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Barkley and Godwin claim All-Bowl Team national honors, while five Nittany Lions honored on ESPN's Big Ten squad
Sophomore also tabbed B1G Running Back of the Year; McSorley and Gesicki named to second team
The Nittany Lions special teams came up with a blocked punt and kick to set up the upset
Barkley totals 136 yards in loss, including a career-high 77 receiving yards
Check out the USA Today photo gallery from the football game between No. 24 Penn State and Purdue
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. 7 on Penn State’s single-season chart...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.
➤ 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 & 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.
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. at Pitt (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 Pitt 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...Didn’t 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. 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. 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 High School...Helped Westminster School to its first Class AAA Georgia State Championship since 1978 by kicking three field goals, including a 53-yard boot, and had two punts of 60 yards in the air in the final...Set a school record with a 56-yard field goal in a win over Adairsville...Rated as a five-star punter and a five-star kicker by the Kohl's Professional Camp...Named to the MaxPreps 2015 Medium Schools All-American first team as a punter...Earned first-team All-State honors as a placekicker in 2015...Claimed first-team South Fulton All-Metro and first-team Atlanta All-Metro by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a senior...Was a 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 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.
Full name is Blake Thomas Gillikin...Son of Taryn and Walt Gillikin...Has a twin brother, Tyler...Tyler is a long snapper at Northwestern...Mother was a swimmer at the University of Kansas...Father was a swimmer at the University of North Carolina...Hobbies include skiing and traveling...Anticipates majoring in biology...Is enrolled in Schreyer's Honors College...Born January 21, 1998 in Atlanta, Georgia.