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
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
2004 Freshman Season