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Barkley, Gillikin and Thompkins headline special teams honorees; Smith garners sportsmanship accolades
McSorley throws for 381 yards and three touchdowns in setback at No. 24 Michigan State
Nittany Lions earn bowl eligibility
No. 4 Penn State defeats Indiana, 45-14
Penn State beats Indiana, 45-14, to improve to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten
USATSI Gallery - Akron at Penn State
Awards: Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from coaches and media voters...Garnered second-team All-Big Ten from Phil Steele...Earned first-team All-ECAC.
Season: Appeared in 11 games...One of 21 Penn Staters to enter the Fiesta Bowl having already earned a degree.
Rankings: Finished No. 26 nationally and No. 4 in the Big Ten in interceptions per game (0.4)...His six passes defended at Michigan State (5 PBU, 1 INT) are tied for the most in the FBS this season (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, 2017), marking the longest such streak since a three-year span from 1989-91...Part of a defense that logged a season-opening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0). Pittsburgh (9/9): Had three tackles...Added 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 this season, joining Grant Haley (Pitt 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 second-fewest 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.
➤ 2016 ➤ Sophomore Season
Season: Appeared in 11 games.
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 Pitt (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
➤ 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.
Full name is Amani Horatio Oruwariye...Son of Alfred and Karen Oruwariye...Has two older brothers, Alfred and Aaron...Enjoys tubing, playing video games and spending time with family and friends...Majoring in telecommunications...Born February 9, 1996 in St. Petersburg, Florida.