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One of the nation's top prep quarterbacks during his prolific career at Downingtown East HS, Pat Devlin is looking forward to competing for significant playing time during the 2008 season and beyond. Devlin and Daryll Clark split repetitions with the first offensive unit during spring practice and their competition will continue during preseason camp and into the fall. Devlin has excellent size and skills and used the 2007 season to continue to familiarize himself with the offense and gain experience on Saturdays and in practice. The athletic and poised young man has great arm strength and mobility. Devlin has easily transitioned to the rigors of college football, gaining success and confidence on the field and in the classroom. In the 2008 Blue-White game, he saw time with both teams and was 12-of-18 passing for 122 yards and one touchdown. The 2005 Pennsylvania Class AAAA Player-of-the-Year and the Gatorade Pennsylvania Player-of-the-Year, Devlin owns Pennsylvania's all-time prep career passing record with 8,162 yards. Devlin is an outstanding student, earning Dean's List accolades during each of his initial four semesters. He owned a superb 3.74 grade-point average through the spring semester and is a probable Academic All-Big Ten and Academic All-America® candidate. He spent time this past summer umpiring Little League baseball games in State College. An intelligent and instinctive player, he is a vastly talented student-athlete with a very promising future.
2007 Sophomore Season
In his first season on the field, Devlin played in three games, throwing his first collegiate pass in the win over Florida International. He also gained invaluable experience by earning playing time against Wisconsin and at Temple, near his hometown. Devlin continued to work hard and improve as the season progressed despite limited opportunities.
2006 Freshman Season
Devlin broke the Pennsylvania high school record for career passing yardage during his brilliant career at Downingtown East HS. Playing for Coach Michael Matta, Devlin threw for 8,162 career yards, including 3,300 yards for 35 touchdowns as a senior and 2,100 yards with 21 touchdowns as a junior. Devlin showed his versatility and poise in performances such as Downingtown East's victory over Neshaminy in the 2005 Class AAAA playoffs, in which he threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 70 yards, including a one-yard scamper for the winning touchdown. His performance as a senior earned Devlin the No. 4 ranking among quarterbacks nationwide by Scout.com, in addition to being named a Parade Magazine All-American, the Pennsylvania Class AAAA Player-of-the-Year, Gatorade Pennsylvania Player-of-the-Year, first-team all-state, and a member of the Big 33 Classic squad. He also was an Elite 11 invitee. As a sophomore, Devlin was the holder on placements for kicker Joe Hughes, who joined the Lions during the 2006 season.
Full name is Patrick Ryan Devlin. He is the son of Mark and Connie Devlin, both of whom are Penn State graduates. He has an older sister, Courtney, who will be a Penn State senior in the fall, and a younger sister, Kelly. He is interested in majoring in finance and owned a superb 3.82 grade-point average through the spring semester. Born April 12, 1988 in Downingtown, Pa.