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As he traveled throughout the nation this past spring and summer, Joe Battista, Executive Director of the Nittany Lion Club, had many positive things to report to Nittany Nation about the state of Penn State Athletics. One point he emphasized at every stop was that Joe Paterno's "Grand Experiment" is no longer an applicable phrase, because his vision is no longer an experiment -- it is at the core of what Penn State football is all about. Paterno's 40-plus year-old idea that his team would be comprised of young men who were good students as well as good football players who would become leaders in society has became the standard other programs across the nation aspire to. Gerald Cadogan is the latest beacon of Penn State's Success With Honor. Last year, the talented tackle became Penn State's 36th ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American® under Paterno. At least one Nittany Lion has earned Academic All-America® honors in each of the past six seasons. A total of 23 Nittany Lions have received first-team Academic All-America® honors, a total of 27 times, under the Hall of Fame coach. Cadogan, who compiled a perfect 4.00 grade-point average during the 2007 fall semester, will have an opportunity to become just the sixth Penn Stater to earn first-team Academic All-America® honors twice, in addition to numerous other academic accolades. But, Cadogan is more than just an outstanding student and football player. The Dean's List student is easily one of the squad's most personable, engaging and service-oriented members. He is an active member of Penn State's Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB) and the Nagle CHAMPS/Life Skills program. Among some of his community service activities are: Speakers Bureau, Penn Pals, Student-Athlete Shadow Day, Dance Marathon, Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games and Make-A-Wish. A strong and athletic young man with great physical attributes and a passion to be as great as he can in all aspects of his life, Cadogan played a significant role in the cohesiveness and improvement of the offensive line as the 2007 season progressed, becoming one of the squad's most consistently productive units. A starter in 18 games over the past two seasons, he brings his passion and tenacity for excellence to the field every day and again will be counted on for consistently outstanding play at left tackle. A two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection, Cadogan has a double-major of rehabilitation services and psychology and is on schedule to graduate in December. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, he owned a 3.67 grade-point average through the spring semester. A former football and swimming team captain at Portsmouth HS, he is one of six returning Nittany Lions from Ohio.
2007 Senior Season
Cadogan started all 13 games at left tackle and played a pivotal role in helping the offensive line gel and become a consistently productive unit as the season progressed. He was selected honorable-mention All-Big Ten by the coaches and media. Cadogan also earned first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® honors, becoming Penn State's 36th such honoree under Joe Paterno. He also was selected Academic All-District for the second time and Academic All-Big Ten for the third consecutive year. Cadogan and the offensive line were instrumental in helping Rodney Kinlaw post the fourth 1,000-yard rushing season by a Nittany Lion in the past six years. Kinlaw's total of 1,326 yards was ninth-highest in school season history. Cadogan helped Penn State average 400.1 yards per game -- 193.8 rushing and 206.3 passing -- and 5.5 yards per play. The Nittany Lions ran for 200 yards or more six times, with 270 yards against Texas A&M in the Valero Alamo Bowl, 256 yards against Iowa and 251 yards against Purdue. In the Michigan State game, Cadogan and Rich Ohrnberger paved the path for placekicker Kevin Kelly to dart five yards for a score and Penn State's first fake field goal touchdown since Chris Ganter ran 30 yards against Virginia in 2002. Cadogan and the offensive line led the way for a season-high 270-yard ground effort against Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl. The rushing attack averaged 6.6 yards per play against the Aggies. The O-Line paved the way for Penn State to gain 2,519 rushing yards, with 27 touchdowns, averaging 4.8 yards per attempt, up 0.6 from 2006. Cadogan was on the field for 998 snaps, tied for second-highest on the team and among offensive players. He logged 89 snaps against Iowa and 87 at Indiana. He earned a perfect 4.0 grade-point average during the fall semester.
2006 Junior Season Playing in 11 games, Cadogan was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions rush for a season-high 389 yards against Youngstown State, their highest total in four years, and gain 233 yards rushing against Northwestern. At Purdue, Cadogan and the O-Line paved the way for 240 yards on the ground. The Lions rushed for 212 yards against Temple to record Penn State's fourth 200-yard rushing game of the season. He helped Tony Hunt become just the sixth Nittany Lion to compile a pair of 1,000-yard rushing seasons and move into second place in career rushing with 3,320 yards. Cadogan was on the field for 384 snaps, with a season-high 82 at Minnesota.
2005 Sophomore Season
Cadogan worked his way to No. 2 on the depth chart at left tackle behind Brown, playing against Cincinnati, Central Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois. He was on the field for 41 snaps, including 32 in the win at Illinois. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
2004 Freshman Season
Cadogan was a four-sport star at Portsmouth HS, where he lettered in football, track and field, swimming and basketball (one season). He was a first-team Associated Press all-state selection for Coach Curt Clifford, recording 94 "pancake blocks" in his senior season. The Youngstown Vindicator twice selected Cadogan all-conference. He was also an Ohio finalist for the Wendy's High School Heisman, was the Portsmouth Daily Times Sportsman-of-the-Year and the Ohio News Network Student-Athlete-of-the-Week. Cadogan served as captain of the football and swimming teams and was the swim team's MVP as a junior. He played in the 2004 Big 33 Classic and the Ohio North-South All-Star game.
Full name is Gerald Anthony Cadogan. He is the son of Anthony and Maureen Cadogan and has a younger sister, Marlita, and a younger brother, Nathaniel. Cadogan earned a 3.81 grade-point average in high school and was ranked third in his class. Cadogan owned a superb 3.59 grade-point average through the spring semester with a double-major of rehabilitation services and psychology. He earned ESPN The Magazine Academic all-district honors in 2006 and Academic All-Big Ten accolades in 2005 and '06. Cadogan is an avid musician, with playing the trumpet, singing and song arrangement among his hobbies. Born January 16, 1986 in Oakland, Calif.