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THE PENN STATE FOOTBALL YEARBOOK

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MAJOR SECTIONS We Are Penn State.............................................1-63 2018 Season Preview ...................................... 64-73 2018 Player Bios............................................ 74-132 Coaching Staff ............................................. 133-154 2017 Season Review ................................... 155-194 Records ....................................................... 195-241 Awards & Honors......................................... 242-267 History ........................................................ 268-327 Bowl History ............................................... 328-350 Penn State University .................................. 351-360 Full Table of contents available on page 64


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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 is home to a powerhouse that ranks among the elite programs in producing NFL Draft choices and All-Americans, while ranking among the leaders in graduation rates and community service.

61 / 19 Penn State has seen 61 linebackers selected in the NFL Draft and 19 earn first-team All-America honors. Jack Ham is a member of the Pro and College Football Halls 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

886 833 814 783 775 764 728 707 615 601


BY THE NUMBERS

106,572 Capacity of Beaver Stadium

878 Wins in program history (8th all-time in FBS history)

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

132nd Season of football at Penn State

100 First-team All-America selections

84 Graduation Rate Percentage of football student-athletes

29 NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS

Of the 29 national award winners Penn State has had over the years, a record-tying seven Nittany Lions have claimed the Maxwell Award, which is presented annually to the ‘outstanding player in college football.’ The latest Nittany Lion to join the storied list was Saquon Barkley, who claimed the Paul Hornung Award, given to ‘the most versatile player in major college football’ following the 2017 season.

31 Lambert Meadowlands Trophies (Best Team in the East)

29 National Award Winners

13 Undefeated seasons

2 National Championships

Don Graham

Joe Paterno

Matthew Rice & Michael Robinson

(1982, 1986)

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BEST OF THE BOWLS Penn State has at least one win in five of the six current College Football Playoff bowl games.

Heisman Trophy Winner (John Cappelletti, 1973)

(PENN STATE HAS NEVER PLAYED IN THE CHICK-FIL-A PEACH BOWL.)

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SUCCESS INTO THE B1G

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

BY THE NUMBERS

An offer was extended in 1990 from the oldest and most storied athletic conference to the iconic Blue & White. 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 vs. Minnesota and enters its 26th season as a marquee player in the conference.

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Christian Hackenberg (left) was just the third 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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CATCHING TOP HONORS

AND THE AWARD GOES TO...

MAKING STOPS

Allen Robinson won back-to-back Big Ten RichterHoward 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 single-season records.

In 25 seasons in the Big Ten, Penn State has claimed 27 individual awards, including six Defensive Player of the Year honorees and five Offensive Player of the Year winners (2016 & 2017 winner, Saquon Barkley, above). The list also includes three Freshmen of the Year and 13 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. 5. 6.

OHIO STATE PENN STATE MICHIGAN STATE MICHIGAN WISCONSIN IOWA

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Devon Still

6 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Award winners

Mike Hull

5 Chicago Tribune Silver Football winners

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Overtimes played vs. Michigan in 2013

B1G Awards named for Penn State student-athletes

(Longest game in B1G history)

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ATOP THE B1G Jason Cabinda & Brandon Bell

HEART OF A CHAMPION The shoulders never slumped after Wisconsin built an early double-digit lead, instead the chinstraps were only cinched tighter and focus locked in by the Blue & White. Like they had all season, the Nittany Lions leaned on one another, offense supported defense and a sideline did everything possible to turn the game in favor of the Blue & White. Outscoring the Badgers, 24-3, in the second half, Penn State rallied to notch its fourth Big Ten crown since joining the conference in 1993.

James Franklin & Malik Golden

ADDING A FOURTH Since winning its first Big Ten championship in 1994 - its second season in the conference - Penn State has consistently performed on a high-level in Big Ten play, ranking among the leaders in conference championships. The Nittany Lions brought their fourth Big Ten crown back to Happy Valley in 2016 with a victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game, making them one of just four teams to win at least four B1G titles since 1993.

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GET UP, IT’S GAMEDAY ESPN’s “College GameDay” was on site for a Penn State football contest at the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game. In front of thousands of blue and white-clad supporters, Penn State alum Keegan-Michael Key represented the Nittany Lions as the show’s guest picker and it was no surprise that he picked his Nittany Lions as the victor.

BY THE NUMBERS

384 Yards passing by Trace McSorley vs. Wisconsin in 2016 (Big Ten Championship Game record)

155 Receiving yards for Saeed Blacknall vs. Wisconsin in 2016 (Big Ten Championship Game record)

70 Yards on a touchdown pass from Trace McSorley to Saeed Blacknall on the first play of the second half

21 Straight points for Penn State erased an early Wisconsin lead

13 Tackles by Brandon Bell vs. Wisconsin in 2016 (Big Ten Championship Game record)

8 Catches for DaeSean Hamilton vs. Wisconsin in 2016

AIR RAID Quarterback Trace McSorley lit up the Indianapolis skyline to the tune of a Big Ten Championship Gamerecord 384 passing yards and four touchdown passes, also a championship game record. It started with a scoring strike to Mike Gesicki, followed by a pair of touchdown passes to Saeed Blacknall and an 18-yard drop-in-a-bucket to Saquon Barkley on a wheel route that gave Penn State the lead for good. Blacknall accounted for 155 of McSorley’s 384 yards passing, setting a Big Ten Championship Game record. On Penn State’s final offensive play of the first half, Blacknall hauled in a 40-yard touchdown reception and, on PSU’s next offensive play, caught a 70-yard scoring strike from McSorley to start the second half.

(2nd in B1G Championship Game history)

1:01 Time on the clock when Grant Haley stopped Corey Clement on fourth-and-1 to seal the victory

4 Big Ten Championships (1994, 2005, 2008, 2016)

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POSTSEASON PROWESS B2B NEW YEAR’S SIX Playing on New Year’s Day is a dream of any college football student-athlete, and Penn State has a track record of being among the last teams on the annual bowl schedule. The 2016 and 2017 seasons marked the 10th time the Blue & White played in back-to-back New Year’s Six bowl games and the first since the 1985 & 1986 seasons. The Nittany Lions own 29 all-time appearances in January bowl games, including wins in five different New Year’s bowl games since joining the Big Ten.

PERFECT IN THE DESERT Penn State capped the 2017 season with a 35-28 victory over Washington to keep its record perfect in seven Fiesta Bowl appearances. Quarterback Trace McSorley earned Offensive MVP and Marcus Allen claimed Defensive MVP in the thrilling victory at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

WALK-OFF IN THE BRONX Penn State earned its stripes in its first visit to the New Era Pinstripe Bowl, toppling Boston College, 31-30, in overtime in 2014. The game began with a bowl-recordtying 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 win in its 13th different bowl game all-time.

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BY THE NUMBERS

1923 First bowl appearance in the first official Rose Bowl Game

.625 FORTY-EIGHT & COUNTING The tradition began in 1923 with a trip to the West Coast and a berth in the Rose Bowl and continued in 2017 with Penn State’s fourth appearance in the “Granddaddy of Them All.” The 2017 Fiesta Bowl marked the 48th overall appearance in the school’s bowl history, which is tied for No. 9 in NCAA history.

Winning percentage in 48 bowl appearances (6th in NCAA history)

92 Fiesta Bowl record for longest run from scrimmage by Saquon Barkley in 2017

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WINNING PERCENTAGE IN NEW YEAR’S SIX BOWL GAMES (SINCE 1940 - MINIMUM 10 GAMES PLAYED)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

PENN STATE USC MISSISSIPPI LSU OHIO STATE STANFORD

.705 .688 .688 .635 .600 .600

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

29 Penn State victories in bowl games Shane Conlan

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

(T-5th in NCAA history)

18 Fiesta Bowl record for tackles set by Matt Millen in 1977

13 Different bowl games won

5 Tackles for loss by NaVorro Bowman in 2009 Rose Bowl (Rose Bowl Game record)

Ki-Jana Carter

Penn State is one of two teams in Rose Bowl history (Georgia) with multiple scoring drives of 15 seconds or less. Two came against Oregon in the 1995 Rose Bowl, with KiJana Carter breaking an 84-yard touchdown run and Jon Witman rumbled in from 9 yards out after a Ducks turnover for the scores. In the 2017 Rose Bowl, Trace McSorley found Chris Godwin for a 72-yard scoring strike, before McSorley converted a USC turnover into six points on the next snap.

4 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 in 2006, 26-23, in the longest game in Orange Bowl history.

Consecutive plays scoring a touchdown in the 2017 Rose Bowl, marking only second time in the last 10 seasons an FBS team has scored on four-straight plays

2 National Championships

Trace McSorley

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SMELL THE ROSES Bobby Engram - 1995 Rose Bowl

1 of 3 Penn State is one of only three Big Ten institutions to appear in the Rose Bowl three or more times since the Nittany Lions joined the Big Ten Conference.

NaVorro Bowman - 2009 Rose Bowl

HOMETOWN GUY Koa Farmer grew up just 15 miles from the Rose Bowl, but on February 5, 2014, the Lake View Terrace, California native decided to travel 2,500 miles to be a member of the Penn State football program with the hope of playing in the “Granddaddy of the Them All.” On Jan. 2, 2017, the Nittany Lions, with Farmer starting at linebacker, gave him a homecoming he will never forget. Chris Godwin - 2017 Rose Bowl

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BY THE NUMBERS LONG BEFORE KEITH JACKSON DUBBED IT THE “GRANDDADDY OF THEM ALL,” PENN STATE’S HISTORY IN THE NATION’S MOST PRESTIGIOUS POSTSEASON GAME BEGAN. THE 1923 INVITATION TO THE ROSE BOWL STARTED PENN STATE’S LEGACY AS ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER BOWL PARTICIPANTS IN THE COUNTRY.

95,128 Attendance at the 2017 Rose Bowl Game (highest of any 2016-17 bowl game)

175 Penn State is the only team to have a 175-yard rusher (Saquon Barkley, 194) and receiver (Chris Godwin, 187) in the same game over the event’s 104-year history. (Both totals are PSU bowl records)

101 Points scored by Penn State (49) and USC (52) in the 2017 game, the most in regulation in Rose Bowl history

60 Penn State is the only team in Rose Bowl history with two scoring plays of 60-plus yards in a game

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QUICK STRIKE In only four appearances, Penn State’s offense has been as fast at scoring as any other program in Rose Bowl history. Of the 15 fastest scoring drives, the Nittany Lions own five of them. The Blue & White and Georgia are the only programs with multiple scoring efforts in 15 seconds or fewer, with Trace McSorley’s 5-second touchdown run in the 2017 contest the fastest score in the event’s history. 0:05 0:11 0:12 0:13 0:17

2017 vs. USC 2017 vs. USC 1995 vs. Oregon 1995 vs. Oregon 2017 vs. USC

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Trace McSorley 3-yard run Chris Godwin 72-yard pass from Trace McSorley Ki-Jana Carter 83-yard run Jon Witman 9-yard run Saquon Barkley 79-yard run

Ki-Jana Carter

Third quarter points in 2017 (Rose Bowl Game record)

7 Extra points made by Tyler Davis in the 2017 contest (Tied Rose Bowl Game record)

4 All-time appearances in the Rose Bowl, including three since joining the Big Ten

1st Game played in the current Rose Bowl Stadium came on Jan. 1, 1923 between Penn State and USC

1 Saquon Barkley

Kerry Collins is one of nine quarterbacks to play in the Rose Bowl and Super Bowl

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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 350 players drafted all-time, Penn State is among the top-10 NCAA institutions in producing professional talent. There has been a Nittany Lion in 47 of the 52 Super Bowl games, with 56 total rings won by football lettermen. 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 clear-cut winner as the collegiate program that best prepares pupils for the NFL.

BY THE NUMBERS

Jesse James

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Trevor Williams

Chris Godwin

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350

NFL games played by Nittany Lions

Total Nittany Lions selected in the NFL Draft

(4th all-time)

(7th all-time)

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Super Bowl rings won by Penn State football lettermen

First round picks, including five top-2 selections


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1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Nate Stupar

Cameron Wake

PENN STATE USC OHIO STATE OKLAHOMA NEBRASKA

61 58 55 45 42

Sean Lee

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.

27 Times Penn State has seen at least five players drafted, including six in the 2017 NFL Draft

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Pro Football Hall of Fame selections

First round picks in the 2003 NFL Draft

1&2 Picks used to select teammates Courtney Brown and LaVar Arrington in the 2000 NFL Draft

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INTO THE HALLS

THOSE HALLOWED HALLS When you walk around the Pro Football Hall of Fame, you will find the bronze profiles of six Nittany Lions. Inside the College Football Hall of Fame, you will view 25 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 Kerry Collins a member of the 2018 class, Penn State now has 24 players and coaches who are members of the College Football Hall of Fame. Five coaches and 19 players have earned their way into college football’s Hall of Fame, with five of them being running backs and four more playing on both offense and defense during their careers. The 25th inductee with Penn State ties was former Nittany Lion Bill Bowes, who was enshrined in 2016 for his accomplishments as the head coach at New Hampshire.

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TOP OF THE LIST Penn State ranks among the top-10 college programs in producing both College Football Hall of Famers and Pro Football Hall of Famers. The Nittany Lion program is tied with four other programs in College Football Hall of Famers, while they are all square with Illinois, Oregon and UCLA in Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees.

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 Halls of Fame. Most notable are Ki-Jana Carter (Rose), Lydell Mitchell (Cotton), Wally Triplett (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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24 College Football Hall of Fame inductees for their Nittany Lion careers

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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, 35 Nittany Lions have either won or been named finalists for 67 major college football awards.

NASSIB ADDS TO HARDWARE

Saquon Barkley (right) Carl Nassib

John Cappelletti

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 secondmost all-time by a Penn State football student-athlete.

HEISMAN INSPIRATION A running back built in steel country, Pennsylvania, 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)

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PENN STATE NOTRE DAME NAVY OHIO STATE TEXAS

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1959 RICH LUCAS, QB

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1964 GLENN RESSLER, C/G

1969 MIKE REID, DT


SEVEN-TIME FINALIST

THREE FOR THREE

ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE

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

Running back Larry Johnson broke the Penn State singlegame rushing record on three occasions in 2002, helping him win all three major awards in which he was named a finalist — Doak Walker, Maxwell and Walter Camp. He also finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting that season behind a pair of quarterbacks in Carson Palmer (winner) and Brad Banks.

Offensive linemen don’t often get the credit they deserve on or 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, the academic Heisman, and earned the James E. Sullivan Award, bestowed by the AAU upon the nation’s top amateur athlete.

67/29 On 67 occasions, Nittany Lions have been named finalists for major national awards. Of those 67 finalists, 29 of them have walked away with the hardware. Kerry Collins

1973 JOHN CAPPELLETTI, RB

A.Q. Shipley

1978 CHUCK FUSINA, QB

Carl Nassib

1994 KERRY COLLINS, QB

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LaVar Arrington

Carl Nassib

Larry Johnson

THE CENTURY MARK With Saquon Barkley’s selection as a first-team All-American, the Penn State All-American tree grew, as he was the 100th Nittany Lion to earn first-team honors in program history. In 129 years of playing football in Happy Valley, 86 different studentathletes have combined for the 100 first-team All-America selections.

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171 Total All-America selections in school history by NCAA recognized outlets (1st, 2nd & 3rd team)

144 Student-athletes selected as an All-American Matt Millen

Chuck Fusina, Ken Dorney and team

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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 garnered the most heralded distinction in college football.

Having one first-team All-American 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.

100 First-team All-America selections in school history

47 Of the last 51 years with an All-American for Penn State (1st, 2nd & 3rd team)

42 Consensus All-Americans

27 First-team All-Americans since 2000

19 First-team All-America linebackers from Linebacker U.

17 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, Barkley, Collins, Mauti and Zordich. The list goes on and on, and college football’s best continually put on the blue and white uniform to play for those who have come before them and continue laying the foundation for one of college football’s most storied programs.

14 Penn Staters have earned multiple All-America first-team honors

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ALL-AMERICANS 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 AllAmerica honors and on-field All-America 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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THREE IN A ROW

THIRTY-NINE

The latest in the line of two-time first-team All-Americans is Dan Connor, who earned the honors in 2006 and 2007. A year after he watched teammate Paul Posluszny win the Bednarik Award in 2006, Connor claimed the award given to the Nation’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2007.

Penn State has seen 39 different student-athletes named consensus All-American for 42 honors, including nine since 2000. Of those 39, there have been 14 Penn Staters to earn unanimous All-America selection, with Saquon Barkley doing so in 2017.

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DEFENSE AND OFFENSE

The 1994 squad placed an 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’s “College 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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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, Nittanyville is always there to create an avalanche of sound.


Ki-Jana Carter and the College GameDay crew

GAMEDAY BUILT IN HAPPY VALLEY 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 five occasions, including the 2017 Penn State White Out game vs. Michigan. Sports Illustrated dubbed it the “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 of the famous Berkey Creamery ice cream.

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

THE 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.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S UNRIVALED SETTING

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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3rd The University Park campus becomes the third-largest city in Pennsylvania on game days, contributing to the local economy to the tune of $40 million annually.

2017 NCAA ATTENDANCE LEADERS (AVERAGE ATTENDANCE)

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

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

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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 student-only event into a full stadium White Out in 2007.

285-72 Penn State has won nearly 80 percent of its games in front of the Nittany Lion faithful, compiling an all-time mark of 285-72 at Beaver Stadium, including unblemished 7-0 marks for the 2016 and 2017 campaigns and 20-1 mark over the last three seasons.

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

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

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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 Mt. 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 more than 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, BusinessInsider.com rated State College as the No. 15 College Town, including the top campus in the Commonwealth. The University Park campus is also known as a top-25 public university and one of the top destinations for student-athletes in the country via Niche.com.

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16,000+ 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, Bruce Springsteen and Jay Z. In 2013, a thenNCAA 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 and 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, like Pegula Ice Arena, as well. 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 Mt. 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 underclassmen don coordinated blue and white t-shirts to create the giant block ‘S’ each home Saturday. On Homecoming, the ‘S’ Zone bears 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 (Rec Hall) and is the second-most photographed landmark in the state of Pennsylvania. The Lion Shrine’s home was improved and enhanced thanks to a gift from the Class of 2012.

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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 AllAmerican 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. Pointing at all of his teammates, Suhey, a team captain, 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 mirror-polished, 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.

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Berkey Creamery

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. 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 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. The event has raised more than $147 million in its history for Four Diamonds at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The HUB: Since the 1920s, Penn State students had been clamoring for a central gathering place, but it wasn’t until 1953 that vision became reality in what was known as the Hetzel Union Building. After a handful of temporary locations, the University broke ground on what is now named the HUB-Robeson Center, the most highly trafficked building on campus, spanning 305,000 square feet.

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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 FOX, and the 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 303 of its last 305 games overall televised including 186 consecutive games.

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Over the last 14 seasons, every Penn State game has aired on either ABC, FOX, FS1, the Big Ten Network, NBC or one of the ESPN, Inc. family of channels.

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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.

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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 its images grace the covers of numerous national publications, creating memories for its student-athletes and all of Nittany Nation.

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THE SPREAD Penn State was a spread team well before the offensive scheme became mainstream, 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 80+ 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 1520 daily newspapers, along with multiple radio and television outlets following the Blue & White around Big Ten country.

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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 his tenure on the University Park campus, Franklin’s program has had 50 or more student-athletes with a 3.0 semester GPA on nine occasions.

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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 AllAmerica nods on the field, doing so in 2005 and 2006.

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ALL-TIME COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

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80 Graduation Success Rate for Penn State football

35 School-record number of Academic All-Big Ten performers in 2017

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National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes (3rd Nationally)

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13 Repeat first-team Academic All-America selections in program history

2 CoSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame members

Austin Johnson, Anthony Zettel John Urschel

1 Ranking by USA Today in 2014 Best School for Student-Athlete Academic Success

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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 that give so much to Penn State University. From participating in THON and Special Olympics, Penn State also volunteers countless hours to making sure the community knows their daily efforts are appreciated.

RECORD-BREAKING SERVICE In 2016-17, the offensive unit claimed Penn State’s CHAMPS Cup for community outreach for the second-straight year. As a team, the Nittany Lions have compiled more than 8,200 hours of community servicerelated activities since head coach James Franklin arrived on campus, including a program record 2,200 hours in 2015-16. In each of the last three seasons, Penn State has accumulated more than 2,000 hours of community service.

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HELPING OTHERS WITH NEEDS The initiatives that Penn State football studentathletes are active with include Special Olympics, THON, United Way Day of Caring and Giving Tuesday. Along with those — and many others — the Blue & 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 that 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 4 neuroblastoma in 2015. She battled and beat cancer.

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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 — and 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.

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For 16 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. A program-record $150,990 was raised during the 2014 event. After bringing in $95,000 in 2017, the all-time total has been pushed to nearly $1.3 million raised to benefit patient-focused programs and rare disease research.

With a master’s in engineering, Scott Shirley (3rd 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 from 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 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003

RYAN BATES, STEVEN GONZALEZ JASON CABINDA, TRACE MCSORLEY 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 (above). During his Penn State career, Shrive personally raised more than $112,000 to benefit the fight against kidney cancer.

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MORE THAN A DEGREE

NATION’S LARGEST The Penn State Alumni Association ranks as the largest organization of its kind among colleges and universities. There are more than 673,000 Penn State alumni worldwide. 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. In 2018, LinkedIn named Penn State University as the No. 2 institution in the country for graduating CEOs.

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KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY Earning his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University Park campus, Keegan-Michael 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 Marshall of Penn State’s Homecoming in 2015 and again mimicked Coach Franklin during the 2018 Blue-White Game, leading the team out of the tunnel from halftime. 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, top row to bottom row) LARA SPENCER — B.A. in Broadcast, Cable (‘91). “Good Morning America” personality. MARK PARKER — B.A. in Political Science (‘91). President

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and CEO of NIKE, Inc. GUION BLUFORD — B.S. in Aerospace Engineering (‘64). NASA Specialist on Challenger and Discovery. MIKE MUNCHAK — B.S. in Business Logistics (‘82). Pro Football Hall of Fame/Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach. DONALD P. BELLISARIO — B.A. in Journalism (‘61). Namesake for Penn State’s Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications and noted writer, producer and director. STEVE JONES & JACK HAM — B.S. in Insurance and Real Estate (‘71). B.S. in Speech Communications/ Broadcasting (‘80). Pro Football Hall of Fame/Penn State Radio Network team. LISA SALTERS — B.A. in Journalism (‘88). “ESPN Monday Night Football” and NBA Reporter. DAVE ROBINSON — B.S. in Civil Engineering (‘62). Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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. The former president of the Detroit Lions, he currently serves as an analyst on FOX and Big Ten Network football productions.

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.

Senior writer for The Athletic’s college basketball coverage, Dana O’Neil also served as president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

ALLISON BAVER B.S. in Business, ‘03

MIKE REID B.A. in Music, ‘69

Three-time Olympian Allison Baver is the American speed skating record-holder in the 1,5000m 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 is also a contributor for MLB Network and the TBS coverage of the MLB postseason.

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LEADER OF THE PRIDE PENNSYLVANIA KID WITH A PENN STATE HEART From Langhorne, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb, James 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 during his career. Franklin coached one season at his alma mater and one year at Kutztown University, another PSAC institution. The passion and vision that Franklin has for the Penn State program is built on a foundation of four core values: a positive attitude, unrivaled work-ethic, compete in everything you do and the willingness to sacrifice for the good of the group. Just days before he was named the Nittany Lions’ head coach, the engaging Franklin was in Pasadena, California, appearing on multiple ESPN platforms throughout the day 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 the FOX’s pregame, halftime and postgame coverage of the Big Ten Championship Game in 2015.

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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 & Addison — and 125 sons and every decision he makes is based on that premise.

In his six years as a head coach, Franklin has guided each of his teams to the postseason, including a victory in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. 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 guided the Blue & White to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl and arrived at the 2017 Rose Bowl as the Big Ten champion. Additionally, Franklin led Vanderbilt to three bowl appearances, including consecutive bowl wins for the first time in program history, winning the Music City Bowl over NC State and the BBVA Compass Bowl vs. 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 to 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 two 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 program 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 single-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 single-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 in school history to ever rush for 1,000 yards.

Franklin enters his 24th season in coaching, with 23 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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Defensive Coordinator and Linebackers Coach Brent Pry hails from just 40 miles southwest of State College in Altoona. His defensive units have finished among the top 25 in total defense in seven of the last eight seasons. 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 Ricky Rahne has coached record-breakers at nearly every offensive position in his coaching career. A three-time team MVP as a quarterback at Cornell, the 2002 Big Red graduate threw for 7,710 yards and set 33 Cornell passing records during his career. He was inducted into the Cornell Hall of Fame in 2014.

Special Teams Coordinator and Assistant Defensive Line Coach Phil Galiano owns 17 years of coaching experience, including two stints in the NFL. His passion for special teams aligns perfectly with head coach James Franklin’s vision for the unit. Galiano is no stranger to coaching the in the Big Ten or northeast region, as he spent time at Rutgers prior to arriving on the University Park campus.


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.

Offensive Recruiting Coordinator and Tight Ends Coach Tyler Bowen returns to Happy Valley after spending two seasons at Fordham — one as the offensive coordinator — and then one year at Maryland. Bowen was a graduate assistant for the Nittany Lions in 2014.

Entering his ninth season on a collegiate sideline, Wide Receivers Coach David Corley joins the Blue & White after spending last season at Army West Point. Corley helped the Black Knights claim the Commander in Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 1996.

Run Game Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Matt Limegrover has 16 years of experience as an offensive coordinator. Limegrover helped tutor Ryan Bates to third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017.

Running Backs Coach Ja’Juan Seider arrives on the University Park campus with 10 years of collegiate coaching experience after a successful playing career, which saw him earn the Doug Williams National Offensive Player of the Year Award as a senior at Florida A&M University.

Associate Head Coach, Run Game Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach Sean Spencer dubbed his D-line unit the “Wild Dogs” for its relentless pursuit of the offensive ball carrier. Spencer has mentored nine different Nittany Lion defensive linemen to All-Big Ten honors in four seasons.

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As a player and coach, Terry Smith has spent nine years with the Blue & White. Smith tallied 108 receptions and scored 15 touchdowns as a student-athlete 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 wide receivers. His passion for the Blue & White shows in his coaching and recruiting, working with six All-Big Ten selections and helping secure fourconsecutive Top 25 recruiting classes.

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LASCH FOOTBALL COMPLEX THE LASCH LEGACY The Mildred & Louis Lasch Football Complex is the headquarters for Penn State football. The complex houses everything that 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.

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

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UPGRADING THE LAIR Opened in 2000, the Lasch Football Complex received a face lift prior to the 2016 season and had additional updates following the 2017 campaign. In 2016, modern updates were completed in the lobby, team locker room, athletic training facilities and various other corridors of the structure. The 21st century design features powerful and progressive themes that keep in line with the clean, classic Penn State tradition. The locker room concept continues the classic Penn State theme and features a new ceiling design with an integrated logo and new multi-functional lockers. The team auditorium was upgraded during the spring of 2018 and showcases the Penn State football core values with imagery displayed throughout the room, along with branding and a display for Penn State’s National Championship trophies, which is a visual reminder of the on and off field expectations that head coach James Franklin has for his program.

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THE SAYING GOES... 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 in showing them exactly what is expected on a daily basis.

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FOLLOWING A MASTER 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. Galt has worked with some of the top testers at the NFL Combine, including Saquon Barkley, Vernon Davis, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Shawn Merriman.


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.

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Master Strength and Conditioning coaches on Penn State’s football staff.

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. Assistant Director of Performance Enhancement Chuck Losey earned the distinction as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association in 2016, joining Assistant Athletics Director for Performance Enhancement Dwight Galt on the Nittany Lion football staff. Additionally, former Nittany Lion offensive lineman and current women’s basketball performance enhancement coach Brad Pantall also owns the Master Strength and Conditioning Coach title.

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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 STUDENTATHLETES LEAVE HERE WITH A VALUABLE EDUCATION AND A DEGREE.” — Todd Kulka Todd Kulka, ‘95 & ‘00 Associate Director of the Morgan Center Football Academic Support Services - 26th Year B.S. in Hotel Restaurant & Institutional Management M.E. in Counselor Education Cheryl Anderson, ‘97 Assistant Director of the Morgan Center Learning Services Specialist - 11th Year B.S. in Human Development & Family Studies M.S. in Special Education, Johns Hopkins University

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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 80 percent graduation rate.

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Rosie Tarnowski Assistant Director of Football Support Services - First Year B.S. in Education, Washington State University M.S. in Educational Leadership - Higher Education, TCU Nicole Rao Learning Specialist - Second Year B.S. in Education, Central Michigan University M.S. in Education, Buffalo State College Rasheed Ward Learning Specialist - Second Year B.S. in Education, Northwestern University


UNDER ONE ROOF The $7.2 million renovation of the former Greenberg Ice Pavilion gave the building new life and now serves as the 32,000-square-foot Morgan Academic Center. The academic services and support hub and its staff 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 student-athlete academic recognition through the years and benefactor recognition.

“STUDENT-ATHLETES TAKE MANY DIFFERENT ACADEMIC AVENUES AND HAVE SO MANY INTERESTS, SO WHAT THE OUTSTANDING STAFF IN THE MORGAN CENTER DOES IS WORK WITH YOU TO FIND THE PERFECT FIT TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS. FOR ME, THAT IS WORKING AS FBI/DEA AGENT, SO THE STAFF HELPED SET UP MEETINGS WITH DEANS, PROFESSORS AND ADVISORS TO PUT ME IN CLASSES THAT WOULD PREPARE ME FOR THAT CAREER PATH. I TOOK GRADUATE CLASSES FROM ALL FROM ALL DIFFERENT COLLEGES THAT WERE AIMED AT GIVING ME THE SKILLS NEEDED ATTAIN MY DREAM.” - SENIOR KOA FARMER

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OFFENSIVE LINE TRADITION MAXWELL AWARD WINNER

Glenn Ressler

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

1964

RIMINGTON TROPHY WINNER

A.Q. Shipley

2008

RIMINGTON TROPHY FINALIST

Matt Stankiewitch

2012

WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY WINNER

John Urschel

2013

JAMES E. SULLIVAN AWARD WINNER

John Urschel

2013

ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD FINALISTS

Sean Farrell

1981

WUERFFEL TROPHY FINALISTS

Stefen Wisniewski

2010 2013 2010 2013

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

Glenn Ressler - 1962-64

1964 Maxwell Award Winner 2001 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee

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A.Q. Shipley

2008

ALL-BIG TEN

SENIOR CLASS TEAM

Stefen Wisniewski John Urschel

1965 (1) 1967 (1) 1971 (1) 1972 (2), 1973 (1) 1973 (2) 1978 (1) 1994 (1), 1995 (1) 1999 (2), 2000 (2) 2002 (1) 2003 (2) 2007 (1), 2008 (1) 2008 (1), 2009 (1) 2008 (2), 2009 (1), 2010 (1) 2012 (1), 2013 (1) 2015 (2), 2016 (1)

BIG TEN OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR

SENIOR CLASS AWARD WINNER

John Urschel

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

C.A. “Brute” Randolph 1898 (3) W.T. “Mother” Dunn 1906 (1) Percy W. “Red” Griffiths 1909 (1) Stan Czarnecki 1917 (2) Ray Baer 1921 (2) Joe Bedenk 1921 (2), 1922 (3), 1923 (1) Jules Prevost 1924 (2) Leon Gajecki 1940 (1) John Jaffurs 1943 (2) Steve Suhey 1947 (1) Jim Dooley 1952 (2) Sam Valentine 1956 (1) Charlie Janerette 1959 (2) Chuck Sieminski 1962 (2) Glenn Ressler 1964 (1) Rich Buzin 1967 (2) Dave Joyner 1971 (1) Charlie Getty 1973 (2) Mark Markovich 1973 (2) John Nessel 1974 (1) Jack Baiorunos 1974 (3) Tom Rafferty 1975 (1) Keith Dorney 1977 (1), 1978 (1) Randy Sidler 1977 (1) Irv Pankey 1979 (2) Bill Dugan 1980 (1) Sean Farrell 1980 (1), 1981 (1) Mike Munchak 1981 (2) Todd Moules 1985 (3) Chris Conlin 1986 (1) Steve Wisniewski 1987 (1), 1988 (1) Jeff Hartings 1994 (1), 1995 (1) Levi Brown 2005 (2), 2006 (2) A.Q. Shipley 2008 (1) Rich Ohrnberger 2008 (3) Dennis Landolt 2009 (3) Stefen Wisniewski 2010 (1) John Urschel 2013 (3)

Jeff Hartings Derick Pickett Bucky Greeley Marco Rivera Keith Conlin Andre Johnson Phil Ostrowski Eric Cole Kareem McKenzie Floyd Wedderburn John Blick Gus Felder Joe Iorio Tyler Lenda Levi Brown A.Q. Shipley Gerald Cadogan Rich Ohrnberger Dennis Landolt Stefen Wisniewski Quinn Barham Chima Okoli Johnnie Troutman Mike Farrell Matt Stankiewitch John Urschel Ty Howell Donovan Smith Angelo Mangiro Brian Gaia Ryan Bates

1993 (1), 1994 (1), 1995 (1) 1993 (HM) 1994 (2) 1994 (2), 1995 (HM) 1995 (2) 1995 (2) 1997 (1) 1998 (HM), 1999 (2) 1998 (2), 1999 (1), 2000 (2) 1998 (1) 1999 (HM) 2002 (HM) 2002 (HM) 2002 (HM) 2005 (1), 2006 (2) 2006 (HM), 2007 (1), 2008 (1) 2007 (HM), 2008 (1) 2007 (2), 2008 (1) 2008 (HM), 2009 (1) 2008 (2), 2009 (1), 2010 (1) 2010 (HM), 2011 (HM) 2011 (HM) 2011 (HM) 2012 (HM) 2012 (1) 2012 (1), 2013 (1) 2013 (HM) 2013 (HM) 2014 (HM) 2016 (HM) 2017 (3)


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 Greg Huntington Eric Jonassen Sean Love Todd Rucci Todd Burger Greg Truitt Jeff Hartings Bucky Greeley

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 1993-98 1993-94 1993-95 1993-99 1994-98 1994-98 1996-06 1997

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

1997-98 1997-2006 1999-2000 2000-02 2001-11 2007-13 2009-14 2012-pres. 2012-15 2014-2016 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 Stew Barber Mike Munchak Steve Wisniewski Duke Osborn Dave Szott Jeff Hartings

5 times (1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, 1931) 2 times (1963, 1964) 2 times (1987, 1991) 2 times (1991, 1992) 1 time (1922) 1 time (1997) 1 time (2004)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

Glenn Ressler Tom Rafferty Jim Romano Brad Benson Marco Rivera Jeff Hartings Kareem McKenzie Stefen Wisniewski

1971 1978 1984 1987 1997 2006 2008, 2012 2018

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

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QUARTERBACK TRADITION

PASS HAPPY VALLEY HEISMAN TROPHY TOP 10 FINISHES

ALL-BIG TEN

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 FINALISTS

John Schaffer

1986

MANNING AWARD FINALISTS

John Schaffer

1986

JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD FINALIST

Trace McSorley

2017

BURLSWORTH TROPHY WINNER

Matt McGloin

2012

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Eugene “Shorty” Miller Richie Lucas Kerry Collins

1974 1986 2018

ALL-AMERICANS

Eugene “Shorty” Miller Richie Lucas John Hufnagel Chuck Fusina Kerry Collins

1913 (3) 1959 (1) 1972 (1) 1978 (1) 1994 (1)

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

Todd Blackledge John Shaffer

1982 (1) 1986 (1)

BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kerry Collins Michael Robinson

1994 2005

CHICAGO TRIBUNE SILVER FOOTBALL

(Big Ten’s Best Player) Kerry Collins Michael Robinson Daryll Clark

1994 2005 2009 (shared)

BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Christian Hackenberg

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

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2013

Kerry Collins Wally Richardson Mike McQueary Zach Mills Michael Robinson Daryll Clark Matt McGloin Christian Hackenberg Trace McSorley

1994 (1) 1996 (HM) 1997 (HM) 2002 (HM) 2005 (2) 2008 (1), 2009 (1) 2012 (HM) 2013 (HM) 2016 (2), 2017 (2)

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 Christian Hackenberg

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 (as a FB) 2013-pres. 2016-17

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

2014 (as a FB)


RECEIVER TRADITION

PLAYMAKERS HEISMAN TROPHY TOP 10 FINISHES

Ted Kwalick, te

NFL PLAYERS

1968

BILETNIKOFF AWARD WINNER

Bobby Engram, wr

1994

BILETNIKOFF AWARD FINALIST

Bobby Engram, wr

1995

JOHN MACKEY AWARD FINALIST

Mike Gesicki, te

2017

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Ted Kwalick, te

1989

ALL-AMERICANS

Ted Kwalick, te Dan Natale, te Mickey Shuler, te Kenny Jackson, wr Troy Drayton, te O.J. McDuffie, wr Bobby Engram, wr Kyle Brady, te Derrick Williams, wr Allen Robinson, wr Mike Gesicki, te

1967 (1), 1968 (1) 1973 (2) 1977 (2) 1982 (1), 1983 (1) 1992 (3) 1992 (1) 1993 (3), 1994 (1), 1995 (2) 1994 (1) 2008 (2) 2013 (1) 2017 (2)

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

Dan Natale, te Scott Fitzkee, wr Brian Siverling, te

1974 (2) 1978 (2) 1986 (2)

BIG TEN RECEIVER OF THE YEAR

Allen Robinson, wr

2012, 2013

ALL-BIG TEN

Kyle Brady, te 1993 (1), 1994 (1) Bobby Engram, wr 1993 (1), 1994 (1), 1995 (1) Freddie Scott, wr 1994 (2) Keith Olsommer, te 1996 (2) Joe Jurevicius, wr 1997 (2) Chafie Fields, wr 1999 (2) Tony Stewart, te 2000 (2) John Gilmore, te 2001 (HM) Bryant Johnson, wr 2001 (HM), 2002 (1) Casey Williams, te 2002 (HM) Deon Butler, wr 2005 (HM), 2006 (HM), 2008 (2) Jordan Norwood, wr 2008 (HM) Derrick Williams, wr 2008 (1) Derek Moye, wr 2009 (HM), 2010 (HM), 2011 (HM) Andrew Quarless, te 2009 (HM) Kyle Carter, te 2012 (1) Allen Robinson, wr 2012 (1), 2013 (1) Jesse James, te 2013 (HM), 2014 (HM) DaeSean Hamilton, wr 2014 (2), 2015 (HM), 2017 (2) Chris Godwin, wr 2015 (2), 2016 (3) Mike Gesicki, te 2016 (2), 2017 (1) Juwan Johnson, wr 2017 (HM) DeAndre Thompkins, wr 2017 (2, RS)

Bob Campbell, wr Ted Kwalick, te Bob Parsons, te Rich Mauti, wr Jimmy Cefalo, wr Mickey Shuler, 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 Kyle Carter, te Chris Godwin, wr

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 2009-16 2009-10 2010-16 2010-15 2012-14 2012-13 2012 2014-pres. 2015-pres. 2017-pres. 2017-pres.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS

Ted Kwalick, te Mickey Shuler, te Eddie Drummond, wr Allen Robinson, wr

3 times (1971, 1972, 1973) 2 times (1986, 1988) 1 time (2002) 1 time (2015)

ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM PLAYERS

Ted Kwalick, te Eddie Dummond, wr

1 time (1972) 1 time (2002)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

Ted Kwalick, te Bob Mrosko, te Joe Jurevicius, wr Andrew Quarless, te Jordan Norwood, wr

1977 1991 2003 2011 2016

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

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RUNNING BACK TRADITION HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER

John Cappelletti

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

ALL-AMERICANS

1973

HEISMAN TROPHY TOP 10 FINISHES

Lydell Mitchell Curt Warner D.J. Dozier Blair Thomas Ki-Jana Carter Curtis Enis Larry Johnson Saquon Barkley

1971 1982 1986 1989 1994 1997 2002 2017

WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS

John Cappelletti Larry Johnson

1973 2002

WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST

Saquon Barkley

2017

MAXWELL AWARD WINNERS

John Cappelletti Larry Johnson

1973 2002 1994 2017

Curtis Enis Saquon Barkley

1994 1997 2017

CHICAGO TRIBUNE SILVER FOOTBALL

LOMBARDI PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST

Saquon Barkley

2017

PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WINNER

Saquon Barkley

2017

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

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1969 (1) 1979 (2)

2002

DOAK WALKER AWARD FINALISTS

Ki-Jana Carter Curtis Enis Saquon Barkley

Charlie Pittman Mike Gusman

BIG TEN OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

DOAK WALKER AWARD WINNER

Larry Johnson

1915 (3) 1919 (3), 1920 (1) 1920 (2) 1921 (1) 1921 (2) 1923 (1) 1927 (3) 1948 (2) 1948 (3) 1954 (2), 1955 (2) 1962 (1) 1969 (1) 1971 (1) 1973 (1) 1981 (1), 1982 (1) 1986 (1) 1987 (3), 1989 (1) 1994 (1) 1997 (1) 2002 (1) 2016 (2), 2017 (1)

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

MAXWELL AWARD FINALIST

Ki-Jana Carter Saquon Barkley

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 Cappeletti Curt Warner D.J. Dozier Blair Thomas Ki-Jana Carter Curtis Enis Larry Johnson Saquon Barkley

1975 1990

(Big Ten’s Best Player) Saquon Barkley

1997 2016, 2017

2016 (shared), 2017

BIG TEN RUNNING BACK OF THE YEAR

Saquon Barkley

2016, 2017

BIG TEN RETURN SPECIALIST OF THE YEAR

Saquon Barkley

2017

BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Curtis Enis

1995 (media)

ALL-BIG TEN

Ki-Jana Carter Curtis Enis Eric McCoo Larry Johnson Tony Hunt Rodney Kinlaw Evan Royster Silas Redd Zach Zwinak Saquon Barkley

1993 (2), 1994 (1) 1996 (1), 1997 (1) 1999 (HM) 2002 (1) 2005 (2), 2006 (2) 2007 (HM) 2008 (2), 2009 (1), 2010 (2) 2011 (2) 2012 (HM) 2015 (2), 2016 (1), 2017 (1)


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

PRO BOWL PLAYERS

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 t1987-91 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

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 Harry Robb Charlie Way Franco Harris Larry Johnson

5 times (1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1964) 1 time (1922) 1 time (1924) 1 time (1977) 1 time (2006)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

Franco Harris Matt Suhey Sam Gash Sean McHugh

1975, 1976, 1979, 1980 1986 2001 2009

Franco Harris - 1969-71 2,002 career rushing yards at Penn State Four-time Super Bowl Champion

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DEFENSIVE LINE TRADITION HEISMAN TROPHY TOP 10 FINISH

Mike Reid

ALL-AMERICANS

1969

MAXWELL AWARD WINNER

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

2011 2015

TED HENDRICKS AWARD FINALISTS

Michael Haynes Tamba Hali Maurice Evans Aaron Maybin

2002 2005 2007 2008

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 1976 1987 1997

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Dave Robinson

1911 (2), 1912 (2) 1915 (1), 1919 (1) 1920 (2) 1921 (2) 1948 (1) 1957 (2) 1961 (1) 1962 (1) 1968 (2), 1969 (1) 1969 (2) 1972 (1) 1973 (1) 1974 (1) 1974 (2) 1978 (1), 1979 (1) 1978 (1) 1982 (1) 1985 (3), 1986 (1) 1987 (3) 1990 (3) 1992 (2), 1993 (1) 1999 (1) 2002 (1) 2002 (1) 2005 (1) 2006 (3) 2008 (1) 2009 (1) 2011 (1) 2012 (2) 2015 (1)

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

Bruce Bannon John Quinn Chuck Benjamin Tim Shaw Pete Massaro

1971 (2), 1972 (1) 1975 (2) 1976 (1) 2006 (1) 2010 (1), 2012 (1)

BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Dexter Very Mike Reid Dave Robinson

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 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

2013

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

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THE ART OF CHAOS ALL-BIG TEN

Lou Benfatti Tyoka Jackson Todd Atkins Chris Mazyck Terry Killens Brandon Noble Courtney Brown Matt Fornadel Brad Scioli Justin Kurpeikis Jimmy Kennedy Anthony Adams Michael Haynes Tamba Hali Jay Alford Scott Paxson Matthew Rice Ed Johnson Tim Shaw Maurice Evans Josh Gaines Aaron Maybin Jared Odrick Jack Crawford Ollie Ogbu Devon Still Jordan Hill Deion Barnes Sean Stanley DaQuan Jones C.J. Olaniyan Austin Johnson Anthony Zettel Carl Nassib Parker Cothren Evan Schwan Garrett Sickels Curtis Cothran Shareef Miller

1993 (2) 1993 (1) 1994 (2), 1995 (HM) 1994 (HM) 1995 (2) 1996 (2) 1997 (2), 1998 (1), 1999 (1) 1997 (HM) 1998 (1) 1999 (HM), 2000 (1) 2000 (HM), 2001 (1), 2002 (1) 2001 (HM), 2002 (HM) 2002 (1) 2004 (2), 2005 (1) 2005 (2), 2006 (2) 2005 (1) 2005 (2) 2006 (HM) 2006 (HM) 2007 (1) 2007 (HM), 2008 (HM) 2008 (1) 2008 (1), 2009 (1) 2009 (HM), 2011 (2) 2009 (HM), 2010 (2) 2010 (HM), 2011 (1) 2011 (HM), 2012 (1) 2012 (HM), 2014 (HM) 2012 (HM) 2013 (1) 2013 (HM) 2014 (HM), 2015 (2) 2014 (1), 2015 (3) 2015 (1) 2016 (HM), 2017 (HM) 2016 (3) 2016 (2) 2017 (HM) 2017 (3)

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

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

Mark Flythe Lou Benfatti Tyoka Jackson Brandon Noble 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 Austin Johnson Carl Nassib Anthony Zettel Garrett Sickels

1993 1994-95 1994-2006 1999-2004 1999-2004 2000-05 2001-04 2002 2003-11 2003-05 2003-11 2006-17 2007-10 2007-10 2008-11 2009-12 2010-2016 2012-pres. 2012-16 2013-17 2014-pres. 2015 2016-pres. 2016-pres. 2016-pres. 2017-pres.

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

PRO BOWL PLAYERS

Tamba Hali Dave Robinson Rosey Grier Mike Reid Bruce Clark Matt Millen

5 times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015) 3 times (1966, 1967, 1969) 2 times (1956, 1960) 2 times (1972, 1973) 1 time (1984) 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 Bruce Bannon Dave Rowe Matt Millen Pete Kugler Mike Hartenstine Tim Johnson Justin Kurpeikis Jay Alford Scott Paxson Jimmy Kennedy Jordan Hill

1967, 1968 1973, 1974 1977 1981, 1984, 1990, 1992 1982, 1989, 1990 1986 1992 2005 2008 2009 2012 2014

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ALL-AMERICANS

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 FINALISTS

LaVar Arrington

1999

ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD FINALISTS

LaVar Arrington Paul Posluszny

1999 2005, 2006

LOTT IMPACT TROPHY FINALIST

Paul Posluszny

2006

ALLSTATE/AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM

Ben Kline Brandon Smith

2015 2017

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Jack Ham Dennis Onkotz Shane Conlan

1990 1995 2014

1948 (3) 1967 (2), 1968 (1), 1969 (1) 1970 (1) 1971 (1) 1972 (1) 1973 (1) 1975 (1) 1976 (1) 1979 (2) 1981 (2) 1982 (2) 1983 (3) 1985 (1), 1986 (1) 1987 (3) 1989 (1) 1998 (1), 1999 (1) 1999 (1) 2005 (1), 2006 (1) 2006 (1), 2007 (1) 2009 (2) 2012 (1) 2014 (2)

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

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

1965 (1), 1966 (1) 1969 (1) 1971 (2) 1973 (2) 1976 (2) 1982 (1), 1983 (2) 1984 (1) 2005 (1), 2006 (1) 2008 (1), 2009 (1) 2010 (1)

BIG TEN DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

Jack Ham

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

1988

LaVar Arrington

1998

BIG TEN LINEBACKER OF THE YEAR

Michael Mauti Mike Hull

2012 2014

ALL-BIG TEN

Brian Gelzheiser Willie Smith Phil Yeboah-Kodie Aaron Collins Gerald Filardi Jim Nelson Brandon Short LaVar Arrington Mac Morrison Gino Capone Paul Posluszny Dan Connor Sean Lee NaVorro Bowman Tyrell Sales Josh Hull Chris Colasanti Gerald Hodges Nate Stupar Michael Mauti Glenn Carson Mike Hull Jason Cabinda Brandon Bell

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

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WE ARE

1993 (2), 1994 (1) 1994 (2) 1994 (2) 1996 (2), 1997 (2) 1996 (HM) 1997 (2) 1997 (HM), 1998 (1), 1999 (1) 1998 (1), 1999 (1) 1998 (HM), 1999 (HM) 2002 (2), 2003 (HM) 2004 (2), 2005 (1), 2006 (1) 2006 (2), 2007 (1) 2007 (2), 2009 (2) 2008 (1), 2009 (1) 2008 (HM) 2009 (2) 2010 (HM) 2011 (1), 2012 (2) 2011 (HM) 2012 (1) 2013 (HM) 2014 (1) 2015 (HM), 2016 (3), 2017 (2) 2016 (HM)


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 Wake NaVorro Bowman Josh Hull Sean Lee Nathan Stupar Gerald Hodges Michael Mauti Glenn Carson Mike Hull Brandon Bell

PRO BOWL PLAYERS

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 2007-17 2008-13 2009-pres. 2010-17 2010-13 2010-pres. 2012-pres. 2013-17 2013-pres. 2014 2015-pres. 2017-pres.

Jack Ham Cameron Wake Chuck Drazenovich Shane Conlan LaVar Arrington NaVorro Bowman Sean Lee Lance Mehl Paul Posluszny

8 times (1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980) 5 times (2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016) 4 times (1955, 1956, 1957, 1958) 3 times (1988, 1989, 1990) 3 times (2001, 2002, 2003) 3 times (2012, 2013, 2015) 2 times (2015, 2016) 1 time (1985) 1 time (2013)

ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM PLAYERS

Jack Ham NaVorro Bowman Sean Lee Cameron Wake

6 times (1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979) 4 times (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015) 1 time (2016) 1 time (2012)

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

Ralph Baker Jack Ham Larry Kubin Rich Milot Andre Collins

1969 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980 1983 1983, 1988 1992

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 Ray Isom Eddie Johnson Darren Perry Kim Herring David Macklin James Boyd Alan Zemaitis

NFL PLAYERS

1967 (2) 1969 (1) 1978 (1) 1982 (1) 1985 (1) 1986 (2) 1988 (3) 1991 (1) 1996 (1) 1998 (3) 2000 (3) 2005 (2)

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

John Walsh Mark Robinson Harry Hamilton Lance Hamilton Tony Pittman Andrew Guman Mark Rubin Nolan McCready

1980 (2) 1982 (2) 1982 (1), 1983 (1) 1984 (1), 1985 (1) 1994 (1) 2004 (1) 2008 (1) 2006 (2)

ALL-BIG TEN

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

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WE ARE

Derek Bochna 1993 (2) Shelly Hammonds 1993 (2) Lee Rubin 1993 (HM) Brian Miller 1994 (1), 1995 (1), 1996 (1) Tony Pittman 1994 (2) Kim Herring 1995 (HM), 1996 (1) Shawn Lee 1997 (HM), 1998 (HM) Anthony King 1998 (HM) David Macklin 1998 (1), 1999 (2) Askari Adams 1999 (HM) James Boyd 2000 (1) Bhawoh Juh 2000 (HM) Bruce Branch 2001 (HM) Rich Gardner 2002 (HM), 2003 (HM) Shawn Mayer 2002 (2) Bryan Scott 2002 (HM) Yaacov Yisrael 2003 (2) Alan Zemaitis 2003 (2), 2004 (2), 2005 (1) Andrew Guman 2004 (HM) Chris Harrell 2005 (HM) Calvin Lowry 2005 (1) Justin King 2006 (2), 2007 (1) Anthony Scirrotto 2006 (1), 2007 (HM), 2008 (1) Tony Davis 2008 (HM) Mark Rubin 2008 (HM) Lydell Sargeant 2008 (2) Drew Astorino 2009 (HM), 2010 (HM), 2011 (HM) D’Anton Lynn 2009 (HM), 2010 (HM), 2011 (HM) Chaz Powell 2011 (HM) Nick Sukay 2011 (2) Adrian Amos 2012 (HM), 2013 (HM), 2014 (HM) Stephon Morris 2012 (HM) Jordan Lucas 2013 (HM), 2014 (HM) Trevor Williams 2014 (HM), 2015 (HM) Marcus Allen 2015 (HM), 2016 (3), 2017 (1) Grant Haley 2015 (HM), 2017 (HM) John Reid 2016 (HM) Troy Apke 2017 (HM) Christian Campbell 2017 (HM) Amani Oruwariye 2017 (2)

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 Jordan Lucas Trevor Williams

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. 2016-pres. 2016-pres.

SUPER BOWL CHAMPIONS

Kim Herring Shawn Mayer

2001 2004


SPECIAL TEAMS TRADITION

KICKIN’ IT NFL PLAYERS

RAY GUY AWARD FINALIST

Jeremy Kapinos, p

2006

VLADE AWARD WINNER

Tyler Davis, k

2016

ALL-AMERICANS

Chris Bahr, k Matt Bahr, k Jeremy Kapinos, p

1975 (1) 1978 (1) 2006 (3)

ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS

Chris Bahr, k Craig Fayak, k Travis Forney, k

1975 (2) 1993 (2) 1999 (1)

ALL-BIG TEN

Craig Fayak, k Brett Conway, k Pat Pidgeon, p Travis Forney, k Ryan Primanti, k David Royer, p Jeremy Kapinos, p Jeremy Boone, p Kevin Kelly, k Colin Wagner, k Anthony Fera, k/p Sam Ficken, k Tyler Davis, k Blake Gillikin, p

1993 (HM) 1994 (HM), 1995 (2), 1996 (1) 1997 (HM), 1998 (HM), 1999 (HM) 1999 (HM) 2000 (HM) 2002 (HM) 2004 (HM), 2005 (HM), 2006 (2) 2007 (1), 2008 (HM), 2009 (2) 2007 (HM), 2008 (1) 2010 (HM) 2011 (2) 2013 (HM), 2014 (2) 2016 (1) 2016 (HM), 2017 (2)

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 Sam Ficken, k

1976-89 1979-95 1983-87 1987 1987 1987 1988-97 1998-2003 2005-pres. 2007-11 2017-pres.

PRO BOWL PLAYERS

Robbie Gould, k Greg Montgomery, p

1 time (2006) 1 time (1993)

ALL-PRO FIRST TEAM PLAYERS

Robbie Gould, k Greg Montgomery, p

1 time (2006) 1 time (1993)

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 GENERAL We Are...Penn State Football ..............1-63 Schedule ...............................................65 Quick Facts ............................................65 Future Schedules...................................66 Players to Watch ...............................66-68 2018 Outlook Notes..........................66-68 2018 Squad Breakdown ........................69 Roster...............................................70-71 Pronunciation Guide .............................71 2018 Big Ten Schedule ..........................72 Opponent Information ..........................72 2018-19 Bowl Schedule ........................73 PLAYER BIOS Returning Nittany Lion Bios ...........74-126 Nittany Lions Newcomer Bios.......126-132 PENN STATE FOOTBALL STAFF Head Coach James Franklin ..........133-139 Coaching Staff ..............................140-150 Administrative & Support Staff ....151-153 Athletics Endowments ........................154 SEASON IN REVIEW 2017 Season in Review ................155-191 Big Ten Conference .......................192-194 RECORDS Rushing Records...........................194-198 Passing Records............................199-202 Receiving Records ........................203-206 Total Offense Records ...................207-208 All-Purpose Records .....................209-210 Punt Return Records.....................211-212 Kickoff Return Records .................213-214 Punting Records ...........................215-216 Kicking Records ............................217-218 Scoring Records ............................218-219 Defensive Records ........................220-221 Interception Records ....................222-223 Team Year-by-Year Stats ...............224-226 Team Records & Streaks ...............227-230 Opponent Records ...............................231

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AWARDS & HONORS National Awards ...........................242-248 Postseason All-Star Games ...........249-250 Big Ten Honors .............................251-254 Team Awards................................255-256 Hall of Fame Inductees .................257-258 Hall of Fame Bios..........................259-261 All-American Bios.........................262-267 HISTORY All-Time Lettermen ......................268-273 Coaching History ..........................274-276 Nittany Lions in the NFL ...............277-283 Beaver Stadium ............................284-287 Year-by-Year Record .....................288-289 Homecoming Games ...........................289 Night Games .......................................290 Television Appearances ................291-293 Year-by-Year Results ....................294-300 Penn State vs. Opponents.............301-308 Poll History...................................309-312 Penn State vs. the Top 25.....................313 Dates in PSU Football History .........314-27 BOWL HISTORY Bowl History .......................................328 Bowl Records ...............................329-334 Bowl Recaps .................................335-350 PENN STATE Penn State University ..........................351 President Eric Barron ...........................351 Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour.....352 Athletics Department..........................353 Penn State Head Coaches ....................354 Penn State Athletics .....................355-357 Strategic Communications ...........358-359 Penn State Sports Network .................360

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➤ QUICK FACTS Location: University Park, Pa. 16802 Enrollment: 40,835 (undergraduate); 46,610 (UP overall) 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 Football Coach: James Franklin Chief of Staff: Jemal Griffin Director of Football Administration: Kevin Threlkel Director of Football Operations: Michael Hazel Football Office Phone: (814) 865-0412 Penn State Athletics Website: GoPSUsports.com Football Twitter Account: @PennStateFBall ➤ TEAM OVERVIEW 2017 Record: 11-2 2017 Big Ten Conference Record (finish): 7-2 (T-2nd East) Lettermen Returning/Lost: 39/22 Starters Returning/Lost: 13/14 Additional Returnees with Starting Experience: 10 ➤ COACHING STAFF Head Football Coach: James Franklin Franklin’s Penn State Record: 36-17, four seasons Franklin’s Career Record: 60-32, seven seasons Franklin's Twitter: @coachjfranklin Assistant Coaches: Brent Pry - Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Ricky Rahne - Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Phil Galiano - Special Teams Coordinator/Assistant Defensive Line Tim Banks - Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Tyler Bowen - Offensive Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends David Corley - Wide Receivers Matt Limegrover - Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line Ja’Juan Seider - Running Backs Terry M. Smith - Asst. Head Coach/Def. Recruiting Coord./Cornerbacks Sean Spencer - Assoc. Head Coach/Run Game Coord./Defensive Line

➤ STRATEGIC COMMUNICATIONS

2018 SCHEDULE Sept.

1

APPALACHIAN STATE Beaver Stadium

3:30 p.m. BTN

Oct.

20

at Indiana ** Memorial Stadium (52,929)

TBA

Sept.

8

at Pittsburgh Heinz Field (68,400)

8 p.m. ABC

Oct.

27

IOWA * Beaver Stadium

TBA

Sept.

15

KENT STATE (1) Beaver Stadium

noon FS1

Nov.

3

at Michigan ** Michigan Stadium (107,601)

TBA

Fri., Sept.

21

at Illinois * Memorial Stadium (60,670)

9 p.m. FS1

Nov.

10

WISCONSIN * Beaver Stadium

TBA

Sept.

29

OHIO STATE ** Beaver Stadium

TBA

Nov.

17

at Rutgers ** TBA High Point Solutions Stadium (52,454)

Oct.

13

MICHIGAN STATE ** (2) Beaver Stadium

3:30/4 p.m.

Nov.

24

MARYLAND ** (3) Beaver Stadium

(1) All-U Day; (2) Homecoming/Varsity “S” Day; (3) Senior Day. Times Eastern & subject to change.

TBA

* - Big Ten Conference games; ** - Big Ten East Division games All games can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com.

Assistant AD for Strategic Communications/ Primary Football Contact: Kristina Petersen (@GoPSUKris) Petersen Cell: 814-883-4581 Petersen Email: kap18@psu.edu Secondary Football Contacts: Greg Campbell (@SID_Greg; 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 ➤ HISTORY First Year of Football: 1887 All-Time Record: 878-387-42, 131 seasons, 8th in victories. All-Time Big Ten Record: 126-75, 25 seasons All-Time Bowl Record: 29-17-2, t-4th in bowl victories. Years In Postseason Play: 48, t-9th in bowl appearances.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH 52 RYAN BATES

9 TRACE McSORLEY

Jr. — Offensive Line Earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media voters in 2017 despite missing three games due to injury...Selected as a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and USA Today in 2016...Named honorable-mention Campus Insiders Freshman All-America in 2016...Named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team...Named to BTN.com's and ESPN.com's All-Big Ten Freshman Team in 2016...Has 22 career starts, which ties for the most among returning offensive linemen (Connor McGovern).

Sr. — Quarterback Selected Offensive Most Valuable Player at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl...Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media voters in both 2016 and 2017...Has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 28-straight games, a Penn State record and longest active streak in the FBS...Sits atop PSU's career completion percentage (61.8) and career passing efficiency (152.9) lists...His 77 touchdowns responsible for are the most in Penn State history, passing Daryll Clark’s (65; 2006-09) mark.

2017 Stats

Passing: 284-427; Passing Yds.: 3,570; Passing TDs: 28; Rushes: 144; Rushing Yds.: 491; Rushing TDs: 11

2017 Stats

Games: 10; Starts: 8

84 JUWAN JOHNSON

24 MILES SANDERS

Jr. — Wide Receiver Finished the 2017 season tied for No. 12 on the single-season receptions list (54)...Ranked No. 19 on single-season receiving yards list with 701 in 2017...Earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from conference coaches and media voters in 2017... Made his first career touchdown catch as time expired at Iowa (9/23/17) to give Penn State a come-from-behind victory...Of his 54 catches in 2017, 38 of them went for a first down (70%).

Jr. — Running Back Averaged 6.2 yards per carry in 2017...Selected BTN.com AllBig Ten Freshman Team honorable mention in 2016...Owns the Penn State season record with 33 kickoff returns in 2016, passing Grant Haley’s mark of 32 from 2014...His 688 kickoff return yards in 2016 rank No. 2 on the school season list behind Chaz Powell (733 yards; 2011)...Posted the top mark among running backs in the pro agility (4.04; second on the team), broad jump (10-0), squat (550) and strength index (697) in 2018 winter workouts.

2017 Stats Receptions: 54; Receiving Yds.: 701; Receiving TDs: 1; Yards per Reception: 13.0

2017 Stats Rushes: 31; Rushing Yds.: 191; Rushing TDs: 2; Receptions: 6; Receiving Yds.: 30

2018 OUTLOOK NOTES

FUTURE SCHEDULES

THIRTY-NINE LETTERWINNERS RETURN FROM 2017

2019 Aug. Sept. Sept. Sept. Oct. Oct. Oct. Oct. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov.

31 7 14 28 5 12 19 26 9 16 23 30

IDAHO BUFFALO PITTSBURGH at Maryland* PURDUE* at Iowa* MICHIGAN* at Michigan State* at Minnesota* INDIANA* at Ohio State* RUTGERS*

2020 Sept. Sept. Sept. Sept. Oct. Oct. Oct. Oct. Nov. Nov. Nov. Nov.

5 12 19 26 3 17 24 31 7 14 21 28

NEVADA at Virginia Tech SAN JOSE STATE NORTHWESTERN* at Michigan* IOWA* OHIO STATE* at Indiana* at Nebraska* MICHIGAN STATE* MARYLAND* at Rutgers*

• Penn State returns 39 lettermen from last year’s Fiesta Bowl championship squad – 21 on offense, 16 on defense and two on special teams. • A total of 41 lettermen are returning for the Nittany Lions. In addition to the 39 lettermen returning from 2017, Mark Allen (2015) and CB John Reid (2015 & 2016) also have letterman status. • Of the 41 overall lettermen returning, 23 have starting experience – 11 on offense, 10 on defense and two on special teams. • The Nittany Lions lost the services of 22 lettermen – nine on offense, 11 on defense and two specialists. THIRTEEN STARTERS RETURNING • The Nittany Lions return 13 starters – eight on offense, three on defense and two on special teams. • Ten additional Penn Staters have starting experience – three on offense and seven on defense. • Among the returning starters are 2017 All-Big Ten second team selections Trace McSorley and Blake Gillikin, as well as thirdteam All-Big Ten honorees Ryan Bates and Shareef Miller. NITTANY LION POSITION CHANGES • Among the Penn State players who will play new positions heading into the fall are: Damion Barber (DE to DT) Joe DuMond (LB to DE), Dae'Lun Darien (WR to LB), Brailyn Franklin (LB to DE), Hunter Kelly (OL to OL/DL), Lamont Wade (CB to S) and Chris Welde (WR to RB).

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PENN STATE NUMBER CHANGES • Two Nittany Lions are wearing new numbers in 2018: Dae'Lun Darien (41) and C.J. Thorpe (69). MICHIGAN STATE IS HOMECOMING FOE • When the alumni return to Happy Valley for the 2018 Homecoming game, the Penn State faithful will cheer their Nittany Lions on against Michigan State on Oct. 13. • This is the fourth time Penn State will square off against Michigan State in a Homecoming game. The Nittany Lions lost to the Spartans in 1946 (19-16), tied them in 1948 (14-14) and lost in 1951 (32-21). • Penn State owns a 71-22-5 record all-time on Homecoming, including wins in 11 of its last 13 games. FIVE GAME TIMES ANNOUNCED • Five game times for the 2018 Penn State football season presented by PSECU were announced prior to the season. • Penn State's season opener against Appalachian State will kick at 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 1 on BTN. • The Keystone Classic presented by Peoples Natural Gas featuring Penn State at Pitt Sept. 8 will kick at 8 p.m. on ABC. • The Kent State game Sept. 15 will be at noon on FS1. • Penn State's game at Illinois will kick at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21 on FS1. • The Homecoming game against Michigan State will kick at 3:30 or 4 p.m. on Oct. 13. • It was also announced the Oct. 20 game at Indiana will air on ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.


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PLAYERS TO WATCH 2 TOMMY STEVENS

93 BLAKE GILLIKIN

Jr. — Quarterback Ranks No. 8 on Penn State's career quarterback rushing yardage list with 388 yards...Finished No. 17 on the single-season quarterback rushing yardage charts (190) in 2017...Tied for No. 6 on the single-game quarterback rushing yardage list with 113 yards against Maryland...Became the second Penn State QB in program history with 100-plus rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a game, joining Eugene “Shorty” Miller in 1913.

Jr. — Punter Sits tied for No. 2 on Penn State’s career punting average charts (43.0 ypp)...Has 25 career punts downed inside the opponent’s 10-yard line (seven in 2016, 18 in 2017)...Ranks No. 4 in program history with a 43.2 punting average in 2017...Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media panels in 2017...Garnered CoSIDA Academic All-District... Finished No. 35 in the FBS in the B1G in punting average (43.2)... Ranked No. 4 in coffin wedge average (89.84).

2017 Stats

2017 Stats

Passing: 14-27; Passing Yds.: 158; Passing TDs: 3; Rushes: 27; Rushing Yds.: 190; Rushing TDs: 4; Receptions: 12; Receiving TDs: 2

Punts: 52; Yards: 2,244; Punting Average: 43.2; Long: 57; Inside 20: 26; 50+: 14

3 DeANDRE THOMPKINS

7 KOA FARMER

Sr. — Wide Receiver Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and third-team accolades from the media voters as a return specialist in 2017...Set a school record for punt return average in a game with 31.8 yard per return vs. Akron (9/2/17)...Became the first Penn Stater to return a punt for a touchdown vs. Akron since Derrick Williams at Wisconsin in 2008...Ranked No. 5 nationally and led the Big Ten in punt return average (13.3 ypr)...Finished No. 8 in the Big Ten in yards per reception (15.82).

Sr. — Linebacker Leads all returning tacklers with 48 stops in 2017...Started all 13 games last season...Named to the watch list for the 2017 Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award... Had a career-high 5.5 tackles for loss in 2017...Averaged 23.0 yards on four kick returns...Named to the Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week following his performance at Purdue (10/29/16)...Was presented with the 2017 Jim O’Hora Award.

2017 Stats Receptions: 28; Rec. Yds.: 443; Rec. TDs: 3; Punt Returns: 24; Punt Return Average: 13.3; Punt Return TDs: 1

2017 Stats Tackles: 48; TFL: 5.5; Sacks: 1.0; Pass Breakups: 9; Fumbles Recovered: 1; KO Returns: 4-92-23.0

2018 OUTLOOK NOTES TRIO NAMED TEAM CAPTAINS

SUSTAINED EXCELLENCE

SIX BOWL TEAMS HIGHLIGHT SCHEDULE

• Penn State football head coach James Franklin announced that seniors Trace McSorley and Nick Scott and junior Blake Gillikin have been voted as team captains for the 2018 season by their teammates. • McSorley and Scott are team captains for the second-straight season.

• Penn State and Wisconsin are the only Big Ten teams to have posted a winning season in the last 13 consecutive years. • Penn State is one of eight teams (USC, LSU, Florida State, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Oregon, Virginia Tech) in the Autonomy Five to have a winning record each of the last 13 years. • Overall in the FBS, Penn State is one of nine teams with a winning record in each of the last 13 years (Boise State).

• The Nittany Lions will face six teams that participated in a bowl game during the 2017 campaign. • Five of the six teams won their bowl games last season, including a pair of teams that won New Year’s Six bowl games. • Appalachian State shut out Toledo in the Dollar General Bowl (34-0), No. 5 Ohio State stymied No. 8 USC in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl (24-7), No. 16 Michigan State defeated No. 18 Washington State in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl (42-17), Iowa downed Boston College in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl (27-20) and No. 6 Wisconsin topped No. 10 Miami (Fla.) in the Capital One Orange Bowl (34-24). • Additionally, Michigan fell to South Carolina in the Outback Bowl (26-19). It was the only loss by a B1G team in the bowl season.

LEADERSHIP COUNCIL ANNOUNCED • Head coach James Franklin announced the members of his 2018 Leadership Council, which consists of 24 members of the Penn State football team. • The Council, which is comprised of 13 seniors, five juniors, three sophomores and three redshirt freshmen, serves as voice for the team in the decision-making process. • This year's Leadership Council members are: seniors Mark Allen, Torrence Brown, Jake Cooper, Koa Farmer, Trace McSorley, Amani Oruwariye, Nick Scott, Charlie Shuman, Johnathan Thomas, DeAndre Thompkins, Kyle Vasey, Jason Vranic and Chasz Wright; juniors Ryan Bates, Blake Gillikin, Juwan Johnson, John Reid and Tommy Stevens; sophomores Tariq Castro-Fields, Will Fries and Michal Menet; and freshmen Sean Clifford, Jonathan Sutherland and C.J. Thorpe. • This group is not only charged with leading the team, but the expectation is to also uphold the program's four core values: positive attitude, great work ethic, competitive in everything and must be willing to sacrifice. The Leadership Council meets at least twice a month in Franklin's office and has a profound impact on the chemistry and culture of the entire organization.

ANOTHER NEW YEAR’S SIX BOWL • James Franklin guided the Nittany Lions to a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl appearance with a berth in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, following a bid to the 2017 Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual. • This is the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta) the Nittany Lions have played in New Year’s Six bowls in back-toback years. VETERAN O-LINE • The Nittany Lions return 83 starts on the offensive line, a number that ranks 41st in the country and sixth in the B1G, per Phil Steele. • Juniors Ryan Bates and Connor McGovern lead the way for returning offensive line starters with 22 apiece. McGovern has started the last 22 contests for the Nittany Lions. • The other Nittany Lions with starting experience in the trenches are: junior Steven Gonzalez (16), senior Chasz Wright (14) and sophomore Will Fries (9). • The Nittany Lions graduated Brendan Mahon, who had 41 career starts at guard and tackle, and Andrew Nelson, who had 28 starts at guard and tackle.

McSORLEY AMONG ACTIVE LEADERS • Senior quarterback Trace McSorley enters his final season in the Blue & White among the FBS's active leaders in several categories. • McSorley's active career rankings in FBS are: • Touchdowns Responsible For - 3rd (77) • Total Offense Yards Per Play - 4th (7.15) • Total Offense - 5th (8,268) • Passing Efficiency - 5th (152.89) • Passing Touchdowns - 6th (59) • Passing Yards - 7th (7,369) • Completion Percentage - 10th (61.8) • In addition, McSorley opens the 2018 campaign with the longest active streak for consecutive games with a touchdown pass at 28.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH 48 SHAREEF MILLER

29 JOHN REID

Jr. — Defensive End Earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and honorable-mention accolades from the conference coaches in 2017...Led the team with 11.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks... Garnered a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Oct. 24, 2017 after his showing vs. Michigan...Selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after posting two tackles behind the line vs. Nebraska (11/18/17)...Selected BTN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team honorable mention in 2016.

Jr. — Cornerback Missed 2017 season due to injury...Named All-Big Ten honorable mention by the conference coaches and media panel in 2016... Named Campus Insiders Sophomore All-America honorable mention...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his showing vs. Maryland (10/8/16)...Named to the Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week following his performance at Purdue (10/29/16)...Finished No. 39 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the Big Ten in punt return average (7.5 ypr) in 2016. 2016 Stats

2017 Stats

Tackles: 36; TFL: 5.0; Sacks: 1.5; INT: 1; Pass Breakups: 9; Fumbles Recovered: 1

Tackles: 37; TFL: 11.0; Sacks: 5.0; QB Hurries: 9; Safeties: 1; Fumbles Recovered: 1

21 AMANI ORUWARIYE

4 NICK SCOTT

Sr. — Cornerback Had a team-high four interceptions in 2017...Earned secondteam All-Big Ten honors from coaches and media voters...Was the first Nittany Lion cornerback to earn first- or second-team All-Big Ten honors since Lydell Sargeant (second team) in 2008... Finished No. 26 nationally and No. 4 in the Big Ten in interceptions per game (0.4; 4 INT)...His six passes defended at Michigan State (5 PBU, 1 INT) tied for the most in the FBS in 2017...Tied for No. 10 in the Big Ten in passes defended per game (1.1).

Sr. — Safety Two-time team captain...Danced in THON in 2018...Finished tops among safeties during winter conditioning in vertical jump (36.5"), squats (540) and power clean (335), second in broad jump (10-8; fourth on team) and third in 40-yard dash (4.47) and pro agility (4.20)...Scooped up a fumble, which was forced by Irvin Charles, on an Indiana (9/30/17) punt return and took it 13 yards for his second career touchdown. 2017 Stats

2017 Stats

Tackles: 33 (9 on special teams); TFL: 1.5; Fumbles Recovered: 1; Touchdowns Scored: 1

Tackles: 28; INT: 4; Pass Breakups: 8

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COLLINS GOING INTO THE HALL

NITTANY LIONS GRADUATE

• The Nittany Lion coaching staff will have a new look in the 2018 season with the addition of a 10th coach, as well as a few offseason changes. • Penn State assistant coach Ricky Rahne was promoted to offensive coordinator. He will return to coaching the quarterbacks after spending the last two seasons as the tight ends coach. • The Nittany Lions added former Penn State graduate assistant Tyler Bowen as offensive recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, David Corley as wide receivers coach, Phil Galiano as special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach and Ja’Juan Seider as running backs coach. • In addition, Sean Spencer has added associate head coach to his title, while offensive line coach Matt Limegrover will handle run game coordinator responsibilities. • Following his stint as a GA at Penn State, Bowen spent two seasons at Fordham as the offensive line coach (2015-16) and offensive coordinator (2016) and one season at Maryland as the offensive line coach (2017). • Corley has 10 years of collegiate coaching experience and was most recently the wide receivers coach at Army after spending three seasons at Connecticut. • Galiano is a veteran in the coaching ranks with 17 years of experience, including two seasons as an assistant special teams coach and one season as a special teams intern in the NFL. • Galiano served as a defensive consultant for the Nittany Lions in 2017. • Seider comes to Happy Valley with 10 seasons of collegiate coaching experience, most recently serving as the running backs coach at the University of Florida.

• Penn State national award winner and first-team All-America quarterback Kerry Collins has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class. • Collins will be inducted to the Hall of Fame December 4, 2018 at the 61st National Football Foundation (NFF) Annual Awards Dinner in New York City. • Collins and the other inductees will be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame OnCampus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. • Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. • Collins is the 25th member of the Penn State football family to be elected to the College Hall of Fame. • Linebacker Shane Conlan was the most recent player inductee in 2014, while former Nittany Lion player Bill Bowes was enshrined into the Hall of Fame as the University of New Hampshire head coach in 2016. • Collins helped Penn State post a 40-9 record from 1991-94 and was instrumental in the Nittany Lions earning a 22-2 overall mark (14-2 conference) during their first two years in the Big Ten Conference, posting records of 10-2 in 1993 and 12-0 in 1994. • The recipient of the 1994 Maxwell Award as the National Player of the Year, he helped the Nittany Lions win three New Year’s Day bowl games: the 1992 Fiesta, 1994 Citrus and 1995 Rose Bowls.

• Nine Penn State student-athletes enter the summer of 2018 having earned a total of 10 undergraduate degrees: Mark Allen (liberal arts), Koa Farmer (criminology and sociology), Trace McSorley (accounting), Amani Oruwariye (telecommunications), Nick Scott (psychology), Charlie Shuman (kinesiology), Johnathan Thomas (sociology), DeAndre Thompkins (liberal arts) and Chasz Wright (telecommunications). • In addition, Jan Johnson (liberal arts) is on pace to graduate in August.

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LIONS IN THE NFL • Forty former Penn State football players are on the rosters of 24 NFL teams heading into July. The Nittany Lions are perennially a top-15 program in producing players in the NFL. • Fourteen players from Penn State’s 2017 squad are on NFL roster as rookies. The Nittany Lions had six players selected in the NFL Draft: Marcus Allen (Pittsburgh), Troy Apke (Washington), Saquon Barkley (New York Giants), Christian Campbell (Arizona), Mike Gesicki (Miami) and DaeSean Hamilton (Denver) and eight signed undrafted free agent deals: Saeed Blacknall (Oakland), Jason Cabinda (Oakland), Tyrell Chavis (New York Giants), Curtis Cothran (Minnesota), Parker Cothren (Pittsburgh), Tyler Davis (Buffalo), Grant Haley (New York Giants) and Brendan Mahon (Carolina). • There are also two Nittany Lions on NFL rosters who did not play football at Penn State in Chris Hogan (New England) and Ross Travis (Indianapolis). Hogan, a wide out in his seventh NFL season, played lacrosse for the Nittany Lions and football at Monmouth after earning his Penn State degree. Travis, a tight end, was a standout men’s basketball player and is in his third NFL season.


2018 SEASON PREVIEW 2018 SQUAD BREAKDOWN LETTERMEN RETURNING (39) Offense (16) Quarterback Offensive Line

Tight End/H Running Back Receiver Defense (21) End Tackle Linebacker Cornerback Safety Specialists (2) Punter Long Snapper

LETTERMEN LOST (22)

Trace McSorley, Tommy Stevens Ryan Bates, Will Fries, Alex Gellerstedt, Steven Gonzalez, Connor McGovern, Michal Menet, Zach Simpson, Chasz Wright Jonathan Holland Miles Sanders, Johnathan Thomas Juwan Johnson, Brandon Polk, DeAndre Thompkins

Torrence Brown, Ryan Buchholz, Yetur Gross-Matos, Shareef Miller, Shane Simmons, Shaka Toney Kevin Givens, Ellison Jordan, Robert Windsor Cam Brown, Jake Cooper, Dae’Lun Darien (as WR in 2017), Koa Farmer, Jarvis Miller Tariq Castro-Fields, Zech McPhearson, Amani Oruwariye Ayron Monroe, Nick Scott, Garrett Taylor, Lamont Wade (as CB in 2017)

Offense (9) Offensive Line Tight End/H Running Back Receiver Defense (11) End Tackle Linebacker Cornerback Safety

STARTERS BREAKDOWN STARTERS RETURNING (13)

Brendan Mahon, Andrew Nelson Mike Gesicki, Tom Pancoast Saquon Barkley, Josh McPhearson Saeed Blacknall, Irvin Charles, DaeSean Hamilton

(Number of 2017 starts in parenthesis)

Colin Castagna Tyrell Chavis, Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren Manny Bowen, Jason Cabinda, Brandon Smith Christian Campbell, Grant Haley Marcus Allen, Troy Apke

Special Teams (2) Placekicker Tyler Davis Holder Billy Fessler

Offense (8):

Ryan Bates, OL (8); Will Fries, OL (9); Steven Gonzalez, OL (13); Juwan Johnson, WR (13); Connor McGovern, OL (13); Trace McSorley, QB (13); DeAndre Thompkins, WR (8); Chasz Wright, OL (9)

Defense (3):

Ryan Buchholz, DE (6); Koa Farmer, LB (13); Shareef Miller, DE (12)

Specialists (2):

Blake Gillikin, P (13); Kyle Vasey, LS (13)

STARTERS LOST (14) (Number of 2017 starts in parenthesis)

Blake Gillikin Kyle Vasey

Offense (4):

Brendan Mahon, OL (12); Mike Gesicki, TE (13); Saquon Barkley, RB (12); DaeSean Hamilton, WR (13)

Defense (8):

Curtis Cothran, DT (13); Parker Cothren, DT (13); Manny Bowen, LB (9); Jason Cabinda, LB (13); Christian Campbell, CB (13); Grant Haley, CB (13); Marcus Allen, S (13); Troy Apke, S (12)

Special Teams (2): Tyler Davis, K (13); Billy Fessler, H (13)

OTHER RETURNING LETTERMEN (2) OTHER RETURNEES WITH STARTING EXPERIENCE (10)

Offense (1) Running Back

Mark Allen (2015)

Defense (1) Cornerback

John Reid (2015 & 2016)

(Number of career starts in parenthesis)

2017 LETTERMEN AT A GLANCE Offense Defense Specialists Total

Returning: Returning: Returning: Returning:

16 21 2 39

Lost: Lost: Lost: Lost:

9 11 2 22

Offense (3):

Mark Allen, RB (1); Brandon Polk, WR (3); Miles Sanders, RB (1)

Defense (7):

Cam Brown, LB (2); Torrence Brown, DE (7); Jake Cooper, LB (3); Kevin Givens, DT (12); John Reid, CB (16); Nick Scott, S (2); Robert Windsor, DT (1)

2017 STARTERS AT A GLANCE Offense Defense Specialists Total

Returning: Returning: Returning: Returning:

Senior linebacker Koa Farmer is Penn State’s top returning tackler with 48 stops, including 5.5 tackles for loss, in 2017.

8 3 2 13

Lost: Lost: Lost: Lost:

4 8 2 14

Senior cornerback Nick Scott is as a two-time team captain. One of the leader of the special teams, Scott finished second on the squad with nine special teams tackles and returned an Indiana fumble on a punt return for a touchdown last season.

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2018 SEASON PREVIEW 2018 ROSTERS NUMERICAL ROSTER 1 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 7 8 8 9 9 10 11 12 13 14 14 15 16 17 17 18 18 19 19 20 20 21 23 24 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 40 41 41 42

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Hamler, KJ Humphries, Isaiah Stevens, Tommy * Johnson, Donovan Thompkins, DeAndre *** Scott, Nick *** Slade, Ricky Castro-Fields, Tariq * Dotson, Jahan Brown, Cam ** Shorter, Justin Farmer, Koa *** Zembiec, Jake Allen, Mark * Miner, Jordan McSorley, Trace *** Miller, Jarvis ** Polk, Brandon ** Parsons, Micah Hippenhammer, Mac Brooks, Ellis Clifford, Sean McPhearson, Zech * Shuster, Michael Petrishen, John Levis, Will Taylor, Garrett ** Holland, Jonathan ** Toney, Shaka * Brown, Torrence *** Gordon, Trent Butler, Jabari Thomas, Johnathan * Oruwariye, Amani *** Monroe, Ayron ** Brown, DJ Sanders, Miles ** Faison-Walden, Brelin Sutherland, Jonathan Hawkins, Aeneas Oweh, Jayson Reid, John ** Givens, Kevin ** Welde, Christopher Brown, Journey Cooper, Jake *** Simmons, Shane * Neff, Justin Johnson, Jan Hartlaub, Drew Wade, Lamont * Di Leo, Frank Eury, Nick Luketa, Jesse Arcangelo, Joe Darien, Dae’Lun * Jordan, Ellison *

WR S QB CB WR S RB CB WR LB WR LB QB RB CB QB LB WR LB WR LB QB CB QB S QB S TE/H DE DE CB CB RB CB S CB RB LB S DT DE CB DT RB RB LB DE S LB S S LB RB LB TE/H LB DT

ALPHABETICAL ROSTER No. 8 41 54 90 52 83 13 6 24 32 19 97 20 94 5 -50 14 33 88 80 41 39 95 5 45 79 40 25 7 44 87 71 51 86 93 30 74 19 99 1 53 37 27 12 83 18 75 2 76 3 36 84 42 49 45 68 82 97 17 40 85 89 66 14 9

Name Allen, Mark * Arcangelo, Joe Asiedu, Nana Barber, Damion Bates, Ryan ** Bowers, Nick Brooks, Ellis Brown, Cam ** Brown, DJ Brown, Journey Brown, Torrence *** Buchholz, Ryan ** Butler, Jabari Calcagno, Joe Castro-Fields, Tariq * Chisena, Dan Chizmar, Max Clifford, Sean Cooper, Jake *** Culpepper, Judge Dalton, Danny Darien, Dae’Lun * Di Leo, Frank Dix, Donnell Dotson, Jahan DuMond, Joe Effner, Bryce Eury, Nick Faison-Walden, Brelin Farmer, Koa *** Franklin, Brailyn Freiermuth, Pat Fries, Will * Gellerstedt, Alex * George, Daniel Gillikin, Blake ** Givens, Kevin ** Gonzalez, Steven ** Gordon, Trent Gross-Matos, Yetur * Hamler, KJ Hansard, Fred Hartlaub, Drew Hawkins, Aeneas Hippenhammer, Mac Hoenstine, Alex Holland, Jonathan ** Holmes, Des Humphries, Isaiah Jenkins, Sterling Johnson, Donovan Johnson, Jan Johnson, Juwan ** Jordan, Ellison * Joseph, Daniel Katshir, Charlie Kelly, Hunter Kuntz, Zack Landis, Carson Levis, Will Luketa, Jesse Lutz, Isaac Maxwell, Colton McGovern, Connor ** McPhearson, Zech * McSorley, Trace ***

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Pos. RB TE/H OL DT OL TE/H LB LB CB RB DE DE CB SN CB WR LB QB LB DT TE/H LB LB DE WR DE OL RB LB LB DE TE/H OL OL WR P/K DT OL CB DE WR DT S DT WR WR TE/H OL S OL CB LB WR DT DE LB OL/DL TE/H K/P QB LB WR WR OL CB QB

Cl./El. Gr./Sr. Sr./Jr. Fr./Fr. So./Fr. Sr./Jr. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. Jr./Jr. So./Fr. So./Fr. 5th/Sr. Sr./Jr. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. So./ So. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. So./Fr. Sr./Sr. Fr./Fr. Jr./So. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Sr./Sr. Fr./Fr. Jr./So. Fr./Fr. Jr./So. So./Fr. Gr./Sr. So./Fr. Fr./Fr. Jr./So. Jr./So. Fr./Fr. Jr./Jr. Sr./Jr. Sr./Jr. Fr./Fr. So./So. So./Fr. So./Fr. So./Fr. Fr./Fr. So./Fr. So./Fr. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. Fr./Fr. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. Sr./Jr. Sr./Jr. Jr./So. Jr./So. Fr./Fr. Jr./So. Fr./Fr. So./Fr. Fr./Fr. Fr./Fr. Jr./So. Jr./So. Jr./Jr. Jr./So. Gr./Sr.

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

Wt. 190 253 294 278 301 269 237 226 177 210 257 258 183 245 189 182 226 216 231 296 251 224 220 226 175 249 280 204 208 236 247 260 312 307 210 193 283 336 181 262 176 318 180 291 185 181 252 306 186 332 186 231 231 305 246 226 304 239 195 226 236 183 185 326 184 203

High School or C.C./Coach DeMatha/Elijah Brooks Abington Heights/Joe Repshis North Stafford/Joe Mangano Harrisburg/Calvin Everett Archbishop Wood/Steve Devlin Kittanning Senior/Frank Fabian Benedictine College Prep/Greg Lilly The Bullis School/Patrick Cilento Creekside/Will Rogers Meadville/Ray Collins Tuscaloosa Academy/Robert Johnson Great Valley/Dan Ellis Abilene Christian University/Ken Collums Fenwick/Gene Nudo Riverdale Baptist School/Caesar Nettles Downingtown-East/Michael Matta Mars Area/Scott Heinauer St. Xavier/Steve Specht Archbishop Wood/Steve Devlin H.B. Plant/Robert Weiner Marshfield/Lou Silva Dunbar/Lawrence Smith Saint Ignatius College Prep/John O’Connor Wicomico/Patrick McGlinchey Nazareth Area/Tom Falzone St. Joseph’s Prep/Gabe Infante Metea Valley/Ben Kleinhans Lake-Lehman/Jerry Gilsky Grimsley/Darrel Brown Notre Dame/Kevin Rooney Battlefield (Va.)/Jared Van Acker Brooks School/Patrick Foley Cranford/Erik Rosenmeier Dublin Coffman/Mark Crabtree Oxon Hill/Craig Jefferies The Westminster Schools/Gerry Romberg Altoona Area/John Franco Union City/Wil Valdez Manvel/Kirk Martin Chancellor/Bob Oliver IMG Academy (Fla.)/Kevin Wright The Hun School/Todd Smith South Western/Chris Heilman Moeller/John Rodenberg R. Nelson Snider/Kurt Tippmann Central/Dave Baker The Bullis School/Patrick Cilento Cardinal O’Hara/BJ Hogan Sachse/Red Behrens Baldwin/Pete Wagner Cass Tech/Thomas Wilcher Governor Mifflin/Dominic Vecchio Glassboro/Mark Maccarone Gilman School/Biff Poggi Lake Forest Academy (Ill.)/Robin Bowkett Cumberland Valley/Michael Whitehead Neshaminy/Steve Wilmot Camp Hill/Tim Bigelow Emmaus/Harold Fairclough Xavier/Andy Guyon Mercyhurst Prep (Pa.)/Jeff Root Berks Catholic/Rick Keeley Northampton/Mark Scisly Lake-Lehman/Jerry Gilsky Riverdale Baptist School/Caesar Nettles Briar Woods/Charlie Pierce

Hometown Hyattsville, Md. Clarks Summit, Pa. Stafford, Va. Harrisburg, Pa. Warrington, Pa. Kittanning, Pa. Mechanicsville, Va. Burtonsville, Md. College Park, Ga. Meadville, Pa. Tuscaloosa, Ala. Malvern, Pa. Potomac, Md. Elmhurst, Ill. Upper Marlboro, Md. Exton, Pa. Mars, Pa. Cincinnati, Ohio Doylestown, Pa. Tampa, Fla. Marshfield, Mass. Baltimore, Md. Elmhurst, Ill. Salisbury, Md. Nazareth, Pa. Philadelphia, Pa. Aurora, Ill. Shavertown, Pa. Greensboro, N.C. Lake View Terrace, Calif. Arlington, Texas Merrimac, Mass. Cranford, N.J. Dublin, Ohio Fort Washington, Md. Smyrna, Ga. Altoona, Pa. Union City, N.J. Spring, Texas Spotsylvania, Va. Pontiac, Mich. Burlington, N.J. Hanover, Pa. Cincinnati, Ohio Fort Wayne, Ind. East Freedom, Pa. Brandywine, Md. Norristown, Pa. Rowlett, Texas Pittsburgh, Pa. Detroit, Mich. Mohnton, Pa. Glassboro, N.J. Upper Marlboro, Md. Brampton, Ont. Camp Hill, Pa. Langhorne, Pa. Camp Hill, Pa. Macungie, Pa. Madison, Conn. Ottawa, Ont. Reading, Pa. Northampton, Pa. Larksville, Pa. Columbia, Md. Ashburn, Va.


2018 SEASON PREVIEW 2018 ROSTERS ALPHABETICAL ROSTER No. 62 9 48 8 73 23 93 35 21 28 11 16 92 10 58 29 24 4 70 55 82 6 79 15 34 64 4 2 91 81 26 46 17 20 3 69 18 98 96 51 38 53 31 80 54 77 7

Name Menet, Michal * Miller, Jarvis ** Miller, Shareef ** Miner, Jordan Miranda, Mike Monroe, Ayron ** Mustipher, PJ Neff, Justin Oruwariye, Amani *** Oweh, Jayson Parsons, Micah Petrishen, John Pinegar, Jake Polk, Brandon ** Presta, Evan Reid, John ** Sanders, Miles ** Scott, Nick *** Scruggs, Juice Shelton, Antonio Shoop, Tyler Shorter, Justin Shuman, Charlie Shuster, Michael Simmons, Shane * Simpson, Zach ** Slade, Ricky Stevens, Tommy * Stoll, Chris Sullivan-Brown, Cam Sutherland, Jonathan Tarburton, Nick Taylor, Garrett ** Thomas, Johnathan * Thompkins, DeAndre *** Thorpe, C.J. Toney, Shaka * Vasey, Dan Vasey, Kyle * Vranic, Jason Wade, Lamont * Walker, Rasheed Welde, Christopher Weller, Justin Windsor, Robert ** Wright, Chasz *** Zembiec, Jake

Pos. OL LB DE CB OL S DT S CB DE LB S K WR DT CB RB S OL DT WR WR OL QB DE OL RB QB SN WR S DE S RB WR OL DE DL/SN SN LB S OL RB WR DT OL QB

Cl./El. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Sr./Jr. Fr./Fr. So./Fr. Sr./Jr. Fr./Fr. So./Fr. Gr./Sr. Fr./Fr. Fr./Fr. Sr./Jr. Fr./Fr. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. Sr./Jr. Jr./Jr. Gr./Sr. Fr./Fr. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Fr./Fr. Gr./Sr. Jr./So. Jr./So. Sr./Jr. Fr./Fr. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. So./Fr. So./Fr. Fr./Fr. Sr./Jr. Gr./Sr. Gr./Sr. So./Fr. Jr./So. So./Fr. 5th/Sr. 5th/Sr. So./So. Fr./Fr. Sr./Jr. So./Fr. Sr./Jr. Gr./Sr. Jr./So.

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

* - Letters won

Wt. 306 219 259 180 303 207 305 190 201 247 237 202 195 180 278 185 207 199 270 308 190 226 323 206 254 302 185 235 261 189 196 252 206 221 188 322 241 242 226 222 195 304 170 192 304 348 214

High School or C.C./Coach Hometown Exeter Township Senior/Matt Bauer Birdsboro, Pa. Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby/Jason Qua Suffield, Conn. George Washington/Ronald Cohen Philadelphia, Pa. Wiregrass Ranch/Mark Kantor Wesley Chapel, Fla. Stow-Munroe Falls/Mark Nori Stow, Ohio St. John’s College H.S./Joe Patterson Largo, Md. McDonogh School/Dom Damico Owings Mills, Md. Central Mountain/James Renninger Mill Hall, Pa. Gaither/Jason Stokes Tampa, Fla. Blair Academy/Jim Saylor Howell, N.J. Harrisburg/Calvin Everett Harrisburg, Pa. Pittsburgh Central Catholic/Terry Totten Lower Burrell, Pa. Ankeny Centennial/Jerry Pezzetti Ankeny, Iowa Briar Woods/Charlie Pierce Ashburn, Va. Cathedral Prep/Mike Mischler Erie, Pa. St. Joseph’s Prep (Pa.)/Gabe Infante Mount Laurel, N.J. Woodland Hills/George Novak Pittsburgh, Pa. Fairfax/Kevin Simonds Fairfax, Va. Cathedral Prep (Pa.)/Michael Mischler Ashtabula, Ohio Westerville-North/Rodger Elander Westerville, Ohio Father Ryan/Bruce Lussier Nashville, Tenn. South Brunswick/Joe Goerge Monmouth Junction, N.J. Pittsford Sutherland/Keith Molinich Pittsford, N.Y. Camp Hill/Frank Gay Camp Hill, Pa. DeMatha/Elijah Brooks Laurel, Md. Hollidaysburg Area/Homer DeLattre Hollidaysburg, Pa. C.D. Hylton/Tony Lilly Woodbridge, Va. Decatur Central/Justin Dixson Indianapolis, Ind. St. Francis DeSales/Ryan Wiggins Westerville, Ohio Saint Vincent Pallotti/Ian Thomas Bowie, Md. Episcopal (Va.)/Panos Voulgaris Ottawa, Ont. Pennridge/Jeff Hollenbach Green Lane, Pa. St. Christopher’s/Lance Clelland Richmond, Va. St. John’s Prep/Jim O’Leary Peabody, Mass. Swansboro/Tim Laspada Hubert, N.C. Central Catholic/Terry Totten Glenshaw, Pa. Imhotep Charter/Albie Crosby Philadelphia, Pa. Wallenpaupack/Mark Watson Lackawaxen, Pa. Wallenpaupack/Mark Watson Lackawaxen, Pa. Erie C.C./Scott Pilkey Wheatfield, N.Y. Clairton/Wayne Wade Clairton, Pa. North Point/Tom Petre Waldorf, Md. Council Rock North/Adam Collachi Newtown, Pa. Wilson/Doug Dahms Sinking Spring, Pa. Fond Du Lac/Mike Gnewuch Fond Du Lac, Wis. Milford Academy/Bill Chaplick Woodbridge, Va. Aquinas Institute/Chris Battaglia Rochester, N.Y. Roster as of June 23, 2018

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE Nana Asiedu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Nah-Nah AH-suh-do Ryan Buchholz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ryan BUCK-holez Joe Calcagno . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CAL-kag-no Tariq Castro-Fields. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TUH-reek Castro-Fields Dae’Lun Darien . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DAY-lawn Darien Jahan Dotson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JUH-han DOT-son Brelin Faison-Walden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BREY-lynn FACE-in Walden Koa Farmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CO-uh Farmer Brailyn Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BREY-lynn Franklin Pat Freiermuth. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pat fryer-muth Will Fries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Will FRY-z Yetur Gross-Matos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .YEE-tore Gross-Mah-tose Fred Hansard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hann-SARD Drew Hartlaub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drew heart-lob Aeneas Hawkins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ah-knee-iss HAWK-ins Alex Hoenstine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Alex hoe-en-styne

Charlie Katshir . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlie catch-sure Zack Kuntz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Zack KOON-ts Will Levis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Will lev-iss Jesse Luketa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jesse LUKE-ket-uh Zech McPhearson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Zack McPhearson Michael Menet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michael men-NET Ayron Monroe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AIR-en Monroe Amani Oruwariye . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . UH-monn-E O-rue-waar-ee-A Jayson Oweh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jason Oh-way Jake Pinegar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jake pin-ah-grrr Dan/Kyle Vasey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan/Kyle VAY-see Chris Welde . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chris WELL-dee Jake Zembiec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jake ZEM-beck Coaches Ja’Juan Seider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JAY-juan cider Phil Galiano . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .gail-lee-on-no

44 45 45 46 48 49 50 51 51 52 53 53 54 54 55 58 62 64 66 68 69 70 71 73 74 75 76 77 79 79 80 80 81 82 82 83 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 93 94 95 96 97 97 98 99 --

Franklin, Brailyn DuMond, Joe Katshir, Charlie Tarburton, Nick Miller, Shareef ** Joseph, Daniel Chizmar, Max Gellerstedt, Alex * Vranic, Jason Bates, Ryan ** Hansard, Fred Walker, Rasheed Asiedu, Nana Windsor, Robert ** Shelton, Antonio Presta, Evan Menet, Michal * Simpson, Zach ** McGovern, Connor ** Kelly, Hunter Thorpe, C.J. Scruggs, Juice Fries, Will * Miranda, Mike Gonzalez, Steven ** Holmes, Des Jenkins, Sterling Wright, Chasz *** Effner, Bryce Shuman, Charlie Dalton, Danny Weller, Justin Sullivan-Brown, Cam Kuntz, Zack Shoop, Tyler Bowers, Nick Hoenstine, Alex Johnson, Juwan ** Lutz, Isaac George, Daniel Freiermuth, Pat Culpepper, Judge Maxwell, Colton Barber, Damion Stoll, Chris Pinegar, Jake Gillikin, Blake ** Mustipher, PJ Calcagno, Joe Dix, Donnell Vasey, Kyle * Buchholz, Ryan ** Landis, Carson Vasey, Dan Gross-Matos, Yetur * Chisena, Dan

DE DE LB DE DE DE LB OL LB OL DT OL OL DT DT DT OL OL OL OL/DL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL TE/H WR WR TE/H WR TE/H WR WR WR WR TE/H DT WR DT SN K P/K DT SN DE SN DE K/P DL/SN DE WR

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2018 SEASON PREVIEW

2018 BIG TEN SCHEDULE THURSDAY, AUG. 30

SATURDAY, OCT. 13

New Mexico State at MINNESOTA NORTHWESTERN at PURDUE

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

FRIDAY, AUG. 31 Utah State at MICHIGAN STATE Western Kentucky at WISCONSIN SATURDAY, SEPT. 1 Kent State at ILLINOIS Northern Illinois at IOWA INDIANA at Florida International MARYLAND vs. Texas [1] MICHIGAN at Notre Dame Akron at NEBRASKA Oregon State at OHIO STATE Appalachian State at PENN STATE Texas State at RUTGERS SATURDAY, SEPT. 8 Western Illinois at ILLINOIS Virginia at INDIANA Iowa State at IOWA MARYLAND at Bowling Green Western Michigan at MICHIGAN MICHIGAN STATE at Arizona State Fresno State at MINNESOTA Colorado at NEBRASKA Duke at NORTHWESTERN Eastern Michigan at PURDUE RUTGERS at OHIO STATE PENN STATE at Pittsburgh New Mexico at WISCONSIN SATURDAY, SEPT. 15 South Florida vs. ILLINOIS [2] Ball State at INDIANA Northern Iowa at IOWA Temple at MARYLAND SMU at MICHIGAN Miami (Ohio) at MINNESOTA Troy at NEBRASKA Akron at NORTHWESTERN TCU vs. OHIO STATE [3] Kent State at PENN STATE Missouri at PURDUE RUTGERS at Kansas BYU at WISCONSIN FRIDAY, SEPT. 21 PENN STATE at ILLINOIS SATURDAY, SEPT. 22 MICHIGAN STATE at INDIANA MINNESOTA at MARYLAND NEBRASKA at MICHIGAN Tulane at OHIO STATE Boston College at PURDUE Buffalo at RUTGERS WISCONSIN at IOWA SATURDAY, SEPT. 29 INDIANA at RUTGERS Central Michigan at MICHIGAN STATE MICHIGAN at NORTHWESTERN OHIO STATE at PENN STATE PURDUE at NEBRASKA SATURDAY, OCT. 6 ILLINOIS at RUTGERS INDIANA at OHIO STATE IOWA at MINNESOTA MARYLAND at MICHIGAN NEBRASKA at WISCONSIN NORTHWESTERN at MICHIGAN STATE

SATURDAY, OCT. 20 ILLINOIS at WISCONSIN MARYLAND at IOWA MICHIGAN at MICHIGAN STATE MINNESOTA at NEBRASKA NORTHWESTERN at RUTGERS OHIO STATE at PURDUE PENN STATE at INDIANA FRIDAY, OCT. 26 INDIANA at MINNESOTA SATURDAY, OCT. 27 ILLINOIS at MARYLAND IOWA at PENN STATE PURDUE at MICHIGAN STATE WISCONSIN at NORTHWESTERN SATURDAY, NOV. 3 MINNESOTA at ILLINOIS MICHIGAN STATE at MARYLAND PENN STATE at MICHIGAN Notre Dame at NORTHWESTERN NEBRASKA at OHIO STATE IOWA at PURDUE RUTGERS at WISCONSIN SATURDAY, NOV. 10 MARYLAND at INDIANA NORTHWESTERN at IOWA OHIO STATE at MICHIGAN STATE PURDUE at MINNESOTA ILLINOIS at NEBRASKA WISCONSIN at PENN STATE MICHIGAN at RUTGERS SATURDAY, NOV. 17 IOWA at ILLINOIS OHIO STATE at MARYLAND INDIANA at MICHIGAN NORTHWESTERN at MINNESOTA MICHIGAN STATE at NEBRASKA PENN STATE at RUTGERS PURDUE at WISCONSIN FRIDAY, NOV. 23 NEBRASKA at IOWA SATURDAY, NOV. 24 PURDUE at INDIANA RUTGERS at MICHIGAN STATE ILLINOIS at NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN at OHIO STATE MARYLAND at PENN STATE MINNESOTA at WISCONSIN SATURDAY, DEC. 1 Big Ten Championship Game [4] [1] FedEx Field; Landover, Md. [2] Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill. [3] AT&T Stadium; Arlington, Texas [4] Lucas Oil Stadium; Indianapolis, Ind.

As of May 1, 2018; subject to change.

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OPPONENT INFORMATION APPALACHIAN STATE

INDIANA

Sept. 1, Beaver Stadium 2017 Record: 9-4 (7-1 Sun Belt) Last Meeting: n/a Series History: First Meeting Football SID: Joey Jones Phone: 828-964-7183 Email: jonesj7@appstate.edu Website: appstatesports.com

Oct. 20, Memorial Stadium 2017 Record: 5-7 (2-7) Series History: Penn State, 20-1 Last Meeting: 2017; Penn State, 45-14 Football SID: Jeff Keag Phone: 812-855-6209 Email: jkeag@indiana.edu Website: IUHoosiers.com

PITTSBURGH

IOWA

Sept. 8, Heinz Field 2017 Record: 5-7 (3-5 ACC) Series History: Penn State, 51-43-4 Last Meeting: 2017; Penn State, 33-14 Football SID: E.J. Borghetti Phone: 412-648-8240 Email: eborghetti@athletics.pitt.edu Website: pittsburghpanthers.com

Oct. 27, Beaver Stadium 2017 Record: 8-5 (4-5) Series History: Penn State, 15-12 Last Meeting: 2017; Penn State, 21-19 Football SID: Steve Roe Phone: 319-335-9425 Email: steven-roe@uiowa.edu Website: Hawkeyesports.com

KENT STATE

MICHIGAN

Sept. 15, Beaver Stadium 2017 Record: 2-10 (1-7 MAC) Series History: Penn State, 5-0 Last Meeting: 2016; Penn State, 33-13 Interim Football SID: Aaron Chimenti Phone: 330-672-8468 Email: achiment@kent.edu Website: kentstatesports.com

Nov. 3, Michigan Stadium 2017 Record: 8-5 (5-4) Series History: Michigan, 13-8 Last Meeting: 2017; Penn State, 42-13 Football SID: David Ablauf Phone: 734-764-6456 Email: dablauf@umich.edu Website: MGoBlue.com

ILLINOIS

WISCONSIN

Fri., Sept. 21, Memorial Stadium 2017 Record: 7-6 (5-4) Series History: Penn State, 18-5 Last Meeting: 2015; Penn State, 39-0 Football SID: Kent Brown & Derek Neal Phone: 217-333-1391 Email: kwbrown3@illinois.edu & drneal@illinois.edu Website: FightingIllini.com

Nov. 10, Beaver Stadium 2017 Record: 13-1 (9-0) Series History: Tied, 9-9 Last Meeting: 2016; Penn State, 38-31 Football SID: Brian Lucas Phone: 608-513-3987 Email: BML@athletics.wisc.edu Website: UWbadgers.com

OHIO STATE Sept. 29, Beaver Stadium 2017 Record: 13-2 (9-1) Series History: Ohio State, 19-14 Last Meeting: 2017; Ohio State, 39-38 Football SID: Jerry Emig Phone: 614-688-0343 Email: emig.2@osu.edu Website: OhioStateBuckeyes.com

Nov. 17, High Point Solutions Stadium 2017 Record: 4-8 (3-6) Series History: Penn State, 26-2 Last Meeting: 2017; Penn State, 35-6 Football SID: Hasim Phillips Phone: 732-445-6069 Email: hphillips@scarletknights.com Website: ScarletKnights.com

MICHIGAN STATE

MARYLAND

Oct. 13, Beaver Stadium 2017 Record: 11-3 (7-2) Series History: Michigan State, 16-15-1 Last Meeting: 2017; Michigan State, 27-24 Football SID: Ben Phlegar Phone: 517-355-2271 Email: phlegarb@ath.msu.edu Website: MSUSpartans.com

Nov. 24, Beaver Stadium 2017 Record: 4-8 (2-7) Series History: Penn State, 38-2-1 Last Meeting: 2017; Penn State, 66-3 Football SID: Dustin Semonavick Phone: 301-314-7065 Email: dustin@umd.edu Website: UMTerps.com

RUTGERS


2018 SEASON PREVIEW

2018-19 BOWL SCHEDULE

Celebration Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, Georgia Saturday, Dec. 15, noon (ABC)

Birmingham Bowl Legion Field Birmingham, Alabama Saturday, Dec. 22, noon (ESPN)

Camping World Bowl Camping World Stadium Orlando, Florida Friday, Dec. 28, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Gildan New Mexico Bowl Branch Field at Dreamstyle Stadium Albuquerque, New Mexico Saturday, Dec. 15, 2 p.m. (ESPN)

Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl Amon G. Carter Stadium Fort Worth, Texas Saturday, Dec. 22, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Valero Alamo Bowl Alamodome San Antonio, Texas Friday, Dec. 28, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

AutoNation Cure Bowl Camping World Stadium Orlando, Florida Saturday, Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

Dollar General Bowl Ladd-Peebles Stadium Mobile, Alabama Saturday, Dec. 22, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Mercedes-Benz Stadium Atlanta, Georgia Saturday, Dec. 29, noon (ESPN)

Las Vegas Bowl Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday, Dec. 15, 3:30 p.m. (ABC)

Hawai’i Bowl Aloha Stadium Honolulu, Hawai’i Saturday, Dec. 22, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Belk Bowl Bank of America Stadium Charlotte, North Carolina Saturday, Dec. 29, noon (ABC)

Raycom Media Camellia Bowl Cramton Bowl Montgomery, Alabama Saturday, Dec. 15, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Heart of Dallas Bowl Cotton Bowl Stadium Dallas, Texas Wednesday, Dec. 26, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana Saturday, Dec. 15, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Quick Lane Bowl Ford Field Detroit, Michigan Wednesday, Dec. 26, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN)

Capital One Orange Bowl Playoff Semifinal Hard Rock Stadium Miami Gardens, Florida Saturday, Dec. 29, 4 or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl Howard Schnellenberger Field at FAU Stadium Boca Raton, Florida Tuesday, Dec. 18, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Cactus Bowl Chase Field Phoenix, Arizona Wednesday, Dec. 26, 9 p.m. (ESPN)

Frisco Bowl Toyota Stadium Frisco, Texas Wednesday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl Tropicana Field St. Petersburg, Florida Thursday, Dec. 20, 8 p.m. (ESPN) Bahamas Bowl Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium Nassau, Bahamas Friday, Dec. 21, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN) Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Lyle Smith Field at Albertsons Stadium Boise, Idaho Friday, Dec. 21, 4 p.m. (ESPN)

Walk-On's Independence Bowl Independence Stadium Shreveport, Louisiana Thursday, Dec. 27, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN) New Era Pinstripe Bowl Yankee Stadium Bronx, New York Thursday, Dec. 27, 5:15 p.m. (ESPN) Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl NRG Stadium Houston, Texas Thursday, Dec. 27, 9 p.m. (ESPN) Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl Nissan Stadium Nashville, Tennessee Friday, Dec. 28, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl Qualcomm Stadium San Diego, California Monday, Dec. 31, 7 p.m. (FS1) TaxSlayer Gator Bowl EverBank Field Jacksonville, Florida Monday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Outback Bowl Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida Tuesday, Jan. 1, noon (ESPN2) Citrus Bowl Camping World Stadium Orlando, Florida Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ABC) PlayStation Fiesta Bowl University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, Arizona Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m. (ESPN)

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Playoff Semifinal AT&T Stadium Arlington, Texas Saturday, Dec. 29, 4 or 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual Rose Bowl Pasadena, California Tuesday, Jan. 1, 5 p.m. (ESPN)

Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman Jack Stephens Field at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium Annapolis, Maryland Monday, Dec. 31, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Allstate Sugar Bowl Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana Tuesday, Jan. 1, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Hyundai Sun Bowl Sun Bowl Stadium El Paso, Texas Monday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m. (CBS)

College Football Playoff National Championship Game Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, California Monday, Jan. 7, 8 p.m (ESPN)

San Francisco Bowl Levi’s Stadium Santa Clara, California Monday, Dec. 31, 3 p.m. (FOX)

NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl Arizona Stadium Tucson, Arizona TBA, TBA (CBSSN)

AutoZone Liberty Bowl Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium Memphis, Tennessee Monday, Dec. 31, 3:45 p.m. (ESPN)

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ALLEN’S CAREER STATISTICS

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Running Back | 5-6 | 190 Graduate/Senior Hyattsville, Md./DeMatha Major: Journalism (2nd degree) • Primed to be firmly in the running back rotation following a strong winter conditioning period and a stout set of spring practices. • Is a member of the Athletic Director's Leadership Institute. • Graduated in August 2017 with a degree in criminology and is one of nine Lions to have his degree. • Attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, along with sophomore Shane Simmons. • Is one of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Season: Appeared in five games. Georgia State (9/16): Carried twice for 9 yards, including a long run of 8 yards...Returned one punt for 10 yards. at Northwestern (10/7): Carried the ball twice for 4 yards in the fourth quarter. Michigan (10/21): Gained 5 yards on one carry. at Maryland (11/25): Toted the ball four times for 20 yards. ➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Made one carry for 2 yards...Caught one pass for 4 yards. Temple (9/17): Rushed six times for 17 yards...Had one catch for 1 yard. at Michigan (9/24): Had one carry. Maryland (10/8): Carried seven times for 31 yards. at Purdue (10/29): Carried the ball once, scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Iowa (11/5): Carried five times for 30 yards. at Rutgers (11/19): Carried the ball five times for 26 yards...Caught a swing pass and went 27 yards for his second career receiving touchdown. Michigan State (11/26): Toted the ball twice for 8 yards. vs. USC (1/2): Carried the ball once for no gain and caught one pass.

Att.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

Rec.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

2015

27-98

3.6

1

28

4-44

11.0

1

16

2016

29-115

4.0

1

17

4-24

6.0

1

27

2017 CAREER

9-38

4.2

-

8

-

65-251

3.9

2

28

8-68

➤ 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 and 247Sports...Ranked as a top-40 recruit in the state of Maryland by ESPN and 247Sports. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Clarence Marquette Allen...Son of Clarence and Shanita Allen...Has two brothers, Maquette and Marquise, and one sister, Makayla...Graduated in August 2017 with a degree in criminology... Working on a second degree in journalism...Born February 10, 1996 in Washington, D.C.

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No.

Yds

AVG

TD

LG

5

33

6.6

-

14

2016

-

-

-

-

-

2017

1

10

10.0

-

10

CAREER

6

43

7.2

-

14

➤ ALLEN’S CAREER HIGHS Rushing Attempts ....................................................................................................8; Indiana, 10/10/15 Rushing Yards .........................................................................................................45; Indiana, 10/10/15 Rushing Touchdowns ..........................................................................1; Twice: Last at Purdue, 10/29/16 Longest Rush.................................................................................................28 yards; Indiana, 10/10/15 Receptions ...............................................................................................................2; Indiana, 10/10/15 Receiving Yards ........................................................................................... 29; San Diego State, 9/26/15 Receiving Touchdowns ....................................................................... 1; Twice: Last at Rutgers, 11/19/16 Longest Reception.....................................................................................27 yards; at Rutgers, 11/19/16 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

JOE ARCANGELO

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Tight End/H-Back | 6-4 | 253 Senior/Junior Clarks Summit, Pa./Abington Heights Major: Economics

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.

Redshirt season.

2

2015

Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten.

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

8.5

ALLEN’S PUNT RETURN STATISTICS

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

at Temple (9/5): Ran for 7 yards on two rushing attempts...Returned four punts for 33 yards...Four punt returns were 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 2 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 5 yards on five rushes...Had a long run of 6 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 career-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.

LG

• • • •

Joined the team as a run-on during the Spring 2017. Owns a 3.59 cumulative grade-point average following the spring semester. On pace to graduate in December with a degree in economics. Is one of five returning Nittany Lions from northeastern Pennsylvania.

➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in one game...Made his Penn State debut vs. Georgia State (9/16)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017. Georgia State (9/16): Made his Penn State debut. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON (AT BUCKNELL) Saw time in six games, primarily on special teams...Earned a spot on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-time letterwinner for head coach Joe Repshis at the Abington Heights High School...Was a team captain his senior year...Helped the Comets to the 2012 District 2 Championship with a 10-3 record... Guided Abington Heights to a runner-up finish in District 2 in 2013...Selected to all-region second team as a defensive end as a senior...Named to the Lackawanna Football Conference Coaches’ All-Star second team as a tight end in 2014...Invited to the Pennsylvania East/West Game...Caught 12 passes for 203 yards as a senior...Was considered one of the top blocking tight ends in the Lackawanna Football Conference...Rated a two-star prospect by 247Sports...Rated as the No. 73 recruit in Pennsylvania by 247Sports. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Joseph Michael Arcangelo...Son of Karen and Michael Arcangelo...Has one brother, Matthew, and one sister, Kristen...Parents and sister attended Penn State...Hobbies include hanging with friends, reading and lifting...Majoring in economics...Born October 28, 1996 in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS DAMION BARBER

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Defensive Tackle | 6-3 | 278 Sophomore/Freshman Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • • • •

Expected to compete for playing time after serving on the scout team during his true freshman season. Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, track & field and basketball. Was high school teammates with true freshman linebacker Micah Parsons. One of six returnees from central Pennsylvania.

➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Calvin Everett at Harrisburg High School...Served as 2016 team captain...Guided the Cougars to an 11-4 record and an appearance in the 2016 PIAA Class 5A State Championship game...Named first-team All-State by the Pennsylvania Football Writers in 2016...Named to EasternPAFootball.com’s All-State first team as a senior...Selected to PennLive’s 2016 All-Star High School Team...Named Pennsylvania Football News’ 2016 Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year...Selected to Pennsylvania Football News’ Class 5A All-State in 2016...Selected as the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Was a three-time all-conference honoree...Was a candidate for Pennsylvania’s 2016 Mr. Football Class 4A-6A...Tallied 67 tackles as a senior...Led the Mid-Penn League with 27 tackles for loss and was second in the league with 13 sacks in 2016...Recorded 13 sacks and 47 tackles in 2015...Had 38 career sacks with double-digit totals each of the last three years...Rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports and Scout, and three stars by ESPN and Rivals...Rated as the No. 7 player in Pennsylvania, No. 7 strong-side defensive end in the country and No. 190 player overall by 247Sports...Ranked No. 65 in the region, No. 11 in the state of Pennsylvania and No. 43 at defensive end by ESPN...Ranked as the top defensive end in Pennsylvania, No. 6 defensive end in the East and No. 28 defensive end in the country by Scout...Rated as the No. 287 overall prospect by Scout...Ranked No. 32 at position and No. 10 in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Was a four-year letterwinner for the basketball team... Lettered in track & field three times. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Damion Lamar Barber Jr....Son of Maria and Lamont Lewis and Damion Barber Sr....Has one brother, Quinton Sullivan, and one sister, Tatiana Barber...Plans to major in criminal justice or broadcasting...Born September 17, 1998.

RYAN BATES

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Offensive Line | 6-4 | 301 Senior/Junior Warrington, Pa./Archbishop Wood Major: Labor & Employment Relations • Tied for the most returning starts (22) on the offensive line (Connor McGovern) and second-most starts among all returnees (Trace McSorley). • Attended Archbishop Wood High School in suburban Philadelphia, alongside linebacker Jake Cooper. • Serving as the co-president for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 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 a degree in labor and employment relations. • One of 13 returnees from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of eight returning Nittany Lions from the greater Philadelphia area. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media voters...Garnered thirdteam All-Big Ten from Phil Steele. Season: Appeared in 10 games with eight starts...All eight starts came at left tackle...Missed games at Michigan State (11/4), vs. Rutgers (11/11) and vs. Nebraska (11/18) due to injury. Akron (9/2): Helped pave the way for 569 total yards...Cleared the way for Saquon Barkley’s 174 rushing yards for his 11th career 100-yard rushing game...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 280 passing yards and two scoring throws...Didn’t allow a sack or quarterback hurry...Part of the offensive line unit that was named the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Pittsburgh (9/9): Part of an offensive line that allowed just one sack...Blocked for 148 total rushing yards – including 88 from Barkley – and protected McSorley to the tune of three touchdowns and 164 yards passing. Georgia State (9/16): Guided the offense to 526 yards of total offense, including McSorley’s sixth-career 300-yard passing game (309 yards) and his school-record fourth game with four-or-more touchdown passes...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns, coming from eight different Penn Staters...Saw Penn State eclipse the 30-point mark for the 10th-straight game, just the fifth streak of 10 or more games in Big Ten history. at Iowa (9/23): Helped Penn State to 579 yards of total offense on a school-record-tying 99 offensive plays...Paved the way for Barkley’s career-high 211 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards, which helped Barkley to a school-record 358 all-purpose yards...Blocked for McSorley’s 284-yard passing effort. Indiana (9/30): Helped protect McSorley for his seventh career 300-yard passing game...Allowed the passing game time to find DaeSean Hamilton on nine occasions, which led to Hamilton breaking Penn State’s career receptions record. at Northwestern (10/7): Protected quarterback McSorley to the tune of 245 yards passing and cleared the way for Barkley’s two touchdowns and game-high 75 rushing yards...Aided the team in piling up 381 yards of total offense to earn bowl eligibility. Michigan (10/21): Helped Penn State pile up 506 yards of total offense, the most allowed by Michigan since 2015 vs. Indiana (527 yards)...The 303 yards gained in the first half by Penn State are the most allowed by a Jim Harbaugh-coached Michigan team in any half...Instrumental in the Nittany Lions’ five rushing touchdowns and one receiving score...Cleared the way for Barkley’s 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns...Protected McSorley on a 282-yard passing night with one scoring strike...McSorley also ran for 76 yards and three scores. at Ohio State (10/28): Part of an offensive line that helped produce 283 yards...Protected McSorley, who threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 49 yards and a score...Helped the offense score 38 points, the most allowed by Ohio State since giving up 41 tallies to Michigan in 2013. at Maryland (11/25): Saw time along the offensive line. vs. Washington (12/30): Guided Penn State’s offense to a 23rd-straight game with at least 20 points, which is a school record and the third-longest streak in Big Ten history...Helped the offense to a Penn State bowl-record 545 yards of total offense, which were the most surrendered by Washington since 2014 vs. Oregon (554)...Cleared the way for Barkley’s 137 rushing yards and two scores on the ground...Protected McSorley to the tune of 32-of-41 passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns...Also helped McSorley go a perfect 12-for-12 for 193 yards on third down, which included 11 first downs and two touchdowns.

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Season: Started all 14 games...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016...One of two offensive linemen to start all 14 games (Brian Gaia)...Started games at left guard and left tackle. Kent State (9/3): Made his first career start in his first career game...Helped pave the way for Saquon Barkley’s 105-yard rushing effort and protected Trace McSorley, who posted his first career 200-yard passing game. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Part of an offensive line that cleared the way for Barkley’s four rushing touchdowns...Blocked for McSorley’s 332 passing yards. Temple (9/17): Part of a line that didn’t allow a sack...Paved the way for three rushing touchdowns...Protected McSorley in his third career 200yard passing effort. at Michigan (9/24): Helped Barkley move into the top 30 on the career rushing list... Protected McSorley, who threw a touchdown pass in his fifth-straight game. Minnesota (10/1): Helped Penn State to 471 yards of total offense, the most since racking up an identical total vs. Rutgers in 2015... Protected McSorley to the tune of 408 yards of total offense (335 passing, 73 rushing), the third-highest total in school history...Opened up the left side on Barkley’s game-winning 25-yard touchdown run in overtime. Maryland (10/8): Paved the way for 372 total rushing yards, the third-highest total for a Penn State team in Big Ten play and fourth-most in any game for Penn State in the last 20 years...Guided the offense to 524 total yards, the most since 2014 vs. UCF (511) and the most in Big Ten play since 2012 vs. Indiana (546). Ohio State (10/22): Cleared the way for Barkley’s 99 rushing yards. at Purdue (10/29): Helped Penn State gain more than 500 total yards, ending the game with 511...Blocked for Barkley’s 207 rushing yards and McSorley’s 228 yards passing...Had a key downfield block that helped spring Barkley on his 81-yard touchdown run...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns in the game... Integral part of Penn State scoring 62 points, its most points since scoring 66 vs. Coastal Carolina in 2006 and the most in a Big Ten game since tallying 63 vs. Illinois in 2005. Iowa (11/5): Blocked for a 167-yard rushing effort by Barkley and a 240-yard passing night for McSorley...Helped Penn State to 599 yards of total offense, the most since recording 661 yards at Rutgers (1995) and the highest total offense output by Penn State against a Big Ten team since 653 yards against Michigan State (1994)...Overall, Penn State rushed for 359 yards...His efforts enabled the Nittany Lions to go 7-of-14 on third down and the offense did not have a single three-and-out in the game. at Indiana (11/12): Helped protect McSorley during his 332-yard passing game...Started at left guard before moving to left tackle after Paris Palmer left the game. at Rutgers (11/19): Helped Penn State pile up its eighth game of 400-plus yards and fourth game in 2016 with at least 500 yards...Protected McSorley to the tune of 210 yards passing. Michigan State (11/26): Instrumental in Penn State gaining 463 yards of total offense...Helped McSorley pile up 389 yards of total offense, tied for the sixth-most in program history...McSorley threw for 376 yards – the seventh-highest total in school history – with four touchdown passes and rushed for 13 yards. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Helped Penn State score 38 points, the most scored by a Wisconsin opponent since 2014 (Ohio State; 59)...Protected quarterback McSorley, who threw for 384 yards, which ranks No. 4 in Penn State history and broke the Big Ten Championship Game passing record...Also gave McSorley time to connect on a Big Ten Championship Game-record four passing touchdowns...Paved the way for Barkley’s 83 yards rushing, which enabled him to break Evan Royster’s Penn State sophomore rushing record. vs. USC (1/2): Helped Penn State become the first team in Rose Bowl history with a 175-yard rusher and receiver in a game (Chris Godwin; 187 receiving yards and Barkley; 194 rushing yards)... Barkley and Godwin broke the Penn State bowl records for rushing yards and receiving yards in a bowl game, respectively...Penn State’s 465 yards of total offense are fourth in the school’s bowl history and the most since the 1996 Outback Bowl (487)...Protected McSorley to the tune of 254 yards, including a Penn State bowl-record-tying four touchdown passes.

Tight End/H-Back | 6-4 | 269 Senior/Junior Kittanning, Pa./Kittanning Major: Labor & Employment Relations • Is primed to fight for the starting nod at tight end after the graduation of All-American Mike Gesicki. • Earned Dean's List honors for the 2018 spring semester. • Is a third-generation collegiate football player, joining his grandfather (Wilbur; Duquesne) and father (Brad; Edinboro). • Made an appearance on SportsCenter's "Top 10" in 2016 with his dunk jumping over teammate Tyler Shoop. • Among 10 returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in three games...Made his collegiate debut at Northwestern (10/7)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...Caught his first career pass, a touchdown grab, vs. Nebraska (11/18). at Northwestern (10/7): Made his collegiate debut. Rutgers (11/11): Appeared on offense. Nebraska (11/18): Caught his first collegiate pass, a 15-yard touchdown pass from Tommy Stevens. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Missed the season due to injury. ➤ 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 regularseason since 1976...Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked among the top 25 tight ends in the nation by ESPN (14th) and 247Sports (18th)...Also lettered in basketball and track & 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, Brad, grandfather, Wilbur, and uncle, Curt, 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 labor and employment relations...Wants to work in the environmental field after college...Born May 26, 1996 in Kittanning, Pennsylvania.

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➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ 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...Played in Under Armour All-American Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida...Rated four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked 13th-best offensive tackle in the nation and 129th overall prospect by ESPN...Rated among top five prospects in Pennsylvania by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Ryan William Bates...Son of Norman Bates and Theresa Strocen-Bates...Has one sister, Anna...Enjoys playing basketball...Majoring in labor and employment relations...Born February 14, 1997 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

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Awards: Selected as a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and USA Today...Named honorable-mention Campus Insiders Freshman All-America...Named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team...Named to BTN.com's and ESPN.com's All-Big Ten Freshman Team...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his performance vs. Iowa (11/5).

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LG

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TD

LG

Did not play (injured)

2017

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-

-

-

1-15

15.0

1

15

CAREER

-

-

-

-

1-15

15.0

1

15

➤ BOWERS' CAREER HIGHS Receptions ............................................................................................................ 1; Nebraska, 11/18/17 Receiving Yards ................................................................................................... 15; Nebraska, 11/18/17 Receiving Touchdowns .......................................................................................... 1; Nebraska, 11/18/17 Longest Reception...................................................................................... 15 yards; Nebraska, 11/18/17


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CAM BROWN

Linebacker | 6-1 | 237 Sophomore/Freshman Mechanicsville, Va./Benedictine College Prep Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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Linebacker | 6-5 | 226 Junior/Junior Burtonsville, Md./The Bullis School Major: Kinesiology

• Looking to make an impact on the linebacking corps after spending his true freshman season on the scout team. • Was a multi-sport athlete at Benedictine College Prep, lettering in football, baseball, basketball and track & field. • Is close family friends with former Penn State quarterback Michael Robinson. • One of seven Nittany Lion returnees from Virginia.

• Will compete for a starting role at linebacker with the departure of Jason Cabinda. • Played high school football with tight end Jonathan Holland. • One of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland.

➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Akron (9/2): Totaled four tackles...Made solo stop behind the line in the second quarter...Had one quarterback hurry...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015...Part of a defense that posted a season-opening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0). Pittsburgh (9/9): Logged two tackles. at Iowa (9/23): Had two tackles...Made a second-quarter stop on Akrum Wadley on third down to force an Iowa punt. Indiana (9/30): Made four tackles...Added a pair of quarterback hurries. at Northwestern (10/7): Logged one tackle...Added one quarterback hurry. Michigan (10/21): Made three stops...Two of his tackles came on kickoff coverage. at Ohio State (10/28): Made two tackles...Had one stop on punt coverage. at Michigan State (11/4): Logged three stops. Rutgers (11/11): Contributed two tackles, including one on punt coverage...Part of a defense that allowed just 43 passing yards, the fewest in a game since giving up 32 vs. Army (2015)...The 43 passing yards are the fewest allowed by Penn State in Big Ten play...Held Rutgers to just seven pass completions, the second-fewest allowed by the Nittany Lions in a Big Ten game. Nebraska (11/18): Posted two tackles...Combined with Shareef Miller on a second-quarter takedown of Tanner Lee for his second career sack. at Maryland (11/25): Logged four stops. vs. Washington (12/30): Made a pair of stops, including one on kickoff coverage.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Greg Lilly at Benedictine College Preparatory...Two-time team captain...Helped the Cadets to the VISAA State Championship game with a 9-3 record in 2016...Led Benedictine to back-to-back VISAA Division I State Championships in 2014 and 2015 with identical 10-2 records...Went 29-7 in his final three seasons at Benedictine...Participated in the Under Armour All-America Game...Started the UA All-America Game for Team Highlight and tied for the team lead with six tackles, including four solo...Selected first-team USA Today All-State as a senior...Named VISAA firstteam All-State selection three times...Earned first-team all-region honors as a senior and second team accolades as a junior...Selected Richmond Times-Dispatch All-Metro first team as a senior after earning second team honors as a junior...Claimed all-conference laurels three times...Selected to participate in the I-64 Bowl and the Big River Rivalry...Recorded 54 tackles, 14 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks as a senior...Had 51 rushes for 345 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016...Rated a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 18 player in Virginia and No. 29 inside linebacker by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 1 player in Virginia, No. 4 in the East and No. 15 overall among inside linebackers by Scout...Rated the No. 201 overall prospect, No. 6 inside linebacker in the country and No. 8 player in Virginia by Rivals...Rated as the No. 215 overall prospect by ESPN... Ranked the No. 5 player in Virginia, No. 8 inside linebacker and No. 23 prospect in the region by ESPN... Lettered in baseball, basketball and track & field...Was promoted to first lieutenant. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Ellis Madison Brooks...Son of Jessica and Keith Brooks Sr....Has two brothers, Adam Randolph and Keith Brooks Jr., and one sister, Alexis Brooks...Former Nittany Lion quarterback Michael Robinson is a close family friend...Hobbies include playing Madden and fishing...Would like to major in business with aspirations of owning his own business...Born June 12, 1999 in Richmond, Virginia.

➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in 12 games.

➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected to the BTN.com and ESPN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team. Season: Appeared in 12 games with two starts...Ranked No. 5 on the team in special teams tackles (6)...Made his first collegiate start vs. Minnesota (10/1)...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Made his first collegiate appearance...Notched his first tackle on defense in the third quarter. Temple (9/17): Appeared mostly on special teams...Played three defensive snaps. at Michigan (9/24): Made 10 tackles – four solo...His 10 stops were the most for a true freshman linebacker since Khairi Fortt notched 11 tackles vs. Illinois in 2010...Penn State's last true freshman with double-digit tackles was Marcus Allen (10; vs. Ohio State) in 2014...Posted his first career tackle for loss in the third quarter. Minnesota (10/1): Ranked second on the team with nine tackles – six solo. Ohio State (10/22): Blocked his first career kick, a fourth-quarter punt which led to a 34-yard Tyler Davis field goal...The block was one of two blocked kicks in the game (Marcus Allen - FG) and helped Penn State block two kicks in a game for the first time since blocking two against FIU in the 2007 season opener (FG & punt). at Purdue (10/29): Made three stops...Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Iowa (11/5): Logged three stops, including two on kickoff coverage. at Rutgers (11/19): Made three assisted tackles, including a combined sack of Gio Rescigno in the fourth quarter... One stop came on kickoff coverage...Aided the Nittany Lions in compiling nine tackles for loss, the eighth time in 2016 Penn State's defense recorded at least 9.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. vs. USC (1/2): Made four tackles. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Pat Cilento at The Bullis School...Three-time team captain...Played with Nittany Lion tight end Jonathan Holland...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 ESPN300 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 & field team.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ PERSONAL

JOURNEY BROWN

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...Majoring in kinesiology...Born April 1, 1998 in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Running Back | 5-11 | 210 Sophomore/Freshman Meadville, Pa./Meadville Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

C. BROWN'S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

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FF

FF

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2016

14-19

33

-

-

2017

16-15

31

-

-

-

-

0.5-1

1.5-2

-

1

0.5-4

CAREER

30-34

64

-

-

1.5-8

-

1

1.0-5

3.0-10

➤ C. BROWN'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles .............................................................................................................. 10; at Michigan, 9/24/16 Sacks .................................................................................................0.5; Twice: Last Nebraska, 11/18/17 Tackles for Loss ...........................................................................................1.0; Twice: Last Akron, 9/2/17 Pass Breakup ............................................................................................................1; Rutgers, 11/11/17 Blocked Kicks.............................................................................................1 (punt); Ohio State, 10/22/16

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Cornerback | 5-10 | 177 Sophomore/Freshman College Park, Ga./Creekside Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Was a two-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football and track & field. • Rated with the highest strength index (634) among cornerbacks during 2018 winter workouts. • Joins Blake Gillikin as the only returnees from Georgia. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Will Rogers at Creekside High School...Served as team captain as a junior...The Seminoles claimed regional championships in 2014 and 2015 with identical 8-2 records... Selected to play in for the U.S. U19 National Team the inaugural North American Championship (formerly the International Bowl) in Orlando...Named all-region honorable mention in three consecutive seasons (2014, 2015, 2016)...Selected as the team’s Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Registered 136 career tackles, 27 pass breakups, 17 interceptions and four forced fumbles in his high school career...Had 53 tackles, five interceptions and nine pass breakups as a junior...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked the No. 92 cornerback by ESPN... Ranked as the No. 9 cornerback in Georgia, No. 29 in the South and No. 78 in the country at cornerback by Scout...Ranked No. 121 cornerback and No. 122 prospect in Georgia by 247Sports...Ranked No. 56 at position and No. 58 in Georgia by Rivals...Lettered twice in track & field while running the 100 and 200... Was a member of the National Honor Society...Belonged to the Beta Club, Creekside Ambassadors Club and Spanish Club. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is DJ Brown...Son of Vivian and Dwayne Brown...Has one younger brother, Blake...Hobbies include reading, playing video games and listening to music...Intends on majoring in forensic science or criminology...Would like to work for a state or Federal organization as an investigator or psychologist... Born October 15, 1998.

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• Finished at the top of the charts among running backs in 40-yard dash (4.36) and bench press (375) during 2018 winter conditioning. • Broke the 90-year-old Pennsylvania high school single-game scoring record with 68 points against DuBois as a senior in 2016, besting the mark of 66 points by Shippensburg’s Galen Warren in 1925. • Won his second-straight 100-meter outdoor PIAA Class AA State Championship in 2017 with a staterecord time of 10.43 seconds, breaking the record set in 1985 by U.S. Olympian Leroy Burrell. • Among 10 returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Ray Collins at Meadville High School...Helped the Bulldogs win 11-straight games before falling in PIAA 5A State Quarterfinals in 2016...Named first-team all-state by the Pennsylvania Football Writers as a senior...Selected to Pennsylvania Football News’ 5A All-State first team in 2016...Named WesternPAFootball.net first team as a junior...Was a three-time all-region honoree, claiming first team honors in 2015 and 2016 and second team accolades in 2014...Was a candidate for Pennsylvania’s 2016 Mr. Football Class 4A-6A...Rushed for 2,791 yards and 45 touchdowns in 2016...Led the state in total touchdowns (51) and scoring (320) in 2016...Finished 16th in the state with 2,971 all-purpose yards as a senior...Averaged 12.8 yards per carry as a senior...Accounted for 2,300 yards and 39 touchdowns as a junior...Tallied 1,600 yards and 22 scores as a sophomore...Broke all Meadville High School rushing records, finishing his career with 7,027 yards and 106 touchdowns... Set the Pennsylvania high school single-game rushing record with 722 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 107-90 win over DuBois in 2015...Broke the 90-year-old Pennsylvania single-game scoring record with 68 points against DuBois, besting the mark of 66 points by Shippensburg’s Galen Warren in 1925...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 53 running back and No. 16 prospect in Pennsylvania by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 19 prospect in Pennsylvania, No. 85 running back and No. 143 in the East region by ESPN...Rated as the No. 15 recruit in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Played basketball and ran track for the Bulldogs...Won the 2016 PIAA Class AAA State Championship in the 100-meter with a time of 10.73 in the final...Ran the fastest time in Pennsylvania and 10th-best time in the country with a 6.87 mark in the 60-meter dash in the 2016-17 indoor season...Finished 11th in the 2016 PIAA Class AAA State Championship in the long jump...Won his second-straight 100-meter outdoor PIAA Class AA State Championship with a state-record time of 10.43 seconds in 2017, breaking the record set in 1985 by U.S. Olympian Leroy Burrell. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Journey Jay Brown...Son of Buffy Brown and Larry Quinn...Has two sisters, Bailey Brown and Music Brown...Born March 19, 1999 in Meadville, Pennsylvania.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS TORRENCE BROWN

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Defensive End | 6-3 | 257 5th/Senior Tuscaloosa, Ala./Tuscaloosa Academy Major: Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football and basketball. • On pace to graduate in December with a degree in recreation, parks and tourism management. • Is the lone returnee from Alabama. ➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Awards: Earned the Bob Mitinger Memorial Award, along with Josh McPhearson and Grant Haley, as the squad member who exhibits courage, character and social responsibility, at the annual team banquet. Season: Started three games...Missed the final 10 games of the season after suffering an injury vs. Georgia State (9/16). Akron (9/2): Had three assisted tackles...Combined with Parker Cothren on a tackle for loss in the second quarter...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015...One of eight players to be a part of three-straight seasons with a shutout (Illinois, 2015; at Rutgers, 2016; Akron & Georgia State, 2017), marking the longest such streak since a three-year span from 1989-91...Part of a defense that posted a season-opening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0). Pittsburgh (9/9): Registered three assisted tackles...Combined with Koa Farmer on a first-quarter tackle for loss...Broke up his first career pass, a second-quarter attempt that he deflected at the line of scrimmage. Georgia State (9/16): Made a pair of stops, both coming in the first quarter, but didn’t play the final three quarters due to injury.

➤ 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...Scored 12 touchdowns on offense and added 110 tackles and two fumble recoveries on defense as a sophomore...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, Rivals and 247Sports...Ranked among the top 50 prospects in Alabama by ESPN and 247Sports...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.

T. BROWN’S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

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FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

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2015

5-6

11

-

1

-

-

1.5-4

5.5-14

Season: Appeared in all 14 games with four starts...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...Made his first collegiate start vs. Temple (9/17).

2016

16-17

33

3

2

-

-

0.5-4

6.0-18

2017

0-8

8

-

-

-

1

-

1.0-1

21-31

52

3

3

-

1

2.0-8

12.5-33

Final Rankings: No. 3 in the Big Ten and tied for No. 30 in the FBS with two fumble recoveries. Kent State (9/3): Combined on three tackles. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Collected a career-high six stops...Tied a career-best 2.0 tackles for loss with a pair of solo TFLs in the third quarter...Forced his first career fumble in the fourth quarter that led to a Tyler Davis field goal. Temple (9/17): Made four tackles...Forced his second fumble of the season in the fourth quarter...Had 1.0 tackle for loss, which included combining with Robert Windsor on a fourth-quarter sack...Part of a front seven that limited Temple to just 38 rushing yards, the fewest since holding Illinois to 37 yards on the ground in 2015. at Michigan (9/24): Notched three stops...Made 1.0 tackle for loss for 5 yards in the first quarter. Minnesota (10/1): Made one tackle. Maryland (10/8): Made one tackle...Recovered Koa Farmer’s forced fumble in the second quarter for his second career fumble recovery. Ohio State (10/22): Made three stops, including combining with Jason Cabinda on a tackle for loss in the second quarter... Helped the defense hold Ohio State scoreless in two quarters for the first time since Michigan State in 2015...Helped the defense to a season-high 11.0 tackles for loss, the most TFLs since posting 11.0 vs. Maryland in 2015...The 11.0 tackles for loss were the most yielded by the Buckeyes since giving up 11.0 vs. Alabama (2015). at Purdue (10/29): Made three stops...Helped the defense hold Purdue to just 46 yards rushing, the second opponent held under 50 yards rushing in 2016. at Indiana (11/12): Scored his first career touchdown on a fourth-quarter fumble recovery, returning it 9 yards for the final score of the game for Penn State...Part of a defense that forced a season-high five turnovers, the most since forcing five against Maryland in 2015...Penn State’s five fumble recoveries were its most since recovering five versus FIU in 2007. at Rutgers (11/19): Had two tackles...Posted a tackle for loss in the fourth quarter, a stop of RU running back Justin Goodwin for a 1-yard loss...Aided the Nittany Lions in compiling nine tackles for loss, the eighth time in 2016 Penn State's defense recorded at least 9.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Michigan State (11/26): Made two stops...Combined with Jason Cabinda on a third-quarter tackle for loss. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Made three tackles...Forced a first quarter fumble. vs. USC (1/2): Totaled two tackles.

CAREER

➤ T. BROWN’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ............................................................................................................. 6; at Pittsburgh, 9/10/16 Sacks ................................................................................................................. 1.0; Michigan, 11/21/15 Tackles for Loss ..........................................................................2.0; Twice: Last at Pittsburgh, 9/10/16 Forced Fumbles ......................................................................................1; Twice: Last Temple, 9/17/16 Fumble Recoveries ............................................................... 1; Three Times: Last at Indiana, 11/12/16 Pass Breakups ...................................................................................................... 1; Pittsburgh, 9/9/17 NOTE: Has one career touchdown - a 9-yard fumble recovery for a score at Indiana (11/12/16).

➤ 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 season-best four tackles...Recorded 1.0 tackle for loss. Illinois (10/31): Made three tackles...Had a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss. Michigan (11/21): Recorded two tackles...Collected 1.0 sack for a loss of 3 yards...Logged 1.5 tackles for loss... Helped Penn State record 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).

Senior defensive end Torrence Brown

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Defensive End | 6-6 | 258 Senior/Junior Malvern, Pa./Great Valley Major: Media Studies • Is one of the veterans in the defensive line room with Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren and Tyrell Chavis moving on to the NFL after graduation. • 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. • Spent the summer interning at Meridian Bank in the Philadelphia area. • On pace to graduate in December with a degree in media studies. • One of 13 returnees from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of eight returning Nittany Lions from the greater Philadelphia area. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in 10 games with six starts...Made his first career start at Iowa (9/23)...Joined Will Fries, Shareef Miller and Miles Sanders as first-time starters in 2017...Missed the games at Michigan State (11/4), vs. Rutgers (11/11) and vs. Nebraska (11/18) due to injury. Akron (9/2): Logged career highs for tackles (4), tackles for loss (1.5) and sacks (1.0), all coming in the first half...Forced his first career fumble, which was recovered by Akron, in the first quarter...Combined with Robert Windsor on a first-quarter tackle for loss...Toppled Akron quarterback Thomas Woodson for a solo sack in the second quarter...Added one quarterback hurry...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015...Part of a defense that posted a seasonopening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0)...Named the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. Pittsburgh (9/9): Collected two solo tackles. Georgia State (9/16): Made two tackles, including one solo. at Iowa (9/23): Made his first career start. Indiana (9/30): Had two tackles. at Northwestern (10/7): Made three tackles...Combined with Shareef Miller on a fourth-quarter sack of Clayton Thorson...Recovered his first career fumble in the first quarter, which led to a Penn State field goal...Also had a quarterback hurry. Michigan (10/21): Tied a career best with four stops...Had a solo sack of John O’Korn in the third quarter to bring up third-and-long and an eventual Michigan punt on its opening drive of the second half...Had a third-quarter hurry of O’Korn...Helped the defense hold the Wolverines scoreless over the final 40:03 of the game...Part of a defensive line that earned the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State (10/28): Made the start, but left the game with an injury after playing just one snap. at Maryland (11/25): Made his first appearance since Ohio State (10/28) on defense. vs. Washington (12/30): Tallied one stop.

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...Majoring in media studies...Born April 8, 1997 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

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➤ BUCHHOLZ'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles .................................................................................................4; Twice: Last Michigan, 10/21/17 Sacks ..................................................................................................1.0; Four Times: Last Akron, 9/2/17 Tackles for Loss .............................................................................................................1.5; Akron, 9/2/17 Forced Fumbles ...............................................................................................................1; Akron, 9/2/17 Fumble Recoveries ....................................................................................... 1; at Northwestern, 10/7/17

JABARI BUTLER

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Cornerback | 5-11 | 183 Senior/Junior Potomac, Md./Bishop Gorman (Nev.)/Abilene Christian University Major: Telecommunications • Transferred from Abilene Christian University in January 2017. Will add depth to the cornerback room after sitting out 2017 season due to NCAA transfer rules. • Named Southland Freshman of the Year and first-team all-conference as a freshman at Albilene Christian in 2015. • Ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash (4.39) and tied for the best squat (460) and vertical (36.5") among cornerbacks during winter conditioning. • Tied for the highest vertical on the team in 2018 winter workouts with Drew Hartlaub and Nick Scott. • Is one of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON

➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Redshirt season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten.

➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON (AT ABELIENE CHRISTIAN)

Season: Appeared in 13 games...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016.

Awards: Selected preseason All-Southland Conference first team.

Kent State (9/3): Made two tackles, including his first career sack...Combined with Brandon Bell for his first career stop in the first quarter...Sacked Kent State quarterback Mylik Mitchell to end KSU’s final drive of the game for a loss of 7 yards...Penn State’s seven sacks were the most since logging seven at Northwestern in 2011. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Made two stops – both solo. Temple (9/17): Had one tackle...Combined with Parker Cothren on a second-quarter tackle for loss...Part of a front seven that limited Temple to just 38 rushing yards, the fewest since holding Illinois to 37 yards on the ground in 2015. at Michigan (9/24): Made one tackle. Maryland (10/8): Made two assisted tackles. Ohio State (10/22): Made a season-high three tackles, including two solo. at Purdue (10/29): Took down Purdue quarterback David Blough on the first play of the fourth quarter for his second career sack, his lone stop of the game. Iowa (11/5): Made one tackle, a solo sack of C.J. Beathard for a loss of 7 yards in the fourth quarter. at Indiana (11/12): Made two tackles. Michigan State (11/29): Dropped running back LJ Scott for a loss of 5 yards for his only tackle of the game in the first quarter.

Season: Saw time in six games with two starts.

➤ 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-America 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 and a three-star player by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout... Ranked as the 16th-best defensive end in the nation and the sixth-best player in Pennsylvania by 247Sports... Lettered four years in basketball, helping lead Great Valley to the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals in 2013.

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at Air Force (9/3): Had four solo tackles. Northern Colorado (9/10): Made five stops and recovered a fumble. at Houston Baptist (9/17): Registered two tackles. at Stephen F. Austin (9/24): Tallied on tackle and had pass breakup. Central Arkansas (10/1): Made one stop. Lamar (10/8): Had one tackle. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON (AT ABELIENE CHRISTIAN) Awards: Selected Southland Conference Freshman of the Year...Named first-team All-Southland Conference...Tabbed Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week (Nov. 2, 2015) after collecting two interceptions, two pass breakups and three tackles against McNeese State...Finished sixth in the voting for FCS National Freshman of the Year. Season: Led the team with six interceptions and 114 interception return yards...Had 40 tackles on the season to finish fifth on the team...Registered a team-best nine pass breakups...Appeared in 11 games, starting the final 10 games of the season. Houston Baptist (9/19): Had three tackles...Grabbed two interceptions and returned them for 56 yards. Stephen F. Austin (9/26): Registered three solo tackles. at Central Arkansas (10/3): Accounted for two stops. at Lamar (10/10): Made three solo tackles...Pulled in one interception. Sam Houston State (10/17): Made six stops, including five solo. at Incarnate World (10/25): Had three tackles...Nabbed an interception. McNeese State (10/31): Recorded two interceptions with 61 return yards...Had three solo tackles and two pass breakups en route to winning Southland Defensive Player of the Week. at Northwestern State (11/7): Tallied a career-high nine tackles...Recovered a fumble and returned it 21 yards. Southeastern Louisiana (11/14): Registered five tackles. at Northern Colorado (11/21): Had three stops.


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TARIQ CASTRO-FIELDS

A two-time letterwinner for head coach Tony Sanchez at the Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada...Also played one season at Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland...Was a two-time Nevada State Champion and 2014 USA Today National Champion with Bishop Gorman...Guided the Gaels to the Nevada State Championship and a National Championship in 2014 with a perfect 15-0 record...Helped Bishop Gorman to a 13-2 record and a Nevada State Championship in 2013...Selected first-team all-city by the Las Vegas Sun as a senior...Earned all-district honors as a junior and a senior... Had three interceptions, 11 pass breakups and 31 tackles as a senior...Recorded four interceptions, 10 pass breakups and 36 tackles as a junior...Rated a three-star prospect ESPN and Rivals and a two-star recruit by Scout...Rated as the 11th-ranked player in Nevada by ESPN...Ranked No. 7 in the state of Nevada by Rivals...Ran track for four years in high school...Set the 100-meter record at Bishop Gorman as a sophomore (10.85)...Set the Churchill 100-meter record (10.65) as a freshman...Named team MVP at Churchill High School.

• Posted team bests in pro agility (3.97) and broad jump (10-11) in 2018 winter workouts. • Led the cornerbacks in winter workouts in the 40-yard dash (4.36), which was tied with running back Journey Brown for the fastest time on the squad. • One of two Nittany Lions to hail from Upper Marlboro, Maryland (Ellison Jordan). • Was high school teammates with fellow Nittany Lion Zech McPhearson at Riverdale Baptist. • Is one of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland.

➤ PERSONAL

➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Full name is Jabari Jamaal Joseph Butler...Son of Yvette and Duane Butler...Has one brother, Khari, and one sister, Aliyah...Father played football and ran track & field at Long Beach State University... Hobbies include watching movies, reading, traveling and playing video games...Majoring in telecommunications...Born April 12, 1997.

Awards: Named honorable-mention All-Freshman Team by BTN.com...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Nov. 7 following his effort at Michigan State.

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Long Snapper | 6-0 | 245 Sophomore/Freshman Elmhurst, Ill./Fenwick Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Comes from an athletic family, joining his father, Joe, and cousin, Michael Calcagno, as collegiate athletes. Joe played football and wrestled at Columbia, while Michael played football at Bowling Green. • Owns a 3.68 cumulative grade-point average following the spring semester. • Earned Dean's List recognition in the Spring 2018 semester. • Is among two returning Nittany Lions from Elmhurst, Illinois (Frank Di Leo). • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-time letterwinner for head coach Gene Nudo at Fenwick High School...Was a two-time team captain as a junior and senior...Helped the Friars to the Chicago Catholic League title as a senior with a 12-1 record...Was a three-time Chicago Catholic League all-conference choice, including first-team honors as a sophomore...Selected Illinois Academic all-state for football...Invited to the Blue Grey AllAmerican Bowl...Also lettered in baseball as a catcher. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Joseph John Calcagno...Son of Julie and Joe Calcagno...Has one brother, Jack, and two sisters, Taylor and Jillian...Father, Joe, played football and wrestled at Columbia University...Cousin, Michael Calcagno, played football at Bowling Green University...Hobbies include weight lifting and participating in barbecue competitions...Intends on majoring in pre-med with a desire to become an orthopedic surgeon...Born August 24, 1998 in Park Ridge, Illinois.

Cornerback | 6-0 | 189 Sophomore/Sophomore Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Season: Appeared in 12 games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017... Forced his first career fumble at Maryland (11/25)...Registered eight of his 10 tackles in the final three games of the season. Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Appeared on defense and special teams. Pittsburgh (9/9): Collected his first career tackle in the fourth quarter, a combined stop with Koa Farmer. Georgia State (9/16): Made his first career interception on a leaping grab in the third quarter...Helped Penn State force five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumble recoveries), the first time since forcing five turnovers at Indiana (five fumble recoveries) in 2016...Part of a secondary that nabbed three interceptions in a game for the first time since doing so at Maryland in 2015. at Iowa (9/23): Saw time on special teams and defense. Indiana (9/30): Played on defense and special teams. at Northwestern (10/7): Appeared on defense and special teams. at Ohio State (10/28): Collected one tackle on defense. at Michigan State (11/4): Broke up a career-high three passes in the game. Nebraska (11/18): Posted three stops. at Maryland (11/25): Made a career-high four tackles, including a solo tackle for loss...Forced his first career fumble... Forced a fumble in the second quarter, which was recovered by Robert Windsor and eventually led to Penn State’s fourth touchdown of the game...Logged his first career tackle for loss on a solo stick in the fourth quarter. vs. Washington (12/30): Collected one tackle, a first-quarter solo tackle for loss. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played for head coach Caesar Nettles at Riverdale Baptist...Served as team captain as a senior...Played with Nittany Lion teammate Zech McPhearson at Riverdale Baptist...Helped the Crusaders to the 2013 Independent Athletics Conference Championship and an 11-0 record...Selected first-team USA Today AllState as a senior...Named Washington Post All-Met first team in 2106...Selected DMVelite All-Maryland honorable mention in 2015...Participated in The Opening’s regional camp where he was named the top defensive back...Selected to participate in the Crab Bowl...Tabbed a four-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect from ESPN...Ranked as the No. 5 player in Maryland, No. 26 cornerback and No. 236 overall prospect by 247Sports...Ranked as No. 2 in Maryland, No. 3 in the East and No. 29 overall among cornerbacks by Scout...Ranked No. 283 overall prospect on the Scout 300 list...Rated the No. 26 safety in the country and No. 4 player in Maryland by Rivals...Ranked the No. 10 player in Maryland, No. 40 cornerback and No. 61 prospect in the region by ESPN...Lettered in track & field three years...Had the fastest 4x400 time in the state of Maryland during the indoor season of his sophomore year. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Tariq Quinton Castro-Fields...Son of Erlinda Castro...Undecided on a major...Born January 14, 1999 in Alexandria, Virginia.

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10

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1

3

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2.0-8

➤ CASTRO-FIELDS' CAREER HIGHS Tackles ..............................................................................................................4; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Tackles for Loss ........................................................................ 1.0; Twice: Last vs. Washington, 12/30/17 Forced Fumbles .................................................................................................1; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Interceptions .....................................................................................................1; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Pass Breakups ............................................................................................ 3; at Michigan State, 11/4/17

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS DAN CHISENA

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Wide Receiver | 6-3 | 204 Senior/Junior Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown-East Major: Security & Risk Analysis

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Max Christian Chizmar...Son of Amy and Brian Chizmar...Has one brother, Ben, and two sisters, Alayna and Amanda...Both parents attended Penn State...Father, Brian, was a linebacker and defensive back for the Nittany Lions from 1986-89 and had six career interceptions...Hobbies include fishing and lifting...Planning to major in finance with plans to work on Wall Street...Born January 8, 1999 in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.

• Ran track at Penn State from 2016-18, including helping the men's squad to the Big Ten Outdoor Championship in 2017. • Great-grandfather, Enos J. Perry, is a distinguished Penn State alumni.

SEAN CLIFFORD Quarterback | 6-2 | 216 Sophomore/Freshman Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

➤ 2016-18 ➤ PENN STATE TRACK & FIELD Ran track for Penn State from 2016-18...Competed in the 4x100-meter relay (39.15) and 4x400-meter relay (3:04.17) finishing 13th and ninth, respectively, at the NCAA Championships in 2017 outdoor season...Ran a leg on the school-record 4x100-meter (39.08) and 4x400-meter relay (3:03.48) teams in 2017 outdoor season...Claimed a Big Ten Conference team championship, as well as a conference title in the 4x400 relay at the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championships...Recorded 15 top-10 finishes in 2017 outdoor season...Earned 13 top-10 finishes in 2017 indoor campaign...Registered five top-five finishes in 2016 indoor season.

Redshirt season.

• As a senior led St. Xavier to a state championship, becoming the first five-loss team in Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) history to win a OHSAA title. • Earned Dean's List recognition in the Spring 2018 semester. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • One of five returning Nittany Lions from Ohio. • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Three-year letterman and a captain his senior year at Downingtown East High School for head coach Michael Matta...Earned All-Ches-Mont Conference honors as a senior, as well as all-district and all-region accolades...As a senior, caught 41 passes for 553 yards and three touchdowns...Helped Downingtown East win the Ches-Mont Conference as a junior...Very accomplished track athlete...Won state titles in the 2015 PIAA Class AAA Outdoor 100-meter, 200-meter and 4x100-meter relay...Ran a 10.52 in the 100, 21.29 in the 200 and helped the 4x100-meter team run a 42.01...Earned PFTCA Outdoor first-team all-state honors in those events...Led Downingtown East to a fourth-place finish as a team...At the 2015 PIAA Class AAA Indoor Championships, he placed seventh in the 200-meter and fourth in the 4x200meter relay.

Redshirt season.

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Daniel David Chisena...Son of Dave and Jody Chisena...Hobbies include biking, golfing and hiking...Father, Dave, played football at the University of Delaware (1979-83)...Great-grandfather, grandparents and cousin all attended Penn State...Great-grandfather, Enos J. Perry, is a distinguished Penn State alum...Majoring in security and risk analysis...Born February 25, 1997 in Paoli, Pennsylvania.

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Linebacker | 6-2 | 226 Sophomore/Freshman Mars, Pa./Mars Area Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Father, Brian, was a linebacker/defensive back for the Nittany Lions from 1986-89 and had six career interceptions. • Owns a 3.32 cumulative grade-point average after his first two semesters on campus. • One of 10 Nittany Lion returnees from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-time letterwinner for head coach Scott Hienuer at Mars High School...Named team captain as a senior...Played running back and linebacker...Helped the Fightin’ Planets to a 29-10 record in three seasons...Guided Mars to the sectional championship with an 11-2 record as a junior in 2015...Twotime first-team all-conference selection in the Northwest Nine as a junior and senior...Led Mars with 109 tackles as a sophomore after being thrust into the starting role due to an injury...Made 111 stops as a junior...Recorded 117 tackles and grabbed two interceptions in 2016...Had four receptions for 81 yards and 15 rushes for 114 yards as a senior...Selected as Team MVP in 2016...Was honorable-mention all-state as a linebacker in 2016...Also lettered in basketball...Earned high honors in all four years of high school.

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Steve Specht at St. Xavier High School...Two-time team captain... Was the first player in program history to be a two-time team captain...Led the Bombers to the Division I Ohio State Championship with a double overtime win over St. Ignatius as a senior...St. X was the first 5-loss team (10-5) in OHSAA history to win a state title in any division...Guided the Bombers to three consecutive Greater Catholic League South titles in three seasons as a starting quarterback...Invited to the Under Armour All-American Game and the Army All-American Game...Attended the 2017 Under Armour Game, but was unable to play due to injury...Was a 2016 Elite 11 Finalist...Named Most Accurate Passer at Elite 11 competition...Selected MaxPreps/JJHuddle first-team All-State in 2016...Garnered All-Greater Catholic League accolades as a junior...Earned all-city and all-district first team laurels as a senior...Tabbed Team MVP as a senior...Was 123-for-216 (56.2 percent) for 1,426 yards and nine touchdowns through the air and had 152 rushes for 571 yards and 12 scores as a senior...Accounted for 1,746 passing yards, 225 rushing yards and 18 total touchdowns (12 passing, 6 rushing) in 2015... Accumulated 832 passing yards, 314 rushing yards and 11 total touchdowns (9 passing, 2 rushing) as a sophomore...Finished career ranked fourth in St. Xavier history with 4,004 career passing yards... Broke the school record for rushing yards (1,110) and rushing touchdowns (20) by a quarterback...Was a consensus four-star prospect by all four recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the 80th overall prospect by ESPN...Rated as the No. 1 prospect in Ohio, No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country and No. 4 player in the region by ESPN...Was the 11th-ranked pro-style quarterback and 18th-ranked player in the state of Ohio according to 247Sports...Ranked as the top quarterback in Ohio, No. 2 QB in the Midwest and No. 24 overall quarterback by Scout...Ranked as the No. 161 overall recruit by Rivals, as well as the No. 8 quarterback and No. 5 prospect in Ohio...Lettered in basketball as a freshman and track & field as a junior. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Sean Burke Clifford...Son of Kelly Burke and John Clifford...Has one younger brother, Liam Clifford...Cousin, Ann White, is currently attending Penn State...Hobbies include youth quarterback training, golf and playing basketball...Intends to major in business with plans to go into sports management...Born July 14, 1998 in Barrington, Illinois.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS JAKE COOPER

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Linebacker | 6-1 | 231 Senior/Senior Doylestown, Pa./Archbishop Wood Major: Telecommunications • Following in the footsteps of his parents as collegiate athletes, father played football and mother played volleyball in college. • Posted the No. 2 strength index (663) among linebackers, including the top power clean (335) and second-best squat (515) marks, during 2018 winter workouts. • Was high school teammates with fellow Nittany Lion Ryan Bates at Archbishop Wood. • Slated to graduated in December with a degree in telecommunications. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of eight returnees from the greater Philadelphia area.

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➤ COOPER’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ...............................................................................................6; Twice: Last at Michigan, 9/24/16 Sacks ........................................................................................................................1.0; Buffalo, 9/12/15 Tackles for Loss ............................................................................ 1.0; Twice: Last vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Pass Breakups ............................................................................................................1; Rutgers, 9/19/15

DANNY DALTON

➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON

Tight End/H-Back | 6-4 | 251 Junior/Sophomore Marshfield, Mass./Marshfield Major: Criminology

Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career. Season: Appeared in seven games. Akron (9/2): Made two stops. Georgia State (9/16): Had one tackle. Indiana (9/30): Totaled three tackles. at Northwestern (10/7): Made one stop. Rutgers (11/11): Logged two stops. Nebraska (11/18): Had one tackle. at Maryland (11/25): Made one tackle. ➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in six games with two starts...Made his first start of the season and second of his career vs. Temple (9/17)...Missed nine games due to injury, including the final six games of the season. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Made two stops. Temple (9/17): Collected five tackles...Part of a front seven that limited Temple to just 38 rushing yards, the fewest since holding Illinois to 37 yards on the ground in 2015. at Michigan (9/24): Tied a career high with six tackles. Minnesota (10/1): Notched two tackles. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON 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. ➤ 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...Three-time first-team All-Philadelphia Catholic League...Rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Selected for Offense-Defense All-American Game, Team USA U-19 Team and Big 33 Classic...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...Also wrestled two years in high school.

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• Was rated as the top overall player in Massachusetts by all four major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout. • Set school records for receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns for both season and career at Marshfield High School. • One of two returning Nittany Lions from Massachusetts, joining Johnathan Thomas from the Bay State. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ 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...Was selected to the Parade All-America honorable mention team 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) and 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 – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Rated a three-star prospect by all four recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Was the eighthranked tight end according to 247Sports...Rated as the No. 14 tight end by ESPN...Ranked 21st overall and fourth among tight ends in the East 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.

➤ 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 telecommunications...Would like to become a sports broadcaster...Born November 27, 1995 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

➤ 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...Majoring in criminology...Born September 3, 1997 in Newtown, Massachusetts.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS DAE'LUN DARIEN

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Linebacker | 6-4 | 224 Junior/Sophomore Baltimore, Md./Dunbar Major: Media Studies • Moved from wide receiver to linebacker near the end of the 2017 season. • Multi-sport athlete in high school, participating in basketball and track & field, in addition to football. • Was first among linebackers in broad jump (10-1) and second in pro agility (4.23) during 2018 winter workouts. • One of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in seven games...Made his collegiate debut vs. Georgia State (9/16)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017. Georgia State (9/16): Made his collegiate debut in the second half...Saw time on special teams and offense. Indiana (9/30): Appeared on special teams. at Northwestern (10/7): Saw time on special teams. Michigan (10/21): Took snaps on special teams. Rutgers (11/11): Saw time on special teams. Nebraska (11/18): Saw time on special teams. at Maryland (11/25): Played on defense, offense and special teams. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ 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 & 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...Majoring in media studies...Born September 2, 1998 in East Baltimore, Maryland.

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FRANK DI LEO Linebacker | 5-9 | 220 Senior/Junior Elmhurst, Ill./Saint Ignatius College Prep Major: Business Administration • • • •

Joined the Nittany Lions after a solid performance during 2016 spring tryouts. Has a 3.39 cumulative grade-point average through the spring semester. Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, earning letters in football, track & field and baseball. Serving as the assistant secretary for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is among two returning Nittany Lions from Elmhurst, Illinois (Joe Calcagno). • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in one game. Georgia State (9/16): Made his first career tackle...Combined with Johnathan Thomas on a fourthquarter stop on special teams. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in one game...Made his collegiate debut vs. Michigan State (11/26)...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. ➤ 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 administration with plans to become a restaurant owner or pursing real estate as a career...Born January 9, 1997 in Elmhurst, Illinois.

DI LEO'S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

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FR

I

PBU

SACK

2016

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-

-

TFL -

2017

0-1

1

-

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-

-

-

-

CAREER

0-1

1

-

-

-

-

-

-

➤ DI LEO'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ..............................................................................................................1; Georgia State, 9/16/17

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NICK EURY

Defensive End | 5-10 | 226 Senior/Senior Salisbury, Md./Wicomico Major: Art

Running Back | 5-9 | 204 Junior/Sophomore Shavertown, Pa./Lake-Lehman Major: Agribusiness Management

• Joined the Nittany Lions as a run-on in the spring of 2018. • Uncle, LaVar Arrington, was an All-American linebacker at Penn State in the late 1990s. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A two-year letterman for head coach Patrick McGlinchey at Wicomico High School...Earned allconference honors in 2013...Selected as Team MVP as a senior...Was the 2013 Most Improved Player... Participated in the Bayside Senior Bowl...Was limited by injury as a junior, recording four tackles in two games...Collected 49 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 9.0 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles as a senior...Won the Dual Athlete Award as a senior...Lettered three times in indoor and outdoor track & field as a sprinter and thrower...Was the 2011 and 2012 Field MVP for the indoor and outdoor seasons...Was an honor roll student.

• • • • • •

Joined the team as a run-on in the summer of 2016. Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, track & field and baseball. Earned Dean's List recognition in the Fall 2017 semester. Spent the summer interning at Trosko Landscape and Architecture. Played at Lake-Lehman High School, alongside offensive lineman Connor McGovern. One of five returning Nittany Lions from northeast Pennsylvania.

➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in one game...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017... One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017.

➤ PERSONAL

Georgia State (9/16): Made his collegiate debut...Carried once for 4 yards in the fourth quarter.

Full name is Donnell Jair Dix...Son of Coya Dix and Derrick Davis...Has three younger brothers, Antwan Anderson Jr., Jaxon Davis and Jayden Davis...Stepmother, Maia Davis, played basketball at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore...Uncle, LaVar Arrington, was an All-American linebacker at Penn State (1997-99), was the No. 2 overall draft pick of the 2000 NFL Draft and played seven seasons in the NFL... Aunt, Trisha Arrington, played basketball at University of Maryland Eastern Shore...Hobbies include designing and prototyping apps, playing video games, working out and watching/studying football... Participated in community service with Habitat for Humanity...Majoring in art...Has career aspirations to become a senior UX (user experience) designer...Born December 12, 1996 in Salisbury, Maryland.

➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

JOE DuMOND

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Defensive End | 5-11 | 249 Junior/Sophomore Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep Major: Labor & Employment Relations • Joined the Nittany Lions as a run-on in the summer of 2016. • Attended St. Joseph's Prep alongside junior cornerback John Reid. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania and one of eight returnees from the greater Philadelphia area.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Two-year letterman and 2015 team captain at Lake-Lehman High School for head coach Jerry Gilsky... Played with fellow Nittany Lion, Connor McGovern, for the Black Knights...Had 1,868 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior...Averaged 10.5 yards per carry in 2015...Returned one punt and two kickoffs for touchdowns as a senior...Had seven touchdowns (6 rushing, 1 receiving) with 222 rushing yards on 12 carries as the Black Knights topped Hanover Area in 2015...Also ran track and played baseball at LakeLehman...Was a member of the District Champion 4x100 team as a senior. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Nicholas Eury...Son of Donna and Dave Eury...Has two brothers, David and Jake, and one sister, Jackie...Sister graduated from Penn State in 2015...Enjoys hunting, playing video games and hanging out with friends...Majoring in agribusiness management...Born October 20, 1997 in WilkesBarre, Pennsylvania.

EURY'S CAREER STATISTICS Att.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

Rec.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

2017

1-4

4.0

-

4

-

-

-

-

Did not see any game action.

CAREER

1-4

4.0

-

4

-

-

-

-

➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ EURY'S CAREER HIGHS

Season: Appeared in one game...Made his collegiate debut vs. Michigan State (11/26)...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016.

Rushing Attempts .............................................................................................1; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Rushing Yards ....................................................................................................4; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Long Rush ................................................................................................4 yards; Georgia State, 9/16/17

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman and 2015 team captain at St. Joseph’s Prep for head coach Gabe Infante...Played with fellow Nittany Lion, John Reid, for the Hawks...Was Pennsylvania Football News All-State AAAA first team honoree in 2015...Selected EasternPAFootball.com's Class AAAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2015...Was a first-team All-Southeastern Region selection as a senior and a second team honoree as a junior...Selected to the PSFCA East-West Football Game...Collected all-conference accolades on both sides of the ball as a junior and a senior...Selected as the All-Catholic League Class AAAA MVP by Philly.com...Named 2015 Class 4A EasternPAFootball.com Defensive Player of the Year...Claimed a 2015 Pennsylvania Mini Max Award from the Maxwell Football Club...Helped the Hawks to back-to-back State Championships in 2013 and 2014. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Joseph Thomas DuMond...Son of Susan and Joseph DuMond...Has one brother, Matthew... Enjoys going down to the shore...Majoring in labor and employment relations...Born December 10, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Linebacker | 6-1 | 208 Sophomore/Freshman Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley Major: Kinesiology

Awards: Named to the watch list for the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Award. Season: Started all 13 games.

• Has a family history of football. Cousin, Keenan Allen, is a wide receiver for the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers and played collegiately at the University of California-Berkeley, while another cousin, Jimmy Walden, was a running back at East Carolina in the early 1980s and was on two NFL rosters. • Multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, wrestling and track & field. • Joins DeAndre Thompkins as one of two returning Nittany Lions from North Carolina. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-year letterman for head coaches Darryl Brown and Pat Neal at Grimsley High School...Was a team captain his junior and senior seasons...Selected for Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and helped North Carolina to a 17-10 win over South Carolina...Named to USA Today North Carolina All-State first team as a senior...Earned Metro 4-A All-Conference first team accolades as a senior...Selected as Grimsley High School team MVP as a senior...Registered 75 tackles, 5.0 sacks and one interception his senior season...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and earned three stars from 247Sports, ESPN and Scout... Ranked No. 19 at his position and No. 5 in North Carolina by Rivals...Ranked as the second-best safety in North Carolina, 18th in the East and No. 33 in the country at safety by Scout...Ranked No. 33 at outside linebacker and No. 20 in North Carolina by 247Sports...Ranked No. 38 at safety and No. 18 in North Carolina by ESPN...Lettered in track & field and wrestling one time each. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Brelin Faison-Walden...Son of Angelia Faison and Shawn Walden...Has an older sister, Kendra Bass...Cousin, Jimmy Walden, was a running back at East Carolina in the early 1980s and was on two NFL rosters...Cousin, Keenan Allen, is a wide receiver for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers and played collegiately at the University of California-Berkeley...Hobbies include playing football...Majoring in kinesiology...Born January 29, 1999 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

KOA FARMER

➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON

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Linebacker | 6-1 | 236 Graduate/Senior Lake View Terrace, Calif./Notre Dame Major: Journalism (3rd degree) • One of the most athletic and versatile members of the Nittany Lions’ defensive unit. • Moved from safety to linebacker during the 2016 season. • 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. • Graduated in December with degrees in criminology and sociology. • Is one of nine Lions to have his degree entering the summer. • Spent two summers (2016, 2017) 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. • Spent the summer working in the Red Cell Analytics Lab on Penn State's campus. • Lone returnee from California and the only Nittany Lion to hail from the West Coast.

Akron (9/2): Made two stops, both coming in the first half...Combined with Brandon Smith on a second-quarter tackle for loss...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015...Part of a defense that posted a season-opening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0). Pittsburgh (9/9): Logged a career-high eight stops to tie with Jason Cabinda and Nick Scott for No. 2 on the team...Added 1.5 tackles for loss, including a solo takedown of Pittsburgh quarterback Ben DiNucci on third-and-goal in the fourth quarter...Combined with Torrence Brown on a first-quarter tackle for loss...Part of a defense that piled up five sacks, its most since logging six vs. No. 2 Ohio State in 2016 (10/22/16). Georgia State (9/16): Made one tackle...Part of a unit that posted its second shutout of the season, marking the first time since 2009 a Nittany Lion defense posted two shutouts in a single season. at Iowa (9/23): Had two assisted tackles...Combined with Jason Cabinda on a second-quarter tackle for loss. Indiana (9/30): Totaled four tackles...Added one quarterback hurry. at Northwestern (10/7): Tallied four tackles – all solo...Had a second-quarter solo tackle for loss...Recovered Northwestern’s on-side kick attempt with 1:45 to play in the fourth quarter. Michigan (10/21): Ranked second on the team with seven tackles...Part of a defense that held the Wolverines scoreless over the final 40:03 of the game. at Ohio State (10/28): Totaled seven tackles, including a career-high 2.0 tackles for loss...Recovered a first-quarter fumble and returned it 26 yards to set up Penn State’s second touchdown of the game...Returned two kickoffs for 70 yards, including a career-long 59-yarder in the second quarter. at Michigan State (11/4): Posted a career-high-tying eight tackles...Had one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry. Rutgers (11/11): Made one tackle... Added one pass breakup...Part of a defense that allowed just 43 passing yards, the fewest in a game since giving up 32 vs. Army (2015)...The 43 passing yards are the fewest allowed by Penn State in Big Ten play...Held Rutgers to just seven pass completions, the second-fewest allowed by the Nittany Lions in a Big Ten game. Nebraska (11/18): Had one tackle...Returned two kickoffs for 22 yards, including a long of 12 yards. at Maryland (11/25): Made one tackle...Part of a defense that held the Terps scoreless in the first half, marking the seventh time in 2017 the Nittany Lion defense held an opponent scoreless in at least one half. vs. Washington (12/30): Had two stops. ➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named to the Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week following his performance at Purdue (10/29)...Was presented with the 2017 Jim O’Hora Award, which is awarded annually to a defensive player for “exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement” during spring practice. Season: Appeared in all 14 games with two starts...Moved from safety to linebacker following the Temple game...Made his first career start vs. Maryland (10/8) at linebacker and his second in a homecoming game vs. USC in the Rose Bowl Game (1/2)...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016. Kent State (9/3): Made his first career tackle in the fourth quarter, a combined stop with Jason Cabinda. at Michigan (9/24): Made three tackles. Minnesota (10/1): Had three tackles...Made his first career tackle for loss on a combined stop with Shareef Miller. Maryland (10/8): Notched a season-high five tackles...Logged his first career sack and forced fumble on the same play in the second quarter...Combined with Brandon Smith on a third-quarter TFL to give him a season-high 1.5 tackles for loss on the day...Part of a defense that allowed 11 first downs...Helped limit Maryland to 14 points – all in the first half – 170 rushing yards and 270 yards of total offense, after the Terps entered averaging 43.2 points, 300.0 rushing and 466.2 yards of total offense per game. Ohio State (10/22): Made two tackles, one on special teams and one on defense. at Purdue (10/29): Made three stops...Added his first career pass breakup in the second quarter...Returned one kickoff for 3 yards. Iowa (11/5): Totaled three stops, including a fourth-quarter sack of C.J. Beathard on third-and-2. at Indiana (11/12): Had three tackles. at Rutgers (11/19): Made one stop, a combined tackle for loss with Parker Cothren in the second quarter...Aided the Nittany Lions in compiling nine tackles for loss, the eighth time in 2016 Penn State's defense recorded at least 9.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Michigan State (11/26): Made two tackles. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Recorded a fourth-quarter sack of Bart Houston for his lone stop. vs. USC (1/2): Posted two stops in a game played less than 20 miles from his hometown. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON 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 season-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.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL 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 and 247Sports and a three-star recruit by ESPN and Scout...Ranked among the top 30 players in California and was among the Top 50 nationally at three positions – linebacker (43rd; Scout), athlete (21st; Rivals) and safety (38th; 247Sports)...Was a four-year letterman in track...Helped the Knights win the 2012 CIF State Track & Field 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. ➤ 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...Graduated in December 2017 with degrees in criminology and sociology...Working on a third undergraduate degree in journalism...Would like to pursue a career as a pathologist...Born February 21, 1996 in Glendale, California.

Senior linebacker Koa Farmer

FARMER'S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2015

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2016

14-15

29

1

-

-

1

3.0-13

4.5-16

2017

19-29

48

-

1

-

1

1.0-4

5.5-15

CAREER

33-44

77

1

1

-

2

4.0-17

10.0-31

FARMER’S KICKOFF RETURN STATISTICS No.

Yds

AVG

TD

LG

2015

18

405

22.5

-

57

2016

1

3

3.0

-

3

2017

4

92

23.0

-

59

23

500

21.7

-

59

CAREER

➤ FARMER’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ......................................................................................8; Twice: Last at Michigan State, 11/4/17 Sacks .......................................................................................... 1.0; Four Times: Last Pittsburgh, 9/9/17 Tackles for Loss ..............................................................................................2.0; at Ohio State, 10/28/17 Forced Fumbles .......................................................................................................1; Maryland, 10/8/16 Fumble Recoveries ...........................................................................................1; at Ohio State, 10/28/17 Pass Breakups ...........................................................................1; Twice: Last at Michigan State, 11/4/17 Kick Returns ..............................................................................................................5; at Temple, 9/5/15 Kick Return Yards...................................................................................................128; at Temple, 9/5/15 Long Kick Return ...................................................................................59 yards; at Ohio State, 10/28/17

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Defensive End | 6-2 | 247 Sophomore/Freshman Arlington, Texas/Battlefield (Va.) Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, wrestling and cross country. • Is the lone returning Nittany Lion from Texas, but is one of three student-athletes on the roster from the Lone Star State (Trent Gordon, Isaiah Humphries). ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Two-year letterman for head coach Jared Van Acker at Battlefield High School in Virginia...Won a varsity letter as a sophomore at Bowie High School in Texas...The Bobcats went 9-3 and won the Cedar Run Conference (Va.) 8 Championship in 2015...Named first-team all-state by USA Today and VHSL as a senior...Selected second-team All-State by VHSCA as a junior...Earned all-met honors from the Washington Post in 2016...Was a two-time first-team All-NOVA Region selection in 2015 and 2016... Named 2016 Cedar Run Conference 8 Player of the Year...Claimed all-conference first team accolades in junior and senior seasons...Selected as the Battlefield High School Defensive Lineman of the Year as a junior and senior...Inducted into the Northern Virginia Football Hall of Fame in 2016...Tallied 42 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two blocked kicks and four forced fumbles as a senior...Had a touchdown as a wide receiver, running back, quarterback, linebacker, defensive lineman, kick returner and punt returner in 2016...Recorded 32 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 17 sacks and three pass deflections as a junior...Rated a three-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 57 at outside linebacker and No. 24 prospect in Virginia by Rivals...Ranked as the No. 67 outside linebacker and No. 29 prospect in Virginia by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 71 athlete and No. 26 prospect in Virginia by 247Sports...Ranked No. 52 at outside linebacker overall, No. 8 in the East and No. 2 in Virginia by Scout...Was a three-time letterwinner in track & field...Participated in wrestling and cross country...Won the Principal’s Award in 2015...Was a Math Award nominee in 2016. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Brailyn Isaiah-Lawrence Franklin...Son of LaTamra Sells and Angelic and Broderick Franklin... Has one brother, Desmond Davis, and three sisters, Keran Franklin, Kynnedi Franklin and Kai Franklin... Hobbies include snowboarding, DJing, shooting pool, dancing and drawing...Planning to major in sports psychology...Would like to become a sports psychologist after a career in the NFL...Would also like to host football camps and give back to the community...Born February 10, 1999.

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Offensive Line | 6-6 | 312 Junior/Sophomore Cranford, N.J./Cranford Major: Economics • Started nine games as a sophomore and earned All-Freshman honorable mention accolades from BTN.com. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, earning letters in football, track & field and basketball. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • One of five returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named honorable-mention All-Freshman Team by BTN.com...Earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his performance vs. Nebraska (11/18). Season: Appeared in all 13 games with nine starts...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2) on special teams...Made his first career start vs. Georgia State (9/16)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017...Joined Ryan Buchholz, Shareef Miller and Miles Sanders as first-time starters in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Appeared on both special teams and offense. Pittsburgh (9/9): Appeared on special teams. Georgia State (9/16): Made his first career start at left guard...Guided the offense to 526 yards of total offense, including Trace McSorley’s sixth-career 300-yard passing game (309 yards) and his school-record fourth game with four-or-more touchdown passes...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns, coming from eight different Penn Staters...Saw Penn State eclipse the 30-point mark for the 10th-straight game, just the fifth streak of 10 or more games in Big Ten history. at Iowa (9/23): Helped Penn State to 579 yards of total offense on a school-record-tying 99 offensive plays...Paved the way for Saquon Barkley’s career-high 211 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards, which helped Barkley to a school-record 358 all-purpose yards...Blocked for McSorley’s 284-yard passing effort. Indiana (9/30): Helped protect McSorley for his seventh career 300-yard passing game... Allowed the passing game time to find DaeSean Hamilton on nine occasions, which led to Hamilton breaking Penn State’s career receptions record. Michigan (10/21): Helped Penn State pile up 506 yards of total offense, the most allowed by Michigan since 2015 vs. Indiana (527 yards)...The 303 yards gained in the first half by Penn State are the most allowed by a Jim Harbaugh-coached Michigan team in any half...Instrumental in the Nittany Lions’ five rushing touchdowns and one receiving score...Cleared the way for Barkley’s 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns...Protected McSorley on a 282-yard passing night with one scoring strike...McSorley also ran for 76 yards and three scores. at Ohio State (10/28): Part of an offensive line that helped produce 283 yards...Protected McSorley, who threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 49 yards and a score...Helped the offense score 38 points, the most allowed by Ohio State since giving up 41 tallies to Michigan in 2013. at Michigan State (11/4): Helped the offense post 466 yards of total offense, including 401 yards passing...Protected McSorley to the tune of 381 yards passing and three touchdowns...Blocked for Barkley’s game-high 63 rushing yards... Helped Penn State sustain a 12-play, 95-yard scoring drive – its longest in terms of yards and tied for the longest in terms of plays in 2017. Rutgers (11/11): Protected McSorley to the tune of 16-of-21 passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns...Blocked for a pair of Barkley rushing scores and one McSorley touchdown scamper. Nebraska (11/18): Helped the offense pile up 609 yards of total offense, its most since 1995 vs. Rutgers (661) and the third-most in a Big Ten game...Paved the way for 32 first downs, the fourth-most in Penn State’s Big Ten history and most since gaining 35 first downs vs. Minnesota in 2005...Protected McSorley in his ninth-career 300-yard passing game, throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns...Opened lanes for Barkley’s 158-yard, three-touchdown contest. at Maryland (11/25): Paved the way for a Penn State Big Ten-record 66 points, besting the 63 points scored against Ohio State (1994) and Illinois (2005)...Blocked for McSorley’s 21st career 200-yard passing game, as McSorley threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns...Helped three players rush for touchdowns, including three from Tommy Stevens, two by Barkley and one for McSorley...Cleared the way for Stevens’ first career 100-yard rushing game, with 113 yards on the ground. vs. Washington (12/30): Guided Penn State’s offense to a 23rd-straight game with at least 20 points, which is a school record and the third-longest streak in Big Ten history...Helped the offense to a Penn State bowl-record 545 yards of total offense, which were the most surrendered by Washington since 2014 vs. Oregon (554)...Cleared the way for Barkley’s 137 rushing yards and two scores on the ground...Protected McSorley to the tune of 32-of-41 passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns...Also helped McSorley go a perfect 12-for-12 for 193 yards on third down, which included 11 first downs and two touchdowns.

➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ 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, No. 7 in the East and No. 2 in New Jersey by Scout...Also a four-year letterman for the track & 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...Majoring in economics... Born April 4, 1998 in Staten Island, New York.

ALEX GELLERSTEDT

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Offensive Line | 6-6 | 307 Junior/Sophomore Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Coffman Major: Economics • Earned Dean's List recognition in the Fall 2017 semester. • Serving as the assistant treasurer for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is one of five returning Nittany Lions from the state of Ohio. • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in seven games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2) on special teams...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Appeared on both special teams and offense. Pittsburgh (9/9): Appeared on special teams. Georgia State (9/16): Appeared on special teams and offense. at Iowa (9/23): Saw time on special teams. Nebraska (11/18): Saw time on special teams. at Maryland (11/25): Saw time on offense and special teams. vs. Washington (12/30): Appeared on offense and special teams. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ 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...Collected 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 No. 43 offensive tackle in the country and No. 17 recruit in Ohio by ESPN...Rated as the No. 46 player in Ohio by Rivals...Ranked by Scout as the No. 58 offensive tackle prospect, No. 16 offensive tackle in the Midwest and No. 3 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...Majoring in economics...Born February 14, 1998 in Cleveland, Ohio.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS BLAKE GILLIKIN

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Punter/Kicker | 6-2 | 193 Junior/Junior Smyrna, Ga./The Westminster Schools Major: Kinesiology • Ranks second in Penn State history in career punting average (43.0 ypp), including dropping 25 career punts inside the opponent's 10-yard line. • Was presented with the President's Freshman Award, given annually to undergraduate degree candidates who have earned a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average based on at least 12 graded Penn State credits completed in their first semester of admission, in May 2017. • Claimed The Evan Pugh Scholar Award, given to those juniors and seniors who are in the upper 0.5 percent of their respective classes, in May 2018. • Owns a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA following the 2018 spring semester. • Twin brother, Tyler, is a long snapper at Northwestern University. • Serving as the treasurer for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Joins DJ Brown as only Nittany Lion returnees from Georgia. ➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS Career: Sits tied for No. 2 on Penn State’s career punting average charts (43.0 ypp)...Has 25 career punts downed inside the opponent’s 10-yard line (seven in 2016, 18 in 2017). Season: 2017: Ranks No. 4 in program history with a 43.2 punting average. 2016: Broke the Penn State freshman season punting average record with 42.8 yards per punt, surpassing the record set by Jeremy Kapinos in 2003 (41.9)...Ranks No. 8 on Penn State’s single-season punting average chart with a 42.8 average. Game: Set the Penn State freshman record for punting average in a game with five kicks for an average of 50.8 yards in the Rose Bowl against USC (1/2/17). ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named honorable-mention All-America punter by GPR Punt Rating...Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the coaches and media panels...Selected second-team All-Big Ten by the Associated Press...Garnered third-team All-Big Ten from Phil Steele...Earned CoSIDA Academic AllDistrict...Named to the Ray Guy Award preseason watch list...Earned the John Bruno Memorial Award, awarded to the outstanding member of the special teams by the coaches, and the Highest Academic Average Award at the annual team banquet...Named Academic All-Big Ten...Selected as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar...Posted a 4.0 GPA in both semesters. Season: Started all 13 games at punter. Rankings: Finished No. 35 in the FBS and No. 3 in the B1G in punting average (43.2)...Ranked No. 4 in coffin wedge average (89.84) according to GPR Punt Rating. Akron (9/2): Punted twice in the fourth quarter for an average of 50.0 yards per punt. Pittsburgh (9/9): Hit six punts for an average of 43.2 yards...Pinned Pittsburgh inside its own 20-yard line on four occasions, a career high...A career-high three punts finished inside the Panthers’ 10-yard line...Had two punts fair caught. Georgia State (9/16): Booted three punts, two of which were downed inside the GSU 20-yard line...Averaged 45.3 yards per punt...Placed one punt at the Panthers’ 10-yard line...Had a long punt of 52 yards...Named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week by the coaching staff, along with Tyler Davis. at Iowa (9/23): Hit four punts for an average of 39.8 yards...Placed a career-high-tying three punts inside the Iowa 10-yard line...Garnered the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week award. Indiana (9/30): Hit six punts for an average of 46.5 yards per punt...Placed four punts inside the Indiana 20-yard line, including two inside the IU 10-yard line...Hit a pair of 50-plus yard punts in the game. at Northwestern (10/7): Averaged 43.0 yards per punt on five boots...Had a long punt of 50 yards...Placed a career-high-tying three punts inside the NU 10-yard line...Had one touchback and two punts fair caught...Named the coaching staff’s Special Team’s Player of the Week. Michigan (10/21): Hit two punts for an average of 49.5 yards...Had a long punt of 56 yards...Named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week by the coaching staff, along with Tyler Davis. at Ohio State (10/28): Averaged 42.6 yards per punt on five punts...Hit a 57-yarder in the fourth quarter...Had one punt downed inside the Ohio State 20-yard line. at Michigan State (11/4): Hit four punts for a 39.0 average...Had two punts land inside the MSU 20-yard line, including one inside the 10...Had a long punt of 52 yards. Rutgers (11/11): Averaged 40.6 yards on six punts...Had three of his punts downed inside the Rutgers 10-yard line... Named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week by the coaching staff, along with Lamont Wade. Nebraska (11/18): Hit four punts for a 39.5-yard average...Placed two punts inside the Nebraska 10-yard line. at Maryland (11/25): Booted four punts for a 45.2-yard average...Had one punt downed inside the Maryland 20-yard line...Hit a 52-yarder in the first quarter. vs. Washington (12/30): Punted twice for an average of 43.0 yards...Neither punt was returned by Washington’s Dante Pettis, who is the NCAA’s career punt return touchdown record holder...Had one punt downed inside the Husky 10-yard line.

➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected to the ESPN.com True Freshman All-America Team...Named Campus Insiders Freshman All-America honorable mention...Named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team...Earned All-Big Ten honorable mention from the conference coaches and media panel...Named to the BTN.com and ESPN. com All-Big Ten Freshman Team...Was a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, given to the nation’s top collegiate punter...Earned The President’s Freshman Award, which recognizes Penn State students for academic excellence...Had perfect 4.0 grade-point averages in both the fall and spring semesters. Season: Started all 14 games at punter...Became just the third true freshman to start at punter since 1946 (1979, Ralph Giacomarro; 2014, Daniel Pasquariello)...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016...Had seven kicks downed inside the opponent’s 10-yard line. Final Rankings: No. 30 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the Big Ten in punting average (42.8 ypp). Kent State (9/3): Hit six punts for 282 yards...Averaged 47.0 yards per punt, which is the sixth-best performance by a freshman in Penn State history...Booted a long punt of 58 yards...Pinned two punts inside the 20...Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Punted five times – four in the first half – for 233 yards...Averaged 46.6 yards per punt...His 69-yard punt in the fourth quarter was a career long and Penn State’s longest punt since Anthony Fera had a 69-yard punt (vs. Purdue, 2011)...The 69-yard punt is the second-longest punt by a freshman in Penn State history behind Fera’s 74-yarder (2010)...Pinned the Panthers inside their own 20-yard line on three occasions, including two inside the 10...Pinned Pittsburgh at its own 1-yard line with his first punt of the game. Temple (9/17): Hit three punts, including just one in the second half, averaging 35.0 yards per punt...Pinned Temple at its own 1-yard line on his first punt...Had two punts downed inside the Temple 20. at Michigan (9/24): Punted six times for an average of 45.0 yards...Pinned Michigan inside its own 10-yard line on a third quarter punt. Minnesota (10/1): Punted six times for an average of 39.2 yards...Dropped one punt inside the Minnesota 20. Maryland (10/8): Hit three punts for an average of 34.0 yards...Downed two punts inside the Maryland 20...Pinned Maryland at its own 7-yard line on his second punt of the afternoon...Had a punt blocked in the second quarter...Did not handle punting duties in the second half. Ohio State (10/22): Hit a career-high seven punts for 264 yards...Pinned three punts inside the OSU 20, including his sixth punt inside an opponent’s 10-yard line in the first quarter... Four punts were fair caught by the Buckeyes. at Purdue (10/29): Punted three times for an average of 41.3 yards...Had one punt of 50-plus yards. Iowa (11/5): Averaged 40.5 yards on two punts...Had two punts inside the Iowa 20-yard line...One punt was downed at the Iowa 11-yard line and one was fair caught at the 14-yard line. at Indiana (11/12): Booted six punts for an average of 38.8 yards... Had three kicks end in fair catches...Hit a long punt of 50 yards. at Rutgers (11/19): Hit three punts for an average of 47.7 yards...Knocked one punt inside the RU 20-yard line...Had one punt of 50 yards... One punt was fair caught. Michigan State (11/26): Averaged 46.8 yards per punt on four kicks...Had two punts downed inside the MSU 20-yard line, including one at the Spartan 2-yard line...Recorded one 50-plus yard punt with a 54-yard effort on his second kick of the game...Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Hit a pair of punts for an average of 49.0 yards per punt...Had one punt land inside the Wisconsin 20-yard line...Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week. vs. USC (1/2): Averaged 50.8 yards per punt, which is sixth-best in Penn State history...Had a long punt of 65 yards, which ranks No. 3 by a freshman punter in school history...Had one punt downed inside the USC 20-yard line...Made his first career tackle on a first-quarter punt. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterwinner for head coach Gerry Romberg at Westminster Schools...Helped Westminster to its first Class AAA Georgia State Championship since 1978 by kicking three field goals, including a 53yard 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 first-team 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 third-ranked 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 in 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.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ PERSONAL

➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Full name is Blake Thomas Gillikin...Son of Taryn and Walt Gillikin...Has a twin brother, Tyler...Mother was a swimmer at the University of Kansas...Father was a swimmer at the University of North Carolina...Tyler is a long snapper at Northwestern...Hobbies include skiing and traveling...Majoring in kinesiology...Born January 21, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Awards: Named to Campus Insiders Freshman All-America second team...Selected to the BTN.com and ESPN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his performance vs. No. 2 Ohio State (10/22).

GILLIKIN’S PUNTING STATISTICS 2016 2017 CAREER

Punts

Yards

Avg.

I-20

FC

50+

LG

BLK

61

2,611

42.8

22

18

13

69

-

52

2,244

43.2

26

16

14

57

1

113

4,855

43.0

48

34

27

69

1

➤ GILLIKIN'S CAREER HIGHS Punt Attempts......................................................................................................7; Ohio State, 10/22/16 Punt Yards ............................................................................................................282; Kent State, 9/3/16 Punt Average............................................................................................................50.8; vs. USC, 1/2/17 Longest Punt ................................................................................................... 69; at Pittsburgh, 9/10/16 Punts Inside the 20 .................................................................................. 4; Twice: Last Indiana, 9/30/17 Punts Inside the 10 ........................................................................3; Four Times: Last Rutgers, 11/11/17 Note: Has one career tackle; vs. USC (1/2/17).

KEVIN GIVENS

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Defensive Tackle | 6-1 | 283 Senior/Junior Altoona, Pa./Altoona Area Major: Criminology • Is one of the veterans in the defensive line room with Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren and Tyrell Chavis moving on to the NFL after graduation. • Grew up just 40 miles away from State College in Altoona. • Showed well in the weight room during 2018 winter workouts, leading the defensive tackle group in strength index (716; first on team), pro agility (4.40), vertical jump (30") and power clean (355; first on team), squat (605; first on team). • Spent the summer interning with the Spring Township Police Department. • Was presented with the 2018 Jim O’Hora Award, which is presented annually to a defensive player for “exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement” during spring practice. • One of six Nittany Lion returnees from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Was presented with the 2018 Jim O’Hora Award, which is presented annually to a defensive player for “exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement” during spring practice. Season: Appeared in all 13 games with four starts...Made his first start of the season at defensive end at Michigan State (11/14)...Saw time at both defensive end and defensive tackle...Forced his first career fumble at Maryland (11/25). Akron (9/2): Made one tackle. Pittsburgh (9/9): Combined with Shaka Toney on a tackle for loss in the fourth quarter for his lone stop of the game. Georgia State (9/16): Made one tackle...Recovered his third career fumble in the third quarter...Helped Penn State force five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumble recoveries), the first time since forcing five turnovers at Indiana (five fumble recoveries) in 2016. Indiana (9/30): Made one solo stop. at Northwestern (10/7): Broke up a career-high two passes, batting a pair of Clayton Thorson attempts at the line of scrimmage. Michigan (10/21): Made a career-high four tackles...Sacked John O’Korn on fourth-and-11 to force a Michigan turnover on downs... Part of a defensive line that earned the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. at Michigan State (11/4): Started at defensive end...Logged a career-high-tying four tackles. Rutgers (11/11): Made two tackles in his second start at defensive end. Nebraska (11/18): Totaled two stops...Had a solo takedown of quarterback Tanner Lee in the third quarter. at Maryland (11/25): Registered three tackles...Had a strip-sack of Max Bortenschlager in the first quarter, a fumble which was recovered by Maryland on a third-and-long...The forced fumble on the play was the first of his career...Part of a defense that held the Terps scoreless in the first half, marking the seventh time in 2017 the Nittany Lion defense held an opponent scoreless in at least one half. vs. Washington (12/30): Totaled a careerhigh-tying four tackles...Combined with Parker Cothren on a second-quarter sack of Jake Browning.

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Season: Appeared in all 14 games with six starts...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. Final Rankings: No. 3 in the Big Ten and tied for No. 30 in the FBS with two fumble recoveries. Kent State (9/3): Started his first career game...Made three stops...Recorded his first career tackle in the first quarter, a combined stop with Christian Campbell. Temple (9/17): Collected two tackles...Recorded his first career tackle for loss, a third-quarter solo takedown behind the line...Part of a front seven that limited Temple to just 38 rushing yards, the fewest since holding Illinois to 37 yards on the ground in 2015. at Michigan (9/24): Made three stops. Minnesota (10/1): Recorded three tackles...Had one tackle for loss, including a combined sack with Robert Windsor in the fourth quarter. Maryland (10/8): Had one tackle...Made the first full sack of his career with a solo takedown of Tyrrell Pigrome in the fourth quarter...Part of a defense that allowed 11 first downs...Helped limit Maryland to 14 points – all in the first half – 170 rushing yards and 270 yards of total offense, after the Terps entered averaging 43.2 points, 300.0 rushing and 466.2 yards of total offense per game. Ohio State (10/22): Made two tackles...Combined with Evan Schwan on a fourth down sack of J.T. Barrett to seal Penn State’s first win over a top-2 team since 1990 (at No. 1 Notre Dame) and the first at home since 1982 (No. 2 Nebraska)...Helped the defense to a season-high 11.0 tackles for loss, the most TFLs since posting 11.0 vs. Maryland in 2015...The 11.0 tackles for loss were the most yielded by the Buckeyes since giving up 11.0 vs. Alabama (2015)...The 6.0 sacks given up by Ohio State are the most since yielding 7.0 against Virginia Tech (2014). at Purdue (10/29): Recovered his first career fumble in the fourth quarter... Helped Penn State force four turnovers. Iowa (11/5): Made three hits, including a third-quarter sack of C.J. Beathard. at Indiana (11/12): Logged one tackle...Combined with Garrett Sickels on a first quarter sack of Richard Lagow...Broke up his first career pass in the fourth quarter...Recovered the second of Penn State’s five fumbles...Part of a defense that forced a season-high five turnovers, the most since forcing five against Maryland in 2015...Penn State’s five fumble recoveries were its most since recovering five versus FIU in 2007...Helped the Nittany Lion defense generate nine tackles for loss. at Rutgers (11/19): Notched two stops...Made a solo tackle for loss in the second quarter...Aided the Nittany Lions in compiling nine tackles for loss, the eighth time in 2016 Penn State's defense recorded at least 9.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Michigan State (11/26): Made two tackles...Sacked Tyler O’Conner for a loss of 8 yards on the final play of the third quarter. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Had two solo stops...Made a solo stop on third down to force a Badger punt in the fourth quarter. vs. USC (1/2): Had two tackles. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON 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, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the 16th-best prospect in the state by 247Sports...Selected to play in the 2015 Big 33 Classic. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Kevin Rashawn Givens...Son of Ralphia Guthrie...Majoring in criminology...Born March 1, 1997 in Newark, New Jersey.

GIVENS' CAREER STATISTICS 2016 2017 CAREER

UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

12-14

26

-

2

-

1

4.5-28

7.0-33

9-14

23

1

1

-

2

3.5-20

4.0-21

21-28

49

1

3

-

3

8.0-48

11.0-54

➤ GIVEN'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ............................................................................. 4; Three Times: Last vs. Washington, 12/30/17 Sacks ...................................................................................... 1.0; Six Times: Last at Maryland, 11/25/17 Tackles for Loss....................................................................1.0; Eight Times: Last at Maryland, 11/25/17 Forced Fumbles .................................................................................................1; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Fumble Recoveries ................................................................ 1; Three Times: Last Georgia State, 9/16/17 Pass Breakup ................................................................................................ 2; at Northwestern, 10/7/17


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS STEVEN GONZALEZ

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Offensive Line | 6-4 | 336 Senior/Junior Union City, N.J./Union City Major: History • Was one of two offensive linemen to start every game last season (Connor McGovern). • Has 16 career starts, which is tied for third-most among returning offensive linemen. • Serving as the co-president for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • On pace to graduate in December with a degree in history. • Is one of five returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Garnered first-team All-Big Ten from Pro Football Focus...Earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Sept. 26 following his efforts vs. Iowa...Earned Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his effort vs. Indiana (9/30). Season: Started all 13 games. Akron (9/2): Helped pave the way for 569 total yards...Cleared the way for Saquon Barkley’s 174 rushing yards for his 11th career 100-yard rushing game...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 280 passing yards and two scoring throws...Didn’t allow a sack or quarterback hurry...Part of the offensive line unit that was named the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Pittsburgh (9/9): Part of an offensive line that allowed just one sack...Blocked for 148 total rushing yards – including 88 from Barkley – and protected McSorley to the tune of three touchdowns and 164 yards passing. Georgia State (9/16): Guided the offense to 526 yards of total offense, including McSorley’s sixth-career 300-yard passing game (309 yards) and his school-record fourth game with four-or-more touchdown passes...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns, coming from eight different Penn Staters...Saw Penn State eclipse the 30-point mark for the 10th-straight game, just the fifth streak of 10 or more games in Big Ten history. at Iowa (9/23): Helped Penn State to 579 yards of total offense on a school-record-tying 99 offensive plays...Paved the way for Barkley’s career-high 211 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards, which helped Barkley to a school-record 358 all-purpose yards...Blocked for McSorley’s 284-yard passing effort. Indiana (9/30): Helped protect McSorley for his seventh career 300-yard passing game...Allowed the passing game time to find DaeSean Hamilton on nine occasions, which led to Hamilton breaking Penn State’s career receptions record. at Northwestern (10/7): Protected quarterback McSorley to the tune of 245 yards passing and cleared the way for Barkley’s two touchdowns and game-high 75 rushing yards...Aided the team in piling up 381 yards of total offense to earn bowl eligibility. Michigan (10/21): Helped Penn State pile up 506 yards of total offense, the most allowed by Michigan since 2015 vs. Indiana (527 yards)...The 303 yards gained in the first half by Penn State are the most allowed by a Jim Harbaugh-coached Michigan team in any half...Instrumental in the Nittany Lions’ five rushing touchdowns and one receiving score...Cleared the way for Barkley’s 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns...Protected McSorley on a 282-yard passing night with one scoring strike...McSorley also ran for 76 yards and three scores. at Ohio State (10/28): Part of an offensive line that helped produce 283 yards...Protected McSorley, who threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 49 yards and a score...Helped the offense score 38 points, the most allowed by Ohio State since giving up 41 tallies to Michigan in 2013. at Michigan State (11/4): Helped the offense post 466 yards of total offense, including 401 yards passing...Protected McSorley to the tune of 381 yards passing and three touchdowns...Blocked for Barkley’s game-high 63 rushing yards...Helped Penn State sustain a 12-play, 95-yard scoring drive – its longest in terms of yards and tied for the longest in terms of plays in 2017. Rutgers (11/11): Protected McSorley to the tune of 16-of-21 passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns...Blocked for a pair of Barkley rushing scores and one McSorley touchdown scamper. Nebraska (11/18): Helped the offense pile up 609 yards of total offense, its most since 1995 vs. Rutgers (661) and the third-most in a Big Ten game...Paved the way for 32 first downs, the fourth-most in Penn State’s Big Ten history and most since gaining 35 first downs vs. Minnesota in 2005...Protected McSorley in his ninth-career 300-yard passing game, throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns... Opened lanes for Barkley’s 158-yard, three-touchdown contest. at Maryland (11/25): Paved the way for a Penn State Big Ten-record 66 points, besting the 63 points scored against Ohio State (1994) and Illinois (2005)...Blocked for McSorley’s 21st career 200-yard passing game, as McSorley threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns...Helped three players rush for touchdowns, including three from Tommy Stevens, two by Barkley and one for McSorley...Cleared the way for Stevens’ first career 100-yard rushing game, with 113 yards on the ground. vs. Washington (12/30): Guided Penn State’s offense to a 23rdstraight game with at least 20 points, which is a school record and the third-longest streak in Big Ten history...Helped the offense to a Penn State bowl-record 545 yards of total offense, which were the most surrendered by Washington since 2014 vs. Oregon (554)...Cleared the way for Barkley’s 137 rushing yards and two scores on the ground...Protected McSorley to the tune of 32-of-41 passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns...Also helped McSorley go a perfect 12-for-12 for 193 yards on third down, which included 11 first downs and two touchdowns.

➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 11 games with three starts...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016...Made his first career start at Rutgers (11/19). Kent State (9/3): Made his first career appearance. at Indiana (11/12): Saw his most extensive action of the season after Paris Palmer left the game in the first quarter. at Rutgers (11/19): Helped Penn State pile up its eighth game of 400-plus yards and the fourth game in 2016 with at least 500 yards... Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 210 yards passing. Michigan State (11/26): Instrumental in Penn State gaining 463 yards of total offense...Helped McSorley pile up 389 yards of total offense, the sixth-most in program history...McSorley threw for 376 yards – the fifth-highest total in school history – with four touchdown passes and rushed for 13 yards. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Helped Penn State score 38 points, the most scored by a Wisconsin opponent since 2014 (Ohio State; 59)...Protected quarterback McSorley, who threw for 384 yards, which ranks No. 4 in Penn State history and broke the Big Ten Championship Game passing record...Also gave McSorley time to connect on a Big Ten Championship Game-record four passing touchdowns...Paved the way for Saquon Barkley’s 83 yards rushing, which enabled him to break Evan Royster’s Penn State sophomore rushing record. vs. USC (1/2): Helped Penn State become the first team in Rose Bowl history with a 175-yard rusher and receiver in a game (Chris Godwin; 187 receiving yards and Barkley; 194 rushing yards)...Barkley and Godwin broke the Penn State bowl records for rushing yards and receiving yards in a bowl game, respectively...Penn State’s 465 yards of total offense are fourth in the school’s bowl history and the most since the 1996 Outback Bowl (487)... Protected McSorley to the tune of 254 yards, including a Penn State bowl-record-tying four touchdown passes. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL 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 and ESPN and a three-star player by Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the seventh-best offensive guard and 79th overall prospect in the class by 247Sports, as well as a top-5 prospect in New Jersey...Rated as a top-5 prospect in the state by ESPN, seventh by Scout and 11th by Rivals. ➤ PERSONAL 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...Majoring in history...Born May 11, 1997 in Union City, New Jersey.

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KJ HAMLER

Defensive End | 6-5 | 262 Sophomore/Sophomore Spotsylvania, Va./Chancellor Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Wide Receiver | 5-9 | 176 Sophomore/Freshman Pontiac, Mich./IMG Academy (Fla.) Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

• Appeared in all 13 games as a true freshman, earning All-Freshman Team honorable mention accolades from BTN.com. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, basketball and track & field. • Is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.

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➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

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

Redshirt season.

Season: Appeared in all 13 games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Logged two stops...Added one quarterback hurry in the fourth quarter...One of 10 Penn Staters to register their first career tackles in the game. Pittsburgh (9/9): Had a solo stop in the fourth quarter. Georgia State (9/16): Made back-to-back big plays early in the fourth quarter...Combined with Antonio Shelton on a tackle for loss, before recovering a fumble that was forced by Daniel Joseph on third down...It was his first career fumble recovery and capped a fiveturnover game for the Penn State defense...Helped Penn State force five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumble recoveries), the first time since forcing five turnovers at Indiana (five fumble recoveries) in 2016. Indiana (9/30): Notched a career-high three tackles. at Northwestern (10/7): Had one quarterback hurry. Michigan (10/21): Made two tackles...Part of a defensive line that earned the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. at Michigan State (11/4): Tied a career high with three tackles...Logged his first career sack, a combined takedown of Brian Lewerke with Tyrell Chavis in the second quarter. Rutgers (11/11): Made three tackles, equaling his career high. Nebraska (11/18): Had one tackle. vs. Washington (12/30): Took down Jake Browning for a quarterback sack in the fourth quarter for his lone stop of the game.

Was a two-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football and track & field. Posted the top mark among wide receivers in the pro agility (4.11) in 2018 winter workouts. Joins Donovan Johnson as the only two returning Nittany Lions from Michigan. One of 12 returnees from the Midwest.

Played for head coach Kevin Wright at IMG Academy in 2016...Two-year letterman at Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, which is also the alma mater of Nittany Lion great Allen Robinson, in Michigan...Missed the 2016 season due to injury, but IMG Academy went 12-0 and won the national championship...Competed at The Opening in 2016...Won the MVP award at the Rivals Camp Series in 2016...Helped Orchard Lake St. Mary’s to the Division 3 State Championship in his sophomore and junior years...Guided the Eaglets to the 2014 and 2015 district and regional championships, as well as the 2015 Catholic Prep Bowl title... Earned All-State Division 3 first team accolades as a junior...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports...Ranked No. 55 at wide receiver and No. 58 in Florida by 247Sports...Ranked as No. 7 in Florida, No. 21 in the South and No. 54 overall among wide receivers by Scout...Ranked No. 45 at wide receiver and No. 48 in Florida by Rivals...Ranked No. 59 at wide receiver and No. 60 in Florida by ESPN...Ran track for two seasons and was the Team MVP...Earned the Screaming Eagle Award. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Kahlee Jacoby Hamler...Son of Latonya Gooding and Thomas Hamler...Has one older sister, Michelle Hamler...Hobbies include drawing...Born July 8, 1999 in Pontiac, Michigan.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Bob Oliver at Chancellor High School...Capped his high school career by helping the Chargers go 9-3 as a senior...Selected second-team USA Today All-State as a senior... Named Conference 19-Battlefield District Defensive Player of the Year and Co-Player of the Year as a senior...Garnered Region 4A first team honors in 2016...Selected to the all-conference first team in 2015 and 2016...Named Chancellor’s defensive MVP in 2016...Logged 272 tackles, forced six fumbles and broke up five passes in three seasons for the Chargers...Registered 130 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, as a senior...Totaled 18.5 sacks in his senior season for a combined three-year total of 37 sacks to become the career sacks leader at Chancellor...Rated as a four-star prospect by all four major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Was an ESPN300 recruit, ranking No. 247th nationally... Rated the No. 7 recruit in Virginia, No. 28 prospect in the region and the No. 17 defensive end nationally by ESPN...Ranked No. 5 in Virginia, No. 5 nationally at strong-side defensive end and No. 186 overall by 247Sports...Ranked as No. 3 in Virginia, No. 4 in the East and No. 24 overall among defensive ends by Scout...Rated No. 264 on the Scout 300 list...Rated as the No. 136 overall recruit by Rivals...Ranked as the No. 5 prospect in Virginia and No. 5 strong-side defensive end in the nation by Rivals...Also lettered in basketball and track.

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Defensive Tackle | 6-3 | 318 Sophomore/Freshman Burlington, N.J./The Hun School Major: Communications • Played for the United States U19 National Team in the inaugural North American Championship. • Is one of five returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Yetur Akkub Gross-Matos...Son of Sakinah and Robert Matos...Has one brother, Robby, and two sisters, Qeturah and Cristina...Hobbies include drawing and music...Has career ambitions to serve underprivileged youth in some capacity...Born February 26, 1998 in New Jersey.

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Three-year letterman for head coach Todd Smith at The Hun School...Two-time team captain...Guided the Raiders to their third-straight Mid-Atlantic Prep League Championship with a perfect 8-0 record in 2016...Helped The Hun School to a perfect 8-0 record and a Mid-Atlantic Prep League title in 2015... Led the Raiders to the MAPL Championship with a 7-1 record...Went 23-1 in three seasons at The Hun School...Selected to play in for the United States U19 National Team at the inaugural North American Championship (formerly the International Bowl) in Orlando...Selected first-team USA Today All-State as a senior...Earned a spot on the Prep “A” All-State first team in 2014, 2015 and 2016...Named All-MidAtlantic Prep League Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Tabbed NJ.com All-Prep A Defensive Player of the Year and first team honoree as a senior...Selected to Times of Trenton All-Area first team three times...Was on the All-MAPL first team in junior and senior seasons...Named Team MVP as a senior... Recorded 59 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 14 tackles for loss with two forced fumbles as a senior...Had 39 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior...Tallied 41 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and two pass deflections as a sophomore...Returned a fumble recovery 52 yards for a touchdown in 2014...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports...Ranked No. 137 overall, No. 8 at defensive tackle and No. 2 prospect in New Jersey by Rivals... Ranked No. 143 in the ESPN300...Ranked as the No. 12 defensive tackle, No. 4 prospect in New Jersey and No. 16 in region by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 32 defensive tackle and No. 13 in New Jersey by 247Sports... Ranked No. 19 at defensive tackle overall, second in the East and No. 1 in New Jersey by Scout.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Frederick Josiah Hansard...Son of Roxanne and Frederick James Hansard...Hobbies include football and basketball...Majoring in communications with career aspirations to become a sports broadcaster...Born May 14, 1998 in Staten Island, New York.

DREW HARTLAUB

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Safety | 5-11 | 180 Sophomore/Freshman Hanover, Pa./South Western Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Snider High School record with 67 receptions as a junior...Registered 1,521 all-purpose as a sophomore... Finished his career with 1,788 receiving yards, 3,744 all-purpose yards and 24 total touchdowns...Broke the Snider High School career record for receptions...Rated as a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as No. 5 recruit in Indiana and No. 61 wide receiver overall by Rivals...Ranked as the fifth-best recruit in Indiana and No. 68 wide receiver by 247Sports...Ranked as the top wide receiver in Indiana, No. 9 in the Midwest and No. 65 wide receiver overall by Scout...Rated No. 8 player in the state of Indiana and No. 79 regional prospect by ESPN... Earned three letters for playing shortstop for the Snider baseball team...Helped the Panthers to the 2017 Class 4A sectional championship...He batted .431 with 19 runs scored and 15 stolen bases in 2017. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Mac Elijah Hippenhammer...Son of Joan and Dave Hippenhammer...Has one brother, Alex, and one sister, Casey...Anticipating on majoring in business...Born November 5, 1998 in Virginia.

• Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, track & field and basketball. • Posted the top mark among safeties in the 40-yard dash (4.38), broad jump (10-8) and vertical jump (36.5") in 2018 winter workouts. • Is one of 13 returning Nittany Lions from southeastern Pennsylvania.

ALEX HOENSTINE Wide Receiver | 6-1 | 181 Sophomore/Freshman East Freedom, Pa./Central Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-time letterwinner for head coach Chris Heilman at South Western High School...Was a team captain as a senior...Garnered three all-conference accolades as a wide receiver, returner and running back in his career...Was a second-team all-city selection as a senior, after first team honors as a wideout in 2014...Collected three interceptions and seven touchdowns as a senior...Had 1,100 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore...Also lettered in track three times as a sprinter and once in basketball...Placed 12th in the 100-meter dash in the state championship meet...Helped the 4x100 team to an eighth-place finish at the PIAA meet.

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• Was an all-state selection in both football and baseball in high school. • Comes from an athletic family. Father, Dave, played for the Cincinnati Reds organization and brother, A.J., played baseball at Mansfield (Pa.) University. • Is one of six returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Andrew Stephen Hartlaub...Son of Stephen Hartlaub...Has one brother, Sammy...Hobbies include working out and hanging out with friends...Born January 18, 1998 in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

MAC HIPPENHAMMER

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Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 185 Sophomore/Freshman Fort Wayne, Ind./R. Nelson Snider Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Is a two-sport athlete at Penn State, playing infield and outfield for the Penn State baseball team, in addition to playing wide receiver for the football team. • Led all receivers in the 2018 Blue-White Game with four catches for 43 yards and two touchdowns for the Blue squad. • Has a 3.41 cumulative grade-point average after the spring semester. • Joins Tommy Stevens as the only Nittany Lion returnees from the state of Indiana. • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

A three-time letterwinner for head coach Dave Baker at Central Martinsburg High School...Was a team captain as a senior...Helped the Dragons to back-to-back District 6 AAA Championships and threestraight Mountain League titles, as well as consecutive appearances in the PIAA State semifinals...Posted a 34-7 record in three seasons...Selected as the Pennsylvania Football Writers Pennsylvania AAA Player of the Year...Selected first-team all-state by USA Today as a senior...Named to the Pennsylvania Football News all-state team as a junior...Was a two-time all-region honoree as a junior and senior...Named Altoona Mirror Player of the Year...Collected all-district honors in 2015 and 2016...Was a four-time allconference first-team safety...Finished his career with 106 touchdowns, 4,441 rushing yards, 211 tackles and 12 interceptions...Tallied a school-record 2,504 rushing yards, 490 passing yards, 298 receiving yards, 49 total touchdowns, 85 tackles and six interceptions as a senior...Recorded 1,374 rushing yards, 661 receiving yards, 41 touchdowns, 106 tackles and two picks as a junior...Had 563 rushing yards, 16 touchdowns, 589 receiving yards, 93 tackles and four interceptions as a sophomore...Also earned four letters in baseball as a shortstop...Was a two-time all-state selection for baseball...Garnered all-district and all-league accolades three times. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Alex Michael Hoenstine...Son of Dave and Libby Hoenstine...Has two brothers, A.J. and Nick...Father, Dave, played minor league baseball in the Cincinnati Reds organization...Brother, A.J., played baseball at Mansfield (Pa.) University...Hobbies include baseball, hunting, riding 4x4s and hanging out with friends...Born February 17, 1999 in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Kurt Tippmann at R. Nelson Snider High School...Helped the Panthers to the league championship and an ISHAA regional title with a 12-1 record and perfect 9-0 league record...Led Snider to a 64-61 victory over New Palestine in the 2015 ISHAA State Championship game with six receptions, 190 all-purpose yards (109 rec., 71 KR, 10 PR) and a touchdown in the title contest...In 2015, the Panthers went 13-1 and won their first state championship since 1992 and second overall...Guided the Panthers to the Summit Athletic Conference championship and an ISHAA regional title with a 10-3 overall record and 6-1 mark in league play...Posted a 53-4 record in four seasons at Snider...Selected Associated Press All-State first team as a senior...Selected as an IFCA Top 50 honoree in 2015 and 2016...Named to Indiana Football Coaches Association’s first-team all-state in 2015...Was a three-time All-5AC selection...Tallied 620 receiving yards, 350 rushing yards, 1,720 all-purpose yards and scored 18 total touchdowns as a senior...Returned three kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns in 2016...Had 953 receiving yards, 1,727 all-purpose yards and 13 total touchdowns in 2015...Broke the

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DES HOLMES

Tight End/H-Back | 6-4 | 252 Senior/Junior Brandywine, Md./The Bullis School Major: Labor & Employment Relations

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Offensive Line | 6-5 | 306 Sophomore/Freshman Norristown, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

• Is primed to fight for the starting nod at tight end after the graduation of All-American Mike Gesicki. • Attended The Bullis School with sophomore linebacker Cam Brown. • Is one of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland.

• Was a two-sport athlete at Cardinal O'Hara, lettering in football and basketball. • One of 13 returnees from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of eight returning Nittany Lions from the greater Philadelphia area.

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➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Season: Appeared in 12 games...Saw time on offense and special teams.

Redshirt season.

Georgia State (9/16): Made his first career reception, an 8-yard grab from Billy Fessler, for Fessler’s first career completion. at Iowa (9/23): Made one catch for 1 yard. at Ohio State (10/28): Returned two kickoffs for 9 yards. at Michigan State (11/4): Made one catch for 7 yards. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 12 games, primarily on special teams...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman and captain his senior year at The Bullis School for head coach Patrick Cilento... Played with fellow Nittany Lion Cam Brown...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...Selected to play in the Crab Bowl and Big 33 Classic...Recorded 51 tackles, five tackles 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, Rivals and Scout...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...Also wrestled in high school.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach BJ Hogan at Cardinal O’Hara High School...Served as team captain in his senior year...Helped the Lions to the Catholic League Blue Division title with a 10-1 mark in his senior season...Named Pennsylvania Football News’ 2016 Class 4A Lineman of the Year...Selected to Pennsylvania Football News’ Class 4A All-State first team as a senior...Earned Pennsylvania Football Writers first-team All-State honors, as well as USA Today All-State first team accolades...Earned AllSoutheastern and All-Delco first team selections as a senior...Garnered first-team All-Philadelphia and first-team All-Catholic honors in 2016...Rated as a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as 13th-best player in Pennsylvania and 64thbest offensive tackle by 247Sports...Rated as the No. 14 player in Pennsylvania, No. 94 prospect in the region and No. 62 offensive tackle by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 2 offensive tackle in Pennsylvania, the No. 14 offensive tackle in the East and No. 107 overall at position by Scout...Ranked as the No. 16 player in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Played basketball for the Lions...Named to the Cardinal O’Hara honor roll. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Gillis Desmond Holmes...Son of Deborah Walker-Holmes and G. Lee Holmes Jr....Has one brother, J. Lee Holmes...Hobbies are hanging out with friends and playing basketball...Planning to pursue a career in the financial field...Born July 28, 1999.

STERLING JENKINS Offensive Line | 6-8 | 332 Senior/Junior Pittsburgh, Pa./Baldwin Major: English

➤ 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...Majoring in labor and employment relations...Would like to become an entrepreneur...Born December 13, 1996 in Laurel, Maryland.

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At 6-feet-8, is equal with Charlie Shuman as the tallest player on the team. Is a relative of Chappie Hill, who was a letterman on the 1956 Penn State football team. On pace to graduate in December with a degree in English. Is one of 10 returning players on the roster from western Pennsylvania.

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Georgia State (9/16): Appeared on offense in the fourth quarter. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 11 games...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played for head coach Pete Wagner at Baldwin High School...Earned prep All-American 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, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the top player in the state of Pennsylvania by ESPN and Scout...Ranked as the No. 4 offensive line prospect by Scout and No. 9 by ESPN...Tabbed as the No. 57 player nationally by Scout and No. 105 by ESPN.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ 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... Majoring in English...Born December 5, 1996 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Akron (9/2): Logged two tackles – both solo. Georgia State (9/16): Made one stop. at Northwestern (10/7): Recorded two stops. Rutgers (11/11): Posted a career-high four tackles. Nebraska (11/18): Saw time on defense and special teams...Returned his first career kickoff for 7 yards. at Maryland (11/25): Logged three tackles...Made his first career tackle for loss, a solo stop behind the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

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Cornerback | 5-9 | 186 Sophomore/Freshman Detroit, Mich./Cass Tech Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Season: Appeared in one game...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016...Was one of three Penn State linebackers to suffer a season-ending injury...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2016 fall semester.

• Was an Army All-American and had one tackle for the East team in 2016. • Was a two-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football and track & field. • Had the second-best bench press (320) and third-best 40-yard dash time (4.40) among cornerbacks in 2018 winter workouts. • Joins KJ Hamler as the only two returning Nittany Lions from Michigan. • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Thomas Wilcher at Cass Tech High School...Named team captain in 2016...Helped the Technicians to a perfect 14-0 record and the MHSAA Division I Championship in his senior season...Guided the Technicians to three city titles, four consecutive district and regional titles...Led Cass Tech to a 50-5 record in four seasons...Selected as a 2016 Army All-American...Had one tackle for the East squad in the Army All-American Game...Selected first-team USA Today All-State in 2016...Selected to the Detroit News All-State Dream Team as a senior...Named the captain of the Detroit Free Press All-Division I team in 2016... Named Associated Press All-State honorable mention as a specialist in 2016...Earned first-team all-region, all-district and all-conference honors in his senior year...Garnered second-team all-city and all-conference accolades in his junior season...Earned back-to-back Cass Tech MVP honors in 2015 and 2016...Rated a fourstar prospect by Rivals and Scout and a three-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN...Ranked as the No. 18 player in Michigan and No. 78 cornerback in the country by ESPN...Rated as a the seventh-ranked player in Michigan and 34th-ranked cornerback in the country by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 224 overall recruit by Rivals, as well as No. 4 prospect in Michigan and No. 18 in the country among cornerbacks...Rated No. 2 in Michigan, No. 3 in the Midwest and No. 37 overall among cornerbacks by Scout...Earned four varsity letters in track & field...Received all-state honors in the 4x100 in 2015 and 2016 and in the 4x200 in 2016. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Donovan Ivan Johnson...Son of Evangeline and Darryl Johnson...Has one brother, Darrell... Hobbies are football and track...Born April 8, 1999 in Livonia, Michigan.

JAN JOHNSON

Awards: Presented the 2017 Red Worrell Award for the offensive player who has best demonstrated exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice.

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Linebacker | 6-2 | 231 Senior/Junior Mohnton, Pa./Governor Mifflin Major: Psychology

at Michigan (9/24): Made his collegiate debut in the second quarter...Totaled his first two career tackles...Left the game in the second quarter with a season-ending injury. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Was a member of Penn State’s National Championship wrestling team...Wrestled at heavyweight in eight duals. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL 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 the 2014 Pennsylvania Football Writers’ Class AAAA All-State team...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 psychology...Born April 9, 1996 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

JA. JOHNSON'S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

2016

1-1

2

-

-

-

-

-

TFL -

2017

6-6

12

-

-

-

-

-

1.0-1

CAREER

7-7

14

-

-

-

-

-

1.0-1

➤ JA. JOHNSON'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles .....................................................................................................................4; Rutgers, 11/11/17 Tackles for Loss ...............................................................................................1.0; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Kick Returns ..................................................................................................... 1; vs. Nebraska, 11/18/17 Kick Return Yards.............................................................................................. 7; vs. Nebraska, 11/18/17 Long Kick Return .............................................................................................. 7; vs. Nebraska, 11/18/17

• Wrestled at heavyweight in eight duals for the 2016 NCAA Champion Penn State wrestling team. • 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. • On pace to graduate in August with a degree in psychology. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of four from Berks County. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in six games.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS JUWAN JOHNSON

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Wide Receiver | 6-4 | 231 Senior/Junior Glassboro, N.J./Glassboro Major: Telecommunications • Is one of the veteran members of the wide receiver room with the graduation of DaeSean Hamilton and Saeed Blacknall to the NFL. • Brother, George, played defensive end at Rutgers and currently plays for the New Orleans Saints. • Spent the summer interning in the marketing department for the State College Spikes, the St. Louis Cardinals' Short-Season A affiliate. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Shared the 2018 Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award, given during spring practice to squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner, with John Reid. • Slated to graduate in December with a degree in telecommunications. • Is one of five 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, in 2014 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, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as a top-25 receiver in the class by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Rated the 134th overall player in the class by Rivals...Also played basketball. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Juwan Perry Johnson...Son of George and Ida Johnson...Has two older brothers, Darreus and George Jr....Brother, George, played defensive end at Rutgers and plays for the New Orleans Saints... Majoring in telecommunications and minoring in theatre...Born September 13, 1996 in Stratford, New Jersey.

JU. JOHNSON'S CAREER STATISTICS Avg.

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LG

Rec.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

2016

Att.-Yds. -

-

-

-

2-70

35.0

-

43

2017

-

-

-

-

54-701

12.9

1

43

CAREER

-

-

-

-

56-771

13.7

1

43

➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS Season: 2017: Finished the season tied for No. 12 on the single-season receptions list (54)...Ranked No. 19 at season’s end in single-season receiving yards (701). ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from conference coaches and media voters... Earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his game-winning touchdown catch at Iowa (9/30)...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his first career 100-yard receiving game vs. Nebraska (11/18)...Notched a slot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after a six-catch day at Maryland (11/25)...Named Academic All-Big Ten... Shared the 2018 Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award, given during spring practice to squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner, with John Reid.

➤ JU. JOHNSON'S CAREER HIGHS

Season: Started all 13 games...Made his first career touchdown catch as time expired at Iowa (9/23) to give Penn State a come-from-behind victory...Of his 54 catches on the season, 38 of them went for a first down (70%).

Note: Has nine career special teams tackles. Has two career kickoff returns for 2 yards.

Receptions ................................................................................................................. 7; at Iowa, 9/23/17 Receiving Yards ................................................................................................. 105; Nebraska, 11/18/17 Receiving Touchdowns ............................................................................................... 1; at Iowa, 9/23/17 Longest Reception.................................................................... 43 yards; Twice: Last Nebraska, 11/18/17 Tackles ........................................................................................................2; Twice: Last vs. USC, 1/2/17 Blocked Punts ......................................................................................................1; at Rutgers, 11/19/16

Akron (9/2): Made four receptions for a game-high 84 yards...Both marks surpassed his career totals coming into the season. Pittsburgh (9/9): Made one catch for 4 yards. Georgia State (9/16): Caught two passes for 17 yards. at Iowa (9/23): Posted a career-high seven receptions...Boasted a thencareer-high 92 yards...Made his first career touchdown reception as time expired to give Penn State a walk-off win in regulation for the first time since 1929 vs. Lafayette (per Lou Prato’s Penn State Football Encyclopedia). Indiana (9/30): Caught four passes for 63 yards. at Northwestern (10/7): Totaled 43 yards on a game-high-tying six grabs. Michigan (10/21): Had three grabs for 30 yards. at Ohio State (10/28): Totaled 29 yards on three catches. at Michigan State (11/4): Posted two catches for 27 yards. Rutgers (11/11): Made a game-high five catches for 78 yards. Nebraska (11/18): Caught five passes for a career-high 105 yards, which was his first-career 100-yard game...The 43-yard reception in the first quarter tied his career-long catch. at Maryland (11/25): Made a team-best six catches for a team-high 63 yards...Five of his six grabs went for first downs. vs. Washington (12/30): Pulled in six receptions for 66 yards...Five of his six grabs went for first downs, with four of those accounting for 10-plus yards... Made an 11-yard reception on third-and-7 to extend Penn State’s final scoring drive. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in all 14 games, primarily on special teams...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016... Made his first career start at Purdue (10/29)...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016...Ranked second on the team with nine special teams tackles (8 kickoff, 1 punt). Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Collected his first collegiate reception, a 27-yard grab from Trace McSorley on Penn State’s final scoring drive of the game. Minnesota (10/1): Made one special teams tackle. Maryland (10/8): Had one special teams tackle. at Purdue (10/29): Made two special teams tackles. at Indiana (11/12): Had one stop on kickoff return. at Rutgers (11/19): Blocked a third-quarter punt that set up Penn State’s first touchdown of the game...Made one tackle on special teams...Returned one punt for 20 yards...Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Michigan State (11/26): Lone reception came in the fourth quarter, going for 43 yards. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Made one solo stop on kickoff coverage. vs. USC (1/2): Made two special teams tackles. Junior wide receiver Juwan Johnson

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DANIEL JOSEPH

Defensive Tackle | 6-0 | 305 Junior/Sophomore Upper Marlboro, Md./Gilman School Major: Communication Arts and Sciences

Defensive End | 6-3 | 246 Junior/Sophomore Brampton, Ont./Lake Forest Academy (Ill.) Major: Labor & Employment Relations

• Was a multi-sport athlete at the Gilman School, earning letters in football track & field and wrestling. • Is among 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. • One of two Nittany Lions to hail from Upper Marlboro, Maryland (Tariq Castro-Fields). ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in seven games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Logged first career tackle in the fourth quarter...One of 10 Penn Staters to register their first career tackles in the game. Georgia State (9/16): Made two tackles... Added his first career pass breakup in the second quarter. Indiana (9/30): Tied a career high with two stops. Rutgers (11/11): Had one tackle. Nebraska (11/18): Totaled one stop. at Maryland (11/25): Made one tackle...His lone stop was a combined sack of Max Bortenschlager with Daniel Joseph in the fourth quarter, which was his first collegiate quarterback takedown. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL 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 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...Majoring in communications arts and sciences...Born April 25, 1997 in Washington, D.C.

• Was a two-sport athlete at Lake Forest Academy, playing football and basketball. • Comes from a football family, brother, Faith Ekakite, played defensive line at Iowa and was the No. 1 pick of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2017 Canadian Football League (CFL) Draft and cousin, Ese Mrabure-Ajufo, played for the BC Lions of the CFL in 2015. • Spent the summer interning for the Midtown Educational Foundation in Illinois. • Is one of three Nittany Lions hailing from Canada, joining safety Jonathan Sutherland and linebacker Jesse Luketa. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in eight games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut. Georgia State (9/16): Totaled three tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sacks...Forced his first career fumble while sacking Panther quarterback Aaron Winchester in the fourth quarter to cap a five-turnover night for the Penn State defense...Collected his first career tackle for loss in the second quarter. Indiana (9/30): Tallied four stops in the fourth quarter... Logged a solo tackle for loss of Cole Gest on the Hoosiers’ final drive. at Northwestern (10/7): Had one tackle. at Maryland (11/25): Posted three tackles...Had 1.5 tackles for loss, including a combined sack of Max Bortenschlager with Ellison Jordan in the fourth quarter. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL 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 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, played defensive line at Iowa and was the No. 1 pick of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the 2017 Canadian Football League Draft... Cousin, Ese Mrabure-Ajufo, played for the BC Lions of the CFL in 2015...Hobbies include watching "Grey's Anatomy" and "Friday Night Lights," cooking, going for walks and watching movies...Majoring in labor and employment relations...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.

JOSEPH'S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2017

6-5

11

1

-

-

-

2.5-8

3.5-11

CAREER

6-5

11

1

-

-

-

2.5-8

3.5-11

JORDAN'S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2017

1-8

9

-

-

-

1

0.5-3

0.5-3

CAREER

1-8

9

-

-

-

1

0.5-3

0.5-3

➤ JORDAN'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ..................................................................................................... 2; Twice: Last Indiana, 9/30/17 Tackles for Loss ...............................................................................................0.5; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Sacks ..............................................................................................................0.5; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Pass Breakups ...................................................................................................1; Georgia State, 9/16/17

➤ JOSEPH'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles .......................................................................................................................4; Indiana, 9/30/17 Tackles for Loss ...............................................................................................2.0; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Sacks ..............................................................................................................1.0; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Forced Fumbles .................................................................................................1; Georgia State, 9/16/17

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Offensive Line/Defensive Line | 6-2 | 304 Junior/Sophomore Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy Major: Journalism • Joined the Nittany Lions as a run-on in the summer of 2016. • Was active in his high school theatre group and was inducted into the Pennsylvania Thespian Society in December 2015. • Attended the same high school as head coach James Franklin. • Posted a 3.31 cumulative grade-point average through the spring semester. • Earned Dean's List recognition in the Fall 2017 semester. • Is one of 13 returning Nittany Lions from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of eight returnees from the greater Philadelphia area. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action...Named Academic All-Big Ten...Earned Dean's List accolades in the fall of 2017. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

Full name is Carson Tanner Landis...Son of Kimberly and R. Keith Landis...Has two brothers, R. Dalton and Parker...Father, R. Keith, played soccer at St. Joseph’s University...Hobbies include playing sports, spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, fishing and going to the beach...Planning to major in business or finance...Would like to own his own business...Born October 21, 1998.

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Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 183 Junior/Sophomore Reading, Pa./Berks Catholic Major: Corporate Innovation & Entrepreneurship • Joined the team as a run-on in the summer of 2016. • Was a two-sport athlete at Berks Catholic and earned all-conference honors in both football and basketball. • Recorded the highest strength index (668) among wide receivers during 2018 winter workouts, including the the top mark in the squat (475) and power clean (295). • Posted a 3.47 cumulative grade-point average following the spring semesters. • Is as two-time Dean's List selection. • One of 13 Nittany Lion returnees from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of four from Berks County. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten.

Four-year letterman and 2015 team captain at Neshaminy High School for head coach Steve Wilmont... Attended the same high school as head coach James Franklin...Earned second-team all-district honors as a senior and third team accolades as a junior...Claimed first-team all-conference honors as a senior after appearances on the second (junior) and honorable mention (sophomore) teams the previous two years...Was Pennsylvania Football News honorable-mention all-state selection as a senior and earned fourth-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors...Earned Distinguished Honor Roll all four years of high school...Was a Gold Team All-Academic honoree in 2015 and claimed Silver Team All-Academic accolades in 2014...Helped Neshaminy to the District One Championship in 2013 with a 13-2 record. ➤ PERSONAL

Season: Appeared in one game...Made his collegiate debut vs. Georgia State (9/16)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017. Georgia State (9/16): Made collegiate debut in the fourth quarter on offense. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2016 fall and 2017 spring semesters. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Full name is Hunter Daniel Kelly...Son of Dawn and Dan Kelly...Has one sister, Sierra...Mother attended Penn State...Enjoys acting and singing...Majoring in journalism...Born May 21, 1998 in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

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Kicker/Punter | 6-2 | 195 Sophomore/Freshman Macungie, Pa./Emmaus Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Owns a 3.58 cumulative grade-point average following the spring semester. • Is a two-time Dean's List recipient (fall 2017, spring 2018). • Is among two returning Nittany Lions from the Lehigh Valley area (Colton Maxwell). ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-time letterwinner for head coach Harold Fairclough at Emmaus High School...Helped the Green Hornets to the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference title with the game-winning field goal in double overtime...Selected first-team all-state as a senior...Was a two-time first-team all-conference kicker... Garnered Allentown Morning Call all-city honors in back-to-back seasons with a first team appearance in 2016...Named all-area second team as a punter in 2015 before collecting first-team kicker honors in 2016...Had a school-record nine field goals as a senior...Set Eastern Pennsylvania Conference record for field goals in a game (3), extra points in a game (11), field goals in a season (9) and longest field goal (48)...Selected to the Big 33 Game...Also earned three letters playing volleyball...Helped the Green Hornets to the PIAA State Championship in volleyball as a senior...Was an all-conference selection as a senior (first team) and junior (second team)...Selected Eastern Pennsylvania Conference volleyball scholar-athlete.

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Four-year letterman and two-time team captain at Berks Catholic High School for head coach Rick Keeley...Was a two-time all-league selection...Named all-county by Penn Live twice...Selected Class 2A All-State as a junior and senior...Played in the East vs. West all-star game...Garnered 2015 Pennsylvania Mini Max Award honors...Established 20 program records during his career...Produced 32 touchdowns as a senior to lead the Saint Bernard to a 12-2 record...Had 565 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014... Grabbed 28 receptions for 495 yards and 10 scores as a junior...Defensively, had 60 tackles and four interceptions as a junior...Also played basketball...Captured All-Berks accolades in basketball as junior and senior. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Isaac Matthew Lutz...Son of Tiffany and Jason Lutz...Has three brothers, Blake, Cooper and Lincoln, and one sister, Morgan...Brother, Blake, is a senior at Lebanon Valley College where he is a football and track athlete...Uncle, Jared Sadlowski, played baseball at Penn State and is among the all-time leaders in games played, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI...Majoring in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship...Born May 4, 1998 in Reading, Pennsylvania.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS COLTON MAXWELL

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Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 185 Junior/Sophomore Northampton, Pa./Northampton Major: Economics • After a successful tryout, joined the team as a run-on in September 2016. • Helped set the school record in the 4x100 and 4x200 at Northampton. • Is among two returning Nittany Lions from eastern Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Added as a run-on in September...Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-time letterwinner for head coach Mark Scisly at Northampton High School...Was a team captain as a senior...Ran track for four years...Was a league and district runner-up in the 400-meters...Set the school record in the 4x100 and 4x200. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Colton Donald Maxwell...Son of Donna and James Maxwell...Has two brothers, James and Schyler, and one sister, Kelly...Brother, James, also attends Penn State...Hobbies include snowboarding and dirt biking...Majoring in economics...Born December 28, 1997 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Offensive Line | 6-5 | 326 Junior/Junior Larksville, Pa./Lake-Lehman Major: Agribusiness Management • Tied for the most returning starts (22) on the offensive line (Ryan Bates) and second-most starts among all returnees (Trace McSorley). • Became only the third offensive lineman in Big Ten history to claim a weekly award after claiming Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors in November 2016. • Serving as the secretary for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Played at Lake-Lehman High School, alongside sophomore running back Nick Eury. • Is one of five returning Nittany Lions hailing from northeastern Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Started all 13 games at center. Akron (9/2): Helped pave the way for 569 total yards...Cleared the way for Saquon Barkley’s 174 rushing yards for his 11th career 100-yard rushing game...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 280 passing yards and two scoring throws...Didn’t allow a sack or quarterback hurry...Part of the offensive line unit that was named the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Pittsburgh (9/9): Part of an offensive line that allowed just one sack...Blocked for 148 total rushing yards – including 88 from Barkley – and protected McSorley to the tune of three touchdowns and 164 yards passing. Georgia State (9/16): Guided the offense to 526 yards of total offense, including McSorley’s sixth-career 300-yard passing game (309 yards) and his school-record fourth game with four-or-more touchdown passes...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns, coming from eight different Penn Staters...Saw Penn State eclipse the 30-point mark for the 10th-straight game, just the fifth streak of 10 or more games in Big Ten history. at Iowa (9/23): Helped Penn State to 579 yards of total offense on a school-record-tying 99 offensive plays...Paved the way for Barkley’s career-high 211 rushing yards and 94 receiving yards, which helped Barkley to a school-record 358 all-purpose yards...Blocked for McSorley’s 284-yard passing effort. Indiana (9/30): Helped protect McSorley for his seventh career 300-yard passing game...Allowed the passing game time to find DaeSean Hamilton on nine occasions, which led to Hamilton breaking Penn State’s career receptions record. at Northwestern (10/7): Protected quarterback McSorley to the tune of 245 yards passing and cleared the way for Barkley’s two touchdowns and game-high 75 rushing yards...Aided the team in piling up 381 yards of total offense to earn bowl eligibility. Michigan (10/21): Helped Penn State pile up 506 yards of total offense, the most allowed by Michigan since 2015 vs. Indiana (527 yards)...The 303 yards gained in the first half by

Penn State are the most allowed by a Jim Harbaugh-coached Michigan team in any half...Instrumental in the Nittany Lions’ five rushing touchdowns and one receiving score...Cleared the way for Barkley’s 108 yards rushing and two touchdowns...Protected McSorley on a 282-yard passing night with one scoring strike...McSorley also ran for 76 yards and three scores. at Ohio State (10/28): Part of an offensive line that helped produce 283 yards...Protected McSorley, who threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 49 yards and a score...Helped the offense score 38 points, the most allowed by Ohio State since giving up 41 tallies to Michigan in 2013. at Michigan State (11/4): Helped the offense post 466 yards of total offense, including 401 yards passing...Protected McSorley to the tune of 381 yards passing and three touchdowns...Blocked for Barkley’s game-high 63 rushing yards...Helped Penn State sustain a 12-play, 95-yard scoring drive – its longest in terms of yards and tied for the longest in terms of plays in 2017. Rutgers (11/11): Protected McSorley to the tune of 16-of-21 passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns...Blocked for a pair of Barkley rushing scores and one McSorley touchdown scamper. Nebraska (11/18): Helped the offense pile up 609 yards of total offense, its most since 1995 vs. Rutgers (661) and the third-most in a Big Ten game...Paved the way for 32 first downs, the fourth-most in Penn State’s Big Ten history and most since gaining 35 first downs vs. Minnesota in 2005...Protected McSorley in his ninth career 300-yard passing game, throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns...Opened lanes for Barkley’s 158-yard, three-touchdown contest. at Maryland (11/25): Paved the way for a Penn State Big Ten-record 66 points, besting the 63 points scored against Ohio State (1994) and Illinois (2005)... Blocked for McSorley’s 21st career 200-yard passing game, as McSorley threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns...Helped three players rush for touchdowns, including three from Tommy Stevens, two by Barkley and one for McSorley...Cleared the way for Stevens’ first career 100-yard rushing game, with 113 yards on the ground. vs. Washington (12/30): Guided Penn State’s offense to a 23rd-straight game with at least 20 points, which is a school record and the third-longest streak in Big Ten history...Helped the offense to a Penn State bowl-record 545 yards of total offense, which were the most surrendered by Washington since 2014 vs. Oregon (554)...Cleared the way for Barkley’s 137 rushing yards and two scores on the ground...Protected McSorley to the tune of 32-of-41 passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns... Also helped McSorley go a perfect 12-for-12 for 193 yards on third down, which included 11 first downs and two touchdowns. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named BTN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team honorable mention...Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week following his efforts in helping Penn State pile up 599 yards of total offense vs. Iowa (11/5)...Is only the third offensive lineman in Big Ten history to claim a weekly award and first since 2004...Is the first offensive lineman to earn B1G FOTW. Season: Appeared in 13 games with nine starts...Made his first collegiate start vs. Minnesota (10/1)... One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut. Temple (9/17): Part of a line that didn’t allow a sack... Paved the way for three rushing touchdowns...Protected Trace McSorley in his third career 200-yard passing effort. at Michigan (9/24): Helped Saquon Barkley move into the top 30 on the career rushing list...Protected McSorley, who threw a touchdown pass in his fifth-straight game. Minnesota (10/1): Helped Penn State to 471 yards of total offense, the most since racking up an identical total vs. Rutgers in 2015...Protected McSorley to the tune of 408 yards of total offense (335 passing, 73 rushing), the thirdhighest total in school history...Opened up the left side on Barkley’s game-winning 25-yard touchdown run in overtime. Maryland (10/8): Paved the way for 372 total rushing yards, the third-highest total for a Penn State team in Big Ten play and fourth-most in any game for Penn State in the last 20 years... Guided the offense to 524 total yards, the most since 2014 vs. UCF (511) and the most in Big Ten play since 2012 vs. Indiana (546). Ohio State (10/22): Cleared the way for Barkley’s 99 rushing yards. at Purdue (10/29): Helped Penn State gain more than 500 total yards, ending the game with 511...Blocked for Barkley’s 207 rushing yards and McSorley’s 228 yards passing...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns in the game...Integral part of Penn State scoring 62 points, its most points since scoring 66 vs. Coastal Carolina in 2006 and the most in a Big Ten game since tallying 63 vs. Illinois in 2005. Iowa (11/5): Blocked for a 167-yard rushing effort by Barkley and a 240-yard passing night for McSorley... Helped Penn State to 599 yards of total offense, the most since recording 661 yards at Rutgers (1995) and the highest total offense output by Penn State against a Big Ten team since 653 yards against Michigan State (1994)...Overall, Penn State rushed for 359 yards...His efforts enabled the Nittany Lions to go 7-of-14 on third down and the offense did not have a single three-and-out in the game. at Indiana (11/12): Helped protect McSorley during his 332-yard passing game. Michigan State (11/26): Instrumental in Penn State gaining 463 yards of total offense...Helped McSorley pile up 389 yards of total offense, tied for the sixth-most in program history...McSorley threw for 376 yards – the seventh-highest total in school history – with four touchdown passes and rushed for 13 yards. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Helped Penn State score 38 points, the most scored by a Wisconsin opponent since 2014 (Ohio State; 59)...Protected quarterback McSorley, who threw for 384 yards, which ranks No. 4 in Penn State history and broke the Big Ten Championship Game passing record...Also gave McSorley time to connect on a Big Ten Championship Game-record four passing touchdowns...Paved the way for Barkley’s 83 yards rushing, which enabled him to break Evan Royster’s Penn State sophomore rushing record. vs. USC (1/2): Helped Penn State become the first team in Rose Bowl history with a 175-yard rusher and receiver in a game (Chris Godwin; 187 receiving yards and Barkley; 194 rushing yards)...Barkley and Godwin broke the Penn State bowl records for rushing yards and receiving yards in a bowl game, respectively...Penn State’s 465 yards of total offense are fourth in the school’s bowl history and the most since the 1996 Outback Bowl (487)...Protected McSorley to the tune of 254 yards, including a Penn State bowl-record-tying four touchdown passes.

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Four-year letterman for head coach Jerry Gilsky at Lake-Lehman High School...Was a two-time team captain...Played with Nittany Lion running back Nick Eury at Lake-Lehman...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 & 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.

Three-year letterman for head coach Caesar Nettles at Riverdale Baptist School...Played with Nittany Lion teammate Tariq Castro-Fields at Riverdale Baptist...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. ➤ PERSONAL

➤ 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...Majoring in agribusiness management...Born November 3, 1997 in Larksville, Pennsylvania.

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Cornerback | 5-11 | 184 Junior/Sophomore Columbia, Md./Riverdale Baptist School Major: Labor & Employment Relations • Poised to add depth to the cornerback position for the Nittany Lions in 2018. • Was second among cornerbacks with in the broad jump (10-4) and vertical jump (35.0") during 2018 winter workouts. • Played high school football with sophomore Tariq Castro-Fields at Riverdale Baptist School. • Has seven siblings, including brother, Josh, who played for the Nittany Lions (2015-17). • Is one of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

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, was a running back at Penn State (2015-17)...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...Majoring in labor and employment relations...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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Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in 11 games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017... Recovered his first career fumble on a third-quarter fumble caused by his older brother, Josh, at Maryland (11/25). Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Logged his first career tackle in the fourth quarter...One of 10 Penn Staters to register their first career tackles in the game. Georgia State (9/16): Totaled two stops – both solo...Saw time on defense and special teams. at Northwestern (10/7): Had one tackle...Broke up his first career pass in the fourth quarter. at Ohio State (10/28): Saw time on defense and special teams. Nebraska (11/18): Made a career-high-tying two stops on defense. at Maryland (11/25): Recovered his first career fumble on a third-quarter forced fumble by his older brother, Josh...Added a career-high-tying two tackles. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

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Quarterback | 6-0 | 203 Graduate/Senior Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods Major: Journalism (2nd degree) • Owns or shares 10 Penn State passing records, including season passing yards (3,614; 2016), passing touchdowns (29; 2016) and career passing scores (59). • Has thrown a touchdown pass in a school-record 28 consecutive games, which enters 2018 as the longest active streak in FBS. • Threw TD passes to 10 different receivers in 2016 and 2017, marking the first time since 1971 a Penn State quarterback found 10-plus pass catchers for scores. • Named Academic All-Big Ten for the third time in his career in 2017. • 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 as the vice president for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Spent the summer of 2017 interning for Merrill Lynch and Bank of America in State College. • Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in accounting, recording a 3.31 cumulative grade-point average. • Is one of nine Nittany Lions to have his degree. • Is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia. ➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS Career: Is tied for No. 6 in program history with 22 wins as a starting quarterback...Has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 28-straight games, dating back to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, extending his Penn State record, which was previously held by Kerry Collins at 14-straight games from 1993-94...His streak will enter the 2018 season as the longest active streak in the FBS...Sits atop the career completion percentage (61.8) and career passing efficiency (152.9) lists...Is the only quarterback in Penn State history with 50-plus touchdown passes, topping the all-time ledger with 59 scoring tosses and besting Christian Hackenberg’s mark of 48 (2013-15)...Is the only Penn State quarterback with multiple 80-yard completions in a career...Is the only Penn State quarterback with multiple 3,000-yard passing seasons... Is one of seven quarterbacks in Big Ten history to have back-to-back 3,000-yard passing seasons...His 77 touchdowns responsible for are the most in Penn State history, passing Daryll Clark’s (65; 2006-09) career total...Joins Clark as the only two players in Penn State history with 60-plus touchdowns responsible for...Is only the third Penn State player to eclipse 7,000-yard passing yards mark, one of four Penn State passers to surpass 6,000 yards and one of nine to top the 5,000-yard plateau...Ranks No. 2 on Penn State’s all-time passing yardage list (7,369), chasing Hackenberg (8,457) for the top spot...Is the career leader in total offense (8,268), passing Hackenberg’s mark (8,215; 2013-15) in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl...Became the second Penn Stater to eclipse the 8,000-yard mark in total offense, the third player to surpass 7,000 total offense yards, the fifth player to top the 6,000-yard mark and is 1-of-10 to eclipse the 5,000-yard mark...Registered his school-record fourth career game with four-or-more touchdown passes vs. Georgia State (9/16/17), breaking a tie with Todd Blackledge and Hackenberg, who each had three such games in their career...One of five quarterbacks in Penn State history with multiple 300-yard passing games in a career, joining Hackenberg (9), Matt McGloin (6), Collins (4) and Clark (3)...His 10 300-yard passing games are No. 1 on the Penn State career charts...Owns 22 200-yard passing games, which passed the record held by Hackenberg (21; 2013-15)...Owns 16 career games with both a rushing and passing touchdown (seven in 2016, nine in 2017)...Has 19 career games with multiple passing touchdowns (one in 2015, eight in 2016, 10 in 2017)...Is No. 3 on Penn State’s career completions list (528), trailing Zack Mills (606; 2009-12) for No. 2...Is one of only four Penn State quarterbacks to complete 500 passes in a career...Is the first Penn State quarterback in program history with four consecutive games scoring both a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown (vs. Indiana, at Northwestern, vs. Michigan, at Ohio State; 2017)...Ranks No. 4 in Big Ten history in for career pass efficiency (152.9)...Ranks No. 8 in career winning percentage as a starter (.815). Bowl: Owns the career bowl passing records for yardage (738), completions (64) and touchdown passes (8) in three bowl games played...His 32 completions and 342 yards passing vs. Washington in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl both rank No. 2 in a single bowl game behind Christian Hackenberg’s 34 completions and 371 passing yards in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl...Completed 78.0 percent of his passes (32-of-41) to set the single-game bowl completion percentage mark, passing Matt Knizner’s previous mark of 72.7 percent (8-of-11) in the 1986 Orange Bowl...Ranks tied for No. 1 (4; 2017 Rose) and tied for No. 6 (2, 2017 Fiesta & 2016 TaxSlayer) on the single-game bowl passing touchdowns charts... Set the single-game bowl record with 402 yards of total offense in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. Season: Owns Penn State’s single-season passing yards (3,614; 2016), completions (284; 2017), passing touchdowns (29; 2016), total offense (4,061; 2017) and touchdowns responsible for (37; 2017) records...Owns the school standard for 300-yard passing games in a season with five such efforts in both 2016 and 2017...Is tied for the top spot with 11 200-yard passing games (2016 & 2017), equaling Matt McGloin’s mark from 2012. 2017: Became the second player in Big Ten history with 25 passing

touchdowns and 10 rushing scores in a season, joining Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett (2014 & 2017)...His 39 touchdowns responsible for are the Penn State single-season record, besting his 36 touchdowns from 2016...His 28 passing touchdowns are No. 2 in Penn State season history and tied for No. 9 in Big Ten history, behind his 29 scoring tosses in 2016...Became the first Penn Stater to eclipse the 4,000-yard total offense mark in a season, finishing 2016 with a school-record 4,061 yards, which ranks No. 6 in Big Ten history...Ranks No. 2 in single-season passing yardage with a junior-record 3,570 yards, trailing only his 3,614 yards from 2016...Owns the single-season completions mark (284), passing McGloin (270; 2012) and Christian Hackenberg (270; 2014)...Finished No. 2 on the single-season completion percentage charts (66.5), behind only Kerry Collins (66.7; 1994)...Finished the season ranked No. 3 on the single-season passing efficiency list (153.7)...Teamed with Barkley (18) as the third set of Penn Staters with 10-plus rushing touchdowns in a single season, joining Evan Royster (12) and Daryll Clark (10) in 2008 and Charlie Pittman (10) and Lydell Mitchell (10) in 1969...Tied with Michael Robinson (2005) for the most rushing touchdowns by a Penn State quarterback in a single season at 11...The 11 rushing touchdowns rank No. 16 on Penn State’s single-season charts...Finished No. 2 on the singleseason quarterback rushing yards list with 491 yards, trailing Robinson (806; 2005), and is only the second Penn State quarterback to rush for more than 400 yards in a single season...Ranks No. 15 on the single-season total touchdowns scored charts (11). 2016: Ranks No. 7 on the completions charts (224) and No. 6 on the Penn State single-season pass attempts (387) list...Is No. 2 in Penn State single-season pass efficiency rating at 156.9 in 2016 (Collins, 172.86; 1994)...His 9.33 yards per pass attempt in 2016 are No. 3 in a single-season at Penn State...Owns the Penn State record for 300-yard passing games in a single-season record with five in 2016...Tied the Penn State record for 200-yard passing games in a season with 11 in 2016 to equal the mark first set by McGloin (2012)...Became just the fourth Penn State quarterback to lead his team to 10 wins (11-3) in his first year as the starting quarterback, joining Clark in 2008 (11-2), Tom Shuman in 1973 (12-0) and Chuck Burkhart in 1968 (11-0)...Broke the sophomore season passing record previously held by Hackenberg (2,977; 2014) with 3,614 passing yards...Had a then-school-record 3,979 yards of total offense, topping the mark of 3,220 by McGloin in the 2012 season...The 3,979 yards of total offense rank eighth in Big Ten season history...Threw 29 touchdown passes to rank tied for No. 6 in Big Ten season history. Game: Owns eight of the top 22 single-game passing marks...His 384 yards vs. Wisconsin (12/3/16) rank No. 4 in Penn State history and are a Big Ten Championship Game record...Threw for a then-junior singlegame-record 381 yards at Michigan State (11/4/17), a total that sits No. 5 on Penn State’s single-game list, surpassing Kerry Collins’ 352 yards at Michigan State in 1993...Also ranks No. 7 (376; Michigan State, 2016); No. 13 (342; vs. Washington, 2017), No. 17 (335; Minnesota, 2016), No. 18 (332; at Pittsburgh & at Indiana, 2016) and No. 22 (325; Nebraska, 2017)...Became the first Penn State quarterback with three rushing touchdowns in a game since at least 1967 vs. Michigan (10/21/17)...Completed 15-straight pass attempts at Northwestern (10/7/17) to break the Penn State record for consecutive completions, which was 14-straight completions by Collins at Minnesota in 1994...The 15 consecutive passes completed is tied for the third-most in a Big Ten Conference game with Purdue's Kyle Orton (at Wisconsin; 10/18/03)... Set the school record for passing yards in a first half with 258 yards vs. Georgia State (9/16/17)...Became the first Penn State quarterback with multiple 400-yard total offense games accounting for 402 total offense yards (342 passing, 60 rushing) vs. Washington in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl to rank No. 4 on the single-game charts...Was just the third Penn State quarterback to register more than 400 yards of total offense in a game, logging 408 total offense yards (335 passing, 73 rushing) vs. Minnesota (10/1/16) to rank No. 3 all-time...Set the Big Ten Championship Game records for passing yards (384) and passing touchdowns (4) vs. Wisconsin (12/3/16). ➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Awards: Selected Offensive Most Valuable Player at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl...Garnered honorablemention All-America honors from SB Nation...Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and media voters...Selected first-team All-Big Ten by Pro Football Focus...Earned second-team All-Big Ten from the Associated Press and Phil Steele...Selected first-team All-ECAC...Named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Manning Award...Selected as one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O’Brien Award...Earned the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week and the Manning Award’s National Quarterback of the Week on Oct. 23 after accounting for four touchdowns – including three rushing scores – vs. Michigan...Selected Big Ten Rose Bowl Player of the Week and earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Oct. 23 after his effort vs. Michigan...Notched a slot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after accounting for three touchdowns at Maryland (11/25)...Selected to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award and Wuerffel Trophy...Among 10 players named to the Big Ten preseason honors list, as selected by the conference’s media members, joining teammate Barkley... Earned the Captain’s Award and the Most Valuable Offensive Player award at the annual team banquet... Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Started all 13 games...Selected team captain prior to the season...Rushed for a touchdown in four-straight games from Sept. 30-Oct. 28, 2017, the longest streak by a quarterback since Daryll Clark did so in five consecutive games in 2008...Is the first Penn State quarterback with a rushing score and a passing touchdown in four consecutive games, a streak that ran from Sept. 30-Oct. 28, 2017...Had a streak of five-straight games with multiple touchdown passes dating back to 2016 snapped at Iowa (9/23)...Has a streak of 28-straight games with a touchdown pass, which is a Penn State record and finished the season as the second-longest active streak in the FBS (40, Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma)...The 28-game touchdown pass streak will enter 2018 as the longest streak in the FBS.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS Rankings: Ranked No. 12 nationally and No. 2 the Big Ten in points responsible for per game (18.0)... Finished No. 14 in the FBS and led the Big Ten in total offense (312.4 ypg)...Ended the season No. 8 nationally and tops in the Big Ten in completion percentage (66.5)...Ranked No. 15 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing touchdowns (28)...Finished No. 11 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency (153.7)...Ended the season No. 17 in the FBS and led the Big Ten in yards per pass attempt (8.36)...Finished No. 19 nationally and led the Big Ten in passing yards per game (274.6)...Ranked No. 16 in the FBS and led the Big Ten in completions per game (21.5)...Ended the season tied for No. 43 nationally and No. 4 in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns (11)...Ranked No. 50 in the FBS and No. 4 in the Big Ten in yards per pass completion (12.57)...Ended the season tied No. 61 nationally and No. 5 in the Big Ten in total touchdowns (11). Akron (9/2): Completed 18-of-25 passes for 280 yards and two touchdown passes...Posted his 12th career 200-yard passing game...Was not sacked in the game...Rushed 12 times for 48 yards and one score...Completed a long pass of 43 yards to Saquon Barkley. Pittsburgh (9/9): Threw for 164 yards and three touchdown passes...Completed 15-of-28 passes...Rushed eight times for 65 yards, including a career-long scamper of 36 yards. Georgia State (9/16): Completed 18-of-23 passes for 309 yards and four touchdown passes...Rushed for 24 yards on two carries, including an 8-yard touchdown run late in the first half...Threw touchdown passes to four different pass catchers, including one to fellow quarterback Tommy Stevens to open the scoring...Completed a career-long 85-yard touchdown pass to Barkley, which is the third-longest pass play in school history and the longest pass by a Penn Stater in Beaver Stadium history...Named the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. at Iowa (9/23): Threw a touchdown pass to Juwan Johnson as time expired to cap a come-from-behind win, the first walk-off win in regulation for Penn State since 1929 vs. Lafayette (per Lou Prato’s Penn State Football Encyclopedia)...Accounted for 345 yards of total offense...Completed 31-of-48 passes for 284 yards and one touchdown...Connected with eight different pass catchers on the night...Rushed 17 times for 61 yards. Indiana (9/30): Posted his seventh career 300-yard passing game with 315 yards through the air...Completed 23-of-36 passes with two touchdown throws and one interception...Had one rushing score in the game. at Northwestern (10/7): Completed 25-of-34 passes, including a school-record streak of 15-straight attempts between the first and third quarters, surpassing Kerry Collins’ 14-straight completions vs. Minnesota in 1994...Compiled 245 passing yards...Connected with Stevens on a second-quarter touchdown pass...Also ran one in from 5 yards out in the fourth quarter...Garnered the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week award. Michigan (10/21): Became the first Penn State quarterback with three rushing scores since at least 1967...Accounted for four touchdowns (3 rushing, 1 passing)...Completed 17-of-26 passes for 282 yards and one touchdown...Connected with Barkley on a 42-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter...Rushed 11 times for 76 yards and three scores... Made his first career tackle...Named the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State: Completed 17-of-29 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns...Connected with DaeSean Hamilton for a 13-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter...Hit DeAndre Thompkins for a 37-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter, a play that was initially ruled an interception, but was overturned upon review of the play...Rushed 13 times for 49 yards and one touchdown...Scampered in from 6 yards out for a rushing score in the second quarter. at Michigan State (11/4): Completed 26-of-47 passes to set the Penn State junior single-game passing record at 381 yards...His passing yardage total ranks No. 5 on the Penn State single-game charts and are the second most in his career (384 vs. Wisconsin; 2016)...Threw three touchdown passes and was intercepted three times...Connected on touchdown passes of 31, 27 and 70 yards...Rushed seven times for 2 yards...Totaled 383 yards of total offense to rank No. 7 on the single-game charts. Rutgers (11/11): Accounted for three touchdowns (2 passing, 1 rushing)...Threw for 214 yards on 16-of-21 passing...Rushed 13 times for 44 yards...Earned the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Nebraska (11/18): Accounted for four touchdowns...Threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-36 passing...Rushed nine times for 46 yards and one touchdown...Totaled 371 yards of total offense to rank No. 8 on the single-game charts. at Maryland (11/25): Threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for one score...Completed 22-of-33 passes for 237 yards...Ran the ball seven times for 36 yards...Earned the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. vs. Washington (12/30): Completed 32-of-41 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns...Was a perfect 12-for-12 for 193 yards and two touchdowns on third down, which led to 11 first downs...His 32 completions are the most since Christian Hackenberg had 34 vs. Boston College in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl...Rushed for 60 yards on 12 carries...Finished the game with 402 yards of total offense, a total that sits No. 3 on the single-game charts. ➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named to the ESPN.com Big Ten All-Bowl Team...Earned Grange-Griffin Most Valuable Player award as MVP of the Big Ten Championship Game...Selected All-Big Ten second team by the conference coaches and media panel...First Penn State quarterback to earn All-Big Ten first or second team honors since Daryll Clark (first team) in 2009...Named to Phil Steele’s and the Athlon Sports All-Big Ten second team...Earned Big Ten Breakout Player distinction from Athlon Sports...Named honorable mention Campus Insiders Sophomore All-America...Named Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten second team...Earned All-ECAC honorable mention honors...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his showing vs. Maryland (10/8)...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his outing at Rutgers (11/19)...Was named the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, the Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week, earned a Helmet Sticker from ESPN’s "College Football Final" and was one of eight quarterbacks named to the Manning Award Stars of the Week list following his effort vs. Michigan State (11/26)...Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career...Named Most Valuable

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Offensive Player at the annual Nittany Lion Football Banquet...Shared the 2017 Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award, given during spring practice to squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner, with Josh McPhearson and Tommy Stevens. Season: Started all 14 games...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...Is the first Penn State quarterback with three-straight games throwing four touchdown passes since Todd Blackledge in 1982 (vs. Temple, Maryland and Rutgers)...Threw TD passes to 10 different receivers, marking the first time since 1971 a Penn State quarterback found 10-plus pass catchers for scores...His seven rushing touchdowns were the most by a Penn State quarterback since Daryll Clark had seven in 2009...His 365 rushing yards in 2016 were the most by a Penn State quarterback since Michael Robinson (806 yards) in 2005. Final Rankings: Led all FBS passers in yards per completion (16.13 ypc)...Paced the Big Ten and was No. 13 in the FBS in passing efficiency (156.9)...No. 1 in the Big Ten and No. 25 nationally in total offense (284.2 ypg)...Finished atop the Big Ten and No. 18 in the FBS with 29 passing touchdowns...Led the Big Ten and No. 13 in the FBS in total passing yards (3,614)...No. 29 nationally and No. 3 in the Big Ten in passing yards per game (258.1)...No. 6 in the FBS and No. 1 in the Big Ten in yards per pass attempt (9.34 ypa)...Had seven games with a passing and rushing touchdown in 2016, ranked second nationally to Lamar Jackson of Louisville (9). Kent State (9/3): Made his first collegiate start...Recorded his first career 200-yard passing game... Completed 16-of-31 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns...Ran the ball 14 times for 47 yards... Connected with DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki on touchdown passes. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Recorded his first career 300-yard passing game with 332 yards – a total that ranks No. 18 on Penn State’s single-game passing charts...Became just the 12th quarterback in Penn State history to register a 300-yard passing game and accounted for the 30th 300-yard game in Penn State history...Was 24-of-35 passing...Connected with Saquon Barkley on a 40-yard touchdown pass, his only scoring throw of the game...Had 17 completions of 10-plus yards, including seven of 20-plus yards...Completed passes to eight different pass catchers in the game...Rushed nine times, including a scamper of 17 yards. Temple (9/17): Recorded his third 200-yard passing game with 287 yards on 18-of 24 passing...Hooked up on 52-yard scoring strike pass to Chris Godwin in the first quarter...Later completed a 52-yard strike to Gesicki in the third quarter...Netted his first career rushing touchdown with a 2-yard scamper in the second quarter...Had nine rushes for 8 yards. at Michigan (9/24): Completed 16-of-27 passes for 121 yards and one touchdown...Completed a long pass of 30 yards to Barkley. Minnesota (10/1): Completed 19 passes on a career-high 41 attempts for 335 yards...Passing total marks the second 300yard passing game of his career and the 335 passing yards are No. 17 in a single-game in Penn State history...Accounted for 408 yards of total offense -- 335 passing and 73 rushing -- to mark the thirdhighest total in school history, the most since Christian Hackenberg posted a school-record 454 yards against UCF in the 2014 Croke Park Classic vs. UCF...The 80-yard touchdown completion to Irvin Charles was a season long...Led the team with 73 rushing yards on only eight attempts...Was the first Penn State quarterback to lead the team in rushing since Michael Robinson (90 yards, 1 TD) at Michigan State on Nov. 19, 2005...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Maryland (10/8): Threw for 152 yards and two touchdowns on 10-of-19 passing...Connected with Gesicki on a 5-yard touchdown pass on Penn State first drive of the game and later found DeAndre Thompkins for a 70-yard scoring strike...Rushed 18 times for a career-high 81 yards...His 81 rushing yards are the most by a quarterback since Daryll Clark had 83 against Illinois in 2009. Ohio State (10/22): Completed 8-of-23 passes for 154 yards and a touchdown...Rushed a career-high 19 times for 63 yards and one touchdown. at Purdue (10/29): Threw three touchdown passes on 12-of-23 passing for 228 yards...Threw scoring strikes of 38, 21 and 1 yards...Ran five times for 2 yards. Iowa (11/5): Completed 11-of-18 passes for 240 yards... Compiled his sixth career 200-yard passing game...Rushed for 40 yards on 14 carries and one rushing touchdown...Logged his fourth career game with a rushing and passing touchdown. at Indiana (11/12): Accounted for 345 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in the game...Completed 16of-30 passes for 332 yards and two touchdowns...Completed eight passes longer than 20 yards in the game...Carried the ball eight times for 13 yards and one score. at Rutgers (11/19): Posted his eighth 200-yard passing game of the season with 210 yards through the air on 17-of-33 passing...Connected with Mark Allen on a fourth-quarter touchdown pass of 27 yards...Carried the ball 11 times for 55 yards. Michigan State (11/29): Completed 17-of-23 for 376 yards and a career-high four touchdowns... Rushed for 13 yards on 10 carries...The 376 passing yards rank No. 7 on the single-game charts...His 389 yards of total offense rank tied for No. 5 in a single-game at Penn State...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Set a Big Ten Championship Game record with career-best 384 passing yards and a career-high-tying four touchdown passes...The 384 yards rank No. 4 on Penn State’s single-game list...Completed 22-of-31 passes in the game...His 70-yard completion to Saeed Blacknall is the third-longest pass play in Big Ten Championship Game history...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Co-Player of the Week with Saeed Blacknall. vs. USC (1/2): Completed 18-of-29 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns...The four touchdown passes tied a career high and equaled the Penn State bowl game record, also accomplished by Tony Sacca (1992 Fiesta), Wally Richardson (1996 Outback) and Hackenberg (2014 Pinstripe)...The 254 yards passing rank No. 4 in Penn State single-game bowl history...Rushed for 13 yards on six carries with one touchdown...Rushed for a 3-yard touchdown in the third quarter...The five touchdowns responsible for (4 passing, 1 rushing) are tied for the most in Rose Bowl history and break the Penn State bowl record.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ PERSONAL

Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten.

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...Sister attends Penn State...Enjoys playing organized and pick-up sports and video games...Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in accounting...Working on a second degree in journalism...Born August 23, 1995 in Centreville, Virginia.

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 (0for-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 20-yard 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.

McSORLEY’S PASSING STATISTICS C-A

Yds.

%

TD-INT

YPG

LG

2015

20-40

185

50.0

2-0

26.4

21

2016

224-387

3,614

57.9

29-8

258.1

80

2017

284-427

3,570

66.5

28-10

274.6

85

CAREER

528-854

7,369

61.8

59-18

216.7

85

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McSORLEY'S OFFENSIVE STATISTICS

Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2014 fall semester. ➤ 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, Rivals and 247Sports...Lettered in basketball and lacrosse.

Att.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

Rec.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

2015

13-43

3.3

-

14

-

-

-

-

2016

146-365

2.5

7

26

-

-

-

-

2017

144-491

3.4

11

36

-

-

-

-

CAREER

303-899

3.0

18

36

-

-

-

-

➤ McSORLEY’S CAREER HIGHS Pass Completions .......................................................................................32; vs. Washington, 12/30/17 Pass Attempts .......................................................................................................... 48; at Iowa, 9/23/17 Passing Yards ................................................................................................. 384; vs. Wisconsin, 12/3/16 Passing Touchdowns ...............................................................4; Four Times: Last Georgia State, 9/16/17 Long Pass ...............................................................................................85 yards; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Rush Attempts ...................................................................................................19; Ohio State, 10/22/16 Rush Yards .............................................................................................................81; Maryland, 10/8/16 Rushing Touchdowns ............................................................................................ 3; Michigan, 10/21/17 Long Rush .................................................................................................... 36 yards; Pittsburgh, 9/9/17 Total Offense Yards ............................................................................................ 408; Minnesota, 10/1/16 All-Purpose Yards ..................................................................................................81; Maryland, 10/8/16 Note: Has one career tackle (vs. Michigan, 2017)

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JARVIS MILLER

Offensive Line | 6-4 | 306 Junior/Sophomore Birdsboro, Pa./Exeter Township Senior Major: Psychology

Linebacker | 6-2 | 219 Senior/Junior Suffield, Conn./Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby Major: Criminology

• Will compete for playing time and add depth to the offensive line for the Nittany Lions in 2018. • Was a two-sport athlete at Exeter Township Senior, earning all-conference honors in both football and basketball. • Is a member of the Athletic Director's Leadership Institute. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • One of 13 Nittany Lion returnees from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of four from Berks County.

• Shifted from safety to linebacker during the 2016 season. • Earned his black belt in karate when he was five years old. • Posted the top time in the 40-yard dash (4.46) and pro agility (4.15) among linebackers in 2018 winter conditioning. • Is the only Nittany Lion from Connecticut.

➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Akron (9/2): Logged a career-high five tackles, which also tied for a team high...The five tackles equaled his career total entering the game...Posted his first career tackle for loss on a fourth-quarter sack of Kato Nelson...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015...Part of a defense that posted a season-opening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0). Georgia State (9/16): Made two stops. at Northwestern (10/7): Had one tackle...Broke up his first career pass in the fourth quarter. Nebraska (11/18): Logged two stops.

Season: Appeared in 12 games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made his collegiate debut...Appeared on special teams and offense. Georgia State (9/16): Appeared on special teams and offense. at Iowa (9/23): Saw time on special teams. Indiana (9/30): Appeared on special teams. at Northwestern (10/7): Saw time on special teams. Michigan (10/21): Appeared on special teams. at Ohio State (10/28): Appeared on special teams. at Michigan State (11/4): Saw time on special teams. Rutgers (11/11): Appeared on special teams. Nebraska (11/18): Appeared on special teams. at Maryland (11/25): Appeared on offense and special teams. vs. Washington (12/30): Saw time on special teams. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ 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 five-star recruit by Scout and 247Sports and a fourstart 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...Majoring in psychology...Born August 8, 1997 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in eight games.

➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in al 14 games, primarily on special teams...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016...Moved to linebacker following the Minnesota (10/1) game. Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Made his first career stop on kickoff coverage in the fourth quarter. Maryland (10/8): Made one tackle. at Rutgers (11/19): Made two tackles – both on kickoff coverage. vs. USC (1/2): Made one tackle on kickoff coverage. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played at Windsor Locks/Suffield/East Granby High School for head coach Jason Qua...Earned firstteam 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, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the third-best player in the state by 247Sports...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...Majoring in criminology...Born July 29, 1997 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

J. MILLER'S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2016

2-3

5

-

-

-

-

-

-

2017

5-5

10

-

-

-

1

1.0-1

1.0-1

CAREER

7-8

15

-

-

-

1

1.0-1

1.0-1

➤ J. MILLER'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ............................................................................................................................5; Akron, 9/2/17 Sacks ............................................................................................................................1.0; Akron, 9/2/17 Tackles for Loss .............................................................................................................1.0; Akron, 9/2/17 Pass Breakups .............................................................................................. 1; at Northwestern, 10/7/17

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Defensive End | 6-5 | 259 Senior/Junior Philadelphia, Pa./George Washington Major: Rehabilitation and Human Services • One of the veteran members of the defensive line room with 12 career starts. • Earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from the media in 2017, after posting a team-high 5.0 sacks and 11.0 tackles for loss. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of eight returnees from the greater Philadelphia area. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and honorable-mention accolades from the conference coaches...Garnered third-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele...Earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Oct. 24 after his showing vs. Michigan...Added to the Bednarik Award watch list at mid-season...Selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after a posting two tackles behind the line vs. Nebraska (11/18). Season: Appeared in all 13 games with 12 starts...Joined Ryan Buchholz, Will Fries and Miles Sanders as first-time starters in 2017...Wore No. 19 at Iowa (9/23) and vs. Indiana (9/30) to honor Torrence Brown, who missed the games due to a season-ending injury vs. Georgia State (9/16). Akron (9/2): Made one tackle, which was a combined tackle for loss with Curtis Cothran in the first quarter...Played two series in the game...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015. Pittsburgh (9/9): Tied a career high with two sacks, with solo quarterback takedowns in the second and third quarters...Totaled three tackles, all which came behind the line of scrimmage to account for a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss...Added one quarterback hurry in the second quarter...Part of a defense that piled up five sacks, its most since logging six vs. No. 2 Ohio State in 2016. Georgia State (9/16): Logged three tackles...Made a third-quarter solo tackle for loss...Part of a unit that posted its second shutout of the season, marking the first time since 2009 a Nittany Lion defense posted two shutouts in a single season. at Iowa (9/23): Tied his career high with five tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss...Added one quarterback hurry...Made both tackles on Iowa’s drive that ended in a tackle for loss of Akrum Wadley for a safety...The safety vs. the Hawkeyes was the second of the year for Penn State (Pittsburgh), marking the first time since 2004 the Nittany Lions had multiple safeties in a season...Made a solo stop behind the line on Wadley in the third quarter...Garnered the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week award. Indiana (9/30): Totaled four tackles...Added one quarterback hurry. at Northwestern (10/7): Made four stops...Combined with Ryan Buchholz on a fourth-quarter sack of Clayton Thorson...His other three stops went for no gain, 1 yard and no gain. Michigan (10/21): Totaled a pair of tackles...Added two quarterback hurries...Part of a defense that held the Wolverines scoreless over the final 40:03 of the game...Part of a defensive line that earned the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State (10/28): Tied a career high with five tackles...Logged 1.5 tackles for loss, including a solo takedown of quarterback J.T. Barrett in the first quarter...Recovered his first career fumble in the fourth quarter...Also had a quarterback hurry. at Michigan State (11/4): Posted one tackle...Added one quarterback hurry. Rutgers (11/11): Posted one tackle...Added one quarterback hurry. Nebraska (11/18): Both tackles came behind the line of scrimmage...Combined with Cam Brown on a second-quarter sack of Tanner Lee...Combined with Parker Cothren on a first-quarter stop behind the line of scrimmage...Named the coaching staff’s Co-Defensive Player of the Week, along with Jason Cabinda. at Maryland (11/25): Made three tackles...Had a solo tackle behind the line of scrimmage in the first quarter...Had one quarterback hurry...Part of a defense that held the Terps scoreless in the first half, marking the seventh time in 2017 the Nittany Lions held an opponent scoreless in at least one half. vs. Washington (12/30): Totaled three tackles, playing only the second half...Sacked Jake Browning on third-and-4 to force a Washington punt late in the third quarter.

➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected BTN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team honorable mention...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his showing at Indiana (11/12). Season: Appeared in all 14 games...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut...Totaled five tackles...Made his first collegiate tackle in the second quarter...Picked up his first career sack in the third quarter with a 10-yard takedown of Justin Agner to force a punt...Sacked Agner later in the third quarter for his second of the game...Penn State’s seven sacks were the most since logging seven at Northwestern in 2011. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Had one assisted tackle. Minnesota (10/1): Made four stops...Had 1.5 tackles for loss, including a solo takedown behind the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter. Maryland (10/8): Made two tackles, including one tackle for loss...Made a solo stop behind the line in the fourth quarter. Ohio State (10/22): Made four tackles...Had one tackle for loss, a third quarter stop of Mike Weber behind the line...Helped the defense hold Ohio State scoreless in two quarters for the first time since Michigan State in 2015...Helped the defense to a season-high 11.0 tackles for loss, the most TFLs since posting 11.0 vs. Maryland in 2015...The 11.0 tackles for loss were the most yielded by the Buckeyes since giving up 11.0 vs. Alabama (2015). at Purdue (10/29): Made one tackle. at Indiana (11/12): Recorded four tackles... Forced the third fumble of the game by Indiana, his first career forced fumble, which was recovered by Malik Golden...Part of a defense that forced a season-high five turnovers, the most since forcing five against Maryland in 2015...Penn State’s five fumble recoveries were its most since recovering five versus FIU in 2007. at Rutgers (11/19): Had a quarterback hurry in the third quarter. Michigan State (11/26): Made two tackles. vs. USC (1/2): Notched one stop. ➤ 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, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked a Top-50 defensive end by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Shareef Abdul Miller...Son of Tekeya Cook...Has five siblings: Najier, Destiny, Sharde, Tayda and Jaydua...Majoring in rehabilitation and human services...Born March 14, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

S. MILLER'S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2016

13-9

22

1

-

-

-

2.0-18

5.5-27

2017

20-17

37

-

1

-

-

5.0-30

11.0-51

CAREER

33-26

59

1

1

-

-

7.0-48

16.5-78

➤ S. MILLER'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ................................................................................. 5; Three Times: Last at Ohio State, 10/28/17 Sacks ...................................................................................................2.0; Twice: Last Pittsburgh, 9/9/17 Tackles for Loss ..................................................................................................... 2.5; Pittsburgh, 9/9/17 Forced Fumbles ....................................................................................................1; at Indiana, 11/12/16 Fumble Recoveries ...........................................................................................1; at Ohio State, 10/28/17

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS MIKE MIRANDA

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Offensive Line | 6-3 | 303 Sophomore/Freshman Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Season: Appeared in 10 games...Made his collegiate debut vs. Minnesota (10/1)...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016...Led the team with 12 special teams tackles...Had 10 stops on kickoff coverage and two on punt coverage.

• Was an early enrollee in January 2017. • Had a solid showing in the weight room during winter conditioning, posting the best strength index (672) among offensive linemen. • One of five returning Nittany Lions from Ohio. • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest.

Minnesota (10/1): Made his collegiate debut...Registered one tackle on special teams. Maryland (10/8): Made three special teams tackles...Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Co-Player of the Week with Nick Scott. Ohio State (10/22): Assisted on tackles on back-to-back kickoffs to end the second quarter and begin the third quarter...Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Co-Player of the Week with Von Walker. at Purdue (10/29): Logged his lone stop on punt coverage. Iowa (11/5): Both tackles came on kickoff coverage. Michigan State (11/26): Made his first career pass breakup. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Tallied a pair of assisted stops on kickoff coverage. vs. USC (1/2): Made one stop on punt coverage.

➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Redshirt season.

Redshirt season.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Four-year letterman for head coach Mark Nori at Stow-Munroe Falls High School...Was a team captain his senior year...Helped Stow-Munroe Falls to a 10-2 record and a state playoff appearance as a senior... Guided the Bulldogs to a 13-1 record and a bid in the state semifinals as a junior...Had a 41-7 record in four years of high school football...Selected as Offensive Player of the Year in the Suburban League as a senior...Earned All-State first team honors as a senior and second team accolades as a junior...Was named Beacon Journal Top 25 in 2015 and 2016...Selected All-Ohio Inland Division first team as a junior and senior and was a second team choice as a sophomore...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 277 among the ESPN300...Rated as the 10th-ranked player in Ohio and 21st-ranked offensive guard by ESPN...Ranked No. 4 at center and No. 20 in Ohio by 247Sports...Ranked as No. 6 in Ohio, No. 12 in the Midwest and No. 40 in the country among offensive guards by Scout...Ranked No. 19 in the country at offensive guard and No. 15 in Ohio by Rivals... Played baseball as a freshman and sophomore...Was a letterman on the basketball team as a freshman.

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, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as a Top 6 player in Washington, D.C., by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Rated the 21st-best safety by 247Sports, 40th at safety by ESPN and 55th at the position by Rivals.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Michael Ray Miranda...Son of Teresa and Raymond Miranda...Has one brother, Chris... Hobbies include playing video games and cooking...Intends on majoring in business management... Born March 14, 1999.

AYRON MONROE

23

Safety | 5-11 | 207 Senior/Junior Largo, Md./St. John's College H.S. Major: Information Sciences & Technology • Was a standout on special teams with seven special teams tackles. He has 19 stops on special teams the last two seasons. • Comes from a football family as his father, Andre, played at Virginia State and his brother, Andre Jr., played at Maryland, where he was second in the Big Ten in sacks as a senior. • One of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in 11 games. Pittsburgh (9/9): Made his season debut on special teams. Georgia State (9/16): Had two tackles... Posted his first career tackle for loss in the third quarter...Broke up a third-quarter pass...Saw time on special teams and defense. Indiana (9/30): Made one tackle. at Northwestern (10/7): Made two solo tackles, including a stop on kickoff coverage. at Ohio State (10/28): Collected one stop on kickoff coverage. at Michigan State (11/4): Had one tackle on kickoff coverage. Rutgers (11/11): Made a career-high seven tackles, including a pair of stops on kickoff coverage...Logged his first career sack, a combined effort on a fourth-quarter takedown of Giovanni Rescigno with Antonio Shelton during the goalline stand on Rutgers’ final drive. Nebraska (11/18): Had one tackle. at Maryland (11/25): Made three stops, including two tackles on punt coverage.

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➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

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➤ 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...Majoring in information sciences and technology...Born March 22, 1997 in Washington, D.C.

MONROE'S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2016

3-9

12

-

-

-

1

-

-

2017

8-10

18

-

-

-

1

0.5-2

1.5-5

11-19

30

-

-

-

2

0.5-2

1.5-5

CAREER

➤ MONROE'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles .....................................................................................................................7; Rutgers, 11/11/17 Tackles for Loss ...............................................................................................1.0; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Sacks .....................................................................................................................0.5; Rutgers, 11/11/17 Pass Breakups ................................................................................. 1; Twice: Last Georgia State, 9/16/17


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➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

one pass breakup, a third-down breakup to force a first-quarter punt. Indiana (9/30): Made two tackles...Posted his third career interception – and second of the season – returning it for 17 yards. at Northwestern (10/7): Logged one tackle...Pulled in his third interception of the season to halt Northwestern’s opening drive at the Penn State 10...Is the second Penn State DB to have interceptions in back-to-back games in 2017, joining Grant Haley (Pittsburgh and Georgia State)...Had one pass breakup. Michigan (10/21): Made four tackles. at Ohio State (10/28): Totaled five tackles. at Michigan State (11/4): Had a fourth-quarter interception to end a Michigan State drive deep in Penn State territory... Had two tackles...Added a career-high five pass breakups, the most by a Nittany Lion since Justin King’s five vs. Purdue in 2007. Rutgers (11/11): Made one tackle...Part of a defense that allowed just 43 passing yards, the fewest in a game since giving up 32 vs. Army (2015)...The 43 passing yards are the fewest allowed by Penn State in Big Ten play...Held Rutgers to just seven pass completions, the secondfewest allowed by the Nittany Lions in a Big Ten game. Nebraska (11/18): Made five stops, including one on kickoff coverage. at Maryland (11/25): Had one tackle. vs. Washington (12/30): Totaled one stop.

Redshirt season.

➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Season: Appeared in 11 games.

JUSTIN NEFF

35

Safety | 6-1 | 190 Sophomore/Freshman Mill Hall, Pa./Central Mountain Major: Liberal Arts • • • •

Grew up about 30 miles from State College. Is from the same hometown as former Nittany Lion captain Von Walker. Posted the second-best mark among safeties in the pro agility (4.19) in 2018 winter workouts. Is one of six returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania.

A four-time letterwinner for head coach Jim Renninger at Central Mountain High School...Was a three-time team captain...Earned All-Heartland Conference honors as a junior and senior...Took home all-district accolades in 2014...Was an all-state kick returner as a senior...Selected as Team MVP twice...Played in the Lezzer Lumber Classic...Finished his career with 303 tackles and six interceptions defensively to go along with 2,220 rushing yards and 26 rushing touchdowns...Recorded 112 total tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble as a senior...Also had 1,192 rushing yards, 320 passing yards, 48 receiving yards, 759 kick return yards (33.0 ypr) and 17 total touchdowns (14 rushing, 3 return)...Collected 70 tackles, one interception, one forced fumble, 1,374 all-purpose yards and 15 total touchdowns as a junior...Had 79 total tackles, 1,611 all-purpose yards and nine total touchdowns as a sophomore...Also lettered twice each in basketball and track & field...Was in National Honor Society. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Justin Tyler Neff...Son of Susan and Scott Neff...Has two brothers, Scott L. II and Ethan, and two sisters, Sydney and Krystle...Mother, Susan, attended Penn State...Hobbies include hanging out with friends, playing sports, lifting and going to the movies...Majoring in liberal arts...Born October 10, 1998 in State College, Pennsylvania.

AMANI ORUWARIYE

21

Cornerback | 6-1 | 201 Graduate/Senior Tampa, Fla./Gaither Major: Journalism (2nd degree) • Earned All-Big Ten second team accolades from the coaches and media in 2017, becoming the first Nittany Lion cornerback to earn first- or second-team All-Big Ten honors since Lydell Sargeant (second team) in 2008. • Is a member of the Athletic Director's Leadership Institute. • Posted the top power clean (315) and had the second-best strength index (626) among cornerbacks during 2018 winter conditioning. • Graduated in December 2017 with a degree in telecommunications and is one of nine Lions to have his degree. • Is the only returning Nittany Lion from the state of Florida and one of three overall (Judge Culpepper and Jordan Miner).

Kent State (9/3): Made two tackles...Recorded his first career interception in the third quarter and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown...It was the first interception return for a touchdown since 2014 vs. Temple (Haley). at Pittsburgh (9/10): Logged two solo stops. Temple (9/17): Made one assisted tackle. at Michigan (9/24): Made three stops. at Purdue (10/29): Logged one tackle. Iowa (11/5): Logged two solo stops. at Indiana (11/12): Made one tackle...Had one pass breakup. at Rutgers (11/19): Had three tackles. Michigan State (11/26): Logged a career-high seven stops – including four solo stops. vs. USC (1/2): Made one stop on kickoff coverage. ➤ 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 and 247Sports. ➤ 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... Graduated in December 2017 with a degree in telecommunications...Working on a second degree in journalism...Born February 9, 1996 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

ORUWARIYE’S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS

➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Awards: Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from coaches and media voters...Was the first Nittany Lion cornerback to earn first or second team All-Big Ten honors since Lydell Sargeant (second team) in 2008...Garnered second-team All-Big Ten from Phil Steele...Earned first-team All-ECAC. Season: Appeared in 11 games. Rankings: Finished No. 26 nationally and No. 4 in the Big Ten in interceptions per game (0.4; 4 INT)...His six passes defended at Michigan State (5 PBU, 1 INT) tied for the most in the FBS in 2017 (D. Ward, Ohio State at Indiana; D. Lewis Jr., Tulane at East Carolina; Kris Boyd, Texas vs. Texas Tech)...Tied for No. 10 in the Big Ten in passes defended per game (1.1). Akron (9/2): Made three stops...Hauled in his second career interception to create Penn State’s first takeaway of the season...Also broke up one pass...One of eight players to be a part of three-straight seasons with a shutout (Illinois, 2015; at Rutgers, 2016; Akron & Georgia State, 2017), marking the longest such streak since a three-year span from 1989-91...Part of a defense that posted a seasonopening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0). Pittsburgh (9/9): Had three tackles...Added

UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2015

1-4

5

-

-

-

1

-

-

2016

13-10

23

-

-

1

1

-

-

2017

19-9

28

-

-

4

8

-

-

33-23

56

-

-

5

10

-

-

CAREER

➤ ORUWARIYE’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ......................................................................................................... 7; Michigan State, 11/26/16 Interceptions ..................................................................... 1; Five Times: Last at Michigan State, 11/4/17 Long Interception Return ..............................................................................30 yards; Kent State, 9/3/16 Pass Breakups ............................................................................................ 5; at Michigan State, 11/4/17 Note: Has one career touchdown - a 30-yard interception return vs. Kent State (9/3/16).

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JOHN PETRISHEN

BRANDON POLK

Safety | 6-0 | 202 Senior/Junior Lower Burrell, Pa./Pittsburgh Central Catholic Major: Communications Arts & Sciences

Wide Receiver | 5-9 | 180 Senior/Junior Ashburn, Va./Briar Woods Major: Criminology

• Comes from a Penn State football family as great grandfather, Pop Ellwood, and great uncle, Bill (W.T.) Ellwood, both played for the Nittany Lions. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, basketball and track & field. • One of 10 returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in three games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Posted his first career tackle in the fourth quarter...One of 10 Penn Staters to register their first career tackles in the game. Georgia State (9/16): Made two tackles... Registered his first career tackle for loss on a fourth-quarter solo stop behind the line of scrimmage. at Maryland (11/25): Saw time on defense. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

• Bounced back in 2017 after missing most of 2016 with an injury. • Posted the fastest mark among wide receivers in the 40-yard dash in winter workouts with a time of 4.39. • Played with Nittany Lion quarterback Trace McSorley at Briar Woods High School. • Was a Virginia State Champion in the 200-meter dash as a sophomore. • Is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in all 13 games. Akron (9/2): Made one catch for 4 yards. Pittsburgh (9/9): Had one catch for 18 yards, which set up Saquon Barkley’s 8-yard rushing score in the second half. Georgia State (9/16): His lone grab went for a 15-yard touchdown in the third quarter. at Northwestern (10/7): Grabbed a career-high three receptions...Totaled 40 yards, including a 23-yard grab that setup Penn State with first-and-goal on its first touchdown drive of the game. Michigan (10/21): Made one catch for 23 yards...Lone reception started Penn State’s final scoring drive of the game. Rutgers (11/11): Made one catch for 17 yards. Nebraska (11/18): Returned two kickoffs for 55 yards, including a long of 34. at Maryland (11/25): Had one catch for 9 yards...Returned one kickoff for 5 yards. vs. Washington (12/30): Made one catch for 4 yards. ➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE 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...Selected to play in the Big 33 Classic...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, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the second-best safety in Pennsylvania by Scout...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...Great grandfather, 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... Majoring in communications arts and sciences...Born June 1, 1996 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

PETRISHEN'S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

2017

2-1

3

-

CAREER

2-1

3

-

FR

2016

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

-

-

-

-

1.0-2

-

-

-

-

1.0-2

Did not play

➤ PETRISHEN'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ..............................................................................................................2; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Tackles for Loss...............................................................................................1.0; Georgia State, 9/16/17

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10

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Season: Appeared in three games...Missed the final 11 games of the season due to injury...Given a medical redshirt. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Made one catch for 4 yards. Temple (9/17): Had one catch for 14 yards... Returned the opening kickoff for 35 yards, a career-long effort. ➤ 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 2005 at Northwestern. Rutgers (9/19): Rushed one time for 6 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 4 yards and rushed once for 6 yards...Returned four kickoffs for 79 yards (19.7 ypr), with a long of 30 yards. vs. Maryland (10/24): Rushed once for 8 yards in a start. Illinois (10/31): Caught one pass for 6 yards...Rushed three times. Michigan (11/21): Had one rush for 5 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 1 yard.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

EVAN PRESTA

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 and Scout and a three-star player by ESPN and Rivals...Rated as the top receiver in the state and the 17th-best wideout in the nation by Rivals...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.

Defensive Tackle | 6-3 | 278 Sophomore/Freshman Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Joined the team as a run-on in the fall of 2017. • Was a two-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football and lacrosse. • Is one of 10 returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ 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...Majoring in criminology...Born December 10, 1996 in Ashburn, 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

2016

-

-

-

-

2-18

9.0

-

14

2017

-

-

-

-

10-130

13.0

1

23

8.8

1

33

18-205

11.4

2

39

CAREER

18-159

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A two-time letterwinner for head coach Mike Mischler at Cathedral Prep...Helped the Ramblers to a perfect 14-0 record and a PIAA Class AAAA State Championship as a senior...Had 20 solo tackles, 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defended in 2016...Earned all-district accolades as a senior... Was a two-time player of the week...Also lettered in lacrosse four times. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Evan Robert Presta...Son of Kim and Tim Presta...Has one sister, Mackenzie...Hobbies include hunting, fishing, golfing and spending time outdoors and with friends...Plans to major in business... Born December 18, 1998.

POLK’S KICKOFF RETURN STATISTICS Returns

Yards

Avg.

TD

LG

2015

10

209

20.9

-

33

2016

1

35

35.0

-

35

2017 CAREER

58

3

60

20.0

-

34

14

304

21.7

-

35

➤ POLK’S CAREER HIGHS Rushing Attempts .......................................................................3; Three Times: Last vs. Georgia, 1/2/16 Rushing Yards ..........................................................................................................50; at Temple, 9/5/15 Rushing Touchdowns ..................................................................................................1; Buffalo, 9/12/15 Longest Rush................................................................................................. 33 yards; at Temple, 9/5/15 Receptions ................................................................................................... 3; at Northwestern, 10/7/17 Receiving Yards ......................................................................................................46; Indiana, 10/10/15 Receiving Touchdowns .................................................................... 1; Twice: Last Georgia State, 9/16/17 Longest Reception.........................................................................................39 yards; 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 ............................................................................................. 35 yards; Temple, 9/17/16

JOHN REID

29

Cornerback | 5-10 | 185 Senior/Junior Mount Laurel, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.) Major: Data Sciences • • • • •

Missed the 2017 season due to injury and was granted a medical redshirt. Led the cornerbacks in bench press (370) during 2018 winter conditioning. Enjoys working on computers and built a computer from scratch when he was in high school. Spent the summer of 2017 interning for Intel in the datacenter engineering group in Oregon. Shared the 2018 Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award, given during spring practice to squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner, with Juwan Johnson. • Attended St. Joseph's Prep alongside junior linebacker Joe DuMond. • One of five returnees from New Jersey. ➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Redshirt season due to injury...Named Academic All-Big Ten...Shared the 2018 Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award, given during spring practice to squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner, with Juwan Johnson. ➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named All-Big Ten honorable mention by the conference coaches and media panel...Named Campus Insiders Sophomore All-America honorable mention...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his showing vs. Maryland (10/8)...Named to the Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week following his performance at Purdue (10/29). Season: Started all 14 games. Rankings: No. 39 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the Big Ten in punt return average (7.5 ypr).

Junior cornerback John Reid

Kent State (9/3): Totaled four tackles...Combined with Antoine White for his first career sack, a takedown of Mylik Mitchell in the fourth quarter...Returned four punts for 22 yards...Posted a long return of 21 yards in the third quarter...Penn State’s seven sacks were the most since logging seven at Northwestern in 2011. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Tied his career high with five stops...Recovered his second career fumble in the fourth quarter, helping lead to a Tyler Davis field goal...Returned four punts for 61 yards...Broke a career-long 59 yard return in the first quarter, the longest punt return for the Nittany Lions since Derrick Williams’ 63-yard return for a TD at Wisconsin in 2008. Temple (9/17): Sealed the game with an interception of Phillip Walker, returning it 14 yards...Logged four tackles... Combined with Parker Cothren on a tackle for loss in the third quarter...Returned five punts for 32

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS yards, including a 29-yarder in the first quarter. at Michigan (9/24): Posted three tackles. Minnesota (10/1): Registered one tackle...Added one pass breakup...Returned two punts. Maryland (10/8): Tied his career high with five tackles...Had a career-high-tying two pass breakups...Logged one tackle for loss on a second quarter stop behind the line of scrimmage on a wide receiver screen in the second quarter... Part of a defense that allowed 11 first downs...Helped limit Maryland to 14 points – all in the first half – 170 rushing yards and 270 yards of total offense, after the Terps entered averaging 43.2 points, 300.0 rushing and 466.2 yards of total offense per game...Returned one punt for 8 yards. Ohio State (10/22): Made three stops...Added two pass breakups...Returned two punts for 4 yards with a long of 9 yards... Helped the defense hold Ohio State scoreless in two quarters for the first time since Michigan State in 2015. at Purdue (10/29): Made one tackle...Had one pass breakup...Helped the defense hold Purdue to just 46 yards rushing, the second opponent held under 50 yards rushing in 2016...Was the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. Iowa (11/5): Made two solo tackles...Helped the defense hold Iowa to just 30 yards rushing, which was 137.9 yards below the Hawkeyes’ season average (167.9 ypg) entering the game...It was the fewest rushing yards allowed by Penn State since holding Massachusetts to 3 yards in 2014...It marked the first time Penn State held consecutive opponents to 46 yards rushing or fewer since 2007 (Notre Dame, zero yards; FIU, minus-3 yards)...It was the first time since Penn State joined the Big Ten that it held consecutive conference opponents to 50 yards or less of rushing. at Indiana (11/12): Made two tackles...Returned three punts for 32 yards....Had a long return of 19 yards in the first quarter. at Rutgers (11/19): Totaled three tackles...Made a career-high two solo tackles for loss – both coming in the third quarter...Helped hold Rutgers to just 87 yards of total offense, the fewest given up by Penn State in its Big Ten history and the fewest since 2006 vs. Temple (74)...The five first downs allowed are the fewest in B1G play in Penn State history and fewest since 2006 vs. Temple (2)... Aided the Nittany Lions in compiling nine tackles for loss, the eighth time in 2016 Penn State's defense recorded at least 9.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Michigan State (11/26): Had one tackle. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): His lone stop was a tackle for loss in the first quarter...Returned one punt for 5 yards. vs. USC (1/2): Totaled one tackle...Added two pass breakups. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named to ESPN.com’s Big Ten All-Freshman team...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2015 fall semester. 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 in 2015...Was one of five true freshmen see action. at Temple (9/5): Made a career-high 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 in 2014...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...Played with current Nittany Lion linebacker Joe DuMond at St. Joe's...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, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked among the top five prospects in the state by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Rated as the top cornerback in Pennsylvania by Scout as well as the 13th-best cornerback and 95th overall player nationally...Tabbed as the 16th-best corner by ESPN and Rivals.

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➤ 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 data sciences...Born May 15, 1996 in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

REID’S CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2015

18-11

29

1

1

2

5

-

1.0-2

2016

23-13

36

-

1

1

9

0.5-3

5.0-19

114

0.5-3

6.0-21

2017 CAREER

Redshirt season (injured) 41-24

65

1

2

3

REID'S PUNT RETURN STATISTICS Returns

Yards

Avg.

TD

LG

2015

-

-

-

-

-

2016

22

166

7.5

-

59

22

166

2017 CAREER

Redshirt season (injured) 7.5

-

59

➤ REID’S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ..........................................................................................5; Four Times: Last Maryland, 10/8/16 Sacks .....................................................................................................................0.5; Kent State, 9/3/16 Tackles for Loss ..................................................................................................2.0; at Rutgers, 11/19/16 Forced Fumbles ................................................................................................1; vs. Maryland, 10/24/15 Fumble Recoveries ...........................................................................1; Twice: Last at Pittsburgh, 9/10/16 Interceptions ...................................................................................1; Three Times: Last Temple, 9/17/16 Long Interception Return ................................................................................44 yards; Rutgers, 9/19/15 Pass Breakups .....................................................................................2; Four Times: Last vs. USC, 1/2/17 Punt Returns ...............................................................................................................5; Temple, 9/17/16 Punt Return Yards............................................................................................ 61; at Pittsburgh, 9/10/16 Longest Punt Return .............................................................................. 59 yards; at Pittsburgh, 9/10/16 All-Purpose Yards ............................................................................................ 61; at Pittsburgh, 9/10/16

MILES SANDERS

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Running Back | 5-11 | 207 Junior/Junior Pittsburgh, Pa./Woodland Hills Major: Recreation, Parks and Tourism Management • Owns the Penn State season record with 33 kickoff returns in 2016, passing former teammate Grant Haley’s mark of 32 from 2014. • Posted the top mark among running backs in the pro agility (4.04; second on the team), broad jump (10-0), squat (550) and strength index (697) in 2018 winter workouts. • Was presented with the 2018 Red Worrell Award for the offensive player who has best demonstrated exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice. • Ranks second on the school's single-season kickoff return yardage list with 688 yards in 2016, just behind Chaz Powell (733 yards; 2011). • Is one of three Mr. PA Football winners on the team (Michael Shuster, 2015; Lamont Wade, 2016). • Among 10 returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. ➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS Season: Owns the Penn State season record with 33 kickoff returns in 2016, passing former teammate Grant Haley’s mark of 32 from 2014...His 688 kickoff return yards in 2016 rank No. 2 on the school season list behind Chaz Powell (733 yards; 2011).


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Awards: Was presented with the 2018 Red Worrell Award for the offensive player who has best demonstrated exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice.

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 Scout300 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.

Season: Appeared in 12 games with one start...Made his first career start vs. Rutgers (11/11)...Joined Ryan Buchholz, Will Fries and Shareef Miller as first-time starters in 2017. Akron (9/2): Carried once for 16 yards. Pittsburgh (9/9): Rushed one time for minus-3 yards. Georgia State (9/16): Toted the ball three times for 44 yards and one touchdown...Scored on a 29-yard rush on the first play following Grant Haley’s second-quarter interception. at Iowa (9/23): Carried once for 6 yards and caught one pass for 6 yards...Returned the final kickoff of the game for 20 yards. at Northwestern (10/7): Made a career-high two catches...Totaled 11 yards...Both catches came on Penn State’s final scoring drive of the game, including a first-down grab to set up first-and-goal. Michigan (10/21): Rushed six times for 25 yards. Rutgers (11/11): Rushed twice for 18 yards. Nebraska (11/18): Carried four times for 28 yards...Caught one pass for 6 yards. at Maryland (11/25): Carried the ball a career-high seven times for 42 yards...Caught one pass for 3 yards. vs. Washington (12/30): Carried six times for 15 yards and one touchdown...Ran one in from 1-yard out in the second quarter... Caught one pass for 4 yards...Returned four kickoffs for 56 yards. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Selected BTN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team honorable mention. Season: Appeared in 13 games...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. Final Rankings: No. 84 in the NCAA and No. 7 in the Big Ten in kickoff return average (20.8 ypr). Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut...Returned two kickoffs for 36 yards...Posted a long kickoff return of 19 yards in the second quarter. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Returned two kickoffs for 50 yards... Had a long return of 33 yards. Temple (9/17): Carried three times for 27 yards...Made his first career carry early in the second quarter, gaining 6 yards...Had a long rush of 19 yards in the second quarter... Returned one kickoff for 31 yards. at Michigan (9/24): Carried twice for 14 yards...Made his first career reception for 3 yards on Penn State’s fourth quarter touchdown drive...Returned three kickoffs for 67 yards. Maryland (10/8): Carried the ball just once in the game, scoring his first career touchdown on a 25-yard burst in the fourth quarter...Returned three kickoffs for 50 yards. Ohio State (10/22): Returned four kickoffs for a career-best 89 yards...Had a long return of 27 yards in the in the third quarter... Rushed once for minus-10 yards. at Purdue (10/29): Caught his first career touchdown pass on his lone reception, a 21-yard catch-and-run in the third quarter...Carried the ball three times for 6 yards... Returned two kickoffs for 24 yards. Iowa (11/5): Had five carries for 34 yards...Returned two kicks for 72 yards, including a career-long return of 48 yards on the opening kickoff...Totaled 106 all-purpose yards. at Indiana (11/12): Returned three kickoffs for 57 yards...Had a long return of 31 yards on the games opening kickoff...Carried the ball once for minus-2 yards. at Rutgers (11/19): Totaled 97 all-purpose yards...Rushed for a career-high 85 yards on five attempts...Returned one kickoff for 12 yards. Michigan State (11/26): Rushed four times for 5 yards...Returned three kickoffs for 63 yards. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Returned four kickoffs for 83 yards...Had a long return of 29 yards on the games opening kickoff. vs. USC (1/2): Returned three kickoffs for 54 yards...Had a long return of 23 yards in the first quarter.

➤ PERSONAL 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...Majoring in recreation, parks and tourism management...Born May 1, 1997 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

SANDERS' CAREER STATISTICS 2016

Att.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

Rec.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

25-184

7.4

1

57

2-24

12.0

1

21

2017

31-191

6.2

2

31

6-30

5.0

-

7

CAREER

56-375

6.7

3

57

8-54

6.7

1

21

SANDERS' KICKOFF RETURN STATISTICS Returns

Yards

Avg.

TD

LG

2016

33

688

20.8

-

48

2017

5

76

15.2

-

23

38

764

20.1

-

48

CAREER

➤ SANDERS' CAREER HIGHS Rushing Attempts .........................................................................................7; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Rushing Yards .................................................................................................85; at Rutgers, 11/19/16 Rushing Touchdowns ................................................... 1; Three Times: Last vs. Washington, 12/30/17 Longest Rush......................................................................................... 57 yards; at Rutgers, 11/19/16 Receptions ................................................................................................. 2; at Northwestern, 10/7/17 Receiving Yards................................................................................................21; at Purdue, 10/29/16 Receiving Touchdowns .....................................................................................1; at Purdue, 10/29/16 Longest Reception ................................................................................ 21 yards; at Purdue, 10/29/16 Kickoff Returns ...............................................................4; Four Times: Last vs. Washington, 12/30/17 Kickoff Return Yards .......................................................................................89; Ohio State, 10/22/16 Longest Kickoff Return ...................................................................................48 yards; Iowa, 11/5/16 All-Purpose Yards.................................................................................................... 106; Iowa, 11/5/16

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Safety | 5-11 | 199 Graduate/Senior Fairfax, Va./Fairfax Major: Labor & Employment Relations (2nd degree)

. • Is a two-time team captain. • Made the move from running back to safety during the spring of 2016. • Was as a dancer for THON in 2018, the 46-hour student-run dance marathon which is committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, earning letters in football, track & field and basketball. • Finished tops among safeties during winter conditioning in vertical jump (36.5"), squats (540) and power clean (335), second in broad jump (10-8; fourth on team) and third in 40-yard dash (4.47) and pro agility (4.20). • Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in psychology and is working on a second degree in labor and employment relations. • Spent the summer interning with the Penn State Human Resources office. • Is one of nine Nittany Lions to have his degree • One of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia. ➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Awards: Earned the Captain’s Award at the annual team banquet. Season: Appeared in all 13 games with one start...Selected team captain prior to the season...Made his second career start – and first on defense – at Maryland (11/25), with his only other start coming at running back vs. Indiana in 2015...Danced in THON in 2018. Akron (9/2): Logged two stops...Made one tackle on kickoff coverage. Pittsburgh (9/9): Totaled a career-high eight tackles, to tie for No. 2 on the team with Jason Cabinda and Koa Farmer...Logged his first career tackle for loss on a fourth-quarter combined stop behind the line with Shareef Miller...Two of his tackles came on special teams...Joined Irvin Charles and Garrett Taylor as the coaching staff’s CoSpecial Teams Player of the Week. Georgia State (9/16): Had three tackles. Indiana (9/30): Scooped up a fumble, which was forced by Charles on a Hooiser punt return, and took it 13 yards for his second career touchdown (rush vs. Army; 2015)...Made two stops. at Northwestern (10/7): Totaled two solo stops, including one on kickoff coverage. Michigan (10/21): Made three tackles. at Ohio State (10/28): Posted three tackles, all coming on kickoff coverage. at Michigan State (11/4): Had one stop on kickoff coverage. Rutgers (11/11): Logged four tackles...Made his first career solo tackle for loss in the third quarter. Nebraska (11/18): Made two stops. at Maryland (11/25): Posted one tackle...Part of a defense that held the Terps scoreless in the first half, marking the seventh time in 2017 the Nittany Lion defense held an opponent scoreless in at least one half. vs. Washington (12/30): Made two solo tackles, including one on special teams. ➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games...Wore No. 25 in the regular season finale to honor injured senior Von Walker...Ranked No. 3 on the team in special teams tackles (8). Kent State (9/3): Made one tackle...Returned two kickoffs for 52 yards, including a long of 30 in the second quarter. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Made one stop, an assisted special team stop with Troy Apke... Returned two kickoffs for 43 yards...Had a long return of 29 yards. Temple (9/17): Returned one kickoff for 17 yards. Minnesota (10/1): Returned one kickoff for 26 yards. Maryland (10/8): Logged three stops, all coming on special teams...Was the coaching staff’s Special Teams Co-Player of the Week with Ayron Monroe. Michigan State (11/26): Lone stop came on kickoff coverage...Added his first career pass breakup in the fourth quarter. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Made an assisted tackle on kickoff coverage. vs. USC (1/2): Logged his lone hit on kickoff coverage. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON 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 coverage. Rutgers (9/19): Rushed one time for 5 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 9 yards...Returned three

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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 3 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 1 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 4 yards. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ 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- 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...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 and 247Sports...Lettered twice in track & field and once in basketball. ➤ 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...Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in psychology...Pursuing a second degree in labor and employment relations...Interested in a possible career as a sports psychologist...Born May 17, 1995 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

SCOTT’S OFFENSIVE STATISTICS Att.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

Rec.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

2015

30-133

4.4

1

35

4-43

10.8

-

22

2016

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

10.8

-

22

2017 CAREER

30-133

-

-

-

-

4.4

1

35

4-43

Note: Is 2-for-2 passing in his career for 46 yards and one touchdown pass.

SCOTT’S DEFENSIVE STATISTICS 2015

UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

5-3

8

-

-

-

-

-

-

2016

3-5

8

-

-

-

1

-

-

2017

17-16

33

-

1

-

-

-

1.5-2

CAREER

25-24

49

-

1

-

1

-

1.5-2

SCOTT’S KICKOFF RETURN STATISTICS No.

Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

2015

13

310

23.8

-

58

2016

6

138

23.0

-

30

2017

-

-

-

-

-

19

448

23.6

-

58

CAREER


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ SCOTT’S CAREER HIGHS

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Tackles .................................................................................................................... 8; Pittsburgh, 9/9/17 Tackles for Loss ......................................................................................................1.0; Rutgers, 11/11/17 Pass Breakups .............................................................................................. 1; Michigan State, 11/26/16 Fumble Recoveries .....................................................................................................1; Indiana, 9/30/17

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.

Rushing Attempts ........................................................................................................12; Army, 10/3/15 Rushing Yards .........................................................................................................57; Indiana, 10/10/15 Rushing Touchdowns .....................................................................................................1; Army, 10/3/15 Longest Rush.................................................................................................35 yards; Indiana, 10/10/15 Receptions ...............................................................................................................3; Indiana, 10/10/15 Receiving Yards ............................................................................................................22; Army, 10/3/15 Longest Reception...............................................................................................22 yards; Army, 10/3/15 Pass Attempts ..........................................................................................1; Twice: Last Illinois, 10/31/15 Pass Completions .....................................................................................1; Twice: Last Illinois, 10/31/15 Passing Yards ............................................................................................... 32; San Diego State, 9/26/15 Passing Touchdowns ..................................................................................................1; Illinois, 10/31/15 Long Pass .......................................................................................... 32 yards ; San Diego State, 9/26/15

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Antonio Valentino Shelton II...Son of Kathryn Gresham and Antonio Shelton Sr...Has four brothers, Shay, Wes, Jordan and Andre...Hobbies include writing music, watching music videos and filming...Majoring in journalism...Born on August 1, 1997 in Columbus, Ohio.

SHELTON'S CAREER STATISTICS

Kick Returns ..........................................................................................................4; Maryland, 10/24/15 Kick Return Yards.................................................................................................85; Maryland, 10/24/15 Long Kick Return ..............................................................................................58 yards; Buffalo, 9/12/15

UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2017

0-5

5

-

-

-

-

1.0-4

1.5-5

All-Purpose Yards ................................................................................................86; Maryland, 10/24/15 Total Offense Plays .......................................................................................................12; Army, 10/3/15 Total Offense Yards .................................................................................................57; Indiana, 10/10/15

CAREER

0-5

5

-

-

-

-

1.0-4

1.5-5

➤ SHELTON'S CAREER HIGHS

Note: Has two career touchdowns, one coming on a fumble recovery vs. Indiana in 2017 and the other a rushing score vs. Army in 2015...Owns 624 all-purpose yards in his career (133 rushing, 34 receiving, 448 kickoff return)...Has one career touchdown pass, hitting Christian Hackenberg with a passing score vs. Illinois in 2015.

Tackles ..................................................................................................... 2; Twice: Last Indiana, 9/30/17 Tackles for Loss ...............................................................................................1.0; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Sacks .................................................................................................... 0.5; Twice: Last Rutgers 11/11/17

ANTONIO SHELTON

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TYLER SHOOP

Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 190 Senior/Junior Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan Major: Recreation, Parks & Tourism Management

Defensive Tackle | 6-2 | 308 Junior/Sophomore Westerville, Ohio/Westerville-North Major: Journalism • Will compete for time at defensive tackle with the graduation of Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren and Tyrell Chavis. • Finished tops among defensive tackles in the bench press (435) and second in squats (580) and strength index (683) in winter workouts. • Among five returning Nittany Lions from the state of Ohio. • Joins long snapper Chris Stoll as Nittany Lions to hail from Westerville, Ohio. • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in six games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut. Georgia State (9/16): Logged his first two career tackles, both coming behind the line of scrimmage...Combined with Yetur Gross-Matos on a fourth-quarter tackle for loss...Teamed with Shaka Toney on a sack in the fourth quarter. Indiana (9/30): Logged a career-hightying two tackles. Rutgers (11/11): Posted one tackle...His lone stop was a combined sack of Giovanni Rescigno with Ayron Monroe in the fourth quarter during the goalline stand on Rutgers’ final drive. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

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• Made good strides as a key member of the scout team offense during the 2017 season. • Made his first collegiate appearance in the Big Ten East-clinching win against Michigan State. • Is the lone Nittany Lion on the roster from Tennessee. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in one game. Georgia State (9/16): Made his season debut in the fourth quarter. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in one game...Made his collegiate debut vs. Michigan State (11/26)...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON 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 Mississippi State University...Father played football and baseball at Yale University...Brother plays football at Tennessee...Enjoys playing video games and hanging out with friends...Majoring in recreation, parks and tourism management...Would like to be a coach...Born May 19, 1997 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS CHARLIE SHUMAN

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MICHAEL SHUSTER

Offensive Line | 6-8 | 323 Graduate/Senior Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland Major: Management & Organizational Leadership (2nd Degree) • Represented Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) as a dancer for THON in 2017 and 2018, the 46hour student-run dance marathon which is committed to enhancing the lives of children and families impacted by childhood cancer. • Graduated in May 2018 with a 3.64 cumulative grade-point average as a kinesiology major. • Is one of nine Nittany Lions to have his degree. • Is a six-time Dean's List honoree. • Selected as a 2018 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. • Selected as the president for the SAAB for 2018-19 after serving as treasurer last academic year. • Is a member of the Athletic Director's Leadership Institute. • Spent the summer of 2017 interning at Drayer Physical Therapy. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is one of three returning Nittany Lions from New York. • Joins Jake Zembiec as Nittany Lions to hail from Rochester, New York.

Quarterback | 6-2 | 206 Junior/Sophomore Camp Hill, Pa./Camp Hill Major: Finance • • • •

Is one of three Mr. PA Football winners on the team (Miles Sanders, 2015; Lamont Wade, 2016). Owns a 3.60 cumulative grade-point average as a finance major. Is a three-time Dean's List honoree. Is the grandson of former Nittany Lion Dick Hoak, who played 10 years for the Steelers and went on to coach the Steeler running backs from 1972-2007. • Spent the summer interning at the U.S. Capitol for California Congressman Kevin McCarthy. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is one of six returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten...Earned Dean's List accolades in the fall of 2017.

➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON

Season: Appeared in one game...Made his collegiate debut vs. Georgia State (9/16)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017.

Awards: Earned the Public Service Award at the annual team banquet...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2017 fall semester...Named Academic All-Big Ten...Selected as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

Georgia State (9/16): Made his collegiate debut...Closed out the game with the final knee to run out the clock.

Season: Appeared in one game...Made collegiate debut vs. Georgia State (9/16)...One of 24 studentathletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...Danced in THON for the second-straight year in 2018.

➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Georgia State (9/16): Made his collegiate debut...Appeared on the offensive line in the fourth quarter.

Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2016 fall and 2017 spring semesters.

➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Did not see any game action...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2016 fall and 2017 spring semesters... Danced in THON in 2017.

Four-year letterman and was captain as a senior at Camp Hill High School for head coach Frank Gay... Named first-team Class A All-State by three services as a junior and senior...Selected as small school Mr. PA Football 2015 for Class A/AA...Won the 2016 John Travers Award for the Pennsylvania high school student-athletes who excel in competition, in the classroom and in the community...Claimed a 2015 Pennsylvania Mini Max Award from the Maxwell Football Club...Registered 2,683 passing yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior to lead the Lions to their second-straight District 3 Class A title and an 11-2 record...Guided Camp Hill to a District 3 Championship with a 10-3 record as a junior with 3,484 passing yards and 42 touchdowns...Finished his career with 9,717 passing yards and 108 touchdowns, both of which rank fourth all-time in Pennsylvania...Lettered four years in basketball and baseball...Helped the Lion basketball team a runner-up finish in the District 3 tournament as a senior...Was a Mid-Penn Conference all-star as a right fielder as a junior when Camp Hill won the District 3 title.

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2015 fall and 2016 spring semesters. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2014 fall semester. ➤ 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...Helped create the foundation "Big Helping Little" in Rochester, New York when he was in high school..."Big Helping Little" helps raise awareness and funds for rare diseases... Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in kinesiology...Working on a graduate degree in management and organizational leadership...Interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy...Born October 6, 1995 in Pittsford, New York.

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➤ PERSONAL Full name is Michael Hoak Shuster...Son of Kelly and Bob Shuster...Has two brothers, Jonathan and Daniel...Both parents attended Penn State...Maternal grandfather, Dick Hoak, played football at Penn State from 1956-60...Hoak played 10 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers (1961-70) and then became the longest-tenured coach in Steelers’ history, serving as the running backs coach from 1972-2007... Majoring in finance with plans to work on Wall Street...Born March 15, 1998 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS SHANE SIMMONS

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ZACH SIMPSON

Defensive End | 6-3 | 254 Junior/Sophomore Laurel, Md./DeMatha Major: Communication Arts & Sciences

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Offensive Line | 6-3 | 302 Senior/Junior Hollidaysburg, Pa./Hollidaysburg Area Major: Economics

• Saw time in all 13 games last season and is poised to challenge for playing time in the defensive end rotation. • Attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Maryland, along with senior running back Mark Allen. • Is one of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland.

• Hails from just 40 miles outside of the University Park campus in Hollidaysburg. • On pace to graduate in December 2018 with a degree in economics. • Is one of six returning Nittany Lions from central Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Season: Appeared in all 13 games.

Awards: Named honorable-mention All-Freshman Team by BTN.com. Season: Appeared in all 13 games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Logged his first career stop, a combined tackle for loss with Brandon Smith in the fourth quarter...One of 10 Penn Staters to register their first career tackles in the game...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015. Georgia State (9/16): Had one tackle. Indiana (9/30): Contributed one quarterback hurry. at Northwestern (10/7): Totaled a career-best four tackles...Logged his first career solo tackle for loss in the second quarter...Part of a defensive line that earned the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State (10/28): Tallied one tackle. at Michigan State (11/4): Registered three tackles... Had his first career sack on a solo takedown of Brian Lewerke in the third quarter. Rutgers (11/11): Made three tackles, including a solo tackle for loss. at Maryland (11/25): Had one tackle and one quarterback hurry. vs. Washington (12/30): Posted a solo tackle for loss in the fourth quarter for his lone tackle.

Akron (9/2): Appeared on special teams and offense. Pittsburgh (9/9): Appeared on special teams. Georgia State (9/16): Appeared on special teams. at Iowa (9/23): Appeared on special teams. Indiana (9/30): Saw time on special teams. at Northwestern (10/7): Logged snaps on special teams. Michigan (10/21): Appeared on special teams. at Ohio State (10/28): Appeared on special teams. at Michigan State (11/4): Saw time on special teams. Rutgers (11/11): Appeared on special teams. Nebraska (11/18): Appeared on offense and special teams. at Maryland (11/25): Saw time on offense and special teams...Took over duties at center in from midway through the second quarter until halftime. vs. Washington (12/30): Appeared on special teams. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Season: Appeared in 12 games, primarily on kickoff return...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. Temple (9/17): Made his collegiate debut on special teams.

➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Redshirt season.

Redshirt season.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

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 firstteam 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 Scout100 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.

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 economics...Born June 22, 1997 in Altoona, Pennsylvania.

➤ 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...Majoring in communication arts and sciences...Has aspirations of one day owning his own business...Born on June 26, 1997 in Laurel, Maryland.

SIMMONS' CAREER STATISTICS UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2017

8-7

15

-

-

-

-

1.0-1

4.5-13

CAREER

8-7

15

-

-

-

-

1.0-1

4.5-13

➤ SIMMONS' CAREER HIGHS Tackles ......................................................................................................... 4; at Northwestern, 10/7/17 Tackles for Loss .......................................................................... 1.0; Three Times: Last Rutgers, 11/11/17 Sacks ....................................................................................................... 1.0; at Michigan State, 11/4/17

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS TOMMY STEVENS

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Quarterback | 6-5 | 235 Senior/Junior Indianapolis, Ind./Decatur Central Major: Telecommunications • Enrolled in classes in January 2015 after playing at Decatur Central High School outside of Indianapolis. • Became the second Penn State quarterback in program history with 100-plus rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a game against Maryland. • On pace to graduate in December 2018 with a degree in telecommunications. • Joined by redshirt freshman Mac Hippenhammer as Nittany Lions from the state of Indiana. • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest. ➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS Career: Ranks No. 8 on Penn State's career quarterback rushing yardage list with 388 yards...Has two career multi-touchdown games, with both coming in 2017...Rushed for three scores and threw a touchdown pass at Maryland (11/25/17)...Threw a touchdown and caught a touchdown pass vs. Georgia State (9/16/17).

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Played 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, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the No. 17 dual-threat quarterback and the seventhbest player in Indiana by 247Sports...Rivals tabbed him as the 18th-ranked dual-threat quarterback and the No. 5 player in Indiana. ➤ PERSONAL 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.

STEVENS' PASSING STATISTICS

Season: 2017: Finished No. 17 on the single-season quarterback rushing yardage charts (190)...Tied for No. 6 on the single-game quarterback rushing yardage list with 113 yards against Maryland. 2016: His rushing yardage (198) sits No. 16 on the single-season charts for a quarterback. Game: Became the second Penn State quarterback in program history with 100-plus rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a game, joining Eugene “Shorty” Miller, who had 250 yards and five touchdowns rushing in 1913 vs. Carnegie Tech (per ESPN Stats & Info).

2016

Awards: Shared the 2017 Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award, given during spring practice to squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner, with Trace McSorley and Josh McPhearson. Season: Appeared in seven games...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016. Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut. Maryland (10/1): Saw snaps at quarterback in the fourth quarter, but did not throw a pass...Carried the ball four times for 36 yards. at Purdue (10/29): Attempted his first passes as a collegiate quarterback, completing his first career pass to Irvin Charles for 26 yards...Was 1-of-2 passing...Rushed five times for 31 yards, including an 18-yard rush in the fourth quarter. Iowa (11/5): Ran five times for 70 yards...Lined up at wide receiver and took the handoff on the jet sweep, rumbling 13 yards for his first career touchdown in the fourth quarter...Added a careerlong 45-yard rush in the fourth quarter. at Rutgers (11/19): Rushed six times for 62 yards...Scampered for a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter...Had a long rush of 31 yards. Michigan State (11/26): Completed his only pass attempt for 10 yards in the fourth quarter.

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TD-INT

YPG

LG

36

66.7

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5.1

26

14-27

158

51.9

3-0

19.8

35

CAREER

16-30

194

53.3

3-0

12.9

35

STEVENS' OFFENSIVE STATISTICS

Season: Appeared in nine games...Saw time at quarterback, running back and wide receiver.

➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Yds.

2-3

2017

➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

Akron (9/2): Completed 3-of-6 passes for 42 yards...Connected with DaeSean Hamilton on a 26-yard completion...Rushed four times for 16 yards and one touchdown...Scored on a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter...Caught his first career pass for 7 yards. Pittsburgh (9/9): Made one catch for 1 yard. Georgia State (9/16): Caught and threw a touchdown pass, becoming the first Nittany Lion since Christian Hackenberg (2015; Illinois) to both throw and catch a touchdown pass in the same game... Completed 2-of-4 passes for career-high 43 yards and a touchdown pass...Rushed twice for 2 yards... Caught two passes for 19 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown grab to open the scoring in the first quarter...His 35-yard scoring strike to Saeed Blacknall was the first of his career and a career-long pass. at Northwestern (10/7): Caught his second career touchdown pass in a second quarter, a 10-yard pass from Trace McSorley...Made two catches in the game for 8 yards...Rushed three times for 17 yards... Set career highs in passing attempts (7) and completions (4). Michigan (10/21): Rushed once for 11 yards...Did not attempt a pass, seeing time at quarterback in the fourth quarter. Rutgers (11/11): Appeared on offense at running back and wide receiver. Nebraska (11/18): Completed 2-of-3 passes for 21 yards and one touchdown...Connected with Nick Bowers for a touchdown in the fourth quarter... Rushed five times for 31 yards...Caught two passes for 22 yards. at Maryland (11/25): Posted career highs in rushes (12), rushing yards (113), rushing touchdowns (3) and touchdowns responsible for (4)... Posted the first 100-yard rushing game by a Penn State quarterback since Michael Robinson (125; 2005) vs. Wisconsin...Completed 3-of-7 passes for 11 yards, including a 4-yard scoring strike to Tom Pancoast in the fourth quarter...Also made one reception for 4 yards...Owned a team-best 117 all-purpose yards (113 rushing, 4 receiving)...Is the second Penn State quarterback in program history with 100-plus rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns in a game, joining Eugene “Shorty” Miller, who had 250 yards and five touchdowns rushing in 1913 vs. Carnegie Tech (per ESPN Stats & Info). vs. Washington (12/30): Caught three passes for minus-1 yards.

C-A

Att.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

Rec.-Yds.

2016

21-198

9.4

2

45

-

Avg.

TD

-

-

2017

27-190

7.0

4

21

CAREER

48-388

8.1

6

45

LG -

12-60

5.0

2

13

12-60

5.0

2

13

➤ STEVENS' CAREER HIGHS Pass Completions ......................................................................................... 4; at Northwestern, 10/7/17 Pass Attempts ................................................................................. 7; Twice: Last at Maryland, 11/25/17 Passing Yards ...................................................................................................43; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Passing Touchdowns ............................................................. 1; Three Times: Last at Maryland, 11/25/17 Long Pass ...............................................................................................35 yards; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Rushing Attempts ...........................................................................................12; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Rushing Yards ................................................................................................113; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Rushing Touchdowns ........................................................................................3; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Longest Rush.......................................................................................................45 yards; Iowa, 11/5/16 Receptions ...................................................................................................3; vs. Washington, 12/30/17 Receiving Yards ................................................................................................... 22; Nebraska, 11/18/17 Receiving Touchdowns ............................................................... 1; Twice: Last at Northwestern, 10/7/17 Longest Reception...................................................................................... 13 yards; Nebraska, 11/18/17 All-Purpose Yards ..........................................................................................117; at Maryland, 11/25/17 Total Offense .................................................................................................128; at Maryland, 11/25/17


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS CHRIS STOLL

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CAM SULLIVAN-BROWN

Long Snapper | 6-2 | 261 Sophomore/Freshman Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis DeSales Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • • • •

Was a four-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, hockey, lacrosse and basketball. Is one of five returning Nittany Lions from Ohio. Joins Antonio Shelton as Nittany Lions who hail from Westerville, Ohio. One of 12 returnees from the Midwest.

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Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 189 Sophomore/Freshman Bowie, Md./Saint Vincent Pallotti Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Poised to compete for playing time at wide receiver with the graduation of DaeSean Hamilton and Saeed Blacknall to the NFL. • Is one of 11 returning Nittany Lions from Maryland. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Redshirt season.

Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-time letterwinner for head coach Ryan Wiggins at St. Francis DeSales High School...Helped the Stallions to a 31-9 record in his career...Two-time Prokicker.com All-America long snapper selection as a junior and senior...Also lettered in lacrosse four times, hockey three times and basketball once...Was a three-time academic all-conference choice for hockey...Named third-team all-state as an attackman for lacrosse as a senior...Earned all-region distinction three times for lacrosse, including first team accolades as a junior and senior. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Christopher Michael Stoll...Son of Kelly and Ken Stoll...Has one sister, Jordan...Father, Ken, played football at Wittenberg University...Sister, Jordan, participated in track & field at Otterbein University...Hobbies include video games, reading and sleeping...Intends on majoring in kinesiology with plans to become a physical therapist...Born August 3, 1998 in Columbus, Ohio.

Four-year letterman for head coach Ian Thomas at Saint Vincent Pallotti High School...Served as team captain during senior season...Led the Panthers to a 10-2 mark in his senior season on the way to an MIAA “B” Championship...Guided Pallotti to a 10-3 record and an MIAA “C” Championship as a sophomore...Garnered USA Today All-State second team honors as a senior...Earned All-Maryland second team honors as a sophomore...Garnered Baltimore Sun All-Metro first team accolades in 2016... Claimed all-conference first team honors in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons...Named to the Prince George’s Sentinel second team in 2014 and the Baltimore All-Metro first team in 2016...Invited to the Maryland Crab Bowl and the Big 33 Football Classic...Owns the school career record for receptions and receiving yards, totaling 149 catches and 2,846 yards in four seasons...Rated as a three-star recruit by all four major recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Is the 10th-ranked player in the state of Maryland and the No. 68 wide receiver in the class by Rivals...Ranked as No. 1 in Maryland, No. 5 in the East and No. 90 overall among wide receivers by Scout...Ranked as the No. 12 player in Maryland and No. 87 prospect in the region by ESPN...Rated as the No. 12 player in Maryland and No. 83 wide receiver by 247Sports...Graduated from Saint Vincent Pallotti with high honors. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Cameron Sullivan-Brown...Son of Kelly Sullivan (deceased) and Roderick Brown and Linda Esquivel...Has one brother, Roderick...Hobbies include basketball and video games...Intends to major in broadcast journalism...Plans to pursue a career in radio or television...Born December 13, 1998.

JONATHAN SUTHERLAND

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Safety | 5-11 | 196 Sophomore/Freshman Ottawa, Ont./Episcopal (Va.) Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Rated with the highest strength index (687) among safeties during 2018 winter conditioning with the No. 2 bench press (325) and No. 3 squat marks (515). • Earned Dean's List recognition in the Spring 2018 semester. • Is one of three Nittany Lions hailing from Canada, joining sophomore Daniel Joseph and true freshman Jesse Luketa. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List honors in the spring of 2018. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A two-time letterwinner for head coach Panos Voulgaris at Episcopal High School in Virginia...Named team captain as a senior in 2016...Helped lead the Maroon to an 8-1 mark and the outright Interstate Athletic Conference Championship in 2016...Guided Episcopal to the IAC crown in 2015 with a 7-1-1 record...Earned All-State first team honors as a junior and a senior...Selected first-team USA Today AllState as a senior...Selected as the 2016 Interstate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year... Garnered first-team All-IAC accolades as a junior and a senior...Named second-team All-Met by The Washington Post as a senior...Participated in The Opening regional in Washington D.C....Rated a fourstar recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, and a three-star prospect by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 12 prospect in the state of Virginia, No. 37 player in the region and No. 23 safety by ESPN...Named as the No. 27 defensive back and the No. 12 overall prospect in Virginia in the nation by Rivals...Ranked No. 152 in the Scout 300 list...Ranked as No. 2 in Virginia, No. 3 in the East and No. 16 overall among safeties by Scout...Rated the No. 19 prospect in Virginia and No. 50 safety in the 2017 class by 247Sports. Junior quarterback Tommy Stevens

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➤ PERSONAL

Full name is Jonathan Anthony Sutherland...Son of Sylvie and Everton Sutherland...Has one brother, Liam...Hobbies include snowboarding...Plans to major in business...Has aspirations of being the CEO of a company...Born on August 9, 1998 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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 advertising and public relations...Born November 7, 1996 in Richmond, Virginia.

GARRETT TAYLOR

TAYLOR'S CAREER STATISTICS

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Safety | 6-0 | 206 Senior/Junior Richmond, Va./St. Christopher's Major: Advertising & Public Relations (Smeal Business Cert.) • Made the transition from cornerback to safety in the spring of 2017. • Led the safeties during 2018 winter workouts in the pro agility (4.12) and bench press (345), while finishing third in broad jump (10-2) and power clean (315). • Is a two-time Dean's List recipient. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football, track & field and basketball at St. Christopher's. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • On pace to graduate in December 2018 with a degree in advertising and public relations with a Smeal Business Certificate. • One of seven returning Nittany Lions to matriculate from the state of Virginia.

2016

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FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

1-1

2

-

-

-

1

-

-

2017

6-6

12

-

1

-

1

-

-

CAREER

7-7

14

-

1

-

2

-

-

➤ TAYLOR'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles .................................................................................................................. 3; Nebraska, 11/18/17 Fumble Recoveries ...................................................................................................1; Rutgers, 11/11/17 Pass Breakups ...............................................................................................1; Twice: Last Akron, 9/2/17

➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in all 13 games...Saw time on defense and special teams...Recovered his first career fumble vs. Rutgers (11/11). Akron (9/2): Had one tackle...Tied a career high with one pass breakup. Pittsburgh (9/9): Made two stops...Joined Irvin Charles and Nick Scott as the coaching staff’s Co-Special Teams Player of the Week. at Iowa (9/23): Made one tackle on punt coverage. Indiana (9/30): Made one tackle on punt coverage. at Ohio State (10/28): Logged his lone stop on punt coverage. Rutgers (11/11): Recovered his first career fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half...Recovered a fumble, making it 11-straight games, which was the longest streak since a 29-game stretch from 2007-09. Nebraska (11/18): Totaled a career-high three tackles. at Maryland (11/25): Made one tackle on kickoff coverage. vs. Washington (12/30): Made a pair of tackles on kickoff coverage. ➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Junior safety Garrett Taylor

Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2016 fall semester.

JOHNATHAN THOMAS

Season: Appeared in 12 games...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016.

Running Back | 5-11 | 221 Graduate/Senior Peabody, Mass./St. John's Prep Major: Journalism (2nd degree)

Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut. Maryland (10/1): Made his first collegiate tackle in the second quarter on kickoff coverage. Ohio State (10/22): Made a solo stop on punt return in the second quarter to pin Ohio State at its own 11-yard line to start the drive. at Rutgers (11/19): Recovered Juwan Johnson’s blocked punt in the third quarter at the Rutgers 10-yard line, which led to Penn State’s first touchdown of the game. ➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2016 spring semester. ➤ 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 AllAmerican 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 All-Metro in 2013...Had 24 tackles and four picks as a sophomore...Consensus four-star player, ranking as the 86thbest prospect in the nation by Rivals, fourth-best player in the state and the eighth-best cornerback... Rated as the top cornerback in Virginia by Scout, 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.

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Returned to the running back unit in 2017 after moving to linebacker for the 2016 campaign. Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2015 spring semester. Graduated in December 2017 with a degree in sociology and in May 2018 with a degree in criminology. Is one of nine Nittany Lions to have his degree. Named the 2018 Coaches Special Team Award winner for the specialist who demonstrated loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement in spring practice. • Joins sophomore tight end Danny Dalton as the returning Nittany Lions from Massachusetts. ➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten...Named the 2018 Coaches Special Team Award winner for the specialist who demonstrated loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement in spring practice. Season: Appeared in eight games...Saw time on special teams. Georgia State (9/16): Made his first career tackle...Combined with Frank Di Leo on a fourth-quarter stop on special teams. at Iowa (9/23): Made one tackle on kickoff coverage. Rutgers (11/11): Had one stop on kickoff coverage. Nebraska (11/18): Made his lone stop on kickoff coverage. at Maryland (11/25): Posted one tackle on kickoff coverage.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON

DeANDRE THOMPKINS

Season: Appeared in five games. ➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON 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 9 yards. Illinois (10/31): Carried twice for 5 yards. ➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2015 spring semester. ➤ 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...ESPNBoston.com all-state selection as a junior after leading the Eagles to the MIAA Division I State Championship...Finalist for ESPNBoston. com’s Mr. Football, presented to the top player in Massachusetts, in 2012 and was the only junior on the list...Named All-Catholic 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, Rivals and Scout...Ranked among the Top 50 running backs in the nation by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN...Ranked as the top player in the state of Massachusetts by 247Sports and ESPN...Lettered once in basketball...Honor Roll student and a Community of Concern Student Mentor Leader at St. John’s Prep. ➤ 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...Graduated in December 2017 with a degree in sociology...Pursuing a second degree in journalism and is on pace to graduate in May 2018...Born June 7, 1995 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

THOMAS’ OFFENSIVE CAREER STATISTICS Att.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

Rec.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

2015

11-42

3.8

0

11

-

-

-

-

2016

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2017

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

3.8

0

11

-

-

-

-

CAREER

11-42

THOMAS' DEFENSIVE CAREER STATISTICS 2015

UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2016

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

2017

2-3

5

-

-

-

-

-

-

CAREER

2-3

5

-

-

-

-

-

-

➤ THOMAS’ CAREER HIGHS

3

Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 188 Graduate/Senior Hubert, N.C./Swansboro Major: Criminology (2nd degree) • Has the type of game-changing speed and big play ability that can play a key role on the Nittany Lion offense in 2018. • Leads the wide receivers room for career-high mark in 40-yard dash (4.34; 2017), pro agility (4.08; 2017), vertical jump (35.5"; 2017) and broad jump (10-8; 2017). • Interned at the Office of the Inspector General in Atlanta in the summer of 2018. • Graduated in December 2017 with a degree in psychology and is on pace to earn a second degree in criminology in December 2018. • Is one of nine Nittany Lions to have his degree. • Joins Brelin Faison-Walden as the only returning Nittany Lion from North Carolina. ➤ CAREER NOTES & RECORDS Game: Set a school record for punt return average in a game with 31.8 yard per return vs. Akron (9/2/17), besting Derrick Williams’ mark of 31.7 vs. Temple (2006). ➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON Awards: Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and third-team accolades from the media voters as a return specialist...Garnered first-team All-Big Ten honors as a punt returner from Phil Steele. Season: Appeared in all 13 games with eight starts...Became the first Penn Stater to return a punt for a touchdown since Derrick Williams at Wisconsin in 2008...Was the first punt return touchdown by a Nittany Lion at Beaver Stadium since Williams did so vs. Notre Dame in 2007. Rankings: Ranked No. 5 nationally and led the Big Ten in punt return average (13.3 ypr)...Tied for No. 10 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten in punt return touchdowns (1)...Finished No. 78 in the FBS and No. 8 in the Big Ten in yards per reception (15.82). Akron (9/2): Caught two passes for 29 yards...Returned four punts for 127 yards and one touchdown... His first-quarter punt return for a touchdown was the opening score of the game and first Penn State punt return for a touchdown since 2008 (Derrick Williams; at Wisconsin)...Was the first punt return for a touchdown by a Nittany Lion at Beaver Stadium since 2007 (Williams; Notre Dame)...Set a career high with 156 all-purpose yards...Named the coaching staff’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Pittsburgh (9/9): Made one catch for 12 yards...Returned three punts for 31 yards...Had a long return of 16 yards. Georgia State (9/16): Caught three passes for 25 yards, all coming on Penn State’s first scoring drive... Returned three punts for 44 yards, including a long return of 27 yards. at Iowa (9/23): Caught two passes for 14 yards...Returned one punt for 4 yards. Indiana (9/30): Made two grabs for 53 yards... Both catches went for first downs on Penn State scoring drives. at Northwestern (10/7): Totaled 57 yards on a career-high six receptions...Returned three punts for 33 yards...Had a long punt return of 32 yards in the fourth quarter. Michigan (10/21): Returned two punts for 20 yards...Had a long return of 18 yards. at Ohio State: Hauled in two passes for 49 yards...Made a 37-yard touchdown catch that was initially ruled an interception, but was overturned and ruled a touchdown catch upon review. at Michigan State (11/4): Caught four passes for a career-high 102 yards to account for his first career 100-yard receiving game...Hauled in a 70-yard touchdown catch to end the third quarter, tying for his longest career receptions (Maryland, 2016)...Teamed with DaeSean Hamilton (112 yards) as the first Penn State duo to log 100 receiving yards in the same game since the 2016 Big Ten Championship Game. Rutgers (11/11): Returned two punts for 10 yards. Nebraska (11/18): Lone catch went for 15 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter...Returned one punt for 10 yards. at Maryland (11/25): Made three catches for 48 yards...Returned two punts for 25 yards, including a long of 20 yards in the fourth quarter. vs. Washington (12/30): Caught two passes for 39 yards...Had a 34-yard catch and run to set up first-and-goal in front of Penn State’s third score of the game...Returned three punts for 15 yards with a long punt return of 20 yards in the fourth quarter.

Rushing Attempts .....................................................................................................7; vs. Army, 10/3/15 Rushing 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 Tackles .....................................................................................1; Five Times: Last at Maryland, 11/25/17

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS THOMPKINS’ PUNT RETURN STATISTICS

➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in 13 games with seven starts...Made his first career start at Pittsburgh...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016.

No.

Yards

Avg.

TD

LG

2015

23

178

7.7

-

58

Final Rankings: No. 70 nationally and No. 4 in the Big Ten in yards per reception (16.30 ypr).

2016

1

2

2.0

-

2

Kent State (9/3): Made one catch for 43 yards. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Made his first collegiate start... Made three receptions for 87 receiving yards...On Penn State’s third scoring drive, made a 14-yard grab on third-and-8 and a 39-yard catch to set up first-and-goal from the Pittsburgh 2-yard line...Had a 34yard catch and run on fourth-and-16 in the fourth quarter. Temple (9/17): Made three grabs for 36 yards. at Michigan (9/24): Made three catches...Had two tackles. Minnesota (10/1): Made a careerhigh four catches...Totaled 72 yards on the day...Made a then-career-long 53 yard reception in the first quarter. Maryland (10/1): Led all players with 91 receiving yards on four receptions...Hauled in a career-long 70-yard catch for his first career touchdown catch to end the third quarter. Iowa (11/5): Had one catch for 25 yards...Returned one punt for 2 yards...Returned his first career kickoff for 5 yards. at Rutgers (11/19): Made four catches...Totaled 40 yards receiving. Michigan State (11/26): Caught two passes for 38 yards. vs. USC (1/2): Made two grabs for 9 yards.

2017

24

319

13.3

1

61

CAREER

48

499

10.4

1

61

Rush Attempts ....................................................................................... 2; Twice: Last Indiana, 10/10/15 Rush Yards ..............................................................................................................11; Indiana, 10/10/15 Rushing Touchdowns .................................................................................................1; Rutgers, 9/19/15 Long Rush ......................................................................................................6 yards; Indiana, 10/10/15

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Receptions .......................................................................................................6; Northwestern, 10/7/17 Receiving Yards ...................................................................................... 102; at Michigan State, 11/4/17 Receiving Touchdowns ................................................................ 1; Four Times: Last Nebraska, 11/18/17 Long Reception ..............................................................70 yards; Twice; Last at Michigan State, 11/4/17

Season: Appeared in 13 games...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.

Punt Returns ............................................................................................................5; Indiana, 10/10/15 Punt Return Yards........................................................................................................127; Akron, 9/2/17 Long Punt Return ................................................................................................ 61 yards; Akron, 9/2/17

Final Rankings: Ranked 38th in the FBS and seventh in the Big Ten with 7.7 yards per punt return.

Total Offense Yards ...............................................................................................91; Maryland, 10/8/16 All-Purpose Yards ........................................................................................................156; Akron, 9/2/17

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 31-yard reception on Penn State’s first scoring drive. at Northwestern (11/7): Returned two punts for 9 yards...Had a long punt return of 8 yards. Michigan (11/21): Had one punt return for 1 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 and 247Sports...Ranked 66th in the ESPN300...Was a top-10 recruit in North Carolina by ESPN (5th) and 247Sports (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...Graduated in December 2017 with a degree in psychology...Working on a second degree in criminology...Would like to pursue a career in neuropsychology...Born October 1, 1995 in Pensacola, Florida.

THOMPKINS’ CAREER STATISTICS Att.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

LG

Rec.-Yds.

Avg.

TD

2015

5-12

2.4

1

6

3-33

11.0

-

31

2016

-

-

-

-

27-440

16.3

1

70

2017 CAREER

120

➤ THOMPKINS’ CAREER HIGHS

5-12

LG

-

-

-

28-443

15.8

3

70

2.4

1

6

58-916

15.8

4

70

2018 PENN STATE FOOTBALL YEARBOOK

Note: Has one kickoff return for 5 yards (vs. Iowa, 11/5/16).

C.J. THORPE

69

Offensive Line | 6-3 | 322 Sophomore/Freshman Glenshaw, Pa./Central Catholic Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Is third member of his immediate family to play college football. Father, Chris, played for Penn State from 1985-88 as a linebacker and halfback, while brother, Niko, played at Fordham from 2014-17. • Has four cousins who have also played collegiate sports, including basketball, football and track & field. • Serving as the business liaison for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Among 10 returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Terry Totten at Central Catholic High School...Served as team captain in senior season...Helped the Vikings to a runner-up finish in the PIAA 6A State Championship with a 14-2 record in 2016...Guided the Vikings to district and state titles with a 15-1 record in his junior season...Named Under Armour and Army All-American...Played in the Under Armour All-American Game...Selected first-team USA Today All-State as a senior...Named Pennsylvania Football News’ 2016 Class 6A Lineman of the Year...Selected to Pennsylvania Football News’ Class 6A All-State first team as a senior...Earned first-team All-State honors in junior and senior seasons...Garnered second-team AllState honors as a sophomore and honorable mention distinction as a freshman...Was a candidate for Pennsylvania’s 2016 Mr. Football Class 4A-6A...Named to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 22 team in 2016...Named to the All-District 6A first team in junior and senior seasons, earning second team honors as a sophomore and honorable mention accolades as a freshman...Invited to the USA Football All-Star Game and the Big 33 Football Classic...Rated a four-star recruit by all four recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 78 in the Rivals 100, as well as the No. 4 prospect in Pennsylvania and No. 5 offensive guard in the nation by Rivals...Ranked No. 132 in the ESPN300... Ranked as the No. 3 player in Pennsylvania, No. 8 prospect in the region and No. 5 offensive guard by ESPN...Rated No. 166 on the Scout 300 list...Ranked No. 1 in Pennsylvania, No. 3 in the East and No. 10 overall among offensive guards by Scout...Ranked as the No. 5 recruit in Pennsylvania, the No. 6 offensive guard and No. 111 player overall by 247Sports...Earned three letters in track & field...Claimed a spot on the honor roll for three years.


RETURNING NITTANY LIONS ➤ PERSONAL

➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Full name is Christopher Neal Thorpe Jr....Son of Nikki and Chris Thorpe...Has one sister, Christin, and one brother, Niko...Father, Chris, played for the Nittany Lion football team from 1985-88 as a linebacker and halfback...Brother, Niko, played football at Fordham (2014-17)...Cousin, Geno Thorpe, played basketball for one season at Penn State before transferring to South Florida...Cousins, Summer and Aja Thorpe, compete in track at Notre Dame and Yale, respectively...Cousin, LaRue Bradley, played football at Trinity... Planning to major in history or political science...Intends to pursue a career in the field of law...Born March 3, 1999 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Redshirt season.

SHAKA TONEY

18

Defensive End | 6-3 | 241 Junior/Sophomore Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter Major: Telecommunications • Earned a spot on the BTN.com's All-Freshman Team after posted 4.0 sacks and 6.5 tackles for loss in 2017. • Was a multi-sport athlete at Imhotep Charter, earning letters in football and track & field. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of eight returnees from the greater Philadelphia area. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Awards: Named to the BTN.com All-Freshman Team...Earned Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week honors on Sept. 19 after a 2.0-tackles for loss and 1.0-sack effort vs. Georgia State...Garnered Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week honors on Oct. 10 after a 2.0-sack effort that included a forced fumble at Northwestern.

➤ 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...Selected EasternPAFootball.com Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Earned PIAA Class AAA first-team All-State 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 schoolrecord 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...Majoring in telecommunications...Born on January 7, 1998 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

TONEY'S CAREER STATISTICS

Season: Appeared in 12 games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut...Totaled two tackles...Logged his first career stop in the third quarter on a solo tackle for loss...One of 10 Penn Staters to register their first career tackles in the game...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015. Pittsburgh (9/9): Made one tackle...Combined with Kevin Givens on a fourth-quarter tackle for loss. Georgia State (9/16): Posted four tackles, none of which gained yardage...Logged his first career sack, a combined effort with Manny Bowen, and forced a fumble by Georgia State quarterback Conner Manning, a fumble that was recovered by Kevin Givens...Had a solo tackle for loss in the second quarter...Combined with Antonio Shelton for a fourth-quarter sack. Indiana (9/30): Made one tackle. at Northwestern (10/7): Both of his tackles were solo takedowns for sacks of Clayton Thorson...Forced his second career fumble on a back-side sack of Thorson in the first quarter, which lead to Penn State’s opening score. Michigan (10/21): Made three tackles...Had a solo sack of John O’Korn for a loss of 9 yards on fourth-and-13 to end Michigan’s final offensive series...Part of a defensive line that earned the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State (10/28): Had two tackles. at Michigan State (11/4): Made three stops. Nebraska (11/18): Had two tackles.

UT-AT

TT

FF

FR

I

PBU

SACK

TFL

2017

8-12

20

2

-

-

-

4.0-31

6.5-39

CAREER

8-12

20

2

-

-

-

4.0-31

6.5-39

➤ TONEY'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ..............................................................................................................4; Georgia State, 9/16/17 Tackles for Loss ........................................................................ 2.0; Twice: Last at Northwestern, 10/7/17 Sacks ......................................................................................................... 2.0; at Northwestern, 10/7/17 Forced Fumble............................................................................ 1; Twice: Last at Northwestern, 10/7/17

DAN VASEY

98

Defensive Line/Long Snapper | 6-4 | 242 Sophomore/Freshman Lackawaxen, Pa./Wallenpaupack Major: Health & Human Development • Joined the team as a run-on in the fall of 2017. • Brother, Kyle, is a long snapper for the Nittany Lions. • Is one of five returning Nittany Lions from northeast Pennsylvania. ➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-time letterwinner for head coach Dr. Marc Watson at Wallenpaupack High School...Had 19 tackles, including 6.0 stops behind the line as a senior...Blocked a field goal during his senior campaign... Selected as Iron Man of the football team...Was in National Honor Society for four years. ➤ PERSONAL

Sophomore defensive end Shaka Toney

Full name is Daniel Jordan Vasey...Son of Bruce and Shelly Vasey...Has two brothers, Kyle and Chad... Brother, Kyle, is a long snapper for the Nittany Lion football team...Brother, Chad, runs track & field at Lock Haven University...Majoring in health and human development...Born June 7, 1999 in Flemington, New Jersey.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS KYLE VASEY

96

Long Snapper | 6-2 | 226 5th/Junior Lackawaxen, Pa./Wallenpaupack Major: Rehabilitation & Human Services • Joined the Nittany Lions in the fall of 2014 as a preferred run-on and was put on scholarship in summer 2018. • Handled the long snapping duties on all placements in 2017. • Brother, Dan, joined the Nittany Lion football team as a run-on in the fall 2017. • Is the first Division I FBS commit in Wallenpaupack High School history. • Expected to graduate in August in 2018 with a degree in rehabilitation and human services. • One of five returnees from northeastern Pennsylvania.

51

JASON VRANIC

Linebacker | 6-0 | 222 5th/Senior Wheatfield, N.Y./Niagara-Wheatfield/Erie C.C. Major: Kinesiology

➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON

• 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. • Had the top strength index (683) among linebackers during 2018 winter workouts, including the No. 1 mark in squats (550). • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is one of three returning Nittany Lions on the roster from New York.

Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten.

➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT JUNIOR SEASON

Season: Started all 13 games at long snapper...Handled the snapping duties on all placements...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017... Brother, Dan, joined the team as a walk-on in mid-September.

Awards: Earned Scout Team Player of the Year, along with Desi Davis, at the annual team banquet... Named Academic All-Big Ten.

Akron (9/2): Made collegiate debut. Nebraska (11/18): Made his first career tackle on punt coverage. ➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Did not see any game action...Named the 2016 Coaches Special Team Award winner for the specialist who demonstrated loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement in spring practice.

Season: Appeared in three games...Made Penn State debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017. Akron (9/2): Made Penn State debut. Georgia State (9/16): Made one tackle, a fourth-quarter solo stop. at Maryland (11/25): Saw time on defense. ➤ 2016 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Redshirt season due to injury.

Did not see any game action.

➤ 2015 ➤ SOPHOMORE ➤ ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season.

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.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN ➤ ERIE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

A four-year letterman in high school, playing one year for head coach Dr. 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...Helped the Terriers to back-to-back Skyland Conference championships in three seasons at Delaware Valley...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.

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.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Kyle Franklin Vasey...Son of Bruce and Shelley Vasey...Has twin brothers, Chad and Dan... Brother, Dan, is a member of the Nittany Lion football team as a long snapper and defensive lineman... Brother, Chad, runs track & field at Lock Haven University...Enjoys fishing, skiing, hiking and spending time with his family...Majoring in rehabilitation and human services...Born April 20, 1996 in Flemington, New Jersey. Note: Has one career tackle on punt coverage vs. Nebraska (2017).

➤ 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 182lb 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 kinesiology...Born January 2, 1996 in Buffalo, New York.

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Safety | 5-9 | 195 Sophomore/Sophomore Clairton, Pa./Clairton Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Made the transition from cornerback to safety in the spring of 2018. • Tied for the lead among safeties in the squat (540) and was second in the 40-yard dash (4.46) during winter conditioning. • Earned Dean's List recognition in the Spring 2018 semester. • Among 10 returning Nittany Lions from western Pennsylvania.

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➤ WADE'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles .................................................................................................5; Twice: Last Nebraska, 11/18/17 Forced Fumbles ........................................................................................................1; Rutgers, 11/11/17 Pass Breakups ............................................................................1; Three Times: Last Nebraska, 11/18/17

CHRISTOPHER WELDE

➤ 2017 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

Running Back | 5-7 | 170 Senior/Junior Newtown, Pa./Council Rock North Major: Mechanical Engineering

Awards: Named honorable-mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team by BTN.com. Season: Appeared in 12 games...Made collegiate debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017...One of 17 freshmen (14 redshirt, 3 true) to appear in 2017... Forced his first career fumble on a kickoff return vs. Rutgers (11/11)...Tied for the team lead with 10 special teams tackles. Akron (9/2): Logged his first career tackle on special teams...One of 10 Penn Staters to register their first career tackles in the game. Pittsburgh (9/9): Made two stops. Georgia State (9/16): Posted a careerhigh five tackles, including four solo...Made four stops on defense and one on kickoff coverage. Indiana (9/30): Notched two tackles, including one on kickoff coverage...Added his first career pass breakup. Michigan (10/21): Had four tackles...Added one pass breakup. at Ohio State (10/28): Made one tackle on kickoff coverage. at Michigan State (11/4): Totaled two tackles, including one on kickoff coverage. Rutgers (11/11): Forced his first career fumble on the opening kickoff of the second half, which was recovered by Garrett Taylor...Added four tackles, including one on kickoff coverage...Forced Penn State’s lone turnover, making it 11-straight games, which was the longest streak for Penn State since a 29-game stretch from 2007-09...Named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week by the coaching staff, along with Tyler Davis. Nebraska (11/18): Totaled a career-high-tying five tackles. at Maryland (11/25): Notched four tackles, including one on kickoff coverage. vs. Washington (12/30): Had one stop on kickoff coverage.

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• Joined the Nittany Lions in the fall of 2016 as a run-on. • Had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the 2018 spring semester and owns a 3.94 cumulative GPA through the spring semester. • Is a three-time Dean's List selection (2017 spring, 2017 fall, 2018 spring). • Spent the summer interning at Boeing in Philadelphia where he worked on Chinook helicopters. • Selected as a 2018 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. • One of 13 returning Nittany Lions from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of eight returnees from the greater Philadelphia area. ➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Did not see any game action...Named Academic All-Big Ten...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2017 fall and 2018 spring semesters, including a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in the spring...Selected as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

➤ 2016 ➤ FRESHMAN SEASON

A four-time letterwinner for head coach Wayne Wade at Clairton High School...Two-time team captain... Led the Bears to the Pennsylvania State Championship game with a 14-1 record as a senior...Returned interceptions for touchdowns in three consecutive playoff games to lead the Bears to the 2016 WPIAL Championship...Guided Clairton to three consecutive WPIAL titles...Posted a 51-5 record in four seasons in high school...Participated in the 2017 Under Armour All-American game...Was selected as a captain of Team Armour...Invited to the 2017 Army All-American game...Participated in The Opening...Named 2016 Gatorade Player of the Year in Pennsylvania...Was Pennsylvania’s 2016 Mr. Football Class 1A-3A... Selected as the 2016 Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class A Player of the Year...Named Pittsburgh PostGazette WPIAL Co-Player of the Year...Earned a spot on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Fabulous 22 team...Selected All-State first team for three consecutive seasons...Named USA Today All-State first team as a senior...Selected Pennsylvania Football News’ Class 1A Offensive Player of the Year...Named to Pennsylvania Football News’ Class 1A All-State first team on offense...Was a three-time All-Region first team choice his final three years and was a second team selection as a freshman...Ran for 2,368 yards and 40 touchdowns as a running back and grabbed four interceptions as a cornerback in his senior season...Was tied for eighth in the state in scoring with 192 points as a senior...Finished his career with 7,079 rushing yards, third in WPIAL history, and a WPIAL-record 117 career touchdowns...Had 14 career interceptions...Rated a five-star prospect by Rivals and Scout and four-star prospect by 247Sports and ESPN...Ranked No. 11 in the country by Rivals...Rated as the No. 1 cornerback in the 2017 recruiting class, as well as the No. 1 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Ranked No. 17 overall, No. 3 cornerback and No. 1 in Pennsylvania in the 2017 class by Scout...Ranked No. 85 overall, No. 11 at cornerback and No. 3 in Pennsylvania by 247Sports...Ranked 112th among the ESPN300...Rated as the fourth-ranked player in Pennsylvania, 12th-ranked prospect in the region and 10th-ranked cornerback by ESPN...Multi-sport athlete, participating in basketball, baseball and track & field for two seasons apiece...Was the 2016 WPIAL long jump champion...Helped the Bears to the Eastern A Championship in basketball in 2016.

Added as a run-on in September...Did not see any game action...Named to the Dean's List in the spring of 2017. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL A three-time letterwinner for head coach Adam Collachi at Council Rock High School North...Was team captain as a senior...Named first-team All-Suburban One as a senior...Selected as a 2014 Pennsylvania Mini Max Award winner from the Maxwell Football Club...Was invited to the Bucks County Lions Football All-Star Classic...Selected as the team’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 2014...Accounted for 837 rushing yards, 406 receiving yards and 445 return yards with 16 total touchdowns as a senior... Registered 427 rushing yards and 213 return yards with four total touchdowns as a junior...Ran indoor track for three years and outdoor track for two...Played baseball and ran track...Was a state qualifier in track all five seasons...Set the school record in the 55-, 60- and 110-meters...Was a member of the National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Christopher Michael Welde...Son of Michelle and Joel Welde...Has a younger brother, Michael, and older sister, Brittany...Father, Joel, played football at the University of Dayton...Hobbies include drawing, listening to music and working out...Majoring in mechanical engineering...Born February 9, 1997 in New Haven, Connecticut.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Lamont Carlton Wade...Son of Joy and Carlton Wade Sr....Has one older brother, Carlton Wade Jr., and one younger sister, Iyanna...Cousin, Courtney Fisher, attends Penn State...Hobbies include playing and listening to music...Born January 14, 1999 in Clairton, Pennsylvania.

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Akron (9/2): Tied a career high with four stops and 0.5 tackle for loss...Combined with Ryan Buchholz on a first-quarter tackle behind the line of scrimmage...Part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015...Part of a defense that posted a seasonopening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0). Pittsburgh (9/9): Made two tackles...Sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Ben DiNucci in the fourth quarter, forcing and recovering a fumble, to end the Panthers’ final drive of the game...Part of a defense that piled up five sacks, its most since logging six vs. No. 2 Ohio State in 2016. Georgia State (9/16): Logged two stops. at Iowa (9/23): Made one stop. Indiana (9/30): Posted two tackles. at Northwestern (10/7): Tallied one stop...Added a quarterback hurry. Michigan (10/21): Totaled one tackle...Recovered his second career fumble in the fourth quarter, following the Christian Campbell strip-sack...Part of a defensive line that earned the coaching staff’s Defensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State (10/28): Made one tackle. Rutgers (11/11): Had two stops. Nebraska (11/18): Tallied three tackles...Had a solo quarterback takedown in the fourth quarter. at Maryland (11/25): Recovered a second-quarter fumble, which was forced by Tariq Castro-Fields, leading to Penn State’s third score of the game.

Redshirt season...Selected to the Dean's List in the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018.

➤ 2016 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL

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

JUSTIN WELLER

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Wide Receiver | 6-0 | 192 Sophomore/Freshman Sinking Spring, Pa./Wilson Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies • Owns a 3.84 cumulative grade-point average after two semesters on campus. • Earned Dean's List recognition in the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters. • Is one of 13 returning Nittany Lions from southeastern Pennsylvania and one of four returnees from Berks County.

A three-time letterwinner at Nazareth Academy in Illinois for head coach Tim Racki and one-time letterwinner for head coach Doug Dahms at Wilson High School in Pennsylvania...Was a two-time team captain...Helped the Roadrunners to back-to-back Illinois State Championships with a perfect 14-0 record as a sophomore and an 11-2 mark as a junior...Helped the Bulldogs to a 12-2 record that featured a District 3 Championship and state semifinal appearance in 2016...Named first-team All-East Suburban Catholic Conference as a junior...Earned Lancaster Lebanon League all-conference accolades as a senior... Was named All-Berks by the Reading Eagle in 2016...Collected all-district honors in 2016...Selected to the Big 33 Game as a senior... Accounted for 35 receptions, 750 yards and 10 touchdowns as a freshman... Had 14 receptions for 280 yards and two scores as a sophomore at Nazareth...Tallied 35 catches for 547 yards and two touchdowns as a junior...Was named the IHSA State Championship MVP in 2015...Had 43 receptions for 543 yards and 10 touchdowns in his only season at Wilson...Also lettered in track twice and lacrosse once...Was a sectional, regional and state qualifier in the triple jump, 4x100 and 4x200...Earned the Dr. Hassler Academic Excellence Award at Wilson and the Kaiser Academic Scholarship at Nazareth.

Season: Appeared in all 14 games with one start...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016...Made his first career start at Purdue (10/29). Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut. at Pittsburgh (9/10): Collected a career-high four tackles...Combined with Malik Golden on a TFL in the second quarter. Temple (9/17): Had two tackles...Combined with Torrence Brown on a sack of Phillip Walker in the fourth quarter, his first career quarterback takedown...Part of a front seven that limited Temple to just 38 rushing yards, the fewest since holding Illinois to 37 yards on the ground in 2015. Minnesota (10/1): Had two tackles...Combined with Kevin Givens on a fourth-quarter sack. Maryland (10/1): Collected three tackles, including a pair of fourth-quarter stops. Ohio State (10/22): Logged two tackles...Made the push up front to open gap on Marcus Allen’s blocked field goal in the fourth quarter, which was returned by Grant Haley for the game-winning touchdown. at Purdue (10/29): Made his first career start...Totaled three tackles... Helped the defense hold Purdue to just 46 yards rushing, the second opponent held under 50 yards rushing in 2016. Iowa (11/5): Posted three tackles. at Rutgers (11/19): Made one tackle. Michigan State (11/26): Had one tackle. vs. USC (1/2): Logged one tackle.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Justin Scott Weller...Son of Carol and Jeff Weller...Has three brothers, Kevin, Andrew and Doug...Father, Jeff, and aunts, Barbara Duchan Mitchell and Linda Duchan Koch all attended Penn State... Hobbies include coaching youth football and mentoring...Intends on majoring in corporate innovation and entrepreneurship...Born June 30, 1998 in Reading, Pennsylvania.

ROBERT WINDSOR

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Defensive Tackle | 6-4 | 304 Senior/Junior Fond Du Lac, Wis./Fond Du Lac Major: Telecommunications • Is one of the veterans in the defensive line room with Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren and Tyrell Chavis moving on to the NFL after graduation. • Was a multi-sport athlete in high school, lettering in football and basketball. • On pace to graduate in December with a degree in telecommunications. • Is the lone returning Nittany Lion to hail from the state of Wisconsin. • One of 12 returnees from the Midwest.

➤ 2015 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL 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 all four major recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Played two years of basketball. ➤ PERSONAL 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, ran cross country and track & field at Princeton...Hobbies include fishing, hunting and video games...Majoring in telecommunications...Born January 15, 1997 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

WINDSOR'S CAREER STATISTICS

➤ 2017 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Awards: Earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following three stops and a sack vs. Nebraska.

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Rankings: Tied for No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in the Big Ten in fumble recoveries (3).

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➤ WINDSOR'S CAREER HIGHS Tackles ..........................................................................................................4; Twice: Last Akron, 9/2/17 Sacks .................................................................................................1.0; Twice: Last Nebraska, 11/18/17 Tackles For Loss .................................................................................1.0; Twice: Last Nebraska, 11/18/17 Forced Fumbles ....................................................................................................... 1; Pittsburgh, 9/9/17 Fumble Recoveries ................................................................ 1; Three Times: Last at Maryland, 11/25/17

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• Has 14 of the 83 returning starts on the offensive line, including nine during the 2017 season. • Cousin, James Wright, was a four-year letterman at LSU and was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2014 NFL Draft. • Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in telecommunications and is one of nine Lions to have his degree. • Spent the summer interning for the Penn State football video department. • Earned Dean's List recognition in the Spring 2018 semester. • Is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from Virginia.

Michigan State (11/26): Instrumental in Penn State gaining 463 yards of total offense...Helped McSorley pile up 389 yards of total offense, the sixth-most in program history...McSorley threw for 376 yards – the fifth-highest total in school history – with four touchdown passes and rushed for 13 yards. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Helped Penn State score 38 points, the most scored by a Wisconsin opponent since 2014 (Ohio State; 59)...Protected quarterback McSorley, who threw for 384 yards, which ranks No. 4 in Penn State history and broke the Big Ten Championship Game passing record...Also gave McSorley time to connect on a Big Ten Championship Game-record four passing touchdowns...Paved the way for Barkley’s 83 yards rushing, which enabled him to break Evan Royster’s Penn State sophomore rushing record. vs. USC (1/2): Made one tackle following a McSorley interception in the first quarter...Helped Penn State become the first team in Rose Bowl history with a 175-yard rusher and receiver in a game (Chris Godwin; 187 receiving yards and Barkley; 194 rushing yards)...Barkley and Godwin broke the Penn State bowl records for rushing yards and receiving yards in a bowl game, respectively...Penn State’s 465 yards of total offense are fourth in the school’s bowl history and the most since the 1996 Outback Bowl (487)...Protected McSorley to the tune of 254 yards, including a Penn State bowl-record-tying four touchdown passes.

➤ 2017 ➤ JUNIOR SEASON

➤ 2015 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON

Season: Appeared in 12 games with nine starts.

Season: Appeared in 10 games...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action...Saw time on special teams.

Akron (9/2): Helped pave the way for 569 total yards...Cleared the way for Saquon Barkley’s 174 rushing yards for his 11th career 100-yard rushing game...Protected Trace McSorley to the tune of 280 passing yards and two scoring throws...Didn’t allow a sack or quarterback hurry...Part of the offensive line unit that was named the coaching staff’s Offensive Player of the Week. Pittsburgh (9/9): Part of an offensive line that allowed just one sack...Blocked for 148 total rushing yards – including 88 from Barkley – and protected McSorley to the tune of three touchdowns and 164 yards passing. Georgia State (9/16): Guided the offense to 526 yards of total offense, including McSorley’s sixth-career 300-yard passing game (309 yards) and his school-record fourth game with four-or-more touchdown passes...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns, coming from eight different Penn Staters...Saw Penn State eclipse the 30-point mark for the 10th-straight game, just the fifth streak of 10 or more games in Big Ten history. Indiana (9/30): Helped protect McSorley for his seventh career 300-yard passing game...Allowed the passing game time to find DaeSean Hamilton on nine occasions, which led to Hamilton breaking Penn State’s career receptions record. at Northwestern (10/7): Protected quarterback McSorley to the tune of 245 yards passing and cleared the way for Barkley’s two touchdowns and game-high 75 rushing yards... Aided the team in piling up 381 yards of total offense to earn bowl eligibility. Michigan (10/21): Saw time on special teams. at Ohio State (10/28): Part of an offensive line that helped produce 283 yards... Protected McSorley, who threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 49 yards and a score... Helped the offense score 38 points, the most allowed by Ohio State since giving up 41 tallies to Michigan in 2013. at Michigan State (11/4): Helped the offense post 466 yards of total offense, including 401 yards passing...Protected McSorley to the tune of 381 yards passing and three touchdowns...Blocked for Barkley’s game-high 63 rushing yards...Helped Penn State sustain a 12-play, 95-yard scoring drive – its longest in terms of yards and tied for the longest in terms of plays in 2017. Rutgers (11/11): Protected McSorley to the tune of 16-of-21 passing for 214 yards and two touchdowns...Blocked for a pair of Barkley rushing scores and one McSorley touchdown scamper. Nebraska (11/18): Helped the offense pile up 609 yards of total offense, its most since 1995 vs. Rutgers (661) and the third-most in a Big Ten game... Paved the way for 32 first downs, the fourth-most in Penn State’s Big Ten history and most since gaining 35 first downs vs. Minnesota in 2005...Protected McSorley in his ninth-career 300-yard passing game, throwing for 325 yards and three touchdowns...Opened lanes for Barkley’s 158-yard, three-touchdown contest. at Maryland (11/25): Paved the way for a Penn State Big Ten-record 66 points, besting the 63 points scored against Ohio State (1994) and Illinois (2005)...Blocked for McSorley’s 21st career 200yard passing game, as McSorley threw for 237 yards and two touchdowns...Helped three players rush for touchdowns, including three from Tommy Stevens, two by Barkley and one for McSorley...Cleared the way for Stevens’ first career 100-yard rushing game, with 113 yards on the ground. vs. Washington (12/30): Guided Penn State’s offense to a 23rd-straight game with at least 20 points, a school record and the third-longest streak in Big Ten history...Helped the offense to a Penn State bowl-record 545 yards of total offense, which were the most surrendered by Washington since 2014 vs. Oregon (554)...Cleared the way for Barkley’s 137 rushing yards and two scores on the ground...Protected McSorley to the tune of 32-of-41 passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns...Also helped McSorley go a perfect 12-for-12 for 193 yards on third down, which included 11 first downs and two touchdowns.

➤ 2014 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON

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Offensive Line | 6-7 | 348 Graduate/Senior Woodbridge, Va./Milford Academy Major: Communication Arts & Sciences (2nd degree)

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 – 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked as the No. 2 prospect in the state of Virginia by 247Sports. ➤ 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...Graduated in May 2018 with a degree in telecommunications...Working on a second degree in communications arts and sciences...Would like to pursue a career in a video department with an NFL franchise...Born March 18, 1995 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Note: Has one career tackle (vs. USC, 1/2/17).

➤ 2016 ➤ SOPHOMORE SEASON Season: Appeared in all 14 games, starting the final five games of the season...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...Made his first career at Indiana (11/12). Iowa (11/5): Saw the most extensive action of his career, after entering the game at left tackle on the third offensive play of the game after Brendan Mahon left the game...Blocked for a 167-yard rushing effort by Saquon Barkley and a 240-yard passing night for Trace McSorley...Helped Penn State to 599 yards of total offense, the most since recording 661 yards at Rutgers (1995) and the highest total offense output by Penn State against a Big Ten team since 653 yards against Michigan State (1994)...Overall, Penn State rushed for 359 yards. at Indiana (11/12): Helped protect McSorley during his 332-yard passing game. at Rutgers (11/19): Helped Penn State pile up its eighth game of 400-plus yards and fourth game in 2016 with at least 500 yards...Protected McSorley to the tune of 210 yards passing.

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RETURNING NITTANY LIONS/NEWCOMERS JAKE ZEMBIEC

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Quarterback | 6-3 | 214 Junior/Sophomore Rochester, N.Y./Aquinas Institute Major: Kinesiology • 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. • Owns a 3.78 cumulative grade-point average, including Dean's List recognition all five semesters on campus. • Earned a perfect 4.0 GPA in the 2017 spring semester. • Selected as a 2018 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. • Serving on the executive committee for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes, helping the chapter raise nearly $1.3 million for kidney cancer treatment and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003. • Is one of three returning Nittany Lions from New York. • Joins Charlie Shuman as Nittany Lions to hail from Rochester, New York. ➤ 2017 ➤ REDSHIRT FRESHMAN SEASON Did not see any game action...Named Academic All-Big Ten...Selected as a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar. ➤ 2016 ➤ TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2016 spring, 2016 fall and 2017 spring semesters.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL A four-time letterwinner for head coach Chris Battaglia at 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...Majoring in kinesiology...Born September 10, 1997 in Rochester, New York.

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JUDGE CULPEPPER

Offensive Line | 6-5 | 294 Freshman/Freshman Stafford, Va./North Stafford Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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Defensive Tackle | 6-4 | 296 Freshman/Freshman Tampa, Fla./H.B. Plant Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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Three-year letterman for head coach Joe Mangano at North Stafford High School...Two-time team captain...Selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, becoming the first player in school history to earn All-America honors...Named to USA Today’s All-USA Virginia first team in 2016 and 2017...Earned all-conference and all-regional accolades as a junior...Registered 20 tackles as a senior...Notched 10 sacks to go along with 15 receptions, 315 yards and nine touchdowns in junior year...Grabbed 25 catches for 300 yards and nine scores in 2015...Is a consensus four-star prospect by all three recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 135 overall prospect, No. 3 prospect in Virginia, No. 11 offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports...Rated as the No. 135 overall prospect, No. 11 offensive tackle in the country, No. 3 player in Virginia and No. 17 player in the region by ESPN...Is the No. 141 overall prospect, No. 11 offensive tackle and No. 4 player in the state of Virginia according to Rivals...Also lettered in basketball...Earned all-conference and all-region honors in basketball as a junior and senior...Helped the Wolverines to a Commonwealth District regular-season title as a senior.

Four-year letterman for head coach Robert Weiner at H.B. Plant High School...Was a two-time team captain as a junior and senior...Helped the Panthers to a 45-7 record in four seasons, including four district championships and a state runner-up finish as a junior (13-1) and a berth in the state semifinals as a senior (12-2)...Named to the Tampa Bay Times All-Tampa first team as a senior after an appearance on the honorable mention team as a junior...Garnered Tampa Bay Times All-Hillsborough first team accolades in 2017 and second team honors in 2016...Two-time all-district choice...Earned Florida All-State Class 7A second team accolades in 2016...Selected as Team MVP in 2017...Had 84 tackles and 13.0 tackles for loss, including 8.0 sacks, as a senior...Collected 56 tackles, including 30 TFL and eight sacks as a junior...Had 20 tackles and two touchdowns as a sophomore...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN...Ranked the No. 28 strong-side defensive end and No. 118 prospect in Florida by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 15 tight end and No. 99 prospect in Florida by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 24 strong-side defensive end and No. 62 prospect in Florida by Rivals...Earned high honor roll...Member of National Honor Society...Part of the Beta Club.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Nana Akwesi Asiedu...Son of Mercy Sawyerr and Kiddo Asiedu...Has two brothers, Ambrose and Isiaiah Asiedu, and one sister, Christabelle Asiedu...Hobbies include playing video games, working out and eating food...Plans to major in business or communications...Would like to pursue a career as a sports analyst...Born October 16, 1999 in Accra, Ghana.

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➤ PERSONAL Full name is Judge Broward Culpepper...Son of Monica and Brad Culpepper...Has one brother, Rex, and one sister, Honor...Father, Brad, was an All-American in football at Florida and helped the Gators to the SEC Championship in 1991...Won the 1991 Drady Trophy (now the William V. Campbell Trophy), which is known as the “Academic Heisman”...Brad played two seasons for former Nittany Lion player and coach, Galen Hall, at Florida...Brad also played nine years in the NFL, including six seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...Brother, Rex, is a quarterback at Syracuse...Grandfather, Bruce Culpepper, and uncle, Blair Culpepper, also played football at Florida...Mother, Monica, was a contestant on “Survivor: One World” and “Survivor: Blood vs. Water”...Father, Brad, joined Monica as a contestant on “Survivor: Blood vs. Water” and also appeared on the “Survivor: Game Changers” season...Hobbies include weight lifting, reading, playing pick-up basketball, wakeboarding and riding dirt bikes...Has spent time as a summer camp counselor for kids with muscular dystrophy...Also volunteered with Feeding America and rebuilt a Little League team’s fieldhouse...Considering pursuing a career as a lawyer...Born November 24, 1999 in Tampa, Florida.


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PAT FREIERMUTH

Wide Receiver | 5-11 | 175 Freshman/Freshman Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth Area Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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Three-year letterman for head coach Tom Falzone at Nazareth Area High School...Spent junior year at The Peddie School in New Jersey...Served as a team captain as a senior...Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Pennsylvania Football Team as a senior...Selected to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 4A all-state first team in 2015 and 2017...Named to the Pennsylvania Football News (PFN) AllClass 6A first team as a senior...Garnered Eastern Pennsylvania Conference (EPC) South Most Offensive Valuable Player honors in 2017...Claimed EPC South Division All-Star accolades as a wide receiver and in the secondary in 2015 and 2017...Was also an EPC South Division All-Star as a wideout in 2016...Named All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League first team offensive utility in 2016...Selected to the Big 33 Game...Named Team MVP as a freshman...Set school receiving records for receptions (187), receiving yards (2,755) and receiving touchdowns (40) at Nazareth Area...Had 62 catches for 889 yards and 15 touchdowns as senior...Recorded 23 catches for 503 yards with three touchdowns to go along with 251 rushing yards and four touchdowns in five games before getting injured as a junior...Had 65 receptions for 1,174 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore...Also had one rushing touchdown, two kickoff return touchdowns and four interception returns for scores in 2015...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals and a three-star recruit by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 13 player in Pennsylvania and No. 65 wide receiver by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 139 overall prospect, No. 19 wide receiver, No. 4 player in Pennsylvania and No. 18 in the region by ESPN...Ranked the No. 164 overall prospect, No. 5 player in Pennsylvania and No. 29 wide receiver by Rivals...Also lettered in basketball and track & field...Won Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) state championships in the 4x100 relay and the long jump in 2016...Was Nazareth’s first PIAA individual champion since 1970...Won the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference crown in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the 4x100 relay in 2018...Was an honor roll student.

Five-year letterman for head coach Patrick Foley at the Brooks School...Was a team captain as a senior... Helped the Bishops to the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Class C Championship as a senior with a 7-2 record...Guided Brooks School to a 7-2 record and Independent School League (ISL) Championship as a junior...Led the Bishops to a 10-2 record en route to a Cape Ann League title and North Finals runner-up finish as a freshman...Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Massachusetts Football Team as a senior...Named all-state in 2016 as a linebacker...Earned All-New England Class B as a junior and senior...Chosen as NEPSAC Class C Player of the Year and ISL co-MVP...Selected All-New England and All-ISL three times each...Named to Boston Globe’s All-Scholastics team as a senior...Was on the Boston Herald Super 25 team as a junior...Named to the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association All-State Super 26 Team as a linebacker in 2016...Collected four Eagle Tribune All-Star honors in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017...Was a three-time Boston Herald All-Star (2015, 2016, 2017)...Named Team MVP as a senior... Had 26 receptions for 613 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior...Registered 20 rushes for 202 yards and five scores, while also recording three defensive touchdowns...Had 27 receptions for 527 yards and six touchdowns as a junior...Posted nine receptions for 189 yards and three scores as a sophomore...Tabbed a four-star recruit by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 2 player in Massachusetts, No. 13 tight end and No. 323 overall prospect by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 289 overall prospect, No. 8 tight end, No. 1 in Massachusetts and No. 31 in the region by ESPN...Ranked the No. 148 overall prospect in the country, No. 6 tight end and No. 1 player in Massachusetts by Rivals...Was a four-time letterwinner in basketball as a forward...Selected as the Daily News’ Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2015...Named to the Eagle Tribune Super Team in 2015...Averaged a double-double as a sophomore.

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Full name is Patrick John Freiermuth...Son of Dianne and John Freiermuth...Has one brother, Tim, and one sister, Megan...Father, John, played basketball at St. Anselm...Brother, Tim, was an offensive lineman on the Springfield College football team...Hobbies include writing and hanging out with friends and family...Worked with the Special Olympics basketball foundation...Would like to major in criminal justice...Aspiring to become a college football coach or work in law enforcement...Born October 25, 1998 in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

Full name is Jahan Waltè Dotson...Son of Robin and Al Dotson...Has one brother, Al...Hobbies include playing sports, playing video games and hanging out with friends...Planning to major in business management or marketing...Born March 22, 2000 in Newark, New Jersey.

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Offensive Line | 6-5 | 280 Freshman/Freshman Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Ben Kleinhans at Metea Valley High School...Was a team captain as a senior...Claimed a second-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Illinois Football Team as a senior...Named DuPage Valley All-Conference in 2016 and 2017...Selected as Team MVP as a senior...Is a consensus three-star prospect by all three recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Rated as the No. 16 prospect in Illinois and the No. 73 offensive tackle in the country by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 52 offensive tackle in the country, No. 50 prospect in the region and No. 8 recruit in the state of Illinois by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 46 offensive tackle and No. 10 prospect in Illinois by Rivals. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Bryce James Effner...Son of Lynn and Jim Effner...Has two sisters, Brittney and Briana... Hobbies include hunting, off-roading and grilling...Volunteered at Feed My Starving Children and at Hesed House, which is homeless shelter in Aurora...Interested in majoring in business management... Born December 10, 1999 in Chicago, Illinois.

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AENEAS HAWKINS

Wide Receiver | 6-2 | 210 Freshman/Freshman Fort Washington, Md./Oxon Hill Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Defensive Tackle | 6-2 | 291 Freshman/Freshman Cincinnati, Ohio/Moeller Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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Four-year letterman for head coach Craig Jefferies at Oxon Hill High School...Three-time team captain... Helped the Clippers to an 11-1 record and the Prince George’s County Championship as a junior...Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Maryland Football Team as a senior...Named consensus all-state by the Maryland High School Football Foundation in 2016...Garnered Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Small School All-State (Class 4A/3A) first team accolades as a junior and senior...Was a MPSSAA Small School All-State (Class 4A/3A) honorable mention selection as a sophomore... Claimed Washington Post All-Met first team accolades as a junior and a senior...Earned all-conference honors in his sophomore, junior and senior seasons...Participated in the Crab Bowl...Was a three-time Team MVP...Had 113 receptions for 1,876 yards and 27 touchdowns in his Clipper career...Grabbed 61 passes for 897 yards and 11 scores as a senior...Also had a punt return, kickoff return and interception return for a touchdown in 2017...Caught 29 passes for 498 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior...Had 23 receptions for 472 yards and six scores as a sophomore...Rated a four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 229 overall prospect, No. 36 wide receiver and No. 8 prospect in the state of Maryland by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 296 overall recruit, No. 49 wide receiver, No. 8 player in Maryland and No. 32 prospect in the region by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 238 overall recruit, No. 41 wide receiver and No. 6 prospect in Maryland by Rivals...Lettered in track & field three times...Won backto-back Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) 3A State Championships in the 300-meter hurdles in 2017 and 2018 after a second-place finish in 2016...Finished second in the state in the 110-meter hurdles as a junior...Helped the Clippers win the 4x100 relay at the 2016 and 2017 MPSSAA State Outdoor Championships and the 4x200 relay at the 2016 and 2017 MPSSA State Indoor Championships... Was a seven-time All-American...Named to the academic honor roll in 2015 and 2016.

Three-year letterman for head coach John Rodenberg at Moeller High School...Served as team captain in 2017...Helped the Crusaders to a 10-4 record and a Great Catholic League (GCL) title as a freshman... Played for U-19 National Team USA in International Bowl IX in January 2018...Earned TriStateFootball. com all-city and all-region honors as a junior and senior...Named to all-district team as a junior...Was a first-team All-GCL South selection...Had 70 tackles with 8.0 sacks and three forced fumbles as a junior... Tallied 60 tackles, 12.0 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles as a sophomore...Had 40 stops and 5.0 sacks as a freshman...Rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals and a three-star prospect by 247Sports...Ranked No. 46 at defensive tackle and No. 25 prospect in Ohio by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 29 defensive tackle, No. 11 prospect in Ohio and No. 22 in the region by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 22 defensive tackle and No. 13 in Ohio by Rivals...Earned letters in track & field in the shotput and 8-man rugby.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Daniel Isaac George...Son of Arlene George and Robert Green...Has one brother, David George, and one sister, Sarah George...Brother, David, played football at Shepherd University...Hobbies include listening to music, riding bikes and racing cars...Volunteered at food drives at the National Church of God and was a peer mediator at Oxon Hill...Would like to major in civil engineering...Born September 18, 1999 in Washington, D.C.

TRENT GORDON

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Two-year letterman for head coach Kirk Martin at Manvel High School...Two-time team captain...Guided the Mavericks to a 14-1 record in 2017 with the lone loss coming in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) 5A State Championship Game...Helped the Mavericks to a 13-1 record on the way to district and regional championships as a junior...Named second-team all-district as a junior...Accounted for 81 total tackles, including 60 solo, 10 pass breakups, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble as a junior...Had 29 tackles and one pass deflected as a sophomore at Conroe Oak Ridge High School...Tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals...Earned three stars from 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 56 cornerback and No. 80 player in Texas by 247Sports...Ranked as No. 36 cornerback, No. 50 recruit in Texas and No. 63 prospect in the region by ESPN...Rated the No. 29 safety and No. 45 player in Texas by Rivals...Lettered in track twice. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Trent Christopher Lavalius Gordon...Son of Tanya and Lavalius Gordon Jr....Has one brother, Grant, and two sisters, Alexa and Bria...Father, Lavalius Jr., played football and basketball at North Texas...Grandfather, Lavalius Sr., was the first African-American player in Oklahoma State basketball history...Hobbies include watching throwback...Would like to play professional football or become an anesthesiologist...Born April 28, 2000 in Missouri City, Texas.

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➤ PERSONAL Full name is Aeneas James Hawkins Jr....Son of Carrie and Artrell Hawkins...Has four sisters, Makayla Stover, Aria Hawkins, Azarae Hawkins and Atalia Hawkins...Father, Artrell Jr., played football at the University of Cincinnati and had an 11-year NFL career with the Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots... Grandfather, Artrell Sr., played football at the University of Pittsburgh and for the Pittsburgh Steelers... Uncle, Andrew Hawkins, played football at the University of Toledo and for seven seasons with the Cleveland Browns...Cousin, Carlton Haslreig, wrestled at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and also played in the NFL for seven seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Jets...Cousin, Gerry Simon, played football at the University of Maryland and went on to become the all-time Canadian Football League (CFL) receiving leader after a 15-year career...Was elected to the CFL Hall of Fame...Cousin, Jeff Richardson, played football at Michigan State University and then for the New York Jets where he was part of the Super Bowl III Championship team...Hobbies include playing the piano, boxing and playing chess...Volunteered with Matthew 25 Ministries, Correyville Catholic Partnership and Night for the Fight...Plans to major in communications and would like to become a sports broadcaster...Born May 10, 2000 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

ISAIAH HUMPHRIES

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Safety | 6-0 | 186 Freshman/Freshman Rowlett, Texas/Sachse Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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Cornerback | 6-0 | 181 Freshman/Freshman Spring, Texas/Manvel Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Red Behrens at Sachse High School...Named team captain as a senior... Led the Mustangs to district and area championships with a 12-1 record in 2017...Helped Sachse to an 11-1 record and district and bi-district titles as a junior...Participated in the 2016 and 2017 North American Championships for USA Football National Teams...Selected Associated Press All-State honorable mention as a senior...Named honorable-mention all-state as a junior...Voted as the District 10-6A Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Earned first-team all-district honors as a junior and senior, as well as a second-team berth as a sophomore...Named All-District Defensive MVP...Selected Inside High School Sports Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Selected Team MVP three times...Registered 60 tackles to go along with seven interceptions, 11 passes defended, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a senior... Had 53 tackles, five interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a junior...Registered 78 tackles, three interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, three fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal attempt as a sophomore...Rated as a three-star recruit by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as No. 58 recruit in Texas and No. 33 safety overall by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 31 safety, No. 97 prospect in Texas and No. 126 regional recruit by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 39 safety and No. 76 player in Texas by Rivals...Also participated in track & field...Was a Superintendents’ Scholar. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Isaiah Deshawn Humphries...Son of Jennifer and Leonard Humphries...Has one brother, Joshua, and one sister, Jessica...Father, Leonard, played football at Penn State (1988-92)...Was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the 1992 NFL Draft and played for the Indianapolis Colts and in the Canadian Football League...Cousin, Tony Paige, played football at Virginia Tech and had a nine-year NFL career...Hobbies include being a DJ, producing music and cooking...Volunteered in hurricane relief efforts, tornado relief efforts and feeding the homeless programs...Anticipates majoring in finance...Would like to become a CEO or own a private equity firm...Born September 27, 1999 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


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Linebacker | 6-3 | 226 Freshman/Freshman Camp Hill, Pa./Cumberland Valley Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Michael Whitehead at Cumberland Valley High School...Was a team captain as a senior...Had a 31-10 record in high school...Led the Eagles to a Mid-Penn Commonwealth title and District III 4A Championship as a junior...Was a finalist for the 2017 Mr. PA Football Class 4A-6A Award... Garnered a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Pennsylvania Football Team as a senior...Named to Pennsylvania Football Writers/Broadcasters All-State first team as a defensive back in 2017...Named to the Pennsylvania Football News (PFN) All-Class 6A first team in junior and senior seasons...Selected all-state by the PA Sports Writers in 2016...Garnered 2017 Mini Maxwell Award honors from the Maxwell Football Club...Named to All-EasternPAFootball.com first team in 2016 and honorable mention in 2015...Selected All-Sentinel Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Earned All-Sentinel first team defensive back laurels as a sophomore, junior and senior...Named to PennLive.com first team as a defensive back...Selected to the Big 33 Game...Earned five first-team all-conference honors (two DB, two athlete, one return specialist) and two second-team accolades (one DB, one punter) during his career...Had 37 receptions for 715 yards, seven receiving touchdowns, 53 rushes for 366 yards and eight rushing scores as a senior...Made all 15 PATs...Had 45 tackles and four interceptions in 2017...Registered 38 catches for 524 yards and six scores to complement 75 tackles and three interceptions as a junior...Also had three return touchdowns (2 punt, 1 kickoff) in 2016...Had 25 receptions for 371 yards and six touchdowns offensively to go along with 51 tackles and 10 interceptions on defense as a sophomore...Rated as a three-star recruit by all three major recruiting services – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as No. 12 player in Pennsylvania and No. 30 outside linebacker by 247Sports...Rated as the No. 24 player in Pennsylvania, No. 105 prospect in the region and No. 58 outside linebacker by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 43 outside linebacker and No. 20 player in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Lettered in basketball and track once each. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Charles Penn Katshir...Son of Tracy and Gregory Katshir...Has one brother, Riley, and one sister, Hannah...Father, Greg, played football and baseball at the University of Pennsylvania...Mother, Tracy, played field hockey and lacrosse at the University of Pennsylvania...Brother, Riley, is a member of the Lebanon Valley College soccer team...Hobbies include playing sports, hanging out with friends and working out...Volunteers as a mentor for The Outreach Program for Soccer (TOPS)...Has also volunteered with Cumberland Valley mini-THON and Cumberland Valley football camp...Anticipates majoring in business with hopes of taking over his parents’ business after an NFL career...Born February 13, 2000 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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➤ PERSONAL Full name is Zackery Patrick Kuntz...Son of Kitty and Francis Kuntz...Has three brothers, Franny, Christian and Brandon, and one sister, Anna...Brothers, Christian and Brandon, both attended Penn State...Father, Francis, played football at the University of Maryland...Brother, Christian, played football at Penn State... Sister, Anna, played basketball at West Chester University...Hobbies include hanging out with friends and family...Volunteered at the Little Lions Football Camp and Basketball Rising Stars Camp...Planning to major in finance with aspirations of becoming a successful businessman after a long NFL career...Born June 6, 1999 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Quarterback | 6-3 | 226 Freshman/Freshman Madison, Conn./Xavier Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Andy Guyon at Xavier High School...Served as a team captain as a senior...Earned second-team Walter Camp All-Connecticut honors in 2017...Selected to the Connecticut High School Coaches Association (CHSCA) Top 25 list as a senior...Was the SPARQ MVP for The Opening Elite 11 event in New Jersey in 2017...Named the Hartford Courant’s Offensive Player of the Year as a senior...Selected to the All-Courant first team in 2017...Garnered All-Southern Connecticut Conference (SCC) Tier 1 accolades as a senior...Chosen as an All-SCC Tier 1 academic athlete in 2017...Broke Xavier High School records for passing yards, passing touchdowns and completions in a season as a senior... Had 2,793 passing yards with 27 passing touchdowns and six rushing scores as a senior...Registered 1,972 passing yards with 19 passing touchdowns and six rushing touchdowns as a junior...Had 676 passing yards and nine scores in six games as a sophomore...Tabbed a three-star recruit by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 2 player in Connecticut and No. 24 pro-style quarterback by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 35 pro-style quarterback, No. 2 recruit in Connecticut and No. 61 prospect in the region by ESPN...Rated the No. 30 pro-style quarterback and No. 2 player in Connecticut by Rivals...Lettered in baseball...Won the Brother Celestine Academic Award... Member of National Honor Society...Is a Ryken Scholar...Won the Fairfield Book Award for the junior who excels academically, is actively involved in the spirit of his school and possesses a genuine sense of concern and responsibility toward others...Carried a 4.0 grade-point average. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Will Levis...Son of Beth and Sales Levis...Has three sisters, Kelley, Jill and Claire...Mother, Beth, was a two-time All-American soccer player at Yale University...Father, Sales, played football at Denison University...Grandfather, David Kelley, was the last three-sport varsity athlete at UMass, playing football and lacrosse and competed in wrestled and went on to be a defensive coach for the football team at Yale University...Great grandfather, Alva Kelley, was an All-American football player at Cornell University and won a National Championship in 1939...Kelley also went on to be the head football coach at Colgate University, Hobart College and Brown University...Uncle, David Kelley, was an Academic AllAmerica football player at Yale University...Hobbies include pick-up basketball, golfing, hanging out with friends and going to the beach...Made a service trip to Guatemala and built a small domicile for a family in February 2017...Volunteers with a local food pantry...Considering majoring in business...Born June 27, 1999 in Newton, Massachusetts.

➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for head coach Tim Bigelow at Camp Hill High School...Was a team captain as a senior...Helped the Lions to back-to-back Division 3 Class A Championships in 2014 and 2015... Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Pennsylvania Football Team as a senior...Selected to Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Class 2A first team as a senior...Collected Pennsylvania Football News (PFN) All-Class 2A first team accolades as a senior and honorable mention honors as a junior... Selected all-state in 2015...Earned All-Mid Penn Capital League honors four times, including first-team honors on both offense and defense in 2017...Had 40 catches for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior...Registered 49 receptions for 793 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore...Had 47 receptions for 658 yards and seven scores as a freshman...Rated a four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 111 overall prospect, No. 4 tight end and No. 2 recruit in Pennsylvania by 247Sports...Rated as the No. 283 overall prospect, No. 7 tight end, No. 9 recruit in Pennsylvania and No. 30 in the region by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 122 overall recruit, No. 4 tight end and No. 3 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Also lettered in basketball three times and track & field three times...Won the State Class AA Championship in the 110-meter hurdles in 2017...Claimed district titles in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles three times each...Also won district crowns in the high jump as a sophomore and junior, as well as 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay titles in both 2015 and 2016...Was a member of the National Honor Society...Was a four-time distinguished scholar.

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PJ MUSTIPHER

Linebacker | 6-3 | 236 Freshman/Freshman Ottawa, Ont./Mercyhurst Prep (Pa.) Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Defensive Tackle | 6-4 | 305 Freshman/Freshman Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh School Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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Three-year letterman for head coach Jeff Root at Mercyhurst Prep...Three-time team captain...Helped the Lakers to a 10-1 record and a runner-up finish in the District 10 Class AAA Championship game as a senior...Earned Rivals100 invitation...Named Pennsylvania Football News (PFN) Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year in 2017...Collected PFN All-Class 3A first team honors in junior and senior seasons...Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Pennsylvania Football Team as a senior...Garnered Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 3A All-State first team honors in 2016 and 2017...Named All-WesternPAFootball.net first team in 2016...Selected first-team all-region in 2016 and 2017...Earned all-conference accolades twice...Named Team MVP twice...Registered 69 tackles, four interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a senior...Had 88 tackles, 9.0 sacks, 15.0 TFL, five interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns, and three fumble recoveries as a junior...Rated as a four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Rated the No. 287 overall recruit, No. 8 prospect in Pennsylvania and No. 17 inside linebacker by 247Sports...Ranks as the No. 199 overall prospect, No. 7 inside linebacker, No. 7 recruit in Pennsylvania and No. 23 prospect in the region by ESPN...Ranked the No. 13 outside linebacker and No. 10 recruit in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Lettered in basketball as a junior.

Four-year letterman for head coach Dom Damico at McDonogh School...Two-time team captain...Helped the Eagles to a 9-1 record and a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Championship as a freshman...Selected to the Under Armour All-America Game...Participated in The Opening Finals... Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Maryland Football Team as a senior...Named consensus all-state by the Maryland High School Football Foundation in 2016...Garnered Maryland Private School All-State first team accolades as a sophomore and junior...Invited to the Big 33 Game and Crab Bowl...Collected all-state honors in 2016 and 2017...Selected to the Baltimore Sun All-Metro first team as a junior...Was a two-time all-region selection as a junior and senior...Garnered all-conference accolades four times...Two-time Team MVP...Posted 45 tackles, 17.0 TFL, 14.0 sacks and two fumble recoveries as a senior...Had 47 tackles, 15.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups as a junior...Tallied 41 tackles, 14.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups as a sophomore... Recorded 17 tackles and 2.0 sacks as a freshman...A consensus four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 85 overall recruit, No. 6 defensive tackle and No. 4 prospect in Maryland by 247Sports...Rated No. 120 on the ESPN 300 list...Ranked as the No. 120 overall prospect, No. 9 defensive tackle, No. 4 recruit in Maryland and No. 12 prospect in the region by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 107 recruit in the country, No. 6 defensive tackle and No. 4 prospect in Maryland by Rivals...Three-year letterwinner for the wrestling team...Owns the fastest pin in school history...Was a two-time All-American in wrestling...Claimed Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) heavyweight wrestling state championships in 2017 and 2018...Ranked as the No. 1 wrestler at heavyweight in Maryland...Guided the Eagles to second-place finishes in the MIAA State Tournament in 2017 and 2018...Earned wrestling All-Metro first team honors after going 39-8 with 15 pins at the 285-pound weight class in 2017...Was a finalist for Baltimore Sun Athlete of the Year...Was a finalist for the Oratory Contest.

➤ PERSONAL Full name is Jesse Luketa...Son of Rose Luketa...Has two brothers, Joe Betu and Gino, and four sisters, Leslie, Laura, Sandrine and Guylaine...Hobbies include spending time with family and his nephews, reading and working out...Volunteered with the Salvation Army in Canada...Considering majoring in kinesiology...Would like to become a physical therapist...Born January 15, 1999 in Ottawa, Ontario.

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➤ PERSONAL Full name is Patrick Joseph Mustipher...Son of Patricia and Sam Mustipher...Has one brother, Sam... Brother, Sam, is an offensive lineman for the University of Notre Dame football team...Father, Sam, played football at West Virginia University...Aunt, Beth Lucadamo, and uncle, Michael Lucadamo, attended Penn State...Hobbies include debating, playing football and wrestling...Volunteers with Our Daily Bread homeless shelter and Orange Key...Planning to major in communications and would like go into a career in broadcasting...Born November 10, 1999 in Towson, Maryland.

Four-year letterman for head coach Mark Kantor at Wiregrass Ranch High School...Served as team captain as a senior...Helped the Bulls to an 8-2 record and a Sunshine Athletic Conference (SAC) East crown as a senior...Guided Wiregrass Ranch to the SAC Championship in 2016 with an 8-3 record...Played for U-19 National Team USA in International Bowl IX in January 2018...Selected MaxPreps Freshman All-America...Named Florida All-State Class 7A first team as a senior after earning third team accolades as a junior...Was one of three finalists for Class 7A Defensive Player of the Year in 2017...Chosen as the Tampa Bay Times’ All-Tampa Defensive Player of the Year in 2017...Selected All-Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Times, earning a spot on the defensive first team as a senior and a kicker returner on the second team as a junior...Tabbed the Tampa Bay Times’ North Suncoast Area Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Selected first-team North Suncoast Area in 2016 as a punt returner and 2017 as a defensive back...Garnered All-Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) District 10 accolades in 2016 and 2017... Named all-conference three times...Chosen as the Wiregrass Ranch Male Athlete of the Year in 2018... Selected as Team MVP in 2017...Registered 39 tackles, four interceptions, five passes deflected and had 1,183 all-purpose yards with nine touchdowns as a senior...Collected 38 tackles, three interceptions and 12 passes defended as a junior...Had 35 tackles, one interception and one blocked field goal as a sophomore...Tabbed a four-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals...Earned three stars from 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 60 player in Florida and No. 34 cornerback by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 44 cornerback and No. 74 prospect in Florida by ESPN...Rated the No. 216 overall prospect, No. 23 safety and No. 39 player in Florida by Rivals...Four-year letterwinner in basketball...Collected Tampa Bay Times’ All-North Suncoast honorable mention honors in basketball in 2016.

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Full name is Jordan Jaysean Miner...Son of Chandra and John Miner...Has one brother, Jaye, and two sisters, Porche and Jacqueline...Brother, Jaye, played football at Florida Atlantic University...Hobbies include playing basketball, listening to music and playing video games...Volunteered with reading program with elementary school children...Would like to major in marketing with aspirations of owning his own sports marketing company...Born November 6, 2000 in Franklin, Tennessee.

Full name is Odafe Jayson Oweh...Son of Tania and Henry Oweh...Has two brothers, Kaylen and Otega, and one sister, Natasha...Enjoys drawing as a hobby...Considering majoring in civil engineering...Would like to go to Nigeria and help build bridges and roads with his degree...Born December 15, 1998 in Hackensack, New Jersey.

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Defensive End | 6-5 | 247 Freshman/Freshman Howell, N.J./Blair Academy Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Two-year letterman for head coach Jim Saylor at Blair Academy...Selected to the Under Armour AllAmerica Game...Named first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) as a senior...Selected secondteam All-MAPL in 2016...Registered 60 tackles with 13.0 sacks and 10.0 TFL as a senior...Had 42 tackles, including 7.0 sacks and an additional 5.0 TFL in 2016...Tabbed a four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 71 overall prospect, No. 4 player in New Jersey and No. 4 strong-side defensive end by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 94 overall prospect, No. 10 defensive end, No. 2 player in New Jersey and No. 11 in the region by ESPN...Ranked the No. 140 overall prospect, No. 9 strong-side defensive end and No. 3 player in New Jersey by Rivals...Also played basketball.


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Two-year letterman for head coach Calvin Everett at Harrisburg High School...Two-year letterman at Central Dauphin High School...Was a team captain as a senior...Helped the Cougars to an 11-1 record and perfect 6-0 league mark for a Mid-Penn Commonwealth Conference title in 2017...Part of a team that finished 11-4 on the way to a PIAA Class 5A runner-up finish in 2016...Selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...Had two tackles, including 0.5 TFL, and a pass breakup for the East in the Army AllAmerican Bowl...Participated in The Opening Finals and competed for Untouchable...Named the 2017 American Family Insurance National Defensive Player of the Year...Garnered All-USA Defense second team accolades from USA Today as a senior...Was a finalist for the 2017 Mr. PA Football Class 4A-6A Award... Selected Mr. PA Football Lineman of the Year for Class 4A-6A...Named Pennsylvania Football News (PFN) Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year in 2017...Collected PFN All-Class 5A first team honors in junior and senior seasons...Named to Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Class 5A first team in 2016 and 2017... Garnered a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Pennsylvania Football Team in 2016 and 2017...Chosen as PennLive’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2017...Selected 2017 Mid-Penn Conference Commonwealth Offensive and Defensive MVP...Garnered 2017 Mini Maxwell Award honors from the Maxwell Football Club...Named Team MVP twice...Registered 55 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 17.5 TFL on defense, while adding 1,239 rushing yards, 99 receiving yards and 29 offensive touchdowns on offense as a senior...The 27 rushing scores tied for ninth in the state...Had 69 tackles with 20.0 TFL and 13.5 sacks as a junior at Central Dauphin High School...Recorded 121 tackles, 27.0 TFL and 18.5 sacks as a freshman at Central Dauphin...Tabbed a five-star recruit by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect, No. 1 player in Pennsylvania and No. 2 weak-side defensive end by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit, No. 4 defensive end, No. 1 player in Pennsylvania and No. 2 prospect in the region by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 6 overall recruit, No. 1 outside linebacker and No. 1 prospect in Pennsylvania by Rivals...Lettered in basketball...Helped the Cougars to the District 3 Class 6A title in 2016-17.

Four-year letterman for head coach Mike Mischler at Cathedral Prep in Pennslyvania...Was a team captain as a senior...Had a 49-3 record in four seasons at Cathedral Prep...Guided the Ramblers to backto-back perfect 14-0 records and Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Class 4A State Championships as a junior and a senior...Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Pennsylvania Football Team as a senior...Named to Pennsylvania Football Writers/Broadcasters All-State first team as an offensive lineman in 2017...Selected as the Pennsylvania Football News (PFN) Class 4A Lineman of the Year as a senior...Garnered PFN Class 4A All-State first team honors on the offensive line in 2017 and the defensive line in 2016...Earned three All-District 10 accolades...Three-time all-conference honoree... Had 55 tackles, 11 TFL, 4.0 sacks and one interception as a senior...Recorded 31 tackles, 11.0 TFL and 5.0 sacks as a junior...Had eight stops with 1.5 TFL as a sophomore...A consensus four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked No. 288 overall. No. 9 in Pennsylvania and No. 5 center by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 194 overall prospect, No. 10 guard, No. 6 player in Pennsylvania and No. 22 prospect in the region by ESPN...Ranked as the No. 19 guard and No. 14 recruit in Pennsylvania by Rivals. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Frederick Henry Scruggs...Son of Karen and Frederick Scruggs...Has three brothers, Mark, Brendan and Chuck...Volunteers at the Rambler Youth Football Camp...Hobbies include listening to music and playing video games...Planning to major in business and would like to start his own business...Born January 19, 2000 in Ashtabula, Ohio.

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Wide Receiver | 6-4 | 226 Freshman/Freshman Monmouth Junction, N.J./South Brunswick Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Full name is Micah Aaron Parsons...Son of Sherese and Terrence Parsons...Has one brother, Terrence, and one sister, Shatara...Born May 26, 1999 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Kicker | 6-2 | 195 Freshman/Freshman Ankeny, Iowa/Ankeny Centennial Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies ➤ HIGH SCHOOL Four-year letterman for co-head coaches Ryan and Jerry Pezzetti at Ankeny Centennial High School... Guided the Jaguars to three district championships, including a 10-3 mark as a senior and 10-2 record as a junior...Selected Elite first team in 2017...Garnered USA Today’s ALL-USA Iowa Football Team honorable mention accolades as a senior...Was an all-state honoree as a defensive back in 2016...Was second in the state in interceptions in 2016 in Class 4A...Two-time first-team all-district selection...Named District 2 MVP in 2016...Invited to the River Battle Bowl...Connected on 9-of-13 field goal attempts, including two makes from 60 yards, and had 37 kickoffs for 2,200 yards as a senior...Registered five interceptions and had 22 kickoffs for 1,200 yards as a junior...Had 16 tackles, two touchdowns and three interceptions as a sophomore...Holds the school record for interceptions in a season and in a career...Rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports and ESPN and a two-star prospect by Rivals...Is the No. 2 kicker and No. 9 prospect in Iowa by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 8 kicker, No. 3 prospect in Iowa and No. 75 player in the region by ESPN...Rated as a five-star kicker and the No. 9 recruit by Kohl’s Professional Camps...Lettered three times in both soccer and track & field...Owns the school record in the long jump (21-7) and high jump (6-2)...Was a Drake Relay champion in the 4x100 shuttle hurdles in 2017...Three-time all-conference player in soccer. ➤ PERSONAL

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➤ HIGH SCHOOL Three-year letterman for head coach Joe Goerge at South Brunswick High School...Two-time team captain...Guided the Vikings to a 12-1 record and the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) Central Group 5 State Championship in 2017...Helped South Brunswick to an 11-1 record and a state title in 2015...Selected to the Under Armour All-America Game...Participated in The Opening Finals and played with future teammate Ricky Slade on Team Mach Speed...Helped lead Mach Speed to The Opening title...Garnered All-USA Offense All-America second team accolades from USA Today as a senior...Selected as USA Today’s ALL-USA New Jersey Offensive Player of the Year in 2017... Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA New Jersey Football Team as a senior...Selected firstteam News 12 All-New Jersey Football in 2017...Named to NJ.com’s all-state first team as a senior... Honored by NJ.com as an All-Group 5 first team choice in 2017 and was a third team honoree in 2016... Selected All-Greater Middlesex Conference first team as a junior and senior...Named All-Red Division first team in 2016 and 2017...Named Team MVP as a junior...Grabbed 36 receptions for 522 yards and seven touchdowns and had 322 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries in 2017...Recorded 45 receptions with 718 yards and six scores as a junior...Had 31 catches for 582 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore...Had seven career interceptions...Rated a consensus five-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect, No. 1 player in New Jersey and No. 1 wide receiver by 247Sports...Rated the No. 8 prospect in the country, No. 1 wide receiver, No. 1 player in New Jersey and No. 3 in the region by ESPN...Ranked the No. 18 prospect overall, No. 3 wide receiver and No. 1 player in New Jersey by Rivals...Lettered in track & field once. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Justin D. Shorter...Son of Paula and JD Shorter...Has one brother, JT...Would like to major in engineering...Born April 17, 2000 in Princeton, New Jersey.

Full name is Jake E. Pinegar...Son of Julie and Scott Pinegar...Has one brother, Hunter...Brother, Hunter, is a punter at Iowa Western Community College...Uncle played baseball at Iowa State University... Volunteered with the Miracle League...Hobbies include working out with friends, kicking, hanging out with friends and family, fishing, grilling, watching movies and playing video games...Born January 7, 1999 in Des Moines, Iowa.

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NICK TARBURTON

Running Back | 5-9 | 185 Freshman/Freshman Woodbridge, Va./C.D. Hylton Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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Defensive End | 6-3 | 252 Freshman/Freshman Green Lane, Pa./Pennridge Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

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Four-year letterman for head coach Tony Lilly at C.D. Hylton High School...Two-time team captain... Selected to the Under Armour All-America Game and the Polynesian Bowl...Had seven carries for 23 yards and four receptions for 26 yards and a touchdown for Team Spotlight in the Under Armour AllAmerican Game...Competed in The Opening Finals on Team Mach Speed with future teammate Justin Shorter...Garnered All-USA Offense All-America second team accolades from USA Today as a senior... Named the 2017 Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year, becoming just the second player from Prince William County to win the honor (B.J. Hawkins in 1989)...Selected as 2017 All-USA Virginia Offensive Player of the Year...Named the VHSL Class 6A Offensive Player of the Year as a senior...Claimed a firstteam spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Virginia Football Team as a senior...Named to USA Today’s all-state second team as a junior...Was a first-team VHSL Class 6A All-State selection as a running back and kick returner as a senior...Collected first-team VHSL Class 6A All-State honors as a running back as a junior...Named Washington Post All-Met first team in 2017...Selected All-Occoquan Region first team as a running back and kick returner as a senior...Three-time all-region choice...Three-time all-district selection...Three-time all-conference honoree...Finished with 5,499 career rushing yards, which is second in county history...Accounted for 1,978 rushing yards and 30 touchdowns to go along with 22 receptions for 283 yards and five scores as a senior...Rushed for more than 300 yards in two games, including a school-record 343 yards against Colgan...Scored eight touchdowns against Colgan, which ranks fifth all-time in Virginia High School League history...Had 1,509 rushing yards with 16 touchdowns and 338 receiving yards with four scores as a junior...Recorded 711 rushing yards with eight touchdowns in just five games as a sophomore...Had 1,309 rushing yards and 18 scores as a freshman...A consensus four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Is a five-star on the 247Sports Composite...Ranked as the No. 62 overall prospect, No. 1 player in Virginia and No. 1 allpurpose back nationally by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 17 overall prospect, No. 2 running back, No. 1 in Virginia and No. 4 in the region by ESPN...Ranked No. 37 overall prospect, No. 2 running back and No. 2 recruit in Virginia by Rivals...Lettered once in track & field as a sprinter.

Three-year letterman for head coach Jeff Hollenbach at Pennridge High School...Was a team captain in 2017...Was a finalist for the 2017 Mr. PA Football Class 4A-6A Award...Garnered a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Pennsylvania Football Team as a senior...Selected to Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Class 6A first team as a junior and a senior...Named Pennsylvania Football News (PFN) Class 6A Defensive Player of the Year in 2017...Collected PFN All-Class 6A first team honors in junior and senior seasons...Garnered 2017 Mini Maxwell Award honors from the Maxwell Football Club... Named All-Southeastern PA by Philadelphia Inquirer three times...Selected All-Intelligencer first team three times (2015, 2016, 2017)...Was a two-time All-Suburban One Continental Conference first team honoree...Named Team MVP twice...Recorded 98 tackles, 19.0 TFL, 7.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception as a senior...Registered 653 all-purpose yards with six touchdowns in 2017...Had 96 tackles and 6.0 sacks as a junior...Collected a school-record 100 tackles and 4.0 sacks as a sophomore... Tabbed a four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 6 player in Pennsylvania, No. 11 inside linebacker and No. 212 overall prospect by 247Sports... Ranked as the No. 13 inside linebacker, No. 12 player in Pennsylvania and No. 49 in the region by ESPN... Ranked the No. 214 overall prospect, No. 10 inside linebacker and No. 6 player in Pennsylvania by Rivals... Lettered in basketball once...Was selected to the honor roll. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Nicholas Earl Tarburton...Son of Ami and Rick Tarburton...Has two brothers, Zack and Jake... Mother, Ami, and Father, Rick, both played basketball at Pitt-Bradford...Volunteered at Pennridge FISH, which is a local food bank...Hobbies include hunting and fishing...Anticipates majoring in business and would like to have a career in international relations...Born December 28, 1999 in Sellersville, Pennsylvania.

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Offensive Line | 6-6 | 304 Freshman/Freshman Waldorf, Md./North Point Major: Division of Undergraduate Studies

Full name is Richard D. Slade Jr....Son of Heather and Richard Slade Sr....Has two sisters, Kailyn Slade and Brittney Hazel...Sister, Kailyn, played soccer at Virginia Commonwealth University...Volunteered as a peer mentor in high school...Hobbies include playing basketball...Played at the same high school as Penn State offensive lineman Chasz Wright...Born April 27, 2000 in Fairfax, Virginia. ➤ HIGH SCHOOL

Four-year letterman for head coach Tom Petre at North Point High School...Three-time team captain... Helped the Eagles to a 12-1 record and a berth in the state semifinals for the first time in school history in 2017...Selected to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl...Participated in The Opening Finals for Lunar Beast...Claimed a first-team spot on USA Today’s ALL-USA Maryland Football Team as a senior...Named first-team Washington Post All-Met in 2017 and second team in 2016...Named consensus all-state by the Maryland High School Football Foundation in 2016...Garnered Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) Big School All-State (Class 4A/3A) first team accolades as an offensive lineman and defensive lineman as a junior...Selected All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference (SMAC) on the offensive and defensive lines as a sophomore, one of two players to do so...Named Team MVP once...Collected 63 tackles and 11.0 sacks and anchored an offensive line that scored 37.0 points per game as a senior...Had 35 tackles and 4.0 sacks as a junior...Registered 30 tackles and 5.0 sacks as a sophomore...Tabbed a four-star prospect by all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals...Ranked as the No. 47 overall prospect, No. 3 offensive tackle and No. 3 player in Maryland by 247Sports...Ranked as the No. 160 overall prospect, No. 13 offensive tackle, No. 5 player in Maryland and No. 20 in the region by ESPN...Ranked the No. 65 overall prospect, No. 7 offensive tackle and No. 2 player in Maryland by Rivals. ➤ PERSONAL Full name is Rasheed Amar Walker...Son of Karen and Alfred Walker...Has one sister, Syisha...Born February 13, 2000 in Washington, D.C.

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CAREER AT A GLANCE • Franklin was named the 16th head football coach in the storied history of the Nittany Lion program on January 11, 2014. • Franklin enters his eighth year as a collegiate head coach, leading his first seven squads to a bowl game. • Franklin is one of nine current FBS head coaches to lead his teams to a bowl game in each of his first seven seasons as a head coach. He is one of six current Autonomy 5 head coaches to accomplish the feat. • He owns a 60-32 career record, with six consecutive winning seasons. • Franklin has led his teams to two Top 10 finishes (2 at Penn State) and four Top 25 finishes (2 at Vanderbilt; 2 at Penn State). • Franklin led the Nittany Lions to back-to-back New Year’s Six bowls in 2016 (Rose) and 2017 (Fiesta) for the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta). • Franklin has 23 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and NFL level. • In his seven years as a head coach, Franklin mentored 59 players who have gone on to the NFL ranks. • Franklin has secured Top 25 recruiting classes each of his last six seasons, including a Top 5 class at Penn State in 2018. NITTANY LIONS ON THE FIELD 2017 Season • Penn State continued to be among the nation’s elite in 2017, climbing as high as No. 2 in the rankings and appearing in a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl, earning a 35-28 win over No. 11 Washington in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. • The Nittany Lions earned back-to-back 11-win seasons for the fifth time in program history and first time since 2008 and 2009 with an 11-2 record. • Penn State finished the season No. 8 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls and No. 9 in the final CFP rankings. It was the 24th Top 10 AP finish in program history. • The Nittany Lions used a balanced attack with a high-scoring offense and a stingy defense to lead FBS in scoring differential with a +24.6 margin. • Offensively, Penn State finished seventh in FBS with a 41.1 scoring average, which is the thirdhighest in program history, and 19th in total offense with a 460.3 average, which also ranks third in PSU history. • Defensively, the Nittany Lions were seventh in FBS in scoring average (16.5 ppg) and sacks (3.23 spg), while coming in 17th in total defense (329.5). • Penn State posted back-to-back-to-back 40-sack seasons for the first time since 2005-07. • Running back Saquon Barkley capped a stellar collegiate career by winning the Paul Hornung Award for the nation’s most versatile player, three major Big Ten awards – Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year, RodgersDwight Big Ten Return Specialist – and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football for the secondstraight season. Barkley is just the fifth player since 1924 to win two Silver Football honors. • Barkley became the 100th first-team All-American in program history with Consensus AllAmerica honors and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. • The Nittany Lions had 18 players garner All-Big Ten accolades, including four first-team selections in Barkley (running back and return specialist), Marcus Allen and Mike Gesicki.

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• Quarterback Trace McSorley, who was the Offensive MVP of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl, followed up his record-breaking 2016 campaign with another outstanding season. In 2017, McSorley broke the Penn State single-season record for completions (284), total offense (4,061), touchdowns responsible for (37), 300-yard passing games (5) and 200-yard passing games (11). • McSorley also became the second player in Big Ten history with 25 passing touchdowns and 10 rushing scores in a season, joining Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett (2014, 2017). • Wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton ended his Penn State career as the program’s career receptions leader (214) and second in school history in receiving yards (2,842). • The Nittany Lions sent nine players to senior all-star games, which is the most since 2003 when nine student-athletes were in postseason games (Senior Bowl: Allen, Gesicki, Hamilton, Christian Campbell; East-West Shrine Bowl: Hamilton, Jason Cabinda, Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren, Grant Haley; NFLPA Collegiate Bowl: Troy Apke). 2016 Season • The Nittany Lions surged in 2016, winning nine consecutive games en route to the Big Ten Championship, a Rose Bowl berth and an 11-3 overall record. • Penn State finished the season ranked No. 5 in the College Football Playoff rankings and No. 7 in the Associated Press and Amway Coaches polls. It was Penn State’s highest finish in the polls since 2005. • The Nittany Lions claimed their fourth overall Big Ten Championship and first outright title since 1994 with a thrilling 38-31 comeback win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game. • In 2016, Franklin was honored as Sporting News National Coach of the Year and the Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year, as well as the Dave McLain Big Ten Coach of the Year and Associated Press Big Ten Coach of the Year. • Franklin was also a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant, Eddie Robinson and Associated Press National Coach of the Year awards. • The 2016 season brought record-breaking performances from the Nittany Lions as the offense set marks for total offense (6,056), passing yards (3,650), points scored (526) and double-digit comeback wins (4). • The Nittany Lions’ +14.4 scoring improvement in 2016 ranked fourth in FBS and second among Autonomy 5 schools. • Barkley was selected as the Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Running Back of the Year and Chicago Tribune Silver Football winner for the conference’s top player. • McSorley was named the Grange-Griffin Big Ten Championship Game MVP, as well as earning Maxwell Club Tri-State Player of the Year and All-Big Ten second team honors. He was the first Penn State quarterback to win all-conference honors since Daryll Clark in 2009. • Not to be outdone, the Nittany Lion defense finished seventh in FBS in tackles for loss (8.1) and 19th in sacks (2.86). 2015 Season • 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 All-American. • Nassib also led the nation in sacks with a school-record 15.5 in 2015.


COACHING STAFF • 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 AllBig 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. 2014 Season • 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 Nittany Lions had a program-record 35 student-athletes claim Academic All-Big Ten honors in the fall of 2017. • Tyler Yazujian collected a berth on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® first team in 2016 after an appearance on the second team in 2015. • 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. • Additionally, 22 Nittany Lions earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition 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 • The Nittany Lions are active in the community, participating in activities such as Uplifting Athletes, THON, Pennsylvania Special Olympics Summer Games, State College Area Food Bank and Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital visits. • In 2017, linebacker Brandon Smith was selected to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team for his selflessness and community service. He was one of 11 FBS honorees in 2017 and is the first Nittany Lion to claim the award since Ben Kline in 2015, and the fourth overall. • 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 ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols.

RECRUITING SUCCESS • Franklin’s recruiting classes in the last four years have been ranked an average of 15.5 nationally, which is a significant jump from the 40.8 average from 2012-14. • Sixty-nine of the 113 signees under Franklin are from within a 250-mile radius of State College. • Six of the 15 highest-ranked 247Sports Composite recruits at Penn State since 2000 have been signed by Franklin. • The 2018 recruiting class was ranked No. 4 among all three major recruiting outlets – 247Sports, ESPN.com and Rivals. The No. 4 finish is the highest in program history. • The 3.72 average star ranking for the 2017 class was the highest since 2010 (3.89) according to 247Sports Composite. • Penn State signed Rivals No. 1 Pennsylvania recruit in three-straight years (2018 – Micah Parsons; 2017 – Lamont Wade; 2016 – Miles Sanders) for the first time since 2004 (Anthony Morelli), 2005 (Justin King) and 2006 (Jared Odrick). • With the signing of Micah Parsons, Justin Shorter and Ricky Slade, Penn State inked three 247Sports Composite 5-star recruits for the first time since rankings began in 2001. • The Nittany Lions also signed 12 ESPN300 recruits for the first time since 2006, when ESPN rankings started. • Parsons was the No. 5-rated recruit in the 247Sports Composite, which is the highest recruit signed by Penn State since 2005 when Derrick Williams was the No. 4 overall recruit. • In 2017, the newest set of Nittany Lions finished in the Top 15 in the country, ranking as high as 12th by Rivals. • 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 (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). • 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.

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 COACHING CAREER RECORD: Year School Record Conference Finish Bowl 2011 Vanderbilt 6-7 T-4th (East) Liberty: Lost to Cincinnati, 31-24 2012 Vanderbilt 9-4 4th (East) Music City: Beat N.C. State, 38-24 2013 Vanderbilt 9-4 4th (East) BBVA Compass: Beat Houston, 41-24 2014 Penn State 7-6 6th (East) Pinstripe: Beat Boston College, 31-30 (OT) 2015 Penn State 7-6 4th (East) TaxSlayer: Lost to Georgia, 24-17 2016 Penn State 11-3 T-1st (East); B1G Champions Rose: Lost to USC, 52-49 2017 Penn State 11-2 T-2nd (East) Fiesta: Beat Washington, 35-28 Totals 60-32 1 B1G Championship Bowls: Won 4, Lost 3

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COACHING STAFF • 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). HELPING THE COMMODORES GET THEIR STRIPES • 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 NC 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 had 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 secondbest 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, with a combined mark of 1-15 SEC play. • 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 sevengame 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, in which VU defeated NC 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 his career 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 schoolrecord 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 thencareer-high 86 catches for 1,221 yards. • Franklin served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Kansas State during the 2006-07 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. • Franklin graduated having broken or tied 23 school records. • 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 was inducted into the East Stroudsburg Athletics Hall of Fame October 15, 2016.

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PERSONAL • Franklin graduated from East Stroudsburg (Pa.) University 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.

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COACHING STAFF FRANKLIN YEAR-BY-YEAR RESULTS AT VANDERBILT 2011 S S S S O O O O N N N N

6-7, 2-6 (T-4th SEC)

9 10 17 24 8 15 22 29 5 12 19 26

at Elon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .45-24 Connecticut . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .24-21 Mississippi* . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .30-7 at South Carolina [12]*. . L. . . . . . . . . . . .3-21 at Alabama [2]*. . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . . .0-34 Georgia*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .28-33 Army . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .44-21 Arkansas [8]*. . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .28-31 at Florida* . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .21-26 Kentucky*. . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .38-8 at Tennessee*. . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . .21-27 (OT) Wake Forest . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .41-7 Liberty Bowl (Memphis, Tenn.) D 31 Cincinnati . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .24-31 SEC: Tied for third in East Division

2012 S S S S O O O O N N N N

South Carolina [9]* . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .13-17 at Northwestern . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .13-23 Presbyterian. . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .58-0 at Georgia [5]*. . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . . .3-48 at Missouri* . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .19-15 Florida [4]*. . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .17-31 Auburn* . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .17-13 UMass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .49-7 at Kentucky* . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .40-0 at Mississippi* . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .27-26 Tennessee*. . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .41-18 at Wake Forest . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .55-21 Music City Bowl (Nashville, Tenn.) D 31 [23] NC State . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .38-24 SEC: Fourth in East Division

A S S S S O O O N N N N

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2014

2016

7-6, 4-4 (3rd B1G)

Croke Park Classic (Dublin, Ireland) UCF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .26-24 Akron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .21-3 at Rutgers*. . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .13-10 UMass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .48-7 Northwestern* . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . . .6-29 at Michigan* . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .13-18 Ohio State [13]* . . . . . . . L. . . . . 24-31 (2OT) Maryland* . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .19-20 at Indiana*. . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .13-7 Temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .30-13 at Illinois*. . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .14-16 Michigan St.*. . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .10-34 Pinstripe Bowl (New York, N.Y.) D 27 Boston College. . . . . . . . W . . . . . .31-30 (OT) Big Ten: Third in Leaders Division

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11-3, 8-1 (T-1st B1G)

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3 Kent State. . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .33-13 10 at Pittsburgh . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .39-42 17 Temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .34-27 24 at Michigan* [4] . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .10-49 1 Minnesota* . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . .29-26 (OT) 8 Maryland* . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .38-14 22 Ohio State* [2]. . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .24-21 29 [24] at Purdue* . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .62-24 5 [20] Iowa* . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .41-14 12 [12] at Indiana*. . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .45-31 19 [9] at Rutgers*. . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .39-0 26 [8] Michigan St.*. . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .45-12 Big Ten Championship Game (Indianapolis, Ind.) D 3 [8] vs. Wisconsin [6] . . . W . . . . . . . . . .38-31 Rose Bowl (Pasadena, Calif.) J 2 [5] vs. USC [9] . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .49-52 Big Ten: Tied for first in East Division Final Rankings: CFP 5th, AP 7th, Coaches 7th

9-4, 5-3 (4th SEC)

3 10 17 24 8 15 22 29 5 12 19 26

2013

AT PENN STATE

9-4, 4-4 (T-4th SEC)

Mississippi* . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .35-39 Austin Peay . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .38-3 at South Carolina*. . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .25-35 at UMass. . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .24-7 UAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .52-24 Missouri* . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .28-51 Georgia [15]*. . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .31-27 at Texas A&M [16]* . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .24-56 at Florida* . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .34-17 Kentucky*. . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .22-6 at Tennessee*. . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .14-10 Wake Forest . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .23-21 BBVA Compass Bowl (Birmingham, Ala.) J 4 Houston . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .41-24 SEC: Tied for fourth in East Division

2015 S S S S O O O O

7-6, 4-4 (4th B1G)

5 12 19 26 3 10 17 24

at Temple . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .10-27 Buffalo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .27-14 Rutgers*. . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .28-3 San Diego State . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .37-21 Army . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .20-14 Indiana* . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .29-7 at Ohio State [1]* . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .10-38 Maryland* . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .31-30 (Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium) O 31 Illinois*. . . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .39-0 N 7 at Northwestern [21]* . . L. . . . . . . . . . .21-23 N 21 Michigan [13]* . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .16-28 N 28 at Michigan St.*. . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .16-55 TaxSlayer Bowl (Jacksonville, Fla.) J 2 Georgia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .17-24 Big Ten: Fourth in East Division

2017 S S S S S O O O N N N N

11-2, 7-2 (T-2nd B1G)

2 9 16 23 30 7 21 28 4 11 18 25

[6] Akron . . . . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .52-0 [4] Pittsburgh . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .33-14 [5] Georgia State . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .56-0 [4] at Iowa *. . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .21-19 [4] Indiana * . . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .45-14 [4] at Northwestern * . . W . . . . . . . . . . .31-7 [2] Michigan * [19] . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .42-13 [2] at Ohio State * [6} . . . L. . . . . . . . . . .38-39 [7] at Michigan St. * [24] . . L. . . . . . . . . . .24-27 [16] Rutgers * . . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .35-6 [13] Nebraska * . . . . . . . W . . . . . . . . . .56-44 [12] at Maryland * . . . . W . . . . . . . . . . .66-3 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (Glendale, Ariz.) D 30 [9] vs. Washington [12] W . . . . . . . . . .35-28 Big Ten: Tied for second in East Division Final Rankings: CFP 9th, AP 8th, Coaches 8th * - indicates conference game

FRANKLIN RECORDS VS. OPPONENTS Akron Alabama Arkansas Army Auburn Austin Peay Boston College Buffalo Cincinnati Connecticut Elon Florida Georgia Georgia State Houston Illinois

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COACHING STAFF STATISTICAL HIGHS & LOWS UNDER JAMES FRANKLIN Penn State Total Offense Highs 609........................ Nebraska, 2017 599............................... Iowa, 2016 579........................... at Iowa, 2017 569..............................Akron, 2017 549.......................at Rutgers, 2016 545............... vs. Washington, 2017 534....................at Maryland, 2017 526..................Georgia State, 2017 524........................Maryland, 2016 511............................ vs. UCF, 2014 511............................Purdue, 2016

Penn State First Down Lows 9............................at Temple, 2015 12.................................Army, 2015 12...................... at Michigan, 2016 13.........................Ohio State, 2016 14................... Northwestern, 2014 14.....................at Ohio State, 2015 14.......................... Michigan, 2015 14.........................Pittsburgh, 2017 15......................... at Indiana, 2014 15...........................at Illinois, 2014 15..............................Buffalo, 2015

Penn State Rushing Attempts Highs 62..........................Maryland, 2016 52................................. Iowa, 2016 51............................. at Iowa, 2017 49.........................at Rutgers, 2016 48......................at Maryland, 2017 47..............................Temple, 2014 47...........................at Illinois, 2014 45...............................UMass, 2014 45......................... at Indiana, 2016 41..........................Maryland, 2014 41.............................Rutgers, 2015

Opponent Total Offense Highs 575............................vs. USC, 2016 529...................at Ohio State, 2017 515.................... at Michigan, 2016 474............at Michigan State, 2017 469...................... Minnesota, 2016 466...................vs. Maryland, 2015 466........................ Nebraska, 2017 454....................... at Indiana, 2016 436............at Michigan State, 2015 432..............................at Pitt, 2016

Opponent First Down Lows 5...........................at Rutgers, 2016 8................................Temple, 2014 10.............................Rutgers, 2017 11.............................. vs. UCF, 2014 11..........................Maryland, 2016 11............................. at Iowa, 2017 11......................at Maryland, 2017 12...................... at Michigan, 2014 12...............................Illinois, 2015 12................................Akron, 2017

Opponent Rushing Attempts Highs 57.........................Ohio State, 2014 56................................at Pitt, 2016 55.................................Army, 2015 50.....................at Ohio State, 2015 49...................... at Michigan, 2016 49.................... vs. Wisconsin, 2016 49....................Georgia State, 2017 48.....................vs. Maryland, 2015 48........................ Minnesota, 2016 47............... at Northwestern, 2015 47............................. Indiana, 2017

Penn State Total Offense Lows 180........................at Temple, 2015 191.................... at Michigan, 2016 207........................ Michigan, 2015 214.................... at Michigan, 2014 219........................Maryland, 2014 233................Michigan State, 2014 240.......................Ohio State, 2014 264...............................Army, 2015 265.........................at Illinois, 2014 266................. Northwestern, 2014

Penn State Rushing Yardage Highs 372........................Maryland, 2016 359............................... Iowa, 2016 340.......................at Rutgers, 2016 330...........................Rutgers, 2015 295........................... at Iowa, 2017 286....................at Maryland, 2017 263........................ Nebraska, 2017 257............................Purdue, 2016 254............................Temple, 2014 247..............................Akron, 2017

Opponent Total Offense Lows 87.........................at Rutgers, 2016 159..............................Akron, 2017 167.............................Illinois, 2015 194........................Maryland, 2014 200...........................Rutgers, 2017 221....................... at Indiana, 2014 234........................... Indiana, 2015 234............................... Iowa, 2016 242.............. San Diego State, 2015 246............................ vs. UCF, 2014

Opponent Rushing Yardage Highs 341..............................at Pitt, 2016 326.................... at Michigan, 2016 315...................at Ohio State, 2015 285...........vs. Boston College, 2014 261...............................Army, 2015 241...................vs. Maryland, 2015 241.................. vs. Wisconsin, 2016 228...................... Minnesota, 2016 227............. at Northwestern, 2015 219.......................Ohio State, 2014

Penn State First Down Highs 32.......................... Nebraska, 2017 29............................. at Iowa, 2017 28..........................Maryland, 2016 28......................at Maryland, 2017 27................................Akron, 2014 25.............vs. Boston College, 2014 25.........................at Rutgers, 2016 25.......................... Michigan, 2017 25................. vs. Washington, 2017 24.............................. vs. UCF, 2014 24..............................Purdue, 2016 24................................. Iowa, 2016 24................................Akron, 2017

Penn State Rushing Yardage Lows 16.........................Ohio State, 2014 38..................Michigan State, 2014 39............................. Indiana, 2017 42..........................Maryland, 2014 48......................at Maryland, 2015 50................... Northwestern, 2014 51.................... vs. Wisconsin, 2016 54...................... at Michigan, 2014 57.............................. vs. UCF, 2014 64.........................at Rutgers, 2014

Opponent First Down Highs 33..............................vs. USC, 2016 31........................ Minnesota, 2016 27.....................at Ohio State, 2017 26..................Michigan State, 2016 25.....................at Ohio State, 2015 25...................... at Michigan, 2016 25..............at Michigan State, 2017 24..............at Michigan State, 2015 24.........................Pittsburgh, 2017 22............... at Northwestern, 2015 22.................... vs. Wisconsin, 2016

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Opponent Rushing Yardage Lows 3.................................UMass, 2014 24.............................. vs. UCF, 2014 30................................. Iowa, 2016 33..........................Maryland, 2014 37...............................Illinois, 2015 38.........................vs. Temple, 2016 39.........................at Rutgers, 2016 43.............................Rutgers, 2015 46..............................Purdue, 2016 61..............................Temple, 2014

Penn State Rushing Attempts Lows 22..................Michigan State, 2014 22.......................... Michigan, 2015 24.........................Pittsburgh, 2017 24....................Georgia State, 2017 25................... Northwestern, 2014 27..........................at Temple, 2015 28.............................. vs. UCF, 2014 28...................... at Michigan, 2016 28........................ Minnesota, 2016 29.............vs. Boston College, 2014 29.................... vs. Wisconsin, 2016 Opponent Rushing Attempts Lows 20..............................Temple, 2014 23............................. at Iowa, 2017 25................................Akron, 2014 25......................at Maryland, 2017 26..............................Purdue, 2016 26................................. Iowa, 2016 26.......................... Nebraska, 2017 26................. vs. Washington, 2017 27...........................at Illinois, 2014 27...............................Illinois, 2015 Penn State Passing Yardage Highs 454............................ vs. UCF, 2014 401............at Michigan State, 2017 386................Michigan State, 2016 384.................. vs. Wisconsin, 2016 371...........vs. Boston College, 2014 360..................Georgia State, 2017 346........................ Nebraska, 2017 342............... vs. Washington, 2017 335...................... Minnesota, 2016 332..............................at Pitt, 2016 332....................... at Indiana, 2016 Opponent Passing Yardage Highs 453............................vs. USC, 2016 400............at Michigan State, 2017 399........................ Nebraska, 2017 344....................... at Indiana, 2016 328...................at Ohio State, 2017 295............................Purdue, 2016 286.......................vs. Temple, 2016 263.............................UMass, 2014 258................. Northwestern, 2014 256........................ Michigan, 2015

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Penn State Passing Yardage Lows 93...........................at Illinois, 2014 103........................at Temple, 2015 112............................Temple, 2014 120...................at Ohio State, 2015 121.................... at Michigan, 2016 128............................Buffalo, 2015 137........................ Michigan, 2015 141...........................Rutgers, 2015 152........................Maryland, 2016 154.......................Ohio State, 2016 Opponent Passing Yardage Lows 32.................................Army, 2015 34.............................Rutgers, 2017 48.........................at Rutgers, 2016 68......................... at Indiana, 2014 74.........................Ohio State, 2014 86................................Akron, 2017 91................................at Pitt, 2016 97.............vs. Boston College, 2014 100........................Maryland, 2016 114...................at Ohio State, 2015 Penn State Passing Attempt Highs 50.........................Ohio State, 2014 50.............vs. Boston College, 2014 48............................. at Iowa, 2017 48..............at Michigan State, 2017 47.............................. vs. UCF, 2014 47..............at Michigan State, 2015 46................... Northwestern, 2014 45..................Michigan State, 2014 44.........................at Rutgers, 2014 42..........................Maryland, 2014 42........................vs. Georgia, 2015 42........................ Minnesota, 2016 Opponent Passing Attempt Highs 56..............at Michigan State, 2017 55..............................Purdue, 2016 54..............................vs. USC, 2016 46................................Akron, 2014 46..................Michigan State, 2016 44...............................Illinois, 2015 43.........................Ohio State, 2016 43............... at Northwestern, 2017 42...........................at Illinois, 2014 42.............................Rutgers, 2015 Penn State Passing Attempt Lows 13.....................at Ohio State, 2015 16...........................at Illinois, 2014 18................................. Iowa, 2016 19.............................Rutgers, 2015 19.................................Army, 2015 19..........................Maryland, 2016 21.............................Rutgers, 2017 22..............at Michigan State, 2017 23.........................Ohio State, 2016 24..............................Temple, 2016 24..................Michigan State, 2016 Opponent Passing Attempt Lows 1...................................Army, 2015 15................................at Pitt, 2016 16..........................Maryland, 2016 17.........................at Rutgers, 2016 19.........................Ohio State, 2014 19.....................at Ohio State, 2015 20.............vs. Boston College, 2014 20.............................Rutgers, 2017 21..........................at Temple, 2015 21.................... vs. Wisconsin, 2016

Penn State Passing Completion Highs 34.............vs. Boston College, 2014 32.............................. vs. UCF, 2014 32................. vs. Washington, 2014 31.........................Ohio State, 2014 31............................. at Iowa, 2017 29............... at Northwestern, 2017 27..............at Michigan State, 2015 27..............at Michigan State, 2017 26.......................... Nebraska, 2017 25.........................at Rutgers, 2014 25......................at Maryland, 2017 Opponent Passing Completion Highs 36..............................Purdue, 2016 33..............................vs. USC, 2016 33.....................at Ohio State, 2017 33..............at Michigan State, 2017 28.........................Ohio State, 2016 27.............................Rutgers, 2015 26...........................at Illinois, 2014 26.......................... Nebraska, 2017 25.......................... Michigan, 2015 25..............................Temple, 2016 25..................Michigan State, 2016 Penn State Passing Completion Lows 7.......................at Ohio State, 2015 8.............................at Illinois, 2014 8...........................Ohio State, 2016 10.............................Rutgers, 2015 10.................................Army, 2015 10..........................Maryland, 2016 11..........................at Temple, 2015 11................................. Iowa, 2016 12......................... at Indiana, 2014 12..............................Temple, 2014 Opponent Passing Completion Lows 1...................................Army, 2015 7...........................at Rutgers, 2016 7...............................Rutgers, 2017 10................ San Diego State, 2015 10..........................Maryland, 2016 11.............vs. Boston College, 2014 11................................at Pitt, 2016 12.............................. vs. UCF, 2014 12.........................Ohio State, 2014 12........................vs. Georgia, 2015

Penn State Scoring Highs 66......................at Maryland, 2017 62..............................Purdue, 2016 56....................Georgia State, 2017 56.......................... Nebraska, 2017 52................................Akron, 2017 49..............................vs. USC, 2016 45......................... at Indiana, 2016 45..................Michigan State, 2016 45............................. Indiana, 2017 42.......................... Michigan, 2017 Opponent Scoring Highs 55..............at Michigan State, 2015 52..............................vs. USC, 2016 49...................... at Michigan, 2016 44.......................... Nebraska, 2017 42................................at Pitt, 2016 39.....................at Ohio State, 2017 38.....................at Ohio State, 2015 34..................Michigan State, 2014 31.........................Ohio State, 2014 31......................... at Indiana, 2016 31.................... vs. Wisconsin, 2016 Penn State Scoring Lows 6..................... Northwestern, 2014 10..................Michigan State, 2014 10..........................at Temple, 2015 10.....................at Ohio State, 2015 10...................... at Michigan, 2016 13.........................at Rutgers, 2014 13...................... at Michigan, 2014 13......................... at Indiana, 2014 14...........................at Illinois, 2014 16..............at Michigan State, 2015 Opponent Scoring Lows 0.................................Illinois, 2015 0...........................at Rutgers, 2016 0..................................Akron, 2017 0......................Georgia State, 2017 3...............................Rutgers, 2015 3..................................Akron, 2014 3........................at Maryland, 2017 6...............................Rutgers, 2017 7.................................UMass, 2014 7........................... at Indiana, 2014 7............................... Indiana, 2015 7................. at Northwestern, 2017


COACHING STAFF COACHING HONORS

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS AS A HEAD COACH

2016

2013 Kenny Ladler .......... 1st Jordan Matthews ... 1st Andre Hal ..............2nd Wesley Johnson.....2nd

2012

Sporting News National Coach of the Year Woody Hayes National Coach of the Year Maxwell Club Tri-State Coach of the Year College Sports Madness National Coach of the Year Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Finalist Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Finalist Associated Press Coach of the Year Finalist George Munger College Coach of the Year Semifinalist Big Ten Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote) Associated Press Big Ten Coach of the Year Athlon Sports Big Ten Coach of the Year ECAC Division I FBS Coach of the Year The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week. (Oct. 24) Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Finalist

2016 2015

Saquon Barkley . . . . 1st Team (Consensus) Mike Gesicki . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Team Saquon Barkley . . . . . . . . . . .3rd Team Carl Nassib . . . . .1st Team (Consensus)

2014 2013 2012 2011

Mike Hull. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Team Jordan Matthews. . . . . . . . . . 1st Team Jordan Matthews. . . . . . . . . .3rd Team Casey Hayward. . . . . . . . . . . 2nd Team

Saquon Barkley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Hornung Award Winner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award Brandon Smith. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

2016

Saquon Barkley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graham-George Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award Tyler Davis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Vlade Award

2015

Carl Nassib . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rotary Lombardi Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ted Hendricks Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lott IMPACT Award . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CBS Sports National Defensive Player of the Year . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nagurski-Woodson Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Ben Kline. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Allstate AFCA Good Works Teams

2014

Mike Hull. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Butkus-Fitzgerald Big Ten Linebacker of the Year

ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS AS A HEAD COACH 2017 Marcus Allen .......... 1st Saquon Barkley ........1st (RB & RS) Mike Gesicki ........... 1st Jason Cabinda .......2nd Blake Gillikin .........2nd DaeSean Hamilton 2nd Trace McSorley ......2nd Amani Oruwariye ..2nd DeAndre Thompkins..2nd Ryan Bates .............3rd Shareef Miller .........3rd Troy Apke................HM Christian Campbell .HM Curtis Cothran ........HM Parker Cothren........HM Grant Haley ............HM Juwan Johnson.......HM

HM - honorable mention

As a Head Coach: 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . Penn State . . . . . . . . . . . .W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35-28 2017 Rose Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Penn State . . . . . . . . . . . . L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .52-49 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Penn State . . . . . . . . . . . . L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24-17 2014 Pinstripe Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Penn State . . . . . . . . . . . .W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31-30 (OT) 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vanderbilt. . . . . . . . . . . . .W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41-24 2012 Music City Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vanderbilt. . . . . . . . . . . . .W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38-24 2011 Liberty Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vanderbilt. . . . . . . . . . . . . L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .31-24

AWARD WINNERS AS A HEAD COACH 2017

2011 Tim Fugger ............2nd Casey Hayward ......2nd Zac Stacy ...............2nd

BOWL GAMES AS A COACH

ALL-AMERICANS AS A HEAD COACH 2017

2012 Jordan Matthews ... 1st Richard Kent ..........2nd Zac Stacy ...............2nd

2016 Saquon Barkley ...... 1st Tyler Davis .............. 1st Trace McSorley ......2nd Garrett Sickels .......2nd Mike Gesicki ..........2nd Evan Schwan ..........3rd Jason Cabinda ........3rd Marcus Allen ..........3rd Chris Godwin ..........3rd Brandon Bell ..........HM Parker Cothren........HM Brian Gaia...............HM Blake Gillikin ..........HM John Reid ...............HM

2015 Carl Nassib.............. 1st Saquon Barkley .....2nd Chris Godwin .........2nd Austin Johnson ......2nd Anthony Zettel .......3rd Marcus Allen ..........HM Jason Cabinda ........HM Grant Haley ............HM DaeSean Hamilton .HM Trevor Williams .......HM 2014 Mike Hull ................ 1st Anthony Zettel ....... 1st Sam Ficken ............2nd DaeSean Hamilton 2nd Adrian Amos...........HM Deion Barnes ..........HM Jesse James ............HM Austin Johnson .......HM Jordan Lucas...........HM Angelo Mangiro .....HM Trevor Williams .......HM

As an Assistant Coach: 2010 Military Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . .W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .51-20 2008 Humanitarian Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . .W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42-35 2006 Texas Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kansas State . . . . . . . . . . . L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37-10 2002 Orange Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . . L . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .56-23 2004 Gator Bowl. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . .W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41-7 2002 Peach Bowl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maryland . . . . . . . . . . . . .W. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30-3

NFL DRAFT PICKS As a Head Coach: 2018 Saquon Barkley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New York Giants Mike Gesicki . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Miami Dolphins Oren Burks (V) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . . . 88 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Green Bay Packers Troy Apke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . . . . . 109 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Washington Redskins DaeSean Hamilton. . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . . . . . 113 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Denver Broncos Marcus Allen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . 148 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pittsburgh Steelers Christian Campbell . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 . . . . . . . . . . 182 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arizona Cardinals 2017 Zach Cunningham (V) . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 57 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Houston Texans Chris Godwin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . . . 84 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tampa Bay Buccaneers Will Holden (V) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . 157 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Arizona Cardinal 2016 Austin Johnson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 43 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tennessee Titans Christian Hackenberg . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 51 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New York Jets Carl Nassib . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 65 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cleveland Browns Anthony Zettel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 . . . . . . . . . . 202 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Detroit Lions Jordan Lucas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 . . . . . . . . . . 204 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Miami Dolphins Stephen Weatherly (V) . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . 227 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Minnesota Vikings 2015 Donovan Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 34 . . . . . . . . . . . . .Tampa Bay Buccaneers Adrian Amos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . 142 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chicago Bears Jesse James . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . 160 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pittsburgh Steelers 2014 Jordan Matthews. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 42 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Philadelphia Eagles Wesley Johnson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . 173 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Pittsburgh Steelers Andre Hal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . 216 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Houston Texans 2013 Zac Stacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 . . . . . . . . . . 160 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . St. Louis Rams Ryan Seymour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . 220 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seattle Seahawks 2012 Casey Hayward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 . . . . . . . . . . 62 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Green Bay Packers Tim Fugger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . 214 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Indianapolis Colts As an Assistant Coach: 2010 Bruce Campbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 . . . . . . . . . . 106 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oakland Raiders 2009 Darrius Heyward-Bey . . . . . . . . . . 1 . . . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Oakland Raiders Jaimie Thomas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . 236 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Indianapolis Colts Dan Gronkowski. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 . . . . . . . . . . 255 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Detroit Lions 2007 Yamon Figurs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 . . . . . . . . . . 74 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Baltimore Ravens Thomas Clayton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 . . . . . . . . . . 186 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Francisco 49ers 2006 Jeromey Clary. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 . . . . . . . . . . 187 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . San Diego Chargers (V) - indicates Franklin coached NFL Draft pick while at Vanderbilt.

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COACHING STAFF DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LINEBACKERS COACH

BRENT PRY @CoachPry_LBU

THE PRY FILE COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers (2018-) • Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers (2016-17) • 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)

• AssistantHeadCoach/DefensiveCoordinator/ 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 Year at Penn State: Fifth Hometown: Altoona, Pennsylvania Education: University of Buffalo, 1993 B.A. History Family: Wife: Amy Son: Colby; Daughters: Madeline, Catherine

BOWL GAMES AS A COACH 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl .............Penn State 2017 Rose Bowl..................................Penn State 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl ..........................Penn State 2014 Pinstripe Bowl ...........................Penn State 2014 BBVA Compass Bowl .................. Vanderbilt 2012 Music City Bowl ......................... Vanderbilt 2011 Liberty Bowl .............................. Vanderbilt 2008 St. Petersburg Bowl .....................Memphis 2007 New Orleans Bowl .......................Memphis 1998 Gator Bowl .............................Virginia Tech 1996 Orange Bowl...........................Virginia Tech 1995 Sugar Bowl .............................Virginia Tech

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COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Brent Pry’s coaching career has spanned 26 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 has coached to success, including 12 bowl appearances, with Top 25 finishes in total defense in seven of his last eight seasons (three at Penn State; three at Vanderbilt; 1 at Georgia Southern). • He has played an instrumental role in 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. • In 2017, All-Big Ten linebacker Jason Cabinda was the leader of the defense that helped the Nittany Lions to a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl game for the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta). • Cabinda finished his career ninth in Penn State history with 286 tackles. • Pry, who was a 2017 Broyles Award nominee for top assistant coach in the country, developed a dominant defense that finished in the Top 25 in FBS in scoring defense (7th; 16.5), sacks (7th; 3.23), rushing defense (14th; 118.0), total defense (17th; 329.5), team passing efficiency defense (21st; 114.88), turnovers gained (23rd; 25) and tackles for loss (25th; 7.2). • Penn State’s 16.5 points allowed per game were the fewest since the 2009 squad gave up 12.2 tallies per contest. • In his first season as defensive coordinator, Pry helped the Nittany Lions to the 2016 Big Ten Championship by guiding a defense that finished 37th in FBS total defense (367.9), seventh in tackles for loss (8.1) and 19th in sacks (2.86) despite a significant number of injuries to the linebacking corps. • 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, retired in 2017 after 40 years as a college football coach. Jim was Franklin’s offensive coordinator at East Stroudsburg.

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PRY BY THE NUMBERS

26 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 11 Years at a Power Five Program 12 Bowl Games Coached 15 NFL Players Coached 2 Super Bowl Champions Coached PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Jason Cabinda (Penn State) - Oakland Raiders Mike Hull (Penn State) - Miami Dolphins; 2014 Big Ten Linebacker of the Year Brandon Bell (Penn State) - Cincinnati Bengals Oren Burks (Vanderbilt) - Green Bay Packers; 2018 NFL Draft third-round pick Zach Cunningham (Vanderbilt) - Houston Texans; 2017 NFL Draft secondround pick Clinton McDonald (Memphis) - Denver Broncos; Super Bowl XLVIII Champion Dontari Poe (Memphis) - Carolina Panthers; 2012 NFL Draft first-round pick Charles Tillman (Louisiana-Lafayette) - NFL (2003-15); Two-time Pro Bowler 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.


COACHING STAFF OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR/QUARTERBACKS COACH

RICKY RAHNE @RickyRahne

THE RAHNE FILE

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Ricky Rahne is in his fifth season at Penn State and first as the offensive coordinator. • He returns to coaching the quarterbacks after two seasons working with the tight ends. Rahne also coached the quarterbacks his first two years in Happy Valley. • Rahne served as the offensive coordinator in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl and 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl. • In 2017, Rahne’s tight end group was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions to a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl game for the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta). • Tight end Mike Gesicki capped off a stellar career by collecting first-team All-Big Ten honors, as well as second-team All-America accolades from Sporting News. • Gesicki broke all of the Penn State receiving records for a tight end and finished his career 18th in program history in receiving yards (1,481), ninth in receptions (129) and receiving touchdowns (15). • The Nittany Lion offense finished in the Top 25 in FBS in fumbles lost (3rd; 3), third down conversion percentage (5th; .480), scoring offense (7th; 41.1), completion percentage (10th; .657), turnover margin (11th; 0.92), team passing efficiency (14th; 153.59), total offense (19th; 460.3), red zone offense (21st; .898) and passing offense (23rd; 209.2). • In 2016, Rahne’s tight end corps played an integral role in the Nittany Lions claiming their first Big Ten Championship since 1994. • Rahne’s tight end protégé Gesicki was selected All-Big Ten second team after setting the Penn State record for receptions (48), receiving yards (679) and touchdown catches (5) by a tight end. The tight end receiving yardage record was set by All-American Ted Kwalick in 1977. • Rahne worked with Christian Hackenberg, helping him break every major Penn State career passing records by the completion of his collegiate career. • Hackenberg is the only 8,000-yard passer in program history and finished his career as Penn State’s 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 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’s passing attacks helped Vanderbilt wide receivers set SEC records and running backs post a pair of 1,000-yard seasons between 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 Autonomy 5 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.

COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks (2018-) • Passing Game Coordinator/Tight Ends (2016-17) • 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

RAHNE BY THE NUMBERS

14 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 12 Years at a Power Five Program 9 Bowl Games Coached 3 NFL Draft Picks Coached 16 Passing Records Set While at Cornell PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • Mike Gesicki (Penn State) - Miami Dolphins; 2018 NFL Draft secondround pick • Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) - NFL (2016-17); 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

HOLY CROSS (2004)

• Assistant Defensive Line

PERSONAL Year at Penn State: Fifth Hometown: Morrison, Colorado Education: Cornell University, 2002 B.S. in Industrial & Labor Relations Family: Wife: Jennifer Sons: Ryder, Jake

BOWL GAMES AS A COACH 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl .............Penn State 2017 Rose Bowl..................................Penn State 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

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 SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR/ASSISTANT DEFENSIVE LINE COACH

PHIL GALIANO @Coach_Galiano

THE GALIANO FILE COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2018-)

• Special Teams Coord./Asst. Defensive Line (2018-) • Defensive Consultant (2017)

MIAMI DOLPHINS (2016) • Special Teams Intern

RUTGERS (2014-15)

• Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends (2015) • Director of Recruiting (2014)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (2012-13) • Special Teams Assistant

RUTGERS (2010-11)

• Defensive Line/Tight Ends

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL (2007-09) • Defensive Coordinator

RUTGERS (2003-06)

• Defensive Ends/Linebackers (2004-06) • Graduate Assistant (2003)

VILLANOVA (2002) • Offensive Assistant

NEW HAVEN (2001) • Outside Linebackers

DICKINSON (2000) • Outside Linebackers

PERSONAL Year at Penn State: First Hometown: Norristown, Pennsylvania Education: Shippensburg University, 2000 B.S. in Business Administration & Management Family: Wife: Kelly Sons: TJ, Andrew; Daughter: Taylor

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Phil Galiano is in his first season at Penn State as the special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach. • Galiano is a veteran in the coaching ranks with 17 years of experience, including two seasons as an assistant special teams coach and one season as a special teams intern in the NFL. • He is no stranger to Penn State, having served as a defensive consultant for the Nittany Lions in 2017. He also served as the special teams coordinator for the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. • Galiano totaled eight years at Rutgers over three stints, most recently as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach in 2015. • Under Galiano’s tutelage, the Scarlet Knights ranked 12th in ESPN’s special teams efficiency ranking, including finishing 19th in FBS in kick return defense (18.75), 13th in punt returns (13.92) and scoring five special teams touchdowns in 2015. Kick returner Janarion Grant was second in FBS with three kickoff returns for touchdowns. • In 2014, Galiano served as Rutgers’ director of recruiting operations where he helped the Scarlet Knights sign the No. 56 class in the country. • Galiano also coached the Scarlet Knight defensive line (2011) and tight ends (2010). • In 2011, Galiano guided the Rutgers defense to finish third in the FBS in turnovers gained (34), eighth in tackles for loss (7.62), eighth in scoring defense (18.31) and 15th in sacks (2.69). • In his first tour with Rutgers, Galiano worked with the defensive ends (2005-06), linebackers (2004) and was a graduate assistant (2003). • He helped the Scarlet Knights to the first back-to-back bowl appearances in school history. • In 2006, Galiano guided Eric Foster to All-America honors and Jamaal Westerman to All-Big East second team honors as the Scarlet Knights finished fourth in the country in total defense (252.2), fifth in sacks (3.15), fifth in tackles for loss (7.92) and eighth in scoring defense (14.3). • After 12 years at the collegiate level, Galiano jumped to the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for two seasons in 2012 and 2013 as the assistant special teams coach. • In 2012, the Buccaneers led the NFL with three blocked punts and finished ninth in punt return defense (11.0). • In 2013, Tampa Bay led the NFL in kickoff return defense (18.8 ypr), seventh in punt return defense (11.2) and blocked a pair of punts. • Galiano served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at FIU from 2007-09. • He also spent time at Villanova as an offensive assistant (2002), New Haven as outside linebackers coach (2001) and Dickinson as the outside linebackers coach (2000).

BOWL/PLAYOFF GAMES AS A COACH 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl .............Penn State 2016 NFL Wild Card Playoff Round ............Miami 2014 Quick Lane Bowl ............................ Rutgers 2011 New Era Pinstripe Bowl ................. Rutgers 2006 Texas Bowl..................................... Rutgers 2005 Insight Bowl .................................. Rutgers 2002 FCS First, Second, Semifinals ...............Villanova

GALIANO BY THE NUMBERS

15 Years of Coaching Experience 6 Years at a Power Five Program 3 Years at a NFL Team NO. 1 Ranking in the NFL for Tampa Bay’s Kickoff Return Defense in 2012 NO.

9 Ranking in the NFL for Tampa Bay’s Punt Return Defense in 2012

PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • Tyler Davis (Penn State) - Buffalo Bills; Penn State record holder for consecutive PATs made • Janarion Grant (Rutgers) - Tied NCAA record for combined kick return touchdowns (8); Rutgers’ all-time kickoff return yardage leader • Eric Foster (Rutgers) - Indianapolis Colts (2008-11); 2006 All-America first team • Jamaal Westerman (Rutgers) - CFL’s Montreal Alouettes; NFL (2009-14) • Connor Barth (Tampa Bay) - NFL (2008-17); Set franchise record for 50+ yard field goals in 2012 • Mike Koenen (Tampa Bay) - NFL (2005-14); Led NFL in touchback percentage (2012) • George Johnson (Rutgers) - New Orleans Saints

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER • As a student-athlete, Galiano was a three-year starter at safety at Shippensburg and was a team captain as a senior. • He helped the Raiders to three consecutive winning seasons from 1997-99.

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COACHING STAFF CO-DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/SAFETIES COACH

TIM BANKS @CoachTimBanks

THE BANKS FILE

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Tim Banks is in his third season with the Nittany Lions as the co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach after spending four seasons at Illinois. • In 2017, both starting safeties, Marcus Allen (first team) and Troy Apke (honorable mention), earned All-Big Ten accolades and were invited to the NFL Combine. • Banks assisted in guiding a defensive unit that helped the Nittany Lions to a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl game for the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta). • The Nittany Lions defense finished in the top 25 in FBS in scoring defense (7th; 16.5), sacks (7th; 3.23), rushing defense (14th; 118.0), total defense (17th; 329.5), team passing efficiency defense (21st; 114.88), turnovers gained (23rd; 25) and tackles for loss (25th; 7.2). • Penn State’s 16.5 points allowed per game were the fewest since the 2009 squad gave up 12.2 tallies per contest. • In his first season at Penn State, Banks helped the Nittany Lions to the Big Ten Championship by guiding a unit that finished 37th in FBS total defense (367.9), seventh in tackles for loss (8.1) and 19th in sacks (2.86). • Under Banks’ tutelage, Allen garnered 2016 All-Big Ten third team honors as a junior after leading the team with 110 tackles, including 6.0 tackles for loss, and two fumble recoveries. • Allen also blocked the field goal attempt that led to Grant Haley’s scoopand-score for the game-winning touchdown against No. 2 Ohio State. • As the co-defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Illinois in 2015, Banks led the Fighting Illini to a 15th-place finish in FBS in passing yards allowed (184.4) and 21st in team passing efficiency defense (112.24). • He helped the Fighting Illini to the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl in 2014. • 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. • 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

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)

BOWLING GREEN (1999-2000)

BANKS BY THE NUMBERS

22 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 10 Years at a Power Five/BCS Program 9 Bowl Games Coached 11 Years as a Defensive Coordinator 12 NFL Draft Picks Coached PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Troy Apke (Penn State) - Washington Redskins; 2018 NFL Draft fourth-round pick Marcus Allen (Penn State) - Pittsburgh Steelers; 2018 NFL Draft fifth-round pick Malik Golden (Penn State) - Pittsburgh Steelers Clayton Fejedelem (Illinois) - Cincinnati Bengals; 2016 NFL Draft seventhround pick; Led Big Ten in tackles in 2015; All-Big Ten second team JiHad Ward (Illinois) - Dallas Cowboys; 2016 NFL Draft second-round pick Akeem Spence (Illinois) - Miami Dolphins; 2013 NFL Draft fourth-round pick 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) - NFL (2012-17); 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) - Los Angeles Chargers; Three-time All-MAC Frank Zombo (CMU) - Kansas City Chiefs; Second in CMU history with 25.5 sacks Nick Bellore (CMU) - Detroit Lions; Three-time All-MAC first team Josh Wilson (Maryland) - NFL (2007-15); 2007 NFL Draft second-round pick; D’Qwell Jackson (Maryland) - NFL (2006-16); 2014 NFL Pro Bowl; 2006 NFL Draft second-round pick Erin Henderson (Maryland) - NFL (2008-16); Two-time All-ACC

• Defensive Backs (2000) • Running Backs (1999)

FERRIS STATE (1997-98) • Defensive Backs

BOWLING GREEN (1996) • Graduate Assistant

PERSONAL Year at Penn State: Second Hometown: Detroit, Michigan Education: Central Michigan University, 1995 B.A. Industrial Management Family: Wife: Robin

BOWL GAMES AS A COACH 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl .............Penn State 2017 Rose Bowl..................................Penn State 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/TIGHT ENDS COACH

TYLER BOWEN @TylerBowen

THE BOWEN FILE COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2018-)

• Offensive Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends

MARYLAND (2017) • Offensive Line

FORDHAM (2015-16)

• Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line (2016) • Offensive Line (2015)

PENN STATE (2014)

• Offensive Graduate Assistant

TOWSON (2013) • Tight Ends

MARYLAND (2010-12)

• Graduate Assistant (2011-12) • Student Assistant (2010)

PERSONAL Year at Penn State: First (Second Overall) Hometown: Helena, Georgia Education: University of Maryland, 2011 B.S. Communication University of Maryland, 2013 M.A. Minority and Urban Education Family: Wife: Ginny

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Tyler Bowen is in his first season as full-time assistant coach at Penn State where he will coach the tight ends and serve as offensive recruiting coordinator. Bowen previously spent the 2014 season as a graduate assistant for the Nittany Lions. • After two seasons at Fordham as the offensive line coach (2015-16) and offensive coordinator (2016), Bowen moved to Maryland as offensive line coach for the 2017 season. • During his time as offensive coordinator at Fordham, Bowen’s offense led the Patriot League and ranked fourth in FCS in total offense (498.2) and scoring offense (40.1). The Rams also paced the Patriot League in rushing offense (229.7), which was 12th in FCS. • Under his tutelage at Fordham, four Ram offensive linemen garnered All-Patriot League accolades and two earned All-America status. • With Bowen at the helm of the offense, running back Chase Edmonds finished fourth in the voting for the 2016 Walter Payton Award and led the FCS in rushing yards per game (163.5). • In 2015, Bowen directed All-American Garrick Mayweather Jr. and helped Fordham finish second in FCS in passing efficiency (168.3) and ninth in scoring average (36.8). • As a graduate assistant for the Nittany Lions in 2014, Bowen assisted primarily with the offensive line. • He helped Penn State to a 7-6 record and a thrilling overtime win against Boston College in the 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl. • Bowen spent the 2013 season as the tight ends coach at Towson University where the Tigers advanced to the FCS Championship Game and finished No. 2 in the country. • Bowen served as a student assistant coach at Maryland for Ralph Friedgen in 2010, where he helped the Terps finish 9-4 and win the Military Bowl. • Bowen stayed on the Maryland staff as a graduate assistant for two seasons, working with the offensive line and wide receivers.

BOWL/PLAYOFF GAMES AS A COACH 2015 FCS First........................................Fordham 2014 New Era Pinstripe Bowl .............Penn State 2013 FCS 1st, 2nd, Semifinals, Championship ...Towson 2010 Military Bowl.................................. Maryland

BOWEN BY THE NUMBERS

8 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 4 Bowl and Playoff Appearances as a Coach 3 Seasons Played for James Franklin at Maryland NO. 2 Finish for Towson in FCS Poll in 2013 PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • Chase Edmonds (Fordham) - Arizona Cardinals; 2018 NFL Draft fourthround pick • Garrick Mayweather Jr. (Fordham) - Two-time All-Patriot League first team selection • Donovan Smith (Penn State) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2015 NFL Draft second-round pick • Brendan Mahon (Penn State) - Carolina Panthers

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER • Bowen played three seasons at the University of Maryland for Franklin, who was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, before injuries ended his career.

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COACHING STAFF WIDE RECEIVERS COACH

DAVID CORLEY @CoachDCorleyJr

THE CORLEY FILE

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • David Corley joined the Nittany Lion coaching staff in January 2018 and is in his first season as wide receivers coach. • In his one season at Army, Corley helped the Black Knights to a secondstraight bowl win and the Commander in Chief’s Trophy in 2017. • Army won back-to-back bowl games for just the second time in school history and claimed the Commander in Chief’s Trophy for the first time since 1996. The Black Knights also tied the school record with 10 wins. • Prior to his stint at Army, Corley was at the University of Connecticut for three seasons where he served in a variety of roles, including running backs coach, special teams coordinator, wide receivers coach and director of player engagement. • In his final season with the Huskies, Corley guided Arkeel Newsome to more than 1,400 all-purpose yards with 715 rushing yards and five touchdowns to go along with 273 receiving yards and 464 return yards. • He also served as the offensive coordinator for the Huskies for the final month of the season. • In Corley’s season as the wideouts coach in 2015, he helped Noel Thomas see his production double from the previous season with 719 yards on 54 receptions with a trio of touchdowns. • In his role as the special teams coordinator, Corley led the Huskies’ punt return defense to a top-20 national ranking. • In 2014, Corley helped Newsome become the first UConn true freshman to accumulate 1,000 all-purpose yards since 2002. • Corley spent six seasons on staff at his alma mater, William & Mary, before heading the UConn. • As the wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator in 2013, he guided Tre McBride to first-team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) recognition. McBride was the first Tribe wide out in more than a decade to claim first-team honors. • He served as the quarterbacks coach from 2010-12. • In his two seasons (2008-09) as the running backs coach at W&M, Corley mentored Jonathan Grimes, who broke freshman records for both rushing and all-purpose yards and eventually jumped into the program’s top-10 in career rushing and rushing touchdowns as a sophomore. He graduated as the most decorated player in CAA history with 11 allconference honors in his career.

PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • Jonathan Grimes (William & Mary) - NFL (2012-17); All-American first team • Tre McBride (William & Mary) - New York Jets; Holds W&M game record for all-purpose yards • Noel Thomas (Connecticut) - CFL's Ottawa Redblacks; NFL (2017); AllAmerican Conference second team

COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2018-) • Wide Receivers

ARMY (2017)

• Wide Receivers

CONNECTICUT (2014-16)

• Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs (2016) • Wide Receivers (2015) • Special Teams Coordinator (2014)

WILLIAM & MARY (2008-13)

• Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers (2013) • Quarterbacks (2010-12) • Running Backs (2008-09)

C.A. JOHNSON PREP ACADEMY (2004-05) • Quarterbacks

CORLEY BY THE NUMBERS

10 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 4 Bowl & Playoff Appearances as a Coach 4 Career Records Still Held at William & Mary 3 Seasons Played in the CFL & AFL 10 Wins for Army in 2017 to Tie Program Record ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER • Corley was four-year starter at quarterback for William & Mary, where he broke the program’s career records for passing yards (9,805), total offense (10,948) and touchdown passes (73). • He earned Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year in 1999 and was a threetime all-conference honoree (second team in 2001 and 2002; third team in 2000). • In 2001, he guided the Tribe to an Atlantic 10 title and FCS Playoff appearance as he threw for 2,808 yards and 21 touchdowns. • Corley was inducted into the William & Mary Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014. • Corley played in the CFL for the Calgary Stampeders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He also played for the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.

PERSONAL Year at Penn State: First Hometown: Salisbury, North Carolina Education: College of William & Mary, 2002 B.S. History Family: Wife: Lindsay Daughter: Charlie; Son: Bishop

BOWL/PLAYOFF GAMES AS A COACH 2017 Armed Forces Bowl ............................ Army 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl .................Connecticut 2009 FCS First, Second, Semifinals .....William & Mary 2010 First, Second Rounds ......... William & Mary

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COACHING STAFF RUN GAME COORDINATOR/OFFENSIVE LINE COACH

THE LIMEGROVER FILE COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2016-)

• Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line (2018-) • Offensive Line (2016-17)

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

FERRIS STATE (1997-98) • Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line

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 Year at Penn State: Third 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 AS A COACH 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl .............Penn State 2017 Rose Bowl..................................Penn State 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 1996 Rose Bowl.............................Northwestern

MATT LIMEGROVER @CLimegrover

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Matt Limegrover begins his third season as offensive line coach for the Nittany Lions and has 27 years of collegiate coaching experience. • In 2017, Limegrover continued to develop an offensive line that helped the Nittany Lions to a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl game for the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta). • Tackle Ryan Bates earned All-Big Ten third team accolades as he blocked for All-American Saquon Barkley and All-Big Ten second team performer Trace McSorley. • The Nittany Lion offense finished in the Top 25 in FBS in fumbles lost (3rd; 3), third down conversion percentage (5th; .480), scoring offense (7th; 41.1), completion percentage (10th; .657), turnover margin (11th; 0.92), team passing efficiency (14th; 153.59), total offense (19th; 460.3), red zone offense (21st; .898) and passing offense (23rd; 209.2). • Limegrover’s offensive line battled injuries, but was the cornerstone for Penn State’s record-breaking offense and 2016 Big Ten Championship run. • In 2016, the Nittany Lions broke the Penn State record for total offense (6,056) and passing yards (3,650) and tied the school record for points scored (526). • Senior center Brian Gaia claimed All-Big Ten honorable mention laurels, while redshirt-freshman lineman Ryan Bates was named to the USA Today and FWAA Freshman All-America teams. • 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 its 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 (1999-2000) 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, including two first team selections in 2010. • Limegrover helped Northern Illinois to three consecutive bowl berths and the 2010 MAC West title. • The Husky 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.

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27 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 16 Years as an Offensive Coordinator 12 Bowl Appearances as a Coach 6 Straight Seasons Finishing in the FCS Top 10 in Scoring

3 Big Ten Championships Won PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • • • • • • • • • •

Brendan Mahon (Penn State) - Carolina Panthers Tommy Olson (Minnesota) - 2014 All-Big Ten; Three-time Academic All-Big Ten Zac Epping (Minnesota) - Two-time All-Big Ten Maxx Williams (Minnesota) - Baltimore Ravens; 2015 NFL Draft secondround 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

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.


COACHING STAFF RUNNING BACKS COACH

JA’JUAN SEIDER @CoachSeider

THE SEIDER FILE

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Ja'Juan Seider is in his first season as the running backs coach at Penn State. • He comes to Happy Valley with 10 seasons of collegiate coaching experience, most recently serving as the running backs coach at the University of Florida. • At Florida, Seider guided a running backs room that finished with more than 1,500 rushing yards, including a pair of 500-yard rushers, with 13 touchdowns. • As a unit, the Gator running backs averaged 4.0 yards per carry with freshmen Malik Davis (6.7 ypc) and Adarius Lemons (7.2 ypc) leading the way. Davis earned SEC All-Freshman honors for his efforts. • Prior to his stop in Gainesville, Seider spent four seasons at West Virginia University as the running backs coach where he coached a pair of NFL backs. • In 2015, Seider guided Wendell Smallwood as he led the Big 12 with 1,519 yards on the way to second-team All-Big 12 accolades. Smallwood was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. • Seider was part of an offensive staff that led the Mountaineers to finish ninth in FBS in passing offense, 12th in total offense and 34th in scoring offense in 2014. • In his first season at WVU, Seider recruited Charles Sims to Morgantown for his final collegiate season. Sims garnered first-team All-Big 12 honors and was the Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year after rushing for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns, while catching 45 passes for 401 yards and three scores. Sims was the first Mountaineer to rush for 1,000 yards since 2009. He was drafted in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. • Seider spent three seasons as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Marshall University. • During his tenure at Marshall, Seider helped the Thundering Herd win the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl in 2011 and recruited quarterback Rakeem Cato, who was the 2012 Conference USA Player of the Year and two-time Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year. • Seider also mentored two Conference USA Freshmen of the Year Kevin Grooms (2012) and Corey Tindal (2013). • Seider joined the college coaching ranks at West Virginia University, where he served as a graduate assistant for two seasons. • Seider worked with quarterbacks Jarrett Brown, Geno Smith and Pat White during his first stint in Morgantown. All three quarterbacks spent time in the NFL with White being a second-round selection in the 2009 NFL Draft and Smith going in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. • Seider spent seven seasons as a high school football coach in Florida. He was the quarterbacks coach at Lake Worth High School (2006-07), offensive coordinator at Palm Beach Lakes High School (2003-05) and running backs coach at Glades Central High School (2001-02).

COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2018-) • Running Backs

FLORIDA (2017) • Running Backs

WEST VIRGINIA (2013-16) • Running Backs

MARSHALL (2010-12)

• Running Backs/Recruiting Coordinator

WEST VIRGINIA (2008-09) • Offensive Graduate Assistant

LAKE WORTH HIGH SCHOOL (2006-07) • Quarterbacks

PALM BEACH LAKES HIGH SCHOOL (2003-05) • Offensive Coordinator

SEIDER BY THE NUMBERS

10 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 7 Years of Coaching at a Power 5 School 4 NFL Draft Picks Coached 6 Bowl Appearances as a Coach 7 Years as a High School Coach in Florida PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • Wendell Smallwood (West Virginia) - Philadelphia Eagles; 2016 NFL Draft fifth-round pick • Charles Sims (West Virginia) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2014 NFL Draft third-round pick • Rakeem Cato (Marshall) - CFL (2015-pres.); Two-time C-USA Offensive POY • Jarrett Brown (West Virginia) - NFL (2010-12); CFL (2012-15) • Geno Smith (West Virginia) - Los Angeles Chargers; 2013 NFL Draft second-round pick • Pat White (West Virginia) - Three-time All-Big East first team; 2009 NFL Draft second-round pick • Dreamius Smith (West Virginia) - New England Patriots • Elijah Wellman (West Virginia) - Washington Redskins • Rushel Shell (West Virginia) - Pittsburgh Steelers; Broke Pennsylvania High School career rushing record (2011) • Corey Tindal (Marshall) - CFL'S Ottawa Redblacks; C-USA Freshman of the Year

GLADES CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL (2001-02) • Running Backs

PERSONAL Year at Penn State: First Hometown: Belle Glade, Florida Education: West Virginia University, 2000 B.S. Physical Education West Virginia University, 2010 M.A. Athletic Coaching Family: Wife: Brandi Son: Jaden; Daughters: Ava, Brennley

BOWL GAMES AS A COACH 2016 Russell Athletic Bowl .............West Virginia 2015 Cactus Bowl ...........................West Virginia 2014 Liberty Bowl ..........................West Virginia 2011 Beef O’Brady’s Bowl......................Marshall 2010 Gator Bowl ............................West Virginia 2008 Meineke Car Care Bowl ..........West Virginia

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER • Seider started his collegiate playing career at West Virginia University, before transferring to Florida A&M for his senior season. • He won the Doug Williams Award for National Offensive Player of the Year, Jake Gaither Award (considered the Heisman Trophy of Historically Black Colleges) and earned All-America honors after throwing for 2,512 yards and 27 touchdowns in 1999. • Seider, who was the 1999 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year, was selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. • Inducted into the Palm Beach County Hall of Fame in 2017.

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COACHING STAFF ASSISTANT HEAD COACH/DEFENSIVE RECRUITING COORDINATOR/CORNERBACKS COACH

TERRY M. SMITH

@CoachTerryPSU

THE SMITH FILE 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

PERSONAL Year at Penn State: Fifth Hometown: Aliquippa, Pennsylvania Education: Penn State University, 1991 B.S. in Business Management Family: Wife: Alison Son: Justin King; Daughter: Haley

BOWL GAMES AS A COACH 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl .............Penn State 2017 Rose Bowl..................................Penn State 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl ..........................Penn State 2014 Pinstripe Bowl ...........................Penn State

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COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • A standout wide receiver at Penn State, Terry M. Smith is in his fifth 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, Pennsylvania, Smith returned to his alma mater in 2014 after successful high school and college coaching stops and playing professional football. • In his role as the defensive recruiting coordinator, Smith has helped the Nittany Lions secure five consecutive Top 25 classes, including a Top 5 class in 2018 and Top 15 classes in three of the last four seasons. • Both of Smith’s starting cornerbacks, Christian Campbell and Grant Haley, earned 2017 All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades and were invited to the NFL Combine. Campbell went on to be selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, while Haley signed a free agent contract with the New York Giants. • In addition, Amani Oruwariye collected second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017 after grabbing a team-high four interceptions to go along with eight pass breakups. • Smith helped the Nittany Lions to a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl game for the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta) as the defense finished in the Top 25 in FBS in scoring defense (7th; 16.5), sacks (7th; 3.23), rushing defense (14th; 118.0), total defense (17th; 329.5), team passing efficiency defense (21st; 114.88), turnovers gained (23rd; 25) and tackles for loss (25th; 7.2). • Penn State’s 16.5 points allowed per game were the fewest since the 2009 squad gave up 12.2 tallies per contest. • The cornerbacks made several key plays to help the Nittany Lions to the 2016 Big Ten Championship. Grant Haley scooped up the blocked field goal attempt and returned it 60 yards for the game-winning touchdown in the upset win over No. 2 Ohio State. Haley also made the gamesealing tackle on fourth-and-1 on Wisconsin’s final drive of the Big Ten Championship Game. • Under Smith’s guidance, John Reid earned All-Big Ten honorable mention accolades in 2016 after leading the Nittany Lions with 10 passes defended. • The cornerback room was also successful in the classroom in 2016 as Haley earning CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades. Haley and Garrett Taylor also garnered Academic All-Big Ten honors. • Smith’s second season saw the secondary rank eighth in the FBS in passing yards allowed (173.5). • Cornerbacks Trevor Williams and Haley each earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades in 2015. • In his first year back at Penn State, he helped develop a secondary that pushed the Nittany Lions to finish No. 2 nationally in pass efficiency defense. • 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 future New York Jet 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 10 NFL players, including former Nittany Lions Williams, Jordan Lucas, Justin King and Lydell Sargeant. • Smith coached in three U.S. Army All-American and Semper Fidelis AllAmerica games. • Smith also coached at Duquesne University (four years) and Hempfield (Pa.) High School after completing his playing career, which spanned the National Football League, Arena Football League and Canadian Football League.

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5 Consecutive Top 25 Recruiting Classes NO. 8 Ranking in NCAA in Passing Yards Allowed in 2015 10 NFL Players Coached 1ST Player in Penn State history with 50+ receptions NO. 9 In Penn State history in career receiving TDs 101 Wins as Head Coach at Gateway High School PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • Christian Campbell (Penn State) - Arizona Cardinals; 2018 NFL Draft sixthround pick • Grant Haley (Penn State) - New York Giants • Jordan Lucas (Penn State) - Miami Dolphins; 2016 NFL Draft sixth-round pick • Trevor Williams (Penn State) - Los Angeles Chargers • Robby Anderson (Temple) - New York Jets • Nate Hairston (Temple) - Indianapolis Colts; 2017 NFL Draft fifth-round pick • 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 • Montae Nicholson (Gateway) - Washington Redskins; 2017 NFL Draft fourth-round pick

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER • Smith was a three-year starter at wide receiver at Penn State. • He still dots the Penn State record books, ranking tied for ninth in career receiving touchdowns (15), 13th in career receiving yardage (1,825) and 14th 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. • Smith was the first Nittany Lion to catch 50 passes in a season in program history. • He was inducted into the WPIAL Hall of Fame in June 2018.


COACHING STAFF ASSOCIATE HEAD COACH/RUN GAME COORDINATOR/DEFENSIVE LINE COACH

SEAN SPENCER @SpenceChaos

THE SPENCER FILE

COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • Sean Spencer is in his fifth season as the Nittany Lions’ defensive line coach and third as the run game coordinator. He added the title of associate head coach in 2018. • The Nittany Lions posted three-straight 40-sack seasons (2015, 2016, 2017) for the first time since 2005-07. • Spencer’s defensive line finished seventh in FBS in sacks (3.23 spg) to help the Nittany Lions to a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl game for the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta). • Three of Spencer’s protégés, Shareef Miller (third team), Curtis Cothran (honorable mention) and Parker Cothren (honorable mention), claimed All-Big Ten honors. • As a unit, the defense finished in the Top 25 in FBS in scoring defense (7th; 16.5), sacks (7th; 3.23), rushing defense (14th; 118.0), total defense (17th; 329.5), team passing efficiency defense (21st; 114.88), turnovers gained (23rd; 25) and tackles for loss (25th; 7.2). • Penn State’s 16.5 points allowed per game were the fewest since the 2009 squad gave up 12.2 tallies per contest. • The "Wild Dogs" reloaded after graduating three players to the NFL and did not miss a step in 2016, finishing seventh in FBS in tackles for loss (8.1) and 19th in sacks (2.86) to play a pivotal role in Penn State’s Big Ten Championship run. • Defensive end Garrett Sickels (second team) and senior defensive end Evan Schwan (third team) collected All-Big Ten laurels after tying for the team lead with 6.0 sacks apiece. Sickels had 12.5 tackles for loss, while Schwan had 8.5 hits behind the line. • Spencer’s influence was front and center in 2015 as the defensive line paced a unit that led the FBS in sacks (3.54 spg), was 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 All-American. • 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 the 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 defensive 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. • Spencer had two stints at Massachusetts, coaching the defensive line in 2007-08 and in 2001-03, also coordinating the special teams during his second stop 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).

COACHING EXPERIENCE PENN STATE (2014-)

• Associate Head Coach/Run Game Coordinator/ Defensive Line (2018-) • Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line (2016-17) • 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

SPENCER BY THE NUMBERS

23 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 3 Consecutive Seasons with 40+ Sacks NO. 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 • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Curtis Cothran (Penn State) - Minnesota Vikings Parker Cothren (Penn State) - Pittsburgh Steelers Tyrell Chavis (Penn State) - New York Giants 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 Garrett Sickels (Penn State) - Los Angeles Rams Chris Jones (Bowling Green) - NFL (2013-17); 2012 All-American first 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) Brian Hulea (Villanova) - 2005 All-American first team Keron Williams (Massachusetts) - CFL (2006-13); 2005 All-Atlantic 10 first team

ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS A PLAYER

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 Year at Penn State: Fifth Hometown: Hartford, Connecticut Education: Clarion University, 1995 B.S. in Political Science Family: Allyson Daughter: Alysia

BOWL/PLAYOFF GAMES AS A COACH 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl .............Penn State 2017 Rose Bowl..................................Penn State 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 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 Sporting News.

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COACHING STAFF ASSISTANT ATHLETICS DIRECTOR, PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

DWIGHT GALT

THE GALT FILE 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)

PERSONAL Year at Penn State: Fifth Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland Education: University of Maryland B.S. in Business Mangement, 1981 M.S. in Exercise Physiology, 1989 Family: Wife: Jan Daughters: Angie, Teri Sons: Dwight IV, Tommy

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COACHING ACCOMPLISHMENTS • In his fifth 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. • Galt has more than 33 years of strength and conditioning experience at the collegiate level. He worked with James Franklin at Maryland for eight years, before joining him at Vanderbilt from 2011-13. • Galt played a significant role in the Nittany Lions’ 2016 Big Ten Championship run, as well as four nine-plus win seasons under Franklin (2 at Penn State; 2 at Vanderbilt). • Eight of Galt's protégés participated in the 2018 NFL Combine and posted jaw-dropping numbers, which included top-5 positional finishes in 16 categories with top positional performances in 12. • Galt and his performance enhancement staff design and administer 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 running back Saquon Barkley, tight end Mike Gesicki, safety Troy Apke, tight end Vernon Davis, defensive end Shawn Merriman 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 for 11 seasons. • 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 seventh year at Penn State as a Performance Enhancement coach with the football program. His other twin son, Tommy, spent two seasons as a graduate assistant football coach with the Nittany Lions and is now the offensive coordinator at Assumption College.

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34 Years of Collegiate Coaching Experience 25 Years as a Power Five Program Director 31 Number of Varsity Sports Galt Oversees 30+ Active NFL Players Coached PROMINENT PLAYERS COACHED • Saquon Barkley (Penn State) - New York Giants; 2018 NFL Draft second overall pick; 2017 Paul Hornung Award winner; Consensus All-American • Mike Gesicki (Penn State) - Miami Dolphins; 2018 NFL Draft second-round pick • 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 secondround pick; 2015 All-Big Ten second team • Christian Hackenberg (Penn State) - NFL (2016-17); 2016 NFL Draft secondround pick • Chris Godwin (Penn State) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2017 NFL Draft third-round pick • 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) - NFL (2003-11); 2003 NFL Draft second-round pick; Two-time ACC Defensive POY; Two-time Consensus All-American • Torrey Smith (Maryland) - Carolina Panthers; 2011 NFL Draft second-round pick; Two-time Super Bowl Champion; Two-time All-ACC selection • D’Qwell Jackson (Maryland) - NFL (2006-2016); 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) - New England Patriots; 2014 NFL Draft second-round pick; Two-time All-American • Casey Hayward (Vanderbilt) - Los Angeles Chargers; 2012 NFL Draft second-round pick; All-SEC selection


SUPPORT STAFF JEMAL GRIFFIN

KEVIN THRELKEL

ANDY FRANK

ASSISTANT ATHLETICS DIRECTOR, CHIEF OF STAFF FOR FOOTBALL

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL ADMINISTRATION

DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL

• Jemal Griffin is in his fifth year as chief of staff for Penn State football. He added the title of assistant athletics director for football in July 2018. • Griffin’s primary responsibilities include the day-to-day 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 200607. 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 AllAmericans, 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. • He was honored by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) as the 2017 Distinguished Alumni for Coppin State University. • Griffin and his wife, Carla, are the parents of two sons, Brandon and Joshua, and a daughter, Billie Grace. Brandon is an inside linebacker on the Morgan State University football team.

• Kevin Threlkel is in his fifth 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

• Andy Frank is in his fifth year as the director of player personnel for the football program. He oversees all aspects of the program’s recruiting department. • Frank has helped the Nittany Lions secure Top 25 recruiting classes each of the last four years, including Top 15 classes in two of the last three seasons. • Frank was a member of James Franklin’s Vanderbilt staff, serving as the Player Personnel Coordinator for three years. • In his role at Vanderbilt, Frank oversaw the two highest-ranked recruiting classes in Vanderbilt history (2012 ranked No. 29; 2013 ranked No. 19 nationally by Rivals.com). • Frank was a member of the Vanderbilt 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 an assistant football coach at Lincoln High School in Warren, Michigan. • A native of Sterling Heights, Michigan, he played running back at Stevenson High School. He then went on to play 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.

WILL FLAHERTY

• Michael Hazel is in his fifth 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. • Hazel was a finalist for the Football Scoop Director of Operations of the Year in 2015 and 2016. • 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 four-year 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 eighttime 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 a son, Ezra.

DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT & COMMUNITY RELATIONS • Will Flaherty is in his second full season as the director of player development and community relations and his third season overall with the Nittany Lions. • Flaherty’s primary responsibilities include assisting in all aspects of on-campus recruiting, planning all appearances and speaking requests for the student-athletes, coordinating the team’s extensive community outreach initiatives, creating professional development programs for the student-athletes and overseeing the transition/application process to Penn State. • Prior to moving into his current role, Flaherty was an assistant recruiting coordinator for the Nittany Lions beginning in August 2016. • As an assistant recruiting coordinator, he assisted with oncampus prospect visits, maintained statistics and information on prospective student-athletes and assisted in the planning of the coaches’ off-campus recruiting visit schedule. • Prior to coming to Penn State, Flaherty spent three seasons as the defensive line coach, recruiting coordinator and co-academic coordinator at Iowa Western Community College. • Flaherty also spent five seasons as co-defensive coordinator and running backs coach at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland. During that time span, he helped 34 studentathletes earn full scholarships and had eight players participate in the Army or Under Armour All-American games. • Flaherty gained familiarity with James Franklin and members of the Penn State coaching staff when he spent nearly three years at the University of Maryland as an offensive/special teams intern. • He graduated from Maryland with his degree in kinesiology in May 2013.

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SUPPORT STAFF ANDY MUTNAN

TODD KULKA

HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER, FOOTBALL

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, FOOTBALL ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES & ACADEMIC COUNSELOR

• Andy Mutnan is in his first year at Penn State as the head athletic trainer for football. • Mutnan has 16 years of professional experience, most recently spending the last five seasons at Washington State University as the head football athletic trainer. • He also spent five seasons at the University of Nevada as the associate director and head football athletic trainer. • In his role at Washington State, Mutnan was responsible for daily medical coverage and training room operations. • He also developed and oversaw rehabilitation and reconditioning protocols and collaborated with the strength and conditioning staff to help student-athletes maintain and reach optimal performance. • While at Nevada, Mutnan worked closely with student-athletes as the primary athletic trainer for football and golf. • He was also the creator of the "Protecting the Pack" booster club, which raised close to $10,000 for the sports medicine program on a yearly basis. • Mutnan also served as an assistant athletic trainer (2004-08) and graduate assistant (2003-04) at the University of Minnesota. • He also spent the 2002-03 season at the University of Colorado as an athletic training professional intern. • A native of Arvada, Colorado, Mutnan earned his bachelor's degree in athletic training with a minor in psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2002 and his master's degree in sports administration from the University of Minnesota in 2005. • Mutnan is a member of the National Athletic Training Association. • He and his wife, Amy, have two sons, Xander and Gavin, and a daughter, Sylvie.

• In his 26th year with the Penn State football program, both as a player and academic counselor, Todd Kulka is in his 15th year directing the Penn State Football Academic Support Center. • Kulka works with the underclassmen in their transition from high school to college and 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 on-campus recruiting. • A 1995 Penn State graduate, Kulka is in his 21st 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 19 first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors during Kulka’s tenure as director, including Penn State’s first three-time recipient Stefen Wisniewski (200810) and first Campbell Trophy recipient John Urschel (2013). • 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, Connor and Cole.

• Takach is in his fourth year as the assistant athletics director for equipment services. • He came to Happy Valley after serving 10 years at the University of Houston, including his last nine as the assistant athletics director for equipment operations. • In his role with equipment operations, Takach managed the dayto-day relationship with Nike and supervised a staff of two fulltime assistants and 13 managers who handled the equipment needs for Houston’s 17 sports. • A native of Houston, Takach spent three years at Virginia Tech before joining the Cougars’ staff. He was responsible for inventory, away game travel, equipment maintenance and student manager supervision while with the Hokies. • During his time at Houston and Virginia Tech, Takach was part of 12 teams that competed in bowl games. • Takach earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Michigan State in 2000. • He also received his master’s degree in health and physical education from Virginia Tech. • Takach and his wife, Maggie, have a daugher, Samantha.

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Sean Cascarano

Offensive Graduate Assistant

Mark Dupuis

Offensive Graduate Assistant

Matt Fleischacker

Defensive Graduate Assistant

ROSIE TARNOWSKI

JAY TAKACH ASSISTANT ATHLETICS DIRECTOR, EQUIPMENT SERVICES

GRADUATE ASSISTANT COACHES

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR FOR FOOTBALL ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

• Rosie Tarnowski is in her first year as the assistant director for football academic support services. • In her role at Penn State, Tarnowski 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 Penn State requirements. • Additionally, Tarnowski organizes the Summer Bridge program for incoming freshmen football student-athletes including arranging guest speakers, orientation and scheduling study hall. • She joined the Nittany Lions staff after serving as an athletic academic advisor at TCU for four years. • As the assistant director of academic services at TCU, Tarnowski supervised and served as the liaison for external operations for the department which included: freshmen orientation, international student services, guest coaching program, Horned Frog Academy, academic recognition ceremonies and study abroad programs. • At TCU, Tarnowski oversaw the academic support of the Horned Frog women's basketball, women's volleyball, track & field and men's tennis teams. • Tarnowski also spent a year as a graduate assistant for athletic academic services at TCU. • Tarnowski was a four-year letterwinner for the Washington State women's basketball program. • A native of Philadelphia, Tarnowski graduated from Washington State University with a degree in education and earned a master’s degree from TCU in educational leadership.

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Kevin Smith

Defensive Graduate Assistant


SUPPORT STAFF

FOOTBALL SUPPORT STAFF

Lauren Campbell

Social Community Manager

Andrew Goodman

Assistant Recruiting Coordinator

Larry Lewis

Stewart Carter

Assistant Equipment Manager

Dave Hamilton

Assistant AD, Applied Health and Performance Science

Chuck Losey

Football Analyst and Analytics Coordinator

Assistant Director of Performance Enhancement

Matt Peragine

Kristina Petersen

Football Athletic Trainer

Alvin Futrell

Performance Enhancement Coach

Angie Hummel

Administrative Support Assistant

Dr. Scott Lynch

Tesa Johns

Football Athletic Trainer

Kayla Matrunick

Director of Athletic Medicine

Assistant AD for Performance Nutrition Services

Seth Reedy

Wally Richardson

Assistant AD for Strategic Communications/ Primary Football Contact

Recruiting Coordinator

Dr. Peter Seidenberg

Jevin Stone

Team Physician

Dwight Galt IV

Assistant Director of Performance Enhancement

Video Director

Director of Football Letterman’s Club

Dianna Weaver

Administrative Support Assistant

Barry Gant Jr.

Assistant Director of Performance Enhancement

Dann Kabala

Recruiting Coordinator

Nick Miller

Video Assistant

Destiny Rodriguez

Administrative Support Assistant

Lauren Geppert Assistant Director of Player Development

Justin King

Assistant Recruiting Coordinator

Blake Newsock

Assistant Video Director, Productions

Kenny Sanders

Assistant Director of Player Personnel

Samuel Williams

Special Teams/Recruiting Assistant for Quality Control

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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 2018, 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.

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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.

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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).


2017 SEASON IN REVIEW 2017 RESULTS & STATISTICS Date

PSU Rank

Opponent (Rank)

Score

Attendance

Sept. 2 Sept. 9 Sept. 16 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 7 Oct. 21 Oct. 28 Nov. 4 Nov. 11 Nov. 18 Nov. 25 Dec. 30

6/6 4/4 5/5 4/4 4/4 4/4 2/2 2/2 7/7/7 16/13/14 13/11/10 12/11/10 9/9/9

AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa * INDIANA * at Northwestern * MICHIGAN * (19/15) at Ohio State * (6/6) at Michigan State * (24/--/24) RUTGERS * NEBRASKA * at Maryland * vs. Washington ^ (12/12/11)

W, 52-0 W, 33-14 W, 56-0 W, 21-19 W, 45-14 W, 31-7 W, 42-13 L, 38-39 L, 24-27 W, 35-6 W, 56-44 W, 66-3 W, 35-28

101,684 109,898 102,746 66,205 107,542 41,061 110,823 109,302 71,605 107,531 106,722 49,680 61,842

Big Ten Overall ---1-0 2-0 3-0 4-0 4-1 4-2 5-2 6-2 7-2 7-2

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

(*) Big Ten Conference game; Rankings - AP/Coaches/CFP; ^ - Fiesta Bowl.

TEAM STATISTICS

Penn State

Opponent

SCORING Points Per Game Points Off Turnovers FIRST DOWNS Rushing Passing Penalty RUSHING YARDAGE Yards Gained Rushing Yards Lost Rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Average Per Game TDs Rushing PASSING YARDAGE Comp-Att-Int Average Per Pass Average Per Catch Average Per Game TDs Passing TOTAL OFFENSE Total Plays Average Per Play Average Per Game KICK RETURNS: #-YARDS PUNT RETURNS: #-YARDS INT RETURNS: #-YARDS KICK RETURN AVERAGE PUNT RETURN AVERAGE INT RETURN AVERAGE FUMBLES-LOST PENALTIES-YARDS Average Per Game PUNTS-YARDS Average Per Punt Net Punt Average KICKOFFS-YARDS Average Per Kick Net Kick Average TIME OF POSSESSION/GAME 3RD-DOWN CONVERSIONS 3rd-Down Pct. 4TH-DOWN CONVERSIONS 4th-Down Pct. SACKS BY-YARDS MISC YARDS TOUCHDOWNS SCORED FIELD GOALS-ATTEMPTS ON-SIDE KICKS RED-ZONE SCORES RED-ZONE TOUCHDOWNS PAT-ATTEMPTS ATTENDANCE Games/Avg Per Game Neutral Site Games

534 41.1 108 296 99 172 25 2212 2570 358 451 4.9 170.2 36 3772 301-458-10 8.2 12.5 290.2 32 5984 909 6.6 460.3 31-671 27-329 10-114 21.6 12.2 11.4 8-3 54-490 37.7 54-2289 42.4 39.9 93-5787 62.2 42.2 30:21 82/171 48% 8/14 57% 42-247 -8 72 9-17 0-0 (53-59) 90% (46-59) 78% (71-71) 100% 746946 7/106707 --

214 16.5 30 226 87 122 17 1534 1893 359 449 3.4 118.0 14 2749 262-449-10 6.1 10.5 211.5 13 4283 898 4.8 329.5 53-1034 17-73 10-95 19.5 4.3 9.5 20-15 80-751 57.8 88-3553 40.4 36.2 47-2732 58.1 37.5 29:39 73/209 35% 11/25 44% 29-163 -2 27 10-13 2-3 (27-32) 84% (18-32) 56% (20-21) 95% 337853 5/67571 1/61842

SCORE BY QUARTERS Penn State Opponents

1

2

3

4

Total

Average

160 23

145 75

131 37

98 79

534 214

41.1 16.5

PASSING McSorley, Trace Stevens, Tommy Fessler, Billy Barkley, Saquon Total Opponents

G

Rating

13 9 12 13 13 13

C-A-I

Pct.

Yards

TD

LP

Avg./G

153.70 284-427-10 137.67 14-27-0 83.60 1-2-0 416.20 2-2-0 153.59 301-458-10 114.88 262-449-10

66.5 51.9 50.0 100.0 65.7 58.4

3570 158 8 36 3772 2749

28 3 0 1 32 13

85 35 8 20 85 70

274.6 17.6 0.7 2.8 290.2 211.5

Statistician’s Note Passing rating formula: [ (8.4 x yards) + (330 x touchdowns) — (200 x interceptions) + (100 x completions) ] /attempts.

RUSHING

G

Att.

Gain

Loss

Net

Barkley, Saquon McSorley, Trace Sanders, Miles Stevens, Tommy Robinson, Andre Allen, Mark Eury, Nick Hamilton, DaeSean TEAM Total Opponents

13 13 12 9 11 5 1 13

217 144 31 27 9 9 1 1 12 451 449

1393 660 203 208 62 38 4 2 0 2570 1893

122 169 12 18 7 0 0 0 30 358 359

1271 491 191 190 55 38 4 2 -30 2212 1534

RECEIVING Gesicki, Mike Johnson, Juwan Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean Thompkins, DeAndre Blacknall, Saeed Stevens, Tommy Polk, Brandon Sanders, Miles Pancoast, Tom Holland, Jonathan Bowers, Nick Robinson, Andre Charles, Irvin Total Opponents

13 13

Avg./Att. TD 5.9 3.4 6.2 7.0 6.1 4.2 4.0 2.0 -2.5 4.9 3.4

18 11 2 4 1 0 0 0 0 36 14

LG

Avg./G

92 36 31 21 41 8 4 2 0 92 69

97.8 37.8 15.9 21.1 5.0 7.6 4.0 0.2 -3.0 170.2 118.0

G

No.

Yards

Avg./Rec.

TD

LG

Avg./G

13 13 13 13 13 13 9 13 12 13 12 3 11 11 13 13

57 54 54 53 28 17 12 10 6 4 3 1 1 1 301 262

563 701 632 857 443 289 60 130 30 27 16 15 5 4 3772 2749

9.9 13.0 11.7 16.2 15.8 17.0 5.0 13.0 5.0 6.8 5.3 15.0 5.0 4.0 12.5 10.5

9 1 3 9 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 32 13

35 43 85 48 70 38 13 23 7 12 8 15 5 4 85 70

43.3 53.9 48.6 65.9 34.1 22.2 6.7 10.0 2.5 2.1 1.3 5.0 0.5 0.4 290.2 211.5

TOTAL OFFENSE

G

Plays

Rushing

Passing

Total

Avg./G

McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Stevens, Tommy Sanders, Miles Robinson, Andre Allen, Mark Fessler, Billy Eury, Nick Hamilton, DaeSean TEAM Total Opponents

13 13 9 12 11 5 12 1 13

571 219 54 31 9 9 2 1 1 12 909 898

491 1271 190 191 55 38 0 4 2 -30 2212 1534

3570 36 158 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 3772 2749

4061 1307 348 191 55 38 8 4 2 -30 5984 4283

312.4 100.5 38.7 15.9 5.0 7.6 0.7 4.0 0.2 -3.0 460.3 329.5

KICKOFF RETURNS

13 13

No.

Yards

Avg./Ret.

TD

LG

Barkley, Saquon Sanders, Miles Farmer, Koa Polk, Brandon Holland, Jonathan Johnson, Jan Johnson, Juwan Total Opponents

15 5 4 3 2 1 1 31 53

426 76 92 60 9 7 1 671 1034

28.4 15.2 23.0 20.0 4.5 7.0 1.0 21.6 19.5

2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0

98 23 59 34 5 7 1 98 43

PUNT RETURNS

No.

Yards

Avg./Ret.

TD

LG

24 1 1 1 27 17

319 10 3 -3 329 73

13.3 10.0 3.0 -3.0 12.2 4.3

1 0 0 0 1 0

61 10 3 0 61 16

Thompkins, DeAndre Allen, Mark Apke, Troy McPhearson, Zech Total Opponents

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW ALL-PURPOSE YARDAGE

G

Rushing

Receiving

Punt Returns

KO Returns

Int. Returns

Total

Avg./G

Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean Thompkins, DeAndre Johnson, Juwan Gesicki, Mike McSorley, Trace Sanders, Miles Blacknall, Saeed Stevens, Tommy Polk, Brandon Farmer, Koa Robinson, Andre Allen, Marcus Allen, Mark Haley, Grant Pancoast, Tom Holland, Jonathan Oruwariye, Amani Bowers, Nick Johnson, Jan Eury, Nick Charles, Irvin Apke, Troy McPhearson, Zech TEAM Total Opponents

13 13 13 13 13 13 12 13 9 13 13 11 13 5 13 13 12 11 3 6 1 11 13 11

1271 2 0 0 0 491 191 0 190 0 0 55 0 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 -30 2212 1534

632 857 443 701 563 0 30 289 60 130 0 5 0 0 0 27 16 0 15 0 0 4 0 0 0 3772 2749

0 0 319 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 -3 0 329 73

426 0 0 1 0 0 76 0 0 60 92 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 671 1034

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 50 0 46 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 114 95

2329 859 762 702 563 491 297 289 250 190 92 60 50 48 46 27 25 17 15 7 4 4 4 -3 -30 7098 5485

179.2 66.1 58.6 54.0 43.3 37.8 24.8 22.2 27.8 14.6 7.1 5.5 3.8 9.6 3.5 2.1 2.1 1.5 5.0 1.2 4.0 0.4 0.3 -0.3 -3.0 546.0 421.9

DXP

Saf

Points

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 1 1 0 2 0

138 98 66 54 54 36 24 12 12 6 6 6 6 6 6 2 2 0 534 214

13 13

-------------------- Points After Touchdown --------------Kick Rush Rec. Pass

SCORING

TD

FG

Barkley, Saquon Davis, Tyler McSorley, Trace Gesicki, Mike Hamilton, DaeSean Stevens, Tommy Thompkins, DeAndre Blacknall, Saeed Sanders, Miles Bowers, Nick Johnson, Juwan Pancoast, Tom Polk, Brandon Robinson, Andre Scott, Nick Allen, Marcus Miller, Shareef TEAM Total Opponents

23 0 11 9 9 6 4 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 72 27

0-0 9-17 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 9-17 10-13

PUNTING Gillikin, Blake Pasquariello, Daniel TEAM Total Opponents

FIELD GOALS Davis, Tyler

0-0 71-71 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 71-71 20-21

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 0-1 0-1 0-2

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 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-3

No.

Yards

Average

LG

TB

FC

I-20

50+

Blk.

52 1 1 54 88

2244 45 0 2289 3553

43.2 45.0 0.0 42.4 40.4

57 45 0 57 54

3 0 0 3 2

16 0 0 16 25

26 1 0 27 15

14 0 0 14 12

1 0 0 1 0

FG

Pct.

1-19

20-29

30-39

40-49

50+

LG

Blk.

9-17

52.9

1-1

5-6

1-5

2-5

0-0

47

2

Progression [Makes in (##)]: 39, (47) | (24) | 39 | (19), 41, (21), 31 | 21, (45), 42 | (21), 35 | -- | (24) | (26) | -- | -- | (30) | 45

KICKOFFS Davis, Tyler Barbir, Alex Total Opponents

156

No.

Yards

Average

TB

OB

87 6 93 47

5420 367 5787 2732

62.3 61.2 62.2 58.1

33 0 33 12

5 2 7 1

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW INTERCEPTIONS

No.

Yards

Average

TD

LG

FUMBLE RETURNS

Oruwariye, Amani Haley, Grant Allen, Marcus Apke, Troy Castro-Fields, Tariq Campbell, Christian Total Opponents

4 2 1 1 1 1 10 10

17 46 50 1 0 0 114 95

4.2 23.0 50.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 11.4 9.5

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

17 42 50 1 0 0 50 33

Farmer, Koa Scott, Nick Cabinda, Jason Total

DEFENSE

G-GS

Solo

Assist

Total

Cabinda, Jason Allen, Marcus Smith, Brandon Apke, Troy Bowen, Manny Farmer, Koa Campbell, Christian Haley, Grant Miller, Shareef Scott, Nick Wade, Lamont Brown, Cam Oruwariye, Amani Cothren, Parker Givens, Kevin Toney, Shaka Chavis, Tyrell Windsor, Robert Buchholz, Ryan Monroe, Ayron Gross-Matos, Yetur Cothran, Curtis Simmons, Shane Taylor, Garrett Johnson, Jan Cooper, Jake McPhearson, Josh Castro-Fields, Tariq Joseph, Daniel Miller, Jarvis Jordan, Ellison McPhearson, Zech Brown, Torrence Charles, Irvin Shelton, Antonio Thomas, Johnathan Davis, Tyler Blacknall, Saeed Petrishen, John Iyke, Immanuel Barkley, Saquon Castagna, Colin Davis, Desi Di Leo, Frank Gesicki, Mike Hamilton, DaeSean Mahon, Brendan McSorley, Trace Monk, Ryan Vasey, Kyle Vranic, Jason Total Opponents

13-13 13-13 13-4 13-12 9-9 13-13 13-13 13-13 13-12 13-1 12-0 12-0 11-0 13-13 13-5 12-0 13-0 13-0 10-6 11-0 13-0 13-13 13-0 13-0 6-0 7-0 11-0 12-0 7-0 8-0 7-0 11-0 3-3 11-0 6-0 8-0 13-0 13-5 4-0 4-0 13-12 13-0 1-0 1-0 13-13 13-13 12-12 13-13 2-0 13-0 3-0 13-0 13-0

33 46 19 36 22 19 29 27 20 17 14 16 19 8 9 8 7 6 7 8 5 6 8 6 6 5 6 9 5 5 1 5 -5 1 2 4 2 2 1 1 -1 -1 1 1 1 -1 1 462 531

55 26 43 19 29 29 16 13 17 16 17 15 9 19 14 12 12 13 11 10 12 10 7 6 6 6 5 1 5 5 8 3 8 2 5 3 1 1 1 1 -1 -1 ----1 --494 306

88 72 62 55 51 48 45 40 37 33 31 31 28 27 23 20 19 19 18 18 17 16 15 12 12 11 11 10 10 10 9 8 8 7 6 5 5 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 956 837

No.

Yards

Average

TD

LG

1 1 1 3

26 13 4 43

26.0 13.0 4.0 14.3

0 1 0 1

26 13 4 26

TFL-Yards

Sacks-Yards

Int.-Yards

PBU

QBH

FR-Yards

FF

Blk

6.5-26 4.0-12 2.5-4 3.0-14 3.5-19 5.5-15 2.0-5 3.0-18 11.0-51 1.5-2 -1.5-8 -2.5-15 4.0-21 6.5-39 6.5-26 2.5-15 2.5-14 1.5-5 2.0-8 4.0-24 4.5-13 -1.0-1 --2.0-8 2.5-9 1.0-1 0.5-3 -1.0-1 -2.5-7 ---1.0-2 1.0-7 -----------93-393 91.0-356

2.5-18 1.0-4 --1.5-15 1.0-4 1.0-3 2.0-11 5.0-30 --0.5-4 -1.5-13 3.5-20 4.0-31 3.0-18 2.0-14 2.0-13 0.5-2 1.5-7 3.5-23 1.0-1 -----2.5-8 1.0-1 0.5-3 ---1.0-4 ----------------42-247 29-163

-1-50 -1-1 --1-0 2-46 ----4-17 --------------1-0 -----------------------10-114 10-95

3 3 -5 1 1 11 10 --3 1 8 1 2 -2 --1 ---1 ---3 -1 1 1 1 ------------------60 39

1 1 -3 4 3 -2 9 --4 -2 --3 1 3 -3 -2 ----------------------------41 26

1-4 -1-0 --1-26 -1-0 1-0 1-13 ---1-0 1-0 --3-0 1-0 -1-0 --1-0 -------1-0 -------------------15-43 3-0

2 2 --1 -2 ---1 ---1 2 -1 1 -------1 1 1 ----1 -----------------17 4

---1 -----------------------------------------------1 3

Safety -1 ------1 ------------------------------------------2 --

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW SCORING SUMMARY Plays Yds AKRON (8) --10 75 3 87 5 62 5 45 8 62 3 58 5 66

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Time -4:49 0:51 2:30 1:51 4:03 1:23 1:56

Result

Qtr.

Scoring Play

TD TD TD TD TD FG TD TD

1 1 2 2 2 3 3 4

Thompkins 61-yard punt return (Davis, T. kick) Gesicki 13-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 4-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 3-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 30-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Davis, T. 47-yard field goal Gesicki 2-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Stevens 5-yard run (Davis, T. kick)

PITTSBURGH (6) 1 8 0:08 6 62 2:43 1 46 0:09 6 78 2:32 ---7 34 2:11

TD TD TD TD Safety FG

1 1 3 4 4 4

Gesicki 8-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Gesicki 10-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 46-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 8-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Allen, Marcus Davis, T. 24-yard field goal

GEORGIA STATE (8) 8 63 3:12 3 83 0:58 3 86 1:09 1 29 0:09 4 25 2:02 6 55 2:45 4 42 1:45 4 69 1:47

TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD

1 1 2 2 2 3 3 4

Stevens 10-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 85-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Hamilton 27-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Sanders 29-yard run (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 8-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Polk 15-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Blacknall 35-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Robinson 41-yard run (Davis, T. kick)

at Iowa (5) 11 66 --7 55 8 75 12 80

5:06 -2:25 3:07 1:42

FG Safety FG TD TD

1 2 2 3 4

Davis, T. 19-yd field goal Miller, Shareef Davis, T. 21-yard field goal Barkley 8-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Johnson, Ju. 7-yard pass from McSorley (TEAM rush failed)

INDIANA (7) --6 39 --9 73 8 40 4 52 5 73

-2:45 -4:28 3:24 1:36 2:20

TD TD TD TD FG TD TD

1 1 1 1 3 3 4

Barkley 98-yard kickofff return (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 1-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Scott 13-yard fumble recovery (Davis, T. kick) Hamilton 8-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Davis, T. 45-yard field goal Hamilton 24-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Hamilton 16-yard pass from Barkley (Davis, T. kick)

at Northwestern (5) 8 49 3:35 5 52 2:11 10 66 4:21 4 71 1:06 11 54 3:53

TD TD TD TD TD

1 2 3 3 4

Davis, T. 21-yard field goal Stevens 10-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 1-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 53-yard run (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 5-yard run (Davis, T. kick)

MICHIGAN (6) 2 75 4 78 7 75 9 80 2 46 4 48

0:43 2:05 0:52 5:24 0:32 1:57

TD TD TD TD TD TD

1 1 2 3 4 4

Barkley 69-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 15-yard run (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 3-yard run (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 13-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 42-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 9-yard run (Davis, T. kick)

at Ohio State (6) ---5 23 1:56 7 81 3:20 2 23 1:08 10 70 4:09 10 64 5:18

TD TD TD TD TD FG

1 1 2 2 3 4

Barkley 97-yard kickoff return (Davis, T. kick) Hamilton 13-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 36-yard run (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 6-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Thompkins 37-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Davis, T. 24-yard field goal

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Result

Qtr.

at Michigan State (4) 7 92 3:00 9 75 2:46 12 71 5:08 1 70 0:05

Time

TD TD FG TD

1 1 3 3

Hamilton 31-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Blacknall 27-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Davis, T. 26-yard field goal Thompkins 70-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick)

RUTGERS (5) 4 65 7 74 9 55 4 46 9 62

1:44 3:26 4:50 2:11 5:00

TD TD TD TD TD

2 2 3 3 4

McSorley 20-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Hamilton 22-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 1-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 4-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Gesicki 16-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick)

NEBRASKA (8) 3 74 7 66 8 85 5 67 10 65 7 78 10 79 6 75

0:57 3:29 3:22 1:27 4:24 1:45 3:29 2:31

TD TD TD TD TD TD TD TD

1 1 2 2 2 2 4 4

Barkley 65-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 1-yard run (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 9-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Gesicki 9-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 8-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Thompkins 15-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Gesicki 17-yard pass rom McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Bowers 15-yard pass from Stevens (Davis, T. kick)

at Maryland (10) 11 91 4:43 5 41 2:20 6 44 1:53 4 52 1:35 10 55 4:31 10 73 3:53 4 13 1:59 7 68 3:09 7 57 3:05 6 48 3:18

TD TD TD TD FG TD TD TD TD TD

1 1 2 2 2 3 3 3 4 4

Stevens 21-yard run (Davis, T. kick) McSorley 5-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Gesicki 2-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Gesicki 9-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Davis, T. 30-yard field goal Barkley 1-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 1-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Pancoast 4-yard pass from Stevens (Davis, T. kick) Stevens 3-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Stevens 6-yard run (Davis, T. kick)

vs. Washington (5) 8 83 3:50 11 64 5:12 7 76 2:53 2 93 0:44 8 70 3:58

TD TD TD TD TD

1 1 2 2 3

Hamilton 48-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 2-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Sanders 1-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Barkley 92-yard run (Davis, T. kick) Hamilton 24-yard pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick)

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW PENN STATE GAME-BY-GAME First Downs Rushing Passing Penalty Net Yards Rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Rushing Touchdowns Yards Gained Yards Lost Net Yards Passing Completions Attempts Interceptions Yards Per Attempt Yards Per Completion Passing Touchdowns Total Offensive Yards Plays Yards Per Play Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Punts-Yards Yards Per Punt Net Yards Per Punt Inside 20 50+ Yard Kicks Touchbacks Fair Catch Kickoffs-Yards Yards Per Kickoff Net Yards Per Kickoff Touchbacks Punt Returns Yards Touchdowns Yards Per Return Kickoff Returns Yards Touchdowns Yards Per Return Interceptions Yards Touchdowns Fumble Recoveries Returns-Yards Touchdowns Miscellaneous Yards Possession Times 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter 3rd-Down Conversions 4th-Down Conversions Red Zone Scoring Touchdowns Field Goals Sacks By-Yards PAT Kicks Field Goals

AKRON 24 7 14 3 247 34 7.3 4 266 19 322 21 31 1 10.4 15.3 2 569 65 8.8 -5-45 2-100 50.0 40.0 -1 1 -9-561 62.3 42.7 4 5 130 1 26.0 1 20 -20.0 1 ------29:30 7:59 7:03 8:54 5:34 3-9 1-2 5-6 5 -3-13 7-7 1-2

PITT 14 6 7 1 148 24 6.2 1 173 25 164 15 28 1 5.9 10.9 3 312 52 6.0 1-0 1-15 6-259 43.2 43.2 4 --2 3-348 64.0 46.0 3 3 31 -10.3 2 50 -25.0 2 43 -1 ---21:40 3:31 4:38 6:50 6:41 4-12 -4-4 3 1 5-37 4-4 1-1

GSU 19 8 11 -166 24 6.9 3 184 18 360 21 29 -12.4 17.1 5 526 53 9.9 2-0 5-45 4-181 45.2 45.0 3 1 -1 9-581 64.6 44.1 6 4 54 -13.5 1 37 -37.0 3 54 -2 ---21:13 6:49 5:33 5:28 3:23 4-9 -3-3 3 -3-17 8-8 0-1

at Iowa 29 15 14 -295 51 5.8 1 314 19 284 31 48 1 5.9 9.2 1 579 99 5.8 2-1 8-90 4-159 39.8 38.8 3 1 -2 4-256 64.0 41.0 1 1 4 -4.0 4 73 -18.2 ---1 --(-7) 39:39 11:40 7:50 9:09 11:00 6-18 3-4 4-5 2 2 1-4 1-1 2-4

IND 20 4 15 1 39 37 1.1 1 86 47 331 24 37 1 8.9 13.8 3 370 74 5.0 -2-7 6-279 46.5 45.8 4 3 -2 8-514 64.2 41.5 6 ----1 98 1 98.0 1 17 -2 2-17 1 (-1) 33:29 9:38 8:23 9:05 6:23 6-18 1-1 3-4 3 -1-10 6-6 1-3

at NW 23 6 14 3 95 38 2.5 3 156 61 286 29 41 -7.0 9.9 1 381 79 4.8 -3-30 5-215 43.0 39.0 3 1 1 2 6-381 63.5 41.8 3 3 33 -11.0 ----2 --1 ---34:04 8:34 5:41 9:11 10:38 8-16 0-1 4-5 3 1 4-20 4-4 1-2

MICH 25 10 12 3 224 35 6.4 5 253 29 282 17 26 1 10.8 16.6 1 506 61 8.3 -1-10 2-99 49.5 50.5 -1 --7-437 62.4 39.1 2 2 20 -10.0 1 15 -15.0 ---1 ---27:04 7:21 7:08 6:47 5:48 4-7 0-1 4-5 4 -7-49 6-6 --

at OSU 17 5 9 3 91 35 2.6 2 140 49 192 17 29 -6.6 11.3 2 283 64 4.4 -9-73 6-213 35.5 29.0 1 1 -1 7-434 62.0 38.9 1 ----7 185 1 26.4 ---2 1-26 --30:53 6:43 8:40 6:54 8:36 7-15 0-1 3-3 2 1 2-11 5-5 1-1

at MSU 22 4 17 1 65 21 3.1 -84 19 401 27 48 3 8.4 14.9 3 466 69 6.8 -7-86 4-156 39.0 38.5 2 1 -2 5-315 63.0 38.0 1 ----2 15 -7.5 1 ------25:51 7:41 5:54 6:40 5:36 4-12 1-2 1-1 -1 2-10 3-3 1-1

RUT 18 6 11 1 90 31 2.9 3 123 33 214 16 21 -10.2 13.4 2 304 52 5.8 -4-20 5-203 40.6 34.2 3 1 1 2 6-345 57.5 43.8 -2 10 -5.0 1 30 -30.0 ---1 ---27:31 4:35 6:42 8:51 7:23 4-9 -4-4 4 -1-4 5-5 --

NEB 32 9 18 5 263 35 7.5 4 267 4 346 26 39 -8.9 13.3 4 609 74 8.2 1-1 5-39 4-158 39.5 38.8 2 1 --9-561 62.3 42.4 3 2 7 -3.5 5 84 -16.8 -------30:11 6:41 11:34 6:24 5:32 8-12 -7-7 7 -4-25 8-8 --

at UMD 28 13 12 3 286 48 6.0 6 303 17 248 25 40 -6.2 9.9 3 534 88 6.1 -2-10 4-181 45.2 42.8 1 2 -1 11-629 57.2 42.9 1 2 25 -12.5 2 8 -4.0 ---2 ---37:31 9:52 8:48 10:02 8:49 11-17 1-1 9-9 8 1 5-13 9-9 1-1

vs. UW 25 6 18 1 203 38 5.3 3 221 18 342 32 41 2 8.3 10.7 2 545 79 6.9 2-1 2-20 2-86 43.0 46.0 1 --1 6-389 64.8 45.2 2 3 15 -5.0 4 56 -14.0 ---1 ---35:55 10:25 7:08 7:58 10:24 13-17 1-1 2-3 2 -4-24 5-5 0-1

Total Points Touchdowns Rushing Touchdowns Passing Touchdown Returns Other Touchdowns Safeties Kick PAT-Attempts 2pt PAT-Attempts Field Goals-Attempts Points Off Turnovers

52 4 2 1 --7-7 -1-2 7

33 1 3 --1 4-4 -1-1 7

56 3 5 ---8-8 -0-1 35

21 1 1 --1 1-1 0-1 2-4 7

45 1 3 1 1 -6-6 -1-3 21

31 2 1 ---4-4 -1-2 3

42 5 1 ---6-6 --7

38 2 2 1 --5-5 -1-1 7

24 -3 ---3-3 -1-1 --

35 3 2 ---5-5 ----

56 4 4 ---8-8 ----

66 6 3 ---9-9 -1-1 14

35 3 2 ---5-5 -0-1 --

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First Downs Rushing Passing Penalty Net Yards Rushing Rushing Attempts Average Per Rush Rushing Touchdowns Yards Gained Yards Lost Net Yards Passing Completions Attempts Interceptions Yards Per Attempt Yards Per Completion Passing Touchdowns Total Offensive Yards Plays Yards Per Play Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Punts-Yards Yards Per Punt Net Yards Per Punt Inside 20 50+ Yard Kicks Touchbacks Fair Catch Kickoffs-Yards Yards Per Kickoff Net Yards Per Kickoff Touchbacks Punt Returns Yards Touchdowns Yards Per Return Kickoff Returns Yards Touchdowns Yards Per Return Interceptions Yards Touchdowns Fumble Recoveries Returns-Yards Touchdowns Miscellaneous Yards Possession Times 1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter 3rd-Down Conversions 4th-Down Conversions Red Zone Scoring Touchdowns Field Goals Sacks By-Yards PAT Kicks Field Goals

AKRON 12 4 7 1 73 34 2.1 -107 34 86 14 29 1 3.0 6.1 -159 63 2.5 1-0 9-84 11-435 39.5 27.7 2 --2 1-65 65.0 45.0 4 ----4 77 -19.2 1 ------30:30 7:01 7:57 6:06 9:26 4-17 --------

PITT 24 12 11 1 155 45 3.4 1 199 44 187 24 41 2 4.6 7.8 -342 86 4.0 1-1 6-55 5-222 44.4 38.2 1 1 -2 5-322 64.4 39.4 3 3 0 -0.0 2 33 -16.5 1 2 -----38:20 11:29 10:22 8:10 8:19 5-17 3-4 3-4 1 2 1-7 -2-2

GSU 21 10 9 2 150 49 3.1 -195 45 170 18 32 3 5.3 9.4 -320 81 4.0 3-2 3-25 7-258 36.9 29.1 3 --1 1-65 65.0 28.0 -1 1 -1.0 2 34 -17.0 -------38:47 8:11 9:27 9:32 11:37 11-21 -0-1 --1-10 -0-1

at Iowa 11 3 6 2 82 23 3.6 1 98 16 191 12 22 -8.7 14.7 2 273 45 6.1 1-1 3-25 7-288 41.1 40.6 2 2 -2 5-238 65.6 46.0 1 1 4 -4.0 3 67 -22.3 1 33 -1 --(-2) 20:21 3:20 7:10 5:51 4:00 3-11 -0-1 --4-12 1-1 0-1

IND 19 10 8 1 177 47 3.8 1 191 14 175 15 32 1 5.5 11.7 1 352 79 4.5 3-3 2-20 8-305 38.1 35.6 -1 1 2 3-162 54.0 13.0 1 2 4 -2.0 2 32 -16.0 1 ------26:31 5:22 6:37 5:55 8:37 7-18 1-2 2-2 2 -5-34 2-2 --

at NW 15 6 9 -67 30 2.2 1 111 44 198 23 43 2 4.6 8.6 -265 73 3.6 1-1 8-74 8-296 37.0 32.9 -2 -2 1-65 65.0 40.0 1 ----3 55 -18.3 -------25:56 6:26 9:19 5:49 4:22 5-19 2-4 1-2 1 -5-36 1-1 --

MICH 16 8 8 -103 42 2.5 2 152 49 166 16 28 -5.9 10.4 -269 70 3.8 2-1 6-59 6-233 38.8 35.5 1 --2 3-195 65.0 43.3 2 1 (-2) -(-2.0) 5 113 -22.6 1 25 -----32:56 7:39 7:52 8:13 9:12 6-16 2-4 2-2 2 -2-11 1-2 --

at OSU 27 10 14 3 201 39 5.2 1 217 16 328 33 39 -8.4 9.9 4 529 78 6.8 2-2 10-79 3-130 43.3 43.3 1 1 -1 8-360 45.0 21.9 -4 39 -9.8 6 137 -22.8 -------29:07 8:17 6:20 8:06 6:24 5-12 0-1 6-6 4 2 2-9 3-3 2-2

at MSU 25 4 17 4 74 24 3.1 1 84 10 400 33 56 1 7.1 12.1 2 474 80 5.9 -8-87 6-232 38.7 35.3 2 -1 2 5-312 62.4 44.4 3 1 2 -2.0 4 100 -25.0 3 28 -----34:09 7:19 9:06 8:20 9:24 10-18 0-1 4-4 2 2 3-13 3-3 2-2

RUT 10 8 2 -157 39 4.0 -166 9 43 7 20 -2.2 6.1 -200 59 3.4 1-1 4-41 6-249 41.5 39.8 -1 -2 2-117 58.5 43.5 -1 12 -12.0 4 82 -20.5 -------32:29 10:25 8:18 6:09 7:37 3-15 2-4 2-3 -2 2-16 -2-2

NEB 21 4 16 1 67 26 2.6 3 94 27 399 26 41 -9.7 15.3 3 466 67 7.0 -9-89 8-339 42.4 41.5 2 1 -2 6-314 52.3 38.3 -1 3 -3.0 4 104 -26.0 ---1 ---29:49 8:19 3:26 8:36 9:28 5-15 1-1 5-5 4 1 2-4 5-5 1-1

at UMD 11 3 7 1 124 25 5.0 -142 18 179 21 37 -4.8 8.5 -303 62 4.9 4-2 8-91 7-280 40.0 36.4 -1 -3 2-124 62.0 58.0 -2 10 -5.0 10 132 -13.2 -------22:29 5:08 6:12 4:58 6:11 1-15 0-3 ---1-10 -1-2

vs. UW 14 5 8 1 104 26 4.0 3 137 33 227 19 29 -7.8 11.9 1 331 55 6.0 1-1 4-22 6-286 47.7 45.2 1 2 -2 5-303 60.6 44.4 1 ----4 68 -17.0 2 7 -1 ---24:05 4:35 7:52 7:02 4:36 8-15 0-1 2-2 2 -1-1 4-4 --

Total Points Touchdowns Rushing Touchdowns Passing Touchdown Returns Other Touchdowns Safeties Kick PAT-Attempts 2pt PAT-Attempts Field Goals-Attempts Points Off Turnovers

0 ----------

14 1 -----1-1 2-2 --

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

19 1 2 ---1-1 0-2 0-1 7

14 1 1 ---2-2 --7

7 1 ----1-1 ----

13 2 ----1-2 --6

39 1 4 ---3-3 0-2 2-2 --

27 1 2 ---3-3 -2-2 --

6 -------2-2 --

44 3 3 ---5-5 -1-1 3

3 -------1-2 --

28 3 1 ---4-4 --7

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW INDIVIDUAL GAME-BY-GAME RUSHING (ATT-YDS-TD) Allen, Mark Barkley, Saquon Eury, Nick Hamilton, DaeSean McSorley, Trace Robinson, Andre Sanders, Miles Stevens, Tommy TEAM

AKRON DNP 14-172/2 DNP -12-48/1 2-(-3)/0 1-16/0 4-16/1 1-(-2)/0

PITT DNP 14-88/1 DNP -8-65/0 -1-(-3)/0 -1-(-2)/0

GSU 2-9/0 10-47/0 1-4/0 -3-24/1 2-39/1 3-44/1 2-2/0 1-(-3)/0

at Iowa -28-211/1 DNP -17-61/0 4-19/0 1-6/0 DNP 1-(-2)/0

IND DNP 20-56/0 DNP 1-2/0 16-(-19)/1 --DNP --

at NW 2-4/0 16-75/2 DNP -16-(-1)/1 1-0/0 -3-17/0 --

MICH 1-5/0 15-108/2 DNP -11-76/3 -6-25/0 1-11/0 1-(-1)/0

at OSU DNP 21-44/1 DNP -13-49/1 -DNP DNP 1-(-2)/0

at MSU DNP 14-63/0 DNP -7-2/0 DNP -DNP --

RUT DNP 14-35/2 DNP -13-44/1 -2-18/0 -2-(-7)/0

NEB DNP 17-158/3 DNP -9-46/1 -4-28/0 5-31/0 --

at UMD 4-20/0 16-77/2 DNP -7-36/1 -7-42/0 12-113/3 2-(-2)/0

vs. UW DNP 18-137/2 DNP -12-60/0 DNP 6-15/1 -2-(-9)/0

PITT 4-45/1 -DNP -4-39/2 3-45/0 -1-4/0 -1-18/0 --1-1/0 1-12/0

GSU 4-142/1 3-64/1 DNP -2-26/0 3-44/1 1-8/0 2-17/0 -1-15/1 --2-19/1 3-25/0

at Iowa 12-94/0 1-6/0 DNP -5-25/0 2-46/0 1-1/0 7-92/1 ---1-6/0 DNP 2-14/0

IND 4-51/0 1-18/0 DNP -3-19/0 9-122/3 -4-63/0 1-5/0 ---DNP 2-53/0

at NW 2-9/0 4-74/0 --2-9/0 2-35/0 -6-43/0 -3-40/0 -2-11/0 2-8/1 6-57/0

MICH 3-53/1 1-4/0 DNP -2-52/0 6-115/0 -3-30/0 -1-23/0 1-5/0 ----

at OSU 4-23/0 1-21/0 DNP -6-57/0 1-13/1 -3-29/0 ---DNP DNP 2-49/1

at MSU 3-33/0 1-27/1 DNP 1-4/0 8-89/0 7-112/1 1-7/0 2-27/0 --DNP -DNP 4-102/1

RUT 1-20/0 2-14/0 --4-45/1 3-40/1 -5-78/0 -1-17/0 -----

NEB 6-66/0 1-22/0 1-15/1 DNP 4-47/2 4-42/0 DNP 5-105/0 1-6/0 --1-6/0 2-22/0 1-15/1

at UMD 1-4/0 1-19/0 DNP -5-35/2 5-59/0 -6-63/0 1-4/1 1-9/0 -1-3/0 1-4/0 3-48/0

vs. UW 7-38/0 1-20/0 DNP DNP 6-62/0 5-110/2 -6-66/0 -1-4/0 DNP 1-4/0 3-(-1)/0 2-39/0

RECEIVING (REC-YDS-TD) Barkley, Saquon Blacknall, Saeed Bowers, Nick Charles, Irvin Gesicki, Mike Hamilton, DaeSean Holland, Jonathan Johnson, Juwan Pancoast, Tom Polk, Brandon Robinson, Andre Sanders, Miles Stevens, Tommy Thompkins, DeAndre

AKRON 3-54/0 -DNP -6-58/2 3-74/0 -4-84/0 1-12/0 1-4/0 --1-7/0 2-29/0

PASSING Trace McSorley AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington

Tommy Stevens C-A-I 18-25-1 15-28-1 18-23-0 31-48-1 23-36-1 25-34-0 17-26-1 17-29-0 26-47-3 16-21-0 24-36-0 22-33-0 32-41-2

Pct. 72.0 53.6 78.3 64.6 63.9 73.5 65.4 58.6 55.3 76.2 66.7 66.7 78.0

Yards 280 164 309 284 315 245 282 192 381 214 325 237 342

TD 2 3 4 1 2 1 1 2 3 2 3 2 2

Long 43 46 85 23 36 38 42 37 70 25 43 32 48

Sack-Yards -1-7 -4-12 5-34 4-29 2-11 2-9 3-13 2-16 2-4 1-10 1-1

Efficiency 184.5 131.0 248.5 117.0 150.2 143.8 161.5 137.0 131.7 193.2 170.0 147.0 154.5

AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington

C-A-I 3-6-0 -2-4-0

Pct. 50.0 -50.0

Yards 42 -43

4-7-0 --

57.1 --

41 --

-2-3-0 3-7-0 --

-66.7 42.9 --

-21 11 --

TD --1 DNP DNP --DNP DNP -1 1 --

Long 26 -35

Sack-Yards --1-10

Efficiency 108.80 -222.8

16 --

1-7 --

106.3 --

-15 4 --

-----

-235.5 103.2 --

NOTE: Billy Fessler was 1-of-2 passing for 8 yards vs. Georgia State (9/16)

NOTE: Saquon Barkley was 2-of-2 passing for 36 yards and a touchdown on the season.

KICKING & PUNTING KICKOFFS Season

KO

Total Yards

TB

OB

Kick Avg.

Returns

Rtn. Yds.

Yds./ Rtn.

Davis, Tyler Barbir, Alex

87 6

5420 367

33 --

5 2

62.3 61.2

--53

--1034

--19.5

Season

KO

Total Yards

TB

OB

Kick Avg.

Returns

Rtn. Yds.

AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington

9 6 9 4 8 6 7 7 5 6 9 11 6

561 384 581 256 514 381 437 464 315 345 561 629 389

4 3 6 1 6 3 2 1 1 -3 1 2

1 1 1 ------2 2 ---

62.3 64.O 64.6 64.0 64.2 63.5 62.4 62.0 63.0 57.5 62.3 57.2 64.8

4 2 2 3 2 3 5 6 4 4 4 10 4

77 33 34 67 32 55 113 137 100 82 104 132 68

PUNTING Season

No.

Total Yds

Avg.

Long

I20

50+

TB

FC

Blk

Gillikin, Blake Pasquariello, Daniel

52 1

2244 45

43.2 45.0

57 45

26 1

14 --

3 --

16 --

1 --

Yds./ Rtn.

Game

No.

Total Yds

Avg.

Long

I20

50+

TB

FC

Blk

19.2 16.5 17.0 22.3 16.0 18.3 22.6 22.8 25.0 20.5 26.0 13.2 17.0

AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington

2 6 4 4 6 5 2 5 4 5 4 4 2

100 259 181 159 279 215 99 213 156 203 158 181 86

50.0 43.2 45.2 39.8 46.5 43.0 49.5 42.6 39.0 40.6 39.5 45.2 43.0

56 49 52 52 57 50 56 57 52 53 56 52 47

-4 3 3 4 3 -1 2 3 2 1 1

1 -1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 --

1 ----1 ---1 ----

-2 1 2 2 2 -1 1 2 -1 1

-------1 ------

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW 3

INDIVIDUAL GAME-BY-GAME TACKLES (UT-AT) Cabinda, Jason Allen, Marcus Smith, Brandon Apke, Troy Bowen, Manny Farmer, Koa Campbell, Christian Haley, Grant Miller, Shareef Scott, Nick Wade, Lamont Brown, Cam Oruwariye, Amani Cothren, Parker Givens, Kevin Toney, Shaka Windsor, Robert Chavis, Tyrell Buchholz, Ryan Monroe, Ayron Gross-Matos, Yetur Cothran, Curtis Simmons, Shane Johnson, Jan Taylor, Garrett McPhearson, Josh Cooper, Jake Joseph, Daniel Miller, Jarvis Castro-Fields, Tariq Jordan, Ellison McPhearson, Zech Brown, Torrence Charles, Irvin Shelton, Antonio Thomas, Johnathan Davis, Tyler Blacknall, Saeed Petrishen, John Iyke, Immanuel Vranic, Jason Davis, Desi Hamilton, DaeSean Di Leo, Frank Vasey, Kyle Barkley, Saquon Castagna, Colin Gesicki, Mike McSorley, Trace Mahon, Brendan Monk, Ryan

UT-AT 33-55 46-26 19-43 36-19 22-29 19-29 29-16 27-13 20-17 17-16 14-17 16-15 19-9 8-19 9-14 8-12 6-13 7-12 7-11 8-10 5-12 6-10 8-7 6-6 6-6 6-5 5-6 5-5 5-5 9-1 1-8 5-3 0-8 5-2 1-5 2-3 4-1 2-1 2-1 1-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 0-1 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1

TT 88 72 62 55 51 48 45 40 37 33 31 31 28 27 23 20 19 19 18 18 17 16 15 12 12 11 11 10 10 10 9 8 8 7 6 5 5 3 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

AKRON 0-3 0-3 0-4 1-2 1-4 0-2 0-2 1-0 0-1 0-2 0-1 2-2 1-2 0-1 0-1 1-1 1-3 2-3 2-2 DNP 1-1 0-3 0-1 2-0 0-1 1-1 1-1 DNP 3-2 -0-1 1-0 0-3 --DNP 1-0 -0-1 0-1 -DNP -DNP ------0-1

PITT 4-4 10-3 0-1 3-2 3-1 4-4 3-1 3-1 2-1 4-4 2-0 1-1 3-0 0-2 0-1 0-1 1-1 -2-0 -1-0 0-2 -DNP 2-0 -DNP DNP -0-1 DNP DNP 0-3 1-0 -DNP -0-1 DNP DNP DNP DNP -DNP --0-1 1-0 --DNP

GSU 3-1 2-1 3-1 2-1 4-2 1-0 2-0 1-1 3-0 2-1 4-1 DNP DNP 0-2 1-0 2-2 2-0 0-1 1-1 1-1 0-1 -1-0 1-0 --1-0 2-1 2-0 -1-2 2-0 0-2 -0-2 0-1 --2-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 -0-1 -----DNP --

at Iowa 3-3 4-1 2-0 3-1 2-0 0-2 3-0 1-0 5-0 --1-1 DNP 1-0 --1-0 ----3-0 -DNP 1-0 1-0 DNP DNP --DNP DNP INJ -DNP 1-0 ----DNP DNP -DNP -1-0 ----DNP

IND 6-8 2-4 0-7 2-2 1-7 0-4 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-1 1-1 1-3 1-1 2-2 1-0 0-1 0-2 -0-2 0-1 1-2 --DNP 0-1 0-1 0-3 0-3 --0-2 -INJ 1-1 1-2 DNP --DNP DNP DNP DNP -DNP ------DNP

at NW 3-2 2-3 1-4 5-0 2-2 4-0 3-1 2-1 2-2 2-0 DNP 1-0 1-0 0-3 -2-0 0-1 -0-3 2-0 -1-1 2-2 1-1 -0-1 1-0 1-0 0-1 --1-0 INJ -----DNP DNP DNP DNP -DNP ------DNP

MICH 2-10 2-4 0-1 3-1 2-4 1-6 3-1 3-1 0-2 0-3 2-2 2-1 3-1 1-3 1-3 1-2 0-1 0-1 1-3 DNP 0-2 1-1 -DNP -DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP -INJ 1-1 DNP DNP 1-0 -DNP DNP DNP DNP -DNP ----1-0 -DNP

at OSU 3-4 9-1 1-0 6-2 7-2 3-4 3-3 4-1 3-2 2-1 0-1 1-1 4-1 1-0 -1-1 0-1 1-2 -1-0 -1-1 1-0 DNP 1-0 1-0 DNP DNP DNP 1-0 DNP -INJ 1-0 DNP DNP -1-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP -DNP ------DNP

at MSU 0-4 2-3 1-1 5-3 0-7 4-4 1-3 3-2 1-0 0-1 1-1 2-1 1-1 1-2 1-3 0-3 -1-2 INJ 1-0 1-2 -1-2 DNP --DNP DNP DNP -DNP -INJ 1-0 DNP -1-1 1-0 DNP DNP DNP DNP 1-0 DNP ------DNP

RUT 2-9 3-0 4-6 2-0 DNP 0-1 -0-1 0-1 2-2 1-3 0-2 0-1 2-0 1-1 -0-2 0-2 INJ 1-6 0-3 0-2 1-2 0-4 -0-1 0-2 ---0-1 -INJ -0-1 0-1 --DNP DNP DNP DNP -DNP ------DNP

NEB 2-4 1-1 3-10 1-3 DNP 1-0 2-2 1-2 0-2 1-1 0-5 1-1 4-1 0-1 1-1 1-1 1-2 1-0 INJ 0-1 0-1 ---0-3 0-1 1-0 -0-2 3-0 0-1 1-1 INJ DNP DNP 0-1 --DNP -DNP DNP -DNP 1-0 -----DNP

at UMD 3-1 3-1 2-3 1-1 DNP 0-1 4-0 2-1 1-2 1-0 3-1 3-1 0-1 0-2 1-2 --1-1 -2-1 --1-0 2-1 1-0 3-0 1-0 2-1 DNP 4-0 0-1 0-2 INJ -DNP 1-0 1-0 --DNP -DNP -DNP ------DNP

vs. UW 2-2 6-1 2-5 2-1 DNP 1-1 3-1 4-0 2-1 2-0 0-1 1-1 1-0 0-1 2-2 DNP -1-0 1-0 -1-0 -1-0 DNP 1-1 DNP DNP -DNP 1-0 DNP -INJ DNP DNP ---DNP DNP DNP DNP -DNP -----1-0 DNP

SACKS Allen, Marcus Bowen, Manny Brown, Cam Buchholz, Ryan Cabinda, Jason Campbell, Christian Chavis, Tyrell Cothran, Curtis Cothren, Parker Farmer, Koa Givens, Kevin Gross-Matos, Yetur Haley, Grant Jordan, Ellison Joseph, Daniel Miller, Jarvis Miller, Shareef Monroe, Ayron Shelton, Antonio Simmons, Shane Toney, Shaka Windsor, Robert Team Total

162

AKRON ---1.0-8 --0.5-2 0.5-2 ------DNP 1.0-1 -DNP ----3.0-13

PITT ---------1.0-4 --1.0-9 DNP DNP -2.0-15 ----1.0-9 5.0-37

GSU -0.5-4 DNP -----------1.0-6 ---0.5-2 -1.0-5 -3.0-17

at Iowa 1.0-4 ------------DNP DNP ---DNP ---1.0-4

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IND ----1.0-10 -----------------1.0-10

at NW ---0.5-2 ---1.0-8 --------0.5-3 ---2.0-17 -4.0-30

MICH -1.0-11 -0.5-3 0.5-3 1.0-3 -1.0-5 1.0-8 -1.0-7 --DNP DNP DNP -DNP DNP -1.0-9 -7.0-49

at OSU -------1.0-8 -----DNP DNP DNP 1.0-3 -DNP ---2.0-11

at MSU ---INJ --0.5-4 ----0.5-5 -DNP DNP DNP --DNP 1.0-1 --2.0-10

RUT -DNP -INJ -------------0.5-2 0.5-2 ---1.0-4

NEB -DNP 0.5-4 INJ --1.0-6 ---1.0-7 -----0.5-3 -DNP --1.0-5 4.0-25

at UMD -DNP --1.0-5 -----1.0-1 -1.0-2 0.5-3 1.5-2 DNP --DNP ---5.0-13

vs. UW -DNP ----1.0-6 -0.5-5 -0.5-5 1.0-2 -DNP -DNP 1.0-6 -DNP -DNP -4.0-24


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INDIVIDUAL GAME-BY-GAME TACKLES FOR LOSS Allen, Marcus Apke, Troy Bowen, Manny Brown, Cam Brown, Torrence Buchholz, Ryan Cabinda, Jason Campbell, Christian Castro-Fields, Tariq Chavis, Tyrell Cothran, Curtis Cothren, Parker Farmer, Koa Givens, Kevin Gross-Matos, Yetur Haley, Grant Iyke, Immanuel Johnson, Jan Jordan, Ellison Joseph, Daniel Miller, Jarvis Miller, Shareef Monroe, Ayron Petrishen, John Scott, Nick Shelton, Antonio Simmons, Shane Smith, Brandon Toney, Shaka Windsor, Robert Team Total

AKRON 0.5-1 -0.5-1 1.0-4 0.5-0 1.5-9 -0.5-1 -3.0-7 1.0-3 0.5-1 0.5-0 ------DNP 1.0-1 0.5-2 DNP ---0.5-1 1.0-2 1.0-2 0.5-1 14.0-36

PITT 1.0-4 ---0.5-1 -------1.5-5 0.5-1 -1.0-9 DNP DNP DNP DNP -2.5-17 -DNP 0.5-1 ---0.5-1 1.0-9 9.0-48

GSU --0.5-4 DNP ----------0.5-1 -1.0-7 --2.0-7 -1.0-3 1.0-3 1.0-2 -1.0-3 -1.0-1 2.0-10 -11.0-41

at Iowa 2.0-6 -1.0-2 -INJ -1.5-4 -----0.5-1 ----DNP DNP DNP -2.0-6 ---DNP ----7.0-19

IND 0.5-1 ---INJ -1.5-12 ---------DNP DNP -----DNP -1.0-2 ----3.0-15

at NW ----INJ 0.5-2 ----1.0-8 -1.0-3 --1.0-7 DNP ----0.5-3 -DNP --1.0-6 -2.0-17 -7.0-46

MICH -1.0-6 1.0-11 -INJ 0.5-3 0.5-3 1.0-3 DNP -1.0-5 1.0-8 -1.0-7 --DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP -DNP DNP -DNP --1.0-9 -8.0-55

at OSU -1.0-7 --INJ -0.5-0 ---1.0-8 -2.0-6 ---DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 1.5-4 -DNP -DNP ----6.0-25

at MSU --0.5-1 -INJ INJ -0.5-1 -1.5-7 ----0.5-5 -DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP --DNP -DNP 1.0-1 ---4.0-15

RUT --DNP -INJ INJ 1.0-2 ---------DNP -----0.5-2 DNP 1.0-1 0.5-2 1.0-2 ---4.0-9

NEB --DNP 0.5-4 INJ INJ ---1.0-6 -0.5-1 -1.0-7 -------1.0-4 -DNP -DNP ---1.0-5 5.0-27

at UMD --DNP -INJ -1.0-5 -1.0-4 ----1.0-1 -1.0-2 DNP 1.0-1 0.5-3 0.5-2 DNP 1.0-6 ---DNP ----7.0-24

vs. UW -1.0-1 DNP -INJ -0.5-0 -1.0-4 1.0-6 -0.5-5 -0.5-5 1.0-2 -DNP DNP DNP -DNP 1.0-6 -DNP -DNP 1.0-3 0.5-1 DNP -8.0-33

TACKLE BREAKDOWN RUSHING TACKLES Cabinda, Jason Smith, Brandon Allen, Marcus Bowen, Manny Farmer, Koa Miller, Shareef Apke, Troy Cothren, Parker Givens, Kevin Windsor, Robert Scott, Nick Toney, Shaka Chavis, Tyrell Gross-Matos, Yetur Buchholz, Ryan Simmons, Shane Brown, Cam Cothran, Curtis Cooper, Jake Campbell, Christian Haley, Grant Johnson, Jan Oruwariye, Amani Brown, Torrence Jordan, Ellison Wade, Lamont Joseph, Daniel Monroe, Ayron Miller, Jarvis Castro-Fields, Tariq Shelton, Antonio Iyke, Immanuel Petrishen, John Davis, Desi McPhearson, Zech Monk, Ryan TOTALS

PASSING TACKLES 66 45 42 33 31 25 24 23 18 17 16 15 14 14 13 13 12 11 10 9 9 9 9 8 8 7 6 6 5 4 4 2 2 1 1 1 533

Campbell, Christian Apke, Troy Allen, Marcus Haley, Grant Cabinda, Jason Oruwariye, Amani Farmer, Koa Bowen, Manny Wade, Lamont Smith, Brandon Brown, Cam Scott, Nick McPhearson, Zech Miller, Shareef Castro-Fields, Tariq Monroe, Ayron Taylor, Garrett Johnson, Jan Cothren, Parker Miller, Jarvis Buchholz, Ryan Castagna, Colin Chavis, Tyrell Cooper, Jake Givens, Kevin Gross-Matos, Yetur Joseph, Daniel Petrishen, John Simmons, Shane Vranic, Jason TOTALS

SPECIAL TEAMS TACKLES 34 31 27 27 18 18 16 14 13 12 11 8 6 6 4 4 4 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 270

McPhearson, Josh Wade, Lamont Scott, Nick Taylor, Garrett Brown, Cam Monroe, Ayron Charles, Irvin Davis, Tyler Smith, Brandon Thomas, Johnathan Blacknall, Saeed Haley, Grant Miller, Jarvis Bowen, Manny Castro-Fields, Tariq Cothran, Curtis Di Leo, Frank McPhearson, Zech Oruwariye, Amani Vasey, Kyle TOTALS

Total

KO

Punt

10 10 9 8 7 7 6 5 5 5 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 85

10 10 8 3 5 5 2 5 3 5 2 2 2 1 1 0 1 1 1 0 67

--1 5 2 2 4 -2 ------1 ---1 18

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW INDIVIDUAL GAME-BY-GAME ALL-PURPOSE YARDS Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean Thompkins, DeAndre Johnson, Juwan Gesicki, Mike McSorley, Trace Sanders, Miles Blacknall, Saeed Stevens, Tommy Polk, Brandon Farmer, Koa Robinson, Andre Allen, Marcus Allen, Mark Haley, Grant Pancoast, Tom Holland, Jonathan Oruwariye, Amani Bowers, Nick Johnson, Jan Eury, Nick Charles, Irvin Apke, Troy McPhearson, Zech TEAM

Total 2329 859 762 702 563 491 297 289 250 190 92 60 50 48 46 27 25 17 15 7 4 4 4 (-3) (-30)

AKRON 246 74 156 84 58 48 16 -23 4 -(-3) -DNP -12 --DNP -DNP -3 -(-2)

PITT 183 45 43 4 39 65 (-3) -1 18 ---DNP 42 ---DNP DNP DNP -1 DNP (-2)

GSU 226 44 69 17 26 24 44 64 21 15 -39 50 19 4 -8 DNP DNP -4 ---(-3)

at Iowa 358 46 18 92 25 61 32 6 DNP --19 ----1 DNP DNP DNP DNP --DNP (-2)

IND 205 124 53 63 19 (-19) -18 DNP ----DNP -5 -17 DNP DNP DNP -----

at NW 84 35 90 43 9 (-1) 11 74 25 40 ---4 ------DNP -----

MICH 176 115 20 30 52 76 25 4 11 23 -5 -5 ----DNP DNP DNP ---(-1)

at OSU 172 13 49 30 57 49 DNP 21 DNP -70 --DNP --9 -DNP DNP DNP ---(-2)

at MSU 111 112 102 27 89 2 -27 DNP --DNP -DNP --7 -DNP DNP DNP 4 ----

RUT 85 40 10 78 45 44 18 14 -17 ---DNP ------DNP ---(-7)

NEB 224 42 25 105 47 46 34 22 53 55 22 --DNP -6 DNP -15 7 DNP DNP -(-3) --

at UMD 84 59 73 63 35 36 45 19 117 14 ---20 -4 --DNP -DNP ---(-2)

vs. UW 175 110 54 66 62 60 75 20 (-1) 4 -DNP -DNP ----DNP DNP DNP DNP --(-9)

RED ZONE RECAP Opponent AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington TOTAL

Scores/Chances 5/6 4/4 3/3 4/5 3/4 4/5 4/5 3/3 1/1 4/4 7/7 9/9 2/3 53/59

PENN STATE

Result 5 TD, 1 INT 3 TD, 1 FG 3 TD 2 TD, 2 FG, 1 Blocked FG 3 TD, 1 Missed FG 3 TD, 1 FG, 1 Missed FG 4 TD, 1 End of Half 2 TD, 1 FG 1 FG 4 TD 7 TD 8 TD, 1 FG 2 TD, 1 INT 46 TD, 7 FG, 2 INT 2 Missed FG, 1 Blocked FG, 1 End of Half

Pct. 83% 100% 100% 80% 75% 80% 80% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 67% 90%

Opponent AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington TOTAL

Series --/-3/4 0/1 0/1 2/2 1/2 2/2 6/6 4/4 2/3 5/5 --/-2/2 27/32

OPPONENT

Result -1 TD, 2 FG, 1 Fumble 1 Missed FG 1 Blocked FG 2 TD 1 TD, 1 INT 2 TD 4 TD, 2 FG 2 TD, 2 FG 2 FG, 1 TO on Downs 4 TD, 1 FG -2 TD 18 TD, 9 FG, 1 INT, 1 Fumble 1 Missed FG, 1 Blocked FG, 1 TO on Downs

Pct. -75% 0% 0% 100% 50% 100% 100% 100% 67% 100% -100% 84%

GAME LEADERS Opponent AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington

164

Rushing Attempts Barkley - 14 Barkley - 14 Barkley - 10 Barkley - 28 Barkley - 20 Two Tied - 16 Barkley - 15 Barkley - 21 Barkley - 14 Barkley - 14 Barkley - 17 Barkley - 16 Barkley - 18

Rushing Yards Barkley - 172 Barkley - 88 Barkley - 47 Barkley - 211 Barkley - 56 Barkley - 75 Barkley - 108 McSorley - 49 Barkley - 63 McSorley - 44 Barkley - 158 Stevens - 113 Barkley - 137

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Receptions Gesicki - 6 Two Tied - 4 Barkley - 4 Barkley - 12 Hamilton - 9 Two Tied - 6 Hamilton - 6 Gesicki - 6 Gesicki - 8 Johnson, Ju. - 5 Barkley - 6 Johnson, Ju. - 6 Barkley - 7

Receiving Yards Johnson, Ju. - 84 Two Tied - 45 Barkley - 142 Barkley - 94 Hamilton - 122 Blacknall - 74 Hamilton - 115 Gesicki - 57 Hamilton - 112 Johnson, Ju. - 78 Johnson, Ju. - 105 Johnson, Ju. - 63 Hamilton - 110

All-Purpose Yards Barkley - 246 Barkley - 183 Barkley - 226 Barkley - 358 Barkley - 205 Thompkins - 90 Barkley - 176 Barkley - 172 Hamilton - 112 Barkley - 85 Barkley - 224 Stevens - 117 Barkley - 175

Tackles Three Tied - 5 Allen, Marcus - 13 Bowen - 6 Cabinda - 6 Cabinda - 14 Four Tied - 5 Cabinda - 13 Allen, Marcus - 10 Two Tied - 8 Cabinda - 11 Smith, B. - 13 Smith, B. - 5 Two Tied - 7


2017 SEASON IN REVIEW TURNOVERS BY GAME PENN STATE: 25 GAINED

OPPONENT: 13 GAINED

PLAYER

PLAYS/ YDS

1st DOWNS

Oruwariye of Woodson

10/75

4

Touchdown

PITTSBURGH (3) Interception 1 Interception 2 Fumble 4

Haley of Browne Apke of Browne Windsor by DiNucci

1/8 3/(-5) 1/(-2)

----

Touchdown Punt End of Game

GEORGIA STATE (5) Interception 2 Interception 2 Fumble 3 Interception 3 Fumble 4

Haley of Manning Allen, Marcus of Manning Givens by Manning Castro-Fields of Manning Gross-Matos by Winchester

1/29 4/25 6/55 4/42 4/69

-1 2 1 1

Touchdown Touchdown Touchdown Touchdown Touchdown

at Iowa (1) Fumble

3

Haley by Wadley

8/75

3

Touchdown

INDIANA (4) Fumble Fumble Interception Fumble

1 1 3 3

Cabinda by Ellison Scott by Harris Oruwariye of Ramsey Cothren by Williams

6/39 -7/18 4/52

2 -1 1

Touchdown Touchdown Missed FG Touchdown

at Northwestern (3) Interception 1 Fumble 1 Interception 2

Oruwariye of Thorson Buchholz by Thorson Campbell of Thorson

3/6 8/49 --

-3 --

Punt Field Goal End of Half

MICHIGAN (1) Fumble

4

Windsor by O’Korn

2/46

--

Touchdown

at Ohio State (2) Fumble 1 Fumble 4

Farmer by Barrett Miller, S. by Barrett

5/23 3/(-1)

1 --

Touchdown Blocked Punt

at Michigan State (1) Interception 4

Oruwariye of Lewerke

9/62

2

Downs

RUTGERS (1) Fumble

Taylor by Grant

3/(-13)

--

Punt

TYPE AKRON (1) Interception

QTR 3

3

RESULT

NEBRASKA (--) -at Maryland (2) Fumble Fumble

TYPE AKRON (1) Interception

vs. Washington (1) Fumble 4

Windsor by Davenport McPhearson, Z. by Leake

Smith, B. by Pettis

4/52 4/13

2 1

Touchdown Touchdown

--

--

End of Game

1

PITTSBURGH (1) Interception 2

PLAYS/ YDS

1st DOWNS

Guiser of McSorley

3/3

--

Punt

Jackson of McSorley

-/-

--

End of Half

PLAYER

RESULT

GEORGIA STATE (--) --

at Iowa (2) Interception Fumble

2 3

Jewell of McSorley Jewell by McSorley

2/21 5/37

-2

Touchdown Missed FG

INDIANA (1) Interception

2

Crawford of McSorley

8/60

3

Touchdown

Long of McSorley

11/59

4

Touchdown

Bachie of McSorley Dowell, D. of McSorley Dowell, D. of McSorley

9/30 4/0 5/43

2 -3

Punt Punt Interception

Miller by McPhearson, Z.

8/23

2

Field Goal

Murphy of McSorley Bowman by Team Joyner of McSorley

3/(-7) 6/33 6/13

-2 1

Punt Touchdown Punt

at Northwestern (--) --

MICHIGAN (1) Interception

1

at Ohio State (--) --

at Michigan State (3) Interception 1 Interception 2 Interception 4 RUTGERS (--) -NEBRASKA (1) Fumble

2 3

QTR

1

at Maryland (--) --

vs. Washington (3) Interception 1 Fumble 2 Interception 4

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW TURNOVERS BY PLAYER FUMBLES (#-Lost) McPhearson, Zech McSorley, Trace Robinson, Andre Stevens, Tommy Sanders, Miles Thompkins, DeAndre TEAM

AKRON --------

PITT DNP ---1-0 ---

GSU --1-0 1-0 ----

at Iowa DNP 2-1 -DNP ----

IND ---DNP ----

at NW ------DNP

MICH --------

at OSU ---DNP DNP ---

at MSU --DNP DNP --DNP

RUT --------

NEB 1-1 -----DNP

at UMD --------

vs. UW --DNP --1-0 1-1

GSU --------1 -1 ---

at Iowa 1 -------DNP -----

IND 1 ---1 -1 -------

at NW ----------1 DNP --

MICH ---1 1 DNP --DNP DNP ----

at OSU -1 ------DNP -----

at MSU --INJ -----DNP -----

RUT -DNP INJ --------1 --

NEB -DNP INJ ---DNP -------

at UMD -DNP -1 -1 -1 -1 ----

vs. UW -DNP ----DNP --DNP DNP ---

PITT -------DNP ----1

GSU ----1 1 --------

at Iowa ------1 DNP ------

IND -1 1 ------1 ----

at NW 1 -------------

MICH ------------1

at OSU ---1 ----1 -----

at MSU INJ -------------

RUT INJ ----------1 --

NEB INJ -------------

at UMD -------1 ----1

vs. UW ----------1 ---

PITT -1-1 --1-42 --

GSU 1-50 --1-0 1-4 DNP

at Iowa -----DNP

IND -----1-17

at NW --1-0 --1-0

MICH ---DNP ---

at OSU -------

at MSU -----1-0

RUT -------

NEB -------

at UMD -------

vs. UW -------

FORCED FUMBLES Allen, Marcus Bowen, Manny Buchholz, Ryan Cabinda, Jason Campbell, Christian Castro-Fields, Tariq Charles, Irvin Givens, Kevin Joseph, Daniel McPhearson, Josh Toney, Shaka Wade, Lamont Windsor, Robert

AKRON --1 -----DNP -----

PITT --------DNP ---1

FUMBLES RECOVERED Buchholz, Ryan Cabinda, Jason Cothren, Parker Farmer, Koa Givens, Kevin Gross-Matos, Yetur Haley, Grant McPhearson, Zech Miller, Shareef Scott, Nick Smith, Brandon Taylor, Garrett Windsor, Robert

AKRON --------------

INTERCEPTIONS (#-Yards) Allen, Marcus Apke, Troy Campbell, Christian Castro-Fields, Tariq Haley, Grant Oruwariye, Amani

AKRON -----1-0

SCORING BREAKDOWN PENN STATE DRIVES

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OPPONENT DRIVES

Totals: 78 scoring drives (69 TD, 9 FG) Special Teams/Defensive: Thompkins, DeAndre - Punt Return; Akron | Allen, Marcus - Safety; Pittsburgh Miller, Shareef - Safety; at Iowa | Barkley, Saquon - Kickoff Return; Indiana, at Ohio State Scott, Nick - Fumble Return; Indiana

Totals: 37 scoring drives (27 TD, 10 FG) Special Teams/Defensive: None

LONGEST SCORING DRIVES BY: Plays: 13, 2x Last: vs. Washington, 2x (12/30) 12, 2x Last: at Michigan State (11/4)

LONGEST SCORING DRIVES BY: Plays: 15, 2x Last: RUTGERS (11/11) 13 vs. Washington (12/30)

Yards:

93 92

vs. Washington (12/30) at Michigan State (11/4)

Yards:

97 91

NEBRASKA (11/18) at Michigan State (11/4)

Time:

6:13 5:55

vs. Washington (12/30) vs. Washington (12/30)

Time:

5:30 5:28

PITTSBURGH (9/9) MICHIGAN (10/21)

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW LONG PLAY BREAKDOWN BY YARDAGE OFFENSE (85) Yards 92* 85* 80 70* 69* 65* 53* 48* 46* 44 44 43 43 42* 41* 38 37* 36 36 36 36* 36 35 35* 35 35 34 33 33 32 31* 31 30* 30 29 29* 28 28 27* 27 27* 26 26 26 26 25 25 25 25 25 24* 24 24 24 24 24* 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 22 22

OFFENSE (cont.)

Type

Player(s)

Rush Pass Rush Pass Rush Rush Rush Pass Pass Pass Rush Pass Pass Pass Rush Pass Pass Rush Pass Pass Rush Rush Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Rush Pass Pass Rush Rush Rush Pass Rush Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Rush Rush Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Pass Rush Pass Pass Pass Rush Pass Pass Pass Rush Pass Pass

Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Thompkins, DeAndre from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Robinson, Andre Blacknall, Saeed from McSorley, Trace Thompkins, DeAndre from McSorley, Trace McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Gesicki, Mike from McSorley, Trace Blacknall, Saeed from Stevens, Tommy Thompkins, DeAndre from McSorley, Trace Gesicki, Mike from McSorley, Trace Thompkins, DeAndre from McSorley, Trace Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Sanders, Miles Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Sanders, Miles Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Thompkins, DeAndre from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Blacknall, Saeed from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from Stevens, Tommy Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Gesicki, Mike from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Polk, Brandon from McSorley, Trace Polk, Brandon from McSorley, Trace McSorley, Trace Blacknall, Saeed from McSorley, Trace Gesicki, Mike from McSorley, Trace

Opponent vs. Washington Georgia State Akron at Michigan State Michigan Nebraska at Northwestern vs. Washington Pitt Georgia State at Iowa Akron Nebraska Michigan Georgia State at Northwestern at Ohio State Pitt Indiana Michigan at Ohio State at Michigan State Akron Georgia State Indiana Michigan vs. Washington Akron Georgia State at Maryland at Michigan State at Maryland Akron Nebraska Akron Georgia State Akron at Maryland Georgia State Michigan at Michigan State Akron Michigan Nebraska vs. Washington Akron at Iowa Indiana Rutgers Rutgers Indiana Indiana Nebraska Nebraska vs. Washington vs. Washington at Iowa Indiana Michigan Pitt at Northwestern Michigan at Ohio State Nebraska at Ohio State

Yards 22 22 22* 22 21 21* 21 20 20 20 20 20 20 20* 20 20 20 20 20

Type

Player(s)

Pass Rush Pass Rush Pass Rush Pass Pass Rush Pass Pass Pass Pass Rush Rush Pass Pass Pass Pass

Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace McSorley, Trace Blacknall, Saeed from McSorley, Trace Stevens, Tommy Blacknall, Saeed from McSorley, Trace Gesicki, Mike from McSorley, Trace Stevens, Tommy Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Blacknall, Saeed from McSorley, Trace Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace McSorley, Trace Stevens, Tommy Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Johnson, Juwan from McSorley, Trace Gesicki, Mike from Barkley, Saquon

Opponent at Michigan State Pitt Rutgers at Maryland at Ohio State at Maryland Georgia State Georgia State at Northwestern Indiana at Maryland vs. Washington at Northwestern Rutgers Nebraska at Michigan State at Michigan State at Ohio State at Michigan State

DEFENSE (3) Yards 50 42 26

Type INT INT FR

Player(s) Allen, Marcus Haley, Grant Farmer, Koa

Opponent Georgia State Pitt at Ohio State

SPECIAL TEAMS (18) Yards 98* 97* 61* 59 42 37 34 32 32 30 27 24 23 21 20 20 20 20

Type KR KR PR KR PR KR KR KR PR KR PR KR KR KR PR KR KR PR

Player(s) Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Thompkins, DeAndre Farmer, Koa Thompkins, DeAndre Barkley, Saquon Polk, Brandon Barkley, Saquon Thompkins, DeAndre Barkley, Saquon Thompkins, DeAndre Barkley, Saquon Sanders, Miles Polk, Brandon Thompkins, DeAndre Sanders, Miles Barkley, Saquon Thompkins, DeAndre

Opponent Indiana at Ohio State Akron at Ohio State Akron Georgia State Nebraska Pitt at Northwestern Rutgers Georgia State at Iowa vs. Washington Nebraska at Maryland at Iowa Akron vs. Washington

* - touchdown scored on play

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW LONG PLAY BREAKDOWN LONG PLAYS BY THE NUMBERS BY YARDAGE Yards 100+ 90-99 80-89 70-79 60-69 50-59 40-49 30-39 20-29

PENN STATE (106 PLAYS)

BY TYPE No. -3 2 1 3 3 10 24 60

TD -3 1 1 3 1 4 5 8

Type Rushing Passing Punt returns Kick returns Interceptions Fumble returns Other TOTAL

No. 26 59 6 12 2 1 -106

TD 10 13 1 2 ---26

20+ YARD PLAYS BY PLAYER Player No. Barkley, Saquon 30 Hamilton, DaeSean 20 Thompkins, DeAndre 11 Johnson, Juwan 10 Blacknall, Saeed 7 McSorley, Trace 6 Gesicki, Mike 6 Sanders, Miles 4 Polk, Brandon 4 Stevens, Tommy 3 Farmer, Koa 2 Robinson, Andre 1 Allen, Marcus 1 Haley, Grant 1 TOTAL 106

TD 11 6 3 -2 1 -1 -1 -1 --26

R 14 ----6 -2 -3 -1 --26

P 9 20 5 10 7 -6 -2 -----59

KR 7 ------2 2 -1 ---12

PR --6 -----------6

IR ------------1 1 2

FR ----------1 ---1

LONGEST PLAYS OF THE YEAR Rushing 92*

Barkley, Saquon

vs. Washington (12/30)

Rushing Touchdown 92* Barkley, Saquon

vs. Washington (12/30)

Passing 85*

Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace

Georgia State (9/16)

Passing Touchdown 85* Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace

Georgia State (9/16)

Punt Return 61*

Thompkins, DeAndre

Kick Return 98*

Barkley, Saquon

Indiana (9/30)

Interception Return 50 Allen, Marcus

Georgia State (9/16)

Fumble Return 26

Farmer, Koa

at Ohio State (10/28)

Gillikin, Blake Gillikin, Blake

Indiana (9/30) at Ohio State (10/28)

Punt 57 Field Goal 47

168

Akron (9/2)

Davis, Tyler

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Play Passing Rushing KR PR INT FR

# 59 26 12 6 2 1

Long 85* 92* 98* 61* 50 26

Play Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Thompkins, DeAndre Allen, Marcus Farmer, Koa

Opp. AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington

# 12 6 12 6 8 6 8 9 8 5 10 7 9

Long 80 46* 85* 44 98* 53* 69* 97* 70* 30 65* 32 92*

Play Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Thompkins, DeAndre from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon Barkley, Saquon Hamilton, DaeSean from McSorley, Trace Barkley, Saquon

Opponent Georgia State Washington Indiana Akron Georgia State Ohio State Type Rush Pass Pass Rush KR Rush Rush KR Pass KR Rush Pass Rush

OPPONENTS (76 PLAYS) Play

#

Long

Pass KR Rush INT

40 24 10 2

70* 43 69 33

Opp. AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington

# 2 4 1 8 3 5 6 10 10 2 12 6 7

Long 24 32 22 70* 54 32 43 38* 36 29 51 54 69

* - touchdown scored on play

Play

Opponent

Wadley, Akrum from Stanley, Nate Thomas, Ambry Gaskin, Myles Jewell, Josey

Iowa Michigan Washington Iowa

Play Edwards, Van Ollison, Qadree Ifedi, Jonathan from Winchester, Aaron Wadley, Akrum from Stanley, Nate Thomas, Ian from Lagow, Richard Skowronek, Bennett from Thorson, Clayton Thomas, Ambry Dixon, Johnnie from Barrett, J.T. Davis, Felton from Lewerke, Brian Grant, Janarion Morgan, Stanley from Lee, Tanner Harrison, Lorenzo Gaskin, Myles

Type KR Rush Pass Pass Pass Pass KR Pass Pass KR Pass Rush Rush


2017 SEASON IN REVIEW STARTERS BREAKDOWN OFFENSIVE STARTERS OPPONENT AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington

LT Bates Bates Bates Bates Bates Bates Bates Bates Fries Fries Fries Fries Fries

LG Gonzalez Gonzalez Fries Gonzalez Gonzalez Gonzalez Gonzalez Gonzalez Gonzalez Gonzalez Gonzalez Gonzalez Gonzalez

C McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern McGovern

RG Mahon Mahon Gonzalez Mahon Mahon Mahon Mahon Mahon Mahon Mahon Mahon Mahon Mahon

RT Wright Wright Wright Nelson Fries Wright Fries Fries Wright Wright Wright Wright Wright

TE Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki Gesicki

QB McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley McSorley

RB Barkley Barkley Barkley Barkley Barkley Barkley Barkley Barkley Barkley Sanders Barkley Barkley Barkley

DT Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren Cothren

DE Brown, T. Brown, T. Brown, T. Buchholz Buchholz Buchholz Buchholz Buchholz Givens Givens Givens Givens Buchholz

SLB Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer Farmer

MLB Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda Cabinda

WLB Bowen Bowen Bowen Bowen Bowen Bowen Bowen Bowen Bowen Smith, B. Smith, B. Smith, B. Smith, B.

BCB Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell Campbell

WR (X) Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju. Johnson, Ju.

WR (H) Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton Hamilton

WR (Z) Thompkins Thompkins Thompkins Thompkins Blacknall Blacknall Thompkins Thompkins Thompkins Thompkins Blacknall Blacknall Blacknall

DEFENSIVE STARTERS OPPONENT AKRON PITTSBURGH GEORGIA STATE at Iowa INDIANA at Northwestern MICHIGAN at Ohio State at Michigan State RUTGERS NEBRASKA at Maryland vs. Washington

DE Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Miller, S. Givens

DT Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran Cothran

FS Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus Allen, Marcus

SS Apke Apke Apke Apke Apke Apke Apke Apke Apke Apke Apke Scott Apke

FCB Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley Haley

CAREER STARTS Player

‘14

‘15

‘16

‘17

Total

Hamilton, DaeSean (WR) Allen, Marcus (S) Mahon, Brendan (OL) Cabinda, Jason (LB) Gesicki, Mike (TE/H) Haley, Grant (CB) Barkley, Saquon (RB) Nelson, Andrew (OL) McSorley, Trace (QB) Cothren, Parker (DT) Bates, Ryan (OL) McGovern, Connor (OL) Bowen, Manny (LB) Cothran, Curtis (DT) Blacknall, Saeed (WR) Campbell, Christian (CB) Gonzalez, Steven (OL) Reid, John (CB) Farmer, Koa (LB) Thompkins, DeAndre (WR)

13 7 9 1 1 13 1 1 -

12 12 11 13 8 11 6 8 3 2 -

13 14 9 9 14 11 14 6 14 13 14 9 12 8 7 3 3 14 2 7

13 13 12 13 13 13 12 1 13 13 8 13 9 13 5 13 13 13 8

51 46 41 36 36 35 32 28 27 26 22 22 21 21 16 16 16 16 15 15

Player Apke, Troy (S) Johnson, Juwan (WR) Wright, Chasz (OL) Miller, Shareef (DE) Givens, Kevin (DT) Fries, Will (OL) Brown, Torrence (DE) Buchholz, Ryan (DE) Smith, Brandon (LB) Cooper, Jake (LB) Polk, Brandon (WR) Brown, Cam (LB) Scott, Nick (S) Allen, Mark (RB) Sanders, Miles (RB) Windsor, Robert (DT)

‘14

‘15

‘16

‘17

Total

-

1 1 3 1 1 -

1 1 5 6 4 2 2 2 1

12 13 9 12 5 9 3 6 4 1 1 -

14 14 14 12 11 9 7 6 6 3 3 2 2 1 1 1

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW THE LAST TIME... PENN STATE 100+ Yards Rushing: 150+ Yards Rushing: 200+ Yards Rushing: 300+ Yards Rushing: 30-34 Rushing Attempts: 35+ Rushing Attempts: Three Touchdowns Rushing: Four Touchdowns Rushing: Five Touchdowns Rushing: 60+ Yard Run: 70+ Yard Run: 80+ Yard Run: 90+ Yard Run: Two Players Rush For 100 Yards: Four Rushing TD in One Quarter: 300+ Yards Passing: 350+ Yards Passing: 400+ Yards Passing: 20-24 Pass Completions: 25-29 Pass Completions: 30-34 Pass Completions: 35+ Pass Completions: 30-39 Pass Attempts: 40-49 Pass Attempts: 50+ Pass Attempts: Four Touchdown Passes: Five Touchdown Passes: Four Interceptions Thrown: 300+ Yards Total Offense: 350+ Yards Total Offense: 400+ Yards Total Offense:

OPPONENT 137, Saquon Barkley vs. Washington, 2017 @ 158, Saquon Barkley vs. Nebraska, 2017 211, Saquon Barkley at Iowa, 2017 327, Larry Johnson at Indiana, 2002 33, Saquon Barkley at Indiana, 2016 35, Zach Zwinak vs. Nebraska, 2013 Tommy Stevens at Maryland, 2017 Saquon Barkley at Pittsburgh, 2016 Ki-Jana Carter vs. Michigan State, 1994 92, Saquon Barkley vs. Washington, 2017 @ 92, Saquon Barkley vs. Washington, 2017 @ 92, Saquon Barkley vs. Washington, 2017 @ 92, Saquon Barkley vs. Washington, 2017 @ Saquon Barkley (195) & Akeel Lynch (120) vs. Rutgers, 2015 vs. UMass, 2014 (2nd; Belton [2], Zwinak [2]) 342, Trace McSorley vs. Washington, 2017 @ 381, Trace McSorley at Michigan State, 2017 454, Christian Hackenberg vs. UCF, 2014 # 22, Trace McSorley at Maryland, 2017 26, Trace McSorley at Michigan State, 2017 32, Trace McSorley vs. Washington, 2017 @ 35, Matt McGloin vs. Northwestern, 2012 33, Trace McSorley at Maryland, 2017 41, Trace McSorley vs. Washington, 2017@ 50, Christian Hackenberg vs. Boston College, 2014 % Trace McSorley vs. Georgia State, 2017 Rashard Casey vs. Louisiana Tech, 2000 Zack Mills at Boston College, 2004 402, Trace McSorley vs. Washington, 2017 @ 402, Trace McSorley vs. Washington, 2017 @ 402, Trace McSorley vs. Washington, 2017 @

100+ Yards Receiving: 110, DaeSean Hamilton vs. Washington, 2017 @ 150+ Yards Receiving: 187, Chris Godwin vs. USC, 2016 ^ 200+ Yards Receiving: 216, Deon Butler vs. Northwestern, 2006 Two Players w/ 100 Yards Receiving: DaeSean Hamilton (112) & DeAndre Thompkins (102) at Michigan State, 2017 Two Players w/ 150 Yards Receiving: Geno Lewis (173) & DaeSean Hamilton (165) vs. UCF, 2014 # Back-to-Back 100 Yards Receiving Games: Chris Godwin, 2015 (103 at Ohio State; 135 vs. Maryland) Three Straight 100-Yard Receiving Games: Allen Robinson, 2013 (133 vs. Syracuse; 129 vs. Eastern Michigan; 143 vs. UCF) 10+ Receptions: 12, Saquon Barkley at Iowa, 2017 50+ Yard Reception: 70, Thompkins, DeAndre from Trace McSorley at Michigan State, 2017 60+ Yard Reception: 70, Thompkins, DeAndre from Trace McSorley at Michigan State, 2017 70+ Yard Reception: 70, Thompkins, DeAndre from Trace McSorley at Michigan State, 2017 80+ Yard Reception: 85, Saquon Barkley from Trace McSorley at Michigan State, 2017 Three Touchdowns Receiving: DaeSean Hamilton vs. Indiana, 2017 Four Touchdowns Receiving: Bobby Engram vs. Minnesota, 1993 150+ All-Purpose Yards: 200+ All-Purpose Yards: 250+ All-Purpose Yards: 300+ All-Purpose Yards: Five Touchdowns Scored: Kickoff Return For Touchdown: Rushing, Receiving & Kickoff Return TD in a game: 100-Yard Kickoff Return: Punt Return For Touchdown: 80-Yard Punt Return: Zero Punts in a Game: Multiple Interceptions: 90-Yard Interception Return: Interception Return For Touchdown: Five Interceptions in a Game (Team): Fumble Return For Touchdown (Defense): Fumble Return For Touchdown (Special Teams): Blocked Field Goal: Blocked Field Goal For Touchdown: Blocked Extra Point: Blocked Punt: Blocked Punt For Touchdown: Safety: 50-Yard Field Goal: Four Field Goals: Five Field Goals:

170

175 (137 Rush, 38 Rec), Saquon Barkley vs. Washington, 2017 @ 224 (158 Rush, 66 Rec), Saquon Barkley vs. Nebraska, 2017 358 (211 Rush, 94 Rec, 53 KR), Saquon Barkley at Iowa, 2017 (SR) 358 (211 Rush, 94 Rec, 53 KR), Saquon Barkley at Iowa, 2017 (SR) 5 (4 rushing, 1 receiving), Saquon Barkley at Pittsburgh, 2016 97, Saquon Barkley at Ohio State , 2017 Derrick Williams vs. Illinois, 2008 100, Chaz Powell vs. Youngstown State, 2010 61, DeAndre Thompkins, vs. Akron, 2017 81, Bryant Johnson vs. Michigan State, 2002 Purdue, 2013 2, Trevor Williams at Rutgers, 2014 99, Michael Mauti at Illinois, 2012 30, Amani Oruwariye vs. Kent State, 2016 at Rutgers, 2014 9 yards, Torrence Brown at Indiana, 2016 (forced by Brandon Bell) 14 yards, Nick Scott vs. Indiana, 2017 (forced by Irvin Charles) Troy Apke at Iowa, 2017 60 yards, Grant Haley vs. Ohio State, 2016 (Marcus Allen block) Parker Cothren at Northwestern, 2015 Juwan Johnson at Rutgers, 2016 0 yards, Michael Yancich vs. Ohio State, 2012 (Mike Hull block) Shareef Miller (tackle in end zone) at Iowa, 2017 50, Sam Ficken vs. Temple, 2014 Tyler Davis at Rutgers, 2016 Collin Wagner vs. Temple, 2010

2018 PENN STATE FOOTBALL YEARBOOK

100+ Yards Rushing: 150+ Yards Rushing: 200+ Yards Rushing: 30-34 Rushing Attempts: 35+ Rushing Attempts: Three Touchdowns Rushing: Four Touchdowns Rushing: 50+ Yard Run: 60+ Yard Run: 70+ Yard Run: Two Players Rush For 100 Yards: 300+ Yards Passing: 400+ Yards Passing: 500+ Yards Passing: 25-29 Pass Completions: 30-44 Pass Completions: 45+ Pass Completions: 30-39 Pass Attempts: 40-49 Pass Attempts: 50+ Pass Attempts: 60+ Pass Attempts: Four Touchdown Passes: Five Touchdown Passes: Four Interceptions Thrown: Five Interceptions Thrown: 300+ Yards Total Offense: 400+ Yards Total Offense: 500+ Yards Total Offense:

100, Taz Bateman, Georgia State, 2017 164, Corey Clement, Wisconsin, 2016 & 203, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Indiana, 2003 30, Jeremy Langford, Michigan State, 2014 44, Mike Hart, Michigan, 2007 (OR) Trevor Siemian, Northwestern, 2014 Montee Ball, Wisconsin, 2011 69, Myles Gaskin, Washington, 2017 @ 69, Myles Gaskin, Washington, 2017 @ 74, Curtis Samuel, Ohio State, 2016 Rodney Smith (104) & Shannon Brooks (100), Minnesota, 2016 399, Tanner Lee, Nebraska, 2017 400, Brian Lewerke, Michigan State, 2017 532, Case Keenum, Houston, 2011 (OR) * 26, Tanner Lee, Nebraska, 2017 33, Brian Lewerke, Michigan State, 2017 45, Case Keenum, Houston, 2011 (OR) * 36 , Max Bortenschlager, Maryland, 2017 41, Tanner Lee, Nebraska, 2017 56, Brian Lewerke, Michigan State, 2017 61, Brian Hoyer, Michigan State, 2006 J.T. Barrett, Ohio State, 2017 Sam Darnold, USC, 2016 ^ P.J. Walker, Temple, 2014 Gary Nova, Rutgers, 2014 383 (399 P, -16 R), Tanner Lee, Nebraska, 2017 425 (400 P, 25 R), Brian Lewerke, Michigan State, 2017 542, Case Keenum (532 P, 10 R), Houston, 2011 (OR) *

100+ Yards Receiving: 150+ Yards Receiving: 200+ Yards Receiving: 10+ Receptions: 50+ Yard Reception: 70+ Yard Reception: 80+ Yard Reception: 90+ Yard Reception: Three Touchdown Receptions:

100, DJ Moore, Maryland, 2017 185, Stanley Morgan, Nebraska, 2017 228, Patrick Edwards, Houston, 2011 * 12, Felton Davis, Michigan State, 2017 52, Will Dissly, Washington @ 70, Akrum Wadley from Nate Stanley, Iowa, 2017 80, Dominique Barnes from Kurt Hess, Youngstown State, 2010 99, Thomas Lewis from John Paci, Indiana, 1993 Deonta Burnett, USC, 2016 ^

Kickoff Return For Touchdown: 90-Yard Kickoff Return: 100-Yard Kickoff Return: Punt Return For Touchdown: 70-Yard Punt Return: 80-Yard Punt Return:

96, Solomon Vault, Northwestern, 2015 96, Solomon Vault, Northwestern, 2015 100, Rashaad Penny, San Diego State, 2015 75, Venric Mark, Northwestern, 2012 75, Venric Mark, Northwestern, 2012 87, Willie Reid, Florida State, 2005 !

Multiple Interceptions: Interception Return For Touchdown: Fumble Return For Touchdown: Blocked Punt: Blocked Punt For Touchdown: Blocked Field Goal: Blocked Extra Point: Safety: Defensive Extra Point: 50-Yard Field Goal: Four Field Goals:

2, David Dowell, Michgian State, 2017 Malik McDowell (13 yards), Michigan State, 2015 12, Ryan Connelly, Wisconsin, 2016 & Dante Booker, Ohio State, 2017 27, Lerentee McCray, Florida, 2011 $ Anthony Nelson, Iowa, 2017 Rob Bain (2X), Illinois, 2015 Team (snap out of the end zone on punt), Ohio State, 2016 99, D.J. Johnson, Iowa, 2002 50, Derek Dimke, Illinois, 2010 Michael Geiger, Michigan State, 2016

& - Big Ten Championship Game | # - Croke Park Classic (Dublin, Ireland) | ! - Orange Bowl | $ - Outback Bowl | ^ - Rose Bowl | * - TicketCity Bowl | % - Pinstripe Bowl | @ - PlayStation Fiesta Bowl (SR) - School Record | (OR) - Opponent Record


2017 SEASON IN REVIEW PARTICIPATION CHART 2 8 28 41 90 26 52 13 43 83 6 19 97 40 1 46 5 11 56 33 52 41 87 12 95 39 40 7 16 71 51 88 93 30 74 99 15 5 86 18 96 76 36 84 42 49 85 70 66 39 14 9 62 9 48 91 23 59 21 89 92 16 10 6 24 4 55 82 79 15 34 64 47 2 17 20 3 18 96 51 38 54 77

Allen, Marcus Allen, Mark Apke, Troy Arcangelo, Joe Barbir, Alex Barkley, Saquon Bates, Ryan Blacknall, Saeed Bowen, Manny Bowers, Nick Brown, Cam Brown, Torrence Buchholz, Ryan Cabinda, Jason Campbell, Christian Castagna, Colin Castro-Fields, Tariq Charles, Irvin Chavis, Tyrell Cooper, Jake Cothran, Curtis Cothren, Parker Darien, Dae’Lun Davis, Desi Davis, Tyler Di Leo, Frank Eury, Nick Farmer, Koa Fessler, Billy Fries, Will Gellerstedt, Alex Gesicki, Mike Gillikin, Blake Givens, Kevin Gonzalez, Steven Gross-Matos, Yetur Haley, Grant Hamilton, DaeSean Hodgens, Cody Holland, Jonathan Iyke, Immanuel Jenkins, Sterling Johnson, Jan Johnson, Juwan Jordan, Ellison Joseph, Daniel Lutz, Isaac Mahon, Brendan McGovern, Conner McPhearson, Josh McPhearson, Zech McSorley, Trace Menet, Michael Miller, Jarvis Miller, Shareef Monk, Ryan Monroe, Ayron Nelson, Andrew Oruwariye, Amani Pancoast, Tom Pasquariello, Daniel Petrishen, John Polk, Brandon Robinson, Andre Sanders, Miles Scott, Nick Shelton, Antonio Shoop, Tyler Shuman, Charlie Shuster, Mike Simmons, Shane Simpson, Zach Smith, Brandon Stevens, Tommy Taylor, Garrett Thomas, Johnathan Thompkins, DeAndre Toney, Shaka Vasey, Kyle Vranic, Jason Wade, Lamont Windsor, Robert Wright, Chasz

GP/GS

AKRON

PITT

GSU

at Iowa

IND

at NW

MICH

at OSU

at MSU

RUT

NEB

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW AWARDS & HONORS MARCUS ALLEN, SAFETY Postseason Reese’s Senior Bowl Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarterfinalist Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist All-America Phil Steele All-America Third Team SB Nation All-America Honorable Mention Conference All-Big Ten (Coaches) First Team All-Big Ten (Media) Second Team Associated Press All-Big Ten First Team Phil Steele All-Big Ten First Team Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten Second Team All-ECAC Second Team Weekly Lott IMPACT Player of the Week (Week 2) Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Player of the Week Hon. Mention (Week 2) Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 5) TROY APKE, SAFETY NFLPA Collegiate Bowl All-Big Ten (Coaches) Honorable Mention Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 2) SAQUON BARKLEY, RUNNING BACK Postseason Paul Hornung Award (Top All-Purpose) Heisman Trophy Fourth Place Maxwell Award (Player of the Year) Finalist Doak Walker Award (Top RB) Finalist Walter Camp Player of the Year Finalist Lombardi Player of the Year Finalist All-America Unanimous NCAA Consensus All-America AFCA All-America First Team (RB) Associated Press All-America First Team (All-Purpose) FWAA All-America First Team (All-Purpose) Sporting News All-America First Team (Athlete) Walter Camp All-America First Team (RB) The Athletic All-America First Team (All-Purpose) CBS Sports All-America First Team (All-Purpose) CBS Sports All-America Second Team (RB) ESPN All-America First Team (All-Purpose) USA Today All-America Second Team (RB) College Sports Madness All-America First Team (RB) College Sports Madness All-America Second Team (KR) Phil Steele All-America First Team (All-Purpose) Phil Steele All-America Third Team (RB) Pro Football Focus All-America Second Team SB Nation All-America First Team (RB) SB Nation All-America Honorable Mention (KR) Sports Illustrated All-America First Team (All-Purpose) Sports Illustrated All-America Second Team (RB) Conference Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year Big Ten Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year Big Ten Rodgers-Dwight Return Specialist of the Year Chicago Tribune Silver Football Associated Press Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year ECAC Offensive Player of the Year All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) First Team (RB) All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) First Team (RS) Associated Press All-Big Ten First Team (RB) Associated Press All-Big Ten First Team (All-Purpose) Phil Steele All-Big Ten First Team (RB) Phil Steele All-Big Ten First Team (KR) Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten First Team All-ECAC First Team (RB) All-ECAC First Team (RS)

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Midseason All-America Associated Press Midseason All-America First Team CBS Sports Midseason All-America Team ESPN Midseason All-America Team Sports Illustrated Midseason All-America First Team (RB) Sports Illustrated Midseason All-America Second Team (All-Purpose) Sporting News Midseason All-America Team The Athletic Midseason All-America Team USA Today Midseason All-America Team CFPA Midseason Watchlist Weekly Big Ten Off. Player of the Week (Weeks 1 [co], 4, 8, 12 [co]) Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week (Weeks 5 & 9) Rose Bowl Big Ten Player of the Week (Weeks 1 & 4) Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll (Weeks 2, 4, 5 & 8) Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week (Week 4) Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 4, 12) CFPA Hon. Mention Nat’l Performer of the Week (Week 4) RYAN BATES, OFFENSIVE LINE All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) Third Team Phil Steele All-Big Ten Third Team SAEED BLACKNALL, WIDE RECEIVER Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 6) JASON CABINDA, LINEBACKER Postseason East-West Shrine Game Lott IMPACT Trophy Quarterfinalist All-America SB Nation All-America Honorable Mention Conference All-Big Ten (Coaches) Second Team All-Big Ten (Media) Honorable Mention Phil Steele All-Big Ten Third Team All-ECAC First Team Weekly Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week (Week 8) Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 5) Lott IMPACT Player of the Week (Weeks 5 & 8) CHRISTIAN CAMPBELL, CORNERBACK Reese’s Senior Bowl All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) Honorable Mention TARIQ CASTRO-FIELDS, CORNERBACK BTN.com All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 10) PARKER COTHREN, DEFENSIVE TACKLE East-West Shrine Game All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) Honorable Mention KOA FARMER, LINEBACKER Polynesian College Football Player of the Year Watch List JAMES FRANKLIN, HEAD COACH Amway Coach’s Call of the Week (Week 4) WILL FRIES, OFFENSIVE LINE BTN.com All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 12)

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MIKE GESICKI, TIGHT END Postseason Reese’s Senior Bowl John Mackey Award (Top TE) Finalist All-America Sporting News All-America Second Team College Sports Madness All-America Third Team Phil Steele All-America Third Team SB Nation All-America Second Team Conference All-Big Ten (Coaches) Tight End Second Team All-Big Ten (Media) Tight End First Team Associated Press All-Big Ten Second Team Phil Steele All-Big Ten Second Team Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten First Team All-ECAC First Team Midseason All-America Sports Illustrated Midseason All-America First Team Weekly Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 2, 12) BLAKE GILLIKIN, PUNTER All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) Second Team Associated Press All-Big Ten Second Team Phil Steele All-Big Ten Third Team CoSIDA Academic All-District Team STEVEN GONZALEZ, OFFENSIVE LINE Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten First Team Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Weeks 4 & 5) YETUR GROSS-MATOS, DEFENSIVE END BTN.com All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention GRANT HALEY, CORNERBACK Postseason East-West Shrine Game Paycom Jim Thorpe Award Semifinalist Conference All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) Honorable Mention Midseason All-America The Athletic Midseason All-America Team USA Today Midseason All-America Team Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Weeks 2, 5, 6, 13) DAESEAN HAMILTON, WIDE RECEIVER Postseason East-West Shrine Game Reese’s Senior Bowl Conference All-Big Ten (Coaches) Second Team All-Big Ten (Media) Third Team Associated Press All-Big Ten Second Team Phil Steele All-Big Ten Second Team Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten Second Team Weekly Big Ten Co-Offensive Player of the Week (Week 5) Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week (Week 5) Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Weeks 5 & 8) JUWAN JOHNSON, WIDE RECEIVER Conference All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) Honorable Mention Weekly Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 4, 12, 13) BRENDAN MAHON, OFFENSIVE LINE Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week (Week 12) Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 1, 12)

TRACE McSORLEY, QUARTERBACK Postseason Davey O’Brien Award (Top QB) Semifinalist Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Finalist Manning Award Finalist All-America SB Nation All-America Honorable Mention Conference All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) Second Team Associated Press All-Big Ten Second Team Pro Football Focus All-Big Ten First Team All-ECAC First Team Weekly Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week (Week 8) Manning Award Stars of the Week (Week 8) Rose Bowl Big Ten Player of the Week (Week 8) Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 4, 8, 13) Walter Camp Offensive National Player of the Week (Week 8) Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Top 10 (Top QB) CFPA Hon. Mention Nat’l Performer of the Week (Week 3) SHAREEF MILLER, DEFENSIVE END Conference All-Big Ten (Coaches) Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media) Third Team Phil Steele All-Big Ten Third Team Weekly Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 8, 12) AMANI ORUWARIYE, CORNERBACK All-Big Ten (Coaches & Media) Second Team Phil Steele All-Big Ten Second Team All-ECAC First Team BRENT PRY, DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR/LBs Broyles Award Nominee SHANE SIMMONS, DEFENSIVE END BTN.com All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention BRANDON SMITH, LINEBACKER Allstate AFCA Good Works Team Jason Witten Collegiate Man of the Year Award (Leadership) Semifinalist CoSIDA Academic All-District Team William V. Campbell Trophy Semifinalist Big Ten Sportsmanship Award DEANDRE THOMPKINS, WIDE RECEIVER All-Big Ten (Coaches) Second Team (RS) All-Big Ten (Media) Third Team (RS) Phil Steele All-Big Ten First Team (PR) SHAKA TONEY, DEFENSIVE END BTN.com All-Freshman Team Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Weeks 3 & 6) LAMONT WADE, CORNERBACK BTN.com All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention ROBERT WINDSOR, DEFENSIVE TACKLE Pro Football Focus B1G Team of the Week (Week 12)


2017 SEASON IN REVIEW

2017 SEASON NOTES FIESTA BOWL CHAMPIONS

STREAKING

WINNING WAYS

• Penn State defeated No. 11 Washington, 35-28, in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl to win its seventh Fiesta Bowl trophy. • Penn State has a 7-0 record in the Fiesta Bowl, ranking the Nittany Lions as the winningest team in the game’s history in terms of overall wins and winning percentage. • Penn State participated in the seventh (1977; Arizona State), 10th (1980; Ohio State), 11th (1982; USC), 16th (1987; Miami), 21st (1992; Tennessee), 26th (1997; Texas) and 47th (2017; Washington) editions of the game. • Penn State’s seven appearances in the Fiesta Bowl are the most of any bowl in program history. • Only Ohio State (8) has appeared in the Fiesta Bowl more than Penn State, while Arizona State (5-1; lone loss to Penn State) and Nebraska (2-4) have six appearances.

• With a win over Nebraska, Penn State extended its home winning streak to 14 games, tied for eighth-longest in the school annals. It is the longest home winning streak since a 14game streak from 1990-92. • The Nittany Lions have scored 20 or more points in 23 consecutive games, which is the longest streak in program history, breaking the record of 20-straight games from 199395. It is also the third-longest streak in Big Ten history behind the 25-game streak by Michigan State (2013-15) and 46-game streak by Ohio State (2006-14). • QB Trace McSorley has thrown a touchdown pass in 28 consecutive games, dating to the 2016 TaxSlayer Bowl, extending his school record. He will begin the 2018 season with the longest active streak in FBS.

• Penn State finished with an 11-2 record for its seventh 11-win regular season since joining the Big Ten (12 wins in 1994; 11 wins in ‘96, 2005, ‘08, ‘09, ‘16, ‘17) and 16th overall. • Penn State posted back-to-back 11-win seasons for the first time since the 2008 and 2009 seasons. • Penn State is 20-3 in its last 23 games, the best span since going 20-3 from 1993-95. • Penn State is 22-5 over the past two seasons, tying for the eighth-best record in FBS. • Penn State completed its home schedule with a second consecutive perfect 7-0 record. It is the first time the Nittany Lions have back-to-back undefeated home seasons since 1985 (6-0) and 1986 (7-0). • Penn State started the season 7-0 for the first time since 2008, when it started 9-0. • Penn State’s 4-0 start in Big Ten play marked the first such start since 2011, when Penn State began 5-0.

ANOTHER NEW YEAR’S SIX BOWL

FANS FLOCK TO BEAVER STADIUM

• James Franklin guided the Nittany Lions to a second-straight New Year’s Six bowl appearance with a berth in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, following a bid to the 2017 Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual. • This was the first time since 1985 (Orange) and 1986 (Fiesta) the Nittany Lions have played in New Year’s Six bowls in backto-back years.

• The Penn State Football team averaged 106,707 fans per game in the 2017 season to rank third in the NCAA in attendance. • The increase of 6,450 fans per game ranked fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). • Penn State’s 106,707 average attendance is the highest for the program since 2009 when the Nittany Lions had 107,008 fans come through gates on average. • The No. 3 national ranking is the highest since the 2010 season when Penn State also finished third in FBS with an average home attendance of 104,234. • Additionally, the increase of 6,450 fans per game is the highest since a 10,642-average jump in 2001 when the stadium capacity increased by more than 12,000 seats to 107,282. • Recognized as one the nation’s premier game day atmospheres, the passionate and loyal students, alumni and fans filling Beaver Stadium have Penn State bucking the attendance trends among FBS games nationally, which saw an average per game decline of 1,409 fans this past season. • The 2017 season saw the largest home crowd in Penn State history as a record-breaking 110,823 fans filled the stadium in a 42-13 victory over No. 19/15 Michigan on Oct. 21.

IN THE POLLS • After another 11-win season, the Penn State Football team finished in the Top 10 of the polls for the second-straight season. • The Nittany Lions came in No. 8 in both the final Associated Press poll and the Amway Coaches poll. • Additionally, Penn State was No. 9 in the final College Football Playoff Rankings. • Penn State’s eighth-place finish in the AP poll marks the 24th time in program history the Nittany Lions ended the season in the AP Top 10. • This is the first time since 2008 (No. 8) and 2009 (No. 9) Penn State finished in the Top 10 in back-to-back seasons. The Nittany Lions were No. 7 in the final poll of 2016. • The Nittany Lions finished in the Top 10 of the Amway Coaches poll for the ninth time in program history. • Penn State has been ranked in the last 11 CFP rankings, dating back to its first-ever appearance in the first poll of the 2016 season. • Penn State’s 24-straight weeks in the AP Top 25 is the eighthlongest active streak in FBS. WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE • Penn State’s plus-12 turnover margin was tied for 11th in FBS. • Penn State forced 25 turnovers in 2017, which is the most turnovers forced since 1993 (32 TOs). • Penn State forced at least one turnover in 11-straight games from the 2017 Rose Bowl until the Nebraska game. It was longest streak since forcing a turnover in 29-straight games from 2007 to 2009.

PLAYING FROM THE LEAD • Of the 780 minutes played in 2017, Penn State only trailed for 37 minutes, 42 seconds. • Penn State played 83.9 percent (1,862 of 2,220) of its plays with the lead, which led FBS and was 6.9 percentage points higher than second-place finisher UCF (77%). • Penn State also played 60.0 percent (1,331 of 2,220) of its plays with a lead of 10 points or more, which led FBS by 4.8 percentage points (Alabama; 55.2%). • The Nittany Lions also had a two-touchdown or more lead for 54.1 percent (1,191 of 2,220) of its plays in 2017. According to Coaches by the Numbers POINT DIFFERENTIAL • With a prolific offense, lockdown defense and help on special teams, Penn State ranked first in FBS with an average point differential of 24.6 points in 2017. • Penn State’s average point differential (24.6) in 2017 was its highest since 1994 (26.7). • Penn State posted two shutouts and two 50-plus point scoring efforts in its first three games. • Penn State posted four 50-plus scoring efforts on the season and either shutout or held the opponent to seven points or less in five games. • Penn State scored fewer than 31 points just twice last season (21 at Iowa; 24 at Michigan State) and allowed more than 14 points just five times in 2017 (19 at Iowa; 39 at Ohio State; 27 at Michigan State; 44 vs. Nebraska; 28 vs. Washington).

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Senior cornerback Amani Oruwariye collected second-team All-Big Ten accolades after leading the team with four interceptions and eight pass breakups.

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW BARKLEY WINS HORNUNG AWARD

SMITH EARNS COMMUNITY RECOGNITION

• Running back Saquon Barkley was selected as the Paul Hornung Award winner for the most versatile player in college football. • Barkley is the first Penn State player and second-straight Big Ten student-athlete (Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers) to claim the trophy. • Barkley was named to the Paul Hornung Award weekly honor roll four times (Sept. 11, Sept. 25, Oct. 1, Oct. 23) during the season. • In addition to winning the Hornung Award, Barkley was a finalist for three other major awards. • Barkley was among the three finalists for the Maxwell Award (Player of the Year), the three finalists for the Doak Walker Award (Running Back of the Year) and among the five finalists for the Walter Camp Award (Player of the Year). • Barkley was the first Penn State player to be a finalist for the Maxwell and Walker Awards since Larry Johnson won both honors in 2002.

• Senior linebacker Brandon Smith was named to the Allstate American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team and was among the semifinalists for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy. • Smith is the fourth Nittany Lion to earn Allstate AFCA Good Works Team honors, joining Ben Kline (2015), Stefen Wisniewski (2010) and Wayne Holmes (1994) and was among the 11 FBS and 22 overall honorees for their contributions to the community. • In addition to the community service activities that he did as part of the Lions, Smith helps with his wife’s non-profit organization, Honduran Soles, which provides shoes to kids who need them in various countries. He and his wife, Andrea, traveled to Honduras during spring break in 2015 and helped build a soccer field. He and his wife have volunteered at homeless shelters, and done community work through their church, Revival Tabernacle, in Watsontown, Pennsylvania.

FIVE GAIN ALL-AMERICA NODS

BARKLEY CLEANS UP B1G AWARDS

• Running back Saquon Barkley became Penn State’s 100th alltime first-team All-American, 42nd consensus All-American and 14th unanimously-selected consensus All-American in 2017. • Barkley was recognized as a first-team All-American by all five of the NCAA-recognized teams: American Football Coaches Association (running back), Associated Press (all-purpose), FWAA (all-purpose), Sporting News (all-purpose) and Walter Camp Football Foundation (running back). • Barkley is the first Nittany Lion offensive player to earn Walter Camp first-team All-America status since offensive lineman A.Q. Shipley in 2008 (Stefen Wisniewski was on Camp’s second team in 2010). • Barkley is the first Penn State running back to be named firstteam All-America and earn consensus recognition since Larry Johnson in 2002. • Barkley also drew All-America honors from Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CBS Sports, The Athletic, Pro Football Focus, Phil Steele and SB Nation. • Tight end Mike Gesicki was named a second-team AllAmerican by Sporting News and SB Nation and drew third team honors from Phil Steele. • Safety Marcus Allen also was a third-team All-American according to Phil Steele. He, linebacker Jason Cabinda and quarterback Trace McSorley all received honorable mention accolades from SB Nation.

• Running back Saquon Barkley was named the 2017 GrahamGeorge Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, 2017 Ameche-Dayne Big Ten Running Back of the Year and 2017 Rodgers-Dwight Big Ten Return Specialist of the Year. • Barkley is the second player in conference history to win three major awards, joining Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers (Defensive Player of the Year, Linebacker of the Year, Return Specialist of the Year) in 2016. • Barkley claimed his second-straight Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award and was the first player to do so since Ohio State’s Braxton Miller in 2012 and 2013. • Barkley is the third player to win multiple Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors (Miller; Drew Brees, Purdue in 1998 & 2000) and is the first running back to win multiple Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors. • He is the first back-to-back Big Ten Running Back of the Year since Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (2011 & 2012). • Barkley is the first Penn State player to be named Return Specialist of the Year (award established in 2015). • Barkley also won his second Chicago Tribune Silver Football award, given to the Big Ten’s best player. • Barkley is the fifth player since the award’s inception in 1924 to claim the honor twice, joining the elite list of Minnesota’s Paul Giel (1952-53), Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (1973-74), Indiana’s Anthony Thompson (1988-89) and Ohio State’s Braxton Miller (2012-13).

Junior punter Blake Gillikin earned second-team All-Big Ten accolades in 2017 after averaging 43.2 yards per punt.

HEISMAN CONTENDER • Running back Saquon Barkley finished fourth in the 2017 Heisman Trophy voting, behind winner Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, as well as Stanford’s Bryce Love and Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. • Barkley is the 18th Penn State player to finish in the Top 10 in Heisman voting and the first since Michael Robinson came in fifth during the 2005 season. • Barkley’s fourth-place finish is the highest for a Penn State player since Larry Johnson came in third in 2002.

RECORD BREAKDOWN Overall Record . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-2 Day Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2 Night Games (6 p.m. or later) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-0 TV Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-2 ABC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-0 BTN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-0 ESPN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 FOX . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2 FS1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 Ranked Opponents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2 Scoring First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-2 Opponent Scoring First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 Leading at the Half . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1 Trailing at the Half. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 Tied at the Half . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1 Leading after Third Qtr.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11-2 Trailing after Third Qtr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 Tied after Third Qtr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 Overtime Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0

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Scoring less than 20 pts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 Scoring 20-29 points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Scoring 30-39 Points. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Scoring 40+ Points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-0 Allowing 10 points or less . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-0 Allowing 11-20 points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-0 Allowing 21-30 points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Allowing 31+ points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Rushing for less than 100 yds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2 Rushing for 100-199 yds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-0 Rushing for 200-299 yds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-0 Rushing for 300+ yds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 Passing for less than 200 yds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1 Passing for 200-299 yds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-0 Passing for 300-399 yds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-0 Passing for 400+ yds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1 Totaling less than 300 yds total offense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1 300-399 yds of total offense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-0 400-499 yds of total offense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-1 500+ yds of total offense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-0

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Allowing less than 100 yds rushing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 Allowing more than 100 yds rushing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 Allowing less than 300 yds total offense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-0 Allowing 300+ yds total offense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 Having a 100-yd rusher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-0 Having two 100-yd rushers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 Not having a 100-yd rusher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2 Opp. having a 100-yd rusher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 No turnovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1 1-3 turnovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1 3+ turnovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0 No takeaways. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0 1 or 2 takeaways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2 3 or more takeaways. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-0 More than 30:00 of possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1 Less than 30:00 of possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-1


2017 SEASON IN REVIEW ALL-BIG TEN TEAM - OFFENSE

ALL-BIG TEN TEAM - DEFENSE

• Junior Saquon Barkley collected his second-straight firstteam All-Big Ten award, while senior tight end Mike Gesicki garnered first-team all-conference accolades from the media and second team honors from the coaches to lead the Penn State All-Big Ten contingent on offense. • Joining Barkley and Gesicki on the All-Big Ten offensive team were junior quarterback Trace McSorley (second team – coaches & media), senior wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton (second team - coaches; third team - media) and sophomore offensive lineman Ryan Bates (third team - coaches & media). • Additionally, sophomore wide receiver Juwan Johnson was named to the honorable mention squad by both the coaches and media. • Barkley earned his second-straight first-team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media. It marked the third allconference honor of his career after a first team bid in 2016 and a second team berth in 2015. He is just the second running back in Penn State history to earn back-to-back first team honors, joining Curtis Enis (1996 & 1997). • Gesicki garnered the second All-Big Ten honor of his career after an appearance on the second team (coaches & media) in 2016. He is the first Nittany Lion tight end to earn All-Big Ten first team accolades since Kyle Carter in 2012. • McSorley collected his second-straight all-conference second team honor. He is the first Penn State quarterback to earn AllBig Ten first or second team honors in consecutive seasons since Daryll Clark (first team in 2008 and 2009). • Hamilton registered his third all-conference honor of his career after an appearance on the second team (media in 2014) and honorable mention squad (media in 2015; coaches in 2014). He is the first Nittany Lion wide receiver to earn first or second team All-Big Ten honors since Chris Godwin (second team) in 2015. • Bates is the first Penn State offensive lineman to earn first, second or third team All-Big Ten honors since John Urschel (first team) in 2013.

• Senior safety Marcus Allen led Penn State’s All-Big Ten defensive selections as a first team choice by the coaches and a second team selection by the media. • Joining Allen on the All-Big Ten defensive team were senior linebacker Jason Cabinda (second team - coaches; honorable mention - media), junior cornerback Amani Oruwariye (second team - coaches & media) and sophomore defensive end Shareef Miller (third team - media; honorable mention - coaches). • Additionally, on the Big Ten honorable mention squad were Troy Apke (media), Christian Campbell (coaches & media), Curtis Cothran (coaches), Parker Cothren (media) and Grant Haley (coaches & media). • Allen earned his third career All-Big Ten honor with appearances on the coaches’ third team in 2016 and honorable mention team for the media (2015, 2016) and coaches (2015). He is the first Nittany Lion safety to earn All-Big Ten first team accolades since Anthony Scirrotto claimed honors in 2008. • Cabinda collected his third career all-conference honor with a berth on the coaches’ third team in 2016 and honorable mention by the media (2015, 2016) and coaches (2015). He is the first Penn State linebacker to earn All-Big Ten first or second team honors since Mike Hull (first team) in 2014. • Oruwariye is the first Nittany Lion cornerback to be first- or second-team All-Big Ten since Lydell Sargeant (second team) in 2008.

Senior DeAndre Thompkins earned All-Big Ten second team honors as a return specialist after averaging 13.3 yards per punt return with one touchdown.

ALL-BIG TEN TEAM - SPECIAL TEAMS • Junior kick returner Saquon Barkley paced the special teams honorees, collecting first team accolades as a kick return specialist from both the coaches and the media. • In addition to Barkley, punter Blake Gillikin was selected to the All-Big Ten second team by the coaches and media, while punt returner DeAndre Thompkins garnered second team accolades from the coaches and third team laurels from the media. • Barkley and Thompkins are the first Penn State players to be named all-conference return specialists (award added in 2015). • Gillikin earned his second career All-Big Ten honor after a berth on the coaches and media honorable mention teams as a true freshman. He is the first Penn State punter to earn first or second team All-Big Ten accolades since Jeremy Boone (second team) in 2009.

NATIONAL NITS Below is a list of Penn State players who ranked among the top-100 individuals and top-50 teams in 2017 statistical rankings. Rankings listed NCAA/Big Ten. RB Saquon Barkley • All-Purpose - 179.15 (2/1) • Combined Kick Returns - 426 (74/5) • Kickoff Return TDs - 2 (5/1) • Points Responsible For - 144 (52/7) • Points Responsible For Per Game - 11.1 (57/6) • Rush Yards Per Carry - 5.86 (32/5) • Rushing TDs - 18 (9/1) • Rushing Yards - 1,271 (28/4) • Rushing Yards Per Game - 97.8 (33/4) • Scoring - 10.6 (5/1) • Total Points Scored - 138 (5/1) • Total Touchdowns - 23 (4/1) K Tyler Davis • Scoring - 7.5 (57/4) • Total Points Scored - 98 (45/4) TE Mike Gesicki • Receiving TDs - 9 (25/3) • Receptions Per Game - 4.4 (86/6) P Blake Gillikin • Punting - 43.2 (35/3) WR DaeSean Hamilton • Receiving TDs - 9 (25/3) • Receiving Yards - 857 (55/3) • Receiving Yards Per Game - 65.9 (67/6) • Yards Per Reception - 16.17 (68/5)

QB Trace McSorley • Completion Percentage - .665 (8/1) • Completions Per Game - 21.85 (16/1) • Passing Efficiency - 153.7 (11/2) • Passing TDs - 28 (15/2) • Passing Yards - 3,570 (17/1) • Passing Yards Per Game - 274.6 (19/1) • Passing Yards Per Completion - 12.57 (50/4) • Points Responsible For - 234 (9/2) • Points Responsible For Per Game - 18.0 (12/2) • Rushing TDs - 11 (43/4) • Total Offense - 312.4 (14/1) • Total Touchdowns - 11 (61/5) • Yards Per Pass Attempt - 8.36 (17/1) CB Amani Oruwariye • Interceptions Per Game - 0.4 (26/4) • Total Interceptions - 4 (29/5) WR/PR DeAndre Thompkins • Punt Return TDs - 1 (10/2) • Punt Returns - 13.3 (5/1) • Yards Per Reception - 15.82 (78/8) DT Robert Windsor • Fumbles Recovered - 3 (4/1) TEAM • 3rd Down Conversion Pct. - .480 (5/2) • 3rd Down Conversion Pct. Defense - .349 (35/7) • 4th Down Conversion Pct. - .571 (46/6) • 4th Down Conversion Pct Defense - .440 (37/3) • Completion Percentage - .657 (10/1) • Fewest Penalties - 54 (12/2)

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Fewest Penalties Per Game - 4.15 (10/2) Fewest Penalty Yards - 490 (15/2) Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game - 37.69 (8/2) First Downs Defense - 226 (25/6) First Downs Offense - 296 (31/3) Fumbles Lost - 3 (3/2) Fumbles Recovered - 15 (4/1) Kickoff Return Defense - 19.51 (39/9) Kickoff Returns - 21.65 (48/4) Net Punting - 39.93 (25/3) Passing Offense - 290.2 (23/1) Passing Yards Allowed - 211.5 (47/8) Punt Return Defense - 4.29 (20/2) Punt Returns - 12.19 (16/2) Red Zone Offense - .898 (21/1) Rushing Defense - 118.0 (14/5) Scoring Defense - 16.5 (7/2) Scoring Offense - 41.1 (7/2) Team Passing Efficiency - 153.59 (14/2) Team Passing Efficiency Defense - 114.88 (21/6) Team Sacks - 3.23 (7/1) Team Tackles for Loss - 7.2 (25/5) Total Defense - 329.5 (17/5) Total Offense - 460.3 (19/2) Turnover Margin - 0.92 (11/1) Turnovers Gained - 25 (23/3) Turnovers Lost - 13 (8/1) Winning Percentage - .846 (8/3)

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW DUO CLAIMS ACADEMIC HONORS

BARKLEY IN RECORD BOOKS

ANOTHER SENSATIONAL SEASON FOR McSORLEY

• Senior linebacker Brandon Smith and sophomore punter Blake Gillikin were named CoSIDA Academic All-District for their accomplishments in the classroom and on the field. Smith collected all-district accolades for the second-straight season. • Smith, who graduated in December 2016 with his degree in kinesiology with a 3.83 GPA. He graduated with a second degree in health policy and administration in May 2018. He was named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy in 2017. He is a seven-time Dean’s List honoree and was Academic All-Big Ten in 2016. • Gillikin has a perfect 4.0 cumulative GPA as a kinesiology major. He received the President’s Award for freshmen in 2016-17.

• RB Saquon Barkley placed his name all over the Penn State record books in his three-year career. Here is a look at where Barkley finished his career in the program’s history.

• Quarterback Trace McSorley owns the top-two single-season passing touchdown totals in Penn State history, as his 28 passing touchdowns in 2017 trails only his 29 passing TDs in 2016. • With three touchdowns responsible for at Maryland, McSorley broke his own season TDR record of 36 set in 2016. He finished the 2017 season with 39 touchdowns responsible for. • McSorley is the first player in Penn State history with two 3,000yard passing seasons. He recorded 3,570 yards in 2017 and 3,614 yards in 2016. • His 3,570 passing yards in 2017 rank second on the Penn State season passing chart, trailing only his 2016 mark (3,614) for the record. • McSorley’s five 300-yard passing games in 2017 tied his own record set in 2016. • McSorley’s 11 games with 200 or more passing yards in 2017 tied the Penn State record set by McSorley in 2016 and Matt McGloin in 2012. • McSorley had 427 pass attempts last season to finish third on the Penn State season list. • With 284 completions in 2017, McSorley broke the Penn State seasons completions record of 270 held by McGloin (2012) and Christian Hackenberg (2014). • McSorley tallied 491 rushing yards in 2017 to finish in second place on Penn State’s season quarterback rushing yardage list, behind Michael Robinson’s 806 yards in 2005. • McSorley tied the Penn State record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a season with 11 rushing scores in 2017 to equal the mark of 11 set by Michael Robinson in 2005. • McSorley registered 402 yards of total offense (342 passing, 60 rushing) in the Fiesta Bowl against Washington, which ranks fourth in Penn State history. McSorley owns five of the 10 best total offense marks in the Nittany Lion annals. • McSorley completed 15-straight pass attempts from the first quarter through the third quarter at Northwestern, breaking the Penn State record for consecutive completions. The previous record was set by Kerry Collins when he had 14-straight completions at Minnesota during the 1994 season.

RUSHING TD DUO • Running back Saquon Barkley (18) and quarterback Trace McSorley (11) were the first Penn State teammates to rush for 10 or more touchdowns in a season since 2008 when Evan Royster (12) and Daryll Clark (10) accomplished the feat. • The only other time the feat occurred in PSU history was in 1969 when Charlie Pittman and Lydell Mitchell both had 10 touchdowns. • Barkley and McSorley ranked first and fourth, respectively, in the Big Ten in rushing touchdowns. FAST STARTS • • • •

According to Coaches by the Numbers, Penn State ranked sixth in FBS in first-half scoring (23.46 avg) and second in first-quarter scoring (12.31 avg). Penn State outscored opponents 160-23 in the first quarter and was the last FBS team to allow an opening-quarter score (at Ohio State, Week 9). Penn State scored in the first quarter in the first nine games and 12 of 13 total, and scored 14 points or more in all but three games (at Iowa; at Northwestern; Rutgers). In Penn State’s 11th game of the year, a Rutgers field goal on its opening drive marked the first points allowed by Penn State on an opponent’s opening drive. PSU was also held scoreless in the opening quarter for the first time. The Nittany Lions scored 28 points in a first quarter against Indiana, marking the first time Penn State scored 28 or more points in the first quarter since 2005 at Illinois (28 points). COVERING GROUND

• Penn State averaged 460.3 yards of total offense per game to rank second in the Big Ten and 19th in FBS. It was also its highest average since 1994 (520.2 avg.). • Coaches by the Numbers also calculated that Penn State ranked first in FBS gaining 11.2 yards per point, and was fifth in FBS needing just 1.70 plays per point. • Penn State finished the Nebraska game with 609 yards of total offense. It was just the third time Penn State had surpassed 600 total yards in a Big Ten game and the most in a Big Ten tilt since gaining 653 yards vs. Michigan State in 1994. • The 609 yards of offense was the most by the Nittany Lions since gaining 661 against Rutgers in 1995. • The 609 yards of offense also ranked tied for the eighth-most given up by Nebraska in school history and the most since allowing 627 to Wisconsin in 2014. • Penn State had 32 first downs against Nebraska, the most since recording 35 against Minnesota in 2005, and tied for the fourthmost in the Penn State annals. • Penn State surpassed 500 yards of total offense three times in the first four games (569 vs. Akron; 526 yards vs. Georgia State; 579 at Iowa) and did so again against Michigan (506), Nebraska (609), Maryland (534) and Washington (545).

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Game • All-Purpose Yards: No. 1 - 358 yards at Iowa (9/23/17). Also ranks No. 10 in Big Ten history. • Receptions: No. 1 for RB - 12 receptions vs. Iowa (9/23/17). • Long Reception: T-No. 3/longest by a PSU player at Beaver Stadium - 85-yard touchdown catch vs. Georgia State (9/16/17). • Long Rush: T-No. 1 - 92-yard touchdown run vs. Washington (12/30/17) in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. • Rushing Yards: No. 22 - 207 yards at Purdue (10/29/16); No. 25 202 yards vs. Maryland (10/8/16). Season • All-Purpose Yards: No. 2 - 2,329 yards in 2017; No. 3 - 1,972 in 2016. • Rushing Yards: No. 5 - 1,496 yards in 2016; No. 11 - 1,271 yards in 2017; No. 18 - 1,076 yards in 2015. • Rushing Touchdowns: T-No. 5 - 18 rushing touchdowns in 2017 and 2016. • Receptions: No. 1 for RB/T-No. 12 overall - 54 receptions in 2017. • Receiving Yards: No. 1 for RB - 632 yards in 2017. • Scoring: T-No. 3 - 138 points in 2017; No. 5 - 132 in 2016. • Total Touchdowns: T-No. 2 - 23 touchdowns in 2017; No. 5 - 22 touchdowns in 2016. • Kickoff Return Touchdowns: T-No. 1 - 2 touchdowns in 2017. • Big Ten Player of the Week Awards: No. 1 in B1G history - 6 awards in 2017 (4 offensive, 2 special teams). Career • Rushing Yards: No. 2 - 3,843 yards. • Rushing Touchdowns: No. 1 - 43 touchdowns. • 100-Yard Rushing Games: T-No. 5 - 15 games. • 200-Yard Rushing Games: No. 2 - 3 games. • All-Purpose Yards: No. 1 - 5,538 yards. • Total Touchdowns: No. 1 - 53 touchdowns. • Scoring: No. 2 overall/No. 1 for non-kicker - 318 points. • Consecutive Games with a TD: No. 1 - 15 games. • Receiving Yards: No. 1 for RB/No. 22 overall - 1,157 yards. • Receptions: No. 1 for RB/No. 16 overall - 102 receptions. • Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week Awards: T-No. 5 in B1G history - 6 awards (2 in 2016, 4 in 2017). • Became the only player in Penn State history and just the fourth in Big Ten student-athlete to gain 3,000 rushing and 1,000 receiving yards in a career. SACK MASTERS • The Penn State defense continued to find the quarterback, averaging 3.23 sacks per game to tie for the Big Ten lead and rank seventh in FBS. • The Nittany Lions totaled 42 sacks in 13 games. Following totals of 46 sacks in 2015 and 40 sacks in 2016, Penn State posted back-to-back-to-back 40-sack seasons for the first time since it posted three-consecutive 40-sack seasons in 2005 (41), 2006 (40) and 2007 (46). • Penn State has totaled 128 sacks since 2015, which ranks as the third-most in FBS trailing only Clemson (143) and Alabama (146). • Penn State brought a balanced pass rush in 2017 as 22 different Nittany Lions had at least assisted on a sack.

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LIMITED ACCESS • Penn State was seventh in the nation and second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, averaging 16.5 points allowed per game. It was the lowest figure at Penn State since yielding just 12.2 points per game in 2009. • Penn State allowed 8.9 points per game fewer in 2017 than it did in 2016 (25.4). • Penn State owned a pair of shutout victories and allowed more than 20 points in a game just four times. • Penn State shutout opponents in at least one half in seven games (Akron, Georgia State, Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan, Rutgers, Maryland). • Penn State was strong at the start of games. It was the last team to give up a first-quarter point (Week 9; Ohio State) and did not allow a first-quarter touchdown until Week 10 (Michigan State). PSU allowed an opening drive score for the first time against Rutgers (Week 11). • Penn State ranked fourth in FBS in first-half scoring defense, allowing just 7.54 points per game. Penn State was particularly strong in the first quarter, ranking third in FBS allowing just 1.77 points per game. The Lions were nearly as strong in the third quarter as they were sixth in points allowed per game (2.85 avg) according to Coaches by the Numbers. • Penn State recorded two shutouts in a single season for the first time since notching two in 2007 (59-0 over FIU; 31-0 vs. Indiana). • The Nittany Lions nearly earned their third shutout of the season at Northwestern, but the Wildcats scored in the final two minutes of the game, snapping a five-quarter shutout streak that started in the second half of the Indiana game.


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GAME RECAP UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 6 Penn State excelled in all three phases against Akron, totaling 569 yards of offense, earning a shutout and returning a punt for a score in a 52-0 victory in the season opener at Beaver Stadium. Saquon Barkley led a Penn State rushing attack that totaled 247 yards with 172 markers and two touchdowns on 14 carries, and he totaled 246 allpurpose yards with the addition of 54 receiving yards and 20 kickoff return yards. Quarterback Trace McSorley threw for 280 yards and two touchdowns, both of which went to tight end Mike Gesicki, who caught six passes for 58 yards. The unit’s 569 yards of total offense were its most since recording 599 vs. Iowa in 2016. Defensively, Penn State did not allow Akron past midfield in the first half, holding the Zips to just 69 yards, while the offense gained 358 yards en route to a 35-0 lead at halftime. PSU’s shutout was the first in a season opener since a 59-0 win over FIU in 2007. The defense also combined for 14 tackles for loss for 36 yards for its most TFLs since tallying 15 at Temple in 2015.

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8:13 PSU 0-7 Thompkins, DeAndre 61 yd punt return (Davis, T. kick) 0:49 PSU 10-75/4:49/0-14 Gesicki, Mike 13 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 8:48 PSU 3-87/0:51/0-21 McSorley, Trace 4 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 4:49 PSU 5-62/2:30/0-28 Barkley, Saquon 3 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 0:23 PSU 5-45/1:51/0-35 Barkley, Saquon 30 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 6:01 PSU 8-62/4:03/0-38 Davis, Tyler 47 yd field goal 1:02 PSU 3-58/1:23/0-45 Gesicki, Mike 2 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 10:20 PSU 5-66/1:56/0-52 Stevens, Tommy 5 yd run (Davis, T. kick)

First Quarter (Penn State 14, Akron 0) Penn State overcame an opening drive interception to build a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, returning a punt for a touchdown and getting a pick, as well. The Nittany Lions outgained the Zips 136 yards to 26, holding a 52-yard to 4-yard advantage on the ground. Akron received the opening kickoff, but was limited to a first down and 12 yards, and punted, giving Penn State the ball at their own 26. McSorley totaled 32 yards rushing on three carries and connected on a pair of passes for 31 yards - finding Juwan Johnson for 16 yards and DeAndre Thompkins for 15, with the latter placing the Lions at the Akron 11. A poor snap moved Penn State back two yards, and then McSorley looked for Johnson in the end zone but was intercepted by Akron safety Zach Guiser. The Penn State defense and special teams promptly made up for the miscue, moving the Zips back two yards and forcing a three-and-out. The Nittany Lions got tagged with a running into the kicker penalty on a punt that was downed at the 50, so Akron elected to take the five yards and re-kick. The decision proved disastrous as Thompkins returned the second punt 61 yards for a touchdown. Akron’s ensuing drive was abbreviated by an interception by Amani Oruwariye at the Penn State 25. Barkley, touching the ball for the first time in the game, rattled off a pair of first downs on his first three carries, gaining 22 yards to the Penn State 37. After a loss of six on a pass to Barkley on the next play, McSorley found DaeSean Hamilton for 29 yards to the Akron 30. On 3rd-and-10, Barkley danced and leapt his way to a 17-yard reception, eluding multiple tacklers before gaining the first down line. On 2nd-and-10, McSorley connected with Gesicki for a 13-yard touchdown pass with 49 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Second Quarter (Penn State 35, Akron 0) Akron’s first drive of the second quarter ended with a 42-yard punt that Thompkins returned 42 yards to the original line of scrimmage at the Akron 39. The field position did not result in any points though, as Tyler Davis pulled a 39-yard field goal wide for the first time in his collegiate career. The Penn State defense did not let Akron past midfield on the next possession, halting the drive at the 46. The Zips forced a fair catch at the Penn State 13, but Barkley immediately flipped the poor field position with an 80yard run, on which his heel was ruled to clip the out-of-bounds line at the Akron 7. Barkley carried the ball to the 4-yard line and then McSorley walked the ball into the end zone for a 21-0 lead. After an Akron three-and-out, completions of 28 yards to Johnson and 35 yards to Gesicki keyed another Penn State touchdown drive. Gesicki’s catch moved the Lions to the 9, and Barkley finished the drive off with a 6-yard run followed by a 3-yard run into the end zone for a 28-0 advantage. Relentless pressure from the Penn State defense continued and gave Penn State the ball back at the Akron 45 with 2:14 remaining in the second quarter. McSorley converted a 4th-and-2 with a 7-yard completion down the sideline to Johnson, and then Barkley broke free around the left edge for a 30-yard touchdown run. The touchdown gave Penn State its highest scoring first half in a season opener since also scoring 35 in the first half against Eastern Illinois in 2009. Third Quarter (Penn State 45, Akron 0) Davis was successful on his second field goal attempt of the game, drilling a career-long boot from 47 yards out with 6:01 remaining in the third quarter. A 25-yard run by Barkley from the Penn State 9 on the first play of the drive and a 33-yard reception by Johnson highlighted the scoring drive. Penn State found the end zone again with 1:02 remaining in the third quarter, covering 58 yards on just three plays. Barkley led the drive with a 43yard wheel route reception and Gesicki finished it with a 2-yard touchdown reception after Hamilton was interfered with in the end zone. Fourth Quarter (Penn State 52, Akron 0) Tommy Stevens took over at quarterback and led a five-play touchdown drive that covered 66 yards. He capped the drive himself with a 5-yard touchdown run. Stevens had three completions on six attempts for 42 yards. He also caught a pass for seven yards for his first career reception. Both teams sent in their reserves to finish the contest out, and Akron forced the first two Penn State punts of the game.

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

UA 12 73 86 14-29-1 159 63 1-0 9-84 30:30 4-17 0-0 0 0

PSU 24 247 322 21-31-1 569 65 0-0 5-45 29:30 3-9 5-6 5 0

OTHER Time of Game Akron Penn State

3:25 0-1, 0-0 MAC 1-0, 0-0 B1G

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Akron-Nelson, Kato 9-39; Ball, Warren 13-27; Morgan, Manny 3-13; Williams, Andre 1-7; Sands, Deltron 1-1; Edwards, Van 5-minus 2; Woodson, Thomas 2-minus 12. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 14-172; McSorley, Trace 12-48; Sanders, Miles 1-16; Stevens, Tommy 4-16; TEAM 1-minus 2; Robinson, Andre 2-minus 3. PASSING

Akron-Woodson, Thomas 12-23-1-71; Kelley, Robbie 0-2-0-0; Nelson, Kato 1-2-0-11; Johns, Nick 1-2-0-4. Penn State-McSorley, Trace 18-25-1-280; Stevens, Tommy 3-6-0-42.

RECEIVING

Akron-Chapman, Tra’Von 3-10; Coney, A.J. 2-25; Smith, Kwadarrius 2-23; Bickley, Fransohn 2-21; Ball, Warren 2-3; Stewart, Nate 1-4; Williams, Newman 1-2; Young, Anthony 1-minus 2. Penn State-Gesicki, Mike 6-58; Johnson, Juwan 4-84; Hamilton, DaeSean 3-74; Barkley, Saquon 3-54; Thompkins, DeAndre 2-29; Pancoast, Tom 1-12; Stevens, Tommy 1-7; Polk, Brandon 1-4. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Akron-Guiser, Zach 10-8-2; Davis, Alvin 6-5-1; Gilbert, Ulysses 5-3-2; Hauser, Andrew 5-2-3; Lako, John 3-2-1; Reinke, Brian 3-0-3. Penn State-Miller, Jarvis 5-3-2; Chavis, Tyrell 5-2-3; Bowen, Manny 5-1-4; Buchholz, Ryan 4-2-2; Brown, Cam 4-2-2; Windsor, Robert 4-13; Smith, Brandon 4-0-4.

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12:53 PSU 1-8/0:04/0-7 Gesicki, Mike 8 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 5:20 PSU 6-62/2:43/0-14 Gesicki, Mike 10 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 1:12 UP 15-77/5:30/3-14 Kessman, Alex 28 yd field goal 10:32 PSU 1-46/0:09/3-21 Barkley, Saquon 46 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 06:03 UP 9-59/4:29/6-21 Kessman, Alex 24 yd field goal 14:54 PSU 6-78/2:32/6-28 Barkley, Saquon 8 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 10:09 UP 9-75/4:45/14-28 DiNucci, Ben 3 yd run (Ollison, Qadree pass from DiNucci) 5:53 PSU 14-30 Allen, Marcus safety 3:34 PSU 7-34/2:11/14-33 Davis, Tyler 24 yd field goal

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

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Time of Game Pittsburgh Penn State

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PITT 24 155 187 24-41-2 342 86 1-1 6-55 38:20 5-17 3-4 1 2

PSU 14 148 164 15-28-1 312 52 1-0 1-15 21:40 4-12 4-4 3 1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - No. 4 Penn State dominated the field position battle with strong defense and special teams and Saquon Barkley and Mike Gesicki scored a pair of touchdowns each in a 33-14 victory over Pittsburgh. The Nittany Lions led from their first score to the end, never allowing Pittsburgh within single digits after building a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Penn State was also aided by its eighth-largest crowd ever and the largest since 2009, as 109,898 packed Beaver Stadium. Penn State’s average drive start was at its own 37, while Pittsburgh’s average drive start was inside its own 18, and the Nittany Lions took advantage with four touchdowns and a safety, while Pittsburgh reached the end zone just once despite a pair of 15-play drives. On special teams, Penn State held the Panthers inside the 20 twice and four of Blake Gillikin’s six punts landed inside the 20, with his last setting up a safety to put the game out of reach. Safety Marcus Allen made the safety stop and led the Lions with 12 tackles. Barkley amassed 183 all-purpose yards, rushing 14 times for 88 yards and a touchdown, catching four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown, and returning two kicks for 50 yards. Quarterback Trace McSorley completed 15of-28 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns, with his lone interception coming on an end-of-half Hail Mary play. Gesicki matched Barkley’s four receptions and totaled 39 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, linebackers Jason Cabinda and Koa Farmer followed Allen in the tackles ledger with eight apiece, Defensive backs Grant Haley and Troy Apke hauled in an interception each and defensive end Shareef Miller had two of Penn State’s five sacks. First Half (Penn State 14, Pittsburgh 3) McSorley and Gesicki teamed up to give Penn State a two-touchdown lead at the start, with some help from Haley, but Pittsburgh was able to use a ball control offense to keep the Nittany Lion offense off the field in the second quarter. Penn State could not have asked for a better start, intercepting Pittsburgh’s fourth play from scrimmage on defense and scoring on the ensuing offensive possession. On the game’s first drive, Pittsburgh QB Max Browne overthrew his intended target on first-and-10 from the Pittsburgh 29 and found Penn State’s Haley instead at the 50. Haley returned the pick 42 yards to the Pittsburgh 8-yard line, setting up a short toss to a wide open Gesicki on Penn State’s first offensive play. McSorley engineered a six-play, 62-yard touchdown drive later in the quarter. McSorley broke free for a career-long 36-yard run on third-and-2 to key the drive. Later on a third-and-2 from the 10, McSorley found Gesicki on a screen and he slipped inside the pylon for his second score with 5:20 remaining in the quarter. Pittsburgh assembled a lengthy drive over the remainder of the first quarter and into the second quarter, eating 8:02 on 15 plays, but only gaining 31 yards before punting. Penn State was forced to punt on the ensuing possession and abbreviated Pittsburgh’s next drive with an interception by Apke, but a sack of McSorley on third-and-8 from the Penn State 43 forced another punt, and Pittsburgh reclaimed the ball at their own 13 with 6:42 remaining in the half. Pittsburgh assembled another 15-play drive to wind the clock down to 1:12, converting a 28-yard field goal after advancing 77 yards.

Second Half (Penn State 33, Pittsburgh 14) Penn State started on offense from its own 25 and quickly reached midfield on consecutive Barkley rushes of 17 and 11 yards, respectively. McSorley ran for 4 yards before the Lions were forced to punt, but Gillikin’s punt was fair caught at the Penn State 5 and the Nittany Lion defense only yielded 8 yards before forcing a three-and-out. Thompkins returned the ensuing punt 14 yards to the Pittsburgh 46, and it only took the Nittany Lions one play to score, as McSorley found Barkley over the middle for a 46-yard touchdown reception and 21-3 lead. Pittsburgh answered with a nine-play, 59-yard field goal drive. Ollison moved the Panthers to the edge of the red zone with a 32-yard rush to the Penn State 21. Alex Kessman’s kick from 24 yards out to made the score 21-6. Both teams traded punts before Penn State put together another touchdown drive. Starting at their own 22, the Nittany Lions quickly crossed into Pittsburgh territory as Barkley rushed for 22 yards, and then 15 more were added on a horse collar tackle penalty to spot the ball at the Pittsburgh 41. Barkley rushed for 11 more to the 30, and after McSorley called his own number for two yards, he connected with Brandon Polk on an 18-yard completion to the 10 for first-and-goal. Barkley rushed for 2 yards to end the quarter, and then punched it in from 8 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh answered the Barkley score with its first touchdown, driving 75 yards on nine plays. Ollison ignited the drive with 30 yards on a shovel pass to the Penn State 33. The Panthers chipped their way to the Penn State 3, and on third-and-goal, backup quarterback Ben DiNucci ran around the left end for a touchdown. DiNucci stayed in the game for the two-point conversion and hit Ollison on a shovel pass to make it 28-14, but that was as close as Pittsburgh would come.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Pittsburgh-Ollison, Qadree 15-96; Moss, Chawntez 11-46; Hall, Darrin 5-19; DiNucci, Ben 5-8; Ffrench, Maurice 1-8; Maddox, Avonte 1-1; Henderson, Quadree 2-minus 5; Browne, Max 5-minus 18. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 14-88; McSorley, Trace 8-65; TEAM 1-minus 2; Sanders, Miles 1-minus 3. PASSING

Pittsburgh-Browne, Max 19-32-2-138; DiNucci, Ben 5-9-0-49. Penn State-McSorley, Trace 15-28-1-164.

3:20 1-1, 0-0 ACC 2-0, 0-0 B1G

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RECEIVING

Pittsburgh-Weah, Jester 6-65; Araujo-Lopes, Rafael 4-42; Flanagan, Matt 3-19; Ollison, Qadree 2-30; Hall, Darrin 2-9; Ffrench, Maurice 2-9; Henderson, Quadree 2-5; Moss, Chawntez 2-minus 4; Mathews, Aaron 1-12. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 4-45; Gesicki, Mike 4-39; Hamilton, DaeSean 3-45; Polk, Brandon 1-18; Thompkins, DeAndre 1-12; Johnson, Juwan 1-4; Stevens, Tommy 1-1. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Pittsburgh-Idowu, Oluwaseun 8-6-2; Garner, Bricen 6-5-1; Zeise, Elijah 6-4-2; Jackson, Dane 5-4-1. Penn State-Allen, Marcus 9-3; Cabinda, Jason 8-5-3; Farmer, Koa 8-44; Scott, Nick 7-4-3; Apke, Troy 4-4-0; Haley, Grant 4-3-1; Campbell, Christian 4-3-1; Bowen, Manny 3-1.


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11:48 PSU 8-63/3:12/0-7 Stevens, Tommy 10 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 0:49 PSU 3-83/0:58/0-14 Barkley, Saquon 85 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 11:44 3-86/1:09/0-21 Hamilton, DaeSean 27 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 8:55 PSU 1-29/0:09/0-28 Sanders, Miles 29 yd rush (Davis, T. kick) 3:26 PSU 4-25/2:02/0-35 McSorley, Trace 8 yd rush (Davis, T. kick) 7:56 PSU 6-55/2:45/0-42 Polk, Brandon 15 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 6:01 PSU 4-42/1:45/0-49 Blacknall, Saeed 35 yd pass from Stevens (Davis, T. kick) 8:55 PSU 4-69/1:47/0-56 Robinson, Andre 41 yd rush (Davis, T. kick)

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Trace McSorley and Saquon Barkley turned in record performances in the first half as Penn State cruised past Georgia State, 56-0, before 102,746 fans in Beaver Stadium. Barkley enjoyed a career-day through the air, pulling in an 85-yard touchdown reception as part of a four-catch, 142-yard effort. It was the thirdlongest passing play in Penn State history and the longest ever by Penn State in Beaver Stadium. McSorley finished with 309 yards passing and four touchdowns on 18-of-23 passing after throwing for a Penn State-record 258 yards and three touchdowns in the first half. Both only played through the first two drives of the third quarter. Barkley and McSorley were not the only contributors offensively, as eight different Nittany Lions ultimately found the end zone. Tommy Stevens, who also threw for a touchdown, caught the first touchdown of the game, while receivers Saeed Blacknall, DaeSean Hamilton and Brandon Polk also added touchdown catches. Running backs Miles Sanders and Andre Robinson both broke free for long touchdown runs in the second half. Earning its second shutout in three games, the Penn State defense pulled in five turnovers; all of which led to touchdowns. Marcus Allen highlighted the unit’s takeaways with his first career interception, which he returned 50 yards into Georgia State territory. Penn State did not allow the Panthers into the red zone until the final drive of the game. Daniel Joseph, who had not made a collegiate tackle entering the game, piled up 2.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack on the evening. Overall, Penn State piled up 11 stops behind the line, including three sacks. Penn State outgained Georgia State 526 yards to 320 and earned its largest win since defeating Coastal Carolina, 66-10, in 2008. First Quarter (Penn State 14, Georgia State 0) Penn State got off to a fast start, ignited by a 37-yard kickoff return by Barkley, as it marched 63 yards on eight plays for a touchdown on its opening drive. McSorley completed five consecutive passes on the drive to move Penn State into the red zone, and he concluded it with a 10-yard touchdown pass to Stevens out of the backfield. Penn State was able to move off its own 1-yard line to its 22 on its second drive but was forced to punt. A 52-yard punt by Blake Gillikin and a defensive stop gave Penn State slightly better position on its next drive, but the Nittany Lions faced third-and-12 from their own 15. Under pressure McSorley, dumped off to Barkley in the left flat, and Barkley maneuvered past multiple Georgia State defenders down the sideline for an 85-yard touchdown with 49 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

Second Quarter (Penn State 35, Georgia State 0) The Nittany Lions needed just three plays to cover 86 yards for a touchdown on their third touchdown drive of the game. McSorley connected with Barkley out of the backfield for a 44-yard wheel-route reception down the right sideline to the Georgia State 42, Sanders followed with a 15-yard rush around the left end and then McSorley connected with Hamilton on a 27-yard touchdown pass with 11:44 to go in the second quarter for a 21-0 lead. The two teams traded punts, and then a Grant Haley interception setup a one-play scoring drive, as Sanders scored from 29 yards out for a 28-0 advantage. Georgia State had its deepest penetration into Penn State territory of the half on its next possession, reaching the Penn State 25, but Shaka Toney dropped Georgia State back 5 yards on a rushing play, and then Allen earned his first career interception at the 25, returning it 50 yards to the Georgia State 25. McSorley then capped a four-play drive with an 8-yard touchdown rush with 3:26 remaining before the break for a 35-0 halftime lead. Third Quarter (Penn State 49, Georgia State 0) Georgia State received the half-opening kickoff and reached the Penn State 37, but Georgia State quarterback Connor Manning fumbled under pressure and Kevin Givens recovered it at the Penn State 45. McSorley then completed a 21-yard pass to Blacknall on third-and-3 to the Georgia State 18 and eventually found Polk in the end zone from 15-yards out for a 42-0 lead. True freshman Tariq Castro-Fields intercepted Manning’s pass on the first play of Georgia State’s ensuing possession to give the Nittany Lions the ball back at the Georgia State 42. Stevens caught a 9-yard pass and then took over at quarterback, handing off to Mark Allen for 8 yards, taking a 10-yard sack back to the Georgia State 35, and then taking a hit while launching a 35-yard touchdown pass to Blacknall in the back of the end zone for a 49-0 lead. Fourth Quarter (Penn State 56, Georgia State 0) Robinson broke free for a career-long 41-yard rushing touchdown with 8:55 remaining for the final margin.

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

OTHER

Time of Game Georgia State Penn State

GSU 21 150 170 18-32-3 320 81 3-2 3-25 38:47 11-21 0-1 0 0

PSU 19 166 360 21-29-0 526 53 2-0 5-45 21:13 4-9 3-3 3 0

3:19 0-2, 0-0 Sun Belt 3-0, 0-0 B1G

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Georgia State-Bateman, Taz 29-100; Winchester, Aaron 12-39; Hart, Penny 2-9; Neal, Kyler 3-4; Kirk, Demarcus 1-4; Manning, Conner 2-minus 6. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 10-47; Sanders, Miles 3-44; Robinson, Andre 2-39; McSorley, Trace 3-24; Allen, Mark 2-9; Eury, Nick 1-4; Stevens, Tommy 2-2; TEAM 1-minus 3.

RECEIVING

Georgia State-Hart, Penny 7-56; Bateman, Taz 3-19; Boyd, Todd 2-32; Smith, Glenn 2-9; Ifedi, Jonathan 1-22; Werts, Ari 1-15; Neal, Kyler 1-12; Jones, Tamir 1-5. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 4-142; Blacknall, Saeed 3-64; Hamilton, DaeSean 3-44; Thompkins, DeAndre 3-25; Gesicki, Mike 2-26; Stevens, Tommy 2-19; Johnson, Juwan 2-17; Polk, Brandon 1-15; Holland, Jonathan 1-8.

PASSING

Georgia State-Manning, Conner 16-29-3-133; Winchester, Aaron 2-30-37. Penn State-McSorley, Trace 18-23-0-309; Stevens, Tommy 2-4-0-43; Fessler, Billy 1-2-0-8.

TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Georgia State-Smith, Jerome 6-6-0; Williams, Bryan 6-6-0; Traylor, James 3-3-0. Penn State-Bowen, Manny 6-4-2; Wade, Lamont 5-4-1; Smith, Brandon 4-3-1; Cabinda, Jason 4-3-1; Toney, Shaka 4-2-2; Miller, Shareef 3-3-0; Joseph, Daniel 3-2-1; Allen, Marcus 3-2-1; Apke, Troy 3-2-1; Scott, Nick 3-2-1; Jordan, Ellison 3-1-2.

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GAME RECAP IOWA CITY, Iowa - Down four, facing fourth-and-goal from the 7-yard line with four seconds remaining, Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley zipped a pass over the middle to wide receiver Juwan Johnson on a crossing route in the back of the end zone, giving the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions a 21-19 win over Iowa in Kinnick Stadium. Saquon Barkley led Penn State with the most prolific night in Nittany Lion history, as he totaled a school-record 358 all-purpose yards by rushing 28 times for 211 yards and a touchdown, catching 12 passes for 94 yards and returning three kickoffs for 53 yards. McSorley was held without a touchdown pass until the final play, but extended his streak to 19 consecutive games. He completed 31-of-48 passes for 284 yards on the night, while rushing for 61 yards on 17 attempts. Johnson enjoyed a tremendous night with a career-high seven catches for 92 yards and the touchdown was the first of his career. Penn State's offense ran a school-record-tying 99 plays and totaled 579 yards, while its defense limited Iowa to 273 yards on 45 plays. Iowa totaled 219 of those yards in the second half though as it rallied from a 15-7 deficit with two fourth-quarter touchdowns. McSorley engineered an 80-yard touchdown drive though with 1:42 remaining.

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1:01 PSU 11-66/5:06/3-0 Davis, Tyler 19 yd field goal 7:40 PSU 5-0 Miller, Shareef safety 0:37 IOWA 1-21/0:06/5-7 Easley, Nick 21 yd pass from Stanley (Recinos kick) 10:42 PSU 7-55/2:25/8-7 Davis, Tyler 21 yd field goal 5:16 PSU 8-75/3:07/15-7 Barkley, Saquon 8 yd run (Davis kick) 10:02 IOWA 3-74/1:30/5-13 Wadley, Akrum 70 yd pass from Stanley (Stanley pass failed) 1:42 IOWA 3-80/1:00/15-19 Wadley, Akrum 35 yd run (Stanley pass failed) 0:00 PSU 12-80/1:42/21-19 Johnson, Juwan 7 yd pass from McSorley (Team rush failed)

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

PSU 29 295 284 31-48-1 579 99 2-1 8-90 39:39 6-18 4-5 2 2

IOWA 11 82 191 13-22-0 273 45 1-1 3-25 20:21 3-11 0-1 0 0

The Finish Trailing 15-7 after a Penn State punt, Iowa took over at its own 26 with 11:32 remaining in the game. On third-and-6 from the 30, running back Akrum Wadley broke free for a 70-yard touchdown reception with 10:02 remaining. The two-point conversion was no good, and Penn State took over with a twopoint lead from its own 11. Penn State wound 7:20 off the clock with a 16-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a blocked 31-yard field goal. It was nearly a three-and-out, but Barkley hurdled a defender on third-and-6 on a screen pass for a first down to keep the drive alive. Barkley also converted a fourth-and-1 at the Iowa 43, rushing for four yards to the Iowa 39. However, the drive stalled out at the 13, and Iowa took over at the 20 with 2:42 remaining after the blocked field goal. A pass interference penalty on the first play moved the Hawkeyes to their 35, and then completions from quarterback Nate Stanley of 8 and 22 yards advanced Iowa to the Penn State 35. Wadley found a seam to rush 35 yards for the touchdown with 1:42 to go. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Iowa with a 19-15 lead. After the kickoff, Penn State took over at its own 20. McSorley found Johnson for 12 yards, and then missed on his next two passing attempts before completing an 8-yard pass to Barkley to bring up fourth-and-2. Penn State called timeout with 58 seconds remaining, and then McSorley zipped a 6-yard pass to Saeed Blacknall over the middle to the Penn State 46 to move the chains. McSorley next took open field for 12 yards to the 42, and then he completed an 18-yard pass to Johnson and a 14-yard pass to Barkley to the Iowa 10. McSorley found tight end Mike Gesicki for 3 yards to the Iowa 7, but his next two passes were incomplete, and Penn State called timeout on fourth down with four seconds remaining. Penn State sent three receivers crossing over the middle, and McSorley found Johnson for the winning score.

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Third-Fourth Quarter (Penn State 15, Iowa 7) Davis kicked a 21-yard field goal for an 8-7 Penn State lead at 10:42 in the third quarter. Iowa crossed the 50 for the first time on a 29-yard completion to Ihmir Smith-Marsette, but Marcus Allen forced a fumble on the very next play and Grant Haley recovered it at the Penn State 25. The turnover led to a Penn State touchdown drive. Barkley broke free for 44 yards on the first play of the drive, and the Nittany Lions chipped their way down to the 8, where Barkley took it into the end zone on second-and-goal. The score gave the Nittany Lions a 15-7 lead with 5:16 remaining in the third quarter. Neither team scored until Stanley hit Wadley for a 70-yard touchdown pass on third down with 10:02 remaining in the fourth, setting the stage for the dramatic finish.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 28-211; McSorley, Trace 17-61; Robinson, Andre 4-19; Sanders, Miles 1-6; TEAM 1-minus 2. Iowa-Wadley, Akrum 19-80; Stanley, Nate 4-2. PASSING

Penn State-McSorley, Trace 31-48-1-284. Iowa-Stanley, Nate 13-22-0-191.

OTHER Time of Game Iowa Penn State

First Half (Iowa 7, Penn State 5) Penn State outgained Iowa 219 yards to 54 in the first half, but Iowa took advantage of a late interception for a halftime lead and the half's lone touchdown. Both teams punted on their first two possessions before Penn State got on the board with a field goal with 1:01 remaining in the first quarter. Penn State drove 66 yards on 11 plays to the Iowa 1-yard line, with Barkley carrying the ball three times for 33 yards and catching two passes for 14 yards to key the drive. The Hawkeyes held strong at the goal line though, stopping McSorley at the pylon on third down, and the Nittany Lions elected to have Tyler Davis kick a 19-yard field goal. Penn State increased its lead to 5-0 with a safety, after downing a punt at the 1-yard line, Shareef Miller was able to get into the backfield on a pitch to Akrum Wadley for the safety with 7:40 remaining in the half. The Nittany Lions earned one last drive in the half, starting at their own 6 with 1:52 remaining after a 53-yard punt. Penn State worked its way out to midfield, but McSorley was hit on a throw, knocking the trajectory from a wide open Mike Gesicki lower to the hands of Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell. Jewell returned the pick 33 yards to the 21 with 43 seconds remaining in the half. It took Iowa just one play to find the end zone, as Stanley hit Nick Easley with a touchdown pass with 37 seconds remaining in the half. Iowa, which had gained just 33 yards of offense before the touchdown throw, took a 7-5 lead to halftime.

3:31 3-1, 0-1 B1G 4-0, 1-0 B1G

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RECEIVING

Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 12-94; Johnson, Juwan 7-92; Gesicki, Mike 5-25; Hamilton, DaeSean 2-46; Thompkins, DeAndre 2-14; Blacknall, Saeed 1-6; Sanders, Miles 1-6; Holland, Jonathan 1-1. Iowa-Wadley, Akrum 4-75; Smith-Marsette, Ihmir 2-37; Vandeberg, Matt 2-27; Easley, Nick 2-27; Kelly-Martin,Ivory 2-12; Fant, Noah 1-13. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Penn State-Cabinda, Jason 6-3-3; Miller, Shareef 5-5-0; Allen, Marcus 5-4-1; Apke, Troy 4-3-1; Campbell, Christian 3-3-0; Cothran, Curtis 3-3-0. Iowa-Jewell, Josey 16-11-5; Hooker, Amani 13-11-2; Rugamba, Manny 9-8-1; Taylor, Miles 7-6-1; Bower, Bo 7-4-3; Niemann, Ben 6-4-2; Nelson, Anthony 5-4-1; Bazata, Nathan 5-3-2; Jackson, Joshua 5-3-2.


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14:46 PSU 0-7 Barkley, Saquon 98 yd kickoff return (Davis, T. kick) 11:41 PSU 6-39/2:45/0-14 McSorley, Trace 1 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 6:34 PSU 0-21 Scott, Nick 13 yd fumble recovery (Davis, T. kick) 0:41 PSU 9-73/4:28/0-21 Hamilton, DaeSean 8 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 14:01 IND 6-75/1:40/7-28 Brookins, Ricky 2 yd run (Oakes kick) 0:44 IND 8-60/2:05/14-28 Cobbs Jr., Simmie 18 yd pass from Ramsey (Oakes kick) 5:50 PSU 8-40/3:24/14-31 Davis, Tyler 45 yd field goal 3:22 PSU 4-52/1:36/14-38 Hamilton, DaeSean 24 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 4:13 PSU 5-73/2:20/14-45 Hamilton, DaeSean 16 yd pass from Barkley (Davis, T. kick)

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

OTHER Time of Game Indiana Penn State

IU 19 177 175 15-32-1 352 79 3-3 2-20 26:31 7-18 2-2 2 0

PSU 20 39 331 24-37-1 370 74 0-0 2-7 33:29 6-18 3-4 3 0

3:16 2-2, 0-2 B1G 5-0, 2-0 B1G

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State special teams units helped build a four-touchdown lead in the first quarter, as the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions defeated Indiana, 45-12. It was a historic afternoon for senior DaeSean Hamilton, who became Penn State’s career receptions leader. With nine receptions for 122 yards and a careerhigh three touchdowns, Hamilton ended the game with 181 career receptions, breaking the record of 179 held by Deon Butler. Saquon Barkley set the tone, returning the opening kickoff 98 yards for his first career return touchdown. Jason Cabinda, who matched a career high with 14 tackles in the game, forced a fumble on Indiana’s first offensive drive to setup a touchdown drive for Penn State’s second score. Then a pair of punts turned into scoring opportunities, as Irvin Charles forced a fumble on a punt return that was scooped up by Nick Scott for a touchdown, and punter Blake Gillikin absorbed a hit to draw a personal foul for a first down, leading to yet another touchdown drive. It marks the first time since 2001 that Penn State had two special teams touchdowns in the same game. Indiana responded with a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to cut the deficit in half, but the Hoosiers were shutout in the second half, while Penn State added a field goal and a pair of Hamilton touchdowns for the final margin. Turnovers were a factor throughout the game, as Penn State won the battle in the category, 4-1, forcing and recovering three fumbles and adding an Amani Oruwariye interception. Barkley surpassed 200 all-purpose yards for the fourth time this season and added a touchdown pass to Hamilton in the fourth quarter to become the first Big Ten player and sixth in FBS since 1996 to return a kickoff for a touchdown and throw a touchdown pass in the same game. He finished with 205 all-purpose yards with 98 yards coming on the return, 56 yards rushing on 20 carries and 51 yards receiving on four catches. Trace McSorley had his seventh 300-yard passing game of his career, completing 23-of-36 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns, extending his games with a touchdown streak to 20 games. He also rushed for one touchdown.

First Quarter (Penn State 28, Indiana 0) Penn State’s special teams and defense helped the Nittany Lions jump out to a 28-0 lead in the opening stanza. The 28 points were the most Penn State had scored in the first quarter since scoring the same against Illinois in 2005. Barkley returned the opening kickoff 98 yards to open the scoring, and then Christian Campbell forced a fumble on Indiana’s ensuing possession that Cabinda recovered and returned 4 yards to the Indiana 29-yard line. Using a 24-yard completion to Juwan Johnson and a 7-yard rush by Barkley, Penn State moved inside the Indiana 5, and McSorley scored with a rush from 1-yard out three plays later for a 14-0 lead with 11:41 remaining in the first quarter. Penn State’s next offensive possession ended with a punt, but Charles forced a fumble on the return at the Indiana 13, and Scott scooped it and scored for a 21-0 lead with 6:34 remaining in the quarter. The Penn State defense forced a three-and-out and Penn State took over on its own 27 for its next drive. The Hoosiers forced a three-and-out, but a roughing the punter penalty gave the Nittany Lions a first down and 15 yards to the Penn State 37. Barkley made a one-handed catch in the backfield, made a move to juke All-American linebacker Tegray Scales, and rumbled for 36 yards to the Indiana 27 on the very next play. The nine-play, 73-yard drive concluded with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Hamilton for a 28-0 advantage with 41 seconds remaining in the quarter. Second Quarter (Penn State 28, Indiana 14) Indiana got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter, as Ian Thomas broke free for a 54-yard reception down to the Penn State 2, and Ricky Brookins punched it into the end zone on the next play, cutting the deficit to 28-7 with 14:01 to go in the half. Both teams would trade punts for the rest of the quarter until McSorley was intercepted at the Indiana 40 by Jonathan Crawford with 2:49 to go in the half. Indiana drove 60 yards on eight plays in 2:05 for a touchdown, which was scored on an 18-yard touchdown throw from Peyton Ramsey to Simmie Cobbs Jr. Third Quarter (Penn State 38, Indiana 14) Tyler Davis was able to drill a 45-yard field goal for a 31-14 lead with 5:50 remaining in the third. Indiana reached midfield in just two plays on its ensuing possession after Devonte Williams found space for a 23-yard rush to the Penn State 48, but he fumbled on the next carry on a hit from Marcus Allen, and Parker Cothren recovered it at the line of scrimmage to setup a touchdown drive. Penn State needed just four plays to cover 52 yards. McSorley found Saeed Blacknall for 18 on the first play to advance to the Indiana 34, and then McSorley picked up a first down rushing for 7 yards and then 3 to reach the 24. McSorley fired to the end zone on the next play, finding Hamilton for his second touchdown of the day and a 38-14 lead with 3:22 to go in the third. Fourth Quarter (Penn State 45, Indiana 14) Hamilton scored his third touchdown of the day on a pass from Barkley. At the 16-yard line, Barkley took a pitch in the backfield from McSorley to draw the defense forward, and Barkley tossed it over the defense to an open Hamilton for the touchdown.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Indiana-Ramsey, Peyton 12-53; Ellison, Morgan 9-53; Gest, Cole 1048; Philyor, Whop 3-13; Williams, Devonte 5-9; Rodriguez, Alex 3-9; Brookins, Ricky 3-4; TEAM 1-minus 2; Lagow, Richard 1-minus 10. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 20-56; Hamilton, DaeSean 1-2; McSorley, Trace 16-minus 19.

RECEIVING

Indiana-Thomas, Ian 5-91; Cobbs Jr., Simmie 5-44; Williams, Devonte 1-23; Watercutter, Ryan 1-7; Mack, Taysir 1-4; Philyor, Whop 1-4; Brookins, Ricky 1-2. Penn State-Hamilton, DaeSean 9-122; Johnson, Juwan 4-63; Barkley, Saquon 4-51; Gesicki, Mike 3-19; Thompkins, DeAndre 2-53; Blacknall, Saeed 1-18; Pancoast, Tom 1-5.

PASSING

Indiana-Ramsey, Peyton 8-17-1-78; Lagow, Richard 7-15-0-97. Penn State-McSorley, Trace 23-36-1-315; Barkley, Saquon 1-1-0-16.

TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Indiana-Scales, Tegray 11-7-4; Fields, Tony 10-7-3; Covington, Chris 8-3-5; Dutra, Chase 7-6-1; Barwick Jr., Mike 5-1-4. Penn State-Cabinda, Jason 14-6-8; Bowen, Manny 8-1-7; Smith, Brandon 7-0-7; Allen, Marcus 6-2-4; Campbell, Christian 4-2-2; Apke, Troy 4-2-2; Cothren, Parker 4-2-2; Haley, Grant 4-2-2; Miller, Shareef 4-1-3; Brown, Cam 4-1-3.

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0:13 PSU 8-49/3:25/3-0 Davis, Tyler 21 yd field goal 12:04 PSU 5-52/2:11/10-0 Stevens, Tommy Stevens 10 yd pass from McSorley (T. Davis) 9:33 PSU 10-66/4:21/17-0 Barkley, Saquon 1 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 2:13 PSU 4-71/1:06/24-0 Barkley, Saquon 53 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 8:52 PSU 11-54/3:53/31-0 McSorley, Trace 5 yd run (T. Davis) 1:46 NU 9-80/2:19/31-7 Alviti, Matt 1 yd run (Kuhbander kick)

EVANSTON, Ill. - The Penn State defense and precise passing from Trace McSorley led the Nittany Lions to their sixth-straight victory, as they defeated Northwestern, 31-7, in Ryan Field. Penn State led 10-0 at the half, and then pulled away with a pair of Saquon Barkley touchdowns in the third quarter and a McSorley rushing score in the fourth, before Northwestern earned its first score of the game with less than two minutes remaining. The Penn State defense limited Northwestern to 265 yards of total offense, yielding just 99 in the second half. It also forced three turnovers in the first half, with Amani Oruwariye and Christian Campbell both earning interceptions and Shaka Toney forcing a fumble that was recovered by Kevin Givens. Toney also led the Nittany Lions with two sacks. McSorley was responsible for a pair of touchdowns, also throwing for one and completing a program-record 15 consecutive passes across the first to third quarters. He finished with 245 yards passing after completing 25-of-34 passes. Barkley added a pair of touchdowns on the ground, including a 53-yarder, and totaled 75 yards on 16 carries and 9 yards on two receptions.

Second Quarter (Penn State 10, Northwestern 0) The Nittany Lions found the end zone on their first offensive drive of the second quarter for the lone score of the frame. The Penn State defense forced a three-and-out to start the stanza, and a shanked punt gave the Nittany Lions the ball at their own 48. It took the Lions just five plays to score, as McSorley connected with DeAndre Thompkins for 19 yards to the Northwestern 33, and then McSorley found Brandon Polk on back-to-back plays, first for 6 yards and then for 23 yards, to the Northwestern 4. The Wildcats stopped Barkley for a loss of 6 yards, but then McSorley threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Tommy Stevens for a 10-0 lead with 12:04 remaining in the half. The Penn State defense continued to thrive, stopping Northwestern on fourth-and-2 from the Penn State 33 with 7:01 remaining in the quarter. Penn State was forced to punt and Gillikin pinned the Wildcats at their own 8-yard line with 3:31 to go. The Wildcats reached the Penn State 37 in the final seconds of the half, but a heave to the end zone was intercepted by Campbell to send the teams to the locker room.

First Quarter (Penn State 3, Northwestern 0) Penn State's defense shined in the first quarter despite favorable field position for Northwestern, as the Nittany Lions squashed scoring opportunities with turnovers. On its first offensive drive, Northwestern took over on downs at its own 38 and completed a 24-yard pass on fourth-and-8 to the Penn State 10-yard line to bring up first-and-goal, but a holding penalty for a loss of 10 yards, a sack by Curtis Cothran for a loss of 8 and a rush for no gain brought up third down from the Penn State 28. Northwestern QB Clayton Thorson attempted a deep pass, but Oruwariye made a leaping interception at the Penn State 10. Penn State went three-and-out on offense after the interception, and Blake Gillikin's punt into the stiff wind only went 39 yards to the Northwestern 45. The Wildcats were able to pick up one first down, but on third-and-9 from the Penn State 41, Toney strip-sacked Thorson, and Givens recovered the fumble at the Penn State 48. The turnover set up an eight-play, 49-yard field goal drive that Tyler Davis completed with a 21-yard field goal conversion with 13 seconds remaining in the quarter.

Third Quarter (Penn State 24, Northwestern 0) The Wildcats received the kickoff to open the half, but the Nittany Lions forced a three-and-out, took over on offense at their own 34 and assembled a 10-play, 66-yard touchdown drive. McSorley went 5-for-5 passing on the drive, and his fifth completion was a 38-yarder to Saeed Blacknall, who broke a tackle and scampered to the Northwestern 5, before getting nudged out of bounds. Stevens lined up in the backfield and rushed for 4 yards to the 1, McSorley got the ball inside the 1 on another rush, and then Barkley reached the ball across for the score with 9:33 to go in the quarter. The Penn State defense did not allow a first down in the quarter and Barkley found the end zone again late in the frame, breaking free for 53 yards down the right sideline. Fourth Quarter (Penn State 31, Northwestern 7) McSorley engineered an 11-play, 54-yard touchdown drive, taking the ball himself from 5 yards out with 8:52 remaining in the game. Northwestern was able to avoid the shutout late, driving 80 yards on nine plays. Backup quarterback Matt Alviti, led the drive, highlighted by completions of 14 and 25 yard and a 14-yard rush. He rushed the ball into the end zone himself from a yard out for the final margin.

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

PSU 23 95 286 29-41-0 381 79 0-0 3-30 34:04 8-16 4-5 3 1

NU 15 67 198 23-43-2 265 73 1-1 8-74 25:56 5-19 1-2 1 0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 16-75; Stevens, Tommy 3-17; Allen, Mark 2-4; Robinson, Andre 1-0; McSorley, Trace 16-minus 1. Northwestern-Jackson, Justin 16-66; Alviti, Matt 3-20; Larkin, Jeremy 3-5; Brown, Jesse 1-4; Lees, Riley 1-0; Thorson, Clayton 6-minus 28. PASSING

Penn State-McSorley, Trace 25-34-0-245; Stevens, Tommy 4-7-0-41. Northwestern-Thorson, Clayton 19-36-2-142; Alviti, Matt 4-7-0-56.

OTHER Time of Game Northwestern Penn State

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3:17 2-3, 0-2 B1G 6-0, 3-0 B1G

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RECEIVING

Penn State-Thompkins, DeAndre 6-57; Johnson, Juwan 6-43; Blacknall, Saeed 4-74; Polk, Brandon 3-40; Hamilton, DaeSean 2-35; Sanders, Miles 2-11; Barkley, Saquon 2-9; Gesicki, Mike 2-9; Stevens, Tommy 2-8. Northwestern-Jackson, Justin 6-23; Wilson, Macan 4-39; Nagel, Flynn 3-26; Dickerson, Garrett 3-17; Skowronek, Bennett 2-34; Lees, Riley 2-22; James, Jace 1-25; Green, Cameron 1-9; McGowan, Kyric 1-3. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Penn State-Apke, Troy 5-5-0; Cabinda, Jason 5-3-2; Allen, Marcus 5-2-3; Smith, Brandon 5-1-4; Farmer, Koa 4-4-0; Miller, Shareef 4-3-1; Campbell, Christian 4-3-1; Bowen, Manny 4-2-2; Simmons, Shane 4-2-2. Northwestern-Igwebuike, Godwin 11-8-3; Hall, Nate 9-8-1; Fisher, Paddy 6-5-1; Williams, Trae 5-3-2; Gallagher, Blake 5-2-3; Queiro, Kyle 5-2-3.


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14:17 PSU 2-75/0:43/0-7 Barkley, Saquon 69 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 10:11 PSU 4-78/2:05/0-14 Barkley, Saquon 15 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 12:53 MICH 11-59/5:28/6-14 Higdon, Karan 1 yd run (Nordin kick fail) 1:45 MICH 8-67/3:20/13-14 Isaac, Ty 6 yd run (Nordin kick) 0:53 PSU 7-75/0:52/13-21 McSorley, Trace 3 yd run 5:13 PSU 9-80/5:24/13-28 McSorley, Trace 13 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 13:11 PSU 2-46/0:32/13-35 Barkley, Saquon 42 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 7:53 PSU 4-48/1:57/13-42 McSorley, Trace 9 yd run (Davis, T. kick)

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

MICH 16 103 166 16-28-0 269 70 2-1 6-59 32:56 6-16 2-2 2 0

PSU 25 224 282 17-26-1 506 61 0-0 1-10 27:04 4-7 4-5 4 0

OTHER Time of Game Michigan Penn State

3:16 5-2, 2-2 B1G 7-0, 4-0 B1G

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - In front of a raucous, Beaver Stadium-record crowd of 110,823, Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley scored three touchdowns each to lead No. 2 Penn State past No. 19 Michigan, 42-13. Michigan entered the game boasting the FBS' top total defense (223.8 ypg), but Barkley set the tone early, scoring two rushing touchdowns in the first five minutes, highlighted by a 69-yard touchdown on the game's second play from scrimmage. He also helped put the game away in the fourth quarter, catching a 42-yard touchdown pass from McSorley. The catch gave him the yards necessary to become the first Penn State player and the fourth in Big Ten history to total 3,000 career rushing yards and 1,000 career receiving yards. McSorley was ultimately responsible for four touchdowns, rushing for a career-high three scores, in addition to his fourth-quarter toss to Barkley. McSorley finished with 358 yards of total offense, as he connected on 17-of-26 passes for 282 yards and rushed for 76 yards on 11 carries. The Nittany Lions outgained the Wolverines, 506-269, in total yardage. The points and yards allowed by Michigan's defense were its most since 2015, while Penn State's defense was relentless, with eight different players contributing to a season-high seven sacks. Penn State led the game from Barkley's first score until the end. Michigan battled back in the second quarter, cutting Penn State's lead to one (14-13), but the Nittany Lions covered 75 yards on seven plays in 52 seconds to score before the halftime break for a 21-13 halftime advantage. Michigan was unable to score in the second half, while McSorley took over with a pair of rushing touchdowns and his touchdown pass to Barkley. First Quarter (Penn State 14, Michigan 0) Penn State jumped out to a 14-0 lead with a pair of quick strikes. On just the second play of the game after the opening kickoff, Barkley took a direct snap 69 yards for a touchdown. The Nittany Lion defense then forced a three-and-out, putting the offense back on the field at its own 32. The Lions needed just four plays to find the end zone again, as McSorley scrambled on 2nd-and-5 for 23 yards to the 50, and then threw a 35-yard jump ball to Mike Gesicki at the 15. Barkley scored on a pitch on the very next play. Barkley totaled 102 yards on six carries for the quarter. Michigan took advantage of an interception though to halt Penn State's momentum. Michigan drove to the Penn State 3 to set up first and goal before the quarter ended.

Second Quarter (Penn State 14, Michigan 13) On fourth-and-inches, Karan Higdon took a pitch around the left end and was able to get just inside the pylon for Michigan's first score, and Michigan trailed 14-6 after a missed extra point. After both teams traded three-and-outs, Penn State turned the ball over on downs at the Michigan 33. The Wolverines then drove 67 yards for a touchdown on eight plays, capped by Ty Isaac powering through the middle for a 6-yard touchdown run with 1:45 to go in the half. However, Michigan left too much time on the clock, as Penn State drove 75 yards for a touchdown in less than a minute. After an incompletion, McSorley connected with Juwan Johnson for 12 yards and then DaeSean Hamilton for 36 yards to the Michigan 27. Barkley rushed for 9 yards on the next carry but was dropped for a loss of 2 on the next an option pitch, setting up third-and-3. The Lions stayed aggressive though, finding Gesicki for 17 yards down the sideline to the Michigan 3. McSorley called his own number on the next play, weaving through the linemen for a touchdown with 53 seconds remaining. Third Quarter (Penn State 28, Michigan 13) Penn State tallied the lone score of the third quarter, driving 80 yards on nine plays for a touchdown. On second-and-8 from the 22, Hamilton got the drive rolling with a slant, finding a seam for a 26-yard gain to the Penn State 48. Later, in the drive McSorley connected again with Hamilton for gains of 11 and 9 yards on second and third downs, respectively, to the Michigan 13. McSorley then weaved his way through the Michigan defense on the next play and dove for the left pylon, scoring for a 28-13 lead with 5:31 to go. Fourth Quarter (Penn State 42, Michigan 13) Looking to pull back within a touchdown, Michigan erased a second-and-21 deficit with a 22-yard completion to its own 49 early in the final stanza. However, cornerback Christian Campbell found his way into the backfield and stripped the ball from John O'Korn's hand, and defensive lineman Robert Windsor was there to recover it for Penn State, setting up another touchdown drive. Penn State took over on the Michigan 46, and after a 4-yard completion to Blacknall, Barkley broke free wide open down the right sideline, making a bobbling catch for a 42-yard touchdown reception and a 35-13 advantage with 13:11 to go. Michigan was able to cross midfield on its next possession, but on fourthand-11 from the Penn State 45, Givens was able to haul down O'Korn for a loss of 7 yards. Penn State took over at the Michigan 48 and extended its lead for the final margin. A 23-yard completion to Brandon Polk and a 19-yard run by McSorley keyed the drive, and McSorley rushed in from 9 yards out for a touchdown.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Michigan-Higdon, Karan 15-45; Isaac, Ty 6-36; Evans, Chris 4-17; McDoom, Eddie 1-8; Hill, Khalid 2-0; O'Korn, John 14-minus 3. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 15-108; McSorley, Trace 11-76; Sanders, Miles 6-25; Stevens, Tommy 1-11; Allen, Mark 1-5; TEAM 1-minus 1. PASSING

Michigan-O'Korn, John 16-28-0-166. Penn State-McSorley, Trace 17-26-1-282.

RECEIVING

Michigan-Perry, Grant 3-46; Peoples-Jones, Donovan 3-43; McDoom, Eddie 3-29; McKeon, Sean 3-11; Hill, Khalid 2-12; Crawford, Kekoa 1-23; Evans, Chris 1-2. Penn State-Hamilton, DaeSean 6-115; Barkley, Saquon 3-53; Johnson, Juwan 3-30; Gesicki, Mike 2-52; Polk, Brandon 1-23; Robinson, Andre 1-5; Blacknall, Saeed 1-4. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Michigan-Kinnel, Tyree 7-4-3; Hudson, Khaleke 6-3-3; McCray, Mike 6-33; Hill, Lavert 6-3-3; Bush, Devin 6-2-4; Winovich, Chase 4-2-2. Penn State-Cabinda, Jason 12-2-10; Farmer, Koa 7-1-6; Allen, Marcus 6-2-4; Bowen, Manny 6-1-5; Apke, Troy 4-3-1; Oruwariye, Amani 4-31; Haley, Grant 4-3-1; Campbell, Christian 4-3-1; Wade, Lamont 4-2-2; Givens, Kevin 4-1-3; Cothren, Parker 4-1-3; Buchholz, Ryan 4-1-3.

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GAME RECAP COLUMBUS, Ohio - No. 6 Ohio State rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 2 Penn State, 39-38, in Ohio Stadium. Penn State did not yield the lead until Ohio State’s final score with 1:48 remaining, as Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett connected with Marcus Baugh on a 16-yard touchdown. The loss snapped the Nittany Lions’ 15-game regular season and 13-game Big Ten winning streaks. The Nittany Lions built a 21-3 lead by the early part of the second quarter, as Saquon Barkley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, Trace McSorley threw a touchdown pass and Barkley scored on a 36-yard rush. The Buckeyes were able to stay within striking distance though, and Barrett threw three touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, while Ohio State clamped down on defense, to win the game late. Barrett went 9-for-9 passing for 102 yards on two touchdown drives in the final five minutes.

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14:45 PSU 7-0 Barkley, Saquon 97 yd kickoff return (Davis, T. kick) 11:36 PSU 5-23/1:56/14-0 Hamilton, DaeSean 13 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 4:38 OSU 9-37/2:58/14-3 Nuernberger, Sean 38 yd field goal 11:40 PSU 7-81/3:20/1-3 Barkley, Saquon 36 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 9:32 OSU 5-63/2:01/21-10 McLaurin, Terry 14 yd pass from Barrett (Nuernberger kick) 8:06 PSU 2-23/1:08/28-10 McSorley, Trace 6 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 4:56 OSU 10-75/3:10/28-17 Weber, Mike 2 yd run (Nuernberger kick) 11:37 OSU 10-57/3:23/28-20 Nuernberger, Sean 36 yd field goal 7:25 PSU 10-70/4:09/35-20 Thompkins, DeAndre 37 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 11:05 OSU 2-47/0:34/35-27 Dixon, Johnnie 38 yd pass from Barrett (Nuernberger kick) 5:42 PSU 10-64/5:18/38-27 Davis, Tyler 24 yd field goal 4:20 OSU 5-76/1:17/38-33 Dixon, Johnnie 10 yd pass from Barrett (Dixon rush failed) 1:48 OSU 5-58/1:19/38-39 Baugh, Marcus 16 yd pass from Barrett (Barrett rush failed)

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

PSU 17 91 192 17-29-0 283 64 0-0 9-73 30:53 7-15 3-3 2 1

OSU 27 201 328 33-39-0 529 78 2-2 10-79 29:07 5-12 6-6 4 2

First Quarter (Penn State 14, Ohio State 3) Success in all three phases gave Penn State a two-touchdown lead within the first four minutes of the game, as Barkley returned the opening-kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and then the Nittany Lion defense forced and recovered a fumble to setup a short touchdown drive. Barkley’s touchdown gave Penn State a 7-0 lead just 15 seconds into the game and on Ohio State's third play from scrimmage, Manny Bowen forced a fumble at the 50-yard line that Koa Farmer scooped up and returned 26 yards to the Ohio State 23. Facing third-and-goal from the 13 on the ensuing possession, McSorley lobbed a pass to the back-right corner of the end zone, where DaeSean Hamilton hauled it in for a touchdown with 11:36 remaining in the quarter. Both teams would trade punts before Ohio State got on the scoreboard with a 38-yard field goal with 4:38 remaining in the quarter. It was the first firstquarter score allowed by Penn State in 2017. Second Quarter (Penn State 28, Ohio State 17) The second quarter was even with both teams scoring a pair of touchdowns. Barkley and McSorley both scored rushing touchdowns for the Nittany Lions, as their kickoff return was a factor again. Barrett threw a touchdown and Mike Weber scored one on the ground for the Buckeyes. Penn State started at its own 19 to start the second quarter after forcing a turnover on downs to end the first. It took just seven plays to score, as Barkley scampered down the sideline from 36 yards out. McSorley went 3-for-4 passing for 27 yards on the drive, and the Lions were also aided by a pass interference call. Ohio State answered quickly with a five-play, 63-yard touchdown drive. A 36-yard pass to Austin Mack at the Penn State 16 keyed the drive, and Barrett found Terry McLaurin in the end zone just two plays later for a 14-yard touchdown pass, making 21-10 with 11:33 to go. Penn State’s kickoff return unit stepped up again on the ensuing kickoff. Looking to avoid Barkley, Ohio State kicked short to Farmer, but he returned it 59 yards to the Ohio State 23. McSorley capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run, diving for the pylon. Ohio State responded again though, driving 75 yards on 10 plays. Weber punched it into the end zone from 2 yards out, cutting the OSU deficit to 28-17 before halftime.

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Fourth Quarter (Ohio State 39, Penn State 38) Ohio State outscored Penn State, 19-3, in the final frame to snatch the victory. Penn State appeared to have a chance to put the game away early in the quarter with a fumble recovery by Shareef Miller at the Ohio State 42, but the Buckeyes forced a three-and-out and blocked the ensuing punt to setup a touchdown drive. Denzel Ward blocked the punt for Ohio State, and Dante Booker recovered it at the Penn State 47 and returned it 6 yards to the Penn State 41. Barrett then found Johnnie Dixon wide-open over the middle for a 28-yard touchdown with 11:05 remaining, which cut Penn State’s lead to 35-27. The Nittany Lions answered with a 10-play, 64-yard field goal drive. Tyler Davis hit a 24-yard field goal down the middle to extend the Lion lead to 38-27 with 5:42 remaining. Ohio State wasted no time finding the end zone again though, driving 76 yards in just 1:17. Starting at its own 24, Barrett completed four-straight passes to move the Buckeyes to the Penn State 30. Offsides and pass interference penalties on the next two plays spotted the ball at the 10, and Barrett connected with Dixon in the end zone for the touchdown with 4:20 remaining, making it a 38-33 game. The two-point conversion attempt failed. Penn State only went backwards on offense, and the Buckeyes offense started at its own 42 with 3:07 remaining. The Buckeyes needed just 1:19 to find the end zone again, as Barrett was perfect on five-straight passes, eventually connecting with Baugh on a 16-yard touchdown for a 39-38 lead with 1:48 to go.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Penn State-McSorley, Trace 13-49; Barkley, Saquon 21-44; TEAM 1-minus 2. Ohio State-Barrett, J.T. 17-95; Dobbins, J.K. 13-88; Weber, Mike 7-21; TEAM 2-minus 3. PASSING

Penn State-McSorley, Trace 17-29-0-192. Ohio State-Barrett, J.T. 33-39-0-328.

OTHER Time of Game Penn State Ohio State

Third Quarter (Penn State 35, Ohio State 20) Ohio State received the kickoff to open the half and scored a 36-yard field goal, pulling within eight with 11:37 to go in the quarter. The Nittany Lions answered with a 10-play touchdown drive. McSorley kept the drive alive early with a 12-yard scramble on third-and-11, and then capped it with a 37-yard touchdown pass to DeAndre Thompkins. The touchdown was initially ruled an interception on the field as the defensive back came up with the ball, but it was overturned on video-review, as it was clear Thompkins controlled the ball to the ground.

3:42 7-1, 4-1 B1G 7-1, 5-0 B1G

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RECEIVING

Penn State-Gesicki, Mike 6-57; Barkley, Saquon 4-23; Johnson, Juwan 3-29; Thompkins, DeAndre 2-49; Blacknall, Saeed 1-21; Hamilton, DaeSean 1-13. Ohio State-Hill, K.J. 12-102; Mack, Austin 6-90; Weber, Mike 5-9; Dixon, Johnnie 3-56; McLaurin, Terry 2-34; Baugh, Marcus 2-20; Saunders, C.J. 1-13; Campbell, Parris 1-5; Dobbins, J.K. 1-minus 1. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Penn State-Allen, Marcus 10-9-1; Bowen, Manny 9-7-2; Apke, Troy 8-62; Cabinda, Jason 7-3-4; Farmer, Koa 7-3-4; Campbell, Christian 6- 3-3. Ohio State-Fuller, Jordan 9-8-1; Baker, Jerome 7-4-3; Worley, Chris 5-32; Booker, Dante 5-3-2; Hubbard, Sam 4-3-1; Sheffield, Kendall 4-1-3; Landers, Robert 3-2-1.


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GAME RECAP EAST LANSING, Mich. - No. 7 Penn State entered the fourth quarter with a three-point lead, but a pair of fourth-quarter field goals from No. 24 Michigan State lifted the Spartans to a 27-24 victory inside of Spartan Stadium. The passing games thrived for both squads, even with the wet conditions and a nearly 3 1/2 hour weather delay midway through the second quarter, as neither running game could find its footing. Quarterback Trace McSorley piled up the second-highest passing yardage total of his career, completing 26-of-47 passes for 381 yards and three touchdowns. McSorley's 381 passing yards were just shy of his career-high 384yard effort in the Big Ten Championship Game in 2016. McSorley found eight different receivers in the game, with DaeSean Hamilton (112 yards) and DeAndre Thompkins (102 yards) each accounting for over 100 yards receiving. The yardage total was a career high for Thompkins, marking his first career 100-yard receiving game. Michigan State's Brian Lewerke was not to be outdone in the game, as he completed 33-of-56 passes for 400 yards and two touchdowns to rally the Spartans to victory. Felton Davis caught a game-high 12 passes for 181 yards and one touchdown for Michigan State. LJ Scott ran for 43 yards and a touchdown, while Matt Coghlin connected on both of his field goal attempts in the Spartans' win.

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5:40 PSU 7-92/3:00/7-0 Hamilton, DaeSean 31 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 3:28 MSU 4-52/2:07/7-7 Stewart, Darrell 7 yd pass from Lewerke (Coghlin kick) 0:42 PSU 9-75/2:46/14-7 Blacknall, Saeed 27 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 3:54 MSU 5-69/2:24/14-14 Davis, Felton 33 yd pass from Lewerke (Coghlin kick) 7:25 MSU 10-91/5:10/14-21 Scott, LJ 3 yd run (Coghlin kick) 2:11 PSU 12-71/5:08/17-21 Davis, Tyler 26 yd field goal 00:00 PSU 1-70/0:05/24-21 Thompkins, DeAndre 70 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 10:56 MSU 11-45/3:59/24-24 Coghlin, Matt 32 yd field goal 0:00 MSU 10-53/4:05/24-27 Coghlin, Matt 34 yd field goal

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

PSU 22 65 401 27-48-3 466 69 0-0 7-86 25:51 4-12 1-1 1 1

MSU 25 74 400 33-56-1 474 80 2-2 8-87 34:09 10-18 4-4 2 2

OTHER Time of Game Penn State Michigan State

3:35 7-2, 4-2 B1G 7-2, 5-1 B1G

First Quarter (Penn State 14, Michigan State 7) Penn State's offense started rolling on its second possession, driving 92 yards for a touchdown on seven plays in exactly three minutes. McSorley went 5-for5 passing for 70 yards on the drive, capping it with a 31-yard touchdown pass to Hamilton. Hamilton started the drive with a 23-yard reception, and McSorley got help in the passing game from Saquon Barkley, as the running back took a direct snap and zipped a 20-yard throw over the middle to Mike Gesicki to the Michigan State 42. Thompkins then hauled in an 11-yard catch to the 31 to setup the touchdown strike. Michigan State answered with a touchdown drive to tie the game at 7-7 with 3:28 to go in the first quarter. The Spartans started at their own 48 after a 28-yard kickoff return by Connor Heyward and a 15-yard personal foul penalty on Penn State, and moved deep into Penn State territory on consecutive completions of 18 (Darrell Stewart) and 17 (Davis) yards. After penalties on both teams, Michigan State ended up with first-and-goal at the 17. However, Lewerke found Davis for 10 yards to the 7, and then Stewart made a contested catch in the end zone for the touchdown. The Nittany Lions regained the lead on their next possession, once again moving the ball predominantly through the air. Hamilton keyed the drive with catches of 17 and 19 yards, with the latter advancing the Lions to the MSU 29. Penn State decided to go for it on fourth-and-8 from the MSU 27, and the gamble paid off as McSorley tossed a short pass to Saeed Blacknall on the left sideline, who broke a tackle to pick up the first down and then broke two more tackles to get all the way to the end zone.

Second Quarter (Penn State 14, Michigan State 14) With 7:58 remaining in the half, lightning was detected in the area, resulting in a 3 hour and 22 minute delay. The Spartans came out of the delay and gained 3 yards on their first play to bring up fourth-and-1 from the PSU 34. Going for it, Koa Farmer and Kevin Givens met MSU's Scott for no gain to force the turnover on downs. After a three-and-out by the Nittany Lions, Michigan State covered 69 yards on just five plays to knot the score at 14. After a short gain on the first play of the drive, a pass interference call moved the sticks for the Spartans. MSU was pushed to third down again before converting on third-and-3 with a 15-yard pass from Lewerke to Gerald Holmes. On the next snap, Lewerke found Felton for a diving 33-yard grab in the end zone. Third Quarter (Penn State 24, Michigan State 21) A pair of punts opened the third quarter, before Michigan State continued to show a propensity for converting on third-and-long on its way to taking a 2114 lead. Facing third-and-18 from its own 19, Lewerke found Davis for 36 yards and a first down. After netting minus-1 yards on the next two plays, Lewerke connected with Hunter Rison for 26 yards and the duo followed that with a 17yard connection to bring up first-and-goal from the PSU 3. Smith plunged into the end zone on the next play to give the Spartans their first lead of the game, 21-14. Penn State would regain the lead though before the end of the quarter by making the next two scores. The Lions answered with a 12-play, 71-yard field goal drive. The Penn State defense then forced a three-and-out on the next Spartan possession, and McSorley found a wide-open Thompkins down the left sideline for a 70-yard touchdown connection on the first play of the drive. Fourth Quarter (Michigan State 27, Penn State 24) Another nice kickoff return by Heyward, coupled with another Penn State personal foul penalty gave MSU the ball at its own 41 yard line to start, and the favorable field position setup a field goal drive that tied the game for the third time, 24-24. McSorley and Lewerke exchanged interceptions on the next two drives and Penn State's final drive ended on fourth down, handing the ball back to the Spartans with 4:05 left on the clock at the Penn State 19-yard line. On the final drive, Scott picked up a pair of first downs on the ground within the first five plays of the drive, before Penn State forced a third-and-4 at its own 37. A nice play by Tariq Castro-Fields broke up the Lewerke pass attempt, but a roughing the passer penalty gave Michigan State a first down. Scott rushed twice more for 6 yards and Coghlin piped a 34-yarder as time expired to hand Penn State its second-straight setback.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 14-63; McSorley, Trace 7-2. Michigan State-Scott, LJ 14-43; Lewerke, Brian 7-25; Holmes, Gerald 3-6. PASSING

Penn State-McSorley, Trace 26-47-3-381; Barkley, Saquon 1-1-0-20. Michigan State-Lewerke, Brian 33-56-1-400.

RECEIVING

Penn State-Gesicki, Mike 8-89; Hamilton, DaeSean 7-112; Thompkins, DeAndre 4-102; Barkley, Saquon 3-33; Johnson, Juwan 2-27; Blacknall, Saeed 1-27; Holland, Jonathan 1-7; Charles, Irvin 1-4. Michigan State-Davis, Felton 12-181; Stewart, Darell 5-65; White, Cody 5-51; Scott, LJ 4-9; Rison, Hunter 3-52; Sokol, Matt 2-15; Holmes, Gerald 1-15; Dotson, Matt 1-12. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Penn State-Apke, Troy 8-5-3; Farmer, Koa 8-4-4; Bowen, Manny 7-07; Haley, Grant 5-3-2; Allen, Marcus 5-2-3; Campbell, Christian 4-1-3; Givens, Kevin 4-1-3; Cabinda, Jason 4-0-4. Michigan State-Willis, Khari 11-9-2; Scott, Josiah 6-5-1; Bachie, Joe 6-3-3; Stallworth, Kyonta 6-2-4; Dowell, Andrew 6-1-5; Willekes, Kenny 5-0-5; Dowell, David 4-2-2.

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GAME RECAP UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – No. 14 Penn State held Rutgers to 200 yards of total offense to extend its home winning streak to 13 games with a 35-6 Homecoming victory. Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley was responsible for three touchdowns, throwing for two and running for one to become Penn State’s sole leader in career touchdowns responsible for with 68, while running back Saquon Barkley added a pair of touchdown runs and set the Penn State allpurpose career yards record with 5,055 in his three seasons. The Nittany Lions had a slower than usual start, failing to score first and failing to score in the first quarter for the first time in 2017, but they did not look back after falling behind 6-0 in the second quarter, scoring the final 35 points in the game. The Lions had a historic effort on defense, as the 43 passing yards allowed were their fewest allowed in a Big Ten Conference game in program history, besting their record of 48 yards set at Rutgers last season. Jason Cabinda and Brandon Smith led the team in tackles, making 11 and 10, respectively. First Quarter (Rutgers 3, Penn State 0) An unfortunate bounce put Penn State in an early hole. Saquon Barkley attempted to field a short kickoff inside the Penn State 20 on a bounce, but the ball bounced away from him and Rutgers was able to recover it at the 21. The Penn State defense forced a three-and-out, and Andrew Harte converted a 33yard field goal for an early lead. The rest of the quarter was scoreless.

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12:48 RU 4-7/2:12/3-0 Harte, Andrew 33 yd field goal 11:16 RU 15-57/7:45/6-0 Harte, Andrew 25 yd field goal 9:32 PSU 4-65/1:44/6-7 McSorley, Trace 20 yd rush (Davis, T. kick) 1:13 PSU 7-74/3:26/6-14 Hamilton, DaeSean 22 yd Pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 6:00 PSU 9-55/4:50/6-21 Barkley, Saquon 1 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 1:42 PSU 4-46/2:11/6-28 Barkley, Saquon 4 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 6:52 PSU 9-62/5:00/6-35 Gesicki, Mike 16 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick)

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

RU 10 157 43 7-20-0 200 59 1-1 4-41 32:29 3-15 2-3 0 2

PSU 18 90 214 16-21-0 304 52 0-0 4-20 27:31 4-9 4-4 4 0

Second Quarter (Penn State 14, Rutgers 6) Harte converted a 25-yard field goal with 11:16 remaining in the quarter, capping a 15-play, 57-yard scoring drive that consumed 7 minutes, 45 seconds on the clock. The Penn State offense found its rhythm on the ensuing drive though, driving 65 yards on just four plays to take a 7-6 lead with 9:32 remaining in the half. After the Rutgers kickoff went out of bounds, McSorley opened the drive with 19-yard completion to tight end Mike Gesicki over the middle to the Rutgers 46, and then after a 1-yard Barkley rush, McSorley found DaeSean Hamilton in between defenders down the left sideline for 25 yards to the Rutgers 20. McSorley then kept the ball himself, pulling it from Barkley and weaving his way 20 yards to the end zone to become the Penn State career leader in touchdowns responsible for. Rutgers went three-and-out twice and Penn State once before the Nittany Lions assembled another touchdown drive before the half. The Lions reached midfield on a 17-yard completion to Juwan Johnson on third-and-3, and McSorley and Johnson then converted another third down, with McSorley throwing on the run to Johnson for 10 yards to the Rutgers 37 on third-and-7. McSorley continued to target Johnson, throwing to him deep down the left sideline and drawing a pass interference penalty to gain 15 yards to the Rutgers 22. McSorley then hit Hamilton on a post route in the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown with 1:13 on the clock. Tyler Davis’ extra point gave Penn State a 14-6 lead.

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Fourth Quarter (Penn State 35, Rutgers 6) Gesicki tied Penn State’s all-time tight end touchdown reception record with a 16-yard score with 5:07 remaining. It capped a nine-play, 64-yard drive highlighted by a 17-yard completion to Brandon Polk the play prior.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Rutgers-Rescigno, Giovanni 13-57; Martin, Robert 10-53; Edwards, Gus 13-43; Blackshear, Raheem 2-6; Washington, Jerome 1-minus 2. Penn State-McSorley, Trace 13-44; Barkley, Saquon 14-35; Sanders, Miles 2-18; TEAM 2-minus 7.

RECEIVING

Rutgers-Griffin-Stewart, Nakia 2-19; Jabbie, Mohamed 1-12; Bailey, Dacoven 1-4; Melton, Bo 1-4; Washington, Jerome 1-3; Edwards, Gus 1-1. Penn State-Johnson, Juwan 5-78; Gesicki, Mike 4-45; Hamilton, DaeSean 3-40; Blacknall, Saeed 2-14; Barkley, Saquon 1-20; Polk, Brandon 1-17.

PASSING

Rutgers-Rescigno, Giovanni 7-20-0-43. Penn State-McSorley, Trace 16-21-0-214.

OTHER Time of Game Rutgers Penn State

Third Quarter (Penn State 28, Rutgers 6) Rutgers received the opening kickoff, but Lamont Wade forced a fumble that Garrett Taylor recovered at the Rutgers 23. Penn State was unable to take advantage of the field position though as Dacoven Bailey sacked McSorley for a loss of 12 yards to the Rutgers 36, forcing a punt. The Nittany Lions forced a three-and-out, as well, and took over at their own 45. McSorley connected with Johnson for 17 yards on the first play to move to the Rutgers 38. The Lions then used some trickery on third-and-9 from the 15, as McSorley dumped the ball off to Hamilton 3 yards behind the line, and Hamilton then pitched it back to Barkley at the 22 on a hook-and-ladder, and Barkley carried it to the 1-yard line. Barkley walked into the end zone on secondand-goal to extend the advantage to 21-6. Penn State then received favorable field position following the Scarlet Knights’ ensuing possession after Cabinda dropped Rutgers tight end Jerome Washington for a loss of 2 yards on fourth-and-2, giving the Nittany Lion offense the ball at the Rutgers 46. It took Penn State just four plays to score, as McSorley rushed for 8 yards on first down, and then connected with Johnson for consecutive completions of 25 and 9 yards, respectively, to the Rutgers 4. Barkley broke through into the end zone on the next play for a touchdown and 28-6 lead with 1:42 on the clock.

2:51 4-6, 3-4 B1G 8-2, 5-2 B1G

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TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Rutgers-Rutgers-Roberts, Deonte 9-1-8; Wilkins, Kevin 6-0-6; Hester, Kiy 5-2-3; Wharton, Isaiah 5-2-3; Hayes, Damon 4-3-1; Russell, Brandon 4-1-3; Turay, Kemoko 3-2-1; Davis, Darnell 3-1-2; Onyechi, CJ 3-1-2; Bateky, Jon 3-1-2; Morris, Trevor 3-1-2. Penn State-Cabinda, Jason 11-2-9; Smith, Brandon 10-4-6; Monroe, Ayron 7-1-6; Scott, Nick 4-2-2; Wade, Lamont 4-1-3; Johnson, Jan 4-0-4; Allen, Marcus 3-3-0; Simmons, Shane 3-1-2; Gross-Matos, Yetur 3-0-3.


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GAME RECAP

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TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

OTHER

Time of Game Nebraska Penn State

NU 21 67 399 26-41-0 466 67 0-0 9-89 29:49 5-15 5-5 4 1

PSU 32 263 346 26-39-0 609 74 1-1 5-39 30:11 8-12 7-7 7 0 3:42 4-7, 3-5 B1G 9-2, 6-2 B1G

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley scored three touchdowns each as Penn State totaled 609 yards of offense in a 56-44 victory over Nebraska. Penn State extended its home winning streak to 14 games, completing its home schedule with a second consecutive perfect 7-0 record for its first back-toback undefeated home seasons since 1985 and 1986. It was Penn State's most prolific offensive performance since rolling for 661 yards against Rutgers in 1995, and ended up being the highest-scoring game in Beaver Stadium history. The Nittany Lions took control of the game late in the first quarter, rattling off five consecutive touchdown drives to turn a 10-7 deficit into a 42-10 lead before the halftime break. Nebraska scored a pair of touchdowns in the third quarter to cut the deficit to 18 points, but Penn State answered with a pair of early fourthquarter touchdowns to restore its 32-point edge. However, the Huskers trimmed the deficit to just 12 points with three late touchdowns. Barkley's three rushing touchdowns gave him 39 for his career, breaking the record of 38 set by Lydell Mitchell 46 years ago. He did the majority of his work in the first half, totaling 142 yards rushing on just 14 carries with the three scores. He finished with 158 yards on 17 carries, and added 66 yards on six receptions to total 224 all-purpose yards. McSorley was responsible for four touchdowns, extending his consecutive games with a passing touchdown streak to 26 by throwing for three touchdowns, and he also rushed for one score. He racked up 371 yards of total offense by passing for 325 yards on 24-of-36 passing and rushing nine times for 46 yards. It was his ninth career 300-yard passing game, tying him for the Penn State record with Christian Hackenberg. In addition to Barkley, Juwan Johnson and Mike Gesicki were top targets of McSorley's. Johnson enjoyed his first career 100-yard receiving game with 105 yards on five catches, while Gesicki caught two touchdown passes amongst his four receptions for 47 yards. Gesicki became Penn State's career leader in receiving yards by a tight end (1,384 yards) and the lone record holder for career touchdown receptions by a tight end (13). Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee threw for 327 yards in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome the early deficit. Wide receiver Stanley Morgan, caught seven passes for 185 yards and a touchdown for the Huskers. First Quarter (Penn State 14, Nebraska 10) It took Penn State just three plays to score, as Barkley broke free for a 65-yard touchdown run. Penn State forced a three-and-out on defense, but inadvertently touched a short punt, and Nebraska's Collin Miller recovered it at the Penn State 34-yard line. Nebraska was able to get a field goal out of the second chance, converting on a 27-yard Drew Brown kick. Nebraska then forced a three-and-out and a shanked punt only went 18 yards to the Penn State 36, setting up a short touchdown drive. Lee completed back-to-back passes of 17 and 18 yards to the Penn State 1, and Devine Ozigbo pushed into the end zone for a 10-7 lead. Penn State regained the lead on its next possession. DaeSean Hamilton kept the drive alive on third-and-5, eluding a defender to get past the first-down marker to the Penn State 46, and then Johnson turned a short catch into a 43yard gain to reach the Nebraska 11. Barkley did the rest, scoring from 1-yard out for a 14-10 lead.

Second Quarter (Penn State 42, Nebraska 10) Penn State scored four unanswered touchdowns in the second quarter while forcing five Nebraska three-and-outs. A 30-yard Barkley run to end the first quarter placed Penn State at its own 45 to start the second. A 22-yard completion to Saeed Blacknall on thirdand-10 moved the Nittany Lions into Nebraska territory at the 33, and then four consecutive rushes resulted in a touchdown, with McSorley taking it across the goal line from 9 yards out. A 24-yard Barkley reception started the next touchdown drive, advancing the Lions to the Nebraska 43. A second-down, 12-yard completion to Hamilton followed by a 13-yard Gesicki reception with a roughing the passer penalty tacked on spotted the ball at the 9, setting up a Gesicki touchdown catch on the very next play. Barkley scored his third touchdown of the half on the next drive, capping a 10-play, 65-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. DeAndre Thompkins capped the scoring run with a 15-yard touchdown reception with 1:19 before the break to extend the Lion lead to 42-10. The sevenplay, 78-yard drive was keyed by a 22-yard reception by Johnson. Third Quarter (Penn State 42, Nebraska 24) Nebraska scored a pair of touchdowns in the quarter to cut the deficit to 18 points. Mikale Wilbon scored on a 24-yard run with 6:40 remaining in the quarter, capping an eight-play, 90-yard drive, and then after a three-and-out for Penn State, Nebraska found the end zone again on a 22-yard pass from Lee to De'Mornay Pierson-El with 2:34 remaining in the frame. The latter drive was highlighted by a 51-yard completion to Stanley Morgan. Fourth Quarter (Penn State 56, Nebraska 44) McSorley threw a 17-yard touchdown pass to Gesicki early in the fourth quarter, and then the respective understudies for both teamed for a touchdown on the next offensive possession, as quarterback Tommy Stevens threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to tight end Nick Bowers. It was not only Bowers' first career touchdown, but his first career catch, and it gave PSU a 56-24 lead with 10:13 remaining. Nebraska shrank the final margin to just 12 points, though, with three late touchdowns, including one as time expired.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Nebraska-Wilbon, Mikale 10-53; Ozigbo, Devine 7-12; Bradley, Jaylin 1-9; Spielman, JD 1-8; Lindsey, Tyjon 1-1; Lee, Tanner 6-minus 16. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 17-158; McSorley, Trace 9-46; Stevens, Tommy 5-31; Sanders, Miles 4-28. PASSING

Nebraska-Lee, Tanner 26-41-0-399. Penn State-McSorley, Trace 24-36-0-325; Stevens, Tommy 2-3-0-21.

RECEIVING

Nebraska-Morgan, Stanley 7-185; Spielman, JD 6-96; Hoppes, Tyler 6-43; Pierson-El, De'Mornay 4-54; Wilbon, Mikale 2-18; Stoll, Jack 1-3. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 6-66; Johnson, Juwan 5-105; Gesicki, Mike 4-47; Hamilton, DaeSean 4-42; Stevens, Tommy 2-22; Blacknall, Saeed 1-22; Bowers, Nick 1-15; Thompkins, DeAndre 1-15; Sanders, Miles 1-6; Pancoast, Tom 1-6. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Nebraska-Newby, Marcus 10-5-5; Barry, Mohamed 7-4-3; Weber, Chris 6-3-3; Jackson, Lamar 4-4-0; Williams, Aaron 4-4-0; Kalu, Joshua 4-31; Young, Dedrick 4-2-2; Williams, Kieron 4-1-3. Penn State-Smith, Brandon 13-3-10; Cabinda, Jason 7-2-5; Oruwariye, Amani 5-4-1; Wade, Lamont 5-0-5; Campbell, Christian 4-2-2; Apke, Troy 4-1-3.

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GAME RECAP COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Quarterbacks Trace McSorley and Tommy Stevens were responsible for seven of Penn State's nine touchdowns, as the Nittany Lions earned their largest Big Ten win ever with a 66-3 rout of Maryland in the regular season finale for both teams. The 66 points scored and 63-point margin of victory were both Big Ten records for the Nittany Lions, as they earned their 10th win of the season for their first back-to-back 10-win seasons since 2008 and 2009. Penn State led the game from its first possession and built a 31-0 lead by halftime. Strong play by the Penn State signal callers led the offensive attack, as McSorley threw for two touchdowns and 237 yards on 22-of-33 passing in less than three quarters of work, while Stevens rushed for a career-high 113 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries and also threw one touchdown pass. Tight end Mike Gesicki caught both of McSorley's touchdowns, finishing with five catches for 35 yards, while running back Saquon Barkley rushed for two touchdowns and totaled 77 yards on 16 carries. The Penn State defense limited Maryland to 303 yards of offense and forced three fumbles, recovering one, while the McPhearson brothers teamed up to force (Josh) and recover (Zech) a fumble on a kickoff. The Terrapins were just 1-for-15 on third down conversion attempts and 0-for-3 on fourth down.

SCORING SUMMARY 1

2

3

4

OT

F

PSU

14

17

21

14

-

66

UMD

0

0

3

0

-

3

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

10:17 PSU Stevens, Tommy 21 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 3:10 PSU McSorley, Trace 5 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 14:52 PSU Gesicki, Mike 2 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 11:33 PSU Gesicki, Mike 9 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 2:24 PSU Davis, Tyler 30 yd field goal 9:18 PSU Barkley, Saquon 1 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 7:12 PSU Barkley, Saquon 1 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 2:37 PSU Pancoast, Tom 4 yd pass from Stevens (Davis, T. kick) 1:01 UMD Darmstadter, Henry 42 yd field goal 7:44 PSU Stevens, Tommy 3 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 2:24 PSU Stevens, Tommy 6 yd run (Davis, T. kick)

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

OTHER

Time of Game Penn State Maryland

188

PSU 28 286 248 25-40-0 534 88 0-0 2-10 37:31 11-17 9-9 8 1

11-91/4:43/7-0 5-41/2:20/14-0 6-44/1:53/21-0 4-52/1:35/28-0 10-55/4:31/31-0 10-73/3:53/38-0 4-13/1:59/45-0 7-68/3:09/52-0 6-551:28/52-3 7-57/3:05/59-3 6-48/3:18/66-3

UMD 11 124 179 21-37-0 303 62 4-2 8-91 22:29 1-15 0-0 0 0

First Half (Penn State 31, Maryland 0) Penn State built a commanding lead in the half, led by McSorley with three touchdowns responsible for. He threw for two on 19-of-29 yards passing for 205 yards and ran for one, gaining 33 yards on six attempts. The defense also came up with timely stops, forcing a pair of strip-sacks on third down, forcing and recovering a fumble on third down and making two fourth-down stops. Penn State received the opening kickoff and methodically worked its way 91 yards down the field for a touchdown on its opening drive. McSorley went 5-of-7 passing for 38 yards, but made the biggest play with his feet, running for 22 yards on third-and-8 from the Penn State 45 to the Maryland 33. After an incompletion in the end zone, McSorley completed a 5-yard pass to DaeSean Hamilton, and then converted third down again with a 7-yard pass to Juwan Johnson to the Maryland 21. The Nittany Lions then sent backup quarterback Stevens into the backfield, and McSorley handed off to him as he rushed around the right side. Stevens faked a reverse-pitch to Barkley, who had lined up out wide, and then sprinted down the sideline almost untouched for the touchdown. Maryland was forced to punt on the ensuing possession after Kevin Givens had a strip-sack on third-and-long, and then both teams traded punts, with Jason Cabinda forcing a strip-sack on third-and-long. The Maryland punt only went 27 yards though, giving the Penn State offense the ball at the Maryland 41, and it took McSorley just five plays to lead the Lions into the end zone. He went 4-for-4 passing to lead the Nittany Lions to the 5, and then called his own number and punched his way into the end zone for a 14-0 lead with 3:10 remaining in the first quarter. The Penn State defense then gave its offense another short field with a stop on fourth-and-1 at the Maryland 44. McSorley ran for 9 yards on the first play and then completed a 19-yard pass to Saeed Blacknall at the Maryland 16. Barkley rushed for 9 and 5 yards to the 2 to end the quarter, and then McSorley found Gesicki in the end zone on the first play of the fresh quarter for a 21-0 lead.

Maryland fumbled on its next possession, and Penn State's Robert Windsor recovered it at the Maryland 48. A 32-yard completion to Hamilton on the second play of the drive moved Penn State into the red zone at the 19. Then on first-and-goal from the 5, Gesicki hauled in a one-handed reception in back of the end zone for his second touchdown of the quarter with 11:33 on the clock. The Terps attempted a 47-yard field goal on their next drive, but it hit the right upright. Maryland then forced a punt and a Ty Johnson 45-yard run moved them into Penn State territory, but a Grant Haley sack on fourth-and-4 from the Penn State 31 ended the drive. Penn State followed with a 10-play, 55-yard field goal drive highlighted by a 28-yard reception by DeAndre Thompkins. Tyler Davis, attempting his first field goal in three weeks, converted from 30 yards, sending Penn State to the locker room with a 31-0 lead. Third Quarter (Penn State 52, Maryland 3) Troy Apke and Givens teamed up to make a fourth-and-1 stop for the Lions at the Penn State 27 to open the quarter, and Penn State marched 73 yards on 10 plays, with Barkley reaching across the goal line on fourth-and-less-than-1 for a 38-0 lead with 9:18 on the clock. The McPhearson brothers then teamed up on the kickoff to give Penn State the ball back, as Josh forced a fumble at the Maryland 16 and Zech recovered it at the 13. Four plays later, Barkley punched it into the end zone from 1-yard out for a 45-0 lead with 7:12 remaining in the quarter. After a Maryland three-and-out, McSorley gave way to Stevens at quarterback, and Stevens led a seven-play, 68-yard touchdown drive that he capped with a 4-yard touchdown toss to Tom Pancoast with 2:37 on the clock. Maryland scored its lone points with 1:01 remaining in the quarter on a 42-yard field goal. Fourth Quarter (Penn State 66, Maryland 3) Stevens added two more rushing touchdowns in the fourth quarter for the final margin, scoring from 3 yards out with 7:44 remaining and 6 yards out with 2:24 remaining.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Penn State-Stevens, Tommy 12-113; Barkley, Saquon 16-77; Sanders, Miles 7-42; McSorley, Trace 7-36; Allen, Mark 4-20; TEAM 2-minus 2. Maryland-Johnson, Ty 8-70; Harrison, Lorenzo 7-60; Funk, Jake 1-0; Bortenschlager, Max 7-minus 2; Leake, Javon 2-minus 4. PASSING

Penn State-McSorley, Trace 22-33-0-237; Stevens, Tommy 3-7-0-11. Maryland-Bortenschlager, Max 20-36-0-185; Moore, DJ 1-1-0-minus 6.

3:20 10-2, 7-2 B1G 4-8, 2-7 B1G

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RECEIVING

Penn State-Johnson, Juwan 6-63; Hamilton, DaeSean 5-59; Gesicki, Mike 5-35; Thompkins, DeAndre 3-48; Blacknall, Saeed 1-19; Polk, Brandon 1-9; Stevens, Tommy 1-4; Barkley, Saquon 1-4; Pancoast, Tom 1-4; Sanders, Miles 1-3. Maryland-Moore, DJ 8-100; Jacobs, Taivon 4-33; Davenport, Jahrvis 4-21; Harrison, Lorenzo 3-14; Capehart, Tahj 1-6; Cornwell, Michael 1-5. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Penn State-Smith, Brandon 5-2-3; Castro-Fields, Tariq 4-4-0; Campbell, Christian 4-4-0; Wade, Lamont 4-3-1; Allen, Marcus 4-3-1; Cabinda, Jason 4-3-1; Brown, Cam 4-3-1. Maryland-Carter, Jermaine 11-7-4; Davis, Isaiah 8-4-4; Richardson, Antwaine 7-3-4; Savage, Darnell 6-5-1; Brooks, Antoine 6-5-1; Cockerille, Shane 6-3-3; Davis, RaVon 5-5-0; Burkett, Chandler 5-4-1.


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GAME RECAP

SCORING SUMMARY 1

2

3

4

OT

F

UW

0

14

7

7

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28

PSU

14

14

7

0

-

35

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

11:10 PSU 8-83/3:50/0-7 Hamilton, DaeSean 48 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 1:34 PSU 11-64/5:12/0-14 Barkley, Saquon 2 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 14:57 UW 4-75/1:37/7-14 Browning, Jake 1 yd run (Vizcaino kick) 11:59 PSU 7-76/2:53/7-21 Sanders, Miles 1 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 9:01 PSU 2-93/0:44/7-28 Barkley, Saquon 92 yd run (Davis, T. kick) 4:15 UW 6-33/2:26/14-28 Gaskin, Myles 13 yd run (Vizcaino kick) 9:57 UW 13-80/4:59/21-28 Fuller, Aaron 28 yd pass from Browning (Vizcaino kick) 5:59 PSU 8-70/3:58/21-35 Hamilton, DaeSean 24 yd pass from McSorley (Davis, T. kick) 6:52 UW 3-78/1:14/28-35 Gaskin, Myles 69 yd run (Vizcaino kick)

TEAM STATS First Downs Rushing Yards Passing Yards Passing (C-A-Int) Total Offense Plays Fumbles (#-Lost) Penalties (#-Yards) Possession Time 3rd-Down Conv. Red Zone Touchdowns Field goals

UW 14 104 227 19-29-0 331 55 1-1 4-22 24:05 8-15 2-2 2 0

PSU 25 203 342 32-41-2 545 79 2-1 2-20 35:55 13-17 2-3 7 0

OTHER Time of Game Washington Penn State

3:25 10-3, 7-2 Pac-12 11-2, 7-2 B1G

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley eclipsed 400 yards of total offense and became the school’s all-time bowl game passing leader to lead the No. 9 Nittany Lions past No. 11 Washington, 35-28, in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in University of Phoenix Stadium. Penn State improved to 7-0 all-time in the Fiesta Bowl to finish the 2017 season 11-2, marking the first time since the 2008 and 2009 seasons that the Nittany Lions posted back-to-back 11-win seasons. McSorley led a Penn State offense that totaled a program bowl-record 545 yards of offense, as he completed 32-of-42 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns while rushing 12 times for 60 yards. McSorley was particularly strong on third downs, completing 12-of-12 passing attempts for 194 yards and two touchdowns, resulting in 11 of Penn State’s 13 third down conversions - its most since 2008. McSorley completed passes to nine different receivers, with DaeSean Hamilton catching five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns to lead the group. McSorley was named the game’s offensive MVP, while safety Marcus Allen was named the defensive MVP. Allen had a team-high six solo tackles, and tied for the team lead with seven total tackles. Running back Saquon Barkley also had a record-breaking performance, setting a Fiesta Bowl and Penn State bowl record with a 92-yard touchdown run, also tying Penn State’s all-time longest run record. He finished with 137 yards rushing and two touchdowns, while also catching a team-high seven receptions and totaling 38 yards receiving. Penn State led the game from its opening possession until the end, with Washington getting no closer than a touchdown. The Nittany Lions’ 35 points scored snapped Washington’s 26-game streak of holding opponents to less than 30 points. Washington entered the game with the leading FBS rushing defense at 92.3 yards per game and had allowed just one play of more than 40 yards this season, however Penn State rushed for 203 yards and had two plays go for more than 40 yards. First Quarter (Penn State 14, Washington 0) The Nittany Lions possessed the ball for nearly 10-and-a-half minutes in the first quarter, as McSorley went 11-for-15 passing for 121 yards and a touchdown, and was also the leading rusher with 26 yards. Barkley added 23 yards on the ground with a touchdown and also caught two passes for 12 yards. Penn State received the opening kickoff and was first on the scoreboard, as McSorley completed a 48-yard touchdown pass to Hamilton on the opening drive. Washington was poised to force a three-and-out initially, but Barkley kept the drive alive with a 12-yard reception on third-and-10. Penn State’s defense did force a three-and-out on its first action to get the offense back on the field. The Nittany Lions passed midfield on a 17-yard completion to Mike Gesicki, but McSorley was intercepted by Byron Murphy in the back of the end zone. Penn State forced another three-and-out on defense as Tyrell Chavis sacked Browning on third-and-11, leading to an 11-play, 64-yard Penn State touchdown drive capped by a 2-yard Barkley touchdown run. The Lions faced just one third down before reaching the red zone, and converted it as Hamilton hauled in a 9-yard reception at the Washington 40-yard line. The very next play, McSorley connected with Saeed Blacknall for 20 yards to the Washington 20, and then Barkley rushed for 8 yards to the 12. On third-and-goal from the 2, Barkley

punched through the left side of the line for the touchdown. Washington’s first first down came on a roughing the passer penalty on its ensuing possession, and it took advantage by following with a trick play, as wide receiver Andre Baccellia tossed a 52-yard pass to Will Dissly down to the Penn State 12. On the first play of the second quarter, Jake Browning called his own number for a 1-yard touchdown sneak. Second Quarter (Penn State 28, Washington 14) Browning’s touchdown run opened the quarter and pulled Washington within a touchdown, but the Nittany Lions responded with another touchdown drive. A 26-yard completion to Gesicki moved Penn State to midfield, and an 11yard completion to Juwan Johnson advanced the Lions to the Washington 35. After an incompletion, McSorley found DeAndre Thompkins at the 1-yard line, setting up a 1-yard touchdown run for Miles Sanders. Washington gained one first down after the kickoff, but a sack by Kevin Givens and Parker Cothren for a loss of 10 resulted in a four-play drive and punt. It then took just two plays for Penn State to score again, as Barkley broke free for a 92-yard touchdown run, tying Penn State’s longest run record and breaking both the Penn State bowl and the Fiesta Bowl records, both previously held by Chafie Fields (84 yds, 1997). Penn State forced Washington’s third three-and-out and earned strong field position at its own 40 after a punt, but a fumble on a backwards pitch on the first play of the new drive was recovered by Washington’s Ryan Bowman. It took the Huskies six plays to find the end zone, as Myles Gaskin found a hole for a 13-yard touchdown run. Third Quarter (Penn State 35, Washington 21) Washington received the kickoff to open the second half, and used tempo to rattle off 13 plays in 4 minutes, 59 seconds on an 80-yard touchdown drive. Browning threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Fuller to pull the Huskies back within a touchdown at 28-21. Penn State answered with an eight-play, 70-yard touchdown drive that was ignited by a 24-yard McSorley run and capped with a 24-yard touchdown toss to Hamilton with 5:59 remaining in the quarter. A Shareef Miller sack on third down forced another Washington three-andout and put Penn State’s offense back on the field to finish out the quarter. Fourth Quarter (Penn State 35, Washington 28) Over the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth quarter, Penn State drove 53 yards on 13 plays to the Washington 18, but a McSorley pass was deflected by Ben Burr-Kirven and intercepted by Austin Joyner at the 19. Both teams traded punts, and then Gaskin rushed 69 yards for a touchdown to bring Washington within a touchdown at 35-28 with 6:52 to go. Penn State was able to bleed the clock down to 38 seconds with 13 plays, converting three third downs before Barkley was stopped 1 yard short on thirdand-2. A false start penalty then moved the Lions back to the UW 28 on fourth down, and a Tyler Davis 45-yard field goal attempt missed wide right, giving the Huskies the ball back with 34 seconds remaining. However, the Nittany Lions forced three incompletions, forcing a desperation lateral play on fourth down with just a few seconds remaining, and Brandon Smith recovered the loose ball to ice the win.

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING

Washington-Gaskin, Myles 14-98; Coleman, Lavon 4-11; Baccellia, Andre 1-9; Ahmed, Salvon 1-1; Browning, Jake 6-minus 15. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 18-137; McSorley, Trace 12-60; Sanders, Miles 6-15; Team 2-minus 9. PASSING

Washington-Browning, Jake 18-28-0-175; Baccellia, Andre 1-1-0-52. Penn State-McSorley, Trace 32-41-2-342.

RECEIVING

Washington-Fuller, Aaron 6-61; Ahmed, Salvon 3-25; Dissly, Will 2-59; Jones, Ty 2-23; Baccellia, Andre 2-9; Pettis, Dante 1-40; Sample, Drew 1-6; Gaskin, Myles 1-4. Penn State-Barkley, Saquon 7-38; Johnson, Juwan 6-66; Gesicki, Mike 6-62; Hamilton, DaeSean 5-110; Stevens, Tommy 3-minus 1; Thompkins, DeAndre 2-39; Blacknall, Saeed 1-20; Sanders, Miles 1-4. TOP TACKLERS (T-UA-A)

Washington-Bierria, Keishawn 11-7-4; Murphy, Byron 7-6-1; McInstosh 7-6-1, Vea, Vita 6-5-1; Joyner, Austin 6-5-1; Burr-Kirven, Ben 5-5-0; Bryant, Myles 5-4-1; Bartlett, Tevis 5-4-1; O’Brien, Connor 4-2-2; Rapp, Taylor 4-1-3. Penn State-Allen, Marcus 7-6-1; Smith, Brandon 7-2-5; Haley, Grant 4-40; Campbell, Christian 4-3-1; Givens, Kevin 4-2-2; Cabinda, Jason 4-2-2.

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2017 SEASON IN REVIEW 2017 BIG TEN RECAP BIG TEN CONFERENCE STANDINGS ➤ EAST DIVISION

CONFERENCE GAMES L Pct. PF

PA

W

L

Pct.

H

ALL GAMES A

N

PF

PA

8 7 7 5 3 2 2

1 2 2 4 6 7 7

179 181 172 175 294 270 349

12 10 11 8 4 5 4

2 3 2 5 8 7 8

.857 .769 .846 .615 .333 .417 .333

6-1 6-1 7-0 4-2 3-4 3-3 2-4

4-1 3-2 3-2 3-2 1-4 2-4 2-4

2-0 1-0 1-0 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-0

576 319 534 328 216 322 289

266 260 214 245 340 304 445

W

L

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PF

PA

W

L

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H

A

N

PF

PA

9 7 4 4 3 2 0

0 2 5 5 6 7 9

1.000 .778 .444 .444 .333 .222 .000

288 259 241 183 214 166 118

114 170 181 173 338 250 303

13 10 8 7 4 5 2

1 3 5 6 8 7 10

.929 .769 .615 .538 .333 .417 .167

7-0 6-1 5-2 4-2 2-5 4-3 2-5

6-0 3-2 2-3 2-3 2-3 1-4 0-5

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

473 380 367 328 309 265 185

195 261 259 267 437 274 378

G 13 14 14 13 12

TD 23 0 0 0 0

FG 0 17 16 9 16

W

Ohio State Michigan State Penn State Michigan Rutgers Indiana Maryland

➤ WEST DIVISION Wisconsin Northwestern Iowa Purdue Nebraska Minnesota Illinois

.889 .778 .778 .556 .333 .222 .222

417 196 358 211 124 209 165

BIG TEN INDIVIDUAL STAT LEADERS ➤ RUSHING 1. Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin 2. Justin Jackson, Northwestern 3. J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State 4. Saquon Barkley, Penn State (33) 5. Akrum Wadley, Iowa ➤ PASSING AVG./GAME 1. Trace McSorley, Penn State (19) 2. Tanner Lee, Nebraska 3. Clayton Thorson, Northwestern 4. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 5. Brian Lewerke, Michigan State

G 14 13 14 13 13

ATT. 299 287 194 217 252

YARDS 1977 1311 1403 1271 1109

AVG. 6.6 4.6 7.2 5.9 4.4

TD 13 11 7 18 10

LONG 75 79 77 92 35

AVG./G 141.2 100.8 100.2 97.8 85.3

➤ SCORING 1. Saquon Barkley, Penn State (5) 2. Sean Nuernberger, Ohio State 3. Rafael Gaglianone, Wisconsin 4. Tyler Davis, Penn State 5. Griffin Oakes, Indiana

2XP 0 0 0 0 0

PTS. 138 122 107 98 86

PTS./G 10.6 8.7 7.6 7.5 7.2

G 13 12 13 14 13

C-A-I 284-427-10 246-428-16 262-434-12 240-371-9 246-417-7

PCT. 66.5 57.5 60.4 64.7 59.0

YARDS 3570 3143 2844 3053 2793

TD 28 23 15 35 20

LONG 85 80 58 84 60

AVG./G 274.6 261.9 218.8 218.1 214.8

➤ SCORING (KICK) 1. Sean Nuernberger, Ohio State 2. Rafael Gaglianone, Wisconsin 3. Tyler Davis, Penn State 4. Griffin Oakes, Indiana 5. Quinn Nordin, Michigan

➤ PASS EFFICIENCY G 1. J.T. Barrett, Ohio State 14 2. Trace McSorley, Penn State (11) 13 3. Alex Hornibrook, Wisconsin 14 4. Nate Stanley, Iowa 13 5. Tanner Lee, Nebraska 12

C-A-I 240-371-9 284-427-10 198-318-15 196-351-6 246-428-16

PCT. 64.7 66.5 62.3 55.8 57.5

YARDS 3053 3570 2644 2437 3143

TD 35 28 25 26 23

LONG 84 85 61 70 80

RATING 160.1 153.7 148.6 135.2 129.4

➤ PUNT RETURN AVERAGE 1. Darnell Savage, Maryland 2. Garrett Hudson, Purdue 3. DeAndre Thompkins, Penn State (5) 4. D.J. Moore, Maryland 5. Denzel Ward, Ohio State

G 12 13 13 12 14

NO. 1 1 24 15 1

YARDS 36 14 319 153 10

TD 1 0 1 0 0

LONG 16 0 61 33 0

AVG. 36.0 14.0 13.3 10.2 10.0

TD 8 8 2 10 2 9 3 1 9

REC./G 6.7 6.0 5.7 5.5 5.0 4.4 4.2 4.2 4.1

➤ KICK RETURN AVERAGE 1. Parris Campbell, Ohio State 2. Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa 3. Antjuan Simmons, Michigan State 4