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Field Hockey team tops conference with 16 honorees; Big Ten Champion football team leads Nittany Lions with 19 recipients
McSorley threw for 332 yards and totaled three touchdowns on the day.
Junior walk-on linebacker among five candidates for excellence on the field, in the classroom and community
Barkley notches second 200 yard rushing performance in last three games as Lions score 45 second-half points
Awards: Named CoSIDA Academic All-District...Was a finalist for the Pop Warner Award...Selected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after his 14-tackle effort vs. Maryland...Named Academic All-Big Ten.
Season: Appeared in all 14 games with two starts...Made his first career start at Michigan (9/24)...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...Played just three defensive snaps in his career (all in 2016) and just 44 career snaps prior to playing 68 snaps vs. Temple (9/17).
Temple (9/17): Made eight tackles - four solo - after entering the game midway through the second quarter...Combined with Torrence Brown for his first career tackle for loss...Logged first career pass breakup...A 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 two tackles...Had a career-high 1.0 tackle for loss, a solo stop behind the line of scrimmage in the first quarter...Missed the final three quarters after being disqualified from the game near the start of the second quarter. Minnesota (10/1): Notched seven stops, including a combined tackle for loss with Parker Cothren in the first quarter...Had one pass breakup. Maryland (10/1): Earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 10 after logging a career-high 14 tackles...Made his first career interception in the first quarter...Combined with Koa Farmer on a third-quarter tackle for loss and Jordan Smith on a fourth-quarter takedown behind the line of scrimmage...A part of a defense that allowed a season-low 11 first downs...Helped limit Maryland 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): Totaled four tackles...Helped the defense hold Ohio State scoreless in two quarters for the first time since Michigan State in 2015, which was Ohio State’s last loss. at Purdue (10/29): Pulled in his second career interception, returning it 22 yards to set up Penn State’s opening score of the second half...Logged four tackles...Helped Penn State force four turnovers. Iowa (11/5): Ranked second on the team with four 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 three yards in 2014...It marked the first time Penn State had held two 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): Notched three tackles...Added a pass breakup on fourth-and-goal at the IU 1-yard line. at Rutgers (11/19): Made three stops...Combined with Cam Brown on a fourth-quarter sack of Gio Rescigno...Aided the Nittany Lions in compiling nine tackles for loss, the eighth time in 2016 they recorded at least 9.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Michigan State (11/26): Made five tackles...Combined with Curtis Cothran for a tackle for loss in the fourth quarter.
➤ 2015 ➤ Sophomore Season
Season: Appeared in three games...Made his collegiate debut against Indiana (10/10)...Named Scout Team Co-Defensive Player of the Year with defensive tackle Ryan Monk. Illinois (10/31): Made his first career tackle.
➤ 2014 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Did not see any game action.
➤ 2013 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
A four-year letterman for head coach Jeremy Winn at Lewisburg High School...A standout at linebacker and running back for the Green Dragons...A three-time first-team Class AA all-state performer and a four-time All-Heartland Athletics Conference honoree...Garnered first-team All-HAC during each of his final three seasons...Named Sunbury Daily Item Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...Ran for 1,095 yards on 145 carries (7.6) and scored 19 rushing touchdowns, while also making 30 catches and scoring four touchdowns as a senior...Totaled 122 tackles, with six for loss, and grabbed two interceptions his final year...Recorded 135 tackles, three interceptions and 4.5 sacks as a junior...Earned Eastern Pennsylvania Player of the Year following his junior campaign...As a sophomore, earned Williamsport Sun-Gazette Linebacker of the Year award after compiling more than 100 stops...A member of the National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society and French National Honor Society...Also lettered in wrestling and track and field...Qualified for the PIAA State Championships in the javelin and 300 hurdles.
Full name is Brandon Smith...Son of Jeffrey and Deborah Smith...Has two brothers, Jared and Tyler, and one sister, Bethany...Brother, Tyler, attended Penn State...Brother, Jared, played football for one season at Susquehanna University...Enjoys Bible study and fishing...Brought a 3.78 cumulative grade-point average into the summer semester...Plans to major in kinesiology and pursue a career as a pediatric oncologist...Born May 23, 1994 in Lewisburg, Pa.