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Thirteen Lions earn Dean's List recognition by earning a 3.5 GPA or higher this past semester
Twenty Nittany Lions Earn 3.5 GPA; 34 Returnees Own Cumulative 3.0 GPA or Higher
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➤ 2014 ➤ Sophomore Season
Awards: Recognized by the coaching staff for his efforts during spring ball in 2014, Gaia was selected as the recipient of the Red Worrell Award, presented to the offense’s most improved player...Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career. Season: Appeared in and started 12 games at guard after making the move from the defensive line to the offensive line in the spring...All 12 of his starts came at right guard...Instrumental in protecting quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the passing game and blocking for the trio of successful running backs: Bill Belton, Akeel Lynch and Zach Zwinak...Efforts in pass blocking helped Hackenberg amass 2,977 yards and 12 touchdowns, including six 200-yard passing games. UCF (8/30): Made his first career start in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland…Helped the Nittany Lions amass 511 yards of total offense, including a school-record 454 yards passing by Hackenberg. Akron (9/6): Helped the Nittany Lions total 425 yards of total offense, including 319 yards passing from Hackenberg, who broke the school record with 773 yards passing in consecutive games. At Rutgers (9/13): Protected Hackenberg, allowing him to throw for 309 yards in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. Northwestern (9/27): He was part of the O-Line unit that helped Hackenberg log his fourth 200-yard passing game of the season, as he threw for 216 yards. At Michigan (10/11): Earned a start at right guard. Ohio State (10/25): Started at right guard…Blocked for Hackenberg, who completed 31 passes for 224 yards, helping the Nittany Lions take the No. 13 Buckeyes to double-overtime. Maryland (11/1): Helped the Nittany Lions to five scoring drives in a start. At Indiana (11/8): Started at right guard and opened holes for Belton’s 137-yard rushing effort...Helped open the running lane up the middle on Belton’s 92-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing touchdown in school history by one player, which helped Belton register Penn State’s first 100-yard rushing effort of the season against the Hoosiers. Temple (11/15): Started at right guard and helped Penn State rush for a season-high 254 yards, including 130 yards from Lynch and 92 yards from Belton. At Illinois (11/22): Blocked for Lynch, who gained a career-best 137 rushing yards, including a rushing score. Michigan State (11/29): Earned the start at right guard. Boston College (12/27): Helped Penn State’s offense to 453 total yards in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium, including a school bowl record 371 yards through the air...Instrumental in helping Hackenberg break or tie nine Penn State bowl records with his 34-of-50, 371-yard, four-touchdown and zero-interception performance.
➤ 2013 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten. Season: In his first season on the field, saw action in all 12 games at defensive tackle and on special teams...Played a significant role in adding depth to the middle of the defensive line on short-yardage situations. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Made five tackles, including four assisted stops in the win. Michigan (10/12): Assisted on a stop in the dramatic quadruple-overtime victory.
➤ 2012 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
Helped The Gilman School to three Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A titles...A three-time all-state selection under coach Biff Poggi...Selected a team captain twice...Earned invitations to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American game and USA Football’s International Bowl...Ranked among the top 25 at offensive guard by ESPN.com, 24/7Sports.com and Rivals.com...Four-time National Prep Wrestling selection and also lettered in track and field.
Full name is Brian Matthew Gaia...Son of Tim and Sharon Gaia...Has an older sister, Nicole...Enjoys working on his car and fishing...Is a management major and would like to own a business...Born April 15, 1994 in Pasadena, Md.
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