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Former Penn Staters on 25 NFL teams; Six former Lions on NFL coaching staffs
Hippenhammer grabs two touchdown passes in annual spring scrimmage
Five Nittany Lions have been drafted or signed by NFL teams in 2016
Stevens hits three different receivers for second-half touchdowns
Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels to participate in Combine Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis
Awards: Named to Phil Steele's and the Athlon Sports All-Big Ten third team...Selected All-Big Ten second team by the conference coaches and All-Big Ten third team by the media panel...Earned All-ECAC honorable mention honors...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week following his performance vs. No. 2 Ohio State (10/22)...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his showing at Indiana (11/12)...Named Most Valuable Defensive Player at the annual Nittany Lion Football Banquet.
Season: Appeared in all 14 games with 12 starts.
Final Rankings: No. 12 in the Big Ten in sacks per game (0.43 spg)...No. 15 in the Big Ten in tackles for loss per game (0.89 tlfpg).
Kent State (9/3): Collected six tackles...Tied his career high with 1.0 sack...Combined with Nyeem Wartman-White on a second quarter sack and Antoine White on a fourth quarter sack...Combined with Jordan Smith for a tackle for loss in the third quarter...Penn State's seven sacks were the most since logging seven at Northwestern in 2011. at Pitt (9/10): Logged three solo stops. Temple (9/17): Registered three tackles...Combined with Parker Cothren for a sack of Phillip Walker in the fourth quarter...A part of a front seven that limited Temple to just 38 rushing yards, the fewest since holding Illinois to 37 yards on the ground in 2015. at Michigan (9/24): Made two tackles. Minnesota (10/1): Had one stop...Combined with Kevin Givens on a fourth quarter tackle for loss. Maryland (10/8): Registered a quarterback sack for his lone stop of the game...A part of a defense that allowed a season-low 11 first downs...Helped limit Maryland 14 points - all in the first half - 170 rushing yards and 270 yards of total offense, after the Terps entered averaging 43.2 points, 300.0 rushing and 466.2 yards of total offense per game. Ohio State (10/22): Totaled career highs for tackles (9), tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2.5), all coming in the second half...Made two solo takedowns of J.T. Barrett and combined with Evan Schwan for another sack...Added a solo TFL on Curtis Samuel...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...Helped the defense to a season-high 11.0 tackles for loss, the most TFLs since posting 11.0 vs. Maryland in 2015...The 11.0 tackles for loss are the most yielded by the Buckeyes since giving up 11.0 vs. Alabama (2015)...The 6.0 sacks given up by Ohio State are the most since yielding 7.0 against Virginia Tech (2014). at Purdue (10/29): Had three tackles...Tallied one tackle for loss...Helped the defense hold Purdue to just 46 yards rushing, the second opponent held under 50 yards rushing in 2016. Iowa (11/5): Added three tackles...Combined with Curtis Cothran for a tackle for loss...Posted a quarterback hurry in the fourth quarter...Helped the defense hold Iowa to just 30 yards rushing, which was 137.9 yards below the Hawkeyes' season average (167.9 ypg)...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 had held two 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 (11/12): Logged three tackles, all behind the line of scrimmage...Totaled 2.0 tackles for loss, including 1.0 sack...Combined with Kevin Givens on a first-quarter takedown of Richard Lagow, before teaming up with Evan Schwan on a second-quarter sack...Helped the Nittany Lion defense generate nine tackles for loss, marking the seventh time in 2016 the unit has posted at least 9.0 TFL in a game. at Rutgers (11/19): Posted a first-quarter tackle for loss for his lone stop in the game...Helped hold Rutgers to just 87 yards of total offense, the fewest given up by Penn State in Big Ten play and the fewest since 2006 vs. Temple (74)...The five first downs allowed are the fewest in B1G play and fewest since 2006 vs. Temple (2)...Aided the Nittany Lions in compiling nine tackles for loss, the eighth time in 2016 they recorded at least 9.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Michigan State (11/29): Collected eight tackles...Made a solo tackle for loss in the first quarter...Had a second-quarter quarterback hurry. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Totaled three stops - two solo. vs. USC (1/2): Made one tackle.
➤ 2015 ➤ Sophomore Season
Season: Started 12 games, missing one due to injury...Forced his first career fumble against San Diego State (9/27)...Had first career fumble recovery against Army...Ranked No. 23 nationally and No. 2 in the Big Ten with two fumble recoveries.
at Temple (9/5): Made a four tackles...Added 1.0 TFL with a stop behind the line of scrimmage in the third quarter...Helped Penn State pile up 15.0 TFL, its most since posting 15.0 vs. Michigan on Sept. 22, 2007. Buffalo (9/12): Combined with Austin Johnson on a third quarter sack for a loss of three yards...Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Bulls to 69 rushing yards, the fewest for an opponent since Illinois (68 yds.) in 2014. Rutgers (9/19): Made one tackle...Part of a defense that held Rutgers to just three points, the fewest in a Big Ten opener since limiting Minnesota to three points in 1994...Helped hold Rutgers to 43 rushing yards, the fewest since giving up just 33 yards to Maryland in 2014. San Diego State (9/26): Forced his first fumble of his career late in the second quarter, which was recovered by Anthony Zettel, to lead to a Penn State touchdown...Made three tackles and added one pass breakup...Had 0.5 sack as part of Penn State's 9.0 TFL effort in the game. Army (10/3): Recorded his first career fumble recovery on Army's first play from scrimmage...Made one tackle. Indiana (10/10): Made five stops...Registered one sack...Helped snap Indiana's string of nine games in which the Hoosiers scored 20-plus points...Part of a defense that held Indiana to 234 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by PSU since giving up 221 at Indiana in 2014...Played a major role in limiting IU to just 79 rushing yards, the second-straight B1G opponent with less than 80 yards rushing vs. Penn State. at Ohio State (10/17): Had a career-high eight tackles, including 0.5 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. vs. Maryland (10/24): Made two tackles...Made his second career fumble recovery of the season -- and his career -- in the fourth quarter and returned it 36 yards...Fumble recovery was one of a season-high five turnovers forced by Penn State. Illinois (10/31): Made one tackle...Part of a defense that recorded its first Big Ten shutout since blanking Minnesota in 2009 (20-0)...Helped hold Illinois to just 167 yards (37 rushing, 130 passing), the fewest allowed since holding Minnesota to 138 yards (37 rushing, 101 passing) in 2009...As a unit, the defense forced a punt on 12 of Illinois' 15 possessions, with two ending with a turnover on downs and the other halted by an interception. at Northwestern (11/7): Recorded three tackles...Had 1.0 sack for his only tackle for loss. Michigan (11/21): Recorded two tackles...Helped hold Michigan to less than 100 yards rushing, the fifth Penn State opponent that failed to reach 100 rushing yards (87 on 30 carries). vs. Georgia (1/2): Made four tackles...Made 0.5 tackle for loss, including a combine stop behind the line with Jason Cabinda on fourth-and-2 in the fourth quarter to give Penn State the ball with a chance to tie the game with under two minutes remaining...Added one quarterback hurry.
➤ 2014 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Season: Appeared in all 13 games...Saw time on defense and special teams...Made 11 tackles (seven solo) with three tackles for loss and two sacks (minus-10)...Earned the 2015 Jim O'Hora Award, which is presented to a defensive player for "exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement" during spring practice.
UCF (8/30): Made his collegiate debut at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. UMass (9/20): Notched his first career tackle for loss with a sack for a 2-yard loss to end the Minutemen's final drive...Made two tackles...Aided a defense that held the Minutemen to just 3 yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). Northwestern (9/27): Recorded one tackle. Maryland (11/1): Notched a career-high three stops...Posted two tackles for loss...Notched a third-quarter sack for a loss of 8 yards...Was a part of a defense that limited Maryland to 194 yards of total offense, the fewest total yards allowed against a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota (138, 2009). At Indiana (11/8): Recorded one tackle. Temple (11/15): Logged one special teams tackle. At Illinois (11/22): Made one tackle on special teams. Boston College (12/27): Posted two stops (one solo) in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
➤ 2013 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
A three-year letterman for head coach Nick Giglio at Red Bank Regional High School...Selected a U.S. All-America from his defensive end position as a senior...Recorded 194 tackles, 25 sacks, nine forced fumbles and eight blocked kicks in his career...Earned all-state honors as a junior and senior...Garnered All-Shore and all-division accolades during each of his final three prep seasons...Named the Divisional Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...As a senior, boasted 75 tackles, nine sacks and forced three fumbles...Made 76 stops and 10 sacks, adding three forced fumbles, during his junior season...Notched six sacks, three forced fumbles and added 43 tackles as a sophomore...Selected to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American game, where he roomed with future Nittany Lion teammate Brendan Mahon...Also invited to play in the Chesapeake Bowl, the New York vs. New Jersey All-Star Game and the All-Shore Game...Rated a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com and was the Rivals.com No. 3 overall prep player in New Jersey...In the classroom, was an Honor Roll student...Was a member of Red Bank's Student-to-Student Peer Leaders organization...Also lettered in lacrosse.
Full name is Garrett Ross Sickels...Son of Stanley and Donna Sickels...Has two older sisters, Jessica and Samantha...Enjoys lacrosse, fishing and paddle boarding...Plans to major in finance and pursue a career on Wall Street...Born September 24, 1994 in Red Bank, N.J.