • Eleven different Lions recovered fumbles in 2015, as Garrett Sickels was the only one with two recoveries (Army, Maryland). • Sickels finished 26th in FBS and second in the Big Ten in fumble recoveries. • Senior defensive end Carl Nassib led the FBS in forced fumbles (6), while junior linebacker Brandon Bell finished tied for 32nd with three forced fumbles. • Penn State’s six fumble recoveries in consecutive games (3 vs. San Diego State and 3 vs. Army) were the most in a two-game span since having six at Virginia (3) and vs. Navy (3) in 2012.

FUTURE SCHEDULES ➤ 2017 Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11 Nov. 18 Nov. 25

AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa* INDIANA* at Northwestern* MICHIGAN* at Ohio State* at Michigan State* RUTGERS* NEBRASKA* at Maryland*

➤ 2018 Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 3 Nov. 10 Nov. 17 Nov. 24 *Big Ten games; schedule subject to change.

APPALACHIAN STATE at Pittsburgh KENT STATE at Illinois* OHIO STATE* MICHIGAN STATE* at Indiana* IOWA* at Michigan* WISCONSIN* at Rutgers* MARYLAND*

➤ BARKLEY LEADS FRESHMAN HONORS • Saquon Barkley claimed Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News and USA Today Freshman AllAmerica honors. • Barkley was also named to the ESPN.com True Freshman AllAmerican teams and was selected by Sports on Earth as the top offensive freshman. • Barkley earned second team All-Big Ten accolades (coaches and media), as well as BTN.com Freshman of the Year and AllFreshman Team honors. • He broke the Penn State freshman season rushing record with 1,076 yards, surpassing the mark of 1,002 set by D.J. Dozier in 1983. He produced the 23rd 1,000-yard rushing season by a Nittany Lion and is the 14th player to accomplish the feat. • Barkley was joined on the BTN.com All-Freshman Team by kicker Joey Julius. • Julius converted 10-of-12 field goal attempts to rank second in the Big Ten and 21st in the nation with a .833 conversion rate. He also averaged 62.0 yards on kickoffs with 22 of his 53 resulting in touchbacks. • Barkley, Troy Reeder and John Reid were selected to the ESPN. com Big Ten All-Freshman team. • Reid started the first two games of the season in place of the injured Grant Haley. He tied for the team lead with two interceptions to go along with his one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Reid also had three pass breakups and finished second on the team with seven passes defended on the year. In his 13 games, he has 29 total tackles, including one TFL. ➤ NITTANY LIONS EARN ALL-BIG TEN NODS • Carl Nassib earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. The Nittany Lions have had at least one first-team All-Big Ten selection in each of the last 11 years. • Joining Nassib on the All-Big Ten defensive teams were junior defensive tackle Austin Johnson (second team – media; third team – coaches), senior defensive tackle Anthony Zettel (third team), sophomore safety Marcus Allen, sophomore linebacker Jason Cabinda, sophomore cornerback Grant Haley and senior cornerback Trevor Williams, who all garnered honorable mention accolades. • Offensively, freshman running back Saquon Barkley was selected to the All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and media, while sophomore wide receiver Chris Godwin was a second team pick by the media and third team selection by the coaches. Sophomore wide out DaeSean Hamilton also garnered All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades from the media.

➤ BLACKNALL GOES DEEP • Sophomore wide receiver Saeed Blacknall led the Nittany Lions with an average of 31.0 yards per reception on eight catches in 2015. • Blacknall turned a short pass into a 59-yard reception at Michigan State to set a career long and was Penn State’s longest completion of the season. • Blacknall hauled in his second career touchdown with a 25yard ball from Christian Hackenberg to give Penn State a 10-7 lead over Michigan in the second quarter. • Both of Blacknall’s career touchdown catches have come in Penn State White Out games (Ohio State in 2014 and Michigan in 2015). ➤ HAMILTON MOVING UP RECORD BOOKS • DaeSean Hamilton is moving up the career charts as a Nittany Lion. • Hamilton caught five passes against Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl to move into seventh on the all-time catches list with 127. • He ranks 15th in career receiving yardage with 1,479 yards. • He became the 13th Nittany Lion to reach the 100-reception milestone with two catches against Ohio State. ➤ BARKLEY BREAKS 1,000 • Despite missing 2.5 games to injury and only receiving one carry in the season opener, Saquon Barkley led the Lions with 1,076 rushing yards in 11 games played, a Penn State freshman record. • Barkley turned in his fifth 100-yard rushing performance of the season at Michigan State with 103 yards to break D.J. Dozier’s freshman season record of 1,002 set in 1983. • Barkley is the 43rd Nittany Lion to break 1,000 career yards rushing. • He finished 16th on Penn State’s season rushing yardage list and is 41st on the career rushing chart.

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Name Allen, Marcus ** Allen, Mark * Alston, Kyle Apke, Troy ** Barbir, Alex Barkley, Saquon * Bates, Ryan Beh, Noah * Bell, Brandon *** Bentley, Gordon Berg, Joe Blacknall, Saeed ** Bowen, Manny * Bowers, Nick Brosnan, Brendan Brown, Cameron Brown, Torrence * Buchholz, Ryan Cabinda, Jason ** Campbell, Christian ** Castagna, Colin Charles, Irvin Chavis, Tyrell Cooper, Jake * Cothran, Curtis * Cothren, Parker ** Cox, Nick Dalton, Danny Darien, Dae’Lun Davis, Desi Davis, Tyler * De Boef, Adam Devenney, Tom Di Leo, Frank Dowrey, Derek *** Farmer, Koa * Fessler, Billy Fries, Will Gaia, Brian *** Garrity, Gregg Gellerstedt, Alex Gesicki, Mike ** Gillikin, Blake Givens, Kevin Godwin, Chris ** Golden, Malik *** Gonzalez, Steven Gulla, Chris ** Haley, Grant ** Hamilton, DaeSean ** Holland, Jonathan Jenkins, Sterling Johnson, Jan Johnson, Juwan Johnson, T.J. Jordan, Ellison Joseph, Daniel Julius, Joey * Ladonis, Zach * Laurent, Wendy **

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Ht. 6-2 5-6 5-9 6-1 5-9 5-11 6-4 6-6 6-1 6-0 6-0 6-3 6-1 6-4 6-6 6-5 6-3 6-6 6-1 6-1 6-4 6-4 6-3 6-1 6-5 6-4 6-0 6-4 6-4 5-11 5-11 6-5 6-1 5-9 6-3 6-1 5-11 6-6 6-3 5-10 6-6 6-6 6-2 6-1 6-1 6-0 6-4 6-1 5-9 6-1 6-4 6-8 6-2 6-4 6-2 6-0 6-3 5-10 6-2 6-2

Wt. 205 181 180 200 195 223 305 300 233 198 192 212 220 264 295 215 257 270 232 194 253 219 295 230 280 290 234 247 195 178 180 267 309 210 334 225 188 295 295 165 297 252 182 275 205 205 334 196 185 211 245 328 216 218 180 285 255 271 236 294

High School/Coach Hometown Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr./Dalawn Parrish Upper Marlboro, Md. DeMatha/Elijah Brooks Hyattsville, Md. Robbinsville/Jason Gray Robbinsville, N.J. Mount Lebanon/Mike Melnyk Mt. Lebanon, Pa. South Forsyth/Jeff Arnette Cumming, Ga. Whitehall/Brian Gilbert Coplay, Pa. Archbishop Wood/Steve Devlin Warrington, Pa. Scranton Prep/Nick Donato Moscow, Pa. Oakcrest/Chuck Smith Mays Landing, N.J. Wissahickon/Jeff Cappa Blue Bell, Pa. Carmel Catholic/Andy Bitto Grayslake, Ill. Manalapan/Ed Gurrieri Manalapan, N.J. Barnegat/Rob Davis Barnegat, N.J. Kittanning Senior/Frank Fabian Kittanning, Pa. Maine South/Dave Inserra Park Ridge, Ill. Bullis School/Patrick Cilento Burtonsville, Md. Tuscaloosa Academy/Robert Johnson Tuscaloosa, Ala. Great Valley/Dan Ellis Malvern, Pa. Hunterdon Central/Matthew Perotti Flemington, N.J. Central/Woodrow Lowe Phenix City, Ala. Barrington/Joe Sanchez Barrington, Ill. Paul VI/John Doherty Sicklerville, N.J. Nassau C.C./Joe Osovet Richmond, Va. Archbishop Wood/Steve Devlin Doylestown, Pa. Council Rock North/Adam Collachi Newtown, Pa. Hazel Green/Matthew Putnam Huntsville, Ala. Jesuit/Matt Thompson Tampa, Fla. Marshfield/Lou Silva Marshfield, Mass. Dunbar/Lawrence Smith Baltimore, Md. Harriton/Matthew Bahr Ardmore, Pa. North/-- St. Charles, Ill. State College Area/Al Wolski State College, Pa. Warwick/Bob Locker Lititz, Pa. Saint Ignatius College Prep/John O’Connor Elmhurst, Ill. John Handley/Tony Rayburn Winchester, Va. Notre Dame/Kevin Rooney Lake View Terrace, Calif. Erie Cathedral Prep/Mike Mischler Erie, Pa. Cranford/Erik Rosenmeier Cranford, N.J. Gilman School/Biff Poggi Pasadena, Md. North Allegheny/Art Walker Pittsburgh, Pa. Dublin Coffman/Mark Crabtree Dublin, Ohio Southern Regional/Chuck Donahue Manahawkin, N.J. The Westminster Schools/Gerry Romberg Smyrna, Ga. Altoona Area/John Franco Altoona, Pa. Middletown/Mark DelPercio Middletown, Del. Cheshire Academy/Dan O’Dea Hartford, Conn. Union City/Wil Valdez Union City, N.J. Toms River North/Chip LaBarca Toms River, N.J. The Lovett School/Mike Muschamp Atlanta, Ga. Mountain View/Lou Sorrentino Fredericksburg, Va. The Bullis School/Patrick Cilento Brandywine, Md. Baldwin/Pete Wagner Pittsburgh, Pa. Governor Mifflin/Dominic Vecchio Mohnton, Pa. Glassboro/Mark Maccarone Glassboro, N.J. Euclid/Jeff Rotsky Cleveland, Ohio Gilman School/Biff Poggi Upper Marlboro, Md. Lake Forest Academy/Robin Bowkett Lake Forest, Ill. Lower Dauphin/Rob Klock Hummelstown, Pa. Berwick Area/George Curry Nescopeck, Pa. The Hun School/David Dudeck Hamilton, N.J.


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Name Mahon, Brendan ** McGovern, Connor McPhearson, Josh McPhearson, Zech McSorley, Trace Menet, Michal Miller, Jarvis Miller, Shareef Monk, Ryan Monroe, Ayron Nelson, Andrew ** Oruwariye, Amani * Palmer, Paris * Pancoast, Tom Pasquariello, Daniel ** Paye, Irvine Petrishen, John Polk, Brandon * Reid, John * Robinson, Andre Sanders, Miles Schwan, Evan ** Scott, Nick * Shelton, Antonio Shoop, Tyler Shorts, Troy Shuman, Charlie Simmons, Shane Sickels, Garrett ** Simpson, Zach Smith, Brandon Smith, Jordan * Sorrell, Chance Stevens, Tommy Taylor, Garrett Thomas, Johnathan Thompkins, DeAndre * Thrift, Brenon Toney, Shaka Vasey, Kyle Vranic, Jason Walker, Von *** Wartman-White, Nyeem ** White, Antoine * Windsor, Robert Wombacker, Jordan Wright, Chasz Yazujian, Tyler ** Zembiec, Jake

*Letters won

Pos. G/C C WR CB QB G S DE DT S T CB T TE/H P RB S WR CB RB RB DE S DT WR CB T DE DE G LB CB T QB CB LB WR DT DE SN LB LB LB DT DT K/P T/G SN QB

Cl./El. Sr./Jr. Fr./Fr. Sr./Jr. Fr./Fr. Jr./So. Fr./Fr. So./Fr. So./Fr. So./Fr. So./Fr. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Sr./Sr. Sr./Jr. Jr./Jr. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. So./So. So./So. So./Fr. Fr./Fr. Gr./Sr. Jr./So. Fr./Fr. So./Fr. So./Fr. Jr./So. Fr./Fr. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. Sr./Jr. Sr./Sr. Jr./So. So./Fr. So./Fr. Jr./So. Jr./So. Jr./So. Fr./Fr. Jr./So. Jr./Jr. Sr./Sr. Gr./Sr. Jr./So. So./Fr. So./Fr. Jr./So. Sr.^/Sr. Fr./Fr.

Ht. 6-4 6-5 5-10 5-11 6-0 6-4 6-2 6-5 6-1 5-11 6-6 6-1 6-7 6-3 6-1 5-6 6-0 5-9 5-10 5-9 5-11 6-6 5-11 6-2 5-11 5-10 6-8 6-3 6-4 6-3 6-0 5-10 6-5 6-4 6-0 5-11 5-11 6-3 6-3 6-2 6-0 5-11 6-1 6-2 6-4 5-10 6-7 5-11 6-3

Wt. 315 310 197 180 201 296 205 250 272 204 301 206 304 231 197 168 209 172 191 212 195 253 200 290 170 192 290 240 249 292 228 185 293 215 193 219 185 290 195 242 217 213 248 286 291 172 348 244 205

High School/Coach Hometown Randolph/Joe Lusardi Randolph, N.J. Lake-Lehman/Jerry Gilsky Larksville, Pa. Annapolis Area Christian/Ken Lucas Columbia, Md. Riverdale Baptist School/Caesar Nettles Columbia, Md. Briar Woods/Charlie Pierce Ashburn, Va. Exeter Township Senior/Matt Bauer Birdsboro, Pa. Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby/Jason Qua Suffield, Conn. George Washington/Ronald Cohen Philadelphia, Pa. Dallas/Bob Zaruta Dallas, Pa. Saint Johns College H.S./Joe Patterson Largo, Md. Hershey/Mark Painter Hershey, Pa. Gaither/Jason Stokes Tampa, Fla. Lackawanna College (Pa.)/Mark Duda Plymouth, N.C. Unionville/Pat Clark West Chester, Pa. Xavier College HS/ Melbourne, Victoria, Australia West Orange/John Jacob Orange, N.J. Pittsburgh Central Catholic/Terry Totten Lower Burrell, Pa. Briar Woods/Charlie Pierce Ashburn, Va. St. Joseph’s Prep/Gabe Infante Mount Laurel, N.J. Bishop McDevitt/Jeff Weachter Mechanicsburg, Pa. Woodland Hills/George Novak Pittsburgh, Pa. Central Dauphin/Glen McNamee Harrisburg, Pa. Fairfax/Kevin Simonds Fairfax, Va. Westerville-North/Rodger Elander Gahanna, Ohio Father Ryan/Bruce Lussier Nashville, Tenn. Woodbury/Al Mailahn Sicklerville, N.J. Pittsford Sutherland/Keith Molinich Pittsford, N.Y. DeMatha/Elijah Brooks Laurel, Md. Red Bank Regional/Nick Giglio Red Bank, N.J. Hollidaysburg Area/Homer DeLattre Hollidaysburg, Pa. Lewisburg/Jeremy Winn Winfield, Pa. H.D. Woodson/Greg Fuller Washington, D.C. Middletown/Troy Everhart Middletown, Ohio Decatur Central/Justin Dixson Indianapolis, Ind. Saint Christopher’s/Lance Clelland Richmond, Va. St. John’s Prep/Jim O’Leary Peabody, Mass. Swansnboro/Tim Laspada Hubert, N.C. Lackawanna C.C./Mark Duda Monroeville, Pa. Imhotep Charter/Albie Crosby Philadelphia, Pa. Wallenpaupack/Mark Watson Hawley, Pa. Erie C.C./Scott Pilkey Wheatfield, N.Y. Central Mountain/Vinny Kishbaugh Mill Hall, Pa. Valley View/George Howanitz Philadelphia, Pa. Millville/Jason Durham Millville, N.J. Fond Du Lac/Mike Gnewuch Fond Du Lac, Wis. Hickory/Bill Brest Hermitage, Pa. Milford Academy (N.Y.)/Bill Chaplick Woodbridge, Va. Spring-Ford/Chad Brubaker Royersford, Pa. Aquinas Institute/Chris Battaglia Rochester, N.Y.

^ - 5th-year senior

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

Troy Apke....................................................Troy App-KEY Alex Barbir........................................................ bar-BEER Saquon Barkley................................... SAY-kwon Barkley Noah Beh..........................................................Noah BAY Saeed Blacknall.............................. SIGH-eed Black-NALL Ryan Buchholz......................................Ryan BUCK-holez Colin Castagna...................................Colin kuh-stan-yah Curtis Cothran.......................................Curtis CAW-thren Parker Cothren.....................................Parker CAW-thren

Dae’Lun Darien.......................................DAY-lawn Darien Tom Devenney......................................Tom De-VENN-ee Koa Farmer................................................. CO-uh Farmer Brian Gaia...................................................Brian GUY-ah Mike Gesicki............................................Mike Guh-sick-E Malik Golden........................................ Mah-LEEk Golden Chris Gulla.................................................... Chris GOO-la DaeSean Hamilton..........................DAY-shawn Hamilton Zach Ladonis......................................Zach Lah-DONN-iss

Wendy Laurent......................................Wendy Lah-RENT Brendan Mahon.......................................Brendan MANN Michal Menet.......................................Michael men-NET Ayron Monroe..........................................AIR-en Monroe Amani Oruwariye..............UH-monn-E O-rue-waar-ee-A Daniel Pasquariello........................Daniel pass-KAH-rello Chance Sorrell......................................... Chance Sore-ull Tyler Yazujian......................................... Tyler YAZZ-ee-in Jake Zembiec.............................................Jake ZEM-beck

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Bowen, Manny Toney, Shaka Yazujian, Tyler Castagna, Colin Smith, Brandon Miller, Shareef Joseph, Daniel Gellerstedt, Alex Vranic, Jason Bates, Ryan Cothran, Curtis Dowrey, Derek Windsor, Robert Laurent, Wendy Shelton, Antonio Chavis, Tyrell Gonzalez, Steven Sorrell, Chance Nelson, Andrew Beh, Noah Menet, Michal Simpson, Zach McGovern, Connor De Boef, Adam Mahon, Brendan Fries, Will Gaia, Brian Palmer, Paris Brosnan, Brendan Jenkins, Sterling Wright, Chasz Devenney, Tom Shuman, Charlie Dalton, Danny Shoop, Tyler Bowers, Nick Johnson, Juwan Darien, Dae’Lun Gesicki, Mike Pancoast, Tom Barbir, Alex Sickels, Garrett Monk, Ryan Pasquariello, Daniel Gillikin, Blake White, Antoine Schwan, Evan Davis, Tyler Vasey, Kyle Buchholz, Ryan Cox, Nick Wombacker, Jordan Julius, Joey Thrift, Brenon

LB DE SN DE LB DE DE T LB G/C DT G/C DT C/G DT DT G/C T T T G G C G/C G/C T G/C T T T T/G C/G T TE/H WR TE/H WR WR TE/H TE/H K DE DT P P/K DT DE K/P SN DE SN K/P K DT

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2016 BIG TEN SCHEDULE ➤ Thursday, Sept. 1

➤ Saturday, Oct. 15

MICHIGAN at Utah INDIANA at Florida International Oregon State at MINNESOTA Furman at MICHIGAN STATE

NEBRASKA at INDIANA MINNESOTA at MARYLAND NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN STATE IOWA at PURDUE ILLINOIS at RUTGERS OHIO STATE at WISCONSIN

➤ Saturday, Sept. 3

➤ Saturday, Oct. 22

Murray State at ILLINOIS Miami (Ohio) at IOWA Howard at MARYLAND Hawaii at MICHIGAN Fresno State at NEBRASKA Western Michigan at NORTHWESTERN Bowling Green at OHIO STATE Kent State at PENN STATE Eastern Kentucky at PURDUE RUTGERS at Washington WISCONSIN vs. LSU [1]

WISCONSIN at IOWA MICHIGAN STATE at MARYLAND ILLINOIS at MICHIGAN RUTGERS at MINNESOTA PURDUE at NEBRASKA INDIANA at NORTHWESTERN OHIO STATE at PENN STATE

➤ Friday, Sept. 2

➤ Friday, Sept. 9 MARYLAND at Florida International

➤ Saturday, Sept. 10 North Carolina at ILLINOIS Ball State at INDIANA Iowa State at IOWA Central Florida at MICHIGAN Indiana State at MINNESOTA Wyoming at NEBRASKA Illinois State at NORTHWESTERN Tulsa at OHIO STATE PENN STATE at Pittsburgh Cincinnati at PURDUE Howard at RUTGERS Akron at WISCONSIN

➤ Saturday, Sept. 17 Western Michigan at ILLINOIS North Dakota State at IOWA MARYLAND at Central Florida Colorado at MICHIGAN MICHIGAN STATE at Notre Dame Oregon at NEBRASKA Duke at NORTHWESTERN OHIO STATE at Oklahoma Temple at PENN STATE New Mexico at RUTGERS Georgia State at WISCONSIN

➤ Saturday, Sept. 24 PENN STATE at MICHIGAN WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN STATE NEBRASKA at NORTHWESTERN IOWA at RUTGERS Wake Forest at INDIANA Colorado State at MINNESOTA Nevada at PURDUE

➤ Saturday, Oct. 1 MICHIGAN STATE at INDIANA NORTHWESTERN at IOWA PURDUE at MARYLAND WISCONSIN at MICHIGAN ILLINOIS at NEBRASKA RUTGERS at OHIO STATE MINNESOTA at PENN STATE

➤ Saturday, Oct. 8

➤ Saturday, Oct. 29 MINNESOTA at ILLINOIS MARYLAND at INDIANA MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE NORTHWESTERN at OHIO STATE PENN STATE at PURDUE NEBRASKA at WISCONSIN

➤ Saturday, Nov. 5 MICHIGAN STATE at ILLINOIS MARYLAND at MICHIGAN PURDUE at MINNESOTA WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN NEBRASKA at OHIO STATE IOWA at PENN STATE INDIANA at RUTGERS

➤ Saturday, Nov. 12 PENN STATE at INDIANA MICHIGAN at IOWA OHIO STATE at MARYLAND RUTGERS at MICHIGAN STATE MINNESOTA at NEBRASKA NORTHWESTERN at PURDUE ILLINOIS at WISCONSIN

➤ Saturday, Nov. 19 IOWA at ILLINOIS INDIANA at MICHIGAN OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN STATE NORTHWESTERN at MINNESOTA MARYLAND at NEBRASKA WISCONSIN at PURDUE PENN STATE at RUTGERS

➤ Friday, Nov. 25 NEBRASKA at IOWA

➤ Saturday, Nov. 26 PURDUE at INDIANA RUTGERS at MARYLAND ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE MICHIGAN STATE at PENN STATE MINNESOTA at WISCONSIN

➤ Saturday, Dec. 3 Big Ten Championship Game [2] [1] at Green Bay, Wis. [2] at Indianapolis, Ind. (4) As of June 1, 2016; subject to change.

PURDUE at ILLINOIS IOWA at MINNESOTA INDIANA at OHIO STATE MARYLAND at PENN STATE MICHIGAN at RUTGERS BYU at MICHIGAN STATE

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OPPONENT INFORMATION KENT STATE

OHIO STATE

Sept. 3, Beaver Stadium 2015 Record: 3-9 Series History: Penn State, 4-0 Last Meeting: 2013; Penn State, 34-0 Football SID: Aaron Chimenti Phone: 330-672-8468 Email: achiment@kent.edu Website: www.kentstatesports.com

Oct. 22, Beaver Stadium 2015 Record: 12-1 (7-1) Series History: Ohio State, 18-13 Last Meeting: 2015; Ohio State, 38-10 Football SID: Jerry Emig Phone: 614-688-0343 Email: emig.2@osu.edu Website: www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com

PITTSBURGH

PURDUE

Sept. 10, Heinz Field 2015 Record: 8-5 Series History: Penn State, 50-42-4 Last Meeting: 2000; Pittsburgh, 12-0 Football SID: E.J. Borghetti Phone: 412-648-8240 Email: eborghetti@athletics.pitt.edu Website: www.pittsburghpanthers.com

Oct. 29, Ross-Ade Stadium 2015 Record: 2-10 (1-7) Series History: Penn State, 13-3-1 Last Meeting: 2013; Penn State, 45-21 Football SID: Matt Rector Phone: 765-494-3196 Email: Rector@Purdue.edu Website: www.purduesports.com

TEMPLE

IOWA

Sept. 17, Beaver Stadium 2015 Record: 10-4 Series History: Penn State, 39-4-1 Last Meeting: 2015; Temple, 27-10 Football SID: Rich Burg Phone: 215-204-0876 Email: rich.burg@temple.edu Website: www.owlsports.com

Nov. 5, Beaver Stadium 2015 Record: 12-2 (8-0) Series History: Penn State, 13-12 Last Meeting: 2012; Penn State, 38-14 Football SID: Steve Roe Phone: 319-335-9425 Email: steven-roe@uiowa.edu Website: www.hawkeyesports.com

MICHIGAN

INDIANA

Sept. 24, Michigan Stadium 2015 Record: 10-3 (6-2) Series History: Michigan, 12-7 Last Meeting: 2015; Michigan, 28-16 Football SID: David Ablauf Phone: 734-764-6456 Email: dablauf@umich.edu Website: www.mgoblue.com

Nov. 12, Memorial Stadium 2015 Record: 6-7 (2-6) Series History: Penn State, 18-1 Last Meeting: 2015; Penn State, 29-7 Football SID: Jeff Keag Phone: 812-855-6209 Email: jkeag@indiana.edu Website: www.iuhoosiers.com

MINNESOTA

RUTGERS

Oct. 1, Beaver Stadium 2015 Record: 6-7 (2-6) Series History: Penn State, 8-5 Last Meeting: 2013; Minnesota, 24-10 Football SID: Paul Rovnak Phone: 612-625-9379 Email: psrovnak@umn.edu Website: www.gophersports.com

MARYLAND Oct. 8, Beaver Stadium 2015 Record: 3-9 (1-7) Series History: Penn State, 36-2-1 Last Meeting: 2015; Penn State, 31-30 Football SID: Dustin Semonavick Phone: 301-314-7065 Email: dustin@umd.edu Website: www.umterps.com

Nov. 19, High Point Solutions Stadium 2015 Record: 4-8 (1-7) Series History: Penn State, 24-2 Last Meeting: 2015; Penn State, 28-3 Football SID: Hasim Phillips Phone: 732-445-6069 Email: hphillips@scarletknights.com Website: www.scarletknights.com

MICHIGAN STATE Nov. 26, Beaver Stadium 2015 Record: 12-2 (7-1) Series History: Michigan State, 15-14-1 Last Meeting: 2015; Michigan State, 55-16 Football SID: John Lewandowski Phone: 517-355-2271 Email: lewski@ath.msu.edu Website: www.msuspartans.com


2016 SEASON PREVIEW

2016-17 BOWL SCHEDULE

Gildan New Mexico Bowl University Stadium Albuquerque, New Mexico Saturday, Dec. 17, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth, Texas Friday, Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Russell Athletic Bowl Orlando Citrus Bowl Orlando, Florida Wednesday, Dec. 28, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Las Vegas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday, Dec. 17, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

GoDaddy Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium Mobile, Alabama Friday, Dec. 23, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl NRG Stadium Houston, Texas Wednesday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AutoNation Cure Bowl Citrus Bowl Stadium Orlando, Florida Saturday, Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Hawai’i Bowl Aloha Stadium Honolulu, Hawai’i Saturday, Dec. 24, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Birmingham Bowl Legion Field Birmingham, Alabama Thursday, Dec. 29, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Cramton Bowl Montgomery, Alabama Saturday, Dec. 17, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

St. Petersburg Bowl Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, Florida Monday, Dec. 26, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina Thursday, Dec. 29, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana Saturday, Dec. 17, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Quick Lane Bowl Ford Field Detroit, Michigan Monday, Dec. 26, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome San Antonio, Texas Thursday, Dec. 29, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Miami Beach Bowl Marlins Park Miami, Florida Monday, Dec. 19, 2:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Camping World Independence Bowl Independence Stadium Shreveport, Louisiana Monday, Dec. 26, 5 p.m. (ESPN2)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis, Tennessee Friday, Dec. 30, noon (ESPN)

Marmot Boca Raton Bowl FAU Stadium Boca Raton, Florida Tuesday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl Cotton Bowl Stadium Dallas, Texas Tuesday, Dec. 27, noon (ESPN)

Hyundai Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, Texas Friday, Dec. 30, 1 p.m. (CBS)

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, California Wednesday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Military Bowl Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Annapolis, Maryland Tuesday, Dec. 27, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tennessee Friday, Dec. 30, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Alberton’s Stadium Boise, Idaho Thursday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, California Tuesday, Dec. 27, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Capital One Orange Bowl Sun Life Stadium Miami Gardens, Florida Friday, Dec. 30, 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Thomas Robinson Stadium Nassau, Bahamas Friday, Dec. 23, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Motel 6 Cactus Bowl Chase Field Phoenix, Arizona Tuesday, Dec. 27, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Camping World Stadium Orlando, Florida Saturday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. (ABC)

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium Bronx, New York Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

TaxSlayer Bowl EverBank Field Jacksonville, Florida Saturday, Dec. 31, 11 a.m. (ESPN)

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Playoff Semifinal Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia Saturday, Dec. 31, 3 or 7 p.m. (ESPN) Fiesta Bowl Playoff Semifinal University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Arizona Saturday, Dec. 31, 3 or 7 p.m. (ESPN) Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m. (ABC) Goodyear Cotton Bowl AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas Monday, Jan. 2, 1 p.m. (ESPN) Rose Bowl Game Rose Bowl Pasadena, California Monday, Jan. 2, 5 p.m. (ESPN) Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana Monday, Jan. 2, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Arizona Bowl Arizona Stadium Tucson, Arizona Tuesday, Dec. 29, TBA (CBSSN) College Football Playoff National Championship Game Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida Monday, Jan. 9, 8:30 p.m (ESPN) Foster Farms Bowl Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara, California TBA As of June 8, 2016

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS MARCUS

down conversions and just 16 points. Michigan State (11/29): Registered nine tackles (four solo)... Aided a defense that held Michigan State to 298 total yards, marking the only time in 2014 the Spartans were held to less than 300 yards of total offense. Boston College (12/27): Made six stops (four solo) in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

6-2 ➤ 205 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Safety ➤ Upper Marlboro, Md.

A three-year letterman at Dr. Henry Wise High School for head coach Dalawn Parrish...Recorded 15 tackles and two fumble recoveries in three games before having his senior season cut short due to an ankle injury...Helped the Pumas to a perfect 14-0 record and the Maryland 4A State Championship as a junior... Produced 70 tackles, three interceptions and 10 pass breakups as a junior...Logged 65 stops and broke up eight passes during his sophomore season...Was invited to participate in the Big 33 Classic and Maryland Crab Bowl following his senior season...Was rated a four-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports.com and a three-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals.com...Ranked as a Top 30 prospect at safety nationally by Scout.com and 247Sports.com...Was rated the No. 6 prep player in Maryland by 247Sports.com.

2

ALLEN

• Will be expected to take on a leadership role in the secondary with the graduation of Jordan Lucas and Trevor Williams. • Had four outings with nine or more tackles in the secondary in 2015. • Garnered All-Big Ten honorable mention recognition from the coaches and media as a sophomore after earning Freshman All-America third team accolades from Athlon Sports in 2014. • Excelled after being forced into a starting role as a true freshman vs. No. 13 Ohio State after a seasonending injury to senior Ryan Keiser, making 11 stops in his first career start against the Buckeyes. • Allen possesses great athletic ability and brings an old-school, hard-hitting mentality to the secondary. • One of six returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Marcus Deshawn Allen...Son of Shawn and Latonya Allen...Has one brother, Shawn, and three sisters, Nadia, Mariah and Danielle...Is the godson of former Pitt and NFL standout running back Curtis Martin...Majoring in journalism...Born August 7, 1996 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

ALLEN’S CAREER STATISTICS

Awards: Named All-Big Ten honorable mention by both the coaches and media. Season: Started 12 games, missing the Army contest due to injury...Recovered his first career fumble vs. Maryland (10/24)...Forced his first career fumble at Northwestern (11/7)...Ranked second on the team with 81 tackles. at Temple (9/5): Made three tackles. Buffalo (9/12): Had six stops. Rutgers (9/19): Had a game-best 11 tackles...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped hold Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland in 2014. San Diego State (9/26): Made one tackle. Indiana (10/10): Recorded nine tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss...Helped snap Indiana’s string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014...Led a secondary that limited the Hoosiers’ 155 passing yards, the fewest allowed by Penn State in a Big Ten game since allowing 68 to Indiana in 2014. at Ohio State (10/17): Made eight tackles...Logged one tackle for loss. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made his first career fumble recovery in Penn State territory on Maryland’s third possession of the game...Tallied nine tackles...Recorded 1.0 sack...Helped the Nittany Lions force a season-high five turnovers. Illinois (10/31): Recorded three tackles...Added one pass breakup...Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)...Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009...As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois’ 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded seven tackles...Forced his first career fumble in the first quarter. Michigan (11/21): Made a career-high 12 tackles...Had one pass breakup...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100 yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). at Michigan State (11/28): Made six tackles. vs. Georgia (1/2): Collected six stops, including 1.5 tackles for loss...Forced a third quarter fumble that was recovered by the Bulldogs. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected to Athlon Sports third-team Freshman All-American...Named to BTN.com, ESPN.com and 247sports.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Season: Appeared in all 13 games with seven starts...Made his first career start in the double-overtime contest against No. 13 Ohio State and started the final seven games of the season...One of three true freshmen to start on defense...Was among 16 Nittany Lions to make their first career start in 2014...Was one of nine true freshmen to make their debut during the season...Tied for third on the team with 58 stops (35 solo)...Posted three pass breakups and accounted for one sack (minus-11)...Was a main cog in a defense that held 11 of 13 opponents to under 300 yards of total offense and limited nine opponents to 20 or fewer points in regulation. UCF (8/30): Made his collegiate debut in the thrilling 26-24 seasonopening win in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. UMass (9/20): Registered his first career tackle in the third quarter...Ended the game with two solo tackles. Northwestern (9/27): Made one stop on defense. at Michigan (10/11): Registered one special teams tackle. Ohio State (10/25): Was inserted into the starting lineup for the first time after an injury to senior Ryan Keiser in practice on Thursday, Oct. 23...Logged a season-high 11 tackles (four solo). Maryland (11/1): Equaled his season-high with 11 stops (six solo) in the one-point loss...Posted his first career sack, an 11-yard takedown of C.J. Brown midway through the fourth quarter. at Indiana (11/8): Registered six tackles (five solo), including one tackle for loss...Helped the Nittany Lions shut out the Indiana offense, as the Hoosiers scored their fewest points at home since 2006, via a defensive touchdown. Temple (11/15): Helped Penn State become bowl eligible with a pair of solo stops...Limited the Owls to 61 rushing yards and just eight first downs, the fewest allowed by Penn State since 2011 against Indiana State (8). at Illinois (11/22): Ranked second on the team with nine tackles (eight solo)...Helped hold the Illini to 2-of-16 on third

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SACK

TFL

2014

35-23 58

2015

43-38 81

1 2 0 2 1.0-9 5.0-19

Career

78-61 139

1

0 0 0 3 1.0-11 2.0-13 2 0 5 2.0-20 7.0-32

➤ ALLEN’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles...........................................................................................................12 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Sacks........................................................................1.0 - vs. Maryland, 11/1/14; vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Tackles for Loss.................................................................1.5 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15; vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Fumble Recoveries............................................................................................1 - at Maryland, 10/24/15 Forced Fumbles............................................................ 1 - at Northwestern, 11/7/15; vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Pass Breakups................................................................................................ 2 - vs. Ohio State, 10/25/14


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MARK

ALLEN

5-6 ➤ 181 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Running Back ➤ Hyattsville, Md. • Primed to be firmly among the running back rotation following a strong winter conditioning period and a stout set of spring practices. • Shifty, athletic back, who appeared in eight games and tallied 110 rushing yards, 44 receiving yards and scored two touchdowns in 2015. • Possesses superb speed, quickness and vision with the ball in the open field. • Set the second fastest time in the agility test during the winter. • Attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, along with incoming freshman Shane Simmons. • Is one of six returning Nittany Lions from Maryland.

Rushing attempts................................................................................................8 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Rushing Yards....................................................................................................45 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Rushing Touchdowns........................................................................................... 1 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Longest Rush...........................................................................................28 yards - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Receptions..........................................................................................................2 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Receiving Yards......................................................................................29 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Receiving Touchdowns.............................................................................1 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Longest Reception........................................................................16 yards - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Punt Returns............................................................................................................ 4 - at Temple, 9/5/15 Punt Return Yards....................................................................................................... 33 - Temple, 9/5/15 Longest Punt Return......................................................................................... 14 yards - Temple, 9/5/15

37 KYLE

ALSTON

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

5-9 ➤ 180 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible

Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in eight games with one start...Made first career start vs. Army (10/3)...Was one of seven freshmen (3 redshirt, 4 true) to start a game...Saw time on offense and special teams, including time as a punt returner...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. at Temple (9/5): Ran for seven yards on two rushing attempts...Returned four punts for 33 yards...Four punt returns are the most by a single Nittany Lion since Justin Brown returned five punts on Oct. 29, 2011 vs. Illinois. Buffalo (9/12): Made one rush for two yards...Also returned one punt. Rutgers (9/19): Rushed the ball three times. San Diego State (9/26): Caught his first career pass, a 13-yard touchdown reception on a swing pass in the second quarter...Pulled in two passes in the game for 29 yards...Gained five yards on five rushes... Had a long run of six yards in the fourth quarter...Combined with Saquon Barkley to become the first Penn State running back duo to have touchdown receptions in the same game since 2006 at Minnesota (Tony Hunt & Matt Hahn). Army (10/3): Carried six times for 17 yards in his first career start. Indiana (10/10): Rushed the ball eight times for career-high 45 yards...Had a season-long 28-yard rush in the second quarter...Caught two passes for 15 yards. Illinois (10/31): Rushed twice for 23 yards...Second run of the game went for 20 yards and a touchdown. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Cornerback ➤ Robbinsville, N.J. • Earned a roster spot during run-on tryouts in the spring 2014 and has added depth on special teams and in the secondary. • Put on four pounds of muscle since the end of the 2015 regular season. • Carried a 3.22 cumulative grade-point average after the spring semester. • Is on track to graduate in December with his degree in criminology. • One of 16 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Redshirt season.

Attended classes on the University Park campus, but did not compete in football...Made the squad during run-on tryouts during the 2014 spring semester.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Lettered twice at DeMatha Catholic High School for head coach Elijah Brooks...Helped the Stags to an 11-1 overall mark and a 6-0 record in the Washington Catholic athletic Conference...After missing some games early in the season due to injury, logged nearly 300 yards rushing to help DeMatha Catholic win the 2013 WCAC Championship with a 29-28 victory over Good Counsel...Ran for 682 yards on 101 carries and caught seven passes for 79 yards as a junior...Rated a three-star recruit by ESPN, Scout.com and 247Sports.com...Ranked as a Top 40 recruit in the state of Maryland by ESPN and 247Sports.com. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Clarence Marquette Allen...Son of Clarence and Shanita Allen...Has two brothers, Maquette and Marquise, and one sister, Makayla...Majoring in criminology...Born February 10, 1996 in Washington, D.C.

ALLEN’S CAREER STATISTICS SEASON Att.-Yds. Avg. TD LG Rec.-Yds. Avg. TD LG 2015

27-98

3.6 1 28 4-44

11.0 1 16

Career

27-98

3.6 1 28 4-44

11.0 1 16

➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman at Robbinsville High School for head coach Jason Gray...First-team All-West Jersey League Liberty Division pick as a sophomore and senior, missing most of his junior season due to injury...New Jersey Super 100 all-state selection and a Trenton Times Player of the Week as a senior... Amassed 1,419 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns, which included 968 rushing yards on 90 carries, and added 60 tackles and one interception during his senior season...Was honored with the United States Marine Corps Distinguished athlete Award in 2012-13...Invited to the Sunshine Football Classic and New Jersey North-South All-State game following his senior year...Also lettered in track and field. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Kyle Jerrel Alston...Son of David and Paula Alston...Has one older brother, Brian...Father, David, played football at Harvard and brother, Brian, played football at New Haven...Enjoys traveling, riding a jet ski and playing sports...Is on schedule to graduate in December with a degree in criminology... Interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, like his father, who retired after serving with the New Jersey State Police...Born December 14, 1994 in Plainfield, New Jersey.

ALLEN’S PUNT RETURN STATISTICS

No. Yds AVG TD LG

2015

5 33 6.6 0 14

Career

5 33 6.6 0 14

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APKE

6-1 ➤ 200 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible Safety ➤ Mt. Lebanon, Pa. • Was a key contributor on the special teams units with eight tackles in coverage to tie for third on the team in 2015. • Comes from an athletic family as he is the fifth member of his immediate family to play a sport in college, joining his parents and two sisters. • Earned his first career start against Army last season, making a career-high five tackles. • Posted a time of 4.11 in the pro-agility and a broad jump of 10 feet, 6 inches to rank fourth on the team in both categories during winter conditioning. • Put in time in the weight room since coming to Happy Valley, gaining 10.1 pounds of muscle since July 2014. • One of seven returnees from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games with one start...Started his first career game vs. Army (10/3)...Tied third on the team with eight special teams tackles (J. Dudas). at Temple (9/5): Had one tackle on punt coverage. Buffalo (9/12): Recorded three tackles. Rutgers (9/19): Forced his first career fumble in the fourth quarter...Made one tackle. San Diego State (9/26): Saw his most extensive action on defense... Logged three tackles. Army (10/3): Made a career-high five tackles in his first collegiate start...Was a part of a defensive that limited Army to one pass attempt, the fewest by a Penn State opponent since at least 1966, and one completion, the fewest since 1976 (Ohio State)...The one completion tied for the fewest by a team in FBS in 2015 (by Georgia Southern vs. Western Michigan & by Boston College vs. Syracuse)...The one pass attempt was the fewest by an FBS team in 2015...Helped hold Army to just 32 passing yards, the fewest against the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten era (since 1993). Indiana (10/10): Made three tackles...Helped snap Indiana’s string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014...Led a secondary that limited the Hoosiers’ 155 passing yards, the fewest allowed by Penn State in a Big Ten game since allowing 68 to Indiana in 2014. at Ohio State (10/17): Made one tackle on punt coverage. vs. Maryland (10/24): Had one tackle. Illinois (10/31): Made two tackles. Michigan (11/21): Had one pass breakup. at Michigan State (11/28): Tied a career high with five tackles. vs. Georgia (1/2): Made one tackle. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in six games...Participated on all four special teams units and on defense...Was one of nine true freshmen to make their debut in 2014. Maryland (11/1): Made his collegiate debut on special teams. at Indiana (11/8): Made his first career tackle on the kickoff coverage team in the third quarter. Temple (11/15): Saw his most extensive action, playing 27 snaps. at Illinois (11/22): Provided the key block on a fake punt that helped spring Brad Bars for a 32-yard run and a first down.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman at Mt. Lebanon High School for head coach Mike Melnyk...Recorded 40 catches for 728 yards and seven receiving touchdowns as a senior, earning first-team Class AAAA all-state and All-Southeastern Conference honors...Added 103 yards rushing and one score, along with 59 stops at safety to attain Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fab 22 and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 honors...A record-breaking junior campaign included a Blue Devils’ school record for receiving yards (1,048) and receiving touchdowns (13) in a season, all on just 45 catches...Garnered second-team Class AAAA allstate, first-team all-conference and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette South Fab 22 honors as a junior...Compiled 273 yards on 11 catches against Woodland Hills in 2012 for the fifth-best receiving yardage performance in PIAA history and school marks in both categories...Rated a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services and was ranked as a Top 12 recruit in the state of Pennsylvania by ESPN (8th), Rivals (12th) and 247Sports.com (9th)...Invited to play in the Big 33 Classic following his senior season...Also was a standout for the track and field team and lettered once in basketball...Won the WPIAL 100-meter title as a senior (:10.81) and finished fifth at the 2014 PIAA Class AAAA Track and Field Championships... Helped the 4x100 relay team advance to the state championships as a junior and senior. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Troy Stephen Apke...Son of Steven and Susan Apke...Has one older brother, Sam, and two older sisters, Chelsea and Tess...Is the fifth member of his immediate family that will compete in college athletics...His father and mother both attended the University of Pittsburgh and competed in football and track and field, respectively...Chelsea played basketball at Washington & Jefferson, attaining firstteam All-PAC and third-team all-region honors...Tess was a two-time All-NEC selection as a member of the Robert Morris softball program, earning first-team All-NEC accolades in 2014...Majoring in criminology...Born April 11, 1995 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

APKE’S CAREER STATISTICS 2014

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

SACK

TFL

0-2 2 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0

2015

16-10 26 0 1 0 1

0-0 0-0

Career

16-12 28 0 1 0 1

0-0 0-0

➤ APKE’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles....................................................................... 5 - vs. Army, 10/3/15; at Michigan State, 11/28/15 Forced Fumbles.....................................................................................................1 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15 Pass Breakups..................................................................................................1 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15


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SAQUON

BARKLEY

5-11 ➤ 223 ➤ So./So. Eligible Running Back ➤ Coplay, Pa. • Enters the fall as the leader of the running back room. • Set the program record for rushing yards by a true freshman with 1,076 en route to being named a Freshman All-American. • Notched 34 rushes of 10 or more yards and a Big Ten-high 16 carries of 20-plus yards. • Became the first player to rush for 100 yards in a quarter during two-straight games since 2002. • Dominated during the winter conditioning period where he topped the team in 40-yard dash timing (4.38), agility (4.00) and power clean max (390). He was also one of just three players to squat 600 pounds. • Has added more than 11 pounds of muscle since arriving in July 2015. • Is one of 13 returning Nittany Lions from the eastern half of Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Career: Broke Penn State’s freshman (true or redshirt) season record with 1,076 rushing yard, surpassing D.J. Dozier’s mark of 1,002 set in 1983...Ended the season ranked 16th on the Penn State single season rushing charts...Finished tied for first place on the Penn State true freshman season rushing touchdown (Dozier, 7) and 100-yard rushing games list (Dozier, 5)...Broke Penn State freshman season record for all-purpose yards with 1,237, surpassing the mark set by Dozier in 1983 (1,191)...Ranks 40th on Penn State’s career rushing list with 1,076 yards. Awards: Named second-team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media...Named to Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News and USA Today’s Freshman All-America team...Earned ESPN.com True Freshman All-America honors...Selected BTN.com Big Ten Freshman of the Year and earned BTN.com All-Freshman Team laurels...Named Athlon Sports Big Ten Offensive Freshman of the Year...Selected as the ECAC Rookie of the Year...Garnered second-team All-Big Ten honors from the Associated Press and Athlon Sports...Earned ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman team accolades...Named Sports on Earth’s Best Offensive Freshman...Selected as Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Sept. 14) after his performance against Buffalo...Claimed second-straight Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week (Sept. 21) honor after his effort versus Rutgers...Four-time ECAC Freshman of the Week selection (9/22, 10/20, 11/3, 11/10). Season: Appeared in 11 games with six starts, missing two games due to injury...Ranked 34th in the FBS and fourth in the Big Ten in yards per carry (5.9 ypc)...Ranked 34th in the NCAA and third in the conference with 97.8 rushing yards per game, which was skewed by having just one carry in the season opener vs. Temple and missing nearly three quarters in the San Diego State game...Ranked second in the nation among true freshmen running backs with 1,076 yards...Ranked 64th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten in all-purpose yards (112.45)...Made his first career start at Maryland (10/24)...Was one of seven freshmen (3 redshirt, 4 true) to start a game...Was one of five true freshmen to see action...Had five 100-yard rushing performances...Had 34 rushes of 10 or more yards with career long runs of 56 yards at Ohio State and vs. Michigan...Logged runs of 54 and 40 yards against Rutgers...Ranked 11th in the FBS and No. 1 in the Big Ten in rushes of 20 or more yards (16)...Tied for 24th in the FBS and second in the conference in rushes of 30 or more yards (6)...Had 310 yards in back-to-back games against Buffalo and Rutgers, which was the highest total by a true freshman RB in a two-game span since D.J. Dozier had 359 in 1983 (vs. Rutgers and Alabama)...Is only the second true freshman to have back-to-back 100-yard games, joining Dozier, who had four consecutive 100-yard games in 1983...Is the first PSU RB to have back-to-back games with a 100-yard rushing quarter since Larry Johnson in 2002 against Indiana and Michigan State. at Temple (9/5): Rushed one time for one yard. Buffalo (9/12): Rushed 12 times for a team-best 115 yards and his first career touchdown...Carried the ball eight times for 101 yards in the fourth quarter...Became the first true freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in a game since Silas Redd had 131 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown against Northwestern in 2010...Scored his first career touchdown on a 9-yard scamper in the fourth quarter...Had a 33-yard burst on Penn State’s first play of the fourth quarter...Teamed with Brandon Polk to become the first true freshmen duo to score touchdowns in the same game since Justin King and Derrick Williams both had touchdown receptions in the 2005 at Northwestern...Named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. Rutgers (9/19): Ran for a teamand career-best 195 yards and two touchdowns...His 195 rushing yards were the most by a Penn State true freshman since Eric McCoo had 206 against Michigan State in 1998...Had 119 yards rushing on seven carries in the fourth quarter...Teamed with Akeel Lynch (120 yards) to mark the first Big Ten Conference game that Penn State had two 100-yard rushers since Evan Royster (134) and Silas Redd (131) topped the mark vs. Northwestern in 2010...Was a part of a backfield that rushed for 330 yards, the most by Penn State since the Nittany Lions ran for 338 at Illinois in 2009...Became the first Penn State back to rush for more than 100 in a quarter in back-to-back games since Larry Johnson in 2002...Selected as Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week. San Diego State (9/26): Caught his first career pass, a 22-yard touchdown

reception on a screen pass to open the scoring in the first quarter...Was the first Penn State player to have a touchdown on his first career reception since Jesse James (Navy, 2012)...His receiving touchdown was the first by a PSU running back since Bill Belton (Akron, 2014)...Gained 62 yards on eight rushes... Played the first quarter and just one series in the second quarter before leaving the game with an injury... Paired with Mark Allen to become the first Penn State running back duo to have touchdown receptions in the same game since 2006 at Minnesota (Tony Hunt & Matt Hahn). at Ohio State (10/17): Rushed for 194 yards on 26 carries...Posted a season-long 56-yard rush in the fourth quarter...Posted his third 100-yard rushing game of the season to tie him for second on the Penn State true freshman list with McCoo and Curtis Enis...His 194 rushing yards rank third on the true freshman rushing list, behind his 195 yards vs. Rutgers and McCoo’s 206 yards vs. Michigan State in 1998...Was just the second player to rush for more than 175 yards at Ohio Stadium since 2000 (Tevin Coleman in 2014). vs. Maryland (10/24): Made his first career start...Gained 65 yards on 20 carries...Scored his fourth rushing TD of the season in the first quarter – a 6-yard scamper. Illinois (10/31): Ran the ball 20 times for 84 yards, including a long of 13 yards...Caught three passes for 58 yards...Scored on a 7-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter, hurdling two defenders to get into the end zone. at Northwestern (11/7): Posted his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 120 yards on 25 carries...Scored two rushing touchdowns... Had 50 receiving yards on a career-high six catches...Led the team with 170 all-purpose yards. Michigan (11/21): Rushed for 68 yards on 15 carries...Tied his career long with a 56-yard run in the first quarter... Caught two passes for 19 yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Broke the Penn State freshman (true or redshirt) rushing record with his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season...Gained 103 yards on 17 carries...Caught three passes for minus-one yard...Broke D.J. Dozier's freshman season rushing record with his performance. vs. Georgia (1/2): Carried the ball 17 times for 69 yards...Caught five passes for 13 yards...Ranked second on the team with 82 all-purpose yards. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman and team captain his senior year at Whitehall High School for head coach Brian Gilbert...First-team all-state (AAAA) by Pennsylvania Football News...Rushed for 1,856 yards, 8.6 yards per carry and recorded 31 total touchdowns his senior year...Had three interceptions and five tackles for loss as a senior...Two-time All-Lehigh Valley Conference selection...Helped lead Whitehall to league titles as a sophomore and junior...Rushed for 1,506 yards and recorded 27 touchdowns as a junior... Tallied 284 rushing yards and five total scores as a sophomore...Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports. com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as the ninth-best running back in the nation and the top prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports.com...Rated by Scout.com among the top five prospects in the state...Participated in The Opening, held on Nike’s campus in summer 2014...Played in Offense-Defense Bowl...Lettered in basketball and track...Won the gold medal in the eastern Pennsylvania Conference boys 100 meters. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Saquon Barkley...Son of Alibay Barkley and Tonya Johnson...Has two brothers, Rashard Johnson and Ali Barkley, and two sisters, Shaquona and Aliyah Barkley...Father participated in boxing in college...Brother, Rashard, played football and wrestled...Hobbies include working out, hanging out with friends and reading...Plans on majoring in business...Born February 7, 1997 in Bronx, New York.

BARKLEY’S CAREER STATISTICS

Att.-Yds. Avg. TD LG Rec.-Yds. Avg. TD LG

2015

182-1,076 5.9 7 56 20-161

8.0 1 32

Career 182-1,076 5.9 7 56 20-161

8.0 1 32

➤ BARKLEY’S CAREER HIGHS Rushing attempts.......................................................................................... 26 - at Ohio State, 10/17/15 Rushing Yards....................................................................................................195 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15 Rushing Touchdowns................................................. 2 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15; at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Longest Rush................................................. 56 yards - at Ohio State, 10/17/15; vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Receptions...................................................................................................6 - at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Receiving Yards.................................................................................................. 58 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Receiving Touchdowns.............................................................................1 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Longest Reception............................................................................32 yards - at Northwestern, 11/7/15 All-Purpose Yards..............................................................................................195 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15

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BATES

6-4 ➤ 305 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Guard/Center ➤ Warrington, Pa. • • • •

Enters 2016 as one of the program’s most improved players since the end of his redshirt freshman season. Is firmly in the mix for a starting assignment at guard following a strong spring practice period. Added nearly nine pounds of muscle during his first season on campus. Attended Archbishop Wood High School in suburban Philadelphia, alongside sophomore linebacker Jake Cooper. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • One of 13 returnees from eastern Pennsylvania and one of 10 returning Nittany Lions from the Philadelphia area.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Noah Elijah James Beh...Son of James and Barbara Beh...Has one older brother, Josh, who plays basketball at Penn State’s Worthington Scranton campus...Father and a grandfather, Glover Beh, both played semi-professional football...Maternal grandfather, James Abdalla, played in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization in the 1940s...A cousin, David Abdalla Jr., played football at Kings College...Enjoys music, movies and spending time with family and friends...Majoring in landscape contracting...Born November 11, 1995 in Plains, Pennsylvania.

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➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

BELL

Redshirt season.

Linebacker ➤ Mays Landing, N.J.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman and a senior team captain at Archbishop Wood High School with fellow Nittany Lion Jake Cooper for head coach Steve Devlin...Won back-to-back PIAA Class AAA state titles in 2013 and 2014 with a combined record of 28-2...2014 Pennsylvania Football News Lineman of the Year...First-team All-Philadelphia Catholic League in 2013 and 2014...Rated four-star prospect by 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked 13th-best offensive tackle in the nation and 129th overall prospect by ESPN...Rated among top five prospects in Pennsylvania by 247Sports.com, ESPN and Rivals.com... Played in Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. ➤ PERSONAL

6-1 ➤ 233 ➤ Sr./Sr. Eligible

• Started all 11 games he played as a junior, finishing fifth on the team with 65 tackles from the sam linebacker slot in 2015. • Was third on the team with 12.5 tackles for lost, which is tops among returnees. • Forced a career-high three fumbles last season and recovered one. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Slated to graduate in December with his degree in telecommunications. • One of 16 returnees from New Jersey. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON

Full name is Ryan William Bates...Son of Norman Bates and Theresa Strocen-Bates...Has one sister, Anna...Enjoys playing basketball...Undecided on his major...Born February 14, 1997 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

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NOAH

BEH

6-6 ➤ 300 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Tackle ➤ Moscow, Pa. • Primed to help create more depth for the offensive line rotation in 2016 and will be among the Nittany Lions battling for time at the tackle position. • A physical player, the Scranton native developed as primary backup at tackle during the 2015 to give the offensive line a legitimate three-deep heading out of spring practice for the first time in three seasons. • Is one of three returning Nittany Lions from northeastern Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games...Made his collegiate debut in the season opener vs. Temple...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Two-year letterman at Scranton Prep for head coach Nick Donato...Named all-state by the Pennsylvania Sports Writers as a defensive end and to the USA Today All-Pennsylvania team at offensive tackle... Helped the Cavaliers to an undefeated season and their first Lackawanna Conference Division I title in 2013...Two-time all-conference and Times-Tribune All-Region pick...A two-way lineman, recorded 53

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tackles and five sacks as a senior and 70 stops and a team-best 10 sacks as a junior...A senior team captain, invited to the Chesapeake Bowl and Big 33 Classic...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services and a Top 20 recruit in Pennsylvania by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...Ranked as a Top 50 offensive tackle by three of the four national recruiting services...Also lettered in basketball... Compiled a 3.50 grade-point average.

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Season: Started 11 games this season, missing two games due to injury...Ranked sixth in the Big Ten and 32nd nationally in forced fumbles (3; 0.25 ffpg)...Finished third on the team with 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks...Recovered his first career fumble recovery against Michigan (11/21). at Temple (9/5): Ranked second on the team with seven tackles – four solo...Tied for the team lead with 2.5 TFL, including a 2-yard stop behind the line of scrimmage on the game’s opening play...Collected his first sack of the season and forced his second career fumble on the same play in the second quarter...Helped Penn State pile up 15.0 TFL, its most since posting 15.0 vs. Michigan on Sept. 22, 2007. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded nine tackles...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped hold Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland in 2014. San Diego State (9/26): Made four tackles (three solo) and broke up one pass. Indiana (10/10): Made three tackles...Helped snap Indiana’s string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014...Aided the defense in limiting the Hoosiers’ 155 passing yards, the fewest allowed by Penn State in a Big Ten game since allowing 68 to Indiana in 2014. at Ohio State (10/17): Registered six tackles. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made six tackles...Forced fumble, his second of the season, in the fourth quarter with Maryland in position to have a chance to take the lead...Had 3.5 tackles for loss, including one sack...Forced one of the season-high five turnovers. Illinois (10/31): Made two tackles...Had one tackle for loss...Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)...Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009...As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois’ 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Made eight tackles, including a career-high 2.5 sacks...Registered 3.5 tackles for loss to help Penn State record its 18th straight game with at least five tackles for loss...The defense posted 10.0 tackles for loss, marking the seventh time in the season and fourth straight game it recorded nine or more TFLs. Michigan (11/21): Recorded his first interception of the season (second career) in the first quarter, returning it 25 yards to the Michigan 40...Forced his fourth career fumble and recovered his first career fumble on a strip-sack in the third quarter...Posted five tackles...Had one sack for a loss of seven yards...Helped Penn State recorded at least one sack in its 33rd consecutive games, the Nittany Lions’ longest streak since sacks became an official statistic in 2000, including 11 consecutive games with multiple sacks...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100 yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). at Michigan State (11/28): Made five tackles. vs. Georgia (1/2): Made a game-high 11 tackles – eight solo...Had 1.0 tackle for loss.


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➤ BELL’S CAREER HIGHS

Season: Appeared in 11 games with 10 starts at outside linebacker...Missed two games due to injury... Ranked sixth on the team with 47 tackles (23 solo) and fourth with 7.0 tackles for loss (minus-43)... Added two sacks (minus-17), three pass breakups and one interception on the year...Was a main cog in a defense that held 11 of 13 opponents to under 300 yards of total offense and limited nine opponents to 20 or fewer points in regulation. UCF (8/30): Started the year with one tackle for loss in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Akron (9/6): Made two tackles, including 0.5 tackle for loss. at Rutgers (9/13): Pulled in his first career interception with a diving effort in the fourth quarter...Added one solo tackle...The interception was one of five Nittany Lion picks...Helped hold Rutgers to just three first downs and 95 yards in a scoreless second half. UMass (9/20): Came away with his first career sack...Made three tackles...Efforts in the middle of the defensive line helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to just three yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). Northwestern (9/27): Registered two tackles. at Michigan (10/11): Made three stops. Ohio State (10/25): Piled up a career-best 13 tackles for his first career double-digit tackle performance... His 7-yard sack of Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett helped force a Buckeye punt late in the third quarter...Helped hold Ohio State to 17 points and 256 yards in regulation. Maryland (11/1): Chipped in five tackles, including one tackle for loss (minus-10)...Assisted the defensive effort to hold the Terrapins to just 194 yards of total offense, the fewest yards of total offense allowed by Penn State to a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota (138 yards) in 2009. at Indiana (11/8): Recorded six stops (five solo), including two TFL... Helped boost a defense that held the then-nation’s leading rusher, Tevin Coleman, to just 71 yards... Helped the Nittany Lions shut out the Indiana offense, as the Hoosiers scored their fewest points at home since 2006, via a defensive touchdown. Temple (11/15): Extended his streak to four straight games with a TFL with 0.5 tackle for loss...Accounted for five tackles and one pass breakup to help Penn State become bowl eligible...Helped the defense hold Temple to eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State posted eight in 2011. Boston College (12/27): Made four tackles (two solo) in his return at the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Tackles......................................................................................................... 13 - vs. Ohio State, 10/25/14 Sacks.........................................................................................................2.5 - at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Tackles for Loss................................................... 3.5 - vs. Maryland, 10/24/15; at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Fumble Recoveries...........................................................................................1 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Forced Fumbles......................................................... 1 - Four times; most recent: vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Interceptions....................................................................1 - at Rutgers, 9/13/14; vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Pass Breakups....................................................................................................2 - vs. Maryland, 11/1/14

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6-0 ➤ 198 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Wide Receiver ➤ Blue Bell, Pa.

➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

• Will look to contribute to the depth at the receiver position and on special teams in 2016. • Owns the highest grade-point average on the team with a 3.90 cumulative GPA following the spring semester. • Was honored as the football team’s Nittany All-Academic Team for having the highest cumulative GPA during “The Nittanys” in April. • Is a third generation Penn Stater as his grandfather and mother both attended Penn State. • Interned within the Department of Development and Alumni Relations at the Smeal College of Business during the summer. • Is one of 13 returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania.

Awards: Named to the BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

Season: Appeared in 10 games with one start...Was one of 12 true freshmen to make their debut and four true freshmen to make their first start during the season...Tallied 24 tackles (14 solo), one forced fumble and one interception...Finished tied for third on the team with six special teams tackles. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Made his collegiate debut...Posted two tackles. Kent State (9/21): Contributed one tackle. at Ohio State (10/26): Made five tackles (two solo). at Minnesota (11/9): Tallied one tackle. Purdue (11/16): Posted three stops. Nebraska (11/23): Logged a season-high six tackles...Forced a fumble by Cornhusker quarterback Ron Kellogg III on a third-and-goal from the 1-yard line, which was recovered by the Huskers and held them to only a field goal. at Wisconsin (11/30): Made his first career start...Equaled his season-high with six tackles (four solo)...Made the hit on Wisconsin quarterback Joel Stave on C.J. Olaniyan’s interception in the third quarter, which set up a field goal in the 31-24 victory.

Season: Appeared in one game...Made his Penn State debut vs. Illinois (10/31)...Earned the Highest Academic Average award.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterman as a two-way player at Oakcrest High School, playing for head coach Chuck Smith...Was a standout at linebacker and running back for the Falcons...Accumulated 309 tackles and over 1,000 yards rushing in his career...Selected first-team All-Cape Atlantic League, first-team AllAtlantic City Press and second-team All-South Jersey as a senior...Recorded 112 tackles, two sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception during his senior season...As a junior, made 117 stops, 22 tackles for loss and three sacks, while gaining 429 rushing yards and five touchdowns...Tallied nine sacks to highlight a 68-tackle sophomore season...Added 455 rushing yards and seven touchdowns...Was rated a three-star prospect coming out of high school by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Brandon JaMarr Bell...Son of Eric and Monica Bell...Has one brother, Keenan, and one sister, Erica...Enjoys playing basketball...On pace to graduate in December with a degree in telecommunications...Born January 9, 1995 in Mays Landing, New Jersey.

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman and captain his senior year at Wissahickon High School playing for head coach Jeff Cappa...Earned second-team all-state (AAAA) honors as a defensive back...Selected first-team all-conference as a defensive back and second-team all-conference as a receiver his senior season... Led the Trojans to their first playoff win in school history his senior year, including two interceptions in that game...Played in the Montgomery County All-Star Game where he hauled in a 41-yard receiving touchdown...Honored as Pennsylvania Academic first-team all-state...Won the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Scholar-athlete Award...Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA...Played basketball for two years...Served as a basketball team captain his senior year, earning thirdteam all-league accolades. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Gordon Everett Bentley...Son of Antonio and Cheryl Bentley...Has a brother, Todd, and a sister, Camille...Mom, Cheryl, and grandfather, William Hummel, attended Penn State...Hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing basketball and video games...Majoring in finance and his goal is to work on Wall Street after college...Born March 3, 1995 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania.

BELL’S CAREER STATISTICS

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

2013 2014 2015 Career

14-10 24 23-24 47 36-29 65 73-63 136

0 0 1 1

1 0 0 1 3 1 4 2

SACK

TFL

0 0-0 0-0 3 2.0-17 7.0-43 0 5.5-33 12.5-52 3 7.5-50 19.5-95

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BLACKNALL

JOE

SAEED

6-0 ➤ 192 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

6-3 ➤ 212 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible

Safety ➤ Grayslake, Ill. • Brings versatility to the secondary group and continues to make strides in the weight room and on the field. • Has a 3.64 cumulative GPA, including a 3.93 GPA during the spring semester. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • One of four returnees from Illinois and the Chicagoland area. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman at Carmel Catholic High School for head coach Andy Bitto...Named team captain his senior season...Posted 89 tackles, two interceptions and one forced fumble to earn first-team All-East Suburban Catholic Conference and all-area honors as a senior...Saw extended time on special teams for the Corsairs during their 2012 playoff season and helped the team to a 9-2 record...Also lettered once in lacrosse...Earned a starting spot on the field for one of the state’s Top 10 lacrosse programs in just his first season playing the sport. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Michael Joseph Berg...Son of Mike and Nancy Berg...Has two older brothers, Matt and Jack, and one older sister, Mary Beth...Brother, Matt, played football at Illinois Wesleyan from 2008-10...Sister, Mary Beth, was a four-year letterwinner in track and field at William & Mary...Enjoys snowboarding, playing pond hockey, boating and fishing...Majoring in finance and pursue a career as an entrepreneur... Born November 27, 1995 in Chicago, Illinois.

Wide Receiver ➤ Manalapan, N.J. • Appeared in all 26 games during his first two seasons with 19 receptions for 360 yards and scored two touchdowns. • Is poised to be a breakout player for the Nittany Lion offense in 2016 after being among the most improved players during spring practice. • Presented the 2016 Red Worrell Award for the offensive player who has best demonstrated exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice. • Clocked as the team’s second-fastest in the 40-yard dash during winter testing (4.39). • Received the Red Worrell Award for being the most improved offensive player during spring practice. • Owns a 3.32 cumulative GPA following the spring semester. • Is one of 16 returning Nittany Lions hailing from New Jersey. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career. Season: Appeared in 13 games with three starts. San Diego State (9/26): Collected his first career 100-yard receiving game with a career-high 101 yards on four grabs...Had a career-long 46-yard reception in the second quarter to help set up the Joey Julius 24-yard field goal. Army (10/3): Made his second career start. vs. Maryland (10/24): Caught one pass for 38 yards...Reception was a part of a two-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, in the second quarter that was capped by a 37-yard touchdown reception by Chris Godwin. Michigan (11/21): Only catch was a 25-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter for his second career TD reception...Both of his career touchdown catches have come in White Out games. at Michigan State (11/28): Made a season-long 59-yard catch in the third quarter that led to Penn State’s second touchdown of the game...Totaled 77 yards on his one reception, recovering his own fumble for 18 yards on his 59-yard catch. vs. Georgia (1/2): Made one catch for seven yards. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in all 13 games with one start during his true freshman season...One of nine true freshmen to make their debut in 2014 and was among seven true freshmen to start a game...Made 11 catches for 112 yards and one touchdown during his first season on the field. UCF (8/30): Made his collegiate debut in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. UMass (9/20): Collected his first career reception, a 12-yard grab in the third quarter that set up Penn State’s final score in the 48-7 win... Ended the game with two catches for 21 yards. Northwestern (9/27): Added a 5-yard reception. at Michigan (10/11): Made his first career start. Ohio State (11/25): Hauled in a career-high four passes for a personal-best 34 yards, including an acrobatic 24-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 17-14. at Indiana (11/8): Made one catch. Michigan State (11/29): Tallied one reception. Boston College (12/27): Registered one catch for 15 yards in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Lettered four times at wide receiver for Manalapan High School and head coach Ed Gurrerri...One of the top prospects in New Jersey, helped the Braves to a combined 32-5 record during his final three seasons and compiled nearly 2,000 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns...Two-time first-team all-state selection, while earning first-team all-region, all-district and All-Shore Conference honors his last three years...Caught 52 passes for 707 yards and 15 TDs as a senior...Added nine rushes for 65 yards and one touchdown and received team MVP honors...Piled up 1,359 all-purpose yards as a junior and accounted for 16 TDs...Caught 40 passes for 743 yards, had 10 carries for 114 yards and returned kicks for 502 yards...Added 200 receiving yards and three scores during his sophomore season, also seeing action at running back and safety...Selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American game and the USA U-19 All-American Game...Rated a four-star recruit by all four major recruiting services and was ranked among the top 150 recruits nationally by ESPN.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com...Rated a Top 5 recruit in the state of New Jersey by ESPN.com (3rd), Rivals.com (4th) and 247Sports.com (3rd) and was among the top 25 nationally at the wide receiver position...Lettered three times in track and field. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Saeed Raashad Blacknall...Son of Chris and Lynda Blacknall...Has one younger brother, Symir...Enjoys listening to music, working with DJ programs to mix songs and strength conditioning... Former Nittany Lion safety Lee Rubin is a family friend...Majoring in telecommunications...Born March 17, 1996 in Long Branch, New Jersey.

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Receptions Yards

Avg.

BOWEN’S CAREER STATISTICS TD

LG

2014

11 112 10.2 1 24

2015

8 248 31.0 1 59

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SACK

TFL

12-6 18 1 1 0 0 0-0 0.5-2 12-6 18 1 1 0 0 0-0 0.5-2

Career 19 360 18.9 2 59 ➤ BOWEN’S CAREER HIGHS ➤ BLACKNALL’S CAREER HIGHS Receptions....................................................... 4 - vs. Ohio State, 10/25/14; vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Receiving Yards....................................................................................101 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Receiving Touchdowns............................................. 1 - vs. Ohio State, 10/25/14; vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Longest Reception........................................................................59 yards - at Michigan State, 11/28/15 Rushing attempts.................................................................................... 1 - vs. Boston College, 12/27/14 Rushing Yards.........................................................................................-1 - vs. Boston College, 12/27/14

Tackles..................................................................................................................... 6 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Tackles for Loss...................................................................................................0.5 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15 Fumble Recoveries................................................................................................... 1 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Forced Fumbles........................................................................................ 1 - at Michigan State, 11/28/15

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MANNY

Tight End/H-Back ➤ Kittanning, Pa.

BOWEN

6-1 ➤ 220 ➤ So./So. Eligible Linebacker ➤ Barnegat, N.J. • Thrust into action as a true freshman with injuries to the linebacking corps in the season opener at Temple. • Was a primary contributor on special teams, leading the squad with 13 special teams tackles, including a team-best eight stops on kickoff coverage. • A hard-hitting linebacker with good size, he is poised to give depth to the unit. • Earned a 3.27 cumulative GPA in his first year on campus. • Has gained nearly seven pounds of muscle since coming on campus in June 2015. • One of 16 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected as ECAC FBS Rookie of the Week (Oct. 4). Season: Appeared in 13 games...Was one of five true freshmen to see action...Led the team with 13 special teams tackles, including a team-best eight on kickoff coverage. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded two tackles for his first career stats...Notched half-tackle for loss. Army (10/3): Made his first career fumble recovery in the second quarter, which led to a Penn State field goal...Recorded a career-high six tackles, five being solo...Was a part of a defensive that limited Army to one pass attempt, the fewest by a Penn State opponent since at least 1966, and one completion, the fewest since 1976 (Ohio State)...The one completion tied for the fewest by a team in FBS in 2015 (by Georgia Southern vs. Western Michigan & by Boston College vs. Syracuse)...The one pass attempt was the fewest by an FBS team in 2015...Helped hold Army to just 32 passing yards, the fewest against the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten era (since 1993)... Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Indiana (10/10): Made one tackle. at Ohio State (10/17): Made one tackle on punt coverage. vs. Maryland (10/24): Registered two tackles. Illinois (10/31): Had one tackle. at Northwestern (11/7): Made two tackles. at Michigan State (11/28): Forced his first career fumble in the fourth quarter...Recorded three tackles.

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Is primed to add depth to the tight end position after redshirting in 2015. Has added nearly 15 pounds of muscle to his frame since he arrived on campus. Made an appearance on SportsCenter's "Top 10" with his dunk jumping over teammate Tyler Shoop. Among seven returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania.

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman at Kittanning High School for head coach Frank Fabian...Team captain senior year...First-team all-state (AA) by Pennsylvania Football News...All-Allegheny Conference selection for offense (2013 and 2014) and defense (2013)...Tallied 32 receptions, 503 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior...Had 54 receptions for a school-record 856 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior...Also rushed for 407 yards and seven scores in 2013, leading the Wildcats to a 9-1 record and their first undefeated regular-season since 1976...Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout. com...Ranked among the top 25 tight ends in the nation by ESPN (14th) and 247Sports.com (18th)...Also lettered in basketball and track and field...Owns the school record in the shot put. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Nicholas Lee Bowers...Son of Brad and Kathy Bowers...Has one sister, Ali...Father, grandfather, Wilbur, and uncle, Kurt, played football in college...Grandfather, Lee Rettig, played basketball in college...Two cousins attended Penn State...Hobbies include comic books, fishing and hunting...Majoring in agricultural sciences...Wants to work in the environmental field after college... Born May 26, 1996 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played at Barnegat High School for Rob Davis...Recorded 51 tackles, including 10 TFL, in 2014...Also contributed on offense with 204 yards rushing, 313 yards receiving and five total touchdowns...Rated a four-star prospect by all four major recruiting services: 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout. com...Scout.com ranked him among the top 10 prospects in New Jersey...Rated as the 14th-best linebacker in the class by ESPN.com. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Richard Emmanuel Bowen...Son of Richard Bowen and Monica Clarke...Has two brothers, Buddy and Josh, and two sisters, Livi and Niessa...Undecided on his major...Born November 21, 1996 in Lakewood, New Jersey.

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BROSNAN

BROWN

BRENDAN

TORRENCE

6-6 ➤ 295 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

6-3 ➤ 257 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

Tackle ➤ Park Ridge, Ill. • Primed to help create more depth for the offensive line rotation in 2016 and will be among the Nittany Lions battling for time at the tackle position. • Worked on his speed and quickness during the winter conditioning period and has added nearly 10 pounds of muscle since the start of training camp in 2015. • Earned Dean's List honors in the spring semester with a 3.90 GPA after posting a perfect 4.0 in the fall semester. • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.65. • One of four returnees from Illinois and the Chicagoland area. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in eight games...Made his season debut vs. Rutgers...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Two-time letterman at Maine South High School for head coach Dave Inserra...Helped the Hawks to a 22-4 overall record and back-to-back Central Suburban League South titles...Standout on the offensive and defensive lines...Earned all-state, all-district and all-conference honors...Capped his senior season by sharing the Central Suburban League South Lineman of the Year award...Captained the Maine South squad to an 11-1 overall record and a quarterfinal appearance in the Class 8A Illinois State Championship as a junior and helped his school win the 2011 Class 8A state title...Rated as a three-star prospect by all four of the major recruiting services...He was rated as among the top 35 players in Illinois by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com and was rated a Top 100 offensive lineman nationally by three of the recruiting services...Academic All-State team selection as a senior and Central Suburban League Scholar-Athlete. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Brendan John Brosnan...Son of John and Peggy Brosnan...Has one older brother, Sean, and three younger brothers, Ryan, Justin and Martin...Enjoys skiing, reading, volunteering his time with Habitat for Humanity and spending time with his friends and family...Born February 20, 1996 in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Defensive End ➤ Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Continues to make strides in the weight room and on the field and is a contender to fill the void left by the graduation of All-American Carl Nassib. • Appeared in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman and notched 5.5 tackles for loss. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football and basketball. • Helped his high school to the basketball state championship and was named AISA Player of the Year as a senior. • Added more than four pounds of muscle to his frame since the start of training camp in 2015. • Is among a trio of returnees from Alabama, which includes fellow defensive lineman Parker Cothren and cornerback Christian Campbell. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. at Temple (9/5): Recovered his first career fumble in the second quarter. Rutgers (9/19): Made two tackles...Logged his first career TFL and sack...Made 1.0 TFL, which included combining with Antoine White for a sack in the fourth quarter. Army (10/3): Made a career-best four tackles...Recorded 1.0 tackle for loss. Illinois (10/31): Made three tackles...Had 2.0 tackles for loss. Michigan (11/21): Recorded two tackles... Collected 1.0 sack for a loss of three yards...Logged 1.5 tackles for loss...Helped Penn State recorded at least one sack in its 33rd consecutive games, the Nittany Lions’ longest streak since sacks became an official statistic in 2000, including 11 consecutive games with multiple sacks...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100 yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterman at Tuscaloosa Academy for head coach Robert Johnson...Played defensive end, linebacker, running back and tight end...Was a two-time team MVP, attaining the honor as a sophomore and senior...Was selected team captain as a senior...Recorded 105 tackles, with three sacks, during his senior season...Earned first-team all-state honors in 2013...Ran for 746 yards and nine touchdowns and caught three touchdown passes during his final prep season...Helped Tuscaloosa Academy get off to a strong start during his junior season en route to winning the 2012 Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) Class 3A State Championship...Suffered a knee injury in the third game of his junior campaign...As a sophomore, Brown scored 12 touchdowns on offense and added 110 tackles and two fumble recoveries on defense...Helped the Knights post a 9-2 record as a sophomore...Was selected to play in the AISA All-Star Game and the NUC All-American Senior game...Rated a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...Ranked among the top 50 prospects in Alabama by ESPN. com and 247Sports.com...Also lettered in basketball, helping the Knights to the 2013-14 AISA State Championship...Was named the AISA Player of the Year in basketball following his senior season. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Torrence Curtis Brown...Son of Joel and April Brown...Has one younger sister, LeJasmyne... Enjoys strength conditioning, listening to music and spending time with his family and friends... Majoring in recreation, parks and tourism management...Born April 29, 1996 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

BROWN’S CAREER STATISTICS

2015 Career

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

SACK

TFL

5-6 11 1 0 0 0 1.5-4 5.5-14 5-6 11 1 0 0 0 1.5-4 5.5-14

➤ BROWN’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles..................................................................................................................... 4 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Sacks.............................................................................................................1.0 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Tackles for Loss.................................................................................................. 2.0 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Fumble Recoveries................................................................................................... 1 - at Temple, 9/5/15

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RYAN

Awards: Named honorable-mention All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media...Selected as an ECAC first team All-Star.

6-6 ➤ 270 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible

Season: Started 13 games...Started at the mike and will linebacker spots...Led the team and ranked 15th in the Big Ten with 7.7 tackles per game...Had three 10-plus tackle efforts in 2015. at Temple (9/5): Ranked second on the team with seven tackles...Recorded one pass breakup. Buffalo (9/12): Started in the mike linebacker spot...Recorded six tackles...Had one pass breakup. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded six tackles, including 0.5 tackle for loss...Also broke up one pass...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped hold Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland in 2014. San Diego State (9/26): Recorded four tackles, including a half-tackle for loss as part of a 9.0 TFL afternoon for the Penn State defense. Army (10/3): Made a career- and season-high 14 tackles... Recorded his first career sack and forced fumble on the same play in the first quarter...Notched 2.0 sacks total in the game for a loss of 33 yards...Sacked Army quarterback A.J. Schurr on fourth-and-5 on the Black Knights final drive of the game to seal the victory...Was a part of a defensive that limited Army to one pass attempt, the fewest by a Penn State opponent since at least 1966, and one completion, the fewest since 1976 (Ohio State)...The one completion tied for the fewest by a team in FBS in 2015 (by Georgia Southern vs. Western Michigan & by Boston College vs. Syracuse)...The one pass attempt was the fewest by an FBS team in 2015...Helped hold Army to just 32 passing yards, the fewest against the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten era (since 1993)...Was the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. Indiana (10/10): Tied for the team lead with nine tackles...Added one pass breakup...Helped snap Indiana’s string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014... Played a major role in limiting IU to just 79 rushing yards, the second-straight B1G opponent with less than 80 yards rushing vs. Penn State. at Ohio State (10/17): Recorded five tackles. vs. Maryland (10/24): Recorded 10 tackles for his second career 10-plus tackle game...Also had one quarterback hurry. Illinois (10/31): Recorded a team-high seven tackles...Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)...Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009...As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois’ 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Grabbed his first career interception in the third quarter...Recorded three tackles...Had a half-sack. Michigan (11/21): Recorded eight tackles...Made 0.5 tackles for loss...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100 yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). at Michigan State (11/28): Led all players with 13 tackles, which is the second-highest total of his career (14; vs. Army, 2015). vs. Georgia (1/2): Piled up eight tackles - three solo...Made 1.5 tackles for loss, including a combine stop behind the line with Garrett Sickels on fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter to give Penn State the ball with a chance to tie the game with under two minutes remaining.

BUCHHOLZ

Defensive End ➤ Malvern, Pa. • Contributed on scout team during his redshirt season and is looking to compete for time at defensive end after the graduation of All-American Carl Nassib. • Is the third member of his immediate family to play collegiate football, joining brothers, Carl, who played fullback at Maryland and Erik, who played guard at James Madison. • Trimmed off more than 10 pounds, while adding more than three pounds of muscle to his frame since the start of training camp in 2015. • One of 13 returnees from eastern Pennsylvania and one of 10 returning Nittany Lions from the Philadelphia area. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman and two-year team captain at Great Valley High School for head coach Dan Ellis... First-team all-state (AAA) by Pennsylvania Football News...MaxPreps Medium School All-American and All-Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2014...Recorded 28 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2014, while leading Great Valley to a 12-2 record, a district title and the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals... Selected to play in the 2015 Big 33 Classic...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and a three-star player by 247Sports.com, ESPN and Scout.com...Ranked as the 15th-best defensive end in the nation and the seventh-best player in Pennsylvania by 247Sports.com and Scout.com ranked among the top 15 prospects in the state...Lettered four years in basketball, helping lead Great Valley to the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals in 2013. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Ryan Peter Buchholz...Son of Larry and Rebecca Buchholz...Has two brothers, Carl and Erik, and one sister, Hannah...Carl wrestled at Rutgers and Maryland and played football his senior year at Maryland...Erik played football at James Madison...Cousin, Dan, played football at Duquesne...Plans to major in accounting...Born April 8, 1997 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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CABINDA

Season: Appeared in nine games with one start...Made his first career start at Illinois...One of three true freshmen to start on defense...Was among 16 Nittany Lions to make their first career start in 2014... Was one of nine true freshmen to make their debut during the season...Made 17 tackles (seven solo) and logged 0.5 tackle for loss (minus-1)...Was a main cog in a defense that held 11 of 13 opponents to under 300 yards of total offense and limited nine opponents to 20 or fewer points in regulation. Northwestern (9/27): Made his debut and ranked second on the team with eight tackles (three solo). Maryland (11/1): Totaled two tackles...Helped the defense hold Maryland to 194 yards of total offense, the fewest total yards allowed against a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota (138) in 2009. at Indiana (11/8): Made one stop. at Illinois (11/22): Made his first career start...Posted five stops...Logged first career tackle for loss late in the third quarter...Was part of a defense that limited the Illini to just 68 rushing yards and 2-of-16 on third down conversions. Boston College (12/27): Closed the season with one tackle in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

JASON

6-1 ➤ 232 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible Linebacker ➤ Flemington, N.J. • Stepped into a leadership role as the mike linebacker after a season-ending injury to Nyeem Wartman-White in the season opener. • Excelled at the mike linebacker, collecting a team-high 100 tackles with six games of eight tackles or more. • Had a career-high five pass breakups and intercepted his first career pass at Northwestern. • Led the linebacker unit in winter conditioning with a squat of 520 pounds. • Spent summer interning in the Penn State Customer Relations office. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Among the 42 student-athletes on the Lott IMPACT Trophy preseason watch list for a distinguished young men represent the qualities embodied by Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott – Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity. • Is among 16 returnees from the state of New Jersey.

Awards: Named honorable-mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team by BTN.com.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman and starter at linebacker and running back for head coach Matthew Perotti at Hunterdon Central High School...Named team captain as a senior...Is the school record-holder with 50 career touchdowns from his running back position...Named first-team all-metro, the MSG Varsity TriState Player of the Year and second-team all-state as a running back and linebacker during his senior season...Missed four games during his senior season due to appendicitis, but still racked up 1,258 yards and 17 touchdowns in eight games...Led the Red Devils to the NJSIAA Group IV State Championship in 2013...As a junior, gained 1,793 rushing yards and scored 24 touchdowns...Tallied 687 yards and seven scores as a sophomore...Was a three-time all-county, all-area, All-West Jersey and All-Skyland Conference selection...Was invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl and the North-South Offense/ Defense all-star games...Named a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services and was a Top 100 national recruit as a multi-position player...Also earned three letters in basketball...Attained all-area and all-county honors in basketball...Was a three-year member of the Honor Roll and earned the school’s Bradshaw Award for academic and athletic success. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jason W. Cabinda...Son of De-Gaulle and Natalie Cabinda...Has older twin sisters, Linda and Loretta...Enjoys playing basketball, finding new music and watching ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series...Majoring in economics...Interested in a career in investment banking...Born March 17, 1996 in Buena Park, California. CABINDA’S CAREER STATISTICS

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7-10 17 0 0 0 0 0-0 0.5-1 39-61 100 0 1 1 5 2.5-33 5.5-37 46-71 117 0 1 1 5 2.5-33 6.0-38

➤ CABINDA’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles................................................................................................................... 14 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Sacks..................................................................................................................... 2.0 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Tackles for Loss...................................................................................................... 2.0 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Forced Fumbles........................................................................................................ 1 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Interceptions................................................................................................1 - at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Pass Breakups...............................................................1 - Five times; most recent: vs. Indiana, 10/10/15

CHRISTIAN

CAMPBELL

6-1 ➤ 194 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible Cornerback ➤ Phenix City, Ala. • Is among the candidates to fill the cornerback slot vacated by the graduation of Trevor Williams. • Had 16 tackles in just eight games last season, missing the final five games with an injury. • Finished tied for fifth on the team with seven special teams tackles as a key member of the special teams unit. • Put in work in the weight room in the off-season, gaining seven pounds of muscle with a 3.0 percentage of body fat. • One of three returnees from Alabama, which includes defensive linemen Torrence Brown and Parker Cothren. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in eight games, missing the last five games due to injury...Tied for fifth on the team with seven special teams tackles (V. Walker). at Temple (9/5): Logged three tackles. Buffalo (9/12): Posted three stops...Recorded one pass breakup. San Diego State (9/26): Made two tackles. Indiana (10/10): Made a career-high five tackles...Added one pass breakup. at Ohio State (10/17): Made two tackles...Registered his second career tackle for loss in the fourth quarter...The 10.0 tackles for loss were the most surrendered by Ohio State in 2015. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made one tackle. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 10 games with one start...Made his debut against Rutgers on special teams... One of three true freshmen to start on defense...Was among 16 Nittany Lions to make their first career start in 2014...Was one of nine true freshmen to make their debut during the season...Saw time on special teams and on defense...Recorded 10 tackles (nine solo), one interception and two pass breakups. at Rutgers (9/13): Made his collegiate debut...Posted his first career tackle on the final kickoff of the game. UMass (9/20): Logged one stop, a fourth-quarter tackle on the Minutemen’s final drive. Northwestern (9/27): Recorded a pair of tackles. Maryland (11/1): Made one tackle on special teams. at Indiana (11/8): Registered his first career tackle for loss with a second-quarter stop for a 1-yard loss. Temple (11/15): Made his first start...Collected his first career interception in the third quarter to help Penn State become bowl eligible...Notched a season-high three tackles and added a pass breakup...Helped hold Temple to eight first downs on the day, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011. Boston College (12/27): Made one tackle in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A two-year letterman at Central High School for head coach Woodrow Lowe, a former All-American and NFL player...Earned first-team all-city honors during his senior season...Compiled 58 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and eight pass breakups from his safety position during his final prep season...As a junior, notched 81 tackles, three interceptions and five pass breakups for the Red Devils...Played in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic following his senior season...Rated a threestar prospect by all four major recruiting services...Ranked as a Top 30 recruit in the state of Alabama by 247Sports.com. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Christian Campbell...Son of Leonard and Pamela Campbell...Has one sister, Sharnae... Majoring in communications...Born November 27, 1995 in Phenix City, Alabama. CAMPBELL’S CAREER STATISTICS

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9-1 10 0 0 1 3 0-0 1.0-1 6-10 16 0 0 0 2 0-0 1.0-2 15-11 26 0 0 1 5 0-0 2.0-3

➤ CAMPBELL’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles................................................................................................................5 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Tackles for Loss............................................................. 1.0 - at Indiana, 11/8/14; at Ohio State, 10/17/15 Interceptions....................................................................................................... 1 - vs. Temple, 11/15/14 Pass Breakups..............................................................1 - Four times; most recent: vs. Indiana, 10/10/15

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JAKE

6-4 ➤ 253 ➤ So./So. Eligible

6-1 ➤ 230 ➤ So./So. Eligible

Defensive End ➤ Barrington, Ill. • Joined the program as a run-on as one of five early enrollees at the start of the 2015 spring semester. • Athletic and versatile defensive end, who made his collegiate debut against Michigan State as a true freshman. • Excelled during winter conditioning, leading the team in the bench press (465) and ranking tied for second in the clean lift (365) and tied for eighth in the broad jump (10'4"). • Was a standout volleyball player in high school, earning league MVP honors as a senior. • Added 9.5 pounds of muscle since coming to campus in January 2015. • One of four returnees from Illinois and the Chicagoland area.

Linebacker ➤ Doylestown, Pa.

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

• Thrust into action as a true freshman with injuries to the linebacking corps in the season opener at Temple. • Made his first career start in the TaxSlayer Bowl, making a career-high six tackles against Georgia. • Following in the footsteps of his parents as collegiate athletes, father played football and mother played volleyball in college. • Benefitted from a year in the strength & conditioning program, adding nearly eight pounds of muscle since coming to campus in June 2015. • Was high school teammates with current Nittany Lion teammate Ryan Bates at Archbishop Wood. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania and one of 10 returnees from the Philadelphia area.

Season: Made collegiate debut at Michigan State (11/28).

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Season: Appeared in 12 games with one start...Made his first career start vs. Georgia in the TaxSlayer Bowl...Was one of seven freshmen (3 redshirt, 4 true) to start a game...Was one of five true freshmen to see action. Buffalo (9/12): Made three stops, including his first career sack in the fourth quarter. Rutgers (9/19): Broke up one pass. Army (10/3): Made two tackles. Indiana (10/10): Had one tackle. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made two tackles, including 1.0 tackle for loss. vs. Georgia (1/2): Made a career-high six stops (three solo)...Had 0.5 tackle for loss.

A three-year letterman at Barrington High School for head coach Joe Sanchez...Selected as team captain and earned team MVP honors during his senior season...Paced the Broncos with 142 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 16 sacks during his senior season to earn first-team all-state, all-region, all-area and allconference...Selected the Mid-Suburban League West Defensive Player of the Year...Helped BHS to a 9-2 record and the Mid-Suburban League championship during his final prep season...Garnered All-MSL and All-Northwest Illinois during his junior campaign...Was selected to play in the USA Football All-Star Game following his senior season...Also lettered three times in volleyball...Earned second-team all-state in volleyball and was the Mid-Suburban League MVP after helping the Broncos to a third place finish in the state as a senior...Was a two-time All-MSL selection in volleyball. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Colin William Castagna...Son of Gary and Teresa Castagna...Has one brother, Aaron, and one sister, Alina...Majoring in kinesiology and pursue a career as a physical therapist...Born Sept. 22, 1995 in Glen Ellen, Illinois.

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CHARLES

6-4 ➤ 219 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman and two-year captain at Archbishop Wood High School with fellow Nittany Lion Ryan Bates for head coach Steve Devlin...Won back-to-back PIAA Class AAA state titles in 2013 and 2014...The Vikings went 28-2 overall during the last two years...Named first-team all-state (AAA) by Pennsylvania Football News...Recorded 149 tackles, seven sacks, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a linebacker as a senior...Offensively had nine catches for 337 yards and six touchdowns as a tight end in 2014...Compiled 152 tackles, three fumble recoveries and returned two interceptions for touchdowns as a junior in 2013...Had 103 tackles as a sophomore in 2012...Three-time first-team All-Philadelphia Catholic League...Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Selected for Offense-Defense All-American Game, Team USA U-19 Team and Big 33 Classic... Also wrestled two years in high school. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jacob Noah Cooper...Son of Michael and Yolanda Cooper...Has two brothers, Greb and Ganz, and a sister, Dempsey...Father played football and mother played volleyball in college...Majoring in communications to become a sports broadcaster...Born November 27, 1995 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Wide Receiver ➤ Sicklerville, N.J.

COOPER’S CAREER STATISTICS

• Made great strides on the scout team offense in 2015 and is primed to contend for playing time in a deeply-talented receiving corps. • Has added nearly 16 pounds of muscle since he arrived on campus in the summer of 2015. • Is one of 16 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ COOPER’S CAREER HIGHS

Redshirt season.

Tackles................................................................................................................... 6 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Sacks.................................................................................................................. 1.0 - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15 Tackles for Loss.............................................................1.0 - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15; vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Pass Breakups.......................................................................................................1 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Two-year letterman and two-year captain at Paul VI High School for head coach John Doherty...Firstteam all-conference and All-South Jersey as a senior...Accounted for 774 yards and 12 total touchdowns in 2014...Compiled 940 total yards and 14 total scores as a junior...Four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com and three-star player by 247Sports.com and ESPN...Ranked among the top 10 prospects in the state by 247Sports.com, ESPN and Rivals.com...Also ran track.

2015 Career

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9-5 14 0 0 0 1 1.0-11 2.5-15 9-5 14 0 0 0 1 1.0-11 2.5-15

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Irvin DeVonta Charles...Son of Irvin and Tawanda Charles...Has two sisters, Shakenah and Nadiyah...Hobbies include writing, working out and sports...Majoring in communications to become a broadcaster...Born April 13, 1997 in Sicklerville, New Jersey.

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➤ COTHRAN’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles..................................................................................................................... 4 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Sacks................................................................... 1.0 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15; vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Tackles for Loss.......................................................1.0 - Four times; most recent: at Ohio State, 10/17/15

CURTIS

COTHRAN

6-5 ➤ 280 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Defensive Tackle ➤ Newtown, Pa. • Transitioning to defensive tackle from defensive end with the departure of Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney from the interior line. • Has a long reach and quick first step, which will help him compete for time at defensive tackle in 2106. • Appeared in all 13 games last season with three multi-tackle games. • Added five pounds of muscle and 13 pounds overall to his frame during the offseason to prepare for his transition to defensive tackle. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania and one of 10 returnees from the Philadelphia area. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games. at Temple (9/5): Made one tackle...Combined with Tarow Barney for a TFL in the fourth quarter...Helped Penn State pile up 15.0 TFL, its most since posting 15.0 vs. Michigan on Sept. 22, 2007. Buffalo (9/12): Made one stop. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded two tackles...Notched a fourth quarter sack of Chris Laviano. San Diego State (9/26): Had two tackles...Collected his second sack in as many games with a 7-yard takedown in the fourth quarter as part of a five-sack performance for the Nittany Lion defense. Army (10/3): Made a career-best four stops. Indiana (10/10): Had one tackle. at Ohio State (10/17): Logged one tackle, which was a first-quarter tackle for loss...Helped the Penn State defense accumulate 10.0 tackles for loss...The 10.0 tackles for loss were the most surrendered by Ohio State in 2015. Illinois (10/31): Made two tackles...Had 0.5 tackle for loss...His TFL was a combined sack with Parker Cothren. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded one tackle. Michigan (11/21): Recorded one tackle. ➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in one game...made his collegiate debut against UMass...Recorded one solo tackle during the season. UMass (9/20): Made his first career stop with a 2-yard tackle for loss in the fourth quarter. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman at defensive end for coach Adam Collachi at Council Rock North High School... Was selected team captain as a senior...Totaled 18 career sacks...Earned PIAA Class AAAA first-team all-state and All-Suburban One League honors as a senior...Made 37 tackles (27 solo) with 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss...Added 11 quarterback hurries, two pass deflections, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery during his final prep season...Recorded four sacks, forced two fumbles and blocked a kick as a junior...Was selected second-team all-league as a junior and third-team as a sophomore... Selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl and the East-West Game...Ranked among the nation’s Top 40 prep defensive ends by Rivals.com (21st), Scout.com (35th) and 247Sports.com (36th)...Also lettered in track and field.

Full name is Curtis Alexander Cothran...Son of Gregory and Janice Cothran...Has one brother, Gregory, and one sister, Tamika...Enjoys music...Majoring in criminology...Born February 24, 1995 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

COTHRAN’S CAREER STATISTICS 2014 2015 Career

PARKER

COTHREN

6-4 ➤ 290 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Defensive Tackle ➤ Huntsville, Ala. • One of the veteran members of the defensive line and should factor into the race to replace Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney, who all graduated and moved on to the NFL. • Saw extensive action as a sophomore, appearing in all 13 games with three multi-tackle performances. • Cothren’s 6-4, 290-pound frame, combined with his quickness and strength make him a mainstay on the defensive tackle corps. • Among a trio of returnees from Alabama, which include fellow defensive lineman Torrence Brown and cornerback Christian Campbell. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games. Buffalo (9/12): Recorded two tackles. Rutgers (9/19): Made one tackle. San Diego State (9/26): Made two tackles. Army (10/3): Recorded one tackle. Indiana (10/10): Made one tackle. at Ohio State (10/17): Had one tackle. Illinois (10/31): Made one tackle... Had 0.5 tackle for loss...His TFL was a combined sack with Curtis Cothran. at Northwestern (11/7): Blocked an extra point attempt in the second quarter. Michigan (11/21): Recorded one tackle. at Michigan State (11/28): Made two tackles. vs. Georgia (1/2): Had one tackle. ➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected honorable-mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team by BTN.com...Named Academic AllBig Ten for the first time in his career. Season: Appeared in all 13 games...Made 11 tackles (eight solo) and recorded 2.5 tackles for loss (minus-6), including a 0.5 sack...Was a main cog in a defense that held 11 of its 13 opponents to under 300 yards of total offense and limited nine opponents to 20 or fewer points in regulation. UCF (8/30): Made his collegiate debut during a goal line stand on the Knights’ second drive of the game in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Akron (9/6): Made his first career tackle, a combined sack with Carl Nassib, in the first quarter. at Rutgers (9/13): Made two stops. UMass (9/20): Recorded a careerhigh three tackles, including 1.0 tackle for loss...Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to just three yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). at Michigan (10/11): Made two tackles, including one tackle for loss. Ohio State (10/25): Collected one stop. Temple (11/15): Recorded one tackle...Helped limit Temple to just 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011. at Illinois (11/22): Made one tackle...Helped limit the Illini to 68 rushing yards and 2-of-16 on third down conversions. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ PERSONAL

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1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0-0 1.0-2 5-11 16 0 0 0 0 2.5-27 4.0-31 6-11 17 0 0 0 0 2.5-27 5.0-33

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman and standout at three positions for coach Matt Putnam at Hazel Green High School...Was a two-time captain...Lined up at defensive end, defensive tackle and offensive tackle during his career...As a senior, totaled 32 tackles with one forced fumble...Earned AHSAA 6A all-state honors during his final prep season...Tallied 69 tackles, 5.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a junior...Was an AHSAA 6A All-Region 8 selection as a junior...As a sophomore, logged 64 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery...Also lettered three times in basketball. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Parker John-Oliver Cothren...Son of Greg and Gayle Cothren...Has two older brothers, Hudson and Mason, and an older sister, Maddie...Brother, Hudson, played baseball at the University of Alabama-Huntsville...Born January 23, 1994 in Huntsville, Alabama.

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8-3 11 0 0 0 0 0.5-1 2.5-6 4-9 13 0 0 0 1 0.5-2 0.5-2 12-12 24 0 0 0 1 1.0-3 3.0-8

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TFL

➤ COTHREN’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles.......................................................................................................3 - vs. Massachusetts, 9/20/14 Sacks.................................................................................... 0.5 - vs. Akron, 9/6/14; vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Tackles for Loss...................................................1.0 - vs. Massachusetts, 9/20/14; at Michigan, 10/11/14 Pass Breakups..................................................................................................1 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15

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COX

6-0 ➤ 234 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible

Davis attended classes on the University Park campus, but did not compete in football...Made the squad during run-on tryouts during the 2014 spring semester. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman for head coach Matthew Barr at Harriton High School...Selected a team captain as a senior...Was a dual-threat at wide receiver and running back...Carried the ball 30 times during his senior season for 208 yards (6.9 avg.) and scored one touchdown on the ground...Also made 16 catches for 200 yards (12.5) and a pair of scores for the Rams...Received the Perseverance Award following his senior season...Also lettered three times in track and field...Was a New Balance Indoor Nationals qualifier during the indoor season...Advanced to the district meet as a junior and senior...Ranks third in school history in the 100 meters and second in the 400 meters. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Desmond Larnell Davis Jr....Son of Desmond Sr. and Monique Davis...Has two brothers, Ashton and Deion, and two sisters, Ashley and Aja...Enjoys playing video games, swimming and playing basketball and golf...Is a psychology major and intends on pursuing a career as a psychiatrist...Born June 25, 1995 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

Long Snapper ➤ Tampa, Fla.

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• Was added to the Penn State roster following run-on tryouts in the fall 2015. • Will add depth to the long snapping corps, joining Zach Ladonis, Kyle Vasey and Tyler Yazujian. • Joins redshirt sophomore Amani Oruwariye as the lone returning Nittany Lions from Florida.

TYLER

DAVIS

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

5-11 ➤ 180 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Kicker/Punter ➤ St. Charles, Ill.

Redshirt season.

Played at Jesuit High School in Tampa for head coach Matt Thompson...Saw playing time at fullback and long snapper for the Tigers...Helped Jesuit to reach the FHSAA 5A regional final as a senior in 2014...As a fullback, rushed for 17 yards on three carries and caught three passes for 21 yards and two touchdowns...Also made three tackles and recovered a fumble in 2014.

• Was a perfect 8-for-8 in field goal attempts last season and will be in the mix to be the starting kicker. • Spent two years as a part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy and was named the Chicago SunTimes Player of the Year in soccer as a junior. • Began his collegiate career as a soccer player at Bradley University, scoring the game-winning goal in overtime during his second collegiate game. • Is among four returning Nittany Lions from Illinois and the Chicagoland area.

➤ PERSONAL

➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

Full name is Nicholas Bryan Cox...Son of Nicholas and Karen Cox...Has two older sisters, Lindsey and Rachel...Majoring in science and would like to pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist...Born November 12, 1996 in Tampa, Florida.

Season: Appeared in seven games with five starts...Made his Penn State debut against Army (10/3) after transferring from Bradley in 2014...Finished perfect on the season, going 8-for-8 on field goals and 11-for-11 on extra points. Army (10/3): Had on 62-yard kickoff. Indiana (10/10): Connected on his first career field goal – a 30-yard attempt in the fourth quarter...Also converted his first extra point attempt. Illinois (10/31): Converted both field goal attempts and all three extra point attempts... Knocked through field goals of 42 yards in the second quarter and 28 yards in the third quarter... Averaged 61.2 yards on five kickoffs. at Northwestern (11/7): Connected on all three extra point attempts...Averaged 56.8 yards on four kickoffs. Michigan (11/21): Connected on a career-high three field goal attempts (3-for-3) and his only extra point attempt...Converted field goal tries from 23, 24 and 18 yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Connected on his only field goal (29 yards) in the second quarter...Converted his lone extra point attempt. vs. Georgia (1/2): Was successful on his only field goal attempt (34 yards) in the second quarter...Also connected on both extra point attempts.

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5-11 ➤ 178 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Cornerback ➤ Ardmore, Pa. • Earned a spot with the Nittany Lions after an impressive showing during the 2014 spring run-on tryouts and his dedication and work ethic have made him a key contributor on the practice squad. • After playing wide receiver during 2014 spring practice, shifted to the defensive backfield prior to the 2014 campaign to add depth to the unit. • Has been a solid contributor on the scout team each of the last two years. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania and one of 10 returnees from the Philadelphia area. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Joined the program as a run-on during the 2014 season. ➤ 2013 ➤ FRESHMAN SEASON — BRADLEY UNIVERSITY Appeared in 12 games as a member of the Bradley soccer program...Was one of four true freshmen on Bradley’s 2013 roster...Started the season-opener...Scored the game-winning, golden goal in the 95th minute versus UMass on Sept. 1. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Did not compete in football as a prep...Lettered twice in soccer for head coach Eric Wilson at St. Charles North High School...Also spent time as a part of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy...Ranked as the No. 10 recruit in the Midwest Region in 2013 by Top Drawer Soccer...One of only eight juniors to earn a spot on the 2001 Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association all-state team...Set the St. Charles North season school record with 25 goals as a junior...Named the Chicago Sun-Times and Kane County Chronicle Area Player of the Year after his junior season...Was the lone freshman to earn a starting spot on the varsity as a freshman in 2009...A car accident forced him to the sidelines as a sophomore in 2010.

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➤ PERSONAL Full name is Tyler Dale Davis...Son of Tim and Sharon Davis...Has one brother, Joe...Plans to major in economics and own his own company one day...Born Sept. 29, 1994 in St. Charles, Illinois.

TOM

DEVENNEY

DAVIS’ SCORING STATISTICS

FGM-A

DAVIS’ KICKOFF STATISTICS 2015

No. Yds. Avg. TB OB 10 595 59.5 3 1

Career 10 595 59.5 3 1

• Will look to contend for playing time in the rotation after taking a step forward on the practice field during regular season in 2015 and spring drills. • Added nearly 10 pounds of muscle to his frame since the start of training camp in 2015. • Is among the returning Nittany Lions who come from a family of athletes, as his father and brother were collegiate student-athletes in Pennsylvania. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is one of 13 returning Nittany Lions hailing from eastern Pennsylvania.

➤ DAVIS’ CAREER HIGHS

➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

Points Scored.................................................................................................10 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 PATs Made..................................................................3 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15; at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Field Goals Made..............................................................................................3 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Field Goals Attempted......................................................................................3 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Longest Field Goal..................................................................................... 42 yards - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15

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➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Made his collegiate debut...Saw action in two games on the offensive line. UMass (9/20): Played in his first Penn State game...Helped the Nittany Lions rush for 228 yards. Temple (11/15): Saw time on the offensive line. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

6-5 ➤ 267 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Guard/Center ➤ State College, Pa.

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

A three-year starter as a two-way lineman for head coach Bob Locker at Warwick High School...Team captain his senior season, earned first-team All-Lancaster-Lebanon Section I on offense and defense, while garnering honorable-mention all-state on defense with 94 tackles...As a junior, recorded 84 tackles to earn first-team All-Lancaster-Lebanon Section I on defense and was a second-team selection on offense...Named the Lancaster-Lebanon League Outstanding Lineman as a junior and senior... Received the A. Landis Brackbill Award, which is given to exemplary student-athletes in the LancasterLebanon League, in 2013...Lettered three times in wrestling and twice in lacrosse...Was a two-time Academic All-State selection in wrestling and graduated among the top 10 percent of his class.

Did not see any game action.

➤ PERSONAL

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Full name is Thomas Wade Devenney...Son of Jim and Ruth Devenney...Has a brother, John...Father wrestled at Franklin & Marshall and brother played football at Kutztown and Stevens Tech...An uncle, Rick Hills, attended Penn State...Enjoys spending time with friends and playing the guitar...Majoring in environmental systems engineering...Born November 15, 1994 in Lititz, Pennsylvania.

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Will look to provide depth on the offensive line and special teams in 2016. Is the lone returning Nittany Lions who played at State College Area High School. Brother, Jack, was an offensive lineman at Purdue and graduated in 2014. Is one of 10 returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL De Boef was a two-year letterman and a captain his senior year at State College Area High School for head coach Al Wolski...Helped the Little Lions to a district title his junior year...Played on both sides of the line for the Little Lions as an offensive tackle and defensive end/tackle...Also lettered in track as a thrower. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Adam Mitchell De Boef...Son of Tony and Suzie De Boef...Has two brothers, Jack and Collin... Jack played on the offensive line at Purdue from 2010-14...Both parents attended the University of Iowa...Hobbies include guitar, fishing and video games...Majoring in kinesiology to become a physical therapist...Born November 7, 1995 in State College, Pennsylvania.

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% 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LG XP PTS

2015 8-8 100.0 2-2 3-3 2-2 1-1 0-0 42 11-11 35 Career 8-8 100.0 2-2 3-3 2-2 1-1 0-0 42 11-11 35

6-1 ➤ 309 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible

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Di LEO

5-9 ➤ 210 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Linebacker ➤ Elmhurst, Ill. • • • •

Joined the Nittany Lions after a solid performance during 2016 spring tryouts. Had a tackle in the Blue-White Game during the spring. Has a 3.28 cumulative GPA through the spring semester. Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, earning letters in football, track & field and baseball.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman at Saint Ignatius College Prep for head coach John O’Connor...Selected as a team captain a junior and senior...Three-time all-conference selection in the Chicago Catholic League... Registered 93 tackles, including a team-best 11 for a loss, with two interceptions and seven pass breakups as a senior...Also accounted for 11 touchdowns with one passing score...Had 84 tackles with five behind the line of scrimmage as a junior...Helped the Wolfpack to the Chicago Catholic League Red Division title as a sophomore with 76 tackles, three interceptions and four pass breakups...The title was the first for Saint Ignatius since 1946...Lettered in track & field once as a sprinter and was a two-time letterman in baseball for the Wolfpack. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Frank Anthony Di Leo...Son of Theresa and Frank...Has two brothers, Rocco and Luca, and one sister, Annamarie...Hobbies include taking pizza orders at their family restaurant and playing catch...Majoring in business with plans to become a restaurant owner or pursing real estate as a career... Born January 9, 1997 in Elmhurst, Illinois

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6-3 ➤ 334 ➤ Gr./Sr. Eligible Guard/Center ➤ Winchester, Va. • Spent his initial two seasons on the defensive line, but found a home at the guard position during the last two seasons. • Is one of the team’s most experienced players with 33 career games played and six starts. • Added nearly 10 pounds of muscle to his frame while trimming down since the summer of 2015. • Made good progress throughout the spring and will head into the fall as a contributor on the offensive line. • Pound for pound one of the strongest players in the weight room. • Graduated in December with his degree in journalism and is one of six Nittany Lions to have their degree. • One of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games with five starts...Made his second career start vs. Buffalo...Graduated in December with a degree in journalism...One of 13 Nittany Lions to earn their degree in December. Buffalo (9/12): Helped Penn State pile up 200 yards rushing...Was a part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack for the first time since the 2013 season finale victory at Wisconsin. Rutgers (9/19): Paved the way for a pair of 100-yard rushers: Saquon Barkley (195 yards) and Akeel Lynch (120)... Helped Barkley and Lynch become first Penn State tandem to rush for 100-yard since Lynch (108) and Bill Belton (108) passed the century mark against Eastern Michigan...Helped the backfield collect a pair of 100-yard rushers in a Big Ten game for the first time since 2010 (Northwestern) when Evan Royster (134) and Silas Redd (131) topped the mark...The 330 yards rushing by Penn State were the most since the Nittany Lions ran for 338 at Illinois in 2009...The Nittany Lions rushed for 200 or more yards in consecutive games for the first time since 2009 at Illinois (338) and vs. Eastern Illinois (285)...The 471 yards of total offense were the most since Penn State had 511 in 2014 against UCF in the Croke Park Classic. San Diego State (9/26): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Indiana (10/10): Protected Christian Hackenberg during his 17th career 200-yard passing game (262 yards), which allowed him to become the second quarterback in Penn State history to amass 7,000 yards passing in a career...Helped Penn State control the ball for 35:35, its most in a Big Ten game since having 36:29 against Purdue in 2013. at Ohio State (10/17): Helped pave the way

for Saquon Barkley’s 194 yards rushing, the third-highest total by a true freshman...Protected Christian Hackenberg who threw for 120 yards and one touchdown. vs. Maryland (10/24): Protected Christian Hackenberg to the tune of 315 yards and three touchdown passes...Helped the offense pile up 363 yards of total offense...The offense posted nine pass plays of 20-plus yards, including all three touchdown passes. at Northwestern (11/7): Blocked for 100-yard rusher Saquon Barkley and 200-yard passer Christian Hackenberg...The 205 yards passing by Hackenberg extended his school record to 20 such contests. at Michigan State (11/28): Blocked for Saquon Barkley’s fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season...Barkley broke the Penn State freshman season rushing record and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season...Protected Christian Hackenberg for his school-record extending 21st career 200yard passing effort...Hackenberg also tossed two touchdown passes to take over the top spot on PSU’s career passing touchdowns list with his 47th and 48th career scoring strikes, breaking a tie with Matt McGloin (46, 2009-12). ➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in 12 games with one start (UMass) on the offensive line after making the move from the defensive line in the spring...Instrumental in protecting quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the passing game and blocking for the trio of successful running backs: Bill Belton, Akeel Lynch and Zach Zwinak...Helped Hackenberg amass 2,977 yards and 12 touchdowns, including six 200-yard passing games. UCF (8/30): Made his first appearance on the offensive line in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Helped the Nittany Lions gain 511 yards of total offense, including a school-record 454 yards passing by Hackenberg. Akron (9/6): Helped the Nittany Lions total 425 yards of total offense, including 319 yards passing by Hackenberg, who broke the school record with 773 yards passing in consecutive games. at Rutgers (9/13): Protected Hackenberg, allowing him to throw for 309 yards in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. UMass (9/20): Made his first career start on the offensive line at right guard and helped pave the way for 228 rushing yards in the 48-7 win. Northwestern (9/27): Part of the O-Line unit that helped Hackenberg log his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season as he threw for 216 yards. Ohio State (10/25): Blocked for Hackenberg, who completed 31 passes for 224 yards, helping the Nittany Lions take the No. 13 Buckeyes to double-overtime. Maryland (11/1): Assisted Penn State to five scoring drives against Maryland. Temple (11/15): Helped the Lions rush for a seasonhigh 254 yards, including 130 yards from Lynch and 92 yards from Belton. at Illinois (11/22): Played a key role in aiding the career-best 137 rushing yard effort by Lynch. Boston College (12/27): Helped the offense gain 453 total yards in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, including a school bowl record 371 yards through the air...Instrumental in helping Hackenberg break or tie nine Penn State bowl records with his 34-of-50, 371-yard, four-TD and zero-interception performance. ➤ 2013 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Saw action in eight games during his first season on the field...Specializing in short-yardage and goal line situations, helped bolster the middle of the defensive line. at Indiana (10/5): Made one tackle against Indiana. Michigan (10/12): Was a member of the unit that blocked Michigan’s field goal attempt in the first overtime of Penn State’s eventual four-overtime win. ➤ 2012 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...During the 2013 Blue-White game, recorded four solo stops and a pair of sacks to help the defense win the intrasquad contest. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL First-team all-state selection during his junior and senior seasons at John Handley High School...Playing for coach Tony Rayburn, garnered all-district honors during each of his four years, with accolades on the offensive and defensive lines his final three seasons...Selected the Northern Virginia Daily Male athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year...During his senior season, recorded 107 tackles and 13 sacks and ran for 225 yards and three touchdowns...Recorded 145 tackles, 10.5 sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown as a junior...Earned the first of his three all-region selections as a sophomore, when he tallied 128 tackles and seven sacks...Helped Handley to the district crown all four years, and was instrumental in helping the Judges to a pair of region championships...Was a two-time team captain and a Handley High School Scholar-athlete Award recipient all four years...Lettered in basketball and track and field. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Derek Wayne Dowrey Jr....Son of Derek and Glendora Dowrey...Has one younger brother, Jordan...Father is an assistant football and track and field coach at Handley High School and played football and ran track at Bridgewater (Va.) College...Enjoys spending time with friends and playing video games...Graduated in December 2015 with a journalism degree...Is working on a second degree in telecommunications...Interested in a career in the media or as a football or strength coach...Born July 3, 1993 in Winchester, Virginia.

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FESSLER

KOA

BILLY

6-1 ➤ 225 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

5-11 ➤ 188 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

Safety ➤ Lake View Terrace, Calif.

Quarterback ➤ Erie, Pa.

• One of the most athletic and versatile members of the Nittany Lions’ defensive unit, appearing in 12 games as a safety and on special teams. • Led the team with 18 kickoff returns for an average of 22.5 yards and a long of 57 yards. • Following in the footsteps of his father, Jamal, who played football at Hawaii and Cal State Northridge and was the Western Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year in 1989, setting the then-NCAA freshman scoring record with 18 rushing touchdowns. • Spent the summer shadowing various federal and local agencies, including the FBI, ATF, DEA and Metropolitan Police Department under the direction of Dr. Jenny Smith, the director of the department of forensic sciences in Washington D.C. • Lone returnee from California and the only Nittany Lion to hail from the West Coast.

• Has played an integral role on the scout team during the past two seasons, helping the Nittany Lion defense prepare for each opponent. • Run-on made very good strides at the quarterback position during the spring practice period. • Excels in the classroom with a 3.57 cumulative GPA in finance following the spring semester. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • One of seven returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania.

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Did not see any game action.

Season: Appeared in 12 games...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. at Temple (9/5): Returned five kickoffs for 128 yards...Led the team with 128 all-purpose yards...Posted four kickoff returns of 20-plus yards, including a long return of 35 yards on his first career return. San Diego State (9/26): Returned one kickoff for 26 yards. Army (10/3): Returned one kickoff for 14 yards. Illinois (10/31): Returned one kickoff for a career-long 57 yards...Was the coaching staff’s co-Special Teams Player of the Week with Nick Scott. at Northwestern (11/7): Returned two kickoffs for 56 yards, including a long of 37 yards in the second quarter. Michigan (11/21): Returned four kickoffs for an average of 15.2 yards, including a long of 20 yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Returned four kickoffs for an average of 15.7 yards...Had a long return of 31 yards in the second quarter.

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Redshirt season.

A four-year letterman at Erie Cathedral Prep, playing for head coach Mike Mischler...Named first-team All-District 10 and first-team All-Region 6 as a standout scholastic athlete...Selected as the Erie Athlete of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year after leading Cathedral Prep to the 2012 PIAA Class AAAA State Championship and a 14-0 season...Owns the school record for most passing yards and touchdowns in a game...Helped lead Cathedral Prep to three District 10 championships in his four years...Selected to play in the East-West and North-South all-star games in western Pennsylvania...Lettered in basketball and baseball.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ PERSONAL

A three-year letterman for head coach Kevin Rooney at Notre Dame High School...Totaled 38 receptions for 487 yards, rushed for 483 yards and scored 18 total touchdowns, playing wide receiver, running back and quarterback as a senior...Recorded 62 tackles, four interceptions, two sacks and three forced fumbles from his safety position as a senior...Earned all-state, CIF All-Section, All-Serra League and Serra League MVP distinction during his final prep season...Was chosen as the Daily News All-Area Defensive Player of the Year and was a MaxPreps.com second-team all-state pick as a senior...Was an All-Serra League selection during his junior campaign after making 28 catches for 502 yards and five touchdowns, and adding three interceptions on defense...Rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com and a three-star recruit by ESPN and Scout.com...Ranked among the top 30 players in California and was among the top 50 nationally at three positions — linebacker (43rd, Scout.com), athlete (21st, Rivals. com) and safety (38th, 247Sports.com)...Was a four-year letterman in track...Helped the Knights win the 2012 CIF State Championship...Lettered in basketball as a sophomore...Was a three-time recipient of the school’s Student-athlete of the Year award and earned Cum Laude honors as a junior and senior... Received Academic All-Serra League honors all four years...Was named to the CIF Honor Roll.

Full name is William Gallagher Fessler...Son of Alison and Jim Fessler...Has three younger brothers, Charlie, Henry and James...Mother, Alison, is a Penn State graduate...Majoring in finance...Born August 6, 1995 in Erie, Pennsylvania.

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Joshua-Kekoa Jamal Farmer...Son of Jamal and Shirley Farmer...Has one younger sister, Ka’ena...Father played football at Hawaii and Cal State Northridge...Father was the Western Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year in 1989 and set the then-NCAA freshman scoring record with 18 rushing touchdowns...Enjoys boogie boarding...Majoring in criminology to pursue a career as a pathologist...Born February 21, 1996 in Glendale, California.

FARMER’S KICK RETURN STATISTICS

No. Yds AVG TD LG

2015

18 405 22.5 0 57

Career

18 405 22.5

0 57

➤ FARMER’S CAREER HIGHS Kick Returns............................................................................................................. 5 - at Temple, 9/5/15 Kick Return Yards.................................................................................................. 128 - at Temple, 9/5/15 Long Kick Return....................................................................................... 57 yards - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15

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BRIAN

Awards: Recognized as the 2014 Red Worrell Award recipient, presented to the offense’s most improved player during spring practice...Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career.

6-3 ➤ 295 ➤ Gr./Sr. Eligible

Season: Appeared in and started 12 games at guard after making the move from the defensive line to the offensive line in the spring...All 12 of his starts came at right guard...Instrumental in protecting quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the passing game and blocking for the trio of successful running backs: Bill Belton, Akeel Lynch and Zach Zwinak...Efforts in pass blocking helped Hackenberg amass 2,977 yards and 12 touchdowns, including six 200-yard passing games. UCF (8/30): Made his first career start in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Helped the Nittany Lions amass 511 yards of total offense, including a school-record 454 yards passing by Hackenberg. Akron (9/6): Helped the Nittany Lions total 425 yards of total offense, including 319 yards passing from Hackenberg, who broke the school record with 773 yards passing in consecutive games. at Rutgers (9/13): Protected Hackenberg, allowing him to throw for 309 yards in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. Northwestern (9/27): He was part of the O-Line unit that helped Hackenberg log his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season, as he threw for 216 yards. at Michigan (10/11): Earned a start at right guard. Ohio State (10/25): Started at right guard...Blocked for Hackenberg, who completed 31 passes for 224 yards, helping the Nittany Lions take the No. 13 Buckeyes to double-overtime. Maryland (11/1): Helped the Nittany Lions to five scoring drives in a start. at Indiana (11/8): Started at right guard and opened holes for Belton’s 137-yard rushing effort...Helped open the running lane up the middle on Belton’s 92-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing touchdown in school history by one player, which helped Belton register Penn State’s first 100-yard rushing effort of the season against the Hoosiers. Temple (11/15): Started at right guard and helped Penn State rush for a season-high 254 yards, including 130 yards from Lynch and 92 yards from Belton. at Illinois (11/22): Blocked for Lynch, who gained a career-best 137 rushing yards, including a rushing score. Michigan State (11/29): Earned the start at right guard. Boston College (12/27): Helped Penn State’s offense to 453 total yards in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, including a school bowl record 371 yards through the air...Instrumental in helping Hackenberg break or tie nine Penn State bowl records with his 34-of-50, 371-yard, four-touchdown and zero-interception performance.

GAIA

Guard/Center ➤ Pasadena, Md. • Enters the season as Penn State’s most experienced player. • Has appeared in 37 career games and started in 25 contests on the offensive line during the past two seasons. • Trimmed down nearly 15 pounds since the summer of 2015 to increase his speed and quickness in the interior of the offensive line. • Transitioned to the center position during spring practice after two years at guard. He also played on the defensive line prior to 2014. • Is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree with a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Graduated in May with his degree in business management and is one of six Nittany Lions to have their degree. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • One of six returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the third time in his career. Season: Started 13 games...Was the only Penn State offensive lineman to start every game in 2015. at Temple (9/5): Helped Akeel Lynch run for 78 yards and one touchdown. Buffalo (9/12): Helped Penn State pile up 200 yards rushing...Was a part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack for the first time since the 2013 season finale victory at Wisconsin. Rutgers (9/19): Paved the way for a pair of 100-yard rushers: Saquon Barkley (195 yards) and Akeel Lynch (120)...Helped Barkley and Lynch become first Penn State tandem to rush for 100-yard since Lynch (108) and Bill Belton (108) passed the century mark against Eastern Michigan...Helped the backfield collect a pair of 100-yard rushers in a Big Ten game for the first time since 2010 (Northwestern) when Evan Royster (134) and Silas Redd (131) topped the mark...The 330 yards rushing by Penn State were the most since the Nittany Lions ran for 338 at Illinois in 2009...The Nittany Lions rushed for 200 or more yards in consecutive games for the first time since 2009 at Illinois (338) and vs. Eastern Illinois (285)...The 471 yards of total offense were the most since Penn State had 511 in 2014 against UCF in the Croke Park Classic. San Diego State (9/26): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Indiana (10/10): Protected Christian Hackenberg during his 17th career 200-yard passing game (262 yards), which allowed him to become the second quarterback in Penn State history to amass 7,000 yards passing in a career...Helped Penn State control the ball for 35:35, its most in a Big Ten game since having 36:29 against Purdue in 2013. at Ohio State (10/17): Helped pave the way for Saquon Barkley’s 194 yards rushing, the third-highest total by a true freshman...Protected Christian Hackenberg who threw for 120 yards and one touchdown. vs. Maryland (10/24): Protected Christian Hackenberg to the tune of 315 yards and three touchdown passes...Helped the offense pile up 363 yards of total offense...The offense posted nine pass plays of 20-plus yards, including all three touchdown passes. Illinois (10/31): Started on the offensive line that helped Christian Hackenberg throw for 266 yards and break a tie with Matt McGloin for the most 200-yard passing games in school history with his 19th career 200-yard passing effort. at Northwestern (11/7): Blocked for 100-yard rusher Saquon Barkley and 200-yard passer Christian Hackenberg...The 205 yards passing by Hackenberg extended his school record to 20 such contests. Michigan (11/21): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw his school-recordtying 46th career touchdown pass...Blocked for Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 68 yards, including a career-long-tying 56-yard scamper. at Michigan State (11/28): Blocked for Saquon Barkley’s fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season...Barkley broke the Penn State freshman season rushing record and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season...Protected Christian Hackenberg for his schoolrecord extending 21st career 200-yard passing effort...Hackenberg also tossed two touchdown passes to take over the top spot on PSU’s career passing touchdowns list with his 47th and 48th career scoring strikes, breaking a tie with Matt McGloin (46, 2009-12).

➤ 2013 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: In his first season on the field, saw action in all 12 games at defensive tackle and on special teams...Played a significant role in adding depth to the middle of the defensive line on short-yardage situations. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Made five tackles, including four assisted stops in the win. Michigan (10/12): Assisted on a stop in the dramatic quadruple-overtime victory. ➤ 2012 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Helped The Gilman School to three Maryland Interscholastic athletic Association Class A titles...A threetime all-state selection under coach Biff Poggi...Selected a team captain twice...Earned invitations to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American game and USA Football’s International Bowl...Ranked among the top 25 at offensive guard by ESPN.com, 24/7Sports.com and Rivals.com...Four-time National Prep Wrestling selection...Also lettered in track and field. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Brian Matthew Gaia...Son of Tim and Sharon Gaia...Has an older sister, Nicole...Enjoys working on his car and fishing...Graduated in May in May with a degree in business management and is working on a second degree in labor and employee relations...Would like to own his own business...Born April 15, 1994 in Pasadena, Maryland.

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GREGG

GARRITY

5-10 ➤ 165 ➤ Sr./Sr. Eligible Wide Receiver ➤ Pittsburgh, Pa. • Is a third-generation Nittany Lion, carrying the torch of a family that has been a part of Penn State Football since the 1950s. • Grandfather, Jim, laced up his cleats for the Nittany Lions and father, Gregg Sr., was a wide receiver for the Blue and White, lettering from 1980-82. Gregg Sr. is famous for making “The Catch” in the end zone that helped the Nittany Lions clinch their first national title in the 1983 Sugar Bowl with a win over No. 1 Georgia. Regarded as one of the iconic plays in Penn State football history, the feat landed the elder Garrity on the cover of Sports Illustrated. • Crisp route-runner with the tools to be a contributor in the slot and on special teams. • Enters the fall looking to add depth to the talented corps of Penn State receivers after appearing in five games during 2015, including three as the team’s primary punt returner. • Spent the summer interning with the State College Spikes, the St. Louis Cardinals' Short-Season A affiliate. • Owns a 3.63 cumulative grade-point average in journalism following the spring semester. • On pace to graduate in December with a degree in advertising and public relations. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Among seven returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Season: Appeared in five games. Indiana (10/10): Caught his first career pass to account for the first career completion for Trace McSorley...Gained four yards. Michigan (11/21): Made his first career punt return, gaining eight yards, in the fourth quarter. at Michigan State (11/28): Was the team’s starting punt returner...Returned one punt for one yard. vs. Georgia (1/2): Was the starting punt returner. ➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Saw action in three games...Earned his first career start during the Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium...Also played against UMass and at Indiana. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Played in three games during his first season on campus...Saw action against Eastern Michigan, Purdue and Nebraska...Was among 12 true freshmen who saw action during the season. Purdue (11/16): Had one punt return for nine yards against the Boilermakers. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Earned two letters playing for head coach Art Walker at North Allegheny High School...Attained firstteam all-state honors after helping the Tigers to the 2012 PIAA Class AAAA Championship, making 68 receptions for more than 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns...Grabbed 28 passes for 600 yards and five touchdowns as a junior...Helped North Allegheny capture a pair of WPIAL titles...Selected to play in the East-West All-Star Game. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Gregg David Garrity...Son of Gregg and Linda Garrity...Has one sister, Samantha...Father, Gregg, and grandfather, Jim, played football at Penn State and were three-year lettermen, from 1980-82 and 1952-54, respectively...His father made a diving catch in the end zone that helped the Nittany Lions clinch their first national title in 1982 with a win over No. 1 Georgia, a feat immortalized on the cover of Sports Illustrated...Owned a 3.63 grade-point average through the spring semester...Slated to graduate in December with a degree in advertising and public relations...Born January 24, 1995 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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GARRITY’S RECEIVING STATISTICS

Receptions Yards

Avg.

TD

LG

2013

0 0 0.0 0 0

2014

0 0 0.0 0 0

2015

1 4 4.0 0 0

Career 1 4 4.0 0 0

GARRITY’S PUNT RETURN STATISTICS

No. Yards Avg. TD LG

2013

1 9 9.0 0 9

2014

1 0 0.0 0 0

2015

2

9

4.5 0 4.5

Career 4 18 4.5 0 9 ➤ GARRITY’S CAREER HIGHS Receptions..........................................................................................................1 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Receiving Yards...................................................................................................4 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Longest Reception..................................................................................... 4 yards- vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Punt Returns..................................................... 1 - Four times; most recent: at Michigan State, 11/28/15 Punt Return Yards................................................................................................ 9 - vs. Purdue, 11/16/13 Longest Punt Return.................................................................................. 9 yards - vs. Purdue, 11/16/13

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GESICKI

6-6 ➤ 252 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible Tight End/H-Back ➤ Manahawkin, N.J. • Enters 2016 having just scratched the surface of the impact player he can become for the Nittany Lion offense. • Appeared in 25 games with 24 receptions for 239 yards and one touchdown (vs. Army in 2015) in his first two seasons. • Described by Assistant Athletics Director of Performance Enhancement Dwight Galt as a "freak" for his efforts in the weight room. • Routinely tests among the team’s best during each of the squad’s max out testing sessions. • Made good strides during spring drills and is poised to be a focal point for the offense in a deep stable of tight ends for 2016. • Is one of 16 returning Nittany Lions hailing from New Jersey. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career. Season: Appeared in 12 games with eight starts. Buffalo (9/12): Tied for second on the team with a career-best three catches...Gained 14 yards. Rutgers (9/19): Made one catch for six yards. San Diego State (9/26): Had two catches for 11 yards. Army (10/3): Made one catch, a career-long 33-yard reception for his first career touchdown in the third quarter...Reception capped a three-play touchdown drive to end the third quarter, all three plays were completions by Hackenberg. Indiana (10/10): Caught two passes for 21 yards...Notched a 16-yard grab during Penn State’s third scoring drive of the game. Illinois (10/31): Caught two passes for 26 yards...Both catches came during Penn State scoring drives...Had a long catch of 17 yards. at Northwestern (11/7): Made one catch for five yards. Michigan (11/21): Made one catch for nine yards.


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➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named to the BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

KEVIN

Season: Appeared in all 13 games with one start at tight end during his true freshman campaign... Made 11 catches for 114 yards...One of nine true freshmen to make their debut in 2014 and was among seven true freshmen to start a game...Began his career with one catch in each of his first three games and caught at least one pass in nine of Penn State’s 13 games. UCF (8/30): Collected his first career catch, a 9-yard reception in the opening quarter, of his first collegiate game. Akron (9/6): Made an 11-yard grab in the win. at Rutgers (9/13): Tallied a 7-yard catch on the second Penn State scoring drive in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. Northwestern (9/27): Made one catch for six yards. at Michigan (10/11): Pulled down a season-high two receptions (10 yards). Ohio State (10/25): Tallied one catch for three yards in the double-overtime contest. Maryland (11/1): Made his first career start. at Indiana (11/8): Rumbled into Indiana territory with a 28-yard reception for his only catch in the game. at Illinois (11/22): Caught one ball for seven yards. Michigan State (11/29): Tied his season high with two snags for a career-high 33 yards, including a season-long 30-yard reception.

6-1 ➤ 275 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Defensive Tackle ➤ Altoona, Pa. • Is a physical player with great motor and will be in contention to replace Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney, who all graduated and moved on to the NFL. • Grew up just 40 miles away from State College in Altoona. • Redshirted during the 2015 season, benefitted from time in the weight room and on the scout team. • Gained more than 17 pounds of muscle and 35 pounds overall since the start of 2015 training camp. • One of 10 Nittany Lion returnees from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Was one of the nation’s most highly-touted tight end prospects after earning four varsity letters for coach Chuck Donahue at Southern Regional High School...Ended his superlative career as the Rams’ alltime leading receiver with 1,817 yards on 103 receptions, with 16 touchdown catches...As a senior, made 33 catches for 530 yards and four scores to garner Under Armour All-America, all-state and first-team All-Shore honors...His junior season featured a NJSIAA state runner-up finish and 50 catches for 954 yards and nine TDs...Named first-team All-Shore as a junior...Made 16 grabs for 276 yards and three scores to help the Rams to an 8-2 record and the school’s first Shore Conference title since 1972 as a sophomore...Played on the defensive side of the ball and corralled six interceptions and 23 tackles... Played in the U.S. Army All-American Game following his senior season...Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com and a three-star prospect by ESPN...Rated as the top tight end recruit in the class of 2014 by 247Sports.com and was a Top 15 tight end prospect nationally according to ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Also was rated a Top 15 recruit in the state of New Jersey by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...A prep basketball and volleyball standout, earning a total of 12 letters in the three sports...Ended his career as the Rams’ all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,867 points)...Named MVP of the East/West Basketball All-Star Game and was the champion of the 2014 state dunk contest...Helped Southern Regional to the NJSIAA State Championship...Was named the 2013 New Jersey Player of the Year. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Michael William Gesicki...Son of Michael and Donna Gesicki...Has two older sisters, Ashley and Kelsey...Enjoys playing sports, strength conditioning, spending time with family and friends and going to the beach...Majoring in advertising and public relations...Born October 3, 1995 in Lakewood, New Jersey.

Receptions Yards

Avg.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played 40 miles away from State College at Altoona Area High School for head coach John Franco... As a linebacker and defensive end, helped the Mountain Lions reach their first state playoff game as a member of the WPIAL...Earned Pennsylvania Football News first-team all-state (AAAA) honors as a senior...Named to PFN’s #TeamPA Defensive All-Star Team...Named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 team...Also played as a fullback, rushing for 317 yards on 39 carries (8.1 avg.) as a senior... Recorded 115 tackles as a junior to earn All-WPIAL accolades...Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports. com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as the 16th-best prospect in the state by 247Sports. com...Selected to play in the 2015 Big 33 Classic. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Kevin Rashawn Givens...Son of Ralphia Guthrie...Undecided on his major...Born March 1, 1997 in Newark, New Jersey.

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GODWIN

6-1 ➤ 205 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible Wide Receiver ➤ Middletown, Del.

GESICKI’S CAREER STATISTICS

GIVENS

TD

LG

2014

11 114 10.4 0 30

2015

13 125 9.6 1 33

Career 24 239 10.0 1 33

➤ GESICKI’S CAREER HIGHS Receptions............................................................................................................ 3 - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15 Receiving Yards........................................................33 - at Michigan State, 11/29/14 ; vs. Army, 10/3/15 Receiving Touchdowns............................................................................................. 1 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Longest Reception........................................................................................ 33 yards - vs. Army, 10/3/15

• Became just the third Penn State receiver to eclipse 1,000 yards in a season following a stellar sophomore campaign. • Tallied 69 catches for 1,101 yards and scored five touchdowns in 2015, which included a team-high 11 receptions of 30-plus yards. • Reached the 100-yard plateau in five games during his sophomore season en route to earning second-team All-Big Ten honors. • Has made at least one reception in 25 of his 26 career games. • Smooth route-runner with good size and speed, Godwin took another significant step forward during the offseason and will be a significant impact player for the Nittany Lion offense in the fall. • Described by Director of Performance Enhancement Dwight Galt as a “Tier 3” athlete for his prowess in the strength and conditioning program. • Boasts a 3.34 cumulative GPA following the spring semester. • Is the lone returning Nittany Lion from Delaware. ➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS Ranks 17th on the career receiving yards list with 1,422 yards...Became just the third Penn State wide receiver (Bobby Engram, Allen Robinson) to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a single season, finishing second on the season receiving yards list with 1,101 yards...Sits tied for 14th on the career receptions charts with Joe Jurevicius (94; 1994-97)...Finished fourth on the Penn State season receptions list with 69 in 2015...Owns six career 100-yard receiving games, with five coming in 2015 and the other coming against Boston College in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl...Has at least one catch in 25 of 26 career games, including four or more grabs in 12 of his last 14 games dating back to 2014...Owns the Penn State record for career bowl receiving yardage (273 yards in two bowls)...Ranks second (140; 2014 Pinstripe Bowl) and third (133; 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl) in individual bowl game receiving yardage.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Awards: Selected second-team All-Big Ten by the media and third-team All-Big Ten by the coaches... Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the Associated Press...Named an ECAC first team All-Star... Named Academic All-Big Ten...Was named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List for the nation's top receiver.

A four-year letterman at Middletown High School for head coach Mark DelPercio...Instrumental in helping the Cavaliers to a combined 41-7 record, two Division I state championships and a pair of state runner-up finishes...As a senior, made 55 catches for 1,150 yards and 18 receiving scores...Added three rushing touchdowns and four kick return scores...Selected as the Delaware Gatorade Player of the Year... Selected to play in the Under Armour All-American Game...Was first-team all-state and first-team AllBlue Hen Conference...His 18 season receiving touchdowns set a Delaware prep record...A perfect 12-0 season was capped by a 27-0 victory over Salesianum in the State Championship game...Named firstteam all-state during his sophomore (returner) and junior (wide receiver) seasons...Was a three-time first-team all-conference pick...Caught 42 passes for 834 yards and accounted for 22 total touchdowns as a junior...His sophomore season included a State Championship and featured 14 total touchdowns and 25 catches for 800 yards...Scored 16 total touchdowns and grabbed 28 passes for 700 yards as a freshman...Registered 77 touchdowns (44 receiving, 18 rushing, 15 return) in his career...Academic AllState selection and a member of the Honor Roll...Rated a four-star prospect by all four major recruiting services and was named the top player in Delaware by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...Among the top 30 players nationally at wide receiver, receiving the distinction from ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.

Season: Appeared in 13 games with 11 starts...Finished 24th in the FBS and second in the Big Ten with 1,101 receiving yards...Ended the year 49th in the FBS and fifth in the Big Ten in receptions per game (5.3)... Had five 100-yard receiving performances on the season. at Temple (9/5): Led the team in receptions (5) and receiving yards (81)...Connected with Christian Hackenberg for the longest reception of the game, a 30-yard gain in the third quarter. Buffalo (9/12): Led the team in receptions (5) and receiving yards (75) for the second straight game...Caught a game-long 38-yard pass from Hackenberg on third-and-7 in the fourth quarter to extend the drive and set up Saquon Barkley’s touchdown run. Rutgers (9/19): Caught four passes for 49 yards, including a 30-yard reception in the first quarter. San Diego State (9/26): Tied for game high with five grabs (Hamilton)...Totaled 78 yards receiving in the game...Caught a 32-yard pass from RB Nick Scott in the fourth quarter...Made two special teams tackles...Recovered his first career fumble on a muffed punt in the second quarter that led to a Penn State touchdown...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. Army (10/3): Made a game-high four catches for 66 yards...Hauled in a 49-yard reception in the third quarter to set up Mike Gesicki’s 33-yard touchdown down catch. Indiana (10/10): Had team highs in receptions (4) and receiving yards (41). at Ohio State (10/17): Grabbed three passes for 103 yards...Caught a season-long 56-yard pass from Christian Hackenberg in the third quarter...Also added a 45-yard catch on Penn State’s opening drive... Posted his second career 100-yard receiving game (141 yards; Boston College, 2014). vs. Maryland (10/24): Made four catches for a season-best 135 yards and one touchdown...All four of his catches went for 20-plus yards...Grabbed a 37-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter...Made one catch on all four Penn State touchdown drives...His 37-yard touchdown grab was a part of a two-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, in the second quarter, which also included a 38-yard reception by Saeed Blacknall. Illinois (10/31): Pulled in seven passes for 76 yards receiving...Caught a 5-yard touchdown pass for Penn State’s first score of the game, one of three catches on the opening drive. at Northwestern (11/7): Caught a game-high eight passes for 104 yards to mark his fourth career 100-yard receiving game. Michigan (11/21): Tied for team high with three catches and led the team with 51 receiving yards...Caught a long pass of 38 yards on fourth-and-9 to set up a Penn State field goal to begin the fourth quarter. at Michigan State (11/28): Set a career high with his first double-digit receptions game, grabbing 11 passes for 109 yards... The 109 yards mark his fifth career 100-yard receiving game...Caught both of Penn State’s touchdown passes, including Hackenberg’s Penn State record-breaking 47th career passing touchdown. vs. Georgia (1/2): Grabbed six passes for 133 yards...Caught a 51-yard strike from Christian Hackenberg to set up Penn State’s first scoring drive of the game...Five of his six catches went for at least 18 yards...His 133 receiving yards rank third in Penn State bowl history...Became the third Nittany Lion to surpass 1,000 receiving yards in a season in program history. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named to the BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team...Earned ESPN.com All-Bowl Team laurels after his breakout performance against Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Season: Appeared in all 13 games with three starts at wide receiver during his true freshman season... One of nine true freshmen to make their debut in 2014 and was among seven true freshmen to start a game...Began his career with at least one catch in each of his first 11 games and caught at least one pass in 12 of Penn State’s 13 games...One of just four true freshmen to record a 100-yard receiving game, joining Jimmy Cefalo (1974), Bobby Humphrey (2003) and Jordan Norwood (2005)...Registered 25 catches for 321 yards and two touchdowns during his first season on campus. UCF (8/30): Caught his first career pass near the end of the first half of the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Made two catches for 13 yards in his collegiate debut. at Rutgers (9/13): Tallied one grab for six yards on Penn State’s first drive of the second half in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. UMass (9/20): Snagged two passes for 18 yards. Northwestern (9/27): Recorded two catches for 18 yards, including a 14yard reception. at Michigan (10/11): Hauled in one pass for 17 yards in his first career start. Ohio State (10/25): Turned in a performance of three catches for 16 yards in the double-overtime contest. Maryland (11/1): Grabbed one pass for 12 yards. at Indiana (11/8): Caught two passes for 25 yards in the win. Temple (11/15): Tallied two receptions for 31 yards. at Illinois (11/22): Notched one catch for 18 yards in the first quarter for his first career touchdown grab. Boston College (12/27): Closed the season with his first career 100-yard receiving game in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium... Amassed 140 yards on a career-best seven catches, including a 72-yard touchdown strike to open the scoring...The 72-yard pass from Christian Hackenberg is tied for the longest passing play in Penn State bowl history...Also made a key 25-yard reception in Penn State’s final drive in regulation, which help set up Sam Ficken’s 45-yard game-tying field goal.

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➤ PERSONAL Full name is Rod Christopher Godwin Jr....Son of Rod Sr. and Lisa Godwin...Has a brother, Marcus, and two sisters, Sharhonda and Rian...Enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing video games... Majoring in advertising and public relations...Born February 27, 1996 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

GODWIN’S RECEIVING STATISTICS

Receptions Yards Avg.

2014

TD

LG

25 321 12.8 2 72

2015

69 1,101 16.0 5 56

Career

94 1,422 15.1

7 72

Note: Has two career rushes for one yard. ➤ GODWIN’S CAREER HIGHS Receptions............................................................................................. 11 - at Michigan State, 11/28/15 Receiving Yards................................................................................... 140 - vs. Boston College, 12/27/14 Receiving Touchdowns............................................................................. 2 - at Michigan State, 11/28/15 Longest Reception....................................................................... 72 yards - vs. Boston College, 12/27/14 Rushing Attempts...................................................................................2 - vs. Michigan State, 11/29/14 Rushing Yards..........................................................................................1 - vs. Michigan State, 11/29/14 Longest Rush.................................................................................. 1 yard - vs. Michigan State, 11/29/14 Tackles.....................................................................................................2 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Fumbles Recovered.......................................................................................1 - San Diego State, 9/26/15


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MALIK

GOLDEN

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Malik Miles Golden...Son of Elijah and Diane Boyd...Has one younger brother, Elijah... Graduated in December 2015 with his degree in telecommunications...Is on pace to earn his second Penn State degree (journalism) in December 2016...Born April 27, 1993 in Hartford, Connecticut.

6-0 ➤ 205 ➤ Gr./Sr. Eligible

GOLDEN’S CAREER STATISTICS

Safety ➤ Hartford, Conn. • Made great strides in his junior season, appearing in 13 games with four starts, and will be among the leaders in the defensive backfield this year. • Came on strong after the injury to Jordan Lucas, recording 29 of his 40 tackles in the final four games, including a career-high nine stops at Michigan State. • Began his career as a wide receiver before making the transition to defensive back prior to the start of his redshirt freshman season. • Spent the summer as an intern at local radio station, B94.5. • Graduated in December 2015 with his degree in telecommunications and is one of six Nittany Lions to have their degree. • Is on pace the graduate with a second Penn State degree in journalism in December 2016. • Had a successful offseason in the weight room, adding four pounds of muscle to his frame. • One of two returning Nittany Lion from the Nutmeg State, joining fellow safety Jarvis Miller. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games with four starts...Made his first career start vs. San Diego State (9/26)... Graduated in December with a degree in telecommunications...One of 13 Nittany Lions to earn their degree in December. Buffalo (9/12): Collected two tackles...Returned one kickoff for 18 yards. Rutgers (9/19): Made two tackles. San Diego State (9/26): Had three tackles in his first career start. Army (10/3): Made two tackles. at Ohio State (10/17): Notched one tackle. vs. Maryland (10/24): Nabbed his first career interception on Maryland’s final drive of the game to seal the victory...Grabbed one of three Penn State interceptions, its most in a single game since picking off Rutgers five times in the Big Ten opener last season on Sept. 13...Helped the Nittany Lions force a season-high five turnovers. Illinois (10/31): Made one tackle. at Northwestern (11/7): Had six tackles. Michigan (11/21): Made eight tackles in his second start of the season...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100 yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). at Michigan State (11/28): Broke his career high for the second straight week with nine tackles to rank second on the team. vs. Georgia (1/2): Collected six stops, including three solo. ➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in eight games on defense and special teams...Made seven tackles (four solo), with 0.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup. UCF (8/30): Posted his first stop of the season in the first quarter of the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Akron (9/6): Logged a season-high four tackles (three solo). at Rutgers (9/13): Collected one tackle. UMass (9/20): Recorded his first career tackle for loss (0.5 TFL)...Added one pass breakup.

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

SACK

2013 2014 2015 Career

3-5 8 0 0 0 1 4-3 7 0 0 0 1 17-23 40 0 0 1 1 24-31 55 0 0 1 3

TFL

0-0 0-0 0-0 0.5-1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.5-1

➤ GOLDEN’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles..................................................................................................... 9 - at Michigan State, 11/28/15 Tackles for Loss.............................................................................................0.5 - Massachusetts, 9/20/14 Interceptions....................................................................................................1 - vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Pass Breakups................................................. 1 - Three times; most recent: vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Kick Returns............................................................................................................... 1 - Buffalo, 9/12/15 Kick Return Yards...................................................................................................... 18 - Buffalo, 9/12/15 Long Kick Return...................................................................................................... 18 - Buffalo, 9/12/15

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STEVEN

GONZALEZ

6-4 ➤ 334 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Guard/Center ➤ Union City, N.J. • Is among a host of young Nittany Lion offensive linemen who have made big strides during the offseason. • Added nearly nine pounds of muscle to his body since he arrived on campus in July 2015. • Played an integral role on the scout team during his redshirt season and is poised to add depth to the interior of the Penn State offensive line when the season begins in September. • Is one of 16 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

➤ 2013 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Moved to the defensive side of the ball after playing wide receiver during the 2012 campaign...Appeared in all 12 games...Saw time on special teams and at safety...Recorded eight tackles and one pass breakup. Syracuse (8/31): Opened the season with one tackle in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Made one solo stop. Kent State (9/21): Recorded one tackle. at Ohio State (10/26): Notched one stop. Purdue (11/16): Had one tackle. at Wisconsin (11/30): Posted a seasonhigh three tackles, all coming late in the third quarter and the fourth quarter...Added one pass breakup. ➤ 2012 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Three-year letterman and two-year captain at Union City High School for head coach Wilbur Valdez... Named first-team All-New Jersey by MSGVarsity.com, becoming first player in school history to earn all-state honors...Selected first-team all-conference as a senior...Recorded 60 pancake blocks on the offensive line and 30 tackles and 10 sacks at defensive tackle in 2014...Set a school record with 5.0 sacks in a game...Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports.com and ESPN and a three-star player by Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as the seventh-best offensive guard and 79th overall prospect in the class by 247Sports.com, as well as a Top 5 prospect in New Jersey...Rated as a Top 5 prospect in the state by ESPN, seventh by Scout.com and 11th by Rivals.com.

Redshirt season...Listed as a wide receiver.

➤ PERSONAL

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Full name is Steven Jorge Gonzalez...Son of Jorge Gonzalez and Marlene Monzon...Has two brothers, Jorge and Jorge Luis, and three sisters, Karissa Prieto, Diana Gonzalez and Jennifer Gonzalez...Undecided on a major, but wants to work in the sports industry...Born May 11, 1997 in Union City, New Jersey.

Was a two-time All-New England and two-time All-Colonial League selection for head coach Dan O’Dea at Cheshire Academy...Elected team captain during his senior season...Played defensive back and wide receiver...Compiled more than 1,400 all-purpose yards and grabbed seven interceptions as a senior... Helped the Cats to the Colonial League championship and an undefeated record during his final prep season...Posted more than 1,500 all-purpose yards as a junior...Helped Cheshire Academy win the New England Preparatory School athletic Council State Championship as a junior and senior...Ranked the No. 2 overall prospect in Connecticut according to Rivals.com...Also lettered in basketball and track...Was a member of the school-record 4x100 relay team.

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CHRIS

GULLA

6-1 ➤ 196 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Kicker/Punter ➤ Toms River, N.J. • Will again contend for the starting assignment at the punter spot when the season begins. • Averaged 37.7 yards on 23 punts after appearing in 12 games last fall. • Handled the holding duties on place kicking attempts for the second straight season and will return as the team’s primary holder. • Has a 3.66 cumulative GPA following the spring semester. • On track to graduate in December with a degree in finance. • One of 16 returning players from New Jersey. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career. Season: Appeared in 12 games with four starts at punter, missing one game due to injury...Handled the holding duties on placements for the majority of the season. Rutgers (9/19): Hit five punts for 205 yards for an average of 41.0 yards per punt...Connected on a season-long 52-yard punt in the second quarter...All five punts forced Rutgers to start at or inside its own 15-yard line...His 41.0-yard average was the highest for the Nittany Lions since averaging 48.8 yards per punt against Akron last season... His five punts downed inside the 20-yard line equal the total number by the Nittany Lions last season and were the most in a game since having six punts inside the 20 against Nebraska in 2013...Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week. San Diego State (9/26): Punted seven times for 294 yards...Averaged 42.0 yards per punt with a game-long 51-yarder in the fourth quarter...Had one punt downed inside the 20-yard line. Army (10/3): Hit five punts for 160 yards...Averaged 32.0 yards per punt with a long of 46 yards...Pinned one punt inside the 20 with one being fair caught...Made one tackle. at Ohio State (10/17): Punted four times for an average of 36.2 yards...Added one assisted tackle. at Northwestern (11/7): Punted twice for an average of 32.0 yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Registered his first career kickoff...Hit three kickoffs for an average of 47.0 yards, which was skewed by an on-side kick in the fourth quarter. ➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten for the first time......Named 2014-15 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Season: Appeared in all 13 games...Saw time as punter and holder for Sam Ficken on placements... Punted 28 times for a 37.3-yard average...Had nine punts downed inside the 20...Served as the holder for Ficken on all placements following the injury to Ryan Keiser prior to the Ohio State game. UCF (8/30): Made his first career appearance in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Booted a 41yard punt for a touchback in his only attempt. Akron (9/6): Punted five times for an average of 48.8 yards per punt...Broke Penn State’s yards per punt average by a freshman in a game, topping Jeremy Kapinos’ record set in 2003 (47.8 ypp, Boston College)...Had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line. at Rutgers (9/13): Punted six times...Had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line. UMass (9/20): Had one punt for 35 yards. Northwestern (9/27): Booted six punts for a 35.0-yard average. at Michigan (10/11): Punted five times for a 33.4 average...Pinned two kicks inside the 20-yard line. Ohio State (10/25): Booted four punts for an average of 37.5 yards...Had a long punt of 43 yards... Knocked one punt inside the 20. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Earned a perfect 4.00 grade-point average during the 2014 spring semester. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year starter at Toms River North High School, playing for head coach Chip LaBarca, who lettered for the Nittany Lions from 1991-93...Handled the punting and placekicking duties in all four seasons... Elected team captain as a senior...Selected all-state and was a two-time first-team All-Shore honoree... Made 17-of-22 career field goal attempts...Connected on six-of-seven field goal attempts during both his junior and senior seasons...Hit a 45-yard game-winning field goal to beat Southern Regional High School...Averaged 42 yards per punt...Excelled in the classroom, earning Academic All-Shore honors his final season...Selected to play in the All-Shore Game and the North-South Game. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Christopher Michael Gulla...Son of Dennis and Donna Gulla...Has one brother, Kyle, and one sister, Megan...Megan is a graduate student at Penn State...Majoring in finance and is on schedule to graduate in December...Born November 25, 1994 in Toms River, New Jersey.

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GULLA’S PUNTING STATISTICS

2014 2015 Career

Punts Yards Avg. I-20 FC 50+ LG BLK

28 1045 37.3 9 11 4 53 1 23 868 37.7 8 6 3 52 47 1,913 37.5 17 17 7 53 1

Note: Has three career kickoffs for an average of 47.0 yards. ➤ GULLA’S CAREER HIGHS Punt Attempts..........................................................................................7 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Punt Yards............................................................................................294 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Longest Punt.................................................................................................. 53 yards - vs. Akron, 9/6/14 Tackles...............................................................................1 - vs. Army, 10/3/15; at Ohio State, 10/17/15

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HALEY

5-9 ➤ 185 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible Cornerback ➤ Atlanta, Ga. • Claimed All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades from the media despite missing the first two games of the season due to injury. • One of the most experienced returnees, he will be a leader of the secondary with the graduation of Jordan Lucas and Trevor Williams. • One of the fastest Nittany Lions, posting a 4.44 time in the 40 and a 4.13 in the pro-agility during winter conditioning, which ranked sixth and eighth on the squad, respectively. • Owns a 3.33 cumulative grade-point average following the spring semester and took home Academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time in his career. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Was a standout baseball player in high school and had scouting workouts with Major League Baseball teams before opting to concentrate on playing collegiate football. • Haley is the lone returning Nittany Lion from Georgia and one of nine returnees from the southeast. ➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS Broke the Penn State season record with 32 kickoff returns in 2014 (Chaz Powell, 27; 2011)...His 659 kickoff return yards in 2014 rank second on the school season list (Powell, 733 yards; 2011)...His first career interception was returned for a touchdown against Temple and was the first defensive touchdown scored by a Penn State true freshman since Paul Posluszny returned an interception against Indiana on the same date (Nov. 15) in 2003.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Awards: Named All-Big Ten honorable mention from the media...Earned Academic All-Big Ten accolades.

A four-year letterman as a standout two-way player for head coach Mike Muschamp at The Lovett School...A two-year team captain...Named the Associated Press Georgia Class 2A Offensive Player of the Year and the South Fulton All-Area Offensive Player of the Year as a senior...Compiled more than 1,500 rushing yards and 27 touchdowns as a running back and added six interceptions at cornerback during his final prep season...Led the Lions to the Georgia Class AA State Championship...Was named to the MaxPreps Small School All-America second-team in 2013...Selected to play in the Georgia Rising Senior Bowl and the Georgia East-West Bowl...Selected all-state as a junior and was a three-time team MVP...Rated as a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services...Ranked among the nation’s Top 50 defensive backs by 247Sports.com and ESPN.com...Also lettered four times in baseball, twice in basketball and twice in track and field...Earned a bronze medal on the National Latin Exam.

Season: Started 11 games...Appeared in his first game of the season vs. Rutgers (9/19) after missing the first two games due to injury...Forced his first career fumble at Northwestern (11/7). Rutgers (9/19): Grabbed the second interception of his career late in the second quarter...Recorded two tackles... Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped hold Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland in 2014. San Diego State (9/26): Logged three stops, all solo tackles. Army (10/3): Recorded four tackles...Was a part of a defensive that limited Army to one pass attempt, the fewest by a Penn State opponent since at least 1966, and one completion, the fewest since 1976 (Ohio State)...The one completion tied for the fewest by a team in FBS in 2015 (by Georgia Southern vs. Western Michigan & by Boston College vs. Syracuse)...The one pass attempt was the fewest by an FBS team in 2015...Helped hold Army to just 32 passing yards, the fewest against the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten era (since 1993). Indiana (10/10): Made three tackles...Helped snap Indiana’s string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014...Led a secondary that limited the Hoosiers’ 155 passing yards, the fewest allowed by Penn State in a Big Ten game since allowing 68 to Indiana in 2014. at Ohio State (10/17): Had four stops...Added one pass breakup. vs. Maryland (10/24): Recorded two tackles...Added one pass breakup...Collected his second interception of the season and third of his career to end Maryland’s first drive of the game...Grabbed one of three Penn State interceptions, its most in a game since picking off Rutgers five times in the Big Ten opener last season on Sept. 13...Helped the Nittany Lions force a season-high five turnovers. Illinois (10/31): Made two stops...Had 1.0 tackle for loss...Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)...Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009...As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois’ 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Tallied four tackles...Forced his first career fumble in the first quarter. Michigan (11/21): Had a career-best six tackles...Notched two pass breakups...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100 yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). at Michigan State (11/28): Made five tackles... Recorded one pass breakup. vs. Georgia (1/2): Made seven tackles (six solo)...Added his second career tackle for loss in the fourth quarter. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team honorable mention selection. Season: Appeared in all 13 games, seeing time on defense and special teams...Made his first career start in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College...Served as the team’s primary kickoff returner... Averaged 20.6 yards per return, with a long return of 44 yards...Broke the Penn State season record with 32 kickoff returns (Chaz Powell, 27; 2011) and his 659 kickoff return yards rank second on the school season list (Powell, 733 yards; 2011)...On defense, logged 18 tackles (12 solo)...Grabbed one interception and returned it for a touchdown against Temple...One of three true freshmen to start on defense...Was among 16 Nittany Lions to make their first career start in 2014...Was one of nine true freshmen to make their debut during the season. UCF (8/30): Made his collegiate debut at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Returned four kickoffs for 118 yards...Opened the second half with a season-long 44-yard return. Akron (9/6): Returned one kickoff for 18 yards...Added his first two career tackles, making his first career stop on the punt coverage unit in the first quarter. at Rutgers (9/13): Made one tackle...Returned two kickoffs for 36 yards to earn the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week. UMass (9/20): Made a season-high three stops, including two on special teams... Returned one kickoff for 25 yards. Northwestern (9/27): Returned four kickoffs for 67 yards, including a 21-yarder...Added one tackle. at Michigan (10/11): Returned two kickoffs for a 16.0-yard average, including a long of 20 yards. Ohio State (10/25): Recorded a pair of tackles in the double-overtime game...Returned two kickoffs for a 17.5 average, including a long of 22 yards. Maryland (11/1): Tied his season best with three stops...Added four kickoff returns for a 19.0 average. at Indiana (11/8): Collected two special teams tackles...Also returned one kickoff...Was selected the coaches’ Special Teams Player of the Week. Temple (11/15): Grabbed his first career interception and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown to help Penn State become bowl eligible...His pick-six was the first defensive touchdown scored by a Penn State true freshman since Paul Posluszny returned an interception against Indiana on the same date in 2003...Added three stops...Helped limit Temple to just 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011... Returned three kickoffs for 72 yards, including a 31-yard return, to earn the coaches’ Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time. at Illinois (11/22): Returned one kickoff for 21 yards...Posted one pass breakup. Michigan State (11/29): Made one tackle...Returned five kickoffs for a 21.4-yard average. Boston College (12/27): Made his first career start at cornerback in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium...Helped limit the Eagles to just 97 yards passing...Returned two kickoffs for a 19.0-yard average, with a long return of 24 yards.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Grant Dennis Haley...Son of Leon Haley Jr. and Carla Neal-Haley...Has one younger brother, Wesley, and one younger sister, Nichelle...Mother was a member of the Penn State track and field team... Majoring in advertising and public relations...Would like to pursue a career in sports broadcasting or network television administration...Born January 6, 1996 in Southfield, Michigan.

HALEY’S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

SACK

TFL

2014 2015 Career

12-6 18 0 0 1 2 0-0 0-0 27-15 42 0 1 2 7 0-0 2.0-10 39-21 60 0 1 3 9 0-0 2.0-10

HALEY’S KICKOFF RETURN STATISTICS

Returns Yards Avg. TD

2014 2015 Career

LG

32 659 20.6 0 44 0 0 0 0 0 32 659 20.6

0 44

➤ HALEY’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles................................................................................................................... 7 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Tackles for Loss.................................................................................................... 1.0 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Forced Fumbles............................................................................................1 - at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Interceptions...........................................................1 - Three times; most recent: vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Long Interception Return......................................................................... 30 yards - vs. Temple, 11/15/14 Pass Breakups..................................................................................................2 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Kick Returns............................................................................................5 - vs. Michigan State, 11/29/14 Kick Return Yards.....................................................................................................118 - vs. UCF, 8/30/14 Long Kick Return..............................................................................................44 yards - vs. UCF, 8/30/14 Rush Attempts..................................................................................................1 - at Michigan, 10/11/14 Rush Yards........................................................................................................-2 - at Michigan, 10/11/14

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DaeSEAN

HAMILTON

6-1 ➤ 211 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Wide Receiver ➤ Fredericksburg, Va. • Enters the season as the team’s active leader in career receptions with 127 catches for 1,479 yards. • Is seventh on Penn State’s all-time receptions list. • Shared the 2016 Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award with Brandon Smith. The award goes to junior class squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner. • Has evolved into one of the team’s top route runners as he transitions to a role as an inside receiver. • Added nearly 20 pounds of muscle to his frame during the offseason. • Has a 3.23 cumulative GPA in communications following the spring semester. • Scheduled to graduate in December with a degree in advertising and public relations. • Born in Okinawa, Japan while his parents served in the United States Marine Corps. • Is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia. ➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS Ranks seventh on Penn State’s all-time receptions list with 127 catches...Has 14 career games with five-plus receptions...Is one of just 13 Nittany Lions with 100-plus career receptions, joining current assistant coach Terry Smith (108, 1989-91)...Ranks 15th on Penn State’s all-time receiving yardage list (1,479)...His 82 catches in 2014 rank second on Penn State’s single season charts...Broke the Penn State freshman records for receptions (14) and receiving yards (165) in a game and season in 2014...His 82 receptions rank second in a season in school history, trailing only Allen Robinson (97 in 2013)...Broke the Penn State game reception record with 14 catches against No. 13 Ohio State...In just the sixth game of the season, broke the Penn State freshman record for receptions in a season with his second of seven catches at Michigan, passing Deon Butler’s mark of 37 from the 2005 season...Set the program freshman record for receiving yards in a season against Maryland, passing Butler’s mark of 691 yards in 2005...One of just six Penn State freshmen to record a 100-yard receiving game and his four 100-yard efforts are the most by a Penn State freshman, surpassing Butler’s two from 2005. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named honorable-mention All-Big Ten from the media...Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in 13 games with 12 starts. at Temple (9/5): Made one catch for five yards. Buffalo (9/12): Tied for second on the team with three catches for 15 yards...Caught a 5-yard touchdown pass to begin the fourth quarter. Rutgers (9/19): Made a team-high five grabs for 86 yards...Caught a 48-yard pass from Hackenberg in the second quarter, the longest pass play of the season for Penn State. San Diego State (9/26): Tied for game high with five receptions (Godwin)...Totaled 40 yards on his five receptions. Army (10/3): Grabbed one pass for 12 yards...Made his lone catch on third-and-4 to move the chains prior to Nick Scott’s 11-yard touchdown run. Indiana (10/10): Caught two passes for 49 yards...Had a 39-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter. at Ohio State (10/17): Caught two passes for 13 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter. vs. Maryland (10/24): Caught five passes for 96 yards and one touchdown...Had three catches of 20-plus yards...Made a 20-yard touchdown grab midway through the third quarter...Hauled in a 38-yard reception on Penn State’s first scoring drive of the game...Had a 24-yard reception that help set up Joey Julius’ 40-yard field goal late in the second quarter. Illinois (10/31): Caught four passes for 54 yards...Had a three third down catches to extend two of Penn State’s scoring drive...Grabbed a 19-yard pass to convert on third-and-16 on the opening drive of the third quarter, leading to the Nick Scott completion to Christian Hackenberg for a touchdown. at Northwestern (11/7): Grabbed three passes for 56 yards and one touchdown...Made a 32-yard reception on a reverse pass from fellow wide receiver Geno Lewis, diving into the end zone for the score. Michigan (11/21): Caught one pass for five yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Grabbed eight passes for 78 yards. vs. Georgia (1/2): Grabbed five passes for 71 yards and one touchdown...Caught a 20-yard touchdown pass in the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter to pull Penn State within seven points with 6:14 to play. ➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected to the College Football News (second team) and Athlon Sports (third team) Freshman All-America teams...Tabbed second-team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable-mention All-Big Ten by the coaches...Named All-Big Ten second team by Phil Steele’s College Football...Selected to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by BTN.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports.com...Was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree for the first time in his career. Season: Started all 13 games in his first season on the field...Led the Big Ten in receptions from start to finish...Led the Big Ten with 82 receptions, ranked fourth with 69.2 receiving yards per game and fifth with 889 receiving yards...Paced the conference and finished 28th nationally with 6.3 receptions per game...

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Only freshman averaging more than 5.8 catches per game in the NCAA and was one of six freshmen that averaged 70.0 or more receiving yards per game. UCF (8/30): Started his first career game in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Broke the Penn State freshman record for receiving yards (165) and catches (11)...Selected Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week...Became the first Nittany Lion freshman since 2005 to eclipse 100 receiving yards in a game (Butler and Jordan Norwood)...His 165-yard performance ranks 12th in Penn State history...Hamilton and Geno Lewis became the eighth pair of teammates to record 100-plus receiving yards in the same game and the first tandem to log 150-plus yards in the same game in school history...Of his 165 receiving yards, 107 came in the first half, including a 44-yard catch to set up first-andgoal from the UCF 3-yard line. Akron (9/6): Led the team with seven catches (69 yards) in the win. at Rutgers (9/13): Hauled in a team-high eight passes for 103 yards in the 13-10 come-from-behind win... Caught a 47-yard pass in the third quarter that led to a field goal...Combined with Lewis to give Penn State multiple games with two receivers over 100 yards for the first time since 1994 (Bobby Engram and Freddie Scott, three times). UMass (9/20): Ranked second on the team with four catches for 65 yards, including a 35-yard reception that set up a Penn State touchdown in the second quarter. Northwestern (9/27): Led the team with 100 yards receiving and six catches, including a career-long 51-yard reception in the second quarter. at Michigan (10/11): Caught his first career touchdown pass on a 10-yard scoring strike in the second quarter, highlighting a seven-catch, 58-yard effort...With his second of seven receptions at Michigan, moved past Butler’s school freshman record for catches in a season. Ohio State (10/25): Broke the Penn State game receptions record and in the process his own freshmen receptions record with 14 catches for 126 yards to earn his second Big Ten Freshman of the Week award...Made three catches on the Nittany Lions’ 77-yard game-tying drive late in regulation to force overtime. Maryland (11/1): Rewrote the program record for yards in a season by a freshman in a five-catch, 42-yard performance, finishing the game with 728 yards, passing Butler’s mark of 691 in 2005. at Indiana (11/8): Caught two passes (33 yards) in the win. Temple (11/15): Tallied a team-high four grabs (26 yards). Michigan State (11/29): Hauled in six passes for 55 yards. Boston College (12/27): One of three receivers with seven catches in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, which tied him for second in the Penn State bowl game record books...Accounted for 51 yards and made his second touchdown catch of the season, a 16-yard grab in traffic midway through the fourth quarter, to tie the game at 21-21. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season due to a wrist injury...Made two catches in the 2014 Blue-White game. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL One of the top playmakers in Virginia, a four-year letterman at wide receiver for head coach Lou Sorrentino at Mountain View High School...As a senior, named honorable-mention all-state and earned first-team all-district, all-area and all-region honors...Made 64 catches for 1,073 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior to earn Commonwealth District Offensive Player of the Year...A two-time team captain...Garnered honorable-mention all-state, as well as first-team all-district, all-area and all-region as a junior...Invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl and the U.S. Army All-American Game...Ranked a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com... Ranked among the top 20 recruits in the state of Virginia and was a Top 60 wide receiver, according to all four recruiting services...Graduated with honors and earned an advanced diploma from Mountain View, while attaining Academic All-Conference during his career...Lettered three times in basketball. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is DaeSean Kameron Hamilton...Son of Johnie and Madgeline Hamilton...Has two brothers, Ahmad and Darius, and two sisters, Danielle and Jasmine...Both parents were members of the United States Marine Corps...Enjoys strength conditioning, video games and reading...Majoring in advertising and public relations and is on pace to graduate in December...Born March 10, 1995 in Okinawa, Japan.

HAMILTON’S CAREER STATISTICS

Rec.-Yds. Avg. TD LG Att.-Yds. Avg. TD LG

2014

82-899 11.0 2 51 8-32

2015

45-580 12.9 6 48 0-0

Career 127-1,479 11.6 8 51 8-32

4.0 0 11 0.0 0 0 4.0 0 11

➤ HAMILTON’S CAREER HIGHS Receptions................................................................................................... 14 - vs. Ohio State, 10/25/14 Receiving Yards.......................................................................................................165 - vs. UCF, 8/30/14 Receiving Touchdowns................................................... 1 - Eight times; most recent: vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Longest Reception...........................................................................51 yards - vs. Northwestern, 9/27/14 Rushing Attempts................................................................................................. 3 - at Illinois, 11/22/14 Rushing Yards...................................................................................................... 14 - at Illinois, 11/22/14 Longest Rush............................................................................................. 11 yards - at Illinois, 11/22/14 Tackles................................................................................................................ 1 - vs. Temple, 11/15/14 All-Purpose Yards....................................................................................................165 - vs. UCF, 8/30/14


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HOLLAND

JOHNSON

JONATHAN

JAN

6-4 ➤ 245 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible

6-2 ➤ 216 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible

Tight End/H-Back ➤ Brandywine, Md.

Linebacker ➤ Mohnton, Pa.

• Primed for a much bigger role on the Penn State offense in 2016 after an effective season as a key member of the scout team offense during his redshirt season. • Made significant strides during spring practice and is in line to become a contributor in the tight end corps. • Dropped more than 12 pounds of body fat to reshape his body since arriving on campus in July 2015. • Is one of six returning Nittany Lions from Maryland.

• Wrestled at heavyweight in eight duals for the 2016 NCAA Champion Penn State wrestling team. • Added more the seven pounds of muscle and 13 pounds overall since June 2015. • Comes from a family of Penn State athletes as his father (1981-84) and uncle (1979-82) wrestled and mother (1983-86) and aunt (1986-89) swam for the Nittany Lions. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania.

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Redshirt season.

Redshirt season...Was a member of Penn State’s National Championship wrestling team...Wrestled at heavyweight in eight duals.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Three-year letterman and captain his senior year at the Bullis School for head coach Patrick Cilento... Named first-team Associated Press all-state honoree...Selected as second-team All-Metro by the Washington Post in 2014...Led the Bulldogs to IAC titles in 2013 and 2014, while claiming all-conference honors both years...Recorded 51 tackles, five for loss, and three sacks at defensive end...Caught 22 passes for 311 yards and four touchdowns as a senior in 2014...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star player by 247Sports.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as a Top 5 prospect in Maryland and a Top 300 overall prospect in the class by ESPN...Ranked as 18th-best tight end in the nation and 12th-best prospect in the state by Rivals.com...Selected to play in the Crab Bowl and Big 33 Classic... Also wrestled in high school. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jonathan Kacela Holland...Son of Robert and LaShawne Holland...Has a brother, Adam, and a sister, Zoe Lynn...Hobbies include ceramics...Plans to major in international business to become an entrepreneur...Born December 13, 1996 in Laurel, Maryland.

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Four-year letterman for head coach Dominic Vecchio at Governor Mifflin High School...Was team captain his senior year...Helped lead the Mustangs to four consecutive Berks County Championships...Played linebacker for three years and quarterback for two seasons...Named to 2014 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ All-State Team Class AAAA...Selected to the Big 33 Classic and the Berks County All-Star game... Had 1,200 rushing yards with 20 touchdowns and 900 passing yards with 12 touchdowns as a senior... Accounted for 800 rushing yards and 600 passing yards as a junior...Totaled 900 ruhsing yards, 850 passing yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore...Also lettered in wrestling (four times), track & field (three times) and lacrosse (one time) at Governor Mifflin...Was a two-time Class AAA State Champion, a two-time District 3 Champion in wrestling and a four-time Berks County Champion in wrestling at the 145-pound weight class. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jan Curtis Johnson Jr....Son of Jan and Theresa Johnson...Has two sisters, Gabriella and Rachel...Father was a wrestler at Penn State from 1981-84 and mother was a swimmer for the Nittany Lions from 1983-86...Also has an uncle, Joel Johnson, who wrestled at Penn State (1979-82) and an aunt, Deborah Hayes, who was a swimmer at Penn State (1986-89)...Aunt, Kerry Johnson, attend Penn State...Enjoys hunting and fishing...Majoring in science with aspirations of becoming a doctor...Born April 9, 1996 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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6-8 ➤ 328 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Tackle ➤ Pittsburgh, Pa. • Poised to add depth to the tackle position for the Nittany Lions in 2016 after a productive redshirt season on the scout team. • Has added nearly 10 pounds of muscle to his frame since he arrived on campus in January 2015. • At 6-feet-8, is equal with Charlie Shuman as the tallest player on the team. • Is one of seven returning players on the roster from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Enrolled early after playing for head coach Pete Wagner at Baldwin High School...Earned prep AllAmerican honors as an offensive tackle...Played in the Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida...Rated as a four-star prospect by all four of the major recruiting services: 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as the top player in the state of Pennsylvania by ESPN and Scout.com...Ranked fourth among offensive line prospects by Scout.com and ninth by ESPN...Tabbed as the No. 57 player nationally by Scout.com and No. 105 by ESPN. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Sterling Alexander Jenkins...Son of Adam Jenkins and Suzanne Hall...Has three brothers, Jadyn, C.J., and Malcolm, and three sisters, Angeleia, Adma and Ava...Relative, Chappie Hill, was a letterman on the 1956 Penn State football team...Enjoys biking, reading and playing video games... Undecided on a major...Born December 5, 1996 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

JUWAN

JOHNSON

6-4 ➤ 218 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Wide Receiver ➤ Glassboro, N.J. • Is primed to join the rotation in a deeply-talented receiving corps after playing a paramount role on the scout team offense in 2015. • Has added nearly eight pounds to his frame since he arrived on campus in the summer 2015 and is poised to be an impact player for the Nittany Lion offense. • Posted a 3.36 cumulative GPA in his first year on campus. • Is one of 16 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played at Glassboro High School for head coach Mark Maccarone...Recorded 42 catches for 804 yards and nine touchdowns as well as two rushing touchdowns as a senior in 2014...Made 22 stops as a defensive back...Participated in The Opening, an all-star prospect camp held on the Nike campus, last summer and the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl...Rated as a four-star prospect and a Top 5 player in New Jersey by all four major recruiting services: 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as a Top 25 receiver in the class by 247Sports.com, ESPN and Rivals.com and the 134th overall player in the class by Rivals...Also played basketball.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS JULIUS’ SCORING STATISTICS

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Juwan Perry Johnson...Son of George and Ida Johnson...Has two older brothers, Darreus and George Jr....Plans to major in marketing to become an entrepreneur...Born September 13, 1996 in Stratford, New Jersey.

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JULIUS

5-10 ➤ 271 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Kicker ➤ Hummelstown, Pa. • Finished 10-for-12 on field goal attempts during his redshirt freshman season in 2015. • Will again be among the candidates to compete for the starting placekicking and kickoff assignment for 2016. • Turned down a soccer scholarship after a decorated scholastic career at Central Dauphin High School to run-on as a kicker for Penn State. • One of 10 returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania.

FGM-A

% 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ LG XP PTS

2015 10-12 83.3 0-0 5-5 3-3 2-4 0-0 40 20-24 50 Career 10-12 83.3 0-0 5-5 3-3 2-4 0-0 40 20-24 50

JULIUS’ KICKOFF STATISTICS

No. Yds. Avg. TB OB

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53 3,284 61.9

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➤ JULIUS’ CAREER HIGHS Points Scored.........................................................................................13 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 PATs Made...............................................................4 - Three times; most recent: vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Field Goals Made......................................................................................3 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Field Goals Attempted............................................. 3 - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15; vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Longest Field Goal.................................. 40 yards - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15; vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Tackles...................................................................... 1 - at Ohio State, 10/17/15; vs. Michigan, 11/21/15

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Awards: Selected to the BTN.com All-Freshman Team. Season: Appeared in 11 games...Led the Big Ten and was 21st nationally with an .833 field goal percentage...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action...Converted his first career field goal and extra point at Temple. at Temple (9/5): Connected on his first career field goal attempt, a 34-yarder on Penn State’s opening drive of the game...Converted his only extra point attempt...Averaged 65.0 yards on three kickoffs with one touchback. Buffalo (9/12): Connected on two-of-three field goals and converted all three extra points...Made field goals of 22 and 21 yards...Averaged 63.8 yards on six kickoffs. Rutgers (9/19): Converted all four extra point attempts...Averaged 63.6 yards per kickoff with four touchbacks. San Diego State (9/26): Connected on three-of-four field goals and all four extra points...Made a career-long 40 yarder in the first quarter...Knocked through a 24-yarder in the second quarter and a 26-yarder in the fourth quarter...Had a field goal blocked for the first time in his career, a 55-yard attempt...Averaged 64.1 yards on eight kickoffs with five touchbacks. Army (10/3): Was successful on both field goal attempts (37 and 27 yards) and both extra point tries...Averaged 64.0 yards on four kickoffs with one touchback. Indiana (10/10): Averaged 64.5 yards on six kickoffs. at Ohio State (10/17): Connected on his lone field goal attempt – a 33-yarder to open the scoring... Also made his lone extra point attempt...Recorded his first career tackle. vs. Maryland (10/24): Was one-for-two on field goal attempts and made all four extra point tries...Connected from 40 yards in the second quarter to equal his season-long kick...Also kicked off six times for an average of 62.7 yards with one touchback. Illinois (10/31): Averaged 61.3 yards on three kickoffs. Michigan (11/21): Averaged 58.6 yards per kick on five kickoffs...Made one tackle on a kickoff return. vs. Georgia (1/2): Averaged 47.2 yards on four kickoffs. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Lettered four times at Lower Dauphin High School as a kicker and punter under head coach Rob Klock... Two-time all-state selection as a kicker...Finished career 32-of-49 on field goal attempts...Of his 187 kickoffs, 141 went for touchbacks...Named to the USA Today All-Pennsylvania Team...Participated in the 2014 Big 33 Classic...Tallied a career-long 54-yard field goal for Lower Dauphin...Highly-touted soccer player in high school...Played Academy Soccer (traveling league) for four years...Ran track for one season. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Joseph Thomas Julius...Son of Lawrence and Patricia Julius...Has two sisters, Madison and Abby...Father played for the Harrisburg Heat indoor soccer club...Sister, Madison, played field hockey at Wake Forest...First cousin, Cody Webster, was the Big Ten Punter of the Year in 2013 at Purdue... Hobbies include soccer, golf and basketball...Majoring in telecommunications...Born March 26, 1995 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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LADONIS

6-2 ➤ 236 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Long Snapper ➤ Nescopeck, Pa. • Was a Penn State student with his football career in the rear view mirror until participating in a runon tryout in September 2013, less than three weeks later he was snapping on punts in the Big Tenopener at Indiana. • Should push returning starting long snapper Tyler Yazujian for time on special teams. • Earned a 3.48 grade-point average during the 2016 spring semester and owns a 3.56 cumulative GPA. • Is among 10 returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Missed the season due to injury. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Joined the team after taking part in run-on tryouts on September 18...Made his collegiate debut two weeks later at Indiana...Was one of 12 true freshmen to see game action...Handled the punt snapping duties against the Hoosiers in the Big Ten-opener, vs. Michigan, at Ohio State, vs. Illinois and vs. Nebraska. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A two-year letterman for head coach George Curry at Berwick Senior High School...Served as the team’s kick snapper and saw time at tight end...Was selected to play in the UNICO Senior All-Star Game...Also lettered in basketball. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Zachary Tyler Ladonis...Son of David Ladonis and Carla Everett-Ladonis...Has an older brother, Alec, and a younger brother, Josh...Brother, Alec, played tight end at Alfred University from 2011-13...Mother and an aunt attended Penn State...Plans to major in aerospace engineering...Born August 31, 1994 in Berwick, Pennsylvania.


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MAHON

WENDY

6-2 ➤ 294 ➤ Gr./Sr. Eligible Center/Guard ➤ Hamilton, N.J.

BRENDAN 6-4 ➤ 315 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Guard/Center ➤ Randolph, N.J.

• Enters the 2016 season as an experienced player at all three interior positions on the offensive line. • Versatile athlete with good speed and quickness for a player his size, who has appeared in 22 games and has started eight contests. • Played in 10 games and started five contests during the 2015 season. • Will again be firmly in the mix for significant playing time on the offensive line when the season commences in September with continued progress. • Graduated in May with his degree in economics and is one of six Nittany Lions to have their degree. • Is one of 16 returning Nittany Lions hailing from New Jersey.

• Has started 20 games during the past two seasons at guard and will again be an anchor for the Nittany Lion offense at the guard position. • Appeared in 25 of the team’s 26 games in 2014 and 2015 with the vast majority of his time on the game field at the left guard position. • Trimmed off nearly 10 pounds of body mass from his frame since July 2015 to increase his size and quickness on the field. • Primed to be a leader of the offensive line unit in 2016. • Is one of 16 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.

➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON

➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

Season: Appeared in 10 games with five starts...Made his season debut vs. Rutgers...Started his first game of the season vs. Indiana (10/10). Indiana (10/10): Protected Christian Hackenberg during his 17th career 200-yard passing game (262 yards), which allowed him to become the second quarterback in Penn State history to amass 7,000 yards passing in a career...Helped Penn State control the ball for 35:35, its most in a Big Ten game since having 36:29 against Purdue in 2013. at Ohio State (10/17): Helped pave the way for Saquon Barkley’s 194 yards rushing, the third-highest total by a true freshman...Protected Christian Hackenberg who threw for 120 yards and one touchdown. vs. Maryland (10/24): Protected Christian Hackenberg to the tune of 315 yards and three touchdown passes...Helped the offense pile up 363 yards of total offense...The offense posted nine pass plays of 20-plus yards, including all three touchdown passes. Illinois (10/31): Started on the offensive line that helped Christian Hackenberg throw for 266 yards and break a tie with Matt McGloin for the most 200yard passing games in school history with his 19th career 200-yard passing effort. at Northwestern (11/7): Blocked for 100-yard rusher Saquon Barkley and 200-yard passer Christian Hackenberg...The 205 yards passing by Hackenberg extended his school record to 20 such contests. Michigan (11/21): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw his school-record-tying 46th career touchdown pass... Blocked for Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 68 yards, including a career-long-tying 56-yard scamper.

Season: Appeared in 13 games with 11 starts...Started games at left guard and right tackle. at Temple (9/5): Helped Akeel Lynch run for 78 yards and one touchdown. Buffalo (9/12): Aided Penn State in piling up 200 yards rushing...Was a part of an offensive line that did not allow a sack for the first time since the 2013 season finale victory at Wisconsin. Rutgers (9/19): Paved the way for a pair of 100-yard rushers: Saquon Barkley (195 yards) and Akeel Lynch (120)...Helped Barkley and Lynch become first Penn State tandem to rush for 100-yard since Lynch (108) and Bill Belton (108) passed the century mark against Eastern Michigan...Helped the backfield collect a pair of 100-yard rushers in a Big Ten game for the first time since 2010 (Northwestern) when Evan Royster (134) and Silas Redd (131) topped the mark...The 330 yards rushing by Penn State were the most since the Nittany Lions ran for 338 at Illinois in 2009...The Nittany Lions rushed for 200 or more yards in consecutive games for the first time since 2009 at Illinois (338) and vs. Eastern Illinois (285)...The 471 yards of total offense were the most since Penn State had 511 in 2014 against UCF in the Croke Park Classic. San Diego State (9/26): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Indiana (10/10): Protected Christian Hackenberg during his 17th career 200-yard passing game (262 yards), which allowed him to become the second quarterback in Penn State history to amass 7,000 yards passing in a career... Helped Penn State control the ball for 35:35, its most in a Big Ten game since having 36:29 against Purdue in 2013. at Ohio State (10/17): Helped pave the way for Saquon Barkley’s 194 yards rushing, the third-highest total by a true freshman...Protected Christian Hackenberg who threw for 120 yards and one touchdown. vs. Maryland (10/24): Entered as the full-time right tackle after an injury in the second half...Protected Christian Hackenberg to the tune of 315 yards and three touchdown passes... Helped the offense pile up 363 yards of total offense...The offense posted nine pass plays of 20-plus yards, including all three touchdown passes. Illinois (10/31): Started on the offensive line that helped Christian Hackenberg throw for 266 yards and break a tie with Matt McGloin for the most 200-yard passing games in school history with his 19th career 200-yard passing effort. at Northwestern (11/7): Blocked for 100-yard rusher Saquon Barkley and 200-yard passer Christian Hackenberg...The 205 yards passing by Hackenberg extended his school record to 20 such contests. Michigan (11/21): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw his school-record-tying 46th career touchdown pass... Blocked for Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 68 yards, including a career-long-tying 56-yard scamper. at Michigan State (11/28): Blocked for Saquon Barkley’s fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season... Barkley broke the Penn State freshman season rushing record and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season...Protected Christian Hackenberg for his school-record extending 21st career 200-yard passing effort...Hackenberg also tossed two touchdown passes to take over the top spot on PSU’s career passing touchdowns list with his 47th and 48th career scoring strikes, breaking a tie with Matt McGloin (46, 2009-12).

➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in seven games, making three starts at center in 2014...Made appearances in the victories over UCF and Massachusetts and saw time against Northwestern. Ohio State (10/25): Earned playing time at center and blocked for Christian Hackenberg, who completed 31 passes for 224 yards, as the Nittany Lions took the Buckeyes to double-overtime. Maryland (11/1): Made his first career start and helped the Nittany Lions to five scoring drives. at Indiana (11/8): Started at center and opened up holes for Bill Belton’s 137-yard rushing effort...Helped open the running lane up the middle on Belton’s 92yard touchdown run, the longest rushing touchdown in school history by one player, which helped Belton register Penn State’s first 100-yard rushing effort of the season. Temple (11/15): Started at center as Penn State rushed for a season-high 254 yards, including 130 yards from Akeel Lynch and 92 yards from Belton. ➤ 2013 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Saw action in five games...Played against Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin...Helped pave the way for three 200-yard rushing games for the Nittany Lions, including a season-best 289 yards in the victory over Purdue...Played an instrumental role on the scout team offense. ➤ 2012 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Earned first-team all-area and first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League his senior year at The Hun School...Helped lead the Raiders to the Mid-Atlantic Prep League title during his senior season...A threeyear letterman, selected as team captain his senior season...Ranked by Scout.com among the nation's Top 20 centers as a senior. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Wendy Ricardo Laurent...Son of Millery and Mada Laurent...Has an older brother, Mikerson, who was a guard on the Bentley University basketball team from 2009-13...Graduated in May with a degree in economics...Working on a second degree in labor and employment relations...Born September 9, 1994 in Haiti.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Season: Appeared in 12 games and made his first nine career starts at left guard in 2014...Was instrumental in protecting quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the passing game and blocking for the trio of successful running backs: Bill Belton, Akeel Lynch and Zach Zwinak...Helped Hackenberg amass 2,977 yards and 12 touchdowns, including six 200-yard passing games. UCF (8/30): Made his first career start in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland...Helped the Nittany Lions register 511 yards of total offense, including a school-record 454 yards passing by Hackenberg. Akron (9/6): Helped the Nittany Lions total 425 yards of total offense, including 319 yards passing by Hackenberg, who broke the school record with 773 yards passing in consecutive games. at Rutgers (9/13): Protected Hackenberg, allowing him to throw for 309 yards in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. Northwestern (9/27): Part of the O-Line unit that helped Hackenberg log his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season, as he threw for 216 yards. at Michigan (10/11): Made his sixth career start. Ohio State (10/25): Earned the start...Blocked for Hackenberg, who completed 31 passes for 224 yards, helping the Nittany Lions take the No. 13 Buckeyes to double-overtime. Maryland (11/1): Helped the Nittany Lions to five scoring drives in a start against Maryland. at Indiana (11/8): Suited up and made the start at left guard... Opened up holes for Belton’s 137-yard rushing effort, including opening the running lane up the middle on Belton’s 92-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing touchdown in school history by one player. Temple (11/15): Helped Penn State rush for a season-high 254 yards, including 130 yards from Lynch and 92 yards from Belton. Michigan State (11/29): Saw time on the offensive line. Boston College (12/27): Helped the Nittany Lions to a thrilling 31-30 overtime victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.

Played at Annapolis Area Christian School for head coach Kenny Lucas...Earned first-team all-state honors and was runner-up for Offensive Player of the Year accolades...Invited to the Maryland Crab Bowl and Chesapeake Bowl...First-team all-conference in the MIAA...As a senior, led the Eagles to a 10-2 record while rushing for 1,863 yards on 166 carries (12.2 avg.) and 27 touchdowns...Compiled 2,227 all-purpose yards...Also ran track while he was at DeMatha High School and won the WCAC 100-meter dash with a time of 10.81. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Joshua David James McPhearson...Son of Gerrick and Kim McPhearson...Has six brothers, Gerrick, Derrick, Emmanuel, Jeremiah, Matthew and Zechariah, and a sister, Kimberly...Father, Gerrick Sr., played defensive back at Boston College and went on to play for the New England Patriots...Brother, Zech, is a member of the Penn State football team...Brother, Gerrick Jr., played football at Maryland and was selected by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft...Brother, Derrick, played football at Illinois and played minor league baseball in the Brewers organization...Brother, Emmanuel, played football at New Mexico...Brother, Jeremiah, played football at Indiana (Pa.)...Brother, Matthew, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft...Enjoys reading...Plans to major in telecommunications and broadcast journalism...Born April 27, 1994 in Columbia, Maryland.

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TRACE

McSORLEY

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Cornerstone of the offensive line for coach Joe Lusardi at Randolph High School...A two-time all-state selection, while also earning all-metro, all-county and All-Northwest Jersey Conference accolades as a junior and senior...As a sophomore, helped the Rams to the Group 4 State Championship...Team captain for the East squad in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Game, where he roomed with future Nittany Lion teammate Garrett Sickels...Ranked a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com and was a member of the ESPN300...Consensus Top 20 offensive line recruit and was rated the No. 4 overall recruit in New Jersey by Rivals.com...Tabbed the top offensive lineman in the state by The Newark StarLedger following the 2012 season. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Robert Brendan Mahon...Son of Robert and Jeni Mahon...Has two older sisters, Ashley and Chelsea...Enjoys hunting and fishing...Majoring in landscape contracting and wants to have his own business upon graduation...Born January 17, 1995 in Livingston, New Jersey.

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McPHEARSON 5-10 ➤ 197 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible

Wide Receiver ��� Columbia, Md. • Will look to provide depth at the receiver position and on special teams in the fall after redshirting in 2015. • Spent the summer interning with television station WPSU. • Has seven siblings, including brother, Zech, who joined the Penn State roster as a true freshman in 2016. • Is one of six returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Sat out the 2015 season due to transfer rules. ➤ 2013 ➤ NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE Played in 11 games as a running back at Nassau Community College in 2013...Ran the ball 65 times for 487 yards and four touchdowns.

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6-0 ➤ 201 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Quarterback ➤ Ashburn, Va. • Heads into the 2016 season as the team’s most experienced player at the quarterback position following two seasons as a backup. • Gifted athlete with quick feet and good arm strength, he made significant strides adapting to the new offensive scheme under the direction of coordinator Joe Moorhead. • Played in seven games last season, including significant time in the TaxSlayer Bowl. • Went 14-of-27 passing for 142 yards and threw two touchdowns in the bowl en route to being selected as the team’s MVP for the game. • Named Academic All-Big Ten in 2015 and owns a 3.31 cumulative GPA following the spring semester. • Led Briar Woods High School to four-straight State Championship games, winning three of them. He was high school teammates with Nittany Lion wideout Brandon Polk. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in seven games...Made his collegiate debut vs. Rutgers...Threw his first career touchdown pass to Geno Lewis in the TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Georgia (1/2)...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. Indiana (10/10): Attempted his first career pass – a 4-yard completion to Gregg Garrity... Rushed once for a 5-yard gain. vs. Maryland (10/24): Played one snap. Illinois (10/31): Threw three passes (0-for-3) and ran the ball three times for 15 yards. Michigan (11/21): Attempted one pass. at Michigan State (11/28): Completed 5-of-8 passes for 39 yards. vs. Georgia (1/2): Saw his first career extended action after Christian Hackenberg left the game in the second quarter due to injury... Completed 14-of-27 passes for 142 yards and two touchdown passes...Connected with Geno Lewis on a 17-yard touchdown pass for his first career scoring strike...Hooked up with DaeSean Hamilton for a 20yard touchdown pass...Found Chris Godwin on a 21-yard completion, for his longest completion of the season...Ran for 31 yards on seven carries...Selected as Penn State’s TaxSlayer Bowl MVP. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.


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➤ HIGH SCHOOL A rare four-year starter at quarterback, helped coach Charlie Pierce’s Briar Woods High School team to four Virginia State Championship games, winning three times...Led the Falcons to a 55-5 record, amassing more than 12,000 yards of total offense and 150 career touchdowns...Made nearly 100 tackles and eight interceptions during his junior and senior seasons...Served as a team captain as a junior and senior... Owns almost all of his school’s passing records and grabbed nine career interceptions...As a senior, named Virginia Class 5A first-team all-state, All-Northern Region and All-Potomac District at quarterback and defensive back...Named the Northern Virginia Region and Potomac District Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 3,252 yards and 36 scores and adding 892 rushing yards and 13 TDs...Selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl after his senior season...Junior season featured a 15-0 record, a third consecutive state title and the Virginia Division 4 Class 5A Player of the Year honor...Threw for 2,605 yards and 33 touchdowns and ran for 745 yards and nine scores as a junior...Other honors in his junior season included first-team and Region II Player of the Year, first-team All-Dulles District at quarterback and second-team all-district at defensive back...Sophomore season was capped by a state title (14-1), 2,064 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 264 rushing yards and 10 rushing TDs...As a freshman, guided the Falcons to a 13-2 record and a state title...He threw for 2,201 yards with 19 scores and ran for 165 yards and six scores...Played with current Nittany Lion wideout Brandon Polk at Briar Woods...Rated a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services...Was a Top 25 recruit out of the state of Virginia according to ESPN. com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...Lettered in basketball and lacrosse.

Full name is Richard Thomas McSorley III...Son of Rick and Andrea McSorley...Has one younger sister, Micaela...Father played football at the University of Richmond and an uncle, Jeff McSorley, played football at Marshall University...Enjoys playing organized and pick-up sports and video games... Majoring in accounting...Born August 23, 1995 in Centreville, Virginia.

McSORLEY’S PASSING STATISTICS 2015

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% TD-INT YPG LG

20-40 185 50.0 2-0 26.4 21

Career 20-40 185 50.0 2-0 26.4 21

McSORLEY’S RECEIVING STATISTICS 2015

MILLER

6-2 ➤ 205 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Safety ➤ Suffield, Conn. • Among the candidates to vie for time at safety with the graduation of Jordan Lucas after spending last season as a member of the scout team. • Earned his black belt in karate when he was five years old. • Has made significant gains in the weight room since joining the program, gaining more than 10 pounds of muscle. • One of two returning Nittany Lions from Connecticut, joining fellow safety Malik Golden. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ PERSONAL

JARVIS

Attempts Yards Avg.

Played at Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby High School for head coach Jason Qua...Earned first-team All-Hartford Courant as a senior after recording 81 tackles and six interceptions on defense and rushing for 1,714 yards and 21 touchdowns on offense...Totaled 161 tackles and seven interceptions as a defensive back and over 3,300 yards of total offense and 38 touchdowns as a running back during his scholastic career...Ranked as a three-star prospect and Top 6 prospect in the state of Connecticut by all four major recruiting services: 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as the third-best player in the state by 247Sports.com...Finished third at the Nike SPARQ Combine in New Jersey in February 2013. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jarvis Kamran Miller...Son of Marvin and JoAnn Miller...Has one sister, Andrea...Hobbies include karate...Earned a black belt in karate at five years old...Intends to major in criminal justice...Born July 29, 1997 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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6-5 ➤ 250 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible

Pass Completions................................................................................................. 14 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Pass Attempts...................................................................................................... 31 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Passing Yards...................................................................................................... 142 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Passing Touchdowns.............................................................................................. 2 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Long Pass.................................................................................................... 21 yards - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Rush Attempts....................................................................................................... 7 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Rush Yards............................................................................................................ 31 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Long Rush................................................................................................... 14 yards - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Total Offense Yards............................................................................................. 173 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 All-Purpose Yards................................................................................................. 31 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16

Defensive End ➤ Philadelphia, Pa. • Will contend for playing time at defensive end with the graduation of All-American Carl Nassib after spending his redshirt season on the scout team. • Used his redshirt freshman year to bulk up in the weight room, adding nearly 10 pounds of muscle while losing nearly five pounds of fat since June 2015. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania and one of 10 returnees from the Philadelphia area. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played his final prep year at George Washington High School for head coach Ronald Cohen...Earned Philadelphia Inquirer first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania after helping George Washington to a 4-2 record in the Philadelphia Public League AAAA...Also earned first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a junior at Frankford High School...Selected to play in the 2015 Big 33 Classic...Rated as a three-star prospect and a Top 15 player in the state by all four major recruiting services: 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked a Top 50 defensive end by 247Sports.com, ESPN and Rivals.com. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Shareef Abdul Miller...Son of Tekeya Cook...Has five siblings: Najier, Destiny, Sharde, Tayda and Jaydua...Intends to major in business to pursue a career in sports management...Born March 14, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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MONK

6-1 ➤ 272 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Defensive Tackle ➤ Dallas, Pa. • Will be among the candidates to vie for playing time at defensive tackle with the graduation of Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney, who all moved on to the NFL. • Was a mutli-sport athlete in high school, earning letters in football and wrestling. • Collected 140 wins, two district championships and a regional championship as a wrestler in the 285-pound weight class at Dallas High School. • Among the team leaders in the bench press during winter conditioning, maxing out at 400 pounds, which was tied for fifth on the team. • Part of an athletic family with grandfather (wrestling at Penn State), mother (field hockey at Misercordia), brother (football at Lock Haven) and aunt (basketball at Pitt) playing collegiate sports. • One of three returning Nittany Lions from Northeast Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

Played at St. John’s College Prep for head coach Joe Patterson...Led St. John’s College Prep to a 6-4 mark in the competitive Washington Catholic athletic Conference (WCAC)...Earned first-team All-WCAC and All-Metro honorable-mention honors...Participated in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl... Recorded five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and an interception as a senior...Also blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown in 2014...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services: 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as a Top 6 player in Washington, D.C., by 247Sports.com, ESPN and Rivals.com...Rated the 21st-best safety by 247Sports.com, 40th at safety by ESPN and 55th at the position by Rivals.com. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Ayron Keith Monroe...Son of Andre and Emilie Monroe...Has two brothers, Andre Jr. and Avery...Father played football at Virginia State University...Brother, Andre Jr., played football at Maryland (2010-14)...Andre Jr. was a freshman All-American in 2011 and ranked second in the Big Ten in sacks as senior in 2014...Undecided on his major...Born March 22, 1997 in Washington, D.C.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Bob Zarula at Dallas High School...Was a two-time team captain... Earned honorable-mention all-state AAA honors as a senior...Was a three-time All-Wyoming Valley Conference selection...Claimed WVC Big School Defensive MVP as a senior...Two-time first-team alldistrict in junior and senior years...As a senior, had 60 tackles, 7.0 sacks, 11.0 tackles for loss, three blocked field goals and a forced fumble...Recorded 45 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 11.0 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a blocked punt as a junior...Had 42 tackles, 4.0 sacks, 9.0 TFLs, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery during his sophomore season...Played on the offensive line as a freshman, helping a rushing attack that averaged 10.2 yards per carry...Helped the Mountaineers to a 10-2 record and a WVC Championship as a freshman...Earned four letters as a wrestler in the 285-pound weight class... Was 140-34 during his wrestling career, including two WVC championships (2014, 2015), two district titles (2014, 2015), a regional championship (2015), a PIAA AAA third-place finish (2015) and a PIAA AAA sixth-place finish (2014). ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Ryan Daniel Monk...Son of Holly and Dan Monk...Has two brothers, Robert and Jim... Grandfather, Francis Fry, wrestled at Penn State (1947-48)...Mother played field hockey at Misercordia (1980-81)...Brother, Robert, played football at Lock Haven (2008-09)...Aunt, Robin Cumming, played basketball at Pitt (1975-79)...Enjoys fishing and spending time with family and friends...Majoring in education with plans to become a high school history teacher and football coach...Born October 3, 1996 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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MONROE

5-11 ➤ 204 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Safety ➤ Largo, Md. • Among the candidates to vie for time at safety with the graduation of Jordan Lucas after spending last season as a member of the scout team. • Tested well during winter conditioning, posting the second-best vertical jump (36.5"), fourth-best time in the 40-yard dash (4.07) and seventh-best time in the pro-agility (4.45). • Comes from a football family as his father played at Virginia State and his brother, Andre, played at Maryland, where he was second in the Big Ten in sacks as a senior. • One of six returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

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Tackle ➤ Hershey, Pa. • Returns to the starting lineup as an anchor for the Penn State offensive line. • Started eight games in 2015 (missed four due to injury) and all 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014. • The consistent performer put together a strong offseason and will again be a staple at the tackle position for the Nittany Lion offense when it takes the field in September. • Returns as the most experienced tackle for the second-straight season. • Standout worker in the weight room, he has added nearly 10 pounds to his frame since the 2015 season ended. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is one of 10 returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career. Season: Appeared in nine games with eight starts, missing four games due to injury...Started games at left and right tackle. at Temple (9/5): Helped Akeel Lynch run for 78 yards and one touchdown. Buffalo (9/12): Started at left tackle. Indiana (10/10): Returned to the lineup after missing three games...Started at right tackle...Protected Christian Hackenberg during his 17th career 200-yard passing game (262 yards), which allowed him to become the second quarterback in Penn State history to amass 7,000 yards passing in a career...Helped Penn State control the ball for 35:35, its most in a Big Ten game since having 36:29 against Purdue in 2013. at Ohio State (10/17): Helped pave the way for Saquon Barkley’s 194 yards rushing, the third-highest total by a true freshman...Protected Christian Hackenberg who threw for 120 yards and one touchdown. vs. Maryland (10/24): Protected Christian Hackenberg to the tune of 315 yards and three touchdown passes...Helped the offense pile up 363 yards of total offense...The offense posted nine pass plays of 20-plus yards, including all three touchdown passes. Michigan (11/21): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw his school-record-tying 46th career touchdown pass...Blocked for Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 68 yards, including a careerlong-tying 56-yard scamper. at Michigan State (11/28): Blocked for Saquon Barkley’s fifth 100yard rushing effort of the season...Barkley broke the Penn State freshman season rushing record and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season...Protected Christian Hackenberg for his school-record extending 21st career 200-yard passing effort...Hackenberg also tossed two touchdown passes to take over the top spot on PSU’s career passing touchdowns list with his 47th and 48th career scoring strikes, breaking a tie with Matt McGloin (46, 2009-12).


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➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named second-team Freshman All-America by Athlon Sports and Scout.com, and honorablemention Freshman All-America by College Football News...Big Ten All-Freshman Team selection by BTN. com, ESPN.com and 247sports.com...Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the first time. Season: Started all 13 games during his first season on the field, including 11 starts at right tackle and two starts at left tackle...Instrumental in protecting quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the passing game and blocking for the trio of successful running backs: Bill Belton, Akeel Lynch and Zach Zwinak... Helped Hackenberg amass 2,977 yards and 12 touchdowns, including six 200-yard passing games. UCF (8/30): Made his first career start in his first career game in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland... Helped the Nittany Lions gain 511 yards of total offense, including a school-record 454 yards passing by Hackenberg. Akron (9/6): Helped the Nittany Lions total 425 yards of total offense, including 319 yards passing by Hackenberg, who broke the school record with 773 yards passing in consecutive games. at Rutgers (9/13): Protected Hackenberg, which allowed him to throw for 309 yards in the 13-10 comefrom-behind win. Northwestern (9/27): Part of the O-Line unit that helped Hackenberg log his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season as he threw for 216 yards. at Michigan (10/11): Started at right tackle at Michigan. Ohio State (10/25): Blocked for Hackenberg, who completed 31 passes for 224 yards, helping the Nittany Lions take the No. 13 Buckeyes to double-overtime. Maryland (11/1): Made the start at left tackle...Paced the Nittany Lions to five scoring drives. at Indiana (11/8): Made the start at left tackle...Opened holes for Belton’s 137-yard rushing effort, including a 92-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing touchdown in school history by one player. Temple (11/15): Returned to his right tackle spot...Helped Penn State rush for a season-high 254 yards, including 130 yards from Lynch and 92 yards from Belton. at Illinois (11/22): Led the way for Lynch, helping him gain a career-best 137 rushing yards, including a rushing score. Michigan State (11/29): Started at right tackle. Boston College (12/27): Helped Penn State’s offense gain 453 total yards in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, including a school bowl record 371 yards through the air...Instrumental in helping Hackenberg break or tie nine Penn State bowl records with his 34-of-50, 371-yard, four-touchdown and zero-interception performance. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman at Hershey High School, playing for head coach Mark Painter...A third-team allstate selection during his senior season...Was invited to play in the Big 33 Classic and the Chesapeake Bowl...Was a Top 30 prospect on the offensive line and was rated a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and earned a three-star ranking from Rivals.com and Scout.com...Lettered in track and field, wrestling and volleyball. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is David Andrew Nelson...Son of Dave and Dawn Nelson...Has two sisters, Kate and Brooke... Five of his family members have attended Penn State, including his father and his sister, Brooke...Enjoys hunting and fishing...Majoring in kinesiology to pursue a career as a physical therapist...Born January 5, 1995 in Baltimore, Maryland.

AMANI

ORUWARIYE

6-1 ➤ 206 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Cornerback ➤ Tampa, Fla. • Continued to make good strides in the weight room and on the field as a redshirt freshman, providing depth in a young and talented secondary. • Saw time at cornerback and on special teams in his redshirt freshman season, playing in all 13 games. • Expected to vie for time in the secondary as his length makes him a tough matchup on the outside. • Had a successful season in the weight room, adding nearly six pound of muscle to his frame. • One of two returning Nittany Lions from the state of Florida, joining long snapper Nick Cox. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded his first career tackle on kickoff coverage to start the third quarter. Army (10/3): Made two tackles. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made one tackle. Illinois (10/31): Made one tackle...Had one pass breakup. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman at Gaither High School for head coach Jason Stokes...Named team MVP from his defensive back position as a senior...Recorded 47 tackles, two tackles for loss, four interceptions and nine pass breakups as a senior to earn first-team all-district honors...Was invited to play in the Hillsborough County All-Star Game following his senior season...On special teams, blocked four kicks during his senior season...As a junior, totaled 43 tackles, three interceptions and three blocked kicks...Helped the Cowboys win the 2012 Class 7-A District Championship...Made 31 stops with five interceptions as a sophomore... Helped lead Gaither to a pair of playoff wins as a sophomore...Rated a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services...Ranked as a Top 100 recruit in Florida by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Amani Horatio Oruwariye...Son of Alfred and Karen Oruwariye...Has two older brothers, Alfred and Aaron...Enjoys tubing, playing video games and spending time with family and friends... Majoring in telecommunications...Born February 9, 1996 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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➤ ORUWARIYE’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles..................................................................................................................... 2 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Pass Breakups...................................................................................................... 1 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15

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PALMER

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Paris Anthony Palmer Jr....Son of Paris Palmer Sr. and Rhonda Rodriguez...Has one older sister, Taquana Simmons...Slated to graduate in December with a degree in telecommunications...Born December 14, 1992 in Mount Vernon, New York.

6-7 ➤ 304 ➤ Sr./Sr. Eligible Tackle ➤ Plymouth, N.C. • Was one of the team’s most improved players from the start of training camp in 2015 to the beginning of spring drills in 2016. • Appeared in 13 games in his first season at Penn State and made 11 starts at tackle after transferring from Lackawanna College. • Transformed his body since he arrived on campus in January 2015, shaving off more than 12 pounds of fat and increasing his overall core strength. • On track to graduate in December with a degree in telecommunications. • Spent the summer interning with television station WPSU. • Joins redshirt sophomore DeAndre Thompkins as the lone Nittany Lions hailing from North Carolina. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games with 11 starts...Started his first career game in the season opener at Temple. at Temple (9/5): Helped Akeel Lynch run for 78 yards and one touchdown. Buffalo (9/12): Started the second half and helped Penn State to 17 points...Aided the Nittany Lions in gaining 202 yards on 31 plays (6.5 avg.) in the second half. Rutgers (9/19): Paved the way for a pair of 100-yard rushers: Saquon Barkley (195 yards) and Akeel Lynch (120)...Helped Barkley and Lynch become first Penn State tandem to rush for 100-yard since Lynch (108) and Bill Belton (108) passed the century mark against Eastern Michigan...Helped the backfield collect a pair of 100-yard rushers in a Big Ten game for the first time since 2010 (Northwestern) when Evan Royster (134) and Silas Redd (131) topped the mark...The 330 yards rushing by Penn State were the most since the Nittany Lions ran for 338 at Illinois in 2009...The Nittany Lions rushed for 200 or more yards in consecutive games for the first time since 2009 at Illinois (338) and vs. Eastern Illinois (285)...The 471 yards of total offense were the most since Penn State had 511 in 2014 against UCF in the Croke Park Classic. San Diego State (9/26): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Indiana (10/10): Protected Christian Hackenberg during his 17th career 200-yard passing game (262 yards), which allowed him to become the second quarterback in Penn State history to amass 7,000 yards passing in a career...Helped Penn State control the ball for 35:35, its most in a Big Ten game since having 36:29 against Purdue in 2013. at Ohio State (10/17): Helped pave the way for Saquon Barkley’s 194 yards rushing, the third-highest total by a true freshman...Protected Christian Hackenberg who threw for 120 yards and one touchdown. vs. Maryland (10/24): Protected Christian Hackenberg to the tune of 315 yards and three touchdown passes...Helped the offense pile up 363 yards of total offense...The offense posted nine pass plays of 20-plus yards, including all three touchdown passes. Illinois (10/31): Started on the offensive line that helped Christian Hackenberg throw for 266 yards and break a tie with Matt McGloin for the most 200yard passing games in school history with his 19th career 200-yard passing effort. at Northwestern (11/7): Blocked for 100-yard rusher Saquon Barkley and 200-yard passer Christian Hackenberg...The 205 yards passing by Hackenberg extended his school record to 20 such contests. Michigan (11/21): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw his school-record-tying 46th career touchdown pass... Blocked for Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 68 yards, including a career-long-tying 56-yard scamper. at Michigan State (11/28): Blocked for Saquon Barkley’s fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season... Barkley broke the Penn State freshman season rushing record and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season...Protected Christian Hackenberg for his school-record extending 21st career 200-yard passing effort...Hackenberg also tossed two touchdown passes to take over the top spot on PSU’s career passing touchdowns list with his 47th and 48th career scoring strikes, breaking a tie with Matt McGloin (46, 2009-12). ➤ 2014 ➤ LACKAWANNA COLLEGE Played left tackle at Lackawana College for head coach Mark Duda...Ranked as the nation’s No. 9 overall junior college prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...Rated as the top junior college offensive tackle recruit in the nation by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com tabbed Palmer as the top offensive lineman among JUCO players...Ranked as a four-star recruit by all four major recruiting services... Top-ranked junior college player in Pennsylvania, Scout.com rated him as the nation’s third-best JUCO offensive lineman and ESPN ranked him as the 25th overall recruit in its Junior College Top 50...One of eight Falcons that signed with FBS programs. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman at Plymouth High School in North Carolina...Named team captain as a senior... Helped lead the Vikings to a pair of Four Rivers Conference titles under head coach Robert Cody...Earned all-state honors in 2011 after helping lead Plymouth to a 14-2 record...Played in the North Carolina Shrine Bowl in 2012.

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PANCOAST

6-3 ➤ 231 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Tight End/H-Back ➤ West Chester, Pa. • • • • •

Enters 2016 looking to work into the tight end rotation for the Nittany Lions. Much improved player during spring practice. Made his collegiate debut for the Lions against Illinois in 2015. Has seven sisters, including two who ran track for Penn State. Is one of 13 returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania.

➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in one game...Made his collegiate debut vs. Illinois (10/31). ➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Made one catch for seven yards in the 2014 Blue-White game. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Was a three-year starter for coach Pat Clark’s Unionville High School squad, playing safety and quarterback during his career...Was a team captain as a senior...Named a three-time all-league honoree, earning first-team All-Ches-Mont League accolades at safety and quarterback as a senior, first-team honors at safety as a junior and honorable-mention recognition as a sophomore...Named the Ches-Mont League Player of the Year as a senior and first-team All-Southeast Pennsylvania at safety...Invited to play in the Valor Bowl after his senior season and earned MVP honors after leading the East squad to a 33-25 win...Lettered three times in basketball, twice in track and field and once in lacrosse at Unionville. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Thomas Matthew Pancoast Jr....Son of Tom and Susan Pancoast...Has seven sisters: Alex, April, Becky, Faith, Mattie, Samantha and Susie...Mother attended Penn State, as did Mattie and Susie, who competed in the throwing events for the Nittany Lion women’s track and field team...Majoring in economics...Born June 21, 1994 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.


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DANIEL

PASQUARIELLO 6-1 ➤ 197 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Daniel James Pasquariello...Son of Don and Tania Pasquariello...Has one younger brother, Marc...Enjoys music and playing the guitar...Scheduled to graduate in December with a degree in economics...Intends on pursuing a career in investment banking, finance or accounting...Born March 2, 1995 in Melbourne, Australia.

Punter ➤ Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

PASQUARIELLO’S CAREER STATISTICS

• Traveled more than 10,000 miles from his hometown in Australia to attend college at Penn State. • Firmly in the mix to contend for the starting assignment at punter for the third straight season. • Finished with a career-best 39.9-yard average on 58 punts in 2015, which included 12 downed inside the 20 and nine kicks of 50 or more yards. • Boasts a 3.53 cumulative GPA in finance following the spring semester. • On pace to graduate in December with a degree in economics. • Is the lone Nittany Lion with a hometown outside of the United States.

➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS

Punt Attempts................................................................ 9 - at Temple, 9/5/15; at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Punt Yards................................................................................................374 - at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Longest Punt................................................................................63 yards - vs. Michigan State, 11/29/14 Tackles..................................................................................................................... 1 - at Temple, 9/5/15

Ranks 12th on Penn State’s career punting list with a 38.7 career yards per punt average. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

Punts Yards Avg. I-20 FC 50+ LG BLK

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Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career. Season: Appeared in 11 games with nine starts at punter. at Temple (9/5): Tied his career high with nine punts (at Indiana, 2014)...Averaged 39.0 yards per punt...Hit a pair of 50-plus yard punts, including a 55-yarder on his first kick of the game...Placed three kicks inside the 20. Buffalo (9/12): Hit three punts for an average of 38.3 yards per punt...Hit a 55-yard punt on his first punt of the second quarter. Army (10/3): Hit a 35-yard punt in the fourth quarter, forcing Army to start their final drive of the game inside their 25-yard line. Indiana (10/10): Had seven punts for an average of 44.3 yards...Had three punts of 50-plus yards (54, 50, 51)...Had one punt inside the IU 10-yard line. at Ohio State (10/17): Hit three punts for an average of 35.3...Pinned Ohio State inside its own 5-yard line on his first punt of the game. vs. Maryland (10/24): Booted six punts for an average of 39.0 yards...Hit one 50-yard punt, a 55-yarder in the first quarter. Illinois (10/31): Averaged 41.0 yards on five punts...Had two punts downed inside the 20-yard line. at Northwestern (11/7): Averaged 41.6 yards on nine punts...Pinned the Wildcats inside their own 10-yard line once...Had a 60-yard punt in the first quarter. Michigan (11/21): Hit six punts for an average of 37.5 yards...Had one punt downed inside the Michigan 10yard line. at Michigan State (11/28): Booted three punts for an average of 46.7 yards...Had one punt downed at the Michigan State 5-yard line. vs. Georgia (1/2): Punted six times for an average of 36.5 yards per punt...Had two punts downed inside the UGA 15-yard line, including one that pinned the Bulldogs at their own five yard line. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: BTN.com, ESPN.com and 247sports.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Season: Appeared in nine games...Made his Penn State debut against Massachusetts...Was one of nine true freshmen to make their debut in 2014...Served as the starting punter in six games...Punted 47 times for a 37.3-yard average, with a long of 63 yards...Had 13 punts downed inside the 20. UMass (9/20): Made his collegiate debut against the Minutemen...Punted twice for a 43.5-yard average...Had a long punt of 45 yards...Had one punt downed inside the 20-yard line. Northwestern (9/27): Hit a 40-yarder on his only punt. Ohio State (10/25): Booted four punts for an average of 31.5 yards. Maryland (11/1): Made the first start of his career...Hit eight punts for an average of 36.8 yards... Posted a long kick of 47 yards. at Indiana (11/8): Booted a career-high nine punts for a 37.3 average... Had a long punt of 48 yards...Saw five punts downed inside the 20. Temple (11/15): Had two of his five punts downed inside the 20...Averaged 38.0 yards per punt to help Penn State become bowl eligible. at Illinois (11/22): Punted seven times for a 39.1-yard average...Hit his second 49-yard punt of the year... Also made the first tackle of his career. Michigan State (11/29): Hit five punts for a 40.0-yard average... Booted a career-long 63-yard punt, the longest by a Penn State punter since Alex Butterworth’s 66-yard boot against Michigan in 2013...Pinned three punts inside the 20. Boston College (12/27): Averaged 34.5 yards per kick on six punts in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium...Landed two punts inside the 20.

47 1,754 37.3 13 11 1 63 0 58 2,314 39.9 12 10 9 60 0 105 4,068 38.7 25 21 10 63 0

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PAYE

5-6 ➤ 168 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Running Back ➤ Orange, N.J. • Joined the Nittany Lions through the run-on tryouts in March 2016. • Interned with the Penn State Athletics video department. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Letterman at West Orange High School for head coach John Jacob...Was team captain as a senior... Named all-conference first team as a senior...Claimed team MVP accolades as a senior...Played in the Paul Robeson All-State Football Classic Game...Accounted for 19 rushing touchdowns and 22 scores overall as a senior...Averaged 150.9 rushing yards per game and 6.53 yards per carry...Registered 48.0 rushing yards per game with three rushing touchdowns as a junior. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Irvine B. Paye...Son of Maima and Demus Paye...Has two brothers, Archie and Nueman... Hobbies include watching movies, producing short films, writing poetry and creating designs... Anticipates majoring in business management with plans to own his own film production company... Born July 26, 1994 in Livingston, New Jersey.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Trained at Prokick Australia with Nathan Chapman and John Smith...Attended Xavier College, a private day and boarding school in Melbourne, Australia.

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JOHN

PETRISHEN

6-0 ➤ 209 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Safety ➤ Lower Burrell, Pa. • After spending his redshirt season contributing on the scout team, he will compete of time at safety with the graduation of Jordan Lucas. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, basketball and track & field. • One of seven returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman and one-year captain at Pittsburgh Central Catholic High School for head coach Terry Totten...Named first-team all-state (AAAA) by Pennsylvania Football News...Selected first-team All-WPIAL in 2014 after leading the Vikings to the WPIAL final...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fab 22 team honoree and MVP...Helped lead Vikings to a 26-3 record the last two seasons, including a WPIAL title and PIAA Class AAAA runner-up in 2013...Made 59 tackles and four interceptions as a defensive back and rushed for 381 yards in 2014...Recorded 59 hits and three interceptions as a junior...One of the top returners in WPIAL history, returned seven punts and a kickoff for touchdowns in his last two years of high school...Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as the second-best safety in Pennsylvania by Scout.com...Selected to play in the Big 33 Classic...Lettered three years in basketball and one year in track. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Johnny Nicholas Petrishen...Son of John and Jami Petrishen...Has one sister, Jordan...Greatgrandfather, Pop Ellwood, and great uncle, Bill Ellwood, played football at Penn State...Great uncle, Charlie Gondak, played football at William & Mary...Cousin, Philip Murphy, played football at Alabama... Plans to major in business...Born June 1, 1996 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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BRANDON

POLK

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games with three starts...Started his first career game in the season opener at Temple...Was one of seven freshmen (3 redshirt, 4 true) to start a game...Was one of five true freshmen to see action...With DeAndre Thompson scoring a rushing TD vs. Rutgers, the duo was the first Penn State wide receiver pair with rushing scores in the same season since 2008 when Derrick Williams and Chaz Powell both had rushing touchdowns...Was the first Penn State wide receiver to have rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same season since Derrick Williams had three rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns in the 2008 season. at Temple (9/5): Rushed for 50 yards on two carries...Caught one pass for no gain...Took the handoff on the jet sweep on Penn State’s first play from scrimmage and raced 33 yards down the right sideline...Had a 17-yard rush in the second quarter. Buffalo (9/12): Rushed three times for 45 yards and his first career touchdown...Took his first rush of the game 33 yards over the left side of the offensive line for a score...Also rushed for 20 yards on a third quarter carry...Teamed with Saquon Barkley to become the first true freshmen duo to score touchdowns in the same game since Justin King and Derrick Williams both had touchdown receptions in the 2005 at Northwestern. Rutgers (9/19): Rushed one time for six yards. San Diego State (9/26): Had one rush for a 1-yard gain. Army (10/3): Rushed one time for 14 yards. Indiana (10/10): Caught his first career touchdown pass, a 39-yard reception along the visiting sideline in the first quarter to open the scoring...Had two receptions for 45 yards...Returned one kickoff for 21 yards. at Ohio State (10/17): Caught one pass for four yards and rushed once for six yards...Returned four kickoffs for 79 yards (19.7 ypr), with a long of 30 yards. vs. Maryland (10/24): Rushed once for eight yards in a start. Illinois (10/31): Caught one pass for six yards...Rushed three times. Michigan (11/21): Had one rush for five yards. at Michigan State (11/28): Had one rush for 25 yards...His 25-yard rush came in the first quarter on Penn State’s first scoring drive. vs. Georgia (1/2): Returned three kickoffs for 69 yards, including a long return of 33 yards in the second quarter...Had three rushes for 10 yards and caught one pass for one yard. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman at Briar Woods High School for head coach Charlie Pierce...Named All-Loudoun Athlete of the Year in 2014 after averaging 11.8 yards per catch (26 receptions, 303 yards) and 9.3 yards per carry (28 carries, 260 yards) with five total touchdowns...Averaged 20.8 yards per punt return...Has longest touchdown run in school history (91 yards)...In 2013, teamed with Nittany Lion quarterback Trace McSorley to lead the Falcons to the Virginia 5A State Championship game...Had 635 yards receiving, eight touchdowns and 232 yards rushing as a junior...Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports. com and Scout.com and a three-star player by ESPN and Rivals.com...Rated as the top receiver in the state and the 17th-best wideout in the nation by Rivals.com...Participated in track...Ran the 100-meter and 400-meter races, with personal-bests of 10.65 in the 100 and 21.75 in the 200...Was a Virginia State Champion in the 200-meter dash as a sophomore. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Brandon Polk...Son of Ed and Sharon Polk...Has a brother, Kyle, and a sister, Leah...Hobbies include playing basketball, listening to music and playing video games...Plans to major in geographic information systems...Born December 10, 1996 in Ashburn, Virginia.

5-9 ➤ 172 ➤ So./So. Eligible Wide Receiver ➤ Ashburn, Va. • Impacted the Penn State offense immediately during his true freshman season, carrying the ball 33 yards on the team’s opening play from scrimmage at Temple. • One of five true freshmen to see action and played in all 13 games in 2015 with three starts. • Tallied 18 carries for 159 yards and scored a touchdown to go along with six receptions for 57 yards and a receiving score. • Made good strides as an inside receiver during spring practice and will again play a central role in the receiving rotation and on special teams. • Has dropped more than 14 pounds of fat and added 10 pounds of muscle since he arrived on campus in July of 2015. • Played with Nittany Lion quarterback Trace McSorley at Briar Woods High School. • Is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia.

POLK’S CAREER STATISTICS

Att.-Yds. Avg. TD LG Rec.-Yds. Avg. TD LG

2015

18-159

8.8 1 33 6-57

9.5 1 39

Career

18-159

8.8 1 33 6-57

9.5 1 39

POLK’S KICKOFF RETURN STATISTICS

Returns Yards Avg. TD

LG

2015

10 209 20.9 0 33

Career

10 209 20.9

0 33

➤ POLK’S CAREER HIGHS Rushing attempts...........................................................3 - Three times; most recent: vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Rushing Yards......................................................................................................... 50 - at Temple, 9/5/15 Rushing Touchdowns............................................................................................ 1 - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15 Longest Rush................................................................................................ 33 yards - at Temple, 9/5/15 Receptions..........................................................................................................2 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Receiving Yards.................................................................................................46 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Receiving Touchdowns........................................................................................1 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Longest Reception...................................................................................39 yards - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 All-Purpose Yards.......................................................................................... 89 - at Ohio State, 10/17/15 Kick Returns.................................................................................................... 4 - at Ohio State, 10/17/15 Kick Return Yards........................................................................................... 79 - at Ohio State, 10/17/15 Long Kick Return.................................................................................. 33 yards - at Ohio State, 10/17/15

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UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

REID

2015 Career

18-11 29 1 1 2 5 0-0 1.0-2 18-11 29 1 1 2 5 0-0 1.0-2

JOHN

5-10 ➤ 191 ➤ So./So. Eligible Cornerback ➤ Mount Laurel, N.J. • Poised to move into a larger role in the cornerback slot with the graduation of Trevor Williams after earning ESPN.com Big Ten All-Freshman team honors. • Has a great nose for the ball, tying for the team lead with two interceptions, finishing second on the squad with five pass breakups and collecting a forced fumble and a fumble recovery as a true freshman. • One of the quicker and more explosive Nittany Lions, he turned in the seventh-best vertical jump (35") and 16th-fastest 40-yard dash time (4.19) during winter conditioning. • Enjoys working on computers and built a computer from scratch when he was in high school. • One of 16 returnees from New Jersey.

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TFL

➤ REID’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles....................................................................... 5 - at Temple, 9/5/15; at Michigan State, 11/28/15 Tackles for Loss..........................................................................................1.0 - at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Forced Fumbles................................................................................................1 - vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Fumble Recoveries................................................................................................1 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15 Interceptions..................................................................... 1 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15; vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Long Interception Return.......................................................................... 44 yards - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15 Pass Breakups........................................................................................................ 2 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named to ESPN.com’s Big Ten All-Freshman team. Season: Appeared in 13 games with two starts...Started his first career game in the season opener at Temple...Was one of seven freshmen (3 redshirt, 4 true) to start this season...Was one of five true freshmen see action. at Temple (9/5): Made five tackles, including a pair of solo stops. Buffalo (9/12): Recorded one tackle. Rutgers (9/19): Grabbed his first career interception in the third quarter, returning it 44 yards...Recorded his first fumble recovery in the fourth quarter and returned it 19 yards...Made two tackles...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped limit Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland last season...Was the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. San Diego State (9/26): Recorded two solo tackles...Had one pass breakup. Army (10/3): Was a part of a defensive that limited Army to one pass attempt, the fewest by a Penn State opponent since at least 1966, and one completion, the fewest since 1976 (Ohio State)...The one completion tied for the fewest by a team in FBS in 2015 (by Georgia Southern vs. Western Michigan & by Boston College vs. Syracuse)... The one pass attempt was the fewest by an FBS team in 2015...Helped hold Army to just 32 passing yards, the fewest against the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten era (since 1993). Indiana (10/10): Grabbed the second interception of his career in the fourth quarter...Recorded one tackle...Helped snap Indiana’s string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014...Led a secondary that limited the Hoosiers’ 155 passing yards, the fewest allowed by Penn State in a Big Ten game since allowing 68 to Indiana in 2014. at Ohio State (10/17): Made four tackles. vs. Maryland (10/24): Had three tackles...Forced his first career fumble to help the Nittany Lions force a season-high five turnovers. Illinois (10/31): Made two tackles. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded one tackle. Michigan (11/21): Registered one tackle...Had one pass breakup. at Michigan State (11/28): Tied a career high with five tackles. vs. Georgia (1/2): Collected two tackles...Had two pass breakups. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Helped lead St. Joseph’s Prep School to back-to-back PIAA Class AAAA Championships in 2013 and 2014, while playing both sides of the ball for head coach Gabe Infante...Honored as All-Catholic League MVP, first-team All-Catholic League on offense and defense, CBS Philly’s Player of the Year, Pennsylvania Football News Defensive Player of the Year and first-team all-state in 2014...Earned CBS Philly’s Player of the Year accolades as a junior...As a senior, had 699 receiving yards (19.4 ypc) and 12 touchdowns on offense and a pick-six on defense...Recorded 12 touchdowns and four interceptions as a junior in 2013... Rated a four-star prospect by all four major recruiting services: 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked among the top five prospects in the state by 247Sports.com, ESPN and Rivals.com... Rated as the top cornerback in Pennsylvania by Scout.com as well as the 13th-best cornerback and 95th overall player nationally...Tabbed as the 16th-best corner by ESPN and Rivals.com. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is John Earl Reid...Son of John Reid and Lakita Purcell...Has two brothers, Aaron and Amari, and two sisters, Ariayana and Michaela...Majoring in engineering...Born May 15, 1996 in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

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ROBINSON

5-9 ➤ 212 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Running Back ➤ Mechanicsburg, Pa. • Poised to be part of the running back rotation for the 2016 season after redshirting in 2015. • Carried the ball seven times for 44 yards and scored a touchdown on a 28-yard scamper during the Blue-White Game. • Took a significant step forward as a member of the scout team in 2015, prior to a strong offseason in the weight room. • Owns a 3.25 cumulative GPA following the spring semester. • Is one of 10 returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played at Bishop McDevitt High School for head coach Jeff Weachter...Helped lead the Crusaders to the PIAA Class AAA semifinals...Earned second-team all-state honors by Pennsylvania Football News... Rushed for 1,465 yards (8.2 avg.) and 17 touchdowns in nine games as a senior...Also had 15 receptions for 160 yards and two scores in 2014...Honored as 2013 PIAA Class AAA Player of the Year by the Pennsylvania Football Writers Association with 2,338 yards (9.0 avg.) and 29 touchdowns...Accumulated 5,657 yards, 8.1 per carry and 80 rushing touchdowns during his prep career...Rated as a four-star player by 247Sports.com, ESPN and Scout.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals.com...Scout.com ranked Robinson as the third-best player in Pennsylvania and the 16th-best running back, while ESPN rated him seventh in the state and 30th nationally among running backs. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Andre David Robinson...Son of Jennifer Mellinger...Majoring in communications...Born September 30, 1996 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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SCHWAN

6-6 ➤ 253 ➤ Gr./Sr. Eligible Defensive End ➤ Harrisburg, Pa. • Will be a part of the rotation at defensive end with the graduation of NCAA sack leader Carl Nassib. • His work in the strength and conditioning program, along with his unrelenting work ethic and athleticism on the field give him the ability to play the run, rush the passer or drop into coverage and defend the pass. • Was presented with the 2016 Jim O’Hora Award, which is presented annually to a defensive player for “exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement” during spring practice. • Graduated in August with his degree in economics and is one of six Nittany Lions to have their degree. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Has Big Ten football roots as his father was a first-team All-Big Ten guard at Purdue, earning letters from 1977-79. • Among 10 returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania.

SCHWAN’S CAREER STATISTICS

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

2013 2014 2015 Career

1-3 4 0 0 0 0 4-2 6 0 0 0 0 8-13 21 0 0 0 1 13-18 31 0 0 0 1

➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

➤ SCHWAN’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles.................................................................... 4 - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15; at Michigan State, 11/28/15 Tackles for Loss....................................................0.5 - vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/7/13; vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Pass Breakups.....................................................................................................1 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Rushing Attempts.................................................................................................. 1 - vs. Georgia, 1/2/16

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NICK

SCOTT

5-11 ➤ 200 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Safety ➤ Fairfax, Va. • Made the move from running back to safety during spring ball. • Had three tackles during the Blue-White Game. • Excelled in his role on special teams and was named the 2015 John Bruno Memorial Award winner for the team’s outstanding member of special teams. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, earning letters in football, track & field and basketball. • Finished tops among the safeties during winter conditioning in power clean (340) and squat (515). • One of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

A two-year letterman for head coach Glen McNamee at Central Dauphin High School...Named allstate and team captain during his senior season...Led the Rams to their first PIAA Class AAAA State Championship in 2011...Recorded 72 tackles and 16.5 sacks as a senior...Earned first-team All-Mid-Penn Conference accolades during his final prep season...Missed the majority of his junior season due to injury...Was a member of the squad’s Leadership Team...Invited to play in the Big 33 Classic following his senior campaign.

Season: Appeared in 13 games with one start...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action...Was one of seven freshmen (3 redshirt, 4 true) to start...Made his first career start vs. Indiana (10/10)...Selected as the John Bruno Memorial Award winner for the team’s outstanding member of special teams. at Temple (9/5): Made two tackles on special teams...Combined with Matt Zanellato for the stop on the game’s opening kickoff...Made a solo stop on a first quarter punt. Buffalo (9/12): Returned his first career kickoff...Took the opening kickoff 58 yards...His 58-yard kick return was the longest for a Penn State player since Chaz Powell had a 92-yard return against Purdue in 2011...Made one special teams tackle on a kickoff return. Rutgers (9/19): Rushed one time for five yards...Returned two kickoffs for 57 yards (28.0 ypr), with a long of 34 yards. San Diego State (9/26): Completed his first career passing attempt for 32 yards to Chris Godwin...Was the longest completion by a non-quarterback since RB Eric McCoo threw a 63-yard touchdown pass against Illinois in 2001...The completion was the first for a non-quarterback since 2011 (Curtis Drake, Nebraska)...Rushed six times for nine yards...Returned three kickoffs for 72 yards...All three kickoff returns were for 20-plus yards (20, 24, 28). Army (10/3): Rushed 12 times for 54 yards – with no negative yard carries – and one touchdown...Scored his first career touchdown on Penn State’s second series of the game with an 11-yard rush...Caught a screen pass for 22 yards in the fourth quarter for his first career reception...Made one special teams tackle...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Indiana (10/10): Led the team with eight rushes for a career-high 57 yards...Had a career-long 35-yard rush on the second play of the game...Caught three passes for 21 yards, including a 10-yard grab during Penn State’s first touchdown drive. at Ohio State (10/17): Returned three kicks for 38 yards, including a long of 19...Carried the ball once for three yards. vs. Maryland (10/24): Returned four kickoffs for 85 yards (21.2 ypr), with a long return of 27 yards... Had one carry for one yard. Illinois (10/31): Completed his second career pass, a 14-yard touchdown pass to Christian Hackenberg on a throw-back pass...Had one tackle on special teams...Was the coaching staff’s co-Special Teams Player of the Week with Koa Farmer. at Michigan State (11/28): Made two special teams tackles. vs. Georgia (1/2): Carried one time for four yards.

➤ PERSONAL

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Full name is Evan Schwan...Son of Dale and Kathleen Schwan...Has one older brother, Branden, and one older sister, Alexandra...Father was a first-team All-Big Ten guard at Purdue, earning letters from 1977-79...Enjoys listening to music, playing guitar and singing...Graduated in August with a degree in economics...Born June 28, 1994 in Media, Pennsylvania.

Redshirt season.

Season: Appeared in all 13 games...Saw time on defense and special teams...Made six tackles (four solo). UCF (8/30): Made one solo tackle at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. UMass (9/20): Posted two solo tackles...Aided a defense that held the Minutemen to just three yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). Northwestern (9/27): Logged two stops. at Michigan (10/11): Contributed one tackle to help force a punt late in the third quarter. ➤ 2013 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in five games...Recorded four tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Made his collegiate debut against the Eagles...Logged a pair of stops. at Indiana (10/5): Made one solo hit in the Big Ten-opener. at Ohio State (10/26): Notched one tackle. ➤ 2012 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

106

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0-0 0.5-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.5-0 0-0 1.0-0

Note: Has one career rush for no gain.

➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Season: Appeared in 12 games, missing one due to injury. at Temple (9/5): Made two tackles. Buffalo (9/12): Recorded a career-high four tackles...Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Bulls to 69 rushing yards, the fewest for an opponent since Illinois (68 yds.) in 2014. Rutgers (9/19): Made two tackles...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped hold Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland in 2014. Indiana (10/10): Made one tackle...Had one pass breakup. vs. Maryland (10/24): Recorded two tackles. Illinois (10/31): Made three tackles with 0.5 tackle for loss. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded one tackle. Michigan (11/21): Logged two tackles. at Michigan State (11/28): Tied a career high with four stops. vs. Georgia (1/2): Had one rushing attempt for no gain on a fake punt.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterman during his high school career...Played his freshman and sophomore seasons at Brookline (Mass.) High School for head coach Kevin Mahoney and played his final two seasons at Fairfax High School for head coach Kevin Simonds...Played running back, quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker, safety and returned kicks during his career...As a senior, rushed for 1,582 yards on 182 carries and threw for 511 yards with three touchdowns...Had 11 catches for 129 yards and compiled a total of 25 touchdowns as a senior team captain...All-state selection as a senior and also earned a first-team nod on the all-metro, all-region and all-conference teams, while being named the Liberty District Outstanding Athlete of the Year...As a junior, ran for 981 yards and 12 touchdowns...Rated as a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services...Rated as a Top 100 running back and a Top 25 athlete on the national lists...Rated a Top 20 recruit coming out of the state of Virginia according to Rivals.com and 247Sports. com...Lettered twice in track and field and once in basketball.

SHOOP

5-11 ➤ 170 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Wide Receiver ➤ Nashville, Tenn. • Made good strides as a key member of the scout team offense during the 2015 season. • Will look to impact the Lions on special teams and in the receiving corps when the season begins. • Is the lone Nittany Lion on the roster from Tennessee. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Nicholas Michael Scott...Son of Irvin and Lakisha Scott...Has two older brothers, Irvin and Leon...Brother, Irvin, played cornerback at Holy Cross from 2010-13...Has been a volunteer with KEEN Greater D.C. (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), helping elementary age disabled students enjoy sports and exercise...Majoring in psychology and is interested in a possible career as a sports psychologist...Born May 17, 1995 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

SCOTT’S RUSHING STATISTICS

TYLER

Att.-Yds. Avg. TD LG Rec.-Yds. Avg. TD LG

2015 30-133 4.4 1 35 4-43 10.8 0 22 Career 30-133 4.4 1 35 4-43 10.8 0 22 Note: Is 2-for-2 passing in his career for 46 yards and one touchdown pass.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Bruce Lussier at Father Ryan High School...Had 30 catches and five touchdowns as a junior...Registered 35 catches for 330 yards and four scores as a senior...Also participated in track & field, earning two letters. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Tyler James Shoop...Son of Bob and Maura Shoop...Has one brother, Jay...Father is the defensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee...Father played football and baseball at Yale University...Enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends...Majoring in health and human development...Would like to be a coach...Born May 19, 1997 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

SCOTT’S KICK RETURN STATISTICS

36

No. Yds. Avg. TD LG

2015

13 310 23.8 0 58

Career

13 310 23.8

TROY

SHORTS

0 58

5-10 ➤ 192 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Cornerback ➤ Sicklerville, N.J.

➤ SCOTT’S CAREER HIGHS Rushing attempts................................................................................................... 12 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Rushing Yards....................................................................................................57 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Rushing Touchdowns............................................................................................... 1 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Longest Rush...........................................................................................35 yards - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Receptions..........................................................................................................3 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Receiving Yards...................................................................................................... 22 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Longest Reception........................................................................................ 22 yards - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Pass Attempts........................................................1 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15; vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Pass Completions...................................................1 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15; vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Passing Yards..........................................................................................32 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Passing Touchdowns............................................................................................ 1 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Long Pass......................................................................................32 yards - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 All-Purpose Yards...........................................................................................86 - vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Total Offense Attempts........................................................................................... 12 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Total Offense Yards............................................................................................57 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Kick Returns.....................................................................................................4 - vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Kick Return Yards............................................................................................85 - vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Long Kick Return........................................................................................ 58 yards - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15 Tackles....................................................................... 2 - at Temple, 9/5/15; at Michigan State, 11/28/15

• Joined the Nittany Lions as a run-on prior to the 2015 season. • Played an important role on the scout team while redshirting. • One of 16 returning Nittany Lions to hale from the state of New Jersey. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Al Mailahn at Woodbury High School...Two-time team captain and two-time Team MVP...Earned first team All-Colonial Conference honors as a senior...Claimed third team All-State accolades as a senior...Was invited to the Adam Taliaferro All-Star Game...Named the South Jersey Back of the Week three times during his career...Helped the Thundering Herd to a 10-2 record as a sophomore. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Troy Jonathan Shorts Jr....Son of Angelic and Troy Shorts Sr....Has one sister, Dominique Merchant, and one brother, Julian...Father attended Penn State...Cousin, Darrell Bush, was a track athlete at Ohio State in 2016...Bush was 2014 NCAA Indoor Champion in the 4x400 relay and four-time All-American at LSU, prior to transferring to OSU...Enjoys playing pick-up basketball...Anticipating majoring in communications...Born March 6, 1997 in Sicklerville, New Jersey.

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SICKELS

CHARLIE

GARRETT

6-8 ➤ 290 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

6-4 ➤ 249 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible

Tackle ➤ Pittsford, N.Y. • • • • •

Made good strides as a member of the Nittany Lion offensive line during his first campaign. Will head into the fall looking to contend for time in the rotation at tackle. Dropped nearly 10 pounds of fat and added 10 pounds of muscle since July 2015. Earned a 3.54 cumulative GPA through the spring semester in his quest to be a pre-med major. Very active member of the team off the field, spent the summer working on his “Big Help Little” foundation. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is the lone returning Nittany Lion from New York.

Defensive End ➤ Red Bank, N.J.

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

• Started all 12 games he played and put pressure on the ball playing opposite All-American Carl Nassib, collecting a team-best two fumble recoveries, which was second in the Big Ten and 23rd nationally. • Registered 35 tackles, including 5.0 for a loss and 3.0 sacks, in his first season as a starter. Also had six multi-tackle games in 2015. • Was presented with the 2015 Jim O’Hora Award, which is presented annually to a defensive player for “exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement” during spring practice. • Volunteers with the Navesink Hook & Ladder Volunteer Fire Company in his hometown of Red Bank, New Jersey. • Serving as president/director of operations of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise more than $1 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Among the 16 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.

Did not see any game action.

➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Season: Started 12 games, missing one due to injury...Forced his first career fumble against San Diego State (9/27)...Had first career fumble recovery against Army...Ranked 23rd nationally and second in the Big Ten with two fumble recoveries. at Temple (9/5): Made a four tackles...Added 1.0 TFL with a stop behind the line of scrimmage in the third quarter...Helped Penn State pile up 15.0 TFL, its most since posting 15.0 vs. Michigan on Sept. 22, 2007. Buffalo (9/12): Combined with Austin Johnson on a third quarter sack for a loss of three yards...Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Bulls to 69 rushing yards, the fewest for an opponent since Illinois (68 yds.) in 2014. Rutgers (9/19): Made one tackle...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped hold Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland in 2014. San Diego State (9/26): Forced his first fumble of his career late in the second quarter, which was recovered by Anthony Zettel, to lead to a Penn State touchdown...Made three tackles and added one pass breakup...Had 0.5 sack as part of Penn State’s 9.0 TFL effort in the game. Army (10/3): Recorded his first career fumble recovery on Army’s first play from scrimmage...Made one tackle. Indiana (10/10): Made five stops...Registered one sack...Played a major role in limiting IU to just 79 rushing yards, the second-straight B1G opponent with less than 80 yards rushing vs. Penn State. at Ohio State (10/17): Had a career-high eight tackles, including 0.5 tackle for loss...Helped the Penn State defense accumulate 10.0 tackles for loss...The 10.0 tackles for loss were the most surrendered by Ohio State in 2015. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made two tackles...Made his second career fumble recovery of the season – and his career – in the fourth quarter and returned it 36 yards...Fumble recovery was one of a season-high five turnovers forced by Penn State. Illinois (10/31): Made one tackle...Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)...Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009...As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois’ 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded three tackles...Had 1.0 sack for his only tackle for loss. Michigan (11/21): Recorded two tackles...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100 yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). vs. Georgia (1/2): Made four tackles...Made 0.5 tackle for loss, including a combine stop behind the line with Jason Cabinda on fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter to give Penn State the ball with a chance to tie the game with under two minutes remaining...Added one quarterback hurry.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman at Pittsford Sutherland High School under the direction of Keith Molinich... Named first-team all-state as a senior while helping lead the team to a Monroe County Division I title...A team captain during his senior season, tabbed as an All-Greater Rochester honoree...Selected to play in the Eddie Meath All-Star Game and the New York vs. New Jersey All-Star Game...Recipient of the Panther Pride Award for his leadership and service in the community. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Charlie William Shuman...Son of John and Cindy Shuman...Has one younger sister, Hope... Grandfather, Bill Shuman, ran track at Penn State in the 1940s...Enjoys fishing, camping and assisting with fundraising efforts...Majoring in kinesiology...Interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy... Born October 6, 1995 in Pittsford, New York.

➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in all 13 games...Saw time on defense and special teams...Made 11 tackles (seven solo) with three tackles for loss and two sacks (minus-10)...Earned the 2015 Jim O’Hora Award, which is presented to a defensive player for “exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement” during spring practice. UCF (8/30): Made his collegiate debut at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. UMass (9/20): Notched his first career tackle for loss with a sack for a 2-yard loss to end the Minutemen’s final drive...Made two tackles...Aided a defense that held the Minutemen to just three yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). Northwestern (9/27): Recorded one tackle. Maryland (11/1): Notched three stops...Posted two tackles for loss...Tallied a third-quarter sack for a loss of 8 yards. at Indiana (11/8): Recorded one tackle. Temple (11/15): Logged one special teams tackle. at Illinois (11/22): Made one tackle on special teams. Boston College (12/27): Posted two stops (one solo). ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman for head coach Nick Giglio at Red Bank Regional High School...Selected a U.S. All-America from his defensive end position as a senior...Recorded 194 tackles, 25 sacks, nine forced fumbles and eight blocked kicks in his career...Earned all-state honors as a junior and senior...Garnered All-Shore and all-division accolades during each of his final three prep seasons...Named the Divisional Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...As a senior, boasted 75 tackles, nine sacks and forced three fumbles...Made 76 stops and 10 sacks, adding three forced fumbles, during his junior season...Notched six sacks, three forced fumbles and added 43 tackles as a sophomore...Selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American game, where he roomed with future Nittany Lion teammate Brendan Mahon...Also invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl, the New York vs. New Jersey All-Star Game and the All-Shore Game...Rated a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com and was the Rivals.com No. 3 overall prep player in New Jersey...In the classroom, was an Honor Roll student...Was a member of Red Bank’s Student-to-Student Peer Leaders organization...Also lettered in lacrosse. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Garrett Ross Sickels...Son of Stanley and Donna Sickels...Has two older sisters, Jessica and Samantha...Enjoys lacrosse, fishing and paddle boarding...Majoring in criminology...Born September 24, 1994 in Red Bank, New Jersey. SICKEL’S CAREER STATISTICS

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

SACK

TFL

2014 2015 Career

7-4 11 0 0 0 0 2.0-10 3.0-12 13-22 35 2 1 0 1 3.0-19 5.0-26 20-26 46 2 1 0 1 5.0-29 8.0-38

BRANDON

SMITH

6-0 ➤ 228 ➤ Sr./Jr. Eligible Linebacker ➤ Winfield, Pa. • Turned down offers from Penn and Princeton in order to fulfill his dream of running out of the tunnel at Beaver Stadium and playing at Penn State. • Will add depth to the linebacker unit and will see significant time on special teams. • Shared the 2016 Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award with DaeSean Hamilton. The award goes to junior class squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner. • Enjoyed a solid spring with the linebacking corps, culminating in a six-tackle effort in the BlueWhite Game. • Earned Dean’s List honors during the 2016 spring semester with a 3.79 grade-point average and has a 3.77 cumulative GPA. • On pace to graduate in December with a degree in kinesiology. • Among 10 returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in three games...Made his collegiate debut against Indiana (10/10)...Named Scout Team Co-Defensive Player of the Year with defensive tackle Ryan Monk. Illinois (10/31): Made his first career tackle. ➤ 2014 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ SICKEL’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles............................................................................................................ 8 - at Ohio State, 10/17/15 Sacks..................................................................1.0 - Four times; most recent: at Northwestern, 11/7/15 Tackles for Loss................................................................................................2.0 - vs. Maryland, 11/1/14 Forced Fumbles........................................................................................1 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Fumble Recoveries..............................................................1 - vs. Army, 10/3/15; vs. Maryland 10/24/15 Pass Breakups..........................................................................................1 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15

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6-3 ➤ 292 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Guard ➤ Hollidaysburg, Pa. • Hails from just 40 miles outside of the University Park campus in Hollidaysburg. • Made good progress during his redshirt season in 2015 and will be looking to make an impact as a backup guard on the offensive line and on special teams. • Is one of 10 returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Was a three-year letterwinner at Hollidaysburg Area High School for head coach Home DeLattre...Was a captain for the Golden Tigers as a senior...Was a two-year all-conference first team honoree...Selected to the PSFCA East/West All-Star Game...Named team MVP as a senior...Was a two-year letterwinner as a first baseman for the baseball team...Earned one letter for the basketball team. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Zachary Benjamin Simpson...Son of Sheri and Randy Simpson...Has an older brother, Brandon...Brother and uncle, John Cottle Jr., attended Penn State...Majoring in engineering...Born June 22, 1997 in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Did not see any game action. ➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterman for head coach Jeremy Winn at Lewisburg High School...A standout at linebacker and running back for the Green Dragons...A three-time first-team Class AA all-state performer and a four-time All-Heartland athletics Conference honoree...Garnered first-team All-HAC during each of his final three seasons...Named Sunbury Daily Item Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior... Ran for 1,095 yards on 145 carries (7.6) and scored 19 rushing touchdowns, while also making 30 catches and scoring four touchdowns as a senior...Totaled 122 tackles, with six for loss, and grabbed two interceptions his final year...Recorded 135 tackles, three interceptions and 4.5 sacks as a junior... Earned eastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year following his junior campaign...As a sophomore, earned Williamsport Sun-Gazette Linebacker of the Year award after compiling more than 100 stops...A member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and French National Honor Society...Also lettered in wrestling and track and field...Qualified for the PIAA State Championships in the javelin and 300 hurdles. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Brandon Smith...Son of Jeffrey and Deborah Smith...Has two brothers, Jared and Tyler, and one sister, Bethany...Married to wife, Andrea...Brother, Tyler, attended Penn State...Brother, Jared, played football for one season at Susquehanna University...Enjoys Bible study and fishing...Brought a 3.77 cumulative grade-point average into the summer semester...Majoring in kinesiology and is on pace to graduate in December...Would like to pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist...Born May 23, 1994 in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.

SMITH’S CAREER STATISTICS

2015 Career

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

SACK

TFL

0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0

➤ SMITH’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles................................................................................................................. 1 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15

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JORDAN

CHANCE

5-10 ➤ 185 ➤ Sr./Sr. Eligible

6-5 ➤ 293 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

Cornerback ➤ Washington, D.C.

Tackle ➤ Middletown, Ohio

• Will look to make a larger impact in the secondary rotation and continue to thrive in his role on special teams as he enters his third season on the field. • Continues to make good strides and with continued progress on the practice field and in the weight room, which should allow him to move up the cornerback depth chart this fall. • Wears No. 12, just as his childhood friend and former Nittany Lion cornerback Stephon Morris. • Smith was born and grew up in our nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

• • • • •

Enters the 2016 campaign looking to add depth to the tackle position for the offensive line. Made good strides in the weight room and on the field during spring drills. Will look for continued progress after appearing in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2015. Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see time last season. Is the lone returning Nittany Lion from Ohio on the roster.

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Season: Appeared in six games. at Temple (9/5): Made two stops. San Diego State (9/26): Made one tackle. Illinois (10/31): Made one tackle...Posted his first career tackle for loss.

Season: Appeared in three games...Made his collegiate debut against Indiana (10/10)...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

Redshirt season.

Season: Appeared in nine games on special teams...Saw time against UCF, at home against Akron, UMass, Northwestern, Maryland and Michigan State, and on the road at Rutgers and Michigan...Also played in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Boston College.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in all 12 games...Was one of 12 true freshmen to see game action...Saw time in the secondary and on special teams...Recorded five tackles (three solo). Syracuse (8/31): Made his collegiate debut in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium. Kent State (9/21): Registered his first career tackle with a solo stop on a fourth-quarter kickoff return. at Ohio State (10/26): Made a pair of tackles, including his first career tackle on the defensive side of the ball. at Minnesota (11/9): Added one stop. Purdue (11/16): Made one tackle. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman for head coach Greg Fuller at Archbishop Carroll High School...Attended H.D. Woodson High School as a senior, but did not play football...As a junior, accounted for 64 tackles, seven pass breakups, four sacks and a pair of safeties...Also grabbed five interceptions, returning one for a touchdown...Sophomore season included 65 stops, five pass breakups, two interceptions and three sacks...Amassed more than 800 career receiving yards, including 427 yards and three receiving touchdowns as a freshman...Also lettered in basketball and track and field.

A four-year letterman for coach Troy Everhart at Middletown High School...Team captain as a senior, played tight end and offensive tackle...Selected All-Southwest Ohio, All-Greater Miami Conference and All-Tristate Football at tight end during his senior season with the Middies...Honored as the Anthony Muñoz Foundation Offensive Lineman of the Year, which honors players from the tri-state (Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio) area that demonstrate a great level of academic success and community involvement...Made 15 catches for 208 yards and three touchdowns during his senior season and was invited to play in the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association North-South Classic...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services...Was a Top 80 prospect nationally at offensive tackle...Lettered four years in basketball, serving as a team captain, and in track and field...Member of the National Honor Society and the German National Honor Society and was a nine-time Greater Miami Conference All-Academic honoree. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Chance Anderson Sorrell...Son of Gardner and Angel Sorrell...Has two older sisters, Schyler and Madison...Father, Gardner, played football at the University of Kentucky, before finishing his career at Thomas More College, where he earned Hewlett Packard All-American and second-team GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-American honors...Mother played basketball at Kentucky Christian College...Enjoys boating, swimming, strength conditioning and video games...Majoring in kinesiology to pursue a career as a physical therapist or strength and conditioning professional...Born July 17, 1996 in Middletown, Ohio.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jordan Armani Smith...Son of Stephen and Shamla Smith...Has two older brothers, Stephen Jr. and Chase...Both brothers were collegiate student-athletes...Brother, Stephen, played football at Georgetown (2004-08) after playing with former Nittany Lion standout Derrick Williams in high school... Brother, Chase, played basketball at Wingate (2008-12)...Was childhood friends with former Nittany Lion cornerback Stephon Morris...Enjoys listening to music and spending time with his family...Majoring in telecommunications...Born November 13, 1994 in Washington, D.C.

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TOMMY

STEVENS

6-4 ➤ 215 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Quarterback ➤ Indianapolis, Ind.

SMITH’S CAREER STATISTICS

2013 2014 2015 Career

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

SACK

3-2 5 0 0 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 1-3 4 0 0 0 0 4-5 9 0 0 0 0

TFL

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0.5-1 0-0 0.5-1

➤ SMITH’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles...............................................................................2 - at Ohio State, 10/26/13; at Temple, 9/5/15 Tackles for Loss.................................................................................................. 0.5 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15

• Primed for a much bigger role as he contends for the starting assignment in 2016 after playing a paramount role as the team’s scout team quarterback each week in 2015. • Enrolled in classes in January 2015 after playing at Decatur Central High School outside of Indianapolis. He was a finalist for Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year. • Made big gains during spring practice while learning the new offensive scheme under coordinator Joe Moorhead. • Added more than 10 pounds of muscle since he arrived on campus in 2015. • Went 10-for-17 for 100 yards and rushed for 18 yards in the Blue-White Game in April 2016. • Is the lone Nittany Lion on the roster from the state of Indiana. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL Enrolled early after playing for head coach Justin Dixson at Decatur Central High School in Indiana... Finalist for Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year...Two-time all-conference, all-area and all-county selection...Honored as a 2014 All-State 5A selection as a defensive back after making 25 tackles and recording two interceptions...Averaged 172 passing yards and completed 60 percent of his attempts, while throwing 16 touchdown passes as a senior...A dual-threat quarterback, rushed for 842 yards on 172 carries, averaging 4.9 yards per carry while scoring 10 touchdowns...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services: 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Ranked as the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback and the seventh-best player in Indiana by 247Sports.com...Rivals.com tabbed him as the 18th-ranked dual-threat quarterback and the No. 5 player in Indiana. ➤ PERSONAL

JOHNATHAN

THOMAS

5-11 ➤ 219 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Linebacker ➤ Peabody, Mass. • Will make the transition from running back to linebacker heading into the 2016 campaign. • Owns a cumulative 3.26 GPA through the spring semester. • Is the lone returning Nittany Lion from Massachusetts. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Full name is Thomas Mason Stevens...Son of Tom and Misty Stevens...Has two sisters, Kayla and Livia, and two brothers, Cameron and Aycen...Majoring in telecommunications...Born December 15, 1996 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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GARRETT

TAYLOR

6-0 ➤ 193 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Cornerback ➤ Richmond, Va. • Will bolster a young cornerback unit after learning from Trevor Williams while spending the 2015 season on the scout team. • Posted the quickest time among cornerbacks and fifth overall time in the pro-agility with a 4.10 mark during winter conditioning. • Earned a 3.42 cumulative GPA in his first semester on campus. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, track & field and basketball at St. Christopher's. • One of seven returning Nittany Lions to matriculate from the state of Virginia. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman and a team captain his senior year at St. Christopher’s High School for head coach Lance Clelland...Missed his senior season due to injury but was selected for the 2015 Under Armour All-American Game and U.S. Army All-American Bowl...Collected 47 tackles, 35 solo, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception as a junior...Named all-state (VISAA Division I) and AllMetro in 2013...Had 24 tackles and four picks as a sophomore...Consensus four-star player, ranking as the 86th-best prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, fourth-best player in the state and the eighth-best cornerback...Rated as the top cornerback in Virginia by Scout.com, while ranking as the fourth-best player in the state and 10th among cornerbacks by ESPN...Ran track for four years and played basketball for one year at St. Christopher’s. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Garrett Benjamin Taylor...Son of Irving and Sandy Taylor...Has a brother, Aaron, and a sister, Austin...Sister played basketball at Neumann University...Hobbies include fishing...Majoring in communications...Born November 7, 1996 in Richmond, Virginia.

Season: Appeared in three games...Made his collegiate debut against Army (10/3)...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. Army (10/3): Rushed seven times for 28 yards...First career rush came in the first quarter – a 2-yard carry. Indiana (10/10): Rushed twice for nine yards. Illinois (10/31): Carried twice for five yards. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterman for coach Jim O’Leary at St. John’s Prep...Rushed for 762 yards and eight touchdowns during the first four games of his senior season, but a knee injury sidelined him for the rest of 2013...Returned an interception 107 yards for a touchdown that was selected the No. 1 play on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays on Sept. 20, 2013...Named to the Boston Globe and Salem News all-star teams after his senior campaign and earned an invitation to the Semper Fidelis All-American Game...Compiled 1,812 rushing yards, 153 receiving yards and 18 total touchdowns at running back as a junior...Added 25 tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back...ESPN Boston all-state selection as a junior after leading the Eagles to the MIAA Division I State Championship...Finalist for ESPN Boston’s Mr. Football, presented to the top player in Massachusetts, in 2012 and was the only junior on the list...Named AllCatholic Conference and All-Area Offensive Player of the Year as a junior...Ran for 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore, helping the Eagles to the second of three straight Catholic Conference championships...Rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com, Rivals. com and Scout.com...Ranked among the top 50 running backs in the nation by 247Sports.com, Rivals. com and ESPN...Ranked as the top player in the state of Massachusetts by 247Sports.com and ESPN... Lettered once in basketball...Honor Roll student and a Community of Concern Student Mentor Leader at St. John’s Prep, which is the alma mater of former Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Johnathan Thomas...Son of Nathan and Ann-Marie Thomas...Has one older brother, Nathan...Earned a “WOW” Award for his volunteer work at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital... Enjoys playing sports and keeping fit, music and spending time with his family and friends...Majoring in sociology...Born June 7, 1995 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

THOMAS’ RUSHING STATISTICS 2015

Attempts Yards Avg.

TD LG

11 42 3.8 0 11

Career 11 42 3.8 0 11 ➤ THOMAS’ CAREER HIGHS Rush Attempts......................................................................................................... 7 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Rush Yards.............................................................................................................. 28 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Long Rush..................................................................................................... 11 yards - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Total Offense Yards................................................................................................. 28 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 All-Purpose Yards................................................................................................... 28 - vs. Army, 10/3/15

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DeANDRE

THOMPKINS

5-11 ➤ 185 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

THOMPKINS’ RUSHING STATISTICS

Att.-Yds. Avg. TD LG Rec.-Yds. Avg. TD LG

2015

5-12

2.4 1 6 3-33 11.0 0 31

Career

5-12

2.4 1 6 3-33 11.0 0 31

Wide Receiver ➤ Hubert, N.C. • Appeared in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman. • Has the type of game-changing speed that can play a big role on the Nittany Lion offense and on special teams in 2016. • Carried the ball three times and tallied three receptions in 2015, but has the tools to play a much bigger role in 2016. • Served as the team’s primary punt returner as a redshirt freshman and will again be in the mix for the starting assignment. • Poised to give the talented Nittany Lion receiving corps another weapon in the slot. • Joins offensive tackle Paris Palmer as the two returning Nittany Lions from North Carolina. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games...Ranked 38th in the FBS and seventh in the Big Ten with 7.7 yards per punt return...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action...Combined with Brandon Polk (vs. Buffalo) to become the first Penn State wide receiver pair with rushing touchdowns in the same season since 2008 when Derrick Williams and Chaz Powell both had rushing scores. at Temple (9/5): Had one rush for no gain. Buffalo (9/12): Logged four punt returns for 71 yards (14.2 ypr)...Ran back his first career punt 58 yards to set up Penn State’s first score of the game...His 58-yard return was the longest by a Nittany Lion since Derrick Williams’ 63-yard punt return for a touchdown at Wisconsin in 2008...The 58-yard return was also the longest non-scoring punt return since Mike Archie had a 62-yard return at Michigan State in 1993. Rutgers (9/19): Scored his first career touchdown on a 6-yard rush in the second quarter...Returned three punts for 20 yards (6.7 ypr). San Diego State (9/26): Returned four punts for 17 yards...Had a long punt return of 10 yards in the second quarter. Army (10/3): Returned one punt for 25 yards. Indiana (10/10): Had two rushing attempts for 11 yards...Returned five punts for 32 yards (6.4 ypr) with a long return of 19 yards in the fourth quarter. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made his first career reception – a 2-yard grab – in the second quarter. Illinois (10/31): Caught two passes for 31 yards...Grabbed a career-long 31-yard reception on Penn State’s first scoring drive. at Northwestern (11/7): Returned two punts for nine yards...Had a long punt return of eight yards. Michigan (11/21): Had one punt return for one yard. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A two-time letterman at Swansboro High School for coach Tim Laspada...Played multiple positions, spending time at running back and receiver, along with returning kickoffs and punts...Was invited to The Opening on the Nike campus...Played in the Under Armour All-America Game...Rushed for 699 yards and nine touchdowns, while making 28 receptions for 269 yards and four scores...Helped the Pirates to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the NCHSAA 3A playoffs as a senior team captain...Amassed more than 2,000 all-purpose yards during his junior season and gained nearly 1,500 all-purpose yards as a senior...Saw time in the secondary where he totaled 100 tackles, two interceptions and recovered seven fumbles...Rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...Ranked 66th in the ESPN 300...Was a Top 10 recruit in North Carolina by ESPN (5th) and 247Sports.com (10th)...Was rated among the nation's Top 40 prep wide receivers by three of the major recruiting services. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is DeAndre Lewis Thompkins...Son of Shawn and Jawanna Thompkins...Has one younger brother, Tayshawn...Mother, Jawanna, played softball at Florida A&M University...Enjoys playing the guitar and watching movies...Majoring in psychology to pursue a career in neuropsychology...Born October 1, 1995 in Pensacola, Florida.

THOMPKINS’ PUNT RETURN STATISTICS

No. Yards Avg. TD LG

2015

23 178 7.7 0 58

Career 23 178 7.7 0 58 ➤ THOMPKINS’ CAREER HIGHS Rush Attempts.................................................................. 2 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15; vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Rush Yards.........................................................................................................11 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Rushing TDs..........................................................................................................1 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15 Long Rush ................................................................................................ 6 yards - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Receptions........................................................................................................... 2 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Receiving Yards.................................................................................................. 31 - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Long Reception......................................................................................... 31 yards - vs. Illinois, 10/31/15 Punt Returns.......................................................................................................5 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 Punt Return Yards................................................................................................ 71 - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15 Long Punt Return....................................................................................... 58 yards - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15 Total Offense Yards ...........................................................................................11 - vs. Indiana, 10/10/15 All-Purpose Yards................................................................................................ 71 - vs. Buffalo, 9/12/15

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VASEY

6-2 ➤ 242 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Long Snapper ➤ Hawley, Pa. • Will look to add depth to the long snapping position and push veterans Tyler Yazujian and Zach Ladonis for time snapping. • Is the first Division I FBS commit in Wallenpaupak High School history. • Among the hardest working players in the classroom, community and on the practice field. • One of three returnees from northeastern Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterman in high school, playing one year for head coach Mark Watson at Wallenpaupack (Pa.) Area High School and two years for head coach Mike Columbo at Delaware Valley (Frenchtown, N.J.) High School...Was the first Division I FBS commit in WAHS school history...Logged 43 tackles and nine sacks playing on special teams and defense during his senior season...In three seasons at Delaware Valley, Vasey helped the Terriers to back-to-back Skyland Conference championships...Notched 20 tackles with three sacks in two varsity seasons at DVHS...Selected to compete in the Dream Game at Scranton Memorial Stadium following his senior season...Also lettered once in baseball as a first baseman and pitcher. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Kyle Franklin Vasey...Son of Bruce and Shelley Vasey...Has twin brothers, Chad and Danny... Enjoys fishing, skiing, hiking and spending time with his family...Majoring in rehabilitation and human services...Born April 20, 1996 in Flemington, New Jersey.

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WALKER

5-11 ➤ 213 ➤ Sr./Sr. Eligible Linebacker ➤ Mill Hall, Pa. • Joined the program in 2013 as a run-on and each time he steps on the field — be it practice or game day — he gives every ounce of energy that he has, which is why head coach James Franklin added his name to the list of scholarship players on April 28, 2015. • Will continue to compete for time at linebacker and play an important role on the special teams units. • Made his second career start at linebacker against Buffalo and led the way on punt coverage with a team-best six tackles. • Began his career at running back, moved to safety during the 2013 season and made the transition to linebacker during spring practice in 2014. • Grew up just 35 miles from Beaver Stadium, in Mill Hall, Pennsylvania, and quickly emerged as a contributor during his freshman season due to his hard-nosed, maximum effort style of play. • Served as the team's special team captain during the 2015 season. • On track to graduate in December with a degree in advertising and public relations. • Among 10 returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Season: Appeared in 12 games with two starts...Made his second career start and first start of the season vs. Buffalo...Tied for fifth on the team with seven special teams tackles, including a team-best six on punt coverage. at Temple (9/5): Made one special teams tackle. Buffalo (9/12): Made his second career start and contributed one tackle. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded one tackle. Army (10/3): Recorded his first-career fumble recovery at the Penn State 43-yard line in the second quarter...Made three tackles...Was a part of a defensive that limited Army to one pass attempt, the fewest by a Penn State opponent since at least 1966, and one completion, the fewest since 1976 (Ohio State)...The one completion tied for the fewest by a team in FBS in 2015 (by Georgia Southern vs. Western Michigan & by Boston College vs. Syracuse)...The one pass attempt was the fewest by an FBS team in 2015...Helped hold Army to just 32 passing yards, the fewest against the Nittany Lions in the Big Ten era (since 1993). Indiana (10/10): Made one tackle. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made one tackle. Michigan (11/21): Recorded one tackle...Blocked a punt in the second quarter, which led to Penn State’s only touchdown of the game...It was the first blocked punt for the Nittany Lions since 2012 when Mike Hull blocked a punt versus Ohio State. vs. Georgia (1/2): Had one tackle. ➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Was selected Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career. Season: Appeared in 12 games...Made his first career start against Northwestern at linebacker... Moved from running back to linebacker during 2014 spring practice...Recorded 12 tackles (five solo) and registered one tackle for loss...Was a major contributor on special teams...Ranked third on the team with five special teams tackles, including four on kickoff coverage. Akron (9/6): Made one tackle... Added one kickoff return for 35 yards to open the second half. UMass (9/20): Tallied a career high three tackles...Notched his first career tackle for loss, a combined stop with Malik Golden in the third quarter. Northwestern (9/27): Earned his first career start...Tied his career-high with three tackles. Ohio State (10/25): Made one stop on punt coverage. Maryland (11/1): Registered one stop. Temple (11/15): Added two special teams stops. at Illinois (11/22): Logged one tackle on a kickoff return.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterman as a dual-threat quarterback and defensive back for head coach Vinny Kishbaugh at Central Mountain High School...Ended his career owning 14 school records, including points in a game (32) and points in a season (118)...Named to the 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AAAA all-state team...Recorded 179 tackles, nine sacks and three interceptions in his career...Compiled more than 3,600 rushing yards and threw for over 1,600 yards in his career, playing quarterback his junior and senior seasons...Rushed for more than 1,500 yards and threw for more than 1,000 yards with 10 touchdown passes as a senior...Logged 900 yards rushing and 600 yards passing as a junior...Rushed for 700 yards as a sophomore...Also lettered all four years in basketball and three times in baseball...Garnered all-state honors as an outfielder during his senior campaign. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Von Timothy Walker...Son of Timothy Walker and Angela Harding...Has two brothers, Gavyn and Hayden...Stepmother, Ashley Walker, attended Penn State...Enjoys fishing...On pace to graduate in December with a degree in advertising and public relations...Born December 7, 1994 in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.

WALKER’S CAREER STATISTICS

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

2013 2014 2015 Career

3-1 4 0 0 0 0 5-7 12 0 0 0 0 6-4 10 1 0 0 0 14-12 26 1 0 0 0

SACK

TFL

0-0 0-0 0-0 1.0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 1.0-2

➤ WALKER’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles.............................................................................3 - Three times; most recent: vs. Army, 10/3/15 Tackles for Loss........................................................................................1.0 - vs. Massachusetts, 9/20/14 Fumble Recoveries................................................................................................... 1 - vs. Army, 10/3/15 Blocked Kicks...................................................................................................1 - vs. Michigan, 11/21/15 Rush Attempts................................................................................................. 4 - vs. Kent State, 9/21/13 Rush Yards...................................................................................................... 10 - vs. Kent State, 9/21/13 Long Rush............................................................................................. 10 yards - vs. Kent State, 9/21/13 Total Offense Attempts..................................................................................... 4 - vs. Kent State, 9/21/13 All-Purpose Yards......................................................................................................56 - vs. UCF, 9/14/13 Punt Returns.......................................................1 - Six times; most recent: vs. Boston College, 12/27/14 Punt Return Yards.................................................................................. 22 - vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/7/13 Long Punt Return......................................................................... 22 yards - vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/7/13 Kick Returns................................................................................................................3 - vs. UCF, 9/14/13 Kick Return Yards.......................................................................................................56 - vs. UCF, 9/14/13 Long Kick Return..................................................................................................... 35 - vs. Akron, 9/6/14

➤ 2013 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 11 games...An all-purpose player, seeing time on offense, defense and special teams...Was one of 12 true freshmen to see game action...Began the season at running back, but shifted to safety mid-season...Had seven rushing attempts for 18 yards...Returned six kickoffs for 99 yards, including a long of 23...Returned four punts for 19 yards...Made four tackles (three solo)...Saw action on all four kickoff and punting units. Syracuse (8/31): Made his collegiate debut in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium...Logged one stop on a punt return. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Had three carries for eight yards...Returned one punt for a season-long 22 yards...Added one tackle on special teams. UCF (9/14): Returned three kickoffs for 56 yards, including a long of 23 yards. Kent State (9/21): Added four carries for 10 yards...Returned one kickoff for 15 yards. Michigan (10/12): Logged one kickoff return for 14 yards. Purdue (11/16): Contributed one tackle. at Wisconsin (11/30): Made one tackle.

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WARTMAN-WHITE 6-1 ➤ 248 ➤ Gr./Sr. Eligible

Linebacker ➤ Philadelphia, Pa. • Suffered a season-ending injury in the opener at Temple, but provided guidance to Jason Cabinda during his transition to the mike linebacker spot. • Has a nose for the football and is a sure-handed tackler as he finished second on the team with 75 tackles in 2014. • His toughness and style of play give him the potential to etch his name among the most iconic players to suit up at “Linebacker U.” • Graduated in December with his degree in telecommunications and is one of six Nittany Lions to have their degree. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania and one of 10 returnees from the Philadelphia area. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Season: Started the season opener at Temple...Suffered a season-ending injury in the second quarter at Temple...Graduated in December with a degree in telecommunications...One of 13 Nittany Lions to earn their degree in December. at Temple (9/5): Made two solo tackles before leaving the game due to injury...Was playing for the first time in his hometown of Philadelphia. ➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Started 12 games, missing one due to injury, to push his total to 20 career starts...Finished second on the team and 28th in the Big Ten with 75 tackles (32 solo)...Added 3.5 tackles for loss and his first career interception, which he returned 13 yards late in the fourth quarter at Indiana. UCF (8/30): Made six stops at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Akron (9/6): Logged six tackles. at Rutgers (9/13): Registered three tackles...Posted 1.0 tackle for loss...Was part of a defensive effort that held the Scarlet Knights to no points, three first downs and 95 yards in the second half. UMass (9/20): Logged five tackles to earn the coaches’ Defensive Player of the Week...Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to just three yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). at Michigan (10/11): Returned to the starting lineup to tally six tackles...Made three stops for no gain. Ohio State (10/25): Set a then-career high with nine hits... Helped the defense hold the Buckeyes to 17 points and 256 yards in regulation. Maryland (11/1): Made two stops...Was part of a defense that limited Maryland to 194 yards of total offense, the fewest total yards allowed against a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota (138, 2009). at Indiana (11/8): Collected eight tackles...Notched his first career interception, a late fourth-quarter snag...Returned his interception 13 yards to set up a Sam Ficken field goal for a 13-7 lead with 55 seconds to play in the game...Earned the coaches’ Co-Defensive Player of the Week award...Helped boost a defense that held the then-nation’s leading rusher, Tevin Coleman, to just 71 yards...Helped the Nittany Lions shut out the Indiana offense, as the Hoosiers scored their fewest points at home since 2006, via a defensive touchdown. Temple (11/15): Made two tackles...Added 0.5 tackle for loss to help Penn State become bowl eligible...Helped limit Temple to just 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011. at Illinois (11/22): Tied his then-career high with nine tackles...Notched 1.0 TFL...Helped limit the Illini to 2-of-16 on third down conversions and just 16 points. Michigan State (11/29): Posted an eight-tackle effort...Made it three straight games with a tackle for loss with one stop behind the line of scrimmage...Aided a defense that held the Michigan State offense to 298 total yards, marking the only time in 2014 the Spartans were held to less than 300 yards of total offense. Boston College (12/27): Recorded a career-best and team-high 11 tackles (five solo).

➤ 2013 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career. Season: Appeared in all 12 games, making eight starts...Made his first career start against Syracuse in the season-opener...Finished the season 10th on the team with 32 tackles...Recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. Syracuse (8/31): Made three solo tackles in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Recorded six tackles (four solo)... Added a team-best three pass breakups. UCF (9/14): Logged three stops. Kent State (9/21): Made two tackles...Had one pass breakup. Michigan (10/12): Registered a season-best eight tackles...Made his first career tackle for a loss...Contributed on three stops during the Wolverines’ last drive in regulation, with the three carries resulting in minus-two yards. at Ohio State (10/26): Notched five tackles (three solo). Purdue (11/16): Produced his first career sack and forced fumble on the same play...His fourthquarter strip-sack was recovered by Mike Hull and led to the Nittany Lions’ final scoring drive...Added two tackles. Nebraska (11/23): Made one tackle for loss. at Wisconsin (11/30): Made a pair of solo stops. ➤ 2012 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in two games before suffering a knee injury on the opening kickoff at Virginia in the second contest...The injury sidelined him for the final 10 games and he was granted a medical redshirt... Was among six true freshmen to play during the season. Ohio (9/1): Blocked a second-quarter punt at the Bobcats’ 25-yard line that the Nittany Lions converted into a touchdown...Made one solo tackle. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman for head coach George Howanitz at Valley View High School...Earned AllAmerica, all-state, all-region and All-Lackawanna Conference honors as a senior...Named the Scranton Times-Tribune Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead the Cougars to the school’s first District 2-3A championship during his final prep season...Invited to play in the Offense/Defense All-American Game and the Big 33 Classic following his senior season...Garnered WNEP-TV Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year in 2011...Ended his career with a school-record 387 stops...As a senior, recorded 120 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and one interception...Picked as an all-region and all-conference selection as a sophomore and junior...Made 115 tackles during his junior season...Delivered 66 stops as a sophomore... Also lettered in basketball and track and field...Helped Valley View to the District 2-3A 400-meter relay title as a senior. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Nyeem Warren Wartman-White...Son of Veronica White...Is one of 10 children...Has three older brothers, Randy, Markel and Donté, two younger brothers, Issiah and Kaleaf, two older sisters, Rouketa and Lanice, and two younger sisters, Shay and Kareema...Graduated in December 2015 with a degree in telecommunications...Is working on a second degree in journalism...Born December 16, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

WARTMAN-WHITE’S CAREER STATISTICS

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

2012 2013 2014 2015 Career

1-0 1 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 17-15 32 0 1 0 4 1.0-4 2.5-8 32-43 75 0 0 1 0 0-0 3.5-5 2-0 2 0 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 52-58 110 0 1 1 4 1.0-4 6.0-13

SACK

TFL

➤ WARTMAN-WHITE’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles.................................................................................................. 11 - vs. Boston College, 12/27/14 Sacks................................................................................................................ 1.0 - vs. Purdue, 11/16/13 Tackles for Loss...............................................1.0 - Five times; most recent: vs. Michigan State, 11/29/14 Interceptions..........................................................................................................1 - at Indiana, 11/8/14 Long Interception Return............................................................................13 yards - at Indiana, 11/8/14 Forced Fumbles................................................................................................... 1 - vs. Purdue, 11/16/13 Pass Breakups......................................................................................... 3 - vs. Eastern Michigan, 9/7/13

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WHITE

WINDSOR

ANTOINE

ROBERT

6-2 ➤ 286 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

6-4 ➤ 291 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible

Defensive Tackle ➤ Millville, N.J.

Defensive Tackle ➤ Fond Du Lac, Wis.

• Worked tirelessly in the weight room and on the practice field during his redshirt freshman season and is poised to compete for time in the defensive tackle slot after the graduation of Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney. • Saw time in 10 games, making 12 tackles last season. • Tested well in winter conditioning, finishing tied for first on the team in the squat (600) with running back Saquon Barkley. • One of the most athletic players on the defensive line, he flashed his abilities on an 88-yard interception return for a touchdown during his senior season at Millville High School. • Among 16 Nittany Lion returnees from New Jersey.

• Has good size and reach and will compete for time at defensive tackle after the graduation of Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel and Tarow Barney. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football and basketball. • Is the lone returning Nittany Lion to hale from the state of Wisconsin. • One of six returnees from the Midwest.

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Season: Appeared in 10 games...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action. Rutgers (9/19): Ended the night with a career-high three tackles...Made his first career stop late in the third quarter...Added 0.5 tackle for loss, which was a combined sack with Torrence Brown in the fourth quarter. San Diego State (9/26): Made three tackles for the second game in a row...Recorded 0.5 sack for a loss of three yards, combining with Tarow Barney in the fourth quarter...Finished with 1.0 TFL with the half-sack and a half-TFL when teaming with Jason Cabinda for a tackle for loss in the fourth quarter...Was a part of a defensive unit that amassed 9.0 TFLs in the game. Army (10/3): Recorded one tackle. Indiana (10/10): Logged one stop. Illinois (10/31): Made one tackle. at Northwestern (11/7): Made one tackle. at Michigan State (11/28): Made two tackles.

Three-year letterman at Fond du Lac High School for head coach Mike Gnewuch...Earned first-team allstate honors by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and the Associated Press...Named Action Reporter Media 2014 Defensive Player of the Year, Valley Football Association South Defensive Co-Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year...Recorded 56 tackles, 13 TFL and 5.5 sacks as a senior... Selected second-team Valley Football Association South after compiling 42 tackles, 22 for loss and four sacks in nine games as a junior...Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com, ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Played two years of basketball.

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Full name is Robert Browning Windsor...Son of Richard and Nancy Windsor...Has two brothers, Andrew and Brian, and a sister, Mary...Father attended Penn State...Cousin, Matthew Vogrich, played basketball at Michigan...Cousin, Charlie Stahl, runs cross country and track & field at Princeton...Hobbies include fishing, hunting and video games...Undecided on a major...Born January 15, 1997 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

➤ PERSONAL

A three-year letterman for head coach Jason Durham at Millville High School...Earned first-team allstate and South Jersey Defensive Player of the Year honors after piling up 70 tackles, one forced fumble and two interceptions as a senior...Returned one interception 88 yards for a touchdown...Garnered first-team All-Cape-Atlantic League three times, and second-team All-South Jersey as a junior for the Thunderbolts...Invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl following his senior season...Rated a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services...Ranked as a Top 50 defensive tackle by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...Was a Top 25 prospect coming out of New Jersey according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...Was a member of the Leaders Club and the Key Club at Millville.

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WOMBACKER

5-10 ➤ 172 ➤ So./Fr. Eligible Kicker/Punter ➤ Hermitage, Pa.

➤ PERSONAL

• One of seven returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania.

Full name is Antoine Brent White...Son of Carey and Stacey White...Has one younger brother, Da’mir... Enjoys strength conditioning, fishing and video games...Majoring in communication arts and sciences... Born February 12, 1996 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

WHITE’S CAREER STATISTICS

2015 Career

UT-AT TT FR FC I PBU

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

SACK

TFL

4-8 12 0 0 0 0 1.0-5 1.5-6 4-8 12 0 0 0 0 1.0-5 1.5-6

➤ WHITE’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles................................................................... 3 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15; vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Sacks................................................................... 0.5 - vs. Rutgers, 9/19/15; vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15 Tackles for Loss......................................................................................1.0 - vs. San Diego State, 9/26/15

Four-year letterman for head coach Bill Brest at Hickory High School...Was a team captain as a senior... Helped lead the Hornets to four consecutive District 10 Championships...Earned All-District first team honors as a kicker during his senior year...Was first-team All-Region 3 as a kicker and punter in 2014 and 2015 and as a kicker in 2013...Was an All-State Class AA second team choice as a punter during his senior year...Played in the Pennsylvania East-West All-Star Game...Invited to the North-South Mercer County and District 10 All-Star games...Made eight field goals with a long of 44 yards as a senior...Defensively, had 49 tackles, 12.0 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2015...Had five field goals, 68 extra points, 52 tackles and 6.0 sacks as a junior...Converted on two field goals and 46 extra points as a sophomore... Tallied 267 career points...Earned four letters in wrestling and one letter in track & field...Was a District qualifier in wrestling...Was an honor roll student. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jordan Thomas Wombacker...Son of Cindy and Carl Wombacker...Has six sisters, Erin, Megan, Lauren, Jaclyn, Alyson, Shannon...Has four family members that graduated from Penn State...Enjoys playing other sports, hunting and fishing...Planning to major in business with plans to start his own business...Born July 31, 1997 in Greenville, Pennsylvania.

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YAZUJIAN

CHASZ

TYLER

5-11 ➤ 244 ➤ Sr.^/Sr. Eligible

6-7 ➤ 348 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible Tackle/Guard ➤ Woodbridge, Va. • Is a physical player with good size and will look to contend a spot in the rotation of the interior positions on the Nittany Lion offensive line. • Will be among a host of young players adding significant depth to the offensive line after making good strides during the winter conditioning period and spring practice. • Appeared in 10 games as a redshirt freshman, playing a key role on special teams. • Is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 10 games...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action...Saw time on special teams. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman at C.D. Hylton High School for head coach Tony Lily...A two-way player for the Bulldogs, earning first-team all-district honors his last three years...Garnered second-team all-region during his sophomore and junior campaigns...Attended Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) in 2013 and helped the Falcons to a 9-3 record...The anchor on the offensive line, helped the offense pile up 2,247 yards rushing and more than 2,700 yards passing...Milford Academy averaged 37.9 points per game with 18 rushing touchdowns and 25 passing scores...Posted nine tackles (five solo), with three tackles for loss in two games on the defensive line, before anchoring the offensive line the remainder of the season...Rated a three-star recruit by all four of the major recruiting services...Ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Virginia by 247Sports.com. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Chasz Earl Wright...Son of Charles and Kimberly Wright...Has one younger sister, Kaylen... Cousin, James Wright, was a four-year letterman at LSU and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2014 NFL Draft...Cousin, Jordan Mickey, was an All-SEC pick in basketball at LSU as a freshman in 2013-14...Majoring in telecommunications...Would like to pursue a career in a video department with an NFL franchise...Born March 18, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Long Snapper ➤ Royersford, Pa. • Enters preseason camp as the returning starter, but will again battle with Zach Ladonis and Kyle Vasey for the full-time long snapping duties. • Honored as the Coaches Special Team Award recipient at the 2015 Blue-White game for being the specialist who demonstrated loyalty, interest, attitude & improvement in spring practice. • Finished the spring semester with a 3.75 grade-point average to earn Dean’s List and owns a 3.87 cumulative GPA. • Posted a perfect 4.0 GPA during the fall semester. • Garnered CoSIDA Academic All-America second team accolades last season after a bid on the Academic All-District teams in 2014. • Is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and took home Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades in 2016. • One of seven returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2015 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Awards: Named to CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team, marking the 64th honor for a Penn State football player...Is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District® selection (2014, 2015)...Named Academic All-Big Ten...Honored as a 2015-16 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar...Was the Coaches Special Team Award recipient at the 2015 Blue-White game for being the specialist who demonstrated loyalty, interest, attitude & improvement in spring practice. Season: Appeared in 13 games...Has handled all of the long snapping duties since the beginning of 2014. Indiana (10/10): Combined with Jordan Dudas on his first tackle of the season on the opening punt return. ➤ 2014 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Selected CoSIDA Academic All-District®...Selected Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career...Honored as a 2014-15 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. Season: Handled all of the long snapping duties in each of the team’s 13 games. Temple (11/15): Made his first career tackle on a punt return. ➤ 2013 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2012 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterman for head coach Chad Brubaker at Spring-Ford High School...Selected a team captain in his senior year...Selected All-Pioneer Athletic Conference and first-team all-area tight end as a senior...Helped the Rams to the PAC-10 Championship during his final prep season...Earned Distinguished-Scholar honors all four years...Also lettered in baseball...Earned all-academic team honors his senior year. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Tyler James Yazujian...Son of Jim and Denise Yazujian...Enjoys fishing...Enrolled in the College of Information Sciences and Technology and is studying security and risk analysis...Brought a 3.87 cumulative grade-point average into the summer...Born September 25, 1993 in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. ➤ YAZUJIAN’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles.............................................................................1 - vs. Temple, 11/15/14; vs. Indiana, 10/10/15

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BARBIR

CHAVIS

ALEX

TYRELL

5-9 ➤ 195 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

6-3 ➤ 295 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible

Kicker ➤ Cumming, Ga.

Defensive Tackle ➤ Richmond, Va.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ 2014-15 ➤ NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Four-year letterman for head coach Jeff Arnette at South Forsyth High School...Helped the War Eagles reach state elite eight as a senior...Converted 14-of-19 field goal attempts during junior and senior seasons...Had 125-of-140 kickoff attempts go for touchbacks during his junior and senior years...Twotime all-state selection...Three-time all-county and All-Region 6 selection...Converted on a schoolrecord 56-yard field goal in his junior year...Played in Elite Jr. Classic and Offense-Defense All-American Bowl...Ranked as a One on One Kicking Camps five-star kicker...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting services - ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...At kicker nationally, ranked seventh by 247Sports, No. 15 by ESPN, and No. 17 by Scout...Ranked as the second-best kicker in the state of Georgia and sixth-best in the south by Scout...Also earned one letter each in track and soccer.

Helped Nassau Community College to the Northeast Football Conference Championship with a perfect 10-0 record...Selected All-Northeast Football Conference first team at defensive tackle as a sophomore...Collected all-conference second team accolades as a freshman...Was the Sept. 22, 2014 Northeast Football Conference Special Teams Player of the Week...Recorded 39 tackles, including 26 solo, with 12.0 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks in his sophomore season...Forced two fumbles in 2015...Had a season-high 3.0 sacks against Monroe College...Made 23 tackles with 6.0 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and one pass breakup as a freshman... Ranked as the No. 3 recruit in Virginia, No. 4 defensive tackle and No. 38 player overall by 247Sports...Rated as the No. 12 Junior College prospect by Scout...Ranked 32nd in the ESPN JC50, including being the No. 4 DT 2013 ➤ VIRGINIA

➤ PERSONAL

Redshirt season.

Full name is Alex Daniel Barbir...Son of Daniel and Hope Barbir...Has two brothers, Joshua and Timothy... Cousin, Danny Barbir, plays soccer and is a member of the under-18 team for West Bromwich Albion in England...Played soccer with Danny for the Lehigh Valley United...Plans on majoring in law...Born August 17, 1997 in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

CAMERON

Played a post-graduate season at Fork Union Military Academy under head coach John Shuman...Saw time on both sides of the ball as an offensive guard and defensive tackle for head coach Stu Brown at Varina High School...Earned All-District first team honors as an offensive lineman as a senior...Was an All-Region first team selection on both the offensive and defensive lines in his final season at Varina... Selected as a Touchdown Club of Richmond first-team defensive lineman...Claimed All-Metro first team accolades on both the offensive and defensive line...Was a four-star recruit with a rating of the No. 9 prep player in the country by 247Sports...Three-star prospect by Rivals and ESPN.

6-5 ➤ 215 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

➤ PERSONAL

Linebacker ➤ Burtonsville, Md.

Full name is Tyrell D. Chavis...Son of Marie Chavis...Has one brother, Robert Chavis...Born June 15, 1994 in Richmond, Virginia.

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Three-year letterman for head coach Pat Cilento at The Bullis School...Three-time team captain...Helped lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back Interstate Athletic Conference titles in 2014 and 2015...Played in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl...Was selected as the Maryland MVP in the Big 33 Game... Recorded 260 tackles in three seasons...Named all-conference first team as a junior...Had an interception and caught 16 receptions for 350 yards and six touchdowns as a senior...Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout, and three stars by Rivals...Ranked in ESPN 300 at 240th overall, 26th in the region, eighth in the state of Maryland and No. 13 at outside linebacker...Ranked as the second-best outside linebacker in Maryland and the East by Scout, as well as, No. 263 overall and No. 15 at position... Ranked No. 22 at position and No. 10 in Maryland by 247Sports...Ranked No. 28 at position and No. 13 in Maryland by Rivals...Also a member of the track and field team. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Cameron Courtney Brown...Son of Desmond Brown and Susan Giscombe...Has two brothers, D. Greyson and Brandon, and two sisters, Simone and Candice...Cousin, Andre Davis, was a wide receiver at Virginia Tech and for nine seasons in the NFL...Hobbies include watching movies and playing basketball...Considering finance or kinesiology as majors...Born April 1, 1998 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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DALTON

FRIES

DANNY

WILL

6-4 ➤ 247 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

6-6 ➤ 295 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

Tight End/H-Back ➤ Marshfield, Mass. • Is one of four Nittany Lions who graduated from high school in December and joined the roster for the spring semester. • Was rated as the top overall player in Massachusetts by all four major recruiting outlets – ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. • Added eight pounds of muscle during his first semester in Happy Valley. • Joins sophomore Jonathan Thomas as the only Nittany Lions from Massachusetts. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-year letterman for head coach Lou Silva at Marshfield High School...Was a team captain his senior season...Selected for Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl...Named Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior...Selected first-team All-State in 2014 and 2015...Was a Boston Globe and Boston Herald All-Scholastic choice as a junior and senior...Collected Atlantic Coast League All-Star honors as a junior and senior...Claimed ESPNBoston.com All-Star honors in 2014 and 2015...Was ESPNBoston.com’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Had 49 catches for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior to lead the Rams to the ACL title and D2 South Sectional Championship with an 11-1 record...As a junior, had 51 catches for 766 yards and nine scores as Marshfield finished 12-1 mark en route to the D2 Massachusetts State Championship...Set school season records for receptions (51), receiving yards (766), receiving touchdowns (11)...Broke school career records for receptions (135), receiving yards (2,002) and receiving touchdowns (23)...Recorded three interceptions, including returning one for a touchdown, 57 tackles, 4.0 sacks and six pass deflections as a linebacker in 2015...Rated as the top overall player in the state of Massachusetts by all four major recruiting services - ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Rated a three-star prospect by all four recruiting services - ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Was the eighth-ranked tight end according to 247Sports...Rated as the No. 14 tight end by ESPN...Ranked 21st overall and fourth among East tight ends by Scout...Ranked as the No. 30 tight end by Rivals...Also played lacrosse for three years, basketball for two and track for one year...Was an ACL All-Star in lacrosse as a sophomore and a junior.

Tackle ➤ Cranford, N.J. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Erik Rosenmeier at Cranford High School...Team captain as a senior...Helped lead the Cougars to the Mid-State 38 Conference Championship in 2014 and North 2 Group 3 State Championship in 2015...Played on both the offensive and defensive lines...Selected to the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout...Ranked No. 17 at offensive guard and No. 9 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals...Ranked as the No. 38 offensive tackle, No. 11 prospect in state and No. 52 in region by ESPN... Ranked as the No. 41 offensive tackle and No. 11 in New Jersey by 247Sports...Ranked No. 47 at offensive guard overall, seventh in the East and second in New Jersey by Scout...Also a four-year letterman for the track and field team in the shot put and discus and a one-year letterman in basketball...Academic Honor Roll all four years. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is William Connor Fries...Son of Harold and Maureen Fries...Has two sisters, Mallory and Kristen, and a brother, Matthew...Hobbies include fishing and working out...Plans on majoring in finance...Born April 4, 1998 in Staten Island, New York.

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GELLERSTEDT 6-6 ➤ 297 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible Tackle ➤ Dublin, Ohio

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Daniel Padraic Dalton...Son of Marybeth and Tom Dalton...Has an older sister, Meghan, and a younger brother, Bobby...Hobbies include reading...Considering communication as a major...Born September 3, 1997 in Newtown, Massachusetts.

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6-4 ➤ 195 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible Wide Receiver ➤ Baltimore, Md. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Two-time letterwinner for head coach Lawrence Smith at Dunbar...Team captain as a senior...Helped the Owls to the State Championship game as a junior...Dunbar finished with a 10-4 record in 2014... The Owls were 10-3 in 2015...Selected to the Small School All-State first team as a senior...Claimed MarylandPreps.com All-Metro first team honors in 2015...Invited to the Big 33, Maryland Bowl and Offense-Defense All-Star games...Registered a 35-yard touchdown catch for Maryland's only offensive score in the Big 33 Game...Had 50 catches for 700 yards as a senior...Was a three-star recruit according to ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports and a two-star prospect by Scout...Rated as the No. 23 prospect in Maryland by ESPN...Ranked as the 24th-best player in Maryland by 247Sports...Ranked 31st among Maryland prospects by Rivals...Also participated in basketball and track and field. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Dae’lun Dyrai Darien...Son of Sabrina Hill and Lawrence Darien...Has two older brothers, Donyae Darien and Demitric Darien, and one younger brother, Dashawn Darien...Hobbies include playing with his nephews...Considering majoring in sports management...Born September 2, 1998 in East Baltimore, Maryland.

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• Is one of four Nittany Lions who graduated from high school in December and joined the roster for the spring semester. • Earned Associated Press All-Ohio Division I first team honors as a senior at Dublin Coffman High School in suburban Columbus, Ohio. • Added 17 pounds of muscle during his first semester in Happy Valley. • Joins redshirt sophomore Chance Sorrell as the lone Nittany Lions from Ohio. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Two-year letterman for head coach Mark Crabtree at Dublin Coffman High School...Served as team captain as senior...Helped lead the Rocks to the Ohio Capital Conference title in 2014...Earned All-Ohio Division I first team honors from the Associated Press as a senior...Also earned Ohio-South All-Region and Columbus Dispatch All-City honors in 2015...Started his high school career as a defensive lineman... Consensus three-star tackle...Ranked No. 34 prospect in Ohio and No. 73 offensive tackle by 247Sports... Ranked as the 43rd-best offensive tackle in the country and 17th-ranked recruit in Ohio by ESPN...Rated as the 46th-ranked player in Ohio by Rivals...Ranked by Scout as 58th-best offensive tackle prospect, 16th offensive tackle in the Midwest and third-ranked offensive tackle in Ohio...Also played power forward for the Dublin Coffman basketball team as a sophomore and junior. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Alexander Konrad Gellerstedt...Son of Stephanie and Steve Gellerstedt...Has one brother, Jack...Hobbies include fishing and playing basketball...Planning to major in accounting...Born February 14, 1998 in Cleveland, Ohio.


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JORDAN

BLAKE

ELLISON

6-2 ➤ 182 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

6-0 ➤ 285 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

Punter/Kicker ➤ Smyrna, Ga.

Defensive Tackle ➤ Upper Marlboro, Md.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Three-year letterwinner for head coach Gerry Romberg at Westminster High School...Helped Westminster School to its first Class AAA Georgia State Championship since 1978 by kicking three field goals, including a 53-yard boot, and had two punts of 60 yards in the air in the final...Set a school record with a 56-yard field goal in a win over Adairsville...Rated as a five-star punter and a five-star kicker by the Kohl’s Professional Camp...Named to the MaxPreps 2015 Medium Schools All-American first team as a punter...Earned first-team All-State honors as a placekicker in 2015...Claimed first-team South Fulton All-Metro and first-team Atlanta All-Metro by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a senior...Was a firstteam All-Region 4-AAA Punter and first team Atlanta All-Metro by the Atlanta Journal Constitution in 2014...Claimed second-team All-State accolades in 2014...Claimed Touchdown Club of Atlanta All Metro All-Star Team honors as a senior...Invited to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl...Selected for the Florida-Georgia High School All-Star Game...Had 41 punts with an average of 45.2 yards per punt... Had 19 punts downed inside the 20 as a senior...Was 54-for-54 on extra points in 2015...Has the three longest field goals in Westminster history (56, 53, 52)...Was 16-for-26 on field goals as a senior...Rated a four-star prospect by Scout and a three-star prospect by Rivals ESPN and 247Sports...Was the thirdranked punter in the country by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 3 punter in the country and No. 2 punter in the South region by Scout...Rated the No. 8 kicker/punter by ESPN...Was a four-time letterwinner in soccer and a two-time letterman basketball at Westminster...Helped the Wildcats to the 2013 Georgia State High School Association Class AA Soccer Championship and a runner-up finish in 2014...Was a member of the National Honor Society...Was an AP Scholar and a member of the Discipline Council... Earned Honor Roll accolades.

Was a four-time letterwinner for head coach Biff Poggi at the Gilman School...Served as team captain as a senior...Played in the Under Armour All-American Game...Helped the Greyhounds to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference Championship...Gilman finished 10-1, ranking No. 1 in Maryland and No. 13 in the USA Today Top 25 in 2015...Garnered 2015 Maryland State Defensive Player of the Year honors...Named as the 2015 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year...Selected as VarsitySportsNetwork.com Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Was a MaxPreps Freshman AllAmerica second team selection...Claimed MaxPreps Sophomore All-America second team honors...Twotime consensus all-state selection (2015, 2014)...Garnered first-team all-state accolades in 2013...Was a three-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro first team selection...Earned first-team All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) honors as a sophomore, junior and senior...Set the Gilman School record with 52 career sacks...Registered 71 tackles, 17 sacks, 19 TFLs, three forced fumbles and a safety as a senior...Had 60 tackles, including 16 sacks as a junior...Tallied 50 tackles, 11 sacks and a forced fumble as a sophomore...Set the school record for sacks in a game with 5.5 against Friendship Collegiate as a junior...Selected to play in the Maryland Crab Bowl...Rated as a four-star recruit by all four major recruiting services - ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Ranked as 10th-best player in Maryland and 30th-best defensive tackle by 247Sports...Ranked 155th among the ESPN300...Rated as the seventhranked player in Maryland and 20th-ranked defensive tackle by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle in Maryland, the No. 9 defensive tackle overall and No. 71 overall recruit by Scout...Ranked as the No. 11 player in Maryland and the No. 40 defensive tackle by Rivals...Was a member of the track & field team for two years and wrestled for one year...Won the JV championship for the shot put and discus as a freshman...Helped the Greyhounds to the MIAA Championship as a sophomore.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Blake Thomas Gillikin...Son of Taryn and Walt Gillikin...Has a twin brother, Tyler...Tyler is a long snapper at Northwestern...Mother was a swimmer at the University of Kansas...Father was a swimmer at the University of North Carolina...Hobbies include skiing and traveling...Anticipates majoring in biology...Is enrolled in Schreyer's Honors College...Born January 21, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Ellison Omari Jordan...Son of Deborah and Ronald Jordan...Has one brother, Terrence...Hobbies include watching movies, playing video games, chilling with friends and family and, most importantly, eating...Considering finance and communication as majors...Born April 25, 1997 in Washington, D.C.

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JOSEPH

T.J.

DANIEL

6-2 ➤ 180 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

6-3 ➤ 255 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

Cornerback ➤ Cleveland, Ohio

Defensive End ➤ Lake Forest, Ill.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Named to All-Ohio Division I first team as a senior...Selected to the Cleveland.com Football All-Star first team...Earned Northeast Ohio Lakes All-District football first team honors in 2015...Had 31 tackles, five interceptions and 13 passes defended in 2015...Registered 50 tackles and an interception as a junior... Rated as a three-start recruit by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports, while earning two stars from Rivals... Ranked as No. 38 recruit in Ohio and No. 59 cornerback overall by Rivals...Ranked as the 39th-best recruit in Ohio and No. 87 cornerback by 247Sports...Rated No. 72 prospect in the state of Ohio by ESPN.

Won three letters for head coach Robin Bowkett at Lake Forest Academy...Selected as captain his senior year...Invited to the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl...Selected to the 2015 News-Gazette All-State special mention team...Named 2015 Chicago Tribune’s All-State special mention...Was the Catholic Red Division Defensive MVP in 2015...Selected as Team MVP as a senior...Had 72 tackles, 2.0 sacks, 25 tackles for loss and two interceptions as a defensive lineman and had 10 receiving touchdowns as as tight end... Caught 26 pass for 498 yards and eight touchdowns as a tight end during his junior season...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Scout...Ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 player in Illinois, No. 6 regional player and No. 11 defensive end in the country... Rated as the third-ranked player in Illinois and 11th-ranked strong-side defensive end in the country by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 13 recruit in Illinois by Rivals and the No. 7 defensive end in the Midwest by Scout...Played varsity basketball for four years...Served as team captain his senior year.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Anthony Terrence Johnson Jr....Son of Naomi Rembert and Anthony Johnson-Motley Sr.... Has three brothers, Ricardo Rembert, Carl Johnson and Darius Lewis, and two sisters, Kiara Johnson and Carrington Johnson-Motley...Hobbies include working out, playing basketball and playing the trumpet...Considering majoring in business, journalism or communications...Would like to become a sports agent or sports analyst on television or radio...Born April 10, 1997 in Cleveland, Ohio.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Daniel Joseph...Son of Grace Ekakitie and Charles Joseph...Has two brothers, Love Joseph and Faith Ekakite and one sister, Anniemarie Joseph...Brother, Faith Ekakite, is a rising-senior defensive lineman at Iowa...Cousin, Ese Mrabure-Ajufo, played for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 2015...Hobbies include watching Grey's Anatomy and Friday Night Lights, cooking, going for walks and watching movies...Intends on majoring in business with a concentration in accounting or finance... Would like to work as a consultant for a firm in Chicago or be an accountant or personal management advisory for businesses...Born March 12, 1997 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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CONNOR

McGOVERN

6-5 ➤ 310 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible Center ➤ Larksville, Pa. • Is one of four Nittany Lions who graduated from high school in December and joined the roster for the spring semester. • Was selected to play in the 2016 Army All-American Game after a decorated career at Lark-Lehman High School. • Rated as a four-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets – ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports. • Has trimmed down nearly 10 pounds during his first semester to improve speed and quickness. • Is one of four Nittany Lions hailing from northeastern Pennsylvania.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Zechariah McPhearson...Son of Kim and Gerrick McPhearson...Has six brothers, Gerrick Jr., Derrick, Emmanuel, Jeremiah, Matthew and Josh, and a sister, Kimberly...Father, Gerrick Sr., played defensive back at Boston College and went on to play for the New England Patriots...Brother, Josh, is a wide receiver at Penn State...Brother, Gerrick Jr., played football at Maryland and was selected by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft...Brother, Derrick, played football at Illinois and played minor league baseball in the Brewers organization...Brother, Emmanuel, played football at New Mexico...Brother, Jeremiah, played football at Indiana (Pa.)...Brother, Matthew, was selected by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft...Enjoys photography and baseball...Plans to major in business... Would like to develop viable strip malls in urban areas across the United States...Born March 21, 1998 in Baltimore, Maryland.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Jerry Gilsky at Lake-Lehman High School...Was a two-time team captain...Selected to the 2016 Army All-American Game...Named to Scout All-America team...Finalist for Pennsylvania Mr. Football...Earned Wyoming Valley Football Conference first team All-League honors in 2013, 2014 and 2015...Selected as the Wyoming Valley Football Conference Most Valuable Player as a senior...Earned first-team all-state honors as a senior...Played in the 2015 UNICO All-Star Game... Named to the 2015 WNEP Dream Team...Selected as team MVP in 2015...Helped the Black Knights to the Wyoming Valley Football Conference title in 2015 with a 10-2 record...Was also a member of the squad that won the Wyoming Valley Football Conference title and the District 2 Championship in 2013 with a 9-3 mark...Ranked as a four-start recruit by all four major recruiting services - ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 3 center in the country and No. 7 overall prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports...Rated as the fourth-best center in the country and the eight-best overall player in Pennsylvania by ESPN...Ranked as the top offensive guard in Pennsylvania and the No. 2 guard in the East by Scout...Rated No. 2 among centers in the country and No. 6 among overall prospects in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Also earned two letters each in basketball and track and field...Was an all-conference selection in basketball as a junior...Was District 2 shot put champion in 2015...Set school strength records in bench press, squat, deadlift and power clean...Part of National Honor Society in grades 7-12. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Connor James McGovern...Son of Maureen and Jim McGovern...Has two brothers, AJ and Tyler...Mother, Maureen, played basketball at King’s College...Father, Jim, played football at Colgate... Hobbies include weightlifting and Xbox...Plans to major in business agriculture...Born November 3, 1997 in Larksville, Pennsylvania.

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ZECH

McPHEARSON 5-11 ➤ 180 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible Cornerback ➤ Columbia, Md. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Caesar Nettles at Riverdale Baptist School...Was named team captain as a senior...Earned team MVP honors as a senior...Selected to the 2016 Semper Fidelis Bowl...Helped the Crusaders to the 2013 Independent Athletics Conference Championship and an 11-0 record...Named first team All-State at cornerback by Maryland Pigskin as a senior...Named the Capitol Area District MVP as a senior...Notched first-team All-Capitol Area Conference as a junior and senior...Ended his prep career with 14 interceptions and 37 pass breakups...Gained more than 1,000 all-purpose yards during his junior and senior seasons, scoring 17 touchdowns...Had at least four interceptions in each of his varsity prep seasons... Rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports, while earning a three-star rating from Rivals and Scout...Was an ESPN 300 recruit, ranking No. 129 nationally...Rated the No. 6 recruit in Maryland and the No. 12 cornerback prospect nationally by ESPN...Ranked No. 11 in Maryland and No. 32 nationally at cornerback by 247Sports...Slotted as the No. 1 cornerback prospect in the state of Maryland and No. 33 cornerback nationally by Scout...Ranked as the No. 19 prospect in Maryland and No. 39 cornerback in the nation by Rivals...Also lettered four times in baseball...Guided the Crusader baseball team to back-to-back National Association of Christian Athletes National Championships in 2014 and 2015...Six-time Honor Roll student.

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6-4 ➤ 296 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible Guard ➤ Birdsboro, Pa. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Matt Bauer at Exeter Township Senior High School...Was a two-time team captain...Helped the Eagles to the Berks Inter-County Football Conference title in 2015 with an 11-1 record... Selected to the 2016 Under Armour All-American Game...Earned first-team All-State AAAA honors following his sophomore, junior and senior seasons...Selected as the Berks Inter-County Football Conference Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior and a senior...Earned Conference Most Valuable Player honors as a senior...Three-time Berks Inter-County Football Conference first-team All-League selection (2013, 2014, 2015)...Selected to the MaxPreps Junior All-American Team in 2014...Named the PA Preps Underclassman Offensive Lineman MVP in 2014...Played on both sides of the ball for the Eagles...Registered 75 tackles, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and two blocked punts in 2015...Totaled 71 tackles, 6.5 sacks and two forced fumbles as a junior...Posted 74 tackles, 11.5 sacks and a fumble recovery as a sophomore...Ranked as a fivestar recruit by Scout and 247Sports and a four-start recruit by ESPN and Rivals...Rated as a top-100 recruit nationally, a top-five recruit in the state of Pennsylvania and a top-two recruit on the offensive line by the four major recruiting services...Rated 58th in the ESPN300...Ranked as the No. 2 offensive guard in the country and No. 2 overall prospect in Pennsylvania by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 1 offensive tackle in Pennsylvania and the No. 2 tackle in the nation by Scout...Rated No. 1 among offensive guards in the country and No. 2 among overall prospects in Pennsylvania by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 3 prospect in Pennsylvania and No. 5 offensive guard nationally by Rivals...Also earned three letters in basketball...Earned all-conference basketball honors as a sophomore and junior...Made the All-Academic team four consecutive years. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Michal James Menet...Son of Sherry Graffius and Brian Menet...Has two brothers, Christian Menet and Joseph Schlaffer...Would like to major in business or engineering...Born August 8, 1997 in Reading, Pennsylvania.


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SHANE

5-11 ➤ 195 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

6-3 ➤ 240 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

Running Back ➤ Pittsburgh, Pa.

Defensive End ➤ Laurel, Md.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

A four-year letterwinner for head coach George Novak at Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh... Named a team captain in 2015...Helped lead the Wolverines to an 11-1 mark and a WPIAL runnerup finish to eventual PIAA AAAA State Champion Pittsburgh Central Catholic in 2015...Helped lead Woodland Hills to 39 victories during his career, finishing a stellar career at Woodland Hills with 4,573 yards on 508 carries and 59 touchdowns...A four-year starter, ranks fifth in WPIAL Class AAAA history with 4,573 rushing yards...Participated in the Under Armour All-America Game as a representative on the Armour team in Orlando...Named to Scout All-America team...Selected as 2015 Mr. PA Football for Class AAA/AAAA...Tabbed as PIAA Class AAA All-State first team in 2014 and 2015...Named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 Team and earned the Post-Gazette’s East Player of the Year honors in 2015...Selected to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Terrific 25 in 2015...Was named the Pennsylvania MVP of the Big 33 Game after scoring three touchdowns...Invited to Nike’s “The Opening” and Rivals Five Star Challenge in the summer of 2015...Selected to the Daily News Dynamic 33 in 2015...Rushed for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons...Tallied 1,523 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging 11.2 yards per carry as a senior...Tallied 1,132 yards on just 97 carries and scored 18 touchdowns as a junior...Rushed for 1,064 yards and 14 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore in 2013... Scored 12 touchdowns and rushed for 641 yards as a freshman in 2012...Rated the No. 1 running back in the nation by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Consensus No. 1 prospect in Pennsylvania by all four major recruiting outlets - ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Tabbed as a five-star prospect by Scout and 247Sports...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 20 overall prospect by 247Sports, No. 25 on the Scout 300 list, No. 39 on the Rivals100 2016 list and No. 43 overall prospect on the ESPN300 list for the Class of 2016...Also ran track for Woodland Hills, competing in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay.

A four-year letterwinner for head coach Elijah Brooks at DeMatha Catholic...Played with Mark Allen at DeMatha Catholic...Named team captain as a senior in 2015...Helped lead the Stags to an 11-1 mark and their third-straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) title in 2015...Selected to play in Under Armour All-America Game in Orlando...Voted captain of Team Armour at the All-America Game...Invited to play in the U.S. All-America Game...Named All-USA Defense second team by USA Today...Named U.S. Army National Player of the Year in 2013...Washington Post All-Met Defensive Player of the Year...Two-time consensus all-state pick in Maryland in 2014 and 2015...Two-time first-team Washington Post All-Met honoree...First-team All-WCAC as a junior and senior in 2014 and 2015...Invited to Nike’s “The Opening” in 2015...Had 82 tackles, 16 sacks, 23 tackles for loss and forced three fumbles as a senior...Played both ways for DeMatha, also lining up as a tight end...A consensus four-star recruit by all four major recruiting outlets - ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Tabbed as the No. 14 prospect on the ESPN300 list for the 2016 class...Ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Maryland by ESPN... Named as the No. 6 defensive end in the nation by Rivals...Ranked No. 75 in the Scout 100 list...Ranked as the No. 9 defensive end in the 2016 class by Scout...Rated the No. 41 prospect in the nation and No. 1 in the state of Maryland by 247Sports...Earned Dean’s List honors in the first quarter of 2015 Honor Roll student. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Shane Mychal Simmons...Son of Walter and Jennifer Simmons...Hobbies include hanging out with friends and family in his spare time...Has aspirations of one day owning his own business...Born on June 26, 1997 in Laurel, Maryland.

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Full name is Miles Sanders...Son of Marlene Sanders...Has one older brother, Brian, and one younger brother, Kobe...Hobbies include playing video games, training and watching Netflix...Intends to major in kinesiology to pursue a career as an athletic trainer or head coach...Born May 1, 1997 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

BRENON

THRIFT

6-3 ➤ 290 ➤ Jr./So. Eligible

55

ANTONIO

SHELTON

Defensive Tackle ➤ Monroeville, Pa. ➤ 2015 ➤ LACKAWANNA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

6-2 ➤ 290 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible

Helped Lackawanna to the Northeast Football Conference Championship with a 8-2 record...Had 14 tackles in five games...Registered 3.0 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss.

Defensive Tackle ➤ Gahanna, Ohio

➤ 2014 ➤ TEMPLE

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Was a three-time letterwinner for head coach Rodger Elander at Westerville-North High School...Served as a team captain in 2015...Named to Associated Press All-Ohio Division II second team as a senior... Selected to the 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ohio Football second team...Earned first-team All-Central honors from the Associated Press as a senior...Had 54 tackles, 10.5 sacks and two forced fumbles his senior year...Recorded 31 tackles, 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble as a junior...Rated as a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services - ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Is the 52ndranked player in the state of Ohio by Rivals...Rated as the third-best defensive tackle in Ohio and the 11th-ranked defensive tackle in the Midwest by Scout...Ranked as the No. 60 player in Ohio by ESPN... Rated as the No. 69 player in Ohio by 247Sports...Lettered one year in wrestling. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Antonio Valentino Shelton II...Son of Kathryn Braxton and Antonio Shelton Sr...Has four brothers, Shay, Wes, Jordan and Andre...Hobbies include writing music, watching music videos and filming...Plans to major in kinesiology with plans to become a strength coach or personal trainer...Born on August 1, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Earned all-state second team honors as a senior...Selected to the Northwest All-Stars and Fab 22... Claimed first-team all-conference honors each of his four seasons...Registered 102 tackles, including 72 solo, 16.0 sacks and a fumble recovery as a senior...Posted 354 career tackles...Played in the 2013 Chesapeake Bowl...Rated the No. 27 prospect in Pennsylvania and No. 90 defensive end by ESPN... Ranked as the No. 2 middle linebacker in Pennsylvania, No. 6 middle linebacker in the east and No. 60 MLB overall by Scout...Ranked as the No. 49 recruit in Pennsylvania and the No. 71 inside linebacker by 247Sports...Played basketball at Gateway. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Brenon Jamel Thrift...Son of Lisa and Ellis Thrift...Has a younger brother, Shane...Hobbies include chess, fishing and ping pong...Considering criminal justice and communications as majors...Born December 17, 1994 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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SHAKA

TONEY

6-3 ➤ 195 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible Defensive End ➤ Philadelphia, Pa. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterwinner for head coach Albie Crosby at Imhotep Institute Charter School in Philadelphia...Elected team captain as a senior in 2015...Helped lead the Panthers to the school’s first PIAA AAA State Championship in 2015 during an undefeated season (15-0)...Guided Imhotep to Philadelphia’s first PIAA football title at any classification...Helped Imhotep to win four consecutive Philadelphia Public League Championships...Guided the Panthers to PIAA District 12 Championships in 2012, 2013 and 2015...Helped Imhotep to a PIAA runner-up finish in 2013...Named Pennsylvania Football News Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2015...Earned PIAA Class AAA first-team AllState honors as a senior...Named to the Philadelphia Daily News All-City first team in 2015...Earned Daily News All-City third team honors in 2014...Tabbed as Big 33 Game selection...Made 97 tackles and tallied a school-record 21 sacks in 2015...Finished with 11 pass break-ups as a senior...Recorded 80 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 15 sacks as a junior in 2014...Tallied 79 tackles, 20 sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown as a sophomore...Made 40 tackles and tallied eight sacks as a freshman in 2013...Rated as a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets...ESPN, Rivals, Scout and 247Sports...Tabbed as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the 2016 class by Scout...Rated the No. 20 prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports...Ran track at Imhotep Charter, competing in the 400 and 4x100 relay...Instrumental in helping the 4x100 relay team to a Philadelphia public league title in 2015. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Shaka Felton Toney...Son of Deborah Toney-Moore and Anthony George Toney (deceased)... Has one older brother, Eli, and two older sisters, Nettie and Noel...Hobbies include small architecture projects with clay...Born on Jan. 7, 1998 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played two seasons for head coach Brent Tylec at Niagara-Wheatfield...Was a team captain both seasons...Selected as the Section VI Class A North Defensive Player of the Year and first team allconference as a senior...Played in the Kennsington Lions All-Star game...Had 104 tackles, 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception as a senior...Also rushed for 534 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior...Collected 70 tackles, including 4.0 sacks, and a forced fumble as a junior in 2012...Also wrestled for three seasons in high school...Was the 2014 Section VI Champion in the 182 weight class. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jason Darko Vranic...Son of Erica and Darko Vranic...Has an older sister, Samantha, and older brother, Alex...Hobbies include working out, paint ball and off-roading...Majoring in rehabilitation and human services...Born January 2, 1996 in Buffalo, New York.

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ZEMBIEC

6-3 ➤ 205 ➤ Fr./Fr. Eligible Quarterback ➤ Rochester, N.Y. • Is one of four Nittany Lions who graduated from high school in December and joined the roster for the spring semester. • Was named the 2015 New York Gatorade Player of the Year, selected to play in the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and was an Elite 11 Finalist. • Posted a 3.50 GPA in his first semester on campus. • Is one of three Nittany Lions on the roster from New York. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

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6-0 ➤ 217 ➤ Jr./Jr. Eligible Linebacker ➤ Wheatfield, N.Y. • Joined the squad as a run-on in January 2016 after spending two seasons at Erie Community College. • Collected NJCAA All-America honorable mention accolades as a true freshman with a team-best 77 tackles, including 20.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. • Is one of three Nittany Lions on the roster from New York. ➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE ➤ ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Led the team in tackles for the second-straight season with 69 stops, including 39 solo...Had one sack for a 4-yard loss...Registered 12.5 tackles for loss...Forced one fumble and grabbed two interceptions... Had four games with nine or more tackles. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN ➤ ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Was honorable-mention NJCAA All-America...Had a team-high 77 tackles, including 20.5 tackles for loss...Registered 5.0 sacks...Had one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and one interception... Recorded eight or more tackles in the last seven games of the season, including two double-digit performances.

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A four-time letterwinner for head coach Chris Battaglia at the Aquinas Institute...Two-time team captain...Led the Little Irish to New York State Class AA State Championships as a sophomore and a senior with perfect 13-0 records in each season...Chosen for the 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl...Was a 2015 Elite 11 Finalist...Selected for Offense-Defense All-American Bowl...Selected as the 2015 New York State Gatorade Player of the Year...Named 2015 American Family Insurance ALL-USA New York Football Offensive Player of the Year, as selected by USA Today...Two time New York State Player of the Year (2013, 2015) as selected by the New York State Sports Writers Association...Named All-Greater Rochester Player of the Year in 2013 and 2015...Set the Section V record for season passing yards (3,030), passing touchdowns (37), as well as career passing yards (6,375) and passing touchdowns (76)...Threw four touchdown passes and was 18-for-23 for 462 yards in a 44-19 win over Saratoga Springs in the 2015 State Championship game...Two-time All-Greater Rochester selection...Connected on 184-of269 attempts (68.4 percent) for 3,030 yards and 37 touchdowns as a senior...Was 132-of-223 for 1,932 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore...Was 91-for-136 for 1,427 yards and 15 touchdowns in six postseason games as a senior...Missed junior season due to a wrist injury...Tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals...Earned three stars from Scout and 247Sports...Rated the No. 10 quarterback in the country and No. 1 player in New York State by Rivals...Ranked as the 18th-best quarterback recruit in the country and the No. 2 overall player out of New York by ESPN...Maintained an A average throughout high school. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jake Thomas Zembiec...Son of Maureen and Thomas Zembiec...Has a younger sister, Abigail...Volunteered at the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester and Muddy’s Buddies, which supports children whose lives have been touched by cancer...Born September 10, 1997 in Rochester, New York.


COACHING STAFF

CAREER AT A GLANCE

• Franklin enters his sixth year as a collegiate head coach, leading his first five squads to a bowl game, with post-season victories in three of the last four years. • Franklin is one of nine current Power 5 head coaches to lead his teams to a bowl game in each of his first five seasons as a head coach. • He owns a 38-27 career record, with four consecutive winning seasons. • Franklin has 21 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and NFL level. • In his first five years as a head coach, Franklin mentored 24 players that have gone on to the NFL ranks. • Franklin has secured Top 25 recruiting classes each of the last four seasons, including back-to-back Top 20 classes at Penn State. • Franklin emphasizes four core values for the Penn State program – a positive attitude, great work ethic, competing on and off the field and the ability to sacrifice.

NITTANY LIONS ON THE FIELD

• Franklin was named the 16th head football coach in the storied history of the Nittany Lion program on January 11, 2014. • Franklin guided the Nittany Lions to a 7-6 record in 2015 and a berth in the TaxSlayer Bowl. • Under Franklin’s tutelage, Carl Nassib claimed a trio of national awards – Lombardi Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award – and became Penn State’s 13th unanimous Consensus AllAmerican. • Nassib also led the nation in sacks with a school-record 15.5 in 2015. • The 2015 season also saw Christian Hackenberg break every Penn State career passing record, including passing yards, passing touchdowns and completions, and true freshman Saquon Barkley break the freshman season rushing record with a 1,000-yard campaign. • Barkley was named the Big Ten Network’s Freshman of the Year and claimed second team All-Big Ten honors, while wide receiver Chris Godwin (second team) and defensive tackles Austin Johnson (second team) and Anthony Zettel (third team) also earned All-Big Ten accolades. • Franklin’s first season was bookended with a pair of thrilling victories for the Nittany Lions. The Penn State head coach’s inaugural season began with a final-play 26-24 victory over UCF in Dublin, Ireland in Penn State’s first-ever international game and ended with a comeback, a 31-30 overtime win over Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl in Yankee Stadium. The Nittany Lions overcame a 14-point deficit late in the third quarter, tying the largest comeback in Penn State’s bowl history. • With the Pinstripe Bowl win, Franklin became just the third Penn State coach to lead the team to at least seven wins in his first season, joining Dick Harlow (1915) and Bill O’Brien (2012). • Franklin guided the Nittany Lions to a 4-0 start, joining Harlow as the only first-year Penn State coaches to win their initial four games. • In Franklin’s first season at Penn State, he helped Mike Hull to the Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year award to carry on the “Linebacker U” tradition. • Zettel earned All-Big Ten first team honors, while receiver DaeSean Hamilton garnered All-Big Ten second team accolades after pulling in 82 catches for 899 yards.

NITTANY LIONS IN THE CLASSROOM

• The 2015 fall semester saw the Nittany Lions post a record 56 squad members with at least a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA), marking the fifth consecutive semester (including summer sessions) the Nittany Lions have had more than 50 student-athletes with a 3.0 GPA or better. • The 56 Nittany Lions with a 3.0 GPA or higher surpasses the mark of 55 set by the 2008 fall semester for the most 3.0 students in a semester in football program history.

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• Additionally, 22 Nittany Lions earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition in 2015. • Tyler Yazujian collected a berth on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® second team in 2015. • A total of 23 Nittany Lions posted a 3.5 GPA or higher in the 2015 fall semester, with 19 earning Dean’s List recognition for having 3.5 GPA or higher with 12 credits earned in undergraduate work. • The Nittany Lion freshmen were impressive in the 2015 fall semester with 14 posting a 3.0 or higher. • During Franklin’s first fall semester on campus, the football student-athletes set program records with 25 student-athletes earning Dean’s List recognition (3.5 GPA) and 57 players owning a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher after the 2014 fall semester. • Additionally, 51 squad members compiled at least a 3.0 GPA in the fall of 2014, the third-highest semester total in program history. • The spring of 2015 saw continued success in the classroom with 51 student-athletes compiling at least a 3.0 GPA, marking the first time in program history with 50 or more 3.0s in a spring semester.

NITTANY LIONS IN THE COMMUNITY

• In the last two years, the Nittany Lions have completed more than 4,000 hours of community service. • The Nittany Lions’ community service activities include: Uplifting Athletes, THON, Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games, State College Area Food Bank and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital visits. • The football team’s 2,100 hours of community service in 2014-15 equated to nearly 40 percent of the 5,300 community service hours by Penn State student-athletes. • The engaging and enthusiastic Franklin is a popular speaker and media interview subject. He was a guest analyst on ESPN’s coverage from the site of college football’s National Championship game, spending a day appearing on various ESPN platforms in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Franklin joined the FOX studio crew for pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the Big Ten Championship game. • In February 2015, Franklin was the lone college head coach among the speakers and panelists at the prestigious MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston. He was a panelist for the session, “The Formula to Win: College Football Analytics,” which was moderated by CNN anchor/reporter Rachel Nichols.

RECRUITING SUCCESS

• The Class of 2016 at Penn State finished in the Top 20, ranking as high as 18th by ESPN, and featured a pair of five-star recruits. • In 2016, Franklin secured the No. 1 player in the state of Pennsylvania (Miles Sanders) for the first time since Jared Odrick (2006). • The Nittany Lions laid claim to the No. 1 running back in the state of Pennsylvania in 2015 (Saquon Barkley) and 2016 (Sanders). • Forty-three of the 70 signees under Franklin are from within a 350-mile radius of State College. • In February 2015, the Nittany Lions’ highly-regarded class of 25 signees was ranked in the Top 15 nationally by the four major recruiting services. • Franklin and his staff organized a Top 25 recruiting class in short order after being hired at Penn State in January 2014. • While at Vanderbilt, Franklin assembled a recruiting class that finished as high as 19th in 2014. • In each of his three seasons in Nashville, Franklin signed classes that finished in the Top 50 nationally. Prior to Franklin’s arrival, the Commodores average class rank was 64.6 since 2000 (based on 247Sports composite).


COACHING STAFF HELPING THE COMMODORES GET THEIR WINGS

• Franklin directed Vanderbilt to consecutive Top 25 finishes for the first time in the 124-year history of the program (No. 23/24 – 2013 & No. 23/20 – 2012). • The Commodores finished 23rd in the final 2012 Associated Press poll, marking their first AP final ranking since 1948. • Franklin’s 24 wins tied Dan McGugin for the most by a Vanderbilt coach in his first three seasons. • Franklin led Vanderbilt to a bowl game in each of his three seasons in Nashville, with the last two years resulting in wins over North Carolina State (Music City Bowl) and Houston (BBVA Compass Bowl). The Commodores had played in four bowl games all-time in the 121 seasons prior to his arrival, none in consecutive years. • Vanderbilt has posted four nine-win seasons in program history, with Franklin’s last two teams comprising half of the total. • Over the last 20 games during the 2012-13 seasons, the Commodores’ 16-4 record was second-best in the SEC to Alabama’s 17-3 mark. • Franklin guided the Commodores to a 6-6 regular-season record and earned a berth in the Liberty Bowl during his first season after inheriting a Vanderbilt team that finished 2-10 in both 2009 and 2010, including a 1-15 SEC mark. • The 2011 bowl berth was Vanderbilt’s second since 1983 and running back Zac Stacy broke the Commodores’ season record with 1,193 rushing yards. • The Commodores had a breakthrough campaign in 2012 under Franklin, finishing on a seven-game winning streak (longest since 1948) to post a 9-4 mark, Vanderbilt’s most wins in 97 years, and a berth in the Music City Bowl, which VU defeated N.C. State, 38-24. • A victory at Missouri sparked an 8-1 finish, which included three consecutive SEC road wins for the first time in program history. • The Commodores were 5-3 in SEC play, winning five SEC games for the first time since 1935, and posted two shutouts for the first time since 1968. • Franklin was among five finalists for the Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year award in 2012. • Stacy became the first player in Vanderbilt history to rush for 1,000 yards in consecutive seasons, gaining 1,141 yards to finish with a school-record 3,143 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns. • Wide receiver Jordan Matthews broke the Vanderbilt season receiving record with 1,363 yards on 94 catches. • Vanderbilt continued its historic rise under Franklin during the 2013 season, capping a school-record second consecutive 9-4 campaign with a 41-24 win over Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl. • The Commodores defeated Florida, Georgia and Tennessee in the same season for the first time in program history, winning in Gainesville and Knoxville. • Franklin helped Matthews develop into a two-time All-American and the SEC’s career leader in receptions (262) and receiving yardage (3,759). Matthews broke the SEC season record with 112 receptions for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns in 2013, becoming the first SEC receiver to make 100 catches in a season.

RISING UP THE RANKS

• Franklin began his coaching career as the wide receivers coach at Kutztown (Pa.) University (1995) and was a graduate assistant coach at his alma mater, East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University in 1996, working with the secondary. • He then was the wide receivers coach at James Madison (1997), a graduate assistant (tight ends) at Washington State in 1998 and the wide receivers coach at Idaho State (1999). • In 2000, Franklin was named the wide receivers coach at Maryland under head coach Ron Vanderlinden, who would go on to coach the Penn State linebackers from 2001-13.

• Franklin continued in that role under new head coach Ralph Friedgen in 2002 and ’03 and helped the Terps to three consecutive 10-win seasons, including an appearance in the 2002 FedEx Orange Bowl. In 2003, Franklin added duties as recruiting coordinator and directed back-to-back recruiting classes ranked in the Top 25 nationally. Franklin and former Nittany Lion head coach Bill O’Brien (running backs) were Maryland assistant coaches in 2003 and ’04 under Friedgen. • After five successful years at Maryland, Franklin was named wide receivers coach on Mike Sherman’s Green Bay Packers staff in 2005. During that season, Green Bay ranked third in the NFL in receptions (383) and seventh in receiving yards (3,766). Donald Driver was among the top receivers in the NFL, ranking second in receptions and eighth in receiving yards, with a then-career-high 86 catches for 1,221 yards. • Franklin served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Kansas State during the 200607 seasons under head coach Ron Prince. In 2006, he helped the Wildcats to their first winning season in four years. Franklin coached quarterback Josh Freeman and oversaw an offense that produced a 3,000-yard passer (Freeman), 1,500-yard receiver (All-American wide receiver Jordy Nelson) and 1,000-yard rusher (James Johnson) during the 2007 season, a first in school history. Freeman would go on to become the Wildcats’ highest NFL offensive draft pick since 1954 when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected him 17th overall in the 2009 NFL Draft. • Franklin returned to Maryland in 2008 as the Terps’ assistant head coach and offensive coordinator. He helped the Terrapins to victories in the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl and the 2010 Military Bowl. The 2010 squad was among the national leaders in scoring offense at 32.2 points per game and was led by ACC Rookie of the Year quarterback Danny O’Brien. He threw for 2,438 yards, 22 touchdowns and only eight interceptions in 2010, with All-ACC receiver Torrey Smith making 67 catches for 1,055 yards and 12 scores. • In 1998, Franklin began his participation in the NFL’s Minority Coaching Fellowship Program, starting with a stint with the Miami Dolphins and working with Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino. Franklin also worked with Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles (1999) and Minnesota Vikings (2008) in the NFL program.

PLAYING CAREER

• Franklin was a four-year letterman at quarterback and a two-time All-PSAC selection at East Stroudsburg. • He set seven school records as a senior to earn team MVP honors and was a Harlon Hill Trophy nominee as the NCAA Division II Player of the Year. • Among the season records he set were for total offense (3,128 yards), passing yards (2,586) and touchdown passes (19). • Franklin graduated having broken or tied 23 school records.

PERSONAL

• Franklin graduated from East Stroudsburg in 1995 with a degree in psychology and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Washington State University. • Franklin graduated from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne. • Franklin and his wife, Fumi, have two daughters, Shola and Addison.

THE FRANKLIN FILE

BORN: Langhorne, Pa. UNDERGRADUATE: East Stroudsburg, 1995 (Bachelor’s degree in psychology) Playing career: Quarterback, 1991-94 GRADUATE: Washington State, 1999 (Master’s degree in educational leadership) FAMILY: Wife: Fumi; daughters: Shola & Addison NAMED PENN STATE HEAD COACH: January 11, 2014 COACHING CAREER: Penn State, 2014-present - Head Coach Vanderbilt, 2011-13 - Head Coach Maryland, 2008-10 - Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Kansas State, 2006-07 - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Green Bay Packers, 2005 - Wide Receivers Maryland, 2000-04 - Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator Idaho State, 1999 - Wide Receivers Washington State, 1998 - Graduate Assistant/Tight Ends James Madison, 1997 - Wide Receivers East Stroudsburg, 1996 - Graduate Assistant/Secondary Kutztown, 1995 - Wide Receivers

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COACHING CAREER RECORD: Year School 2011 Vanderbilt 2012 Vanderbilt 2013 Vanderbilt 2014 Penn State 2015 Penn State Totals

Record 6-7 9-4 9-4 7-6 7-6 38-27

Bowl Liberty: Lost to Cincinnati, 31-24 Music City: Beat North Carolina State, 38-24 BBVA Compass: Beat Houston, 41-24 New Era Pinstripe: Beat Boston College, 31-30 (OT) TaxSlayer: Lost to Georgia, 24-17 Bowls: Won 3, Lost 2

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COACHING STAFF ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS COACH

BRENT PRY @CoachPry_LBU

THE PRY FILE COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers (2016-) • Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers (2014-15)

VANDERBILT (2011-13)

• Assistant Head Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers (2013) • Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers (2011-12)

GEORGIA SOUTHERN (2010) • Defensive Coordinator/Safeties

MEMPHIS (2007-09) • Defensive Line

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (2002-06)

• Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/ Linebackers (2004-06) • Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers (2002-03)

WESTERN CAROLINA (1998-2001) • Defensive Backs/Special Teams (2000-01) • Defensive Line (1998-99)

VIRGINIA TECH (1995-97) • Graduate Assistant/Defensive Line

EAST STROUDSBURG (1993-94) • Outside Linebackers/Defensive Backs

BUFFALO (1992)

• Undergraduate Assistant Coach

PERSONAL Years at Penn State: Third Hometown: Altoona, Pennsylvania Education: University of Buffalo, 1993 B.A. History Family: Wife: Amy Son: Colby; Daughters: Madeline, Catherine

BOWL GAMES COACHED 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl......................................Penn State 2014 Pinstripe Bowl.......................................Penn State 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl..............................Vanderbilt 2012 Music City Bowl.....................................Vanderbilt 2011 Liberty Bowl..........................................Vanderbilt 2007 New Orleans Bowl...................................Memphis 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl.................................Memphis 1998 Gator Bowl.........................................Virginia Tech 1996 Orange Bowl......................................Virginia Tech 1995 Sugar Bowl.........................................Virginia Tech

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• A native of Altoona, Pa., Brent Pry’s coaching career has spanned 25 years and began during James Franklin’s final two seasons as an All-PSAC quarterback at East Stroudsburg University. • Pry has helped each program he’s coached at to success, including 10 bowl appearances, with Top 25 finishes in total defense in each of his last six seasons (two at Penn State; three at Vanderbilt; 1 at Georgia Southern). • He has played an instrumental role working with Top 10 defenses at Penn State, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Georgia Southern and Western Carolina. • Pry was promoted to associate head coach and defensive coordinator at Penn State Jan. 10, 2016. • As co-defensive coordinator for Penn State, Pry helped direct a unit that had back-to-back Top 15 finishes in total defense. In 2015, the Nittany Lions finished 14th, giving up 324.5 yards per game. Under Pry’s tutelage in 2014, the Penn State defense finished second in FBS in total defense, allowing just 278.7 yards per game, improving 46 spots from the 2013 season when the Lions finished 48th while giving up 381.3 yards per game. • In 2014, Pry was a finalist for Football Scoop’s Linebackers Coach of the Year to continue the “Linebacker U.” tradition. • Mike Hull earned the Big Ten Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year award and eight All-America honors in 2014. Hull led the Big Ten with 140 tackles, tied for fourth in school season history. • Pry tutored the Vanderbilt linebackers and was co-defensive coordinator from 2011-13. The linebackers led the team in tackles for loss during each of Pry’s three seasons and he helped Chris Marve earn All-SEC honors in 2011. • While at Georgia Southern in 2010, his defensive unit helped the Eagles to a win over No. 1 Appalachian State and an appearance in the NCAA FCS semifinals. • A member of the Memphis staff from 2007-09, Pry’s defensive line corps helped the Tigers to back-to-back bowl appearances. • He also coached at Louisiana-Lafayette (2002-06), boosting the Ragin’ Cajuns to their first Sun Belt Conference championship, Western Carolina (1998-2001) and Virginia Tech (1995-97), helping the Hokies to three bowl games as a graduate assistant, including a win in the 1995 Sugar Bowl. • Pry coached the East Stroudsburg outside linebackers and defensive backs in 1993-94. Pry’s father, Jim, has been a college football coach for 40 years and was Franklin’s offensive coordinator at East Stroudsburg.

PRY BY THE NUMBERS

25 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 9 Years at a Power Five Program 10 Bowls Games Coached 12 NFL Players Coached 2 Super Bowl Champions Coached ➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED

• Mike Hull (Penn State) - Miami Dolphins; 2014 Big Ten Linebacker of the Year • Clinton McDonald (Memphis) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Super Bowl XLVIII Champion • Dontari Poe (Memphis) - Kansas City Chiefs; 2012 NFL Draft first round pick • Charles Tillman (Louisiana-Lafayette) - Carolina Panthers; Two-time Pro Bowl • Ike Taylor (Louisiana-Lafayette) - Two-time Super Bowl Champion; Pittsburgh Steelers (2003-14) • Chris Marve (Vanderbilt) - Three-time All-SEC • C.C. Brown (Louisana-Lafayette) - NFL (2005-11); Two-Time All-Sun Belt • Michael Adams (Louisana-Lafayette) - NFL (2007-14) • Antwain Spann (Louisana-Lafayette) - NFL (2005-09) • Darius Eubanks (Georgia Southern) - NFL (2013-15) • Brent Russell (Georgia Southern) - 2010 Consensus All-American • Lavelle Westbrooks (Georgia Southern) - 2014 NFL Draft seventh round pick • Laron Scott (Georgia Southern) - NFL (2012-13); CFL (2014) ➤ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER

• Lettered as a defensive back at the University of Buffalo, before suffering a career-ending injury, which launched his coaching career as an undergraduate student in 1992.

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COACHING STAFF OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/QUARTERBACKS COACH

JOE MOORHEAD @BallCoachJoeMo

THE MOORHEAD FILE

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• In his 19th year in college coaching, Joe Moorhead is in his first season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after spending four seasons as the head coach of the Fordham Rams. • After inheriting a program that went 1-10, Moorhead steadily built Fordham into a Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) playoff regular, along the way, leading the Rams to their best season in program history in 2013 and the Patriot League title in 2014. • Moorhead earned a 38-13 record as the Rams’ head coach with three consecutive berths in the FCS playoffs. • During his tenure, Moorhead produced the highest ranking in program history (No. 5 in 2013), highest final ranking in program history (No. 9 in 2013 and 2014), the first two wins over FBS schools in program history and the first two wins over Top 10 opponents in school history. Moorhead guided the 2014 Jerry Rice Award for the NCAA FCS Rookie of the Year, three consecutive Patriot League Offensive Players of the Year, 11 All-Americans, five CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and 55 All-Patriot League performers (37 first team, 18 second team) while with the Rams. • Under Moorhead, the Rams were consistently one of the top offensive teams in FCS. The Moorhead-led offense set 16 school records (individual and team) in 2013 and 2014. • In 2014, Moorhead led the Rams to their first Patriot League title since 2007 with a perfect 6-0 mark in league play and an 11-3 record overall. • In one of the most impressive seasons in school history, Moorhead guided the Rams to a 12-2 record in 2013, which included the program’s first win over an FBS opponent (Temple) and the school’s first two wins over Top 10 opponents (Villanova, Lehigh). • For his efforts, Moorhead was named the 2013 AFCA Regional Co-Coach of the Year and Patriot League Coach of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award and the Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year. • Before returning to take the helm at his alma mater, Moorhead spent three seasons at Connecticut, including two as the offensive coordinator. He helped lead the Huskies to 2010 Big East Championship and a berth in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl. • Additionally, Moorhead was at Akron for five seasons, Georgetown for four seasons and a pair of seasons as a graduate assistant at Pitt.

COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2016-)

• Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks

FORDHAM (2012-15) • Head Coach

CONNECTICUT (2009-11)

• Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2011) • Quarterbacks (2009-10)

AKRON (2004-08)

• Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2006-08) • Assistant Head Coach/Pass Game & Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers (2005) • Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator/ Punt Return (2004)

MOORHEAD BY THE NUMBERS

GEORGETOWN (2000-03)

18 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 4 Years as a Head Coach 16 Offensive School Records Set at Fordham

PITTSBURGH (1998-99)

3 Consecutive Patriot League Offensive Players of the Year 15 All-Americans Coached 55 All-Patriot League Players Coached ➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED

• Domenik Hixon (Akron) - NFL (2006-13); 2006 NFL Draft fourth round pick • Andy Allenman (Akron) - NFL (2007-10); 2007 NFL Draft third round pick • Jordan Todman (Connecticut) - Indianapolis Colts; All-American; 2011 NFL Draft sixth round pick; • Marcus Easley (Connecticut) - Buffalo Bills; 2010 NFL Draft fourth round pick • Kashif Moore (Connecticut) - Kansas City Chiefs • Ryan Griffin (Connecticut) - Houston Texans; 2013 NFL Draft sixth round pick • Greg Wilson (Fordham) - CFL’s Calgary Stampeders; NFL (2014) • Michael Nebrich (Fordham) - Two-time Patriot League Offensive POY; Two-time All-American • Dan Light (Fordham) - Two-time All-American; NFL (2014) • Chase Edmonds (Fordham) - 2014 Jerry Rice Award winner (top FCS rookie); 2015 Patriot Offensive POY; Two-time Consensus All-American; Two-time All-Patriot League first team • Tebucky Jones Jr. (Fordham) - NFL (2015); Two-time All-American

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Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2003) Pass Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2002) Quarterbacks (2001) Running Backs (2000)

• Graduate Assistant/Defense (1999) • Graduate Assistant/Recruiting (1998)

PERSONAL Years at Penn State: First Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Education: Fordham University, 1996 B.A. English Family: Wife: Jennifer Daughter: Kira; Sons: Mason, Donovan

BOWL/PLAYOFF GAMES COACHED 2015 FCS First Round........................................ Fordham 2014 FCS First & Second Round........................ Fordham 2013 FCS First & Second Round........................ Fordham 2011 Fiesta Bowl..........................................Connecticut 2010 PapaJohns.com Bowl...........................Connecticut 2005 Motor City Bowl............................................ Akron

➤ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER

• As a collegiate player at Fordham, Moorhead was a three-year starting quarterback and team captain as a senior. • He was a second-team All-Patriot League selection in 1995 after finishing 13th in FCS in total offense.

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COACHING STAFF SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR/RUNNING BACKS COACH

CHARLES HUFF @CoachHuff

THE HUFF FILE COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Special Teams Coordinator/Running Backs

WESTERN MICHIGAN (2013) • Running Backs

BUFFALO BILLS (2012)

• Assistant Running Backs Coach

VANDERBILT (2011) • Offensive Quality Control

HAMPTON (2010) • Offensive Line

MARYLAND (2009)

• Assistant Offensive Line Coach

TENNESSEE STATE (2006-08) • Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends • Offensive Line

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PERSONAL Years at Penn State: Third Hometown: Denton, Maryland Education: Hampton University, 2005 B.S. in Physical Education

BOWL GAMES COACHED 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl......................................Penn State 2014 Pinstripe Bowl.......................................Penn State 2011 Liberty Bowl..........................................Vanderbilt

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Charles Huff is in his 12th season of coaching and third at Penn State as the special teams coordinator and running backs coach. • Huff was a versatile player and team captain at Hampton University, playing multiple positions on offense, which has greatly assisted him during his college and NFL coaching career. • In 2015, Huff was instrumental in the breakout season of Freshman AllAmerican running back Saquon Barkley. The true freshman broke the Penn State freshman season rushing record with 1,076 yards en route to being named the Big Ten Network’s Big Ten Freshman of the Year. • In 2014, he guided Sam Ficken to All-Big Ten and Lou Groza Award semifinalist accolades, connecting on a Penn State season record 24 field goals (in 29 attempts). • Huff spent the 2013 season at Western Michigan as the running backs coach and helped the unit nearly double its rushing yards from 2012. The Broncos ran for 1,394 yards in 2013 after running for just 735 yards the year before. • Huff spent the 2012 season with the Buffalo Bills as assistant running backs coach, helping C.J. Spiller to his first career 1,000-yard rushing campaign and a Pro Bowl invitation. The Bills topped 2,000 rushing yards as a team for the first time in 13 seasons and ranked sixth in the NFL with 2,217 yards in 2012. • Huff was a member of James Franklin’s 2011 staff at Vanderbilt as the offensive quality control coach and they worked together at Maryland in 2009, when Huff was the assistant offensive line coach. • He also worked at Hampton (2010) as the offensive line/running game coordinator. • Huff was the tight ends/special teams coach at Tennessee State (200708), working with NFL first-round draft pick Dominique RodgersCromartie. • From Denton, Maryland, Huff began his coaching career as the Tennessee State offensive line coach in 2006 and also had duties in football operations in 2007-08.

HUFF BY THE NUMBERS

10 Years of Coaching Experience 4 Years at a Power Five Program 1,076 Rushing Yards by Saquon Barkley in 2015 (Freshman School Record)

4 NFL Draft Picks Coached 24 Field Goals by Sam Ficken in 2014 (School Record) ➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED

• Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (Tennessee State) - New York Giants; 2008 NFL Draft first round pick • Cecil Newton (Tennessee State) - NFL (2009-12); 2006 All-OVC first team • Kenrick Ellis (Hampton) - Minnesota Vikings; 2011 NFL Draft third round pick; 2009 All-MEAC first team • Carey Spear (Vanderbilt) - NFL (2014-15); 2012 All-SEC second team • Sam Ficken (Penn State) - 2014 All-Big Ten second team; Lou Groza Award semifinalist • C.J. Spiller (Buffalo Bills) - 2012 Pro Bowl; 1,000-yard rushing season • Brandon Johnson (Penn State) - Pittsburgh Steelers ➤ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER

• Huff played tight end, fullback, center and guard at Hampton and was a team captain in 2005, helping the Pirates to an unbeaten regular season. • He lettered all four years at Hampton University, playing center, fullback, guard and tight end. • Huff helped the Pirates to the Black College National Championship in 2004 and 2005. • He helped Hampton compile a 10-2 record in 2004, an 11-1 mark in 2005, and appearances in the NCAA I-AA Playoffs both seasons. • Huff played for legendary head coach Joe Taylor at Hampton University.

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COACHING STAFF CO-DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/SAFETIES COACH

TIM BANKS @CoachTimBanks

THE BANKS FILE

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Banks joins the Nittany Lions after spending four seasons at Illinois as the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach. • He helped the Fighting Illini to the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014. • In 2015, the Fighting Illini finished 15th in FBS in passing yards allowed (184.4) and 21st in team passing efficiency defense (112.24). • Three players from the 2012 Illini defense were selected in the 2013 NFL Draft - Akeem Spence (4th round; Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Terry Hawthorne (5th round; Pittsburgh Steelers) and Michael Buchanan (7th round; New England Patriots). • Prior to his time in Champaign, Banks spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the co-defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Cincinnati, helping the Bearcats to the 2011 Big East Co-Championship. • During his tenure, the Bearcats made significant improvement on defense, including finishing sixth in rushing defense the country, ninth in turnover margin and second in sacks in 2011. • The defensive success helped propel Cincinnati to a win in the 2011 AutoZone Liberty Bowl. • Banks coached 2011 Big East Co-Defensive Player of the Year and 2012 NFL Draft second round pick Derek Wolfe as well as first-team All-Big East selections Drew Frey and JK Schaefer. • Following the 2011 season, he was nominated for the Broyles Award for Assistant Coach of the Year. • Additionally, Banks spent three seasons as the defensive coordinator at his alma mater, Central Michigan, helping the Chippewas win two MidAmerican Conference titles and three bowl appearances. • Banks spent four seasons at Maryland, serving as the inside linebackers coach from 2003-05 and the defensive backs coach in 2006. • He helped the Terps to the 2006 Champs Sports Bowl and the 2004 Gator Bowl. • Under Banks’ guidance, linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was a two-time AllAtlantic Coast Conference first team selection (2004-05), ACC Defensive Player of the Year (2005) and a Bednarik Award finalist (2005). • Banks and Franklin worked together for two seasons (2003-04) at Maryland when Franklin was the wide receivers coach and Banks was the inside linebackers coach. • Banks has also made coaching stops at Memphis as the defensive backs coach (2002) and outside linebackers coach (2001), Bowling Green as the defensive backs coach (2000) and running backs coach (1999), Ferris State as the defensive backs coach (1997-98) and Bowling Green as a graduate assistant (1996).

COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2016-)

• Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach

ILLINOIS (2012-15)

• Defensive Coordinator/Secondary

CINCINNATI (2010-11)

• Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs

CENTRAL MICHIGAN (2007-09) • Defensive Coordinator

MARYLAND (2003-06)

• Defensive Backs (2006) • Inside Linebackers (2003-05)

MEMPHIS (2001-02)

• Defensive Backs (2002) • Outside Linebackers (2001)

BANKS BY THE NUMBERS

21 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 10 Years at a Power Five/BCS Program 7 Bowls Games Coached 9 Years as a Defensive Coordinator 10 NFL Draft Picks Coached ➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED

• Clayton Fejedelem (Illinois) - Cincinnati Bengals; 2016 NFL Draft seventh round pick; Led Big Ten in tackles in 2015; All-Big Ten second team • JiHad Ward (Illinois) - Oakland Raiders; 2016 NFL Draft second round pick • Akeel Spence (Illinois) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2013 NFL Draft fourth round pick • Mike Buchanan (Illinois) - 2013 NFL Draft seventh round pick; NFL (2013-15); Two-time All-Big Ten • Derek Wolfe (Cincinnati) - Denver Broncos; All-American; Super Bowl 50 Champion; 2012 NFL Draft second round pick; Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year • John Hughes (Cincinnati) - Cleveland Browns; 2012 NFL Draft third round pick • J.K. Schaffer (Cincinnati) - NFL (2012-14); Two-time All-Big East; 2011 Big East Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year • Jahleel Addae (CMU) - San Diego Chargers; Three-time All-MAC • Frank Zombo (CMU) - Kansas City Chiefs; Second in CMU history with 25.5 sacks • Nick Bellore (CMU) - San Francisco 49ers; Three-time All-MAC first team • Josh Wilson (Maryland) - NFL (2007-15); 2007 NFL Draft second round pick; • D’Qwell Jackson (Maryland) - Indianapolis Colts; 2014 NFL Pro Bowl; 2006 NFL Draft second round pick • Erin Henderson (Maryland) - New York Jets; Two-time All-ACC

BOWLING GREEN (1999-2000) • Defensive Backs (2000) • Running Backs (1999)

FERRIS STATE (1997-98) • Defensive Backs

BOWLING GREEN (1996) • Graduate Assistant

PERSONAL Years at Penn State: First Hometown: Detroit, Michigan Education: Central Michigan University, 1995 B.A. Industrial Management Family: Wife: Robin

BOWL GAMES COACHED 2014 Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl........................Illinois 2011 Liberty Bowl...........................................Cincinnati 2010 GMAC Bowl.............................................Cincinnati 2008 Motor City Bowl...........................Central Michigan 2007 Motor City Bowl...........................Central Michigan 2006 Champs Sports Bowl.............................. Maryland 2004 Gator Bowl............................................. Maryland

➤ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER

• Banks was a four-year letterwinner at Central Michigan. • A cornerback, he was a two-time All-MAC second team selection (1993-94) and was a co-captain on the Chippewas’ 1994 MAC Championship team. • He led CMU in tackles in 1993 with 105 stops.

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COACHING STAFF OFFENSIVE RECRUITING COORDINATOR/ASSISTANT SPECIAL TEAMS COORD./WIDE RECEIVERS COACH

JOSH GATTIS

@Coach_Gattis

THE GATTIS FILE COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Offensive Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers

VANDERBILT (2012-13)

• Offensive Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers

WESTERN MICHIGAN (2011) • Wide Receivers

NORTH CAROLINA (2010)

• Offensive Graduate Assistant/Wide Receivers

PERSONAL Years at Penn State: Third Hometown: Durham, North Carolina Education: Wake Forest University, 2006 B.S. in Sociology Family: Wife: Tessa Son: Jace

BOWL GAMES COACHED 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl......................................Penn State 2014 Pinstripe Bowl.......................................Penn State 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl..............................Vanderbilt 2012 Music City Bowl.....................................Vanderbilt 2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl...........Western Michigan 2010 Music City Bowl...............................North Carolina

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Josh Gattis is in his third season as Penn State’s offensive recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach. He also works closely with Charles Huff as the assistant special teams coordinator. • He is entering his seventh season in the coaching ranks and is in his fifth year as a member of James Franklin’s staff. • Gattis guided a strong group of wideouts in 2015 with Chris Godwin (second team) and DaeSean Hamilton (honorable mention) earning All-Big Ten honors. • Godwin became the third player in Penn State history (Bobby Engram & Allen Robinson) to have 1,000 recieving yards in a season with 69 catches afor 1,101 yards. • Under Gattis’ tuteldge, Hamilton has moved into the Top 10 in program history in receptions (7th; 127 rec.) and Top 15 in career receiving yards (15th; 1,479). • Named the 2015 Scout.com Big Ten Recruiter of the Year, Gattis was instrumental in Penn State signing a Top 15 recruiting class in 2015. • In 2014, Gattis mentored Hamilton, who led the Big Ten in receptions en route to all-conference accolades, Freshman All-America honors and Big Ten All-Freshman team awards. Hamilton’s 82 receptions in 2014 rank second in Penn State season annals. • Gattis has coached a pair of All-America wideouts. • He helped Western Michigan’s Jordan White earn the All-America honors in 2011 when he led the NCAA with 140 receptions for 1,911 yards. White’s totals broke the Western Michigan and Mid-American Conference records and he broke the MAC career receiving yardage record. • Gattis joined Franklin’s staff at Vanderbilt in 2012 and tutored Jordan Matthews to All-America accolades twice. Matthews ended his career as the Southeastern Conference’s career leader in receptions (262) and receiving yards (3,759), while also owning the SEC season mark with 107 catches, set in 2013. • Matthews also is the only player in SEC history to record two seasons of at least 90 catches and the only player with 100-plus receptions in a season. • Gattis has made an immediate impact in coaching after earning All-ACC honors as a safety at Wake Forest and spending two seasons playing with the NFL’s Chicago Bears. • Gattis broke into coaching as a graduate assistant at North Carolina (2010) on the offensive staff.

GATTIS BY THE NUMBERS

6 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 2 Conference Career Receiving Record Holders Coached 6 Bowls Games Coached (every year as a coach) 4 All-America Honors for Wide Receivers Coached 7 All-Conference Honors for Wide Receivers Coached 2 Seasons Played with the Chicago Bears ➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED

• Jordan White (Western Michigan) - 2012 NFL Draft seventh round choice; 2011 Consensus All-American • Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) - Philadelphia Eagles; 2014 NFL Draft second round pick; Two-time All-American • Greg Little (North Carolina) - Buffalo Bills; 2011 NFL Draft second round pick • Chleb Ravenell (Western Michigan) - All-MAC third team • Dwight Jones (North Carolina) - NFL (2012-14); All-ACC second team • Johnathan Krause (Vanderbilt) - Philadelphia Eagles; Super Bowl XLIX Champion ➤ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER

• Gattis was a three-year starter and two-time All-ACC safety. He earned All-ACC first team honors in 2006 and second team accolades in 2005. • As a senior in 2006, helped the Demon Deacons to an 11-3 record, the ACC Championship and a berth in the 2007 Orange Bowl. The ACC title was Wake’s second in program history (1970). • Gattis grabbed 12 career interceptions and forcing six fumbles for the Demon Deacons. • He played in the 2007 Senior Bowl. • Gattis was a fifth-round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 2007 NFL Draft and played with the Chicago Bears.

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COACHING STAFF OFFENSIVE LINE COACH

MATT LIMEGROVER @CLimegrover

THE LIMEGROVER FILE

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Matt Limegrover joins the Nittany Lions for his first season as offensive line coach, bringing 25 years of collegiate coaching experience to the Penn State staff. • Limegrover spent five seasons at Minnesota as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He held the title of assistant head coach his last two seasons with the Gophers. • During Limegrover’s tenure, the Golden Gopher offense had steady growth, increasing their scoring average by 10 points from 2011-14. • He helped Minnesota to three consecutive bowls and eight wins in 2013 and 2014 after a 3-9 mark in 2011. • In 2014, Minnesota had its first offensive lineman receive All-Big Ten first team honors since 2005 when Zac Epping claimed the recognition. • Limegrover spent 16 seasons working under former Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill, following him along four stops at Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois and Emporia State. • Limegrover started his time with Kill as the offensive line coach at Emporia State for two seasons (1999-00) and then served as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach under Kill at Southern Illinois (2001-07) and Northern Illinois (2008-10). • During his tenure at Northern Illinois, Limegrover produced seven AllMid-American Conference offensive linemen during his time with the Huskies, including two first team selections in 2010. • Limegrover helped Northern Illinois to three consecutive bowl appearances and the 2010 MAC West title. • The Huskie line gave up only 15 sacks in 2009. NIU also led the MAC and ranked 19th nationally in rushing with 202.42 yards per game that year. • At Southern Illinois, Limegrover helped the Salukis win three conference championships and guided an offense that ranked in the Top 10 in scoring in the NCAA for six consecutive seasons (2002-07). • Limegrover also made coaching stops at Ferris State (1997-98) as the offensive line coach and run game coordinator, Northwestern (1995-96) as a graduate assistant and his alma mater, the University of Chicago (1991-94) serving in a variety of roles, spanning interim head coach, offensive coordinator, offensive line coach and tight ends coach. • Limegrover was part of two Big Ten Championship teams while at Northwestern.

COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2016-) • Offensive Line

MINNESOTA (2011-15)

• Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator/ Offensive Line (2014-15) • Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (2011-13)

NORTHERN ILLINOIS (2008-10) • Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (2001-07) • Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line

EMPORIA STATE (1999-2000) • Offensive Line

LIMEGROVER BY THE NUMBERS

25 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 16 Years as an Offensive Coordinator 9 Bowl Games Coached 6 Straight Seasons Finishing in the FSC Top 10 in Scoring 2 Big Ten Championships at Northwestern ➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED

• • • • • • • • • • •

Jonah Pirsig (Minnesota) - 2015 All-Big Ten Tommy Olson (Minnesota) - 2014 All-Big Ten; Three-time Academic All-Big Ten Caleb Bak (Minnesota) - 2013 All-Big Ten Zac Epping (Minnesota) - Two-time All-Big Ten Maxx Williams (Minnesota) - Baltimore Ravens; 2015 NFL Draft second round pick; Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year; All-American Scott Wedige (Northern Illinois) - NFL (2012-13); All-American; Two-time All-MAC first team selection Jason Schepler (Northern Illinois) - NFL (2012-13); Academic All-American; All-MAC selection Braden Jones (Southern Illinois) - NFL (2007-08) Elmer McDaniel (Southern Illinois) - 2003 All-American; All-Gateway Conference selection Will Justice (Southern Illinois) - 2006 All-American; Two-time All-Gateway Conference selection Darren Marquez (Southern Illinois) - NFL (2008); CFL (2009); Gateway Conference All-Newcomer team

NORTHWESTERN (1995-96) • Graduate Assistant

UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO (1991-94) • • • •

Interim Head Coach (1994) Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (1993) Offensive Line (1992) Tight Ends (1991)

PERSONAL Years at Penn State: First Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Education:

University of Chicago, 1994 B.A. Public Policy Studies Northwestern University, 2000 M.A. Liberal Studies

Family: Wife: Ann Daughter: Emma; Son: T.J.

BOWL/PLAYOFF GAMES COACHED 2015 Quick Lane Bowl....................................Minnesota 2015 Citrus Bowl............................................Minnesota 2013 Texas Bowl.............................................Minnesota 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl..........................Minnesota 2010 Humanitarian Bowl......................Northern Illinois 2009 International Bowl.......................Northern Illinois 2008 Independence Bowl.....................Northern Illinois 2007 FCS First, Second, Semifinals........Southern Illinois 2006 First, Second Rounds....................Southern Illinois 2005 First, Second Rounds....................Southern Illinois 1997 Citrus Bowl.......................................Northwestern 1995 Rose Bowl........................................Northwestern

➤ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER

• Limegrover played offensive line at the University of Chicago from 1987-90. • He was an honorable mention All-UAA lineman as a senior.

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COACHING STAFF PASSING GAME COORDINATOR/TIGHT ENDS COACH

RICKY RAHNE @RickyRahne

THE RAHNE FILE COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Passing Game Coordinator/Tight Ends (2016-) • Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2014-15)

VANDERBILT (2011-13) • Quarterbacks

KANSAS STATE (2006-10)

• Tight Ends (2009-10) • Running Backs (2007-08) • Offensive Graduate Assistant (2006)

CORNELL (2005) • Running Backs

HOLY CROSS (2004)

• Assistant Defensive Line Coach

PERSONAL Years at Penn State: Third Hometown: Morrison, Colorado Education: Cornell University, 2002 B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations Family: Wife: Jennifer Sons: Ryder, Jake

BOWL GAMES COACHED 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl......................................Penn State 2014 Pinstripe Bowl.......................................Penn State 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl..............................Vanderbilt 2012 Music City Bowl.....................................Vanderbilt 2011 Liberty Bowl..........................................Vanderbilt 2010 Pinstripe Bowl....................................Kansas State 2006 Texas Bowl..........................................Kansas State

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• Ricky Rahne is in his third season as the Nittany Lions’ passing game coordinator and first as tight ends coach after spending his first two seasons as quarterbacks coach. • Rahne made a strong impression on James Franklin when they coached together at Kansas State in 2006-07 and he joined the Vanderbilt staff as quarterbacks coach in 2011. • Rahne worked with Christian Hackenberg, helping him break all major Penn State passing records. • Hackenberg is the only 8,000-yard passer in program history and finished his career as Penn State leader in career 300-yard passing games (9), 200-yard passing games (21), passing yards (8,457), attempts (1,235), completions (693), passing touchdowns (48) and total offense (8,215). • Rahne’s passing attacks helped Vanderbilt wide receivers set SEC records and running backs post a pair of 1,000-yard seasons from 2011-13. • In 2013, Austyn Carta-Samuels completed a superlative 68.7 percent of his passes (193-of-281), good for third nationally among FBS AQ quarterbacks. He entered the Top 10 in Vanderbilt season history with 2,383 yards of total offense, despite missing three games. • In 2012, Jordan Rodgers posted the fourth-highest passing yardage total in school history and logged the eighth-highest total offense yardage. • Rahne spent five seasons at Kansas State, serving as the offensive graduate assistant (2006), where he worked with quarterback Josh Freeman, helping him become a first-round NFL draft choice. • He also served as the Wildcats’ running backs (2007-08) and tight ends coach (2009-10) and helped the Wildcats earn two bowl berths. • A former pupil, tight end Jeron Masturd, spent three seasons with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and Oakland Raiders. • Masturd was an All-Big 12 first team selection in 2009 and graduated as K-State’s all-time leader in receiving yards and receptions by a tight end. • Rahne also has coached at Cornell, his alma mater, and Holy Cross, where he worked with Sean Spencer.

RAHNE BY THE NUMBERS

12 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 10 Years at a Power Five Program 7 Bowls Games Coached 2 NFL Draft Picks Coached 16 Passing Records Set While at Cornell ➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED

• Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) - New York Jets; 2016 NFL Draft second round pick • Jeron Mastrud (Kansas State) - NFL (2010-13); 2009 All-Big 12 first team • Luke Siwula (Cornell) - Two-time All-Ivy League (2006-07) • Josh Freeman (Kansas State) - NFL (2009-15); 2009 NFL Draft first round pick; Two-time All-American honorable mention • Jordan Rodgers (Vanderbilt) - NFL (2013); CFL (2015) • James Johnson (Kansas State) - NFL (2008-11); 2007 All-Big 12 second team ➤ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER

• Rahne was a three-year starter at quarterback at Cornell University. • He left as Cornell’s all-time leader in completions (678), passing yards (7,710), touchdown passes (54) and total offense (7,994). His records were broken during the 2013 season. • Rahne earned honorable-mention All-America laurels in 2000 and was a two-time honorable-mention All-Ivy League pick. • He was named Cornell’s Pop Warner Team MVP three times and finished his career ranked third on the Ivy League all-time passing yardage list. • Rahne was inducted into the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.

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COACHING STAFF ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE RECRUITING COORDINATOR/CORNERBACKS COACH

TERRY M. SMITH @CoachTerryPSU

THE SMITH FILE

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS

• A standout wide receiver at Penn State, Terry M. Smith is in his third season as the Nittany Lions’ defensive recruiting coordinator and cornerbacks coach. • Smith added the title of assistant head coach following the 2015 season. • From Aliquippa, Pa., Smith returned to his alma mater in 2014 after successful high school and college coaching stops and playing professional football. • Smith’s second season saw the secondary to rank eighth in FBS in passing yards allowed (173.5). • Cornerbacks Trevor Williams and Grant Haley each earned honorablemention All-Big Ten accolades in 2015. • In his first year back at Penn State, he helped develop a secondary that boosted the Nittany Lions to second nationally in pass efficiency defense and sign a recruiting class ranked in the nation’s Top 15. • Smith was the wide receivers coach at Temple in 2013 and helped the Owls’ passing game reach new heights. • Temple set a school record for passing yards (2,996) and tied the school standard with 23 receiving touchdowns in 2013, with Robby Anderson gaining a school game record 249 yards. • A standout player at Gateway High School near Pittsburgh, Smith was a highly successful head coach at his alma mater from 2002-12, compiling a record of 101-30 and posting four WPIAL AAAA runner-up finishes. • He has mentored a trio of NFL players and coached in three U.S. Army All-America and Semper Fidelis All-America games. • Smith also coached at Duquesne University and Hempfield (Pa.) High School after completing his playing career, which spanned the National Football League, Arena Football League and Canadian Football League.

COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks (2016-) • Defensive Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks (2014-15)

TEMPLE (2013) • Wide Receivers

GATEWAY HIGH SCHOOL (2001-12) • Athletics Director (2003-12) • Head Coach (2002-12; 101-30 record) • Offensive Coordinator (2001)

DUQUESNE (1997-2000) • Passing Game Coordinator

HEMPFIELD HIGH SCHOOL (1996) • Assistant Coach

SMITH BY THE NUMBERS

20 Years of Coaching Experience 101 Wins as Head Coach at Gateway High School 8 Ranking in NCAA in Passing Yards Allowed in 2015 6 NFL Players Coached NO.11 Rank in PSU history in career receiving yards

PERSONAL Years at Penn State: Third Hometown: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania Education: Penn State University, 1991 B.S. in Business Management Family: Wife: Alison Son: Justin King; Daughter: Haley

BOWL GAMES COACHED 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl......................................Penn State 2014 Pinstripe Bowl.......................................Penn State

➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED

• • • • • • • • •

Jordan Lucas (Penn State) - Miami Dolphins; 2016 NFL Draft sixth round pick Trevor Williams (Penn State) - San Diego Chargers Robby Anderson (Temple) - New York Jets Justin King (Gateway) - NFL (2008-13); 2008 NFL Draft fourth round pick Lydell Sargeant (Gateway) - NFL (2009) Mortty Ivy (Gateway) - Saskatchewan Roughriders; NFL (2009-12) Dayonne Nunley (Gateway) - Three-time All-MAC (2011-13) Dorian Bell (Gateway) - 2012 All-American third-team Delbert Tyler (Gateway) - Two-time All-MEAC (2012-13)

➤ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER

• Smith was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at wide receiver at Penn State. • He still dots the Penn State record books, ranking tied for seventh in career receiving touchdowns (15), 11th career receiving yardage (1,825) and 12th in career receptions (108). • He helped Penn State play in three consecutive bowl games, including wins over BYU in the 1989 Holiday Bowl and Tennessee in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl, compiling an 11-2 record and No. 3 final ranking in the polls.

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COACHING STAFF RUN GAME COORDINATOR/DEFENSIVE LINE COACH

SEAN SPENCER

THE SPENCER FILE COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line (2016-) • Defensive Line (2014-15)

VANDERBILT (2011-13) • Defensive Line

BOWLING GREEN (2009-10) • Defensive Line

MASSACHUSETTS (2007-08)

• Special Teams Coordinator/ Defensive Line

HOFSTRA (2006) • Defensive Line

VILLANOVA (2005) • Linebackers

HOLY CROSS (2004) • Defensive Line

MASSACHUSETTS (2001-03) • Defensive Line

TRINITY (1998-2000)

• Running Backs/Passing Game Coordinator/ Defensive Line

SHIPPENSBURG (1996-97) • Running Backs

WESLEYAN (1995) • Tight Ends

PERSONAL Years at Penn State: Third Hometown: Hartford, Conn. Education: Clarion University, 1995 B.S. in Political Science

@SpenceChaos

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Sean Spencer is in his third season as the Nittany Lions’ defensive line coach. He added the title of run game coordinator in 2016. • Spencer’s influence was front and center in 2015 as the defensive line paced a defense that finished led FBS in sacks (3.54 spg), sixth in tackles for loss (8.2) and 14th in total defense (324.5). • Under Spencer’s guidance former walk-on Carl Nassib burst onto the national scene, winning the Rotary Lombardi Award, Lott IMPACT Trophy, Hendricks Award and Woodson-Nagurski Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year while breaking the Penn State single-season sacks record with 15.5 in 2015. Nassib also became Penn State’s 13th unanimous Consensus AllAmerican. • Defensive tackles Austin Johnson (second team) and Anthony Zettel (third team) garnered 2015 All-Big Ten honors. • Spencer was selected a finalist for Football Scoop’s Defensive Line Coach of the Year in 2014, as he led a unit that helped Penn State finish No. 3 in FBS rushing defense (100.5) and second in total defense (278.7). • Spencer mentored Zettel to first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2014 after recording 17.0 tackles for loss, including 8.0 sacks, and a team-best tying three interceptions. • During his 2011-13 tenure at Vanderbilt, Spencer’s defensive lines helped Vanderbilt finish in the Top 25 in total defense all three years. • The Commodores recorded 28, 31 and 28 sacks under Spencer, with the D-Line posting 42.5 tackles for loss in 2013. • Spencer mentored defensive end Caleb Azubike, who set a Vanderbilt true freshman record with four sacks in 2012 and was named to the ESPN. com SEC All-Freshman team. • Spencer coached the Bowling Green defensive line in 2009-10, where he mentored Chris Jones to All-Mid-American Conference honors and helped the Falcons to the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl, despite not returning a single starter on the defensive line. • Jones emerged as a starter for the New England Patriots in 2013, recording six sacks, and played the second-highest number of snaps among NFL rookie defensive tackles. • Spencer has had two stints at Massachusetts, coaching the defensive line in 2007-08 and in 2001-03, also coordinating the special teams during his second stint with the Minutemen. • He also has coached at Hofstra (2006), Villanova (2005), Holy Cross (2004), where he worked with Ricky Rahne, Trinity College (1998-2000), Shippensburg (1996-97) and Wesleyan (1995).

Family: Daughter: Alysia Mother of his Daughter: Alyson

BOWL/PLAYOFF GAMES COACHED 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl......................................Penn State 2014 Pinstripe Bowl.......................................Penn State 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl..............................Vanderbilt 2012 Music City Bowl.....................................Vanderbilt 2011 Liberty Bowl..........................................Vanderbilt 2009 Humanitarian Bowl........................ Bowling Green 2007 FCS First & Second Round............................ UMass 2003 FCS First Round............................................ UMass

SPENCER BY THE NUMBERS

22 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 1 Rank in NCAA in Sacks Per Game in 2015 3 Players Selected in 2016 NFL Draft 3 National Awards Won by Carl Nassib in 2015 5 All-Americans Coached ➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • Carl Nassib (Penn State) - Cleveland Browns; 2016 NFL Draft third round pick; Lombardi, Lott & Hendricks Award winner; Consensus All-American • Austin Johnson (Penn State) - Tennessee Titans; 2016 NFL Draft second round pick; 2015 All-Big Ten second team • Anthony Zettel (Penn State) - Detroit Lions; 2016 NFL Draft sixth round pick; Two-time All-Big Ten honoree • Tarow Barney (Penn State) - New York Jets • Chris Jones (Bowling Green) - Miami Dolphins; 2012 All-American first team • Caleb Azubike (Vanderbilt) - Dallas Cowboys; 2012 ESPN All-Freshman Team • Valdamar Brower (Massachusetts) - 2002 All-American second team; 2001 All-ECAC first team • David Burris (Massachusetts) - 2007 All-American honorable mention • Tim Fugger (Vanderbilt) - 2012 NFL Draft seventh round pick; 2011 All-SEC second team • Rob Lohr (Vanderbilt) - CFL (2014); NFL (2013) • Deion Barnes (Penn State) - New York Jets • Brian Hulea (Villanova) - 2005 All-American first team • Keron Williams (Massachusetts) - CFL (2006-13); 2005 All-Atlantic 10 first team

➤ ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER • Spencer was a three-year starter at safety at Clarion (Pa.) University. • He was named to the 1992 NCAA Division II Preseason All-America team by The Sporting News.

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COACHING STAFF ASSISTANT ATHLETICS DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

DWIGHT GALT

THE GALT FILE

➤ COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • In his third year with the Nittany Lions, Dwight Galt was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director, Performance Enhancement in March 2015. • He oversees the performance enhancement regimen for all of Penn State’s 31 varsity programs and works directly with the football program. • With more than 31 years of strength and conditioning experience at the collegiate level, Galt worked with James Franklin at Maryland for eight years, before joining him at Vanderbilt from 2011-13, and played a significant role in the Commodores winning nine games in consecutive seasons for the first time. • Galt’s program designs and administers dynamic and diverse strength and power training, speed enhancement, flexibility, conditioning, and agility training programs to maximize each athlete’s athleticism. • To bridge the gap between preparation and competition, Galt and his staff also focus on sport specificity, nutrition, and injury prevention to aggressively prepare each athlete for competition. • He has helped train more than 30 former student-athletes who are active in the National Football League. • Galt-trained athletes have consistently impressed NFL scouts, including tight end Vernon Davis and receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. • Galt worked with a pair of Maryland’s ACC Championship football teams and also served as the conditioning coach for the Terps’ men’s basketball program. • From 1993-2011, Galt was responsible for the strength and conditioning for the student-athletes in all 27 Maryland sports. • Galt is a prestigious Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC), certified with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches’ Association. • One of his twin sons, Dwight Galt IV, is in his fifth year at Penn State as a Performance Enhancement coach with the football program. His other twin son, Tommy, is in his second year as a graduate assistant football coach with the Nittany Lions.

COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Assistant Athletics Director, Performance Enhancement (2015-) • Director of Performance Enhancement (2014)

VANDERBILT (2011-13)

• Director of Performance Enhancement

MARYLAND (1989-2011)

• Director of Strength & Conditioning (1993-2011) • Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach (1989-93)

HEMPFIELD HIGH SCHOOL (1996) • Assistant Coach

NORTHWESTERN HIGH SCHOOL (1995) • Assistant Coach

GALT BY THE NUMBERS

31 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 28 Years at a Power Five Program 31 Number of Varsity Sports Galt Oversees 2 Sons in the Penn State Program 30+ Active NFL Players Coached

PERSONAL Years at Penn State: Third Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland Education:

University of Maryland B.S. in Business Mangement, 1981 M.S. in Exercise Physiology, 1989

Family: Wife: Janice Daughters: Angie, Teri; Sons: Dwight IV, Tommy

➤ PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • Vernon Davis (Maryland) - Washington Redskins; 2006 NFL Draft sixth overall pick; Super Bowl 50 Champion; Consensus All-American • Shawne Merriman (Maryland) - NFL (2005-12); 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year; Three-time All-Pro; 2005 NFL Draft first round pick; All-ACC selection • E.J. Henderson (Maryland) - Minnesota Vikings (2003-11); 2003 NFL Draft second round pick; Two-time ACC Defensive POY; Two-time Consensus All-American • Torrey Smith (Maryalnd) - San Francisco 49ers; 2011 NFL Draft second round pick; Super Bowl XLVII Champion; Two-time All-ACC selection • D’Qwell Jackson (Maryland) - Indianapolis Colts; 2014 NFL Pro Bowl; 2006 NFL Draft second round pick • Darrius Heyward Bey (Maryland) - Pittsburgh Steelers; 2009 NFL Draft seventh overall pick; All-ACC selection • Jordan Matthews (Vanderbilt) - Philadelphia Eagles; 2014 NFL Draft second round pick; Two-time All-American • Casey Heyward (Vanderbilt) - San Diego Chargers; 2012 NFL Draft second round pick; All-SEC selection • Carl Nassib (Penn State) - Cleveland Browns; 2016 NFL Draft third round pick; Lombardi, Lott & Hendricks Award winner; Consensus All-American • Austin Johnson (Penn State) - Tennessee Titans; 2016 NFL Draft second round pick; 2015 All-Big Ten second team • Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) - New York Jets; 2016 NFL Draft second round pick

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SUPPORT STAFF JEMAL GRIFFIN

KEVIN THRELKEL

ANDY FRANK

CHIEF OF STAFF

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATION

DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL

Jemal Griffin is in his third year as Chief of Staff of the Penn State football program. Griffin’s primary responsibilities include the day-today management of the football program and its administrative staff, oversight of the football budget and handling all football contracts. In addition, he serves as the team’s liaison to the athletic and university administration. Griffin served in a similar capacity with James Franklin at Vanderbilt for three years. He also worked with Franklin at Maryland, serving as the Director of Football Operations from 2008-10 where he was responsible for the daily management of the Maryland football program, including team travel, budget management, team housing, fundraising and special events. He served as Maryland’s assistant recruiting coordinator in 2006-07. During that time, the Terps landed nine prep All-Americans and 31 others ranked among the nation’s top 100 at their positions. Prior to joining the Terps, Griffin spent six years on the staff at Woodlawn High School in Baltimore. He started as a defensive backs coach in 2000 and was promoted in 2001 to assistant head coach/ offensive coordinator. Griffin coached two prep All-Americans, as well as numerous all-state players at Woodlawn. The school won two Baltimore County titles and two Maryland 4A North Region titles during his tenure.
 A native of Baltimore, Griffin earned his degree in management from Coppin State University, where he was a four-year starter on the baseball team and was named to the MEAC All-Tournament team as a senior. 
 Griffin and his wife, Carla, are the parents of two sons, Brandon and Joshua, and a daughter, Billie Grace. Brandon is an outside linebacker on the Morgan State University football team.

Kevin Threlkel is in his third year as Penn State’s Director of Football Administration. In his capacity, Threlkel handles daily internal operations, team travel logistics, preseason camp and serves as the team’s liaison to the Nittany Lion Club, Penn State Alumni Association and the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club. Threlkel served as the Assistant Director of Football Operations under James Franklin at Vanderbilt for three years from 2011-13. Prior to Vanderbilt, Threlkel was at the University of Maryland for two seasons, serving as the football operations intern in 2009 and program management specialist in 2010. The ties between Threlkel and Franklin date to Kansas State in 2006 and 2007, when the Wildcat undergraduate worked as the team’s offensive and recruiting assistant. During 2008 and the spring of 2009, Threlkel served as a development assistant with the Ahearn Fund, Kansas State’s athletic development organization. A native of Hays, Kansas, Threlkel earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Kansas State University in December 2007 and obtained a master’s degree in counseling and student development from Kansas State University in May 2009.

MICHAEL HAZEL DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL OPERATIONS

Michael Hazel is in his third year as the Nittany Lions’ Director of Football Operations. His primary responsibilities include overseeing football’s external operations, facilities and handling of Coach Franklin’s public appearances. Additionally, he serves as the program’s liaison to marketing, strategic communications and high school coaches. He was a finalist for the Football Scoop Director of Operations of the Year in 2015. Hazel also was a member of James Franklin’s staff at Vanderbilt University, serving as Director of Football Operations for three years. Hazel was a member of the Vanderbilt football staff from 2004-14, serving four seasons as Director of Football Operations, six as Assistant Director of Football Operations and one as a defensive graduate assistant. At Vanderbilt, Hazel was a part of more than half of the institution’s bowl games, including the school’s first bowl game in 26 years in 2008 and unprecedented back-to-back bowl victories the last two seasons. Before joining Vanderbilt, Hazel spent three seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at his alma mater, Elon University. Hazel was a fouryear letterman at Elon, playing linebacker and contributing on special teams. He helped Elon to a 28-16 record as the program transitioned to Division I-AA and was an eight-time member of the Elon Athletic Director’s Honor Roll. Hazel, a native of Easley, South Carolina, and a graduate of Wren High School, holds two master’s degrees. He earned an M.Ed. in organizational leadership from Vanderbilt in 2007 and an MBA from Elon University in 2004. Hazel received his bachelor’s degree in corporate communications from Elon in 2001. Hazel and his wife, Molly, have an infant son, Ezra, and reside in State College.

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Andy Frank is in his third year as the Director of Player Personnel for the football program. He oversees all aspects of the recruiting operation. Frank was a member of James Franklin’s Vanderbilt staff, serving as the Player Personnel Coordinator for three years. In that role, Frank oversaw the two highest ranked recruiting classes in Vanderbilt history (2012 ranked No. 29; 2013 ranked No. 19 nationally by Rivals.com). He was a member of the staff from 2005-13, serving in several capacities, including defensive graduate assistant (2005-07), defensive quality control (2008), Assistant Recruiting Coordinator (2009), Assistant Director of Football Operations (2010) and Player Personnel Coordinator (2011-13). Before arriving at Vanderbilt, Frank worked four years for an engineering firm while also serving as a defensive assistant coach at Lincoln High School in Warren, Mich. A native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, he played defensive back and special teams at Princeton University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering from Princeton in 2001 and a master’s in education from Vanderbilt in 2007.

P.J. MULLEN DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY RELATIONS P.J. Mullen is in his second year as the Director of Player Development and Community Relations. He brings nearly 10 years of institutional and community knowledge to the football program. Mullen’s primary responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of on-campus recruiting, planning all appearances and speaking requests for the players, coordinating the team’s extensive community outreach initiatives, creating professional development programs for the players, gameday atmosphere responsibilities at Beaver Stadium and overseeing the freshmen, transfers and commits in their transition/application process to Penn State. Mullen also is an adjunct professor in Penn State’s College of Communications where he teaches broadcast journalism courses. Mullen joined the staff after serving as program director and morning show host at WBHV-FM (B94.5) in State College, Pennsylvania, from 2009-14. The ties between Mullen and Penn State Athletics date to 2010 when he began freelance production and emcee work for women’s basketball, field hockey and softball. Mullen has worked on production teams at various Penn State venues including Pegula Ice Arena since 2013 and with the marketing and game day production teams at Beaver Stadium, the Bryce Jordan Center and Rec Hall since 2011. He also has been the on-field emcee for the State College Spikes, a minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, since 2010. Mullen, a native of Media, Pennsylvania, is the son of Phil and Ro Mullen and has two brothers, Matt and Dan. A graduate of St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, Mullen received his bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from Penn State in 2007.


SUPPORT STAFF TIM BREAM

TODD KULKA

CHELSEA HOLMES

ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, SPORTS MEDICINE SUPPORT SERVICES/HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER FOR FOOTBALL

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, FOOTBALL ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES & ACADEMIC COUNSELOR

ASSISTANT LEARNING SPECIALIST

Tim Bream is in his fifth year at Penn State and was promoted to Assistant Athletic Director, Sports Medicine Support Services in March 2015. He is responsible for overseeing sports medicine support and athletic training services for all 31 Penn State varsity sports, including football, and the university’s approximately 800 student-athletes. Bream returned to his alma mater after 19 years with the National Football League’s Chicago Bears. He had served as the head athletic trainer with Chicago since 1997 after spending the four previous years with the Bears as an assistant athletic trainer. Prior to working in the NFL, Bream held athletic trainer positions at several schools, including Richmond, where he was the director of sports medicine and head athletic trainer (1998-92), Vanderbilt (198688), Syracuse (1984-86) and West Virginia (1983-84). In addition, Bream has worked with the United States Olympic Committee medical staffs, including the 1991 World University Games in England and the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Bream graduated from Penn State with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, with an emphasis in athletic training. A native of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, he earned his master’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in sports science from West Virginia. He has served as an instructor and lecturer in collegiate and professional settings, co-authored articles for national publications and been a presenter at numerous national athletic training seminars and symposia. Bream has two daughters, Rebecca and Elizabeth.

JEVIN STONE VIDEO DIRECTOR

Jevin Stone is in his fifth year as Video Director for the football program after serving as a video assistant since 2009. Stone oversees all functions of the department, including filming and editing games and practices, budgeting and managing the student staff. He was named the Big Ten Video Coordinator of the Year by the Collegiate Sports Video Association (CSVA). Stone earned two football letters as an offensive lineman at Indiana State and graduated in 2004. Following his playing career, Stone worked on the video staff for the football team. He was a member of the Indianapolis Colts’ video staff (2004-06), including the Super Bowl XLI Championship team. He also was the head video director for the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe in 2006, followed by a one-year stint with the Frankfurt Galaxy. Stone was a video assistant with the Cleveland Browns in 2007-08 and rejoined the Colts’ video staff in 2008-09. He returned to the college ranks in 2009 as a video assistant at Penn State. Stone oversees all video software and equipment in the Lasch football building. He supervises all of the video and computer needs for the Penn State football program as well as the filming and editing of all practices and games with the state-of-the-art XOS Thunder System. This technology allows the coaches and players to view any play or sequence at the click of a button from any computer, tablet or smart phone. Video is merged with key data, such as down and distance, to provide coaches and players with a complete analysis of every play. He also is responsible for the opponents game exchange via the internet. Stone is a member of the Collegiate Sports Video Association. A native of Indianapolis, Indiana, Stone lives in State College with his fiancé, Hannah.

In his 24th year with the Penn State football program, both as a player and academic counselor, Todd Kulka is in his 13th year directing the Penn State Football Academic Support Center. Kulka works with the underclassmen in their transition from high school to college. He assists the upperclassmen in selecting and finishing their degree programs and with their transition into their career path. Kulka coordinates the structured study program, provides counseling and advising, tracks and monitors grades and eligibility and assists with oncampus recruiting. A 1995 Penn State graduate, Kulka is in his 19th year on the academic support staff. He was a graduate assistant for three years and received his master’s degree in education from Penn State in 2000, moving into a full-time academic counselor position in 2000. The Nittany Lions have earned 18 first-team CoSIDA Academic AllAmerica honors during Kulka’s tenure as director, including Penn State’s first three-time recipient Stefen Wisniewski (2008-10) and first Campbell Trophy recipient John Urschel (2013). Penn State has led the nation in four of the past seven years in Academic All-America honorees, including a program record five in 2008. Penn State football broke its program record for the second consecutive year with an NCAA Graduation Success Rate of 91 percent, tied with Rutgers for the No. 7 graduation rate among all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams, according to the NCAA in October 2012. Kulka and his wife, Meghan, have three children, McKenna (8), Connor (6), and Cole (4).

MOLLY TYE

Chelsea Holmes is in her third year as an assistant learning specialist working with the Penn State football program. She joined the Nittany Lions’ staff in 2013, after serving as Tutorial Program Coordinator in the Academic Support and Career Development Unit at the University of Maryland. In her role, Holmes supervised a tutorial staff of 90, overseeing the scheduling of the tutors and writing specialists working with undergraduate students. After graduating from Maryland with a degree in communications, Holmes began her academic services career as an intern and then a mentor at her alma mater’s Academic Support and Career Development Unit, where she worked with the football and men’s basketball programs. Holmes then spent a combined four years teaching mathematics at Cardozo Senior High School and Cesar Chavez Parkside High School in Washington, D.C. before returning to work at the University of Maryland in 2012. From Albany, New York, Holmes is working on a master’s degree in educational leadership at Penn State, having previously done graduate work in secondary education, with a concentration in mathematics, at American University. Holmes is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A).

GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACHES

ACADEMIC COUNSELOR

Molly Tye is in her third year as an academic counselor working with the Penn State football program. In her role at Penn State, Tye supports the academic progress of student-athletes on the football team, communicates with students about degree programs, registration procedures and graduation requirements and monitors student-athlete eligibility and progresstoward-degree according to NCAA, B1G and PSU requirements. Additionally, Tye organizes the Summer Bridge program for incoming freshmen football student-athletes including arranging guest speakers, planning orientation, and scheduling study hall. She is also a member of the President’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity (CORED). She joined the Nittany Lions staff in May 2014, after serving as Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Support at BethuneCookman University since 2011. At B-CU, Tye had supervision of the Office of Student-Athlete Support, which serves more than 300 studentathletes. Tye directly oversaw the academic support of the Wildcats football team, helping them maintain the highest APR score in the MidEastern Athletic Conference during her tenure. Under her leadership, the B-CU football program received a national award for improvement in the team’s APR score. Tye began her career at Virginia Tech, serving as an academic coordinator in the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services unit. She then was a senior academic advisor at Howard University for two years, working closely with members of the football and men’s and women’s basketball teams. From Lawrence, Kansas, Tye graduated from the University of Kansas and earned a master’s degree from Howard University, both in social work. She is an N4A certified academic advisor.

Joe Brady IV

Offensive Graduate Assistant

Andrew Jackson

Defensive Graduate Assistant

Tommy Galt

Offensive Graduate Assistant

Ryan Smith

Defensive Graduate Assistant

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SUPPORT STAFF

FOOTBALL SUPPORT STAFF EQUIPMENT STAFF

Jay Takach

Assistant Athletics Director, Equipment Services

PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT STAFF

Stewart Carter

Alvin Futrell

Assistant Equipment Manager

Performance Enhancement Coach

Dwight Galt IV

Assistant Director of Performance Enhancement

Barry Gant Jr.

Assistant Director of Performance Enhancement

Chuck Losey

Assistant Director of Performance Enhancement

SPORTS MEDICINE STAFF

Kristine Clark

Director of Sports Nutrition

Superman Berrow

Football Athletic Trainer

Madeleine Scaramuzzo Football Athletic Trainer

Wes Sohns

Dr. Scott Lynch

Football Athletic Trainer

Director of Athletic Medicine

Dr. Peter Seidenberg Team Physician

RECRUITING STAFF

Kenny Sanders

Assistant Director of Player Personnel

Mike Villagrana

Assistant Recruiting Coordinator

SOCIAL MEDIA/COMMUNICATIONS STAFF

Lauren Damone

Social Community Manager

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Kristina Petersen

Associate Director of Strategic Communications/ Primary Football Contact

Samuel Williams

Lauren Geppert

Special Teams/Recruiting Assistant for Quality Control

Administrative Support Assistant

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT STAFF

Wally Richardson Director of Football Letterman’s Club

Angie Hummel

Administrative Support Assistant

Dianna Weaver

Administrative Support Assistant


NITTANY LION CLUB

FOREVER BLUE & WHITE Athletics Endowments

Join Penn State’s proud athletic tradition. This is an opportunity to link your name in perpetuity with the accomplishments of all of Penn State’s athletic teams. By endowing a specific playing or coaching position on a team of your choice, you will help ensure that the University always will have funds available for expenses such as room and board, tuition and books; and that Penn State will be able to employ a first-rate coaching staff that will set a positive example for our young men and women. As of June 2016, 27 benefactors already have seized the chance to endow a football position for the White Squad (see diagram below). Most of the Blue Squad remains available. This program is open to all positions on any of Penn State’s 31 intercollegiate athletic teams in consideration of a gift of $300,000 and for a minimum commitment of $50,000 you can establish a named endowed scholarship to support the team of your choice.

Coaching endowments also are available in all 31 sports, with gift levels for assistant coaches starting at $500,000 and head coaches starting at $1 million. Patrick and Candace Malloy previously created the Malloy Paterno Head Football Coach Endowment at Penn State. The Malloys’ gift will provide important resources for the football program. Income from the Malloy Paterno Head Football Coach Endowment will be directed, at the head coach’s discretion and with approval from the director of athletics, to purposes ranging from academic support and special medical care for team members, to expenses associated with recruitment of student-athletes and coaching expenses, excluding salary supplements. Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics receives no state support for its programs and must cover the cost of fielding 31 varsity teams from ticket revenues and private giving.

The University invests endowed gifts in perpetuity and uses a portion of the annual income for the purposes intended by the donor. The remaining income is added to the principal to protect it from inflation and ensure its growth. For more information on becoming a part of Penn State’s proud athletic tradition, please call the Nittany Lion Club Office of Major Gifts at 814-863-GIFT (4438).

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10 27 28 37 20 29 10 31 39 21 16 16 17

Score

at Temple BUFFALO RUTGERS* SAN DIEGO STATE ARMY WEST POINT INDIANA* at Ohio State* [1] vs. Maryland* (1) ILLINOIS* at Northwestern* [21] MICHIGAN* [13] at Michigan State* [5] Georgia (2)

Attendance

27 14 3 21 14 7 38 30 0 23 28 55 24

Big Ten

69,176 93,065 103,323 95,107 107,387 97,873 108,423 68,948 94,417 34,116 107,418 74,705 58,212

0-0 0-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 4-3 4-4 4-4

Overall

➤ RUSHING

G Att. Yards Avg./Att. TD LG Avg./G

0-1 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 5-1 5-2 6-2 7-2 7-3 7-4 7-5 7-6

Barkley, Saquon Lynch, Akeel Polk, Brandon Scott, Nick Allen, Mark McSorley, Trace Thomas, Johnathan Johnson, Brandon Thompkins, DeAndre Schwan, Evan Team Hackenberg, Christian PENN STATE Opponents

11 182 1076 11 55 282 13 18 159 13 30 133 8 27 98 7 13 43 3 11 42 12 4 23 13 5 12 12 1 0 7 12 -47 13 66 -80 13 424 1741 13 510 1963

Associated Press ranking in brackets; (1) M&T Bank Stadium; Baltimore, Md.; (2) TaxSlayer Bowl; EverBank Field; Jacksonville, Fla.; *Big Ten Conference game.

➤ TEAM STATISTICS

Penn State

FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty NET RUSHING YARDAGE Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing PASSING YARDAGE Comp-Att-Int Average Per Pass Average Per Catch Average Per Game TOTAL OFFENSE Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game KICK RETURNS: #-Yards-Avg. PUNT RETURNS: #-Yards-Avg. INT RETURNS: #-Yards-Avg. FUMBLES-LOST PENALTIES-Yards Average Per Game PUNTS-Yards-Avg. Net punt average KICKOFFS-Yards-Avg. Net kick average TIME OF POSSESSION/Game 3RD-DOWN Conversions 4TH-DOWN Conversions SACKS BY-Yards FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS RED-ZONE SCORES RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS PAT-ATTEMPTS ATTENDANCE

214 234 83 108 105 115 26 11 1741 1963 424 510 4.1 3.8 133.9 151.0 15 19 2788 2255 215-404-6 214-373-10 6.9 6.0 13.0 10.5 214.5 173.5 4529 4218 828 883 5.5 4.8 348.4 324.5 43-942-21.9 33-818-24.8 31-221-7.1 31-190-6.1 10-123-12.3 6-43-7.2 18-12 35-12 67-526 92-774 40.5 59.5 81-3182-39.3 87-3454-39.7 35.7 36.0 66-4020-60.9 58-3512-60.6 39.0 39.6 29:30 30:30 51/185 (28%) 70/192 (36%) 12/23 (52%) 2/13 (15%) 46-344 39-230 18-21 9-14 (42-45) 93% (32-35) 91% (25-45) 56% (26-35) 74% (31-35) 89% (35-37) 95% 698590 355368

➤ SCORE BY QUARTERS PENN STATE Opponents

1

2

3

4

Opponent

Total

59 103 44 95 301 37 96 73 78 284

23.2 21.8

➤ PASSING

G

Hackenberg, Christian McSorley, Trace Lewis, Geno Scott, Nick Team PENN STATE Opponents

13 192-359-6 53.5 2525 16 59 194.2 123.93 7 20-40-0 50.0 185 2 21 26.4 105.35 13 1-2-0 50.0 32 1 32 2.5 349.40 13 2-2-0 100.0 46 1 32 3.5 458.20 7 0-1-0 0.0 0 0 0 0.0 0.00 13 215-404-6 53.2 2788 20 59 214.5 124.55 13 214-373-10 57.4 2255 14 48 173.5 115.18

C-A-I Pct. Yards TD LP Avg./G Rating

Statistician’s Note Passing rating formula: [ (8.4 x yards) + (330 x touchdowns) — (200 x interceptions) + (100 x completions) ] /attempts.

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5.9 7 56 97.8 5.1 2 75 25.6 8.8 1 33 12.2 4.4 1 35 10.2 3.6 1 28 12.2 3.3 0 14 6.1 3.8 0 11 14.0 5.8 0 14 1.9 2.4 1 6 0.9 0.0 0 0 0.0 -3.9 0 1 -6.7 -1.2 2 22 -6.2 4.1 15 75 133.9 3.8 19 56 151.0

➤ RECEIVING

G No. Yards Avg./Rec.

TD LG Avg./G

Godwin, Chris Hamilton, DaeSean Barkley, Saquon Lewis, Geno Carter, Kyle Gesicki, Mike Blacknall, Saeed Polk, Brandon Wilkerson, Brent Allen, Mark Scott, Nick Lynch, Akeel Thompkins, DeAndre Hackenberg, Christian Garrity, Gregg PENN STATE Opponents

13 13 11 13 12 11 13 13 13 8 13 11 13 13 4 13 13

69 45 20 17 14 13 8 6 6 4 4 4 3 1 1 215 214

5 6 1 3 0 1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 20 14

➤ TOTAL OFFENSE

G

Plays

Hackenberg, Christian Barkley, Saquon Lynch, Akeel McSorley, Trace Scott, Nick Polk, Brandon Allen, Mark Thomas, Johnathan Lewis, Geno Johnson, Brandon Thompkins, DeAndre Team PENN STATE Opponents

13 425 -80 2525 2445 11 182 1076 0 1076 11 55 282 0 282 7 53 43 185 228 13 32 133 46 179 13 18 159 0 159 8 27 98 0 98 3 11 42 0 42 13 2 0 32 32 12 4 23 0 23 13 5 12 0 12 7 13 -47 0 -47 13 828 1741 2788 4529 13 883 1963 2255 4218

➤ KICKOFF RETURNS Farmer, Koa Scott, Nick Polk, Brandon Cothran, Curtis Golden, Malik PENN STATE Opponents

➤ PUNT RETURNS Thompkins, DeAndre Allen, Mark Garrity, Gregg Walker, Von PENN STATE Opponents

No. 18 13 10 1 1 43 33

No. 23 5 2 1 31 31

1101 580 161 196 135 125 248 57 39 44 43 8 33 14 4 2788 2255

Rushing

Yards 405 310 209 0 18 942 818

Yards 178 33 9 1 221 190

16.0 12.9 8.1 11.5 9.6 9.6 31.0 9.5 6.5 11.0 10.8 2.0 11.0 14.0 4.0 13.0 10.5

Passing

Average 22.5 23.8 20.9 0.0 18.0 21.9 24.8

Average 7.7 6.6 4.5 1.0 7.1 6.1

56 84.7 48 44.6 32 14.6 27 15.1 35 11.2 33 11.4 59 19.1 39 4.4 9 3.0 16 5.5 22 3.3 6 0.7 31 2.5 14 1.1 4 1.0 59 214.5 48 173.5

Total

Avg./G

TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 2

TD 0 0 0 0 0 0

188.1 97.8 25.6 32.6 13.8 12.2 12.2 14.0 2.5 1.9 0.9 -6.7 348.4 324.5

LG 57 58 33 0 18 58 100

LG 58 14 8 0 58 37


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Barkley, Saquon Godwin, Chris Hamilton, DaeSean Scott, Nick Polk, Brandon Farmer, Koa Lynch, Akeel Blacknall, Saeed Thompkins, DeAndre Lewis, Geno Allen, Mark Carter, Kyle Gesicki, Mike Reid, John Reeder, Troy McSorley, Trace Thomas, Johnathan Wilkerson, Brent Bell, Brandon Johnson, Brandon Golden, Malik Garrity, Gregg Nassib, Carl Walker, Von Team Hackenberg, Christian PENN STATE Opponents

11 1076 13 0 13 0 13 133 13 159 12 0 11 282 13 0 13 12 13 0 8 98 12 0 11 0 13 0 13 0 7 43 3 42 13 0 11 0 12 23 13 0 4 0 13 0 13 0 7 -47 13 -80 13 1741 13 1963

Rushing

Receiving

Punt Returns

161 1101 580 43 57 0 8 248 33 196 44 135 125 0 0 0 0 39 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 14 2788 2255

KO Returns

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 178 0 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 221 190

Int. Returns

0 0 0 310 209 405 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 0 942 818

............... Points After Touchdown ....................... ➤ SCORING TD FG Kick Rush Rec. Pass Julius, Joey Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean Davis, Tyler Godwin, Chris Lewis, Geno Hackenberg, Christian Lynch, Akeel Polk, Brandon Allen, Mark Gesicki, Mike Blacknall, Saeed Scott, Nick Thompkins, DeAndre Johnson, Austin Team PENN STATE Opponents

➤ PUNTING Pasquariello, Daniel Gulla, Chris PENN STATE Opponents

➤ FIELD GOALS Julius, Joey Davis, Tyler Team

➤ KICKOFFS Julius, Joey Davis, Tyler Gulla, Chris PENN STATE Opponents

0 8 6 0 5 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 36 37

No.

10-12 0-0 0-0 8-8 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 18-21 9-14

0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0

Avg./G

DXP

0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-1 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-1 0 0-0

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Saf Points 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

50 48 36 35 30 18 18 12 12 12 6 6 6 6 6 0 301 284

Yards Average LG TB FC I-20 Blk.

58 23 81 87

2314 868 3182 3454

FG

Pct.

10-12 8-8 0-1

20-24 0-0 0-0 11-11 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 31-35 35-37

Total

0 1237 112.5 0 1101 84.7 0 580 44.6 0 486 37.4 0 425 32.7 0 405 33.8 0 290 26.4 0 248 19.1 0 223 17.2 0 196 15.1 0 175 21.9 0 135 11.2 0 125 11.4 44 44 3.4 44 44 3.4 0 43 6.1 0 42 14.0 0 39 3.0 25 25 2.3 0 23 1.9 0 18 1.4 0 13 3.2 10 10 0.8 0 1 0.1 0 -47 -6.7 0 -66 -5.1 123 5815 447.3 43 5269 405.3

83.3 100.0 0.0

39.9 60 3 10 12 37.7 52 2 6 8 39.3 60 5 16 20 39.7 60 5 29 30

1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ 0-0 2-2 0-0

5-5 3-3 0-0

3-3 2-2 0-0

No. Yards Average 53 10 3 66 58

3284 595 141 4020 3512

62.0 59.5 47.0 60.9 60.6

2-4 1-1 0-0

0-0 0-0 0-1

TB 22 3 0 25 11

0 0 0 1

LG Blk. 40 42 0

0 0 1

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2015 SEASON IN REVIEW ➤ INTERCEPTIONS Haley, Grant Reid, John Golden, Malik Bell, Brandon Reeder, Troy Cabinda, Jason Nassib, Carl Williams, Trevor PENN STATE Opponents

➤ DEFENSE

No. Yards Average 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 10 6

0 44 0 25 44 0 10 0 123 43

0.0 22.0 0.0 25.0 44.0 0.0 10.0 0.0 12.3 7.2

TD 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

LG

➤ FUMBLE RETURNS

0 44 0 25 44 0 10 0 44 26

Johnson, Austin Sickels, Garrett Reid, John Allen, Marcus PENN STATE Opponents

1 1 1 1 4 1

Yards 71 36 19 3 129 77

Average 71.0 36.0 19.0 3.0 32.2 77.0

TD 1 0 0 0 1 1

LG 71 36 19 3 71 77

G-GS Solo Assist Total TFL-Yards Sacks-Yards Int.-Yards PBU QBH FR-Yards FF

Cabinda, Jason 13-13 39 61 100 5.5-37 2.5-33 Allen, Marcus 12-12 43 38 81 5.0-19 1.0-9 Johnson, Austin 13-13 30 48 78 15.0-75 6.5-53 Reeder, Troy 12-11 42 25 67 5.5-14 0 Bell, Brandon 11-11 36 29 65 12.5-52 5.5-33 Lucas, Jordan 9-8 34 22 56 2.5-12 1.0-7 Zettel, Anthony 13-13 20 27 47 11.0-50 4.0-31 Nassib, Carl 13-13 31 15 46 19.5-120 15.5-107 Haley, Grant 11-11 27 15 42 2.0-10 0 Golden, Malik 13-4 17 23 40 0-0 0 Sickels, Garrett 12-12 13 22 35 5.0-26 3.0-19 Williams, Trevor 13-13 22 11 33 3.0-5 0 Reid, John 13-2 18 11 29 1.0-2 0 Apke, Troy 13-1 14 12 26 0-0 0 Schwan, Evan 12-0 8 13 21 0.5-0 0 Bowen, Manny 13-0 12 6 18 0.5-2 0 Cothran, Curtis 13-0 5 11 16 4.0-31 2.5-27 Campbell, Christian 8-0 6 10 16 1.0-2 0 Cooper, Jake 12-1 9 5 14 2.5-15 1.0-11 Cothren, Parker 13-0 4 9 13 0.5-2 0.5-2 White, Antoine 10-0 4 8 12 1.5-6 1.0-5 Brown, Torrence 13-0 5 6 11 5.5-14 1.5-4 Walker, Von 13-2 6 4 10 0-0 0 Barney, Tarow 13-1 3 6 9 1.0-5 0.5-3 Scott, Nick 13-1 5 3 8 0-0 0 Dudas, Jordan 12-0 5 3 8 0-0 0 Wooten Jr., Gary 7-0 3 4 7 1.0-2 0 Oruwariye, Amani 13-0 1 4 5 0-0 0 Smith, Jordan 7-0 1 3 4 0.5-1 0 Godwin, Chris 13-11 2 1 3 0-0 0 Zanellato, Matt 11-0 1 1 2 0-0 0 Gulla, Chris 12-0 1 1 2 0-0 0 Julius, Joey 11-0 2 0 2 0-0 0 Wartman-White, Nyeem 1-1 2 0 2 0-0 0 Lewis, Geno 13-3 0 1 1 0-0 0 Yazujian, Tyler 13-0 0 1 1 0-0 0 Pasquariello, Daniel 11-0 1 0 1 0-0 0 Smith, Brandon 3-0 0 1 1 0-0 0 PENN STATE 13-0 472 460 932 106.0-502 46-344 Opponents 13-0 481 300 781 93.0-361 39-230

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1-0 5 0 0-0 1 0-0 2 0 1-3 2 0-0 2 0 1-71 1 1-44 1 0 0-0 0 1-25 0 3 1-0 3 0-0 3 0 0-0 1 0-0 6 0 1-0 1 1-10 1 0 0-0 6 2-0 7 1 0-0 1 1-0 1 0 0-0 0 0-0 1 2 2-36 1 1-0 3 0 0-0 0 2-44 5 0 1-19 1 0-0 1 0 0-0 1 0-0 1 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 1-0 1 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 2 0 0-0 0 0-0 1 0 0-0 0 0-0 1 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 1-0 0 0-0 0 0 1-0 0 0-0 0 0 1-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 1 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 1-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 0-0 0 0 0-0 0 10-123 44 6 12-129 20 6-43 53 14 12-77 8


2015 SEASON IN REVIEW 2015 PENN STATE GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS AT TEM BUF RUT SDSU ARMY IND AT OSU VS UMD ILL AT NW MICH AT MSU VS UGA First Downs 9 15 17 19 12 22 14 16 23 17 14 20 16 Rushing 4 9 13 2 7 5 8 4 9 6 4 9 3 Passing 4 5 4 14 5 14 2 11 12 8 4 10 12 Penalty 1 1 - 3 - 3 4 1 2 3 6 1 1 Net Yards Rushing 77 200 330 72 108 154 195 48 120 125 70 122 120 Rushing Attempts 27 39 41 34 34 32 40 31 37 30 22 25 32 Average Per Rush 2.9 5.1 8.0 2.1 3.2 4.8 4.9 1.5 3.2 4.2 3.2 4.9 3.8 Yards Gained 141 220 342 115 141 173 230 76 157 148 113 156 131 Yards Lost 64 20 12 43 33 19 35 28 37 23 43 34 11 Net Yards Passing 103 128 141 328 156 266 120 315 280 237 137 296 281 Completions 11 14 10 22 10 22 7 13 22 22 13 27 22 Attempts 25 27 19 36 19 40 13 30 33 41 32 47 42 Interceptions 1 - 1 - - - - - - 1 - 2 1 Yards Per Attempt 4.1 4.7 7.4 9.1 8.2 6.7 9.2 10.5 8.5 5.8 4.3 6.3 6.7 Yards Per Completion 9.4 9.1 14.1 14.9 15.6 12.1 17.1 24.2 12.7 10.8 10.5 11.0 12.8 Total Offensive Yards 180 328 471 400 264 420 315 363 400 362 207 418 401 Plays 52 66 60 70 53 72 53 61 70 71 54 72 74 Yards Per Play 3.5 5.0 7.8 5.7 5.0 5.8 5.9 6.0 5.7 5.1 3.8 5.8 5.4 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0 0-0 2-1 0-0 1-1 2-1 4-3 2-2 1-1 1-1 3-2 1-0 Penalties-Yards 6-39 7-65 8-80 5-37 3-20 3-30 3-22 5-24 3-25 9-70 3-30 6-45 6-39 Punts-Yards 9-351 3-115 5-205 7-294 6-195 7-310 7-251 6-234 5-205 11-438 6-225 3-140 6-219 Kickoffs-Yards 3-195 6-383 5-318 8-513 5-318 6-387 3-190 6-376 8-490 4-227 5-293 3-141 4-189 Punt Returns 4 5 3 4 1 5 - - 3 2 3 1 Yards 33 71 20 17 25 32 - - 3 9 10 1 Yards Per Return 8.2 14.2 6.7 4.2 25.0 6.4 - - 1.0 4.5 3.3 1.0 Kickoff Returns 5 2 2 4 1 1 7 6 1 3 4 4 3 Yards 128 76 57 98 14 21 117 125 57 56 61 63 69 Yards Per Return 25.6 38.0 28.5 24.5 14.0 21.0 16.7 20.8 57.0 18.7 15.2 15.8 23.0 Interceptions - 1 2 - - 1 - 3 1 1 1 - Yards - 10 44 - - - - - 44 - 25 - Fumble Returns - - 1 1 - - - 2 - - - - Yards - - 19 71 - - - 39 - - - - Possession Times 23:45 29:34 27:21 34:34 28:41 35:35 27:40 23:44 33:42 30:41 26:38 30:12 31:22 3rd-Down Conversions 2-13 6-15 4-12 4-15 5-15 5-14 1-11 3-13 5-13 4-17 3-14 5-15 4-18 4th-Down Conversions 0-1 1-3 0-2 - 1-1 - 0-2 - 1-1 - 1-2 4-5 4-6 Red Zone Scoring 1-1 4-5 3-4 5-5 3-3 3-3 2-3 2-2 7-7 2-2 3-3 3-3 3-3 Touchdowns - 2 3 2 1 2 1 2 5 2 - 2 2 Field Goals 1 2 - 3 2 1 1 - 2 - 3 1 1 Sacks By-Yards 2/17 6-47 5-51 5-33 3-38 4-28 2-9 5-25 4-36 6-32 2-10 - 2-18 PAT Kicks 1/1 3/3 4/4 4/4 2/2 2/4 1/1 4/4 3/5 3/3 1/1 1/1 2/2 Field Goals 1/1 2/3 - 3/4 2/2 1/1 1/1 1/2 2/2 - 3/3 1/1 1/1 Total Points 10 27 28 37 20 29 10 31 39 21 16 16 17 Touchdowns Rushing 1 2 4 - 1 2 - 1 2 2 - - Touchdowns Passing - 1 - 3 1 2 1 3 3 1 1 2 2 Touchdown Returns - - - - - - - - - - - - Other Touchdowns - - - 1 - - - - - - - - Safeties - - - - - - - - - - - - Kick PAT/Attempts 1/1 3/3 4/4 4/4 2/2 2/4 1/1 4/4 3/5 3/3 1/1 1/1 2/2 2pt PAT/Attempts - - - - - - - - - - - 0/1 Field Goals/Attempts 1/1 2/3 - 3/4 2/2 1/1 1/1 1/2 2/2 - 3/3 1/1 1/1 Points Off Turnovers - 3 - 21 10 7 - 7 6 - 3 - -

2015 OFFENSIVE STARTERS ➤ OPPONENT

LT LG

C RG RT TE

at Temple Palmer Mahon Mangiro Gaia BUFFALO Nelson Dowrey Mangiro Gaia RUTGERS Palmer Dowrey Mangiro Gaia SAN DIEGO STATE Palmer Dowrey Mangiro Gaia ARMY WEST POINT Palmer Dowrey Mangiro Gaia INDIANA Palmer Mahon Laurent Gaia at Ohio State Palmer Mahon Mangiro Gaia vs. Maryland Palmer Mangiro Laurent Gaia ILLINOIS Palmer Mangiro Laurent Gaia at Northwestern Palmer Mangiro Laurent Gaia MICHIGAN Palmer Mangiro Laurent Gaia at Michigan State Nelson Dowrey Mangiro Gaia vs. Georgia Palmer Mahon Mangiro Gaia (1) Opened with two tight ends; (2) opened with three wide receivers; (3) opened with four wide receivers

Nelson Mahon Mahon Mahon Mahon Nelson Nelson Nelson Mahon Mahon Nelson Mahon Nelson

Gesicki Gesicki Carter Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Lewis (3) Gesicki Carter Wilkerson Wilkerson

QB Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg Hackenberg

RB TE/WR Lynch Lynch Lynch Lynch Allen Scott Lynch Barkley Barkley Barkley Barkley Barkley Barkley

Wilkerson (1) Wilkerson (1) Wilkerson (1) Wilkerson (1) Wilkerson (1) Blacknall (2) Wilkerson (1) Polk (2) Blacknall (3) Wilkerson (1) Lewis (2) Lewis (2) Carter (1)

WR WR Polk Godwin Godwin Polk Godwin Godwin Godwin Godwin Godwin Godwin Godwin Godwin Godwin

Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Blacknall Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton

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2015 SEASON IN REVIEW 2015 OPPONENT GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS AT TEM BUF RUT SDSU ARMY IND AT OSU VS UMD ILL AT NW MICH AT MSU VS UGA First Downs 15 15 20 13 17 14 25 21 12 22 19 24 17 Rushing 6 4 5 5 16 7 18 11 4 8 5 10 9 Passing 7 10 14 7 1 7 7 9 8 12 12 14 7 Penalty 2 1 1 1 - - - 1 - 2 2 - 1 Net Yards Rushing 149 69 43 101 261 79 315 241 37 227 87 188 166 Rushing Attempts 43 33 32 33 55 33 50 48 27 47 30 38 41 Average Per Rush 3.5 2.1 1.3 3.1 4.7 2.4 6.3 5.0 1.4 4.8 2.9 4.9 4.0 Yards Gained 194 119 99 142 316 113 344 278 92 264 102 193 208 Yards Lost 45 50 56 41 55 34 29 37 55 37 15 5 42 Net Yards Passing 168 205 251 141 32 155 114 225 130 169 256 248 161 Completions 16 24 27 10 1 15 13 19 17 16 25 19 12 Attempts 21 35 42 30 1 33 19 28 44 32 38 27 23 Interceptions - 1 2 - - 1 - 3 1 1 1 - Yards Per Attempt 8.0 5.9 6.0 4.7 32.0 4.7 6.0 8.0 3.0 5.3 6.7 9.2 7.0 Yards Per Completion 10.5 8.5 9.3 14.1 32.0 10.3 8.8 11.8 7.6 10.6 10.2 13.1 13.4 Total Offensive Yards 317 274 294 242 293 234 429 466 167 396 343 436 327 Plays 64 68 74 63 56 66 69 76 71 79 68 65 64 Yards Per Play 5.0 4.0 4.0 3.8 5.2 3.5 6.2 6.1 2.4 5.0 5.0 6.7 5.1 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-0 3-1 4-3 7-3 2-0 1-0 4-2 1-0 4-0 2-1 3-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards 5-35 14-107 8-29 4-32 4-45 8-65 5-70 7-70 8-60 7-80 13-117 4-19 5-45 Punts-Yards 7-328 7-295 8-335 8-313 4-156 11-451 5-208 2-69 12-457 8-294 6-198 2-83 7-267 Kickoffs-Yards 6-360 3-124 2-130 4-248 3-187 1-63 7-417 7-440 1-65 5-297 5-307 9-565 5-309 Punt Returns 5 - 1 2 4 5 2 3 - 3 2 2 2 Yards 52 - (-1) (-5) 15 23 17 24 - 8 9 12 36 Yards Per Return 10.4 - (-1.0) (-2.5) 3.8 4.6 8.5 8.0 - 2.7 4.5 6.0 18.0 Kickoff Returns 2 3 1 2 4 1 2 4 3 3 5 2 1 Yards 36 54 8 137 85 20 46 100 39 119 122 25 27 Yards Per Return 18.0 18.0 8.0 68.5 21.2 20.0 23.0 25.0 13.0 39.7 24.4 12.5 27.0 Interceptions 1 - 1 - - - - - - 1 - 2 1 Yards 26 - - - - - - - - 4 - 13 Fumble Returns - - - - - - - - - - - 1 Yards - - - - - - - - - - - 77 Possession Times 36:15 30:26 32:39 25:26 31:19 24:25 32:20 36:16 26:18 29:19 33:22 29:48 28:38 3rd-Down Conversions 7-17 5-16 5-15 5-17 5-10 3-16 5-11 4-13 6-21 6-17 7-14 8-11 4-14 4th-Down Conversions 0-1 2-3 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 - 0-2 0-2 - - - 0-1 Red Zone Scoring 3-4 2-2 1-1 2-2 1-1 1-1 6-6 5-6 - 3-3 3-4 4-4 1-1 Touchdowns 2 2 - 2 1 1 5 3 - 2 3 4 1 Field Goals 1 - 1 - - - 1 2 - 1 - - Sacks By-Yards 10-64 - - 2-9 3-19 4-13 5-24 4-21 3-20 2-10 4-26 2-24 PAT Kicks 3/3 2/2 - 3/3 2/2 1/1 5/5 3/3 - 2/3 4/4 7/8 3/3 Field Goals 2/2 0/1 1/1 - - - 1/1 3/4 - 1/3 - - 1/2 Total Points 27 14 3 21 14 7 38 30 - 23 28 55 24 Touchdowns Rushing 3 - - 1 2 1 3 2 - 1 2 3 1 Touchdowns Passing - 2 - 1 - - 2 1 - 1 2 3 2 Touchdown Returns - - - 1 - - - - - 1 - - Other Touchdowns - - - - - - - - - - - 2 Safeties - - - - - - - - - - - - Kick PAT/Attempts 3/3 2/2 - 3/3 2/2 1/1 5/5 3/3 - 2/3 4/4 7/8 3/3 2pt PAT/Attempts - - - - - - - - - - - - Field Goals/Attempts 2/2 0/1 1/1 - - - 1/1 3/4 - 1/3 - - 1/2 Points Off Turnovers 7 - - 7 - - 7 3 - 0 7 27 3

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➤ OPPONENT

DE DT

DT

at Temple BUFFALO RUTGERS SAN DIEGO STATE ARMY WEST POINT INDIANA at Ohio State vs. Maryland ILLINOIS at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Michigan State vs. Georgia

Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Zettel Nassib Barney Nassib Zettel

Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson Johnson

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LB

Sickels Bell Wartman-White Sickels Walker Cabinda Sickels Bell Cabinda Sickels Bell Cabinda Sickels Walker Cabinda Sickels Bell Cabinda Sickels Bell Cabinda Sickels Bell Cabinda Sickels Bell Cabinda Sickels Bell Cabinda Sickels Bell Cabinda Zettel Bell Cabinda Sickels Bell Cabinda

LB Cabinda Reeder Reeder Reeder Reeder Reeder Reeder Reeder Reeder Reeder Reeder Reeder Cooper

CB SAFETY SAFETY CB Reid Reid Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley

Allen Allen Alllen Allen Apke Allen Allen Allen Allen Allen Allen Allen Allen

Lucas Williams Lucas Williams Lucas Williams Golden Williams Lucas Williams Lucas Williams Lucas Williams Lucas Williams Lucas Williams Lucas Williams Golden Williams Golden Williams Golden Williams


2015 SEASON IN REVIEW 2015 INDIVIDUAL OFFENSIVE GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS ➤ RUSHING (ATTEMPTS-YARDS-TD) Allen, Mark Barkley, Saquon Hackenberg, Christian Johnson, Brandon Lynch, Akeel McSorley, Trace Polk, Brandon Scott, Nick Schwan, Evan TEAM Thomas, Johnathan Thompkins, DeAndre

AT TEM

BUF

RUT

SDSU

ARMY

IND

AT OSU

VS UMD

ILL

AT NW

MICH

AT MSU

VS UGA

2-7-0 1-2-0 3-(-1)-0 5-5-0 6-17-0 8-45-0 DNP DNP 2-23-1 DNP DNP DNP DNP 1-1-0 12-115-1 21-195-2 8-62-0 DNP DNP 26-194-0 20-65-1 20-84-1 25-120-2 15-68-0 17-103-0 17-69-0 11-(-59)-0 2-4-0 2-3-0 3-(-6)-0 5-3-0 9-21-2 7-(-16)-0 5-(-16)-0 4-(-17)-0 5-5-0 6-(-3)-0 6-(-3)-0 1-4-0 DNP DNP - - - 2-6-0 - - 2-17-0 - - - 10-78-1 19-46-0 10-120-1 10-18-0 DNP DNP 4-12-0 - 1-4-0 - - - 1-4-0 DNP - DNP DNP DNP 1-5-0 DNP - 3-15-0 DNP - 1-(-3)-0 7-31-0 2-50-0 3-45-1 1-6-0 1-1-0 1-14-0 - 1-6-0 1-8-0 3-(-11)-0 - 1-5-0 1-25-0 3-10-0 - - 1-5-0 6-9-0 12-54-1 8-57-0 1-3-0 1-1-0 - - - - 1-4-0 - - - - DNP - - - - - - - 1-0-0 - 2-(-12)-0 1-1-0 1-(-17)-0 3-(-8)-0 - 1-(-4)-0 3-(-5)-0 - - - - 1-(-2)-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP 7-28-0 2-9-0 DNP DNP 2-5-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP 1-0-0 - 2-1-1 - - 2-11-0 - - - - - - -

➤ RECEIVING (RECEPTIONS-YARDS-TD) AT TEM Allen, Mark Barkley, Saquon Blacknall, Saeed Carter, Kyle Garrity, Gregg Gesicki, Mike Godwin, Chris Hackenberg, Christian Hamilton, DaeSean Lewis, Geno Lynch, Akeel Polk, Brandon Scott, Nick - Thompkins, DeAndre Wilkerson, Brent

BUF RUT SDSU ARMY IND AT OSU VS UMD ILL AT NW MICH AT MSU VS UGA - - - 2-29-1 - 2-15-0 DNP DNP - DNP DNP DNP DNP - - - 1-22-1 DNP DNP - - 3-58-0 6-50-0 2-19-0 3-(-1)-0 5-13-0 - - - 4-101-0 - - - 1-38-0 - - 1-25-1 1-77-0 1-7-0 - 2-13-0 - 3-47-0 1-9-0 3-30-0 DNP 1-17-0 - 1-1-0 1-5-0 1-10-0 1-3-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 1-4-0 DNP DNP - DNP - - - 3-14-0 1-6-0 2-11-0 1-33-1 2-21-0 - - 2-26-0 1-5-0 1-9-0 DNP 5-81-0 5-75-0 4-49-0 5-78-1 4-66-0 4-41-0 3-103-0 4-135-1 7-76-1 8-104-0 3-51-0 11-109-2 6-133-0 - - - - - - - - 1-14-1 - - - 1-5-0 3-15-1 5-86-0 5-40-0 1-12-0 2-49-1 2-13-1 5-96-1 4-54-0 3-56-1 1-5-0 8-78-0 5-71-1 2-15-0 1-11-0 - - - 3-39-0 - 1-27-1 2-15-1 2-15-0 1-7-0 2-14-0 3-53-1 2-2-0 - - - DNP DNP 1-0-0 - - 1-6-0 - - 1-0-0 - - - - 2-46-1 1-4-0 - 1-6-0 - - - 1-1-0 - - - 1-22-0 3-21-0 - - - - - - - - - - - - - 1-2-0 2-31-0 - - - - - - - 2-14-0 - - - - - 3-16-0 1-9-0 -

➤ PASSING Christian Hackenberg at Temple BUFFALO RUTGERS SAN DIEGO ST. ARMY INDIANA at Ohio State vs Maryland ILLINOIS at Northwestern MICHIGAN Michigan State vs Georgia

COMP. ATT. YDS. TD INT. 11 25 103 - 1 14 27 128 1 10 19 141 - 1 21 35 296 3 10 19 156 1 21 39 262 2 7 13 120 1 13 29 315 3 21 29 266 2 21 40 205 - 1 13 31 137 1 22 39 257 2 2 8 14 139 - 1

Trace McSorley COMP. ATT. YDS. TD INT. at Temple DNP BUFFALO - - - - RUTGERS DNP SAN DIEGO ST. DNP ARMY DNP INDIANA 1 1 4 - at Ohio State DNP vs Maryland - - - - ILLINOIS - 3 - - at Northwestern DNP MICHIGAN - 1 - - Michigan State 5 8 39 - vs Georgia 14 27 142 2 -

Nick Scott SAN DIEGO ST. ILLINOIS

COMP. ATT. YDS. TD INT. 1 1 32 - 1 1 14 1 -

Geno Lewis vs. Maryland at Northwestern

COMP. ATT. YDS. TD INT. 0 1 - - 1 1 32 1 -

2015 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICAL LEADERS GAME at Temple BUFFALO RUTGERS SAN DIEGO ST. ARMY INDIANA at Ohio State vs Maryland ILLINOIS at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Michigan State vs Georgia

RUSHING RUSHING ATTEMPTS YARDS RECEPTIONS Hackenberg - 11 Lynch - 19 Barkley - 21 Lynch - 10 Scott - 12 Hackenberg - 9 Barkley - 26 Barkley - 20 Barkley - 20 Barkley - 25 Barkley - 15 Barkley - 17 Barkley - 17

Lynch - 78 Barkley - 115 Barkley - 195 Barkley - 62 Scott - 54 Scott - 57 Barkley - 194 Barkley - 65 Barkley - 84 Barkley - 120 Barkley - 68 Barkley - 103 Barkley - 69

Godwin - 5 Godwin - 5 Hamilton - 5 Hamilton/Godwin - 5 Godwin - 4 Godwin - 4 Godwin - 3 Hamilton - 5 Godwin - 7 Godwin - 8 Godwin/Wilkerson - 3 Godwin - 11 Godwin - 6

RECEIVING ALL-PURPOSE YARDS YARDS TACKLES Godwin - 81 Godwin - 75 Hamilton - 86 Blacknall - 101 Godwin - 66 Godwin - 41 Godwin - 103 Godwin - 135 Godwin - 76 Godwin - 104 Godwin - 51 Godwin - 109 Godwin - 133

Farmer - 128 Barkley - 115 Barkley - 195 Blacknall - 101 Scott - 76 Scott - 78 Barkley - 194 Godwin - 135 Barkley - 142 Barkley - 170 Barkley - 87 Godwin - 109 Godwin - 133

Nassib - 10 A. Johnson - 9 Marcus Allen - 11 Zettel - 7 Cabinda - 14 Three Tied - 9 Lucas - 9 Reeder - 11 Cabinda - 7 A. Johnson - 10 Marcus Allen - 12 Cabinda - 13 Bell - 11

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AT TEM BUF RUT SDSU ARMY IND AT OSU VS UMD ILL AT NW MICH AT MSU VS UGA 2-1-3 3-3-6 7-4-11 0-1-1 DNP 4-5-9 4-4-8 5-4-9 1-2-3 6-1-7 4-8-12 4-2-6 3-3-6

Apke, Troy 0-1-1

2-1-3 1-0-1 3-0-3 1-4-5 2-1-3 0-1-1 1-0-1 1-1-2

Barney, Tarow

0-1-1 0-1-1

Bell, Brandon

4-3-7 DNP 4-5-9 2-1-3 DNP 1-2-3 2-4-6 4-2-6 1-1-2 7-1-8 3-2-5 0-5-5 8-3-11

- 0-2-2

- 1-1-2

- 0-1-1

-

- 1-0-1

- 3-2-5 0-1-1 -

- 5-1-6 0-1-1 1-0-1 0-2-2 0-1-1 2-0-2

- 1-1-2 1-0-1

Bowen, Manny

-

Brown, Torrence

- - 0-2-2 - 1-3-4 - - - 3-0-3 - 1-1-2 - -

- 3-0-3

-

Cabinda, Jason

3-4-7 2-4-6 3-3-6 0-4-4 6-8-14 4-5-9 2-3-5 5-5-10 3-4-7 2-1-3 2-6-8 4-9-13 3-5-8

Campbell, Christian

2-1-3 1-2-3 - 0-2-2

Cooper, Jake

- 1-4-5 2-0-2 0-1-1 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

- 3-0-3 - - 1-1-2 0-1-1 - 2-0-2 - DNP - - 3-3-6

Cothran, Curtis

0-1-1 0-1-1 2-0-2 1-1-2 0-4-4 0-1-1 1-0-1

Cothren, Parker Dudas, Jordan Godwin, Chris

- 0-2-2 0-1-1 1-0-1

- 0-2-2 1-0-1 0-2-2 1-0-1 0-1-1 0-1-1

- 0-1-1

-

-

-

-

- 1-0-1 0-2-2

-

-

-

- 1-0-1 1-1-2 0-1-1

- 2-0-2 2-0-2 DNP 0-1-1

1-0-1 - - 1-1-2 - - - - - - - - -

Golden, Malik

- 0-2-2 1-1-2 1-2-3 1-1-2

Gulla, Chris

- - - - 1-0-1 DNP 0-1-1 - - - - - -

Haley, Grant

- 0-1-1

- 0-1-1 5-1-6 4-4-8 2-7-9 3-3-6

DNP DNP 1-1-2 3-0-3 3-1-4 0-3-3 1-3-4 2-0-2 2-0-2 4-0-4 3-3-6 2-3-5 6-1-7

Johnson, Austin

1-5-6 4-5-9 1-5-6 0-2-2 1-3-4 4-5-9 0-4-4 5-4-9 2-3-5 8-2-10 0-4-4 0-2-2 4-4-8

Julius, Joey

- - - - - - 1-0-1 - - DNP 1-0-1 DNP -

Lewis, Geno

- - - - - - - - 0-1-1 - - - -

Lucas, Jordan

2-2-4 3-2-5 5-4-9 DNP 5-3-8 5-2-7 4-5-9 6-1-7 3-1-4 1-2-3 INJ INJ INJ

Nassib, Carl

4-6-10 4-1-5 1-3-4 2-0-2 2-0-2 4-0-4 4-4-8 3-1-4 3-0-3 4-0-4

Oruwariye, Amani

-

-

-

- - 1-0-1 - 0-2-2 - - 0-1-1 0-1-1 - - - -

Pasquariello, Daniel

1-0-1 - DNP DNP - - - - - - - - -

Reeder, Troy

1-1-2 5-2-7 4-4-8 2-4-6 2-2-4 1-2-3 4-1-5 9-2-11 3-0-3 5-1-6 5-2-7 1-4-5 DNP

Reid, John 2-3-5

1-0-1 1-1-2 2-0-2

- 0-1-1 2-2-4 2-1-3 1-1-2 1-0-1 1-0-1 4-1-5 1-1-2

Schwan, Evan

1-1-2 0-4-4 0-2-2

- DNP 0-1-1

Scott, Nick 1-1-2

1-0-1

Sickels, Garrett

2-2-4 0-1-1 0-1-1 1-2-3 0-1-1 1-4-5 3-5-8 1-1-2 1-0-1 2-1-3 1-1-2 DNP 1-3-4

Smith, Brandon

-

- 0-1-1

-

- 1-1-2 1-2-3 1-0-1 1-1-2 3-1-4

- 1-0-1 1-0-1

-

DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP - DNP DNP 0-1-1

- 1-1-2

-

-

- DNP DNP DNP

Smith, Jordan

0-2-2

Walker, Von

0-1-1 1-0-1 0-1-1

Wartman-White, Nyeem

2-0-2 INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ

White, Antoine

-

- - 1-0-1 DNP - DNP DNP 0-1-1 DNP DNP - 2-1-3 1-0-1

- 1-0-1

-

- 1-0-1

- 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-0-1 0-1-1 DNP DNP 1-0-1 0-1-1

- DNP - 0-1-1

- 0-2-2 DNP

Williams, Trevor

4-2-6 5-0-5 1-1-2 0-1-1

Wooten Jr., Gary

- 1-2-3 1-2-3 2-0-2 1-1-2 2-1-3 3-0-3 1-0-1 1-1-2

2-1-3 DNP - 0-1-1 DNP 0-1-1 - DNP 1-0-1 DNP DNP 0-1-1 DNP

Yazujian, Tyler

- - - - - 0-1-1 - - - - - - -

Zanellato, Matt

0-1-1 - - - DNP - DNP - - - 1-0-1 - -

Zettel, Anthony

3-2-5 2-3-5 1-1-2 3-4-7 2-2-4

- 2-2-4 4-4-8 1-1-2 1-1-2 0-2-2 0-2-2 1-3-4

SEASON KICKOFFS

SEASON PUNTING

Player KO Yards TB OB Avg. Returns Yards Avg. Julius, Joey 53 3284 22 5 62.0 - - Davis, Tyler 10 595 3 1 59.5 - - Gulla, Chris 3 141 - - 47.0 - - -- 32 791 24.7

Player No. Yards Avg. Long FC I20 50+ Blk Pasquariello, D. 58 2314 39.9 60 10 12 9 Gulla, Chris 23 868 37.7 52 6 8 3 -

Game KO Yards TB OB Avg. Returns Yards Avg. at Temple 3 195 1 - 65.0 2 36 18.0 Buffalo 6 383 3 - 63.8 3 54 18.0 Rutgers 5 318 4 - 63.6 1 8 8.0 San Diego St. 8 513 5 1 64.1 2 137 68.5 ARmy 5 318 1 - 63.6 4 85 21.2 Indiana 6 387 4 1 64.5 1 20 20.0 at Ohio State 3 190 1 - 63.3 2 46 23.0 vs. Maryland 6 376 1 1 62.7 4 100 25.0 Illinois 8 490 3 2 61.2 3 39 13.0 at Northwestern 4 227 1 - 56.8 3 119 39.7 Michigan 5 293 - - 58.6 5 122 24.4 at Michigan State 3 141 - - 47.0 2 25 12.5 vs. Georgia 4 189 1 1 47.2 1 27 27.0

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Game No. Yards Avg. Long FC I20 50+ Blk at Temple 9 351 39.0 55 - 3 2 Buffalo 3 115 38.3 55 - - 1 Rutgers 5 205 41.0 52 3 5 1 San Diego St. 7 294 42.0 51 1 1 2 Army 6 195 32.5 46 1 1 - Indiana 7 310 44.3 54 1 1 3 at Ohio State 7 251 35.9 47 - 1 - vs. Maryland 6 234 39.0 55 1 - 1 Illinois 5 205 41.0 47 3 2 - at Northwestern 11 438 39.8 60 4 2 1 Michigan 6 225 37.5 46 1 1 - at Michigan State 3 140 46.7 53 - 1 1 vs. Georgia 6 219 36.5 44 1 2 - -


2015 SEASON IN REVIEW 2015 SEASON SUPERLATIVES ➤ PENN STATE INDIVIDUAL

➤ OPPONENT INDIVIDUAL

Rushes: 26, Saquon Barkley at Ohio State Rushing Yards: 195, Saquon Barkley vs. Rutgers Rushing Touchdowns: 2, Saquon Barkley vs. Rutgers & at Northwestern; Christian Hackenberg vs. Indiana Longest Rush: 75, Akeel Lynch vs. Rutgers Pass Attempts: 40, Christian Hackenberg at Northwestern Pass Completions: 22, Christian Hackenberg at Michigan State Passing Yards: 315, Christian Hackenberg vs. Maryland Touchdown Passes: 3, Christian Hackenberg vs. San Diego State & vs. Maryland Longest Pass Play: 59, Christian Hackenberg to Saeed Blacknall at Michigan State Receptions: 11, Chris Godwin at Michigan State Yards Receiving: 135, Chris Godwin vs. Maryland Touchdown Receptions: 2, Chris Godwin at Michigan State Longest Reception: 59, Saeed Blacknall from Christian Hackenberg at Michigan State Field Goals: 3, Joey Julius vs. San Diego State; Tyler Davis vs. Michigan Longest Field Goal: 42, Tyler Davis vs. Illinois Punts: 9, Daniel Pasquariello at Temple & at Northwestern Punting Average: 46.7, Daniel Pasquariello at Michigan State Longest Punt: 60, Daniel Pasquariello at Northwestern Longest Punt Return: 58, DeAndre Thompkins vs. Buffalo Longest Kickoff Return: 58, Nick Scott vs. Buffalo Tackles: 14, Jason Cabinda vs. Navy Sacks: 3.0, Carl Nassib vs. Buffalo Tackles For Loss: 3.5, Carl Nassib at Ohio State; Brandon Bell vs. Maryland & at Northwestern Interceptions: 1, 10 times; last: Brandon Bell vs. Michigan

Rushes: 29, Jahad Thomas, Temple Rushing Yards: 187, Justin Jackson, Northwestern Rushing Touchdowns: 2, Jahad Thomas, Temple; A.J. Schurr, Army; J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Longest Rush: 56, A.J. Schurr, Army Pass Attempts: 42, Chris Laviano, Rutgers Pass Completions: 27, Chris Laviano, Rutgers Passing Yards: 256, Jake Rudock, Michigan Touchdown Passes: 3, Connor Cook, Michigan State Longest Pass Play: 48, Perry Hills to Malcolm Culmer, Maryland Receptions: 8, Ron Willoughby, Buffalo Yards Receiving: 114, Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia Touchdown Receptions: 1, 14 times; last: Malcolm Mitchell & Terry Godwin, Georgia Longest Reception: 48, Malcolm Culmer from Perry Hills, Maryland Field Goals: 3, Brad Craddock, Maryland Longest Field Goal: 44, Brad Craddock, Maryland; Marshall Morgan, Georgia Punts: 12, Ryan Frain, Illinois Punting Average: 46.9, Alex Starzyk, Temple Longest Punt: 60, Alex Starzyk, Temple Longest Punt Return: 37, Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia Longest Kickoff Return: 100, Rashaad Penny, San Diego State Tackles: 13, Marcus Oliver, Indiana; Clayton Fejedelem, Illinois Sacks: 3.0, Tyler Matakevich, Temple Tackles For Loss: 3.0, 5 times; last: Taco Charlton, Michigan Interceptions: 1, 6 times; last: Dominick Sanders, Georgia

➤ PENN STATE TEAM HIGHS & LOWS

➤ OPPONENT TEAM HIGHS & LOWS

Highs Lows Rushes 41, vs. Rutgers 22, vs. Michigan Rushing Yards 330, vs. Rutgers 48, vs. Maryland Rushing Average 8.0, vs. Rutgers 2.1, vs. San Diego State Rushing Touchdowns 4, vs. Rutgers 0, 5 times; last: vs. Georgia Pass Attempts 47, at Michigan State 13, at Ohio State Pass Completions 27 at Michigan State 7, at Ohio State Passing Yards 328, vs. San Diego State 103, at Temple Yards Per Completion 10.5, vs. Maryland 4.0, at Temple Touchdown Passes 3, 3 times; last: vs. Illinois 0, at Temple; vs. Rutgers Total Offense 471, vs. Rutgers 180, at Temple Total Plays 74, vs. Georgia 52, at Temple Yards Per Play 7.8, vs. Rutgers 3.5, at Temple Points 39, vs. Illinois 10, at Temple; at Ohio State Sacks Made 6, vs. Buffalo; at Northwestern 0, at Michigan State First Downs 23, vs. Illinois 9, at Temple Penalties 9, at Northwestern 3, 5 times; last: vs. Michigan Penalty Yards 80, vs. Rutgers 20, vs. Army Turnovers 4, at Michigan State 0, vs. Buffalo; vs. Army Interceptions Made 3, at Maryland 0, 6 times; last: vs. Georgia Punts 11, at Northwestern 3, vs. Buffalo; at Michigan State Punting Average 46.7, at Michigan State 32.5, vs. Army

Rushes Rushing Yards Rushing Average Rushing Touchdowns Pass Attempts Pass Completions Passing Yards Yards Per Completion Touchdown Passes Total Offense Total Plays Yards Per Play Points Sacks Made First Downs Penalties Penalty Yards Turnovers Interceptions Made Punts Punting Average

Highs Lows 55, Army 27, Illinois 315, Ohio State 37, Illinois 6.3, Ohio State 1.3, Rutgers 3, 3 times; last: Michigan State 0, 3 times; last: Illinois 44, Illinois 1, vs. Army 27, Rutgers 1, vs. Army 256, Michigan 1, vs. Army 32.0, Army 3.0, Illinois 3, Michigan State 0, 5 times; last: Illinois 466, Maryland 167, Illinois 79, Northwestern 56, Army 6.7, Michigan State 2.4, Illinois 55, Michigan State 0, vs. Illinois 10, Temple 0, 3 times; last: Georgia 25, Ohio State 12, Illinois 14, Buffalo 4, 3 times; last: Michigan State 117, Michigan 19; Michigan State 5, Maryland 0, Ohio State; Georgia 2, Michigan State 0, 8 times; last: Michigan 12, Illinois 2, Michigan State 46.9, Temple 33.0, Michigan

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2015 SEASON IN REVIEW 2015 SCORING DRIVES ➤ GAME

PLAYS YARDS TIME RESULT QTR.

SCORE

AT TEMPLE (2) 8 6

53 75

1:53 2:41

FG TD

1 1

Julius field goal (34 yards) Lynch 42 yard run (Julius kick)

BUFFALO (5) 2 4 12 4 6

24 7 51 62 74

0:37 1:54 5:07 1:25 1:54

TD FG FG TD TD

2 2 3 4 4

Polk 22 yard run (Julius kick) Julius field goal (22 yards) Julius field goal (21 yards) Hamilton 5 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick) Barkley 9 yard run (Julius kick)

RUTGERS (4) 12 8 1 2

80 90 75 70

6:02 3:27 0:10 0:45

TD TD TD TD

2 2 2 4

Thompkins 2 yard run (Julius kick) Barkley 15 yard run (Julius kick) Lynch 75 yard run (Julius kick) Barkley 16 yard run (Julius kick)

SAN DIEGO STATE (7) 7 7 7 4 6 -- 8

66 53 72 27 23 -- 52

3:42 3:18 2:49 1:30 0:38 -- 2:51

TD FG FG TD TD TD FG

1 1 2 2 2 4 4

Barkley 22 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick) Julius field goal (40 yards) Julius field goal (24 yards) Allen, Mark 13 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick) Godwin 11 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick) Johnson, A. 71 yard fumble return (Julius kick) Julius field goal (26 yards)

ARMY (4)

8 7 5 3

42 21 19 91

3:29 3:17 2:40 1:13

TD FG FG TD

1 2 3 3

Scott 11 yard run (Julius kick) Julius field goal (37 yards) Julius field goal (27 yards) Gesicki 33 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick)

INDIANA (5)

4 4 7 7 7

64 80 62 52 15

1:06 2:02 3:08 3:51 3:33

TD TD TD TD FG

1 2 2 4 4

Polk 39 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick) Hamilton 39 yard pass from Hackenberg (kick failed) Hackenberg 1 yard run (kick failed) Hackenberg 5 yard run (Davis kick) T. Davis field goal (30 yards)

AT OHIO STATE (2) 6 3

61 78

2:26 1:01

FG TD

1 3

Julius field goal (33 yards) Hamilton 8 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick)

VS. MARYLAND (5) 5 2 8 7 8

86 75 38 79 77

2:18 0:42 2:09 3:40 2:08

TD TD FG TD TD

1 2 2 3 4

Barkley 6 yard run (Julius kick) Godwin 37 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick) Julius field goal (40 yards) Hamilton 20 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick) Lewis 27 yard pass from Hackenberg (Julius kick)

➤ GAME

PLAYS YARDS TIME RESULT QTR.

ILLINOIS (7)

8 1 6 7 7 7 8

SCORE

80 6 18 43 33 80 42

4:37 0:05 1:57 3:31 3:00 3:32 3:27

TD TD FG TD FG TD TD

1 1 2 3 3 4 4

Godwin 5 yard pass from Hackenberg (kick failed) Lewis 6 yard pass from Hackenberg (kick failed) T. Davis field goal (42 yards) Hackenberg 14 yard pass from Scott (T. Davis kick) T. Davis field goal (28 yards) Barkley 7 yard run (T. Davis kick) Allen 20 yard run (T. Davis kick)

AT NORTHWESTERN (3) 9 78 5 70 5 71

3:35 1:33 1:39

TD TD TD

2 3 4

Barkley 7 yard run (T. Davis kick) Hamilton 32 yard pass from Lewis (T. Davis kick) Barkley 13 yard run (T. Davis kick)

MICHIGAN (4)

73 43 36 62

3:51 2:04 2:17 4:24

FG TD FG FG

1 2 4 4

T. Davis field goal (23 yards) Blacknall 25 yard pass from Hackenberg (T. Davis kick) T. Davis field goal (24 yards) T. Davis field goal (18 yards)

AT MICHIGAN STATE (3) 11 63 10 67 9 78

4:06 1:56 3:36

FG TD TD

2 2 4

T. Davis field goal (19 yards) Godwin 8 yard pass from Hackenberg (T. Davis kick) Godwin 5 yard pass from Hackenberg (pass failed)

VS. GEORGIA (3) 8 9 7

3:44 4:22 3:04

FG TD TD

2 3 4

T. Davis field goal (34 yards) Lewis 17 yard pass from McSorley (T. Davis kick) Hamilton 20 yard pass from McSorley (T. Davis kick)

6 6 8 10

72 75 58

Total: 53 scoring drives (28 touchdowns, 25 field goals) Defensive/Special Teams Touchdowns: 71-yard fumble return by Austin Johnson vs. San Diego State. Breakdown of Penn State Drives Most Plays: 12 vs. Buffalo (51 yards, 5:07, FG); vs. Rutgers (80 yards, 6:02, TD) Most Yards: 91 vs. Army (3 plays, 1:13, TD) Most Time: 6:02 vs. Rutgers (12 plays, 80 yards, TD) OPPONENT SCORING DRIVES Total: 42 scoring drives (33 touchdowns, 9 field goals) Defensive/Special Teams Touchdowns: Penny - 100 yard Kickoff Return, SDSU; Vault - 96 yard Kickoff Return; Northwestern; Cox - 77 yard Fumble Return; Michigan State; McDowell - 13 yard Interception Return, Michigan State. Breakdown of Opponent Drives Most Plays: 16 by Rutgers (71 yards, 7:13, FG) Most Yards: 93 by Temple (12 plays, 6:40, TD) Most Time: 7:13 by Rutgers (16 plays, 71 yards, FG)

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➤ Opponent Series Result

Pct.

➤ Opponent Series Result

Pct.

at Temple 1/1 Buffalo 4/5 Rutgers 3/4 San Diego St. 6/6 ARMY 3/3 Indiana 3/3 at Ohio State 2/3 vs. Maryland 2/2 Illinois 7/7 at Northwestern 2/2 Michigan 3/3 at Michigan State 3/3 vs. Georgia 3/3 TOTAL 42/45

100 80 75 100 100 100 67.7 100 100 100 100 100 100 93.3

at Temple 3/4 2 TD, 1 FG, 1 Downs Buffalo 2/2 2 TD Rutgers 1/1 FG San Diego St. 2/2 2 TD Army 1/1 1 TD Indiana 1/1 1 TD at Ohio State 6/6 5 TD, 1 FG vs. Maryland 5/6 3 TD, 2 FG, 1 Fumble Illinois - - at Northwestern 3/3 2 TD, 1 FG Michigan 3/4 3 TD, 1 End of Half at Michigan State 4/4 4 TD vs. Georgia 1/1 1 TD TOTAL 32/35 26 TD, 6 FG, 1 Downs, 1 Fumble, 1 Half

75 100 100 100 100 100 100 83.3 100 75 100 100 91.4

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2015 SEASON IN REVIEW 2015 LONG PLAYS FROM SCRIMMAGE YARDS TYPE 75* Rush 59 Pass 56 Rush 56 Rush 56 Pass 54 Rush 49 Pass 48 Pass 46 Pass 45 Pass 45 Pass 42* Rush 40 Pass 40 Rush 39* Pass 39* Pass 38 Pass 38 Pass 38 Pass 38 Pass 37* Pass 35 Rush 35 Pass 34 Rush 33* Pass 33 Rush 33 Rush 32 Pass 32* Pass 32 Pass 31 Pass 31 Pass 30 Pass 30 Pass 28 Rush 27* Pass 27 Pass 26 Pass 25 Rush 25* Pass 25 Pass 24 Rush 24 Pass

PLAYER(S) Lynch, Akeel Blacknall, Saeed from Hackenberg, Christian Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Barkley, Saquon Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Hamilton, DaeSean from Hackenberg, Christian Blacknall, Saeed from Hackenberg, Christian Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Blacknall, Saeed from Hackenberg, Christian Lynch, Akeel Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean from Hackenberg, Christian Polk, Brandon from Hackenberg, Christian Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Blacknall, Saeed from Hackenberg, Christian Hamilton, DaeSean from Hackenberg, Christian Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Scott, Nick Carter, Kyle from Hackenberg, Christian Barkley, Saquon Gesicki, Mike from Hackenberg, Christian Barkley, Saquon Polk, Brandon Barkley, Saquon from Hackenberg, Christian Hamilton, DaeSean from Lewis, Geno Godwin, Chris from Scott, Nick Thompkins, DeAndre from Hackenberg, Christian Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Allen, Mark Lewis, Geno from Hackenberg, Christian Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Godwin, Chris from Hackenberg, Christian Polk, Brandon Blacknall, Saeed from Hackenberg, Christian Hamilton, DaeSean from Hackenberg, Christian Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean from Hackenberg, Christian

OPPONENT Rutgers at Michigan State Michigan Ohio State Ohio State Rutgers Army Rutgers San Diego State Ohio State San Diego State at Temple Maryland Rutgers Indiana Indiana Michigan Maryland Maryland Buffalo Maryland Indiana San Diego State San Diego State Army Buffalo at Temple Northwestern Northwestern San Diego State Illinois Maryland Rutgers at Temple Indiana Maryland Maryland Northwestern at Michigan State Michigan Northwestern Northwestern Maryland

YARDS TYPE 24 Rush 23 Rush 23 Rush 22 Pass 22 Rush 22 Pass 22* Pass 22* Rush 21 Pass 21 Pass 21 Rush 20* Pass 20 Rush

PLAYER(S) Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon from Hackenberg, Christian Hackenberg, Christian Scott, Nick from Hackenberg, Christian Barkley, Saquon from Hackenberg, Christian Polk, Brandon Lewis, Geno from Hackenberg, Christian Carter, Kyle from Hackenberg, Christian Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean from Hackenberg, Christian Polk, Brandon

OPPONENT Buffalo Northwestern Ohio State Illinois Indiana Army San Diego State Buffalo Indiana Indiana San Diego State Maryland Buffalo

Penn State Offense (56) Most Plays of 20 or More Yards: 9, vs. Maryland PLAY Passing Rushing

NO. LONG 36 59 Hackenberg, Christian to Blacknall, Saeed 20 75 (TD) Lynch, Akeel

OPPONENT at Michigan State vs. Rutgers

Opponent Offense (42) PLAY Passing Rushing

NO. LONG 24 48 (TD) Hills, Perry to Culmer, Malcolm 18 56 (TD) Schurr, A.J.

OPPONENT Maryland Army

* - touchdown scored on play

Safety Marcus Allen claimed All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades from the coaches and media after recording 81 tackles with 5.0 tackles for loss in his sophomore season. He also had a pair of forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2015.

2015 TACKLES FOR LOSS & SACKS ➤ TFL (SACKS) AT TEM BUF RUT SDSU ARMY IND AT OSU VS UMD ILL AT NW MICH AT MSU VS UGA Allen, Marcus - - - - DNP 1.5 ( - ) 1.0 ( - ) 1.0 (1.0) - - - - 1.5 (-) Barney, Tarow 0.5 ( - ) - - 0.5 (0.5) - - - - - - - - Bell, Brandon 2.5 (1.0) INJ - - DNP - - 3.5 (1.0) 1.0 ( - ) 3.5 (2.5) 1.0 (1.0) - 1.0 (-) Bowen, Manny - - 0.5 ( - ) - - - - - - - - - Brown, Torrence - - 1.0 (0.5) - 1.0 ( - ) - - - 2.0 ( - ) - 1.5 (1.0) - Cabinda, Jason - - 0.5 ( - ) 0.5 ( - ) 2.0 (2.0) - - - - 0.5 (0.5) 0.5 ( - ) - 1.5 (-) Campbell, Christian - - - - - - 1.0 ( - ) - DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP Cooper, Jake - 1.0 (1.0) - - - - - 1.0 ( - ) - DNP - - 0.5 (-) Cothran, Curtis 0.5 ( - ) - 1.0 (1.0) 1.0 (1.0) - - 1.0 ( - ) - 0.5 (0.5) - - - Cothren, Parker - - - - - - - - 0.5 (0.5) - - - Haley, Grant DNP DNP - - - - - - 1.0 ( - ) - - - 1.0 (-) Johnson, Austin 1.0 ( - ) 2.5 (1.5) 2.0 (1.0) 0.5 ( - ) - 1.5 (1.0) - 1.5 ( - ) 1.0 (1.0) 2.0 (1.0) 1.0 ( - ) - 2.0 (1.0) Lucas, Jordan 0.5 ( - ) - 1.0 (1.0) INJ - - - 1.0 ( - ) - - INJ INJ INJ Nassib, Carl 2.5 (1.0) 3.0 (3.0) 1.5 (1.0) 2.0 (2.0) 1.0 (1.0) 2.0 (2.0) 3.5 (1.5) 2.0 (2.0) 1.0 (1.0) 1.0 (1.0) - - Reeder, Troy 1.0 ( - ) - 1.0 ( - ) 0.5 ( - ) 1.0 ( - ) 1.0 ( - ) 1.0 ( - ) - - - - - Reid, John - - - - - - - - - 1.0 ( - ) - - Schwan, Evan - - - - DNP - - - 0.5 ( - ) - - - Sickels, Garrett 1.0 ( - ) 0.5 (0.5) - 0.5 (0.5) - 1.0 (1.0) 0.5 ( - ) - - 1.0 (1.0) - DNP 0.5 (-) Smith, Jordan - - - - DNP - DNP DNP 0.5 ( - ) DNP DNP - DNP White, Antoine - - 0.5 (0.5) 1.0 (0.5) - - DNP DNP - - - - Williams, Trevor 2.0 ( - ) - - - - - - - - 1.0 ( - ) - - Wooten Jr., Gary 1.0 ( - ) DNP - - - DNP - DNP - DNP DNP - Zettel, Anthony 2.5 ( - ) - - 2.5 (0.5) 1.0 ( - ) - 2.0 (0.5) 1.0 (1.0) 1.0 (1.0) - - - 1.0 (1.0) TEAM TOTAL 15.0 (2.0) 7.0 (6.0) 9.0 (5.0) 9.0 (5.0) 6.0 (3.0) 7.0 (4.0) 10.0 (2.0) 11.0 (5.0) 9.0 (4.0) 10.0 (6.0) 4.0 (2.0) - 9.0 (2.0)

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2015 SEASON IN REVIEW 2015 TURNOVER CHART ➤ PENN STATE: 22 GAINED

FIRST TURNOVER QTR. PLAYER PLAYS/YARDS DOWNS

➤ OPPONENT: 17 GAINED RESULT

AT TEMPLE (1) Fumble 2

Brown by Walker

3/0

-

Punt

BUFFALO (1) Interception

2

Nassib of Licata

4/7

-

FG

RUTGERS (3) Interception Interception Fumble

2 3 4

Haley of Laviano Reid of Laviano Reid by Agudosi

2/12 4/9 4/8

1 - -

End of Half Downs Downs

SAN DIEGO STATE (3) Fumble 2 Godwin by Mills Fumble 2 Zettel by Pumphrey Fumble 4 Johnson by Smith

4/27 6/23 -

1 1 -

TD TD TD

ARMY (3) Fumble Fumble Fumble

1 2 2

Sickels by Schurr Walker by Asberry Bowen by Schurr

8/42 4/18 7/21

2 1 1

TD Punt FG

INDIANA (1) Interception

3

Reid of Cameron

7/52

2

TD

AT TEMPLE (1) Interception 3

RESULT

Finch of Hackenberg

1/2

-

TD

Cioffi of Hackenberg

6/20

2

Punt

6/21

1

TD

Dutra by Allen, Mark

5/12

1

Punt

AT OHIO STATE (1) Fumble 4

Hubbard by Hackenberg

3/22

1

TD

VS. MARYLAND (3) Fumble 2 Fumble 4 Fumble 4

Hendy by Barkley Hill by Scott Conyers by Hackenberg

4/5 1/(-4) 4/7

- - -

FG Fumble Downs

ILLINOIS (2) Fumble Fumble

Barton by Thompkins Martin by Thompkins

6/14 4/(-2)

1 -

Punt Downs

AT NORTHWESTERN (2) Interception 4 VanHoose of Hackenberg Fumble 4 Walker by Hamilton

9/30 -

3 -

Punt End of Game

MICHIGAN (1) Fumble

3/9

-

TD

AT MICHIGAN STATE (4) Interception 1 Colquhoun of Hackenberg Fumble 2 Cox by Carter Interception 3 McDowell of Hackenberg Fumble 4 Edmondson by Farmer

9/80 - - 1/9

4 - - -

TD TD TD TD

VS. GEORGIA (0) None

VS. GEORGIA (1) Interception 1

7/26

1

FG

Evan Schwan appeared in 12 games during the 2015 season, making 21 stops at defensive end and on special teams.

Chris Godwin became the third player in program history to top 1,000 receiving yards in a season, joining Bobby Engram and Allen Robinson.

AT OHIO STATE (0) None VS. MARYLAND (5) Interception 1 Fumble 1 Fumble 4 Interception 4 Interception 4

Haley of Hills Allen, Marcus by Hills Sickels by Hills Williams of Hills Golden of Hills

3/2 5/86 4/0 6/8 3/(-5)

- 2 - 1 -

Punt TD Missed FG Fumble End of Game

ILLINOIS (1) Interception

Reeder of Lunt

1/6

-

TD

AT NORTHWESTERN (1) Interception 3 Cabinda of Oliver

5/22

1

Punt

MICHIGAN (2) Interception Fumble

3/2 8/36

- 1

Punt FG

4/16

1

End of Game

1

1 3

Bell of Rudock Bell by Rudock

AT MICHIGAN STATE (1) Fumble 4 Barney by Williams

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BUFFALO (0) None RUTGERS (1) Interception

4

SAN DIEGO STATE (1) Fumble 3 Bussey by Thompkins

ARMY (0) None

INDIANA (1) Fumble

2

2 4

3

Chesson by Thompkins

Sanders of Hackenberg


2015 SEASON IN REVIEW INDIVIDUAL CAREER HIGHS ➤ PASSING

➤ RUSHING

CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG Comp: 34 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs. BC, Dec. 27, 2014 Att: 55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at Indiana, Oct. 5, 2013 Yards: 454. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs. UCF, Aug. 30, 2014 TD: 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2x; last vs. BC, Dec. 27, 2014 Long: 79 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to Geno Lewis vs. UCF, Aug. 30, 2014 Int: 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8x; last Temple, Nov. 15, 2014 GENO LEWIS Comp: 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at N’western, Nov. 7, 2015 Att: 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2x; last at N’western, Nov. 7, 2015 Yards: 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at N’western, Nov. 7, 2015 TD: 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . at N’western, Nov. 7, 2015 Long: 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to DaeSean Hamilton at N’western, Nov. 7, 2015 Int: --. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TRACE McSORLEY Comp: 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 Att: 27 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 Yards: 142. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 TD: 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 Long: 21 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to Chris Godwin vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 Int: --. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -NICK SCOTT Comp: 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2x; last Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Att: 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2x; last Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Yards: 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SDSU, Sept. 26, 2015 TD: 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Long: 32 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . to Chris Godwin SDSU, Sept. 26, 2015 Int: --. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . --

MARK ALLEN

Carries Yards TD Long

8 45 1 28

Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015

SAQUON BARKLEY

Carries Yards TD Long

26 195 2 56

at Ohio State, Oct. 17, 2015 Rutgers, Sept. 19, 2015 2x; last at Northwestern, Nov. 7, 2015 2x; last Michigan, Nov. 21, 2015

CHRIS GODWIN

Carries 2 Yards 1 TD -- Long 1

CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG

Carries Yards TD Long

12 21 2 21

DaeSEAN HAMILTON

Carries 3 Yards 14 TD -- Long 11

BRANDON JOHNSON

Carries 2 Yards 17 TD -- Long 14

MARK ALLEN 2 29 1 16

SAQUON BARKLEY

No. 6 Yards 58 TD 1 Long 32

SAEED BLACKNALL

No. Yards TD Long

4 101 1 59

ADAM BRENEMAN

No. Yards TD Long

4 78 1 68

KYLE CARTER No. Yards TD Long

6 85 1 35

2X; last Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015 San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015 San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015 at Northwestern, Nov. 7, 2015 San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015 San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015 at Northwestern, Nov. 7, 2015 2x; last San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015 San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015 2x; last Michigan, Nov. 21, 2015 at Michigan State, Nov. 28, 2015 UCF, Sept. 14, 2013 at Wisconsin, Nov. 30, 2013 3x; last at Wisconsin, Nov. 30, 2013 at Wisconsin, Nov. 30, 2013

Buffalo, Sept. 12, 2015 2x; last Army, Oct. 3, 2015 Army, Oct. 3, 2015 Army, Oct. 3, 2015 at Michigan State, Nov. 28, 2015 vs. Boston College, Dec. 27, 2014 at Michigan State, Nov. 28, 2015 vs. Boston College, Dec. 27, 2014

CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG

No. Yards TD Long

1 14 1 14

8 173 2 79

AKEEL LYNCH

No. 3 Yards 35 TD -- Long 16

BRANDON POLK

No. Yards TD Long

2 46 1 39

NICK SCOTT

No. 2 Yards 31 TD -- Long 31

3 33 1 33

11 141 2 72

No. Yards TD Long

Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 -Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015

MIKE GESICKI

No. Yards TD Long

GENO LEWIS

No. 3 Yards 22 TD -- Long 22

GREGG GARRITY

CHRIS GODWIN

14 165 1 51

4x; last at Indiana, Oct. 5, 2013 at Iowa, Oct. 20, 2012 3x; last Illinois, Nov. 2, 2013 San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015

No. 1 Yards 4 TD -- Long 4 No. Yards TD Long

DaeSEAN HAMILTON

No. Yards TD Long

Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015

DeANDRE THOMPKINS

BRENT WILKERSON

No. Yards TD Long

3 18 1 11

TREVOR WILLIAMS

No. 2 Yards 22 TD -- Long 17

MATT ZANELLATO No. 2 Yards 21 TD -- Long 18

vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 -vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016

NICK SCOTT

at Rutgers, Sept. 13, 2014 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015

Carries Yards TD Long

2x; last Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 -Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015

at Illinois, Nov. 22, 2014 at Illinois, Nov. 22, 2014 7x; last Rutgers, Sept. 19, 2015 Rutgers, Sept. 19, 2015

TRACE McSORELY

Carries Yards TD Long

at Illinois, Nov. 22, 2014 at Illinois, Nov. 22, 2014 -at Illinois, Nov. 22, 2014

28 137 1 75

Carries 7 Yards 31 TD -- Long 14

Michigan State, Nov. 29, 2014 Michigan State, Nov. 29, 2014 -Michigan State, Nov. 29, 2014

12 57 1 35

Army, Oct. 3, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Army, Oct. 3, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015

BRANDON POLK 3 50 1 33

3x; last vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 at Temple, Sept. 5, 2015 Buffalo, Sept. 12, 2015 at Temple, Sept. 5, 2015

JOHNATHAN THOMAS

Carries 7 Yards 28 TD -- Long 11

Army, Oct. 3, 2015 Army, Oct. 3, 2015 -Army, Oct. 3, 2015

DeANDRE THOMPKINS

Carries Yards TD Long

2 11 1 6

2x; last Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Rutgers, Sept. 19, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015

Players w/ one rush game-highs: Saeed Blacknall (-1 yd, BC, 2014), Geno Lewis (1 yd, Illinois, 2014), Evan Schwan (0 yd, Georgia, 2016).

➤ RECEIVING No. Yards TD Long

AKEEL LYNCH

Carries Yards TD Long

Ohio State, Oct. 25, 2014 vs. UCF, Aug. 30, 2014 8x; last vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 Northwestern, Sept. 27, 2014

➤ TACKLES MARCUS ALLEN

12

TROY APKE

vs. UCF, Aug. 30, 2014 vs. UCF, Aug. 30, 2014 at Wisconsin, Nov. 30, 2013 vs. UCF, Aug. 30, 2014

vs. BC, Dec. 27, 2014 at Illinois, Nov. 22, 2014 -at Illinois, Nov. 22, 2014

Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015

5

TAROW BARNEY

2

Michigan, Nov. 21, 2015

3x; last at Michigan State, Nov. 28, 2015

Ohio State, Oct. 25, 2014

Army, Oct. 3, 2015

Army, Oct. 3, 2015

Army, Oct. 3, 2015

Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015

vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016

Army, Oct. 3, 2015

UMass, Sept. 20, 2014

13 6

TORRENCE BROWN 4

JASON CABINDA 14

CHRISTIAN CAMPBELL

Indiana, Oct. 10, 2015 Army, Oct. 3, 2015 -Army, Oct. 3, 2015 Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 -Illinois, Oct. 31, 2015 Michigan, Nov. 21, 2015 UMass, Sept. 20, 2014 UMass, Sept. 20, 2014 UMass, Sept. 20, 2014 2x; last at Purdue, Nov. 3, 2012 at Purdue, Nov. 3, 2012 -at Purdue, Nov. 3, 2012 vs. Syracuse, Aug. 31 2013 vs. Syracuse, Aug. 31 2013 -vs. Syracuse, Aug. 31 2013

5

JAKE COOPER 6

4

PARKER COTHREN

3

BRIAN GAIA

4

CHRIS GODWIN

2

MALIK GOLDEN

9

GRANT HALEY 7

AUSTIN JOHNSON

10

11

at Ohio State, Oct. 26, 2013

CARL NASSIB 10

at Temple, Sept. 5, 2015

AMANI ORUWARIYE 2

Army, Oct. 3, 2015

TROY REEDER 11

JOHN REID 5

EVAN SCHWAN 4

NICK SCOTT 2

vs. Maryland, Oct. 24, 2015 2x; last at Michigan State, Nov. 28, 2015 2x; last at Michigan State, Nov. 28, 2015 2x; last at Michigan State, Nov. 28, 2015

GARRETT SICKELS 8

at Ohio State, Oct. 17, 2015

2

at Temple, Sept. 5, 2015

VON WALKER 3

4x; last at Northwestern, Nov. 7, 2015

NYEEM WARTMAN-WHITE

JORDAN DUDAS 2

Illinois, Nov. 2, 2013

JORDAN SMITH

CURTIS COTHRAN

8

JORDAN LUCAS

MANNY BOWEN

2x; last at Michigan State, Nov. 28, 2015

BRANDON BELL

BEN KLINE

3x; last Michigan, Nov. 21, 2015 Eastern Michigan, Sept. 7, 2013 San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015 at Michigan State, Nov. 28, 2015

vs. Georgia, Jan. 2, 2016 at Northwestern, Nov. 7, 2015

11

ANTOINE WHITE

3

2x; last at Illinois, Nov. 22, 2014

2x; last San Diego State, Sept. 26, 2015

TREVOR WILLIAMS

6

GARY WOOTEN JR.

3

ANTHONY ZETTEL

8

2x; last at Temple, Sept. 5, 2015 4x; last at Temple, Sept. 5, 2015 vs. Maryland, Oct. 24, 2015

Defenders w/ 1-tackle career highs: Chris Gulla (2x at Ohio State-15), Colin Harrop (EMU-14), Joey Julius (2x Michigan-15), Anthony Smith (EMU-14), Brandon Smith (Illinois-15), Tyler Yazujian (2x Indiana-15), Matt Zanellato (Michigan-15).

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2015 SEASON IN REVIEW CAREER STARTS ➤ PLAYER Hackenberg (QB) Lucas (CB/S) Williams (CB) Johnson (DT) Zettel (DT/DE) Gaia (G) Hamilton (WR) Mangiro (C/G) Bell (LB) Nelson (T/G) Wartman-White (LB) Allen, Marcus (S) Mahon (G/T) Carter (TE/H) Lewis (WR) Godwin (WR) Cabinda (LB) Nassib (DE) Sickels (DE) Haley (CB) Palmer (T)

’12 ’13 ’14 ’15 TOTAL - - 1 - - - - - - - - - - 2 - - - - - - -

12 12 7 2 2 - - - 1 - 8 - - 4 4 - - - - - -

13 12 12 13 13 12 13 13 10 13 12 7 9 9 11 3 1 - - - -

13 9 13 13 13 13 12 12 11 8 1 12 11 3 3 12 13 13 12 11 11

38 33 33 28 28 25 25 25 22 21 21 20 20 18 18 15 14 13 12 11 11

Player Reeder (LB) Gesicki (TE/H) Laurent (C) Wilkerson (TE/H) Lynch (RB) Barkley (RB) Dowrey (G) Blacknall (WR) Breneman (TE/H) Golden (S) Walker (LB) Polk (WR) Kline (LB) Reid (CB) Allen, Mark (RB) Apke (S) Barney (DT) Campbell (CB) Cooper (LB) Scott (RB) Wooten Jr. (LB)

’12

’13

’14

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

- - - - - - - - 5 - - - 2 - - - - - - - -

- 1 3 - 2 - 1 1 - - 1 - - - - - - 1 - - 1

’15 Total 11 8 5 8 5 6 5 4 - 4 3 3 - 2 1 1 1 - 1 1 -

11 9 8 8 7 6 6 5 5 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

A breakout player in 2015, rising junior Garrett Sickels started at defensive end in all 12 games he appeared in. He made 35 tackles, 5.0 TFLs and 3.0 sacks in his first season of significant action on the defensive line.

TACKLE BREAKDOWN ➤ RUSHING TACKLES

➤ PASSING TACKLES

➤ SPECIAL TEAMS TACKLES

Cabinda, Jason 58 Johnson, Austin 44 Reeder, Troy 36 Zettel, Anthony 31 Allen, Marcus 29 Lucas, Jordan 25 Nassib, Carl 23 Bell, Brandon 22 Sickels, Garrett 18 Haley, Grant 13 Williams, Trevor 12 Schwan, Evan 11 Cothran, Curtis 10 Apke, Troy 10 Reid, John 8 Brown, Torrence 7 Cothren, Parker 7 White, Antoine 7 Cooper, Jake 6 Golden, Malik 6 Barney, Tarow 5 Wooten Jr., Gary 5 Bowen, Manny 3 Walker, Von 3 Campbell, Christian 2 Oruwariye, Amani 1 Smith, Jordan 1 Wartman-White, Nyeem 1 TOTAL 404

Lucas, Jordan 24 Allen, Marcus 20 Reeder, Troy 13 Bell, Brandon 12 Williams, Trevor 12 Reid, John 11 Cabinda, Jason 8 Campbell, Christian 8 Golden, Malik 5 Haley, Grant 5 Nassib, Carl 4 Johnson, Austin 4 Bowen, Manny 3 Apke, Troy 2 Schwan, Evan 2 Sickels, Garrett 2 Brown, Torrence 1 Cooper, Jake 1 Cothran, Curtis 1 Cothren, Parker 1 Oruwariye, Amani 1 Smith, Jordan 1 Walker, Von 1 Wartman-White, Nyeem 1 Wooten Jr., Gary 1 Zettel, Anthony 1 TOTAL 145

Bowen, Manny Scott, Nick Apke, Troy Dudas, Jordan Walker, Von Campbell, Christian Haley, Grant Oruwariye, Amani Sickels, Garrett Lucas, Jordan Julius, Joey Gulla, Chris Zanellato, Matt Schwan, Evan Godwin, Chris Smith, Jordan Johnson, Austin Pasquariello, Daniel Williams, Trevor Smith, Brandon Lewis, Geno Yazujian, Tyler TOTALS

DaeSean Hamilton sits seventh on the Penn State career receptions list with 127 Jason Cabinda celebrates a tackle against Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium. combined catches for the Nittany Lion offense.

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TOTAL (KO-PUNT) 13 (8-5) 9 (7-2) 8 (4-4) 8 (4-4) 7 (1-6) 7 (4-3) 4 (1-3) 4 (4-0) 3 (1-2) 3 (0-3) 2 (2-0) 2 (0-2) 2 (2-0) 2 (0-2) 2 (1-1) 2 (0-2) 1 (1-0) 1 (0-1) 1 (1-0) 1 (1-0) 1 (1-0) 1 (0-1) 84 (43-41)

An anchor at the tackle position on either side of the offensive line, Andrew Nelson appeared in nine games and started eight contests in 2015.


2015 SEASON IN REVIEW 2015 RECORDS REVIEW ➤ RUSHING YARDAGE, CAREER 1. Evan Royster, 2007-10 2. Curt Warner, 1979-82 3. Tony Hunt, 2003-06 4. Blair Thomas, 1985-87, 89 5. Curtis Enis, 1995-97 6. D.J. Dozier, 1983-86 7. Larry Johnson, 1999-2002 8. Lydell Mitchell, 1969-71 9. Ki-Jana Carter, 1992-94 10. Matt Suhey, 1976-79 32. Akeel Lynch, 2013-15 41. Saquon Barkley, 2015-present

➤ PASSING ATTEMPTS, CAREER 3,932 3,398 3,320 3,301 3,256 3,227 2,953 2,934 2,829 2,818 1,318 1,076

➤ RUSHING YARDAGE, SEASON 1. Larry Johnson, 2002

2,087

10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20.

1,241 1,236 1,210 1,169 1,117 1,082 1,076 1,047 1,044 1,041 1,026

Silas Redd, 2011 Evan Royster, 2008 Curtis Enis, 1996 Evan Royster, 2009 John Cappelletti, 1972 Lenny Moore, 1954 Saquon Barkley, 2015 Tony Hunt, 2005 Curt Warner, 1981 Curt Warner, 1982 Ki-Jana Carter, 1993

➤ RUSHING YARDAGE, FRESHMAN 1. Saquon Barkley, 2015 2. D.J. Dozier, 1983

1,076 1,002

➤ RUSHING TDS, TRUE FRESHMAN 1. 3.

D.J. Dozier, 1983 Saquon Barkley, 2015 Matt Suhey, 1976 Austin Scott, 2003

7 7 5 5

➤ PASSING YARDAGE, CAREER 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Christian Hackenberg, 2013-15 Zack Mills, 2001-04 Matt McGloin, 2009-12 Tony Sacca, 1988-91 Daryll Clark, 2006-09 Chuck Fusina, 1975-78 Kerry Collins, 1991-94 Anthony Morelli, 2004-07 Todd Blackledge, 1980-82 Wally Richardson, 1992-96

8,457 7,212 6,390 5,869 5,742 5,382 5,304 5,275 4,812 4,419

➤ PASSING YARDAGE, SEASON 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Matt McGloin, 2012 Daryll Clark, 2009 Christian Hackenberg, 2014 Christian Hackenberg, 2013 Kerry Collins, 1994 Anthony Morelli, 2007 Daryll Clark, 2008 Christian Hackenberg, 2015 Tony Sacca, 1991 Anthony Morelli, 2006

3,266 3,003 2,977 2,955 2,679 2,651 2,592 2,025 2,488 2,424

➤ 300-YARD PASSING GAMES, CAREER

1. 2. 3. 4.

Christian Hackenberg, 2013-15 Matt McGloin, 2009-12 Kerry Collins, 1991-94 Daryll Clark, 2006-09

9 6 4 3

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Christian Hackenberg, 2013-15 Zack Mills, 2001-04 Matt McGloin, 2009-12 Tony Sacca, 1988-91 Anthony Morelli, 2004-07 Daryll Clark, 2006-09 Wally Richardson, 1992-96 Chuck Fusina, 1975-78 Todd Blackledge, 1980-82 Kerry Collins, 1991-94

➤ TOTAL OFFENSE, SEASON 1,235 1,082 894 824 821 738 692 665 658 657

➤ PASSING ATTEMPTS, SEASON

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Christian Hackenberg, 2014 Matt McGloin, 2012 Anthony Morelli, 2007 Christian Hackenberg, 2013 Anthony Morelli, 2006 Daryll Clark, 2009 Christian Hackenberg, 2015

Christian Hackenberg, 2013-15 Zack Mills, 2001-04 Matt McGloin, 2009-12 Anthony Morelli, 2004-07 Daryll Clark, 2006-09 Tony Sacca, 1988-91 Wally Richardson, 1992-96 Chuck Fusina, 1975-78 Kerry Collins, 1991-94 Todd Blackledge, 1980-82

693 606 513 460 444 401 378 371 370 341

➤ PASSING COMPLETIONS, SEASON 1. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 10.

Matt McGloin, 2012 Christian Hackenberg, 2014 Anthony Morelli, 2007 Daryll Clark, 2009 Christian Hackenberg, 2013 Anthony Morelli, 2006 Wally Richardson, 1995 Daryll Clark, 2008 Christian Hackenberg, 2015 Zack Mills, 2002

270 270 234 232 231 208 193 192 192 188

➤ PASSING TOUCHDOWNS, CAREER 1. 2. 3. 4. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Christian Hackenberg, 2013-15 Matt McGloin, 2009-12 Daryll Clark, 2006-09 Todd Blackledge, 1980-82 Tony Sacca, 1988-91 Zack Mills, 2001-04 Kerry Collins, 1991-94 Chuck Fusina, 1975-78 Anthony Morelli, 2004-07 Tom Shuman, 1972-74

48 46 43 41 41 41 39 37 31 28

➤ TOTAL OFFENSE, CAREER 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Christian Hackenberg, 2013-15 Zack Mills, 2001-04 Daryll Clark, 2006-09 Tony Sacca, 1988-91 Matt McGloin, 2009-12 Kerry Collins, 1991-94 Michael Robinson, 2002-05 Chuck Fusina, 1975-78 Anthony Morelli, 2004-07 Todd Blackledge, 1980-82

➤ 100-YD RECEIVING GAMES, CAREER 3,215 3,214 3,156 2,977 2,887 2,874 2,660 2,445 2,336 2,316

➤ RECEPTIONS, CAREER 484 446 402 392 386 381 359

➤ PASSING COMPLETIONS, CAREER 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

1. Matt McGloin, 2012 2. Daryll Clark, 2009 3. Michael Robinson, 2005 4. Christian Hackenberg, 2014 5. Christian Hackenberg, 2013 6. Darryl Clark, 2008 7. Kerry Collins, 1994 8. Christian Hackenberg, 2015 9. Anthony Morelli, 2006 10. Rashard Casey, 2000

8,215 7,796 6,361 6,000 5,745 5,300 5,168 5,162 5,154 4,911

1. Deon Butler, 2005-08 2. Allen Robinson, 2011-13 3. Bobby Engram, 1991, 93-95 4. Derrick Williams, 2005-08 5. Jordan Norwood, 2005-08 6. Derek Moye, 2008-11 7. DaeSean Hamilton, 2014-present 8. O.J. McDuffie, 1988-92 9. Jack Curry, 1965-67 10. Bryant Johnson, 1999-2002 11. Kenny Jackson, 1980-83 12. Terry Smith, 1988-91 13. Tony Johnson, 2000-03 14. Joe Jurevicius, 1994-97 Chris Godwin, 2014-present 16. Freddie Scott, 1993-95 17. Chafie Fields, 1996-99 Tony Hunt, 2003-06

179 177 167 161 158 144 127 125 117 110 109 108 107 94 94 93 88 88

➤ RECEPTIONS, SEASON 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Allen Robinson, 2013 DaeSean Hamilton, 2014 Allen Robinson, 2012 Chris Godwin, 2015 Bobby Engram, 1995 O.J. McDuffie, 1992

97 82 77 69 63 63

➤ RECEIVING YARDS, CAREER 1. Bobby Engram, 1991, 93-95

3,026

10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18.

1,837 1,825 1,743 1,702 1,520 1,479 1,437 1,422 1,343

Jack Curry, 1965-67 Terry Smith, 1988-91 Derrick Williams, 2005-08 Tony Johnson, 2000-03 Freddie Scott, 1993-95 DaeSean Hamilton, 2014-present Chafie Fields, 1996-99 Chris Godwin, 2014-present Ted Kwalick, 1966-68

➤ RECEIVING YARDS, SEASON 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Allen Robinson, 2013 Chris Godwin, 2015 Bobby Engram, 1995 Bobby Engram, 1994 Allen Robinson, 2012 O.J. McDuffie, 1992 Freddie Scott, 1994 Bryant Johnson, 2002 DaeSean Hamilton, 2014 Derek Moye, 2010

1,432 1,101 1,084 1,029 1,013 977 973 917 899 885

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 11. 12.

Bobby Engram, 1991, 93-95 Allen Robinson, 2011-13 Joe Jurevicius, 1994-97 Bryant Johnson, 1999-2002 O.J. McDuffie, 1988-92 Kenny Jackson, 1980-83 Freddie Scott, 1993-95 Deon Butler, 2005-08 Derek Moye, 2008-11 Chris Godwin, 2014-present Terry Smith, 1988-91 Ted Kwalick, 1966-68 Jordan Norwood, 2005-08 DaeSean Hamilton, 2014-present

16 10 9 8 7 6 6 6 6 6 5 4 4 4

➤ 100-YD RECEIVING GAMES, SEASON 1. 2. 4.

Allen Robinson, 2013 Bobby Engram, 1993 Bobby Engram, 1995 O.J. McDuffie, 1992 Freddie Scott, 1994 Joe Jurevicius, 19