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Fifteen Nittany Lions from 2017 senior class earn opportunities with NFL teams
Cabinda, Cothran, Cothren, Haley and Hamilton to participate in Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game, Apke to play in Saturday’s NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and Allen, Campbell and Gesicki to partake in the Jan. 27 Senior Bowl
Barkley, Gillikin and Thompkins headline special teams honorees; Smith garners sportsmanship accolades
Nittany Lions earn bowl eligibility
Stevens hits three different receivers for second-half touchdowns
Awards: Earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches...Earned the Quarterback Club Award at the annual team banquet, the award for seniors whom deserve special recognition...Selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Season: Started all 13 games...One of 21 Penn Staters to enter the Fiesta Bowl having already earned a degree.
Akron (9/2): Totaled three tackles...Combined with Tyrell Chavis on a second-quarter sack...Joined Shareef Miller on a first-quarter tackle for loss...Was a part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015...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): Logged two stops. at Iowa (9/23): Had three tackles, all solo, two for no gain. at Northwestern (10/7): Had two tackles...Toppled Clayton Thorson on a first-quarter sack for a loss of 8 yards on first-and-goal during the Wildcats opening drive. Michigan (10/21): Had two tackles...Registered a solo sack of John O'Korn on third down of Michigan's opening drive to force a punt...Part of a defense that held the Wolverines scoreless over the final 40:03 of the game...Part of a defensive line that earned the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State (10/28): Totaled two tackles...Posted a solo takedown of quarterback J.T. Barrett in the first quarter. Rutgers (11/11): Posted a pair of stops, including one on punt coverage.
➤ 2016 ➤ Junior Season
Season: Appeared in 10 games with eight starts...One of 18 first-time starters in 2016...Made his first career start vs. Ohio State (10/22).
Minnesota (10/1): Made one tackle. Maryland (10/8): Had one assisted stop. Ohio State (10/22): Had one assisted stop...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. Iowa (11/5): Made three tackles, including a half-tackle for loss...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 held 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 (11/22): Had one tackle. at Rutgers (11/19): Posted two tackles...Helped hold Rutgers to just 87 yards of total offense, the fewest given up by Penn State in its Big Ten history and the fewest since 2006 vs. Temple (74)...The five first downs allowed are the fewest in B1G play in Penn State history and fewest since 2006 vs. Temple (2). Michigan State (11/26): Logged four tackles, including 1.0 tackle for loss...Combined with Evan Schwan on a third-quarter sack of Tyler O’Connor. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Made a career-high five tackles...Had a career-best three solo tackles for loss in the game...Made a stop behind the line of scrimmage on Bradrick Shaw to force a field goal attempt - which Wisconsin missed - on the Badgers’ opening drive of the third quarter, leading to Trace McSorley’s 70-yard touchdown pass to Saeed Blacknall...Was the coaching staff’s Defensive Co-Player of the Week with Brandon Bell. vs. USC (1/2): Made three tackles.
➤ 2015 ➤ Sophomore Season
Season: Appeared in all 13 games.
at Temple (9/5): Made one tackle...Combined with Tarow Barney for a TFL in the fourth quarter...Helped Penn State pile up 15.0 TFL, its most since posting 15.0 vs. Michigan on Sept. 22, 2007. Buffalo (9/12): Made one stop. Rutgers (9/19): Recorded two tackles...Notched a fourth quarter sack of Chris Laviano. San Diego State (9/26): Had two tackles...Collected his second sack in as many games with a 7-yard takedown in the fourth quarter as part of a five-sack performance for the Nittany Lion defense. Army (10/3): Made a season-best four stops. Indiana (10/10): Had one tackle. at Ohio State (10/17): Logged one tackle, which was a first-quarter tackle for loss...Helped the Penn State defense accumulate 10.0 tackles for loss...The 10.0 tackles for loss were the most surrendered by Ohio State in 2015. Illinois (10/31): Made two tackles...Had 0.5 tackle for loss...His TFL was a combined sack with Parker Cothren. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded one tackle. Michigan (11/21): Recorded one tackle.
➤ 2014 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Season: Appeared in one game...Made his collegiate debut against UMass...Recorded one solo tackle during the season.
UMass (9/20): Made his first career stop with a 2-yard tackle for loss in the fourth quarter.
➤ 2013 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
A three-year letterman at defensive end for coach Adam Collachi at Council Rock North High School...Was selected team captain as a senior...Was selected second-team all-league as a junior and third-team as a sophomore...Selected to play in the Chesapeake Bowl and the East-West Game...Earned PIAA Class AAAA first-team all-state and All-Suburban One League honors as a senior...Made 37 tackles (27 solo) with 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss...Totaled 18 career sacks...Added 11 quarterback hurries, two pass deflections, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery during his final prep season...Recorded four sacks, forced two fumbles and blocked a kick as a junior...Ranked among the nation’s Top 40 prep defensive ends by Rivals (21st), Scout (35th) and 247Sports (36th)...Also lettered in track and field.
Full name is Curtis Alexander Cothran...Son of Gregory and Janice Cothran...Has one brother, Gregory, and one sister, Tamika...Enjoys music...Graduated in August 2017 with a degree in criminology...Working on second degree in media studies...Born February 24, 1995 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.