Having played in every game the past two years, Lou Eliades quietly goes about his business as a hard-working, focused member of the of fensive line. He assumed control of the right guard posi- tion during the 2009 preseason and made significant strides as the season progressed, star ting ever y game. But, prior to the star t of spring drills, the coaching staf f shifted Eliades to right tackle, where he played in 2008, as they experimented with finding the most productive and cohesive quin- tet for the upcoming season. A first-team all-state selection at Ocean Township HS, Eliades has great physical attributes and has made substantial progress while gaining extensive experience. He has good size, skills and strength and a tenacious demeanor on the field. With the graduation of tackles Dennis Landolt and Ako Poti, Eliades joins Stefen Wisniewski as the Nittany Lions' most experienced O-Linemen. He was on schedule to graduate in August. The durable and ef fective Eliades is one of nine retur ning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.
Joining center Stefen Wisniewski and left tackle Dennis Landolt as a starter in every game, Eliades made very good progress in his first season as a starter, gaining significant experience. He was instrumental in providing protection for quarterback Daryll Clark and running lanes for Evan Royster, helping them eclipse 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards, respectively. Eliades' development helped stabilize and improve the line of an offense that ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten, averaging 406.9 yards per game. Penn State was No. 5 in scoring (28.8 ppg) and was the only Big Ten team ranked in the top five of the conference's four primary offensive statistical categories: total, scoring, rushing (169.8 ypg) and passing offense (237.2 ypg). Behind the protection of Eliades and his linemates, Clark finished No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency and with a school season- record 24 touchdown passes. Penn State finished third in the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed. Eliades played on 842 snaps, the fifth-highest total on the team, led by 86 in the wins over Minnesota and LSU. The Nittany Lions started the season with a bang, throwing for a season-high 379 yards, a career-best for Clark, in the 31-7 win over Akron. At Illinois, Penn State rolled up 338 rushing yards, getting 100-yard games from Stephfon Green (120) and Royster (105) and 83 yards from Clark. The 20-0 win over Minnesota capped a three-week stretch in which Eliades and the offensive line did not allow a sack. Clark continued to receive excellent protection from his line against Michigan, when he tied a career-high by tossing four touchdown passes in the 35-10 win. In the victory at Northwestern, the Lions' fifth straight, the offense gained 301 yards in the second half and 437 for the game, aver- aging 7.5 yards per play. In the 31-20 Senior Day win over Indiana, Eliades and the O-Line did not allow a sack and helped Penn State gain 181 rushing yards and 194 passing yards. In the 42-14 defeat of Michigan State, Eliades helped Penn State deliver one of its most dominating offensive efforts of the season. The Nittany Lions amassed 512 yards of total offense, their fourth game of 500 or more yards, and had a season-high 10 plays of 20 yards or more from scrimmage, with four going for touchdowns..
2008 Junior Season
2007 Sophomore Season
2006 Freshman Season