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Gary Wooten Jr.
Gary  Wooten Jr.


Miami, Fla.

High School:
Hialeah Senior

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 237



H.S. Coach:
Marc Berman



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  • Wooten progressively improved during his first two seasons on campus and appeared in 11 games last season, earning his first career start in the regular-season finale with Michigan State.
  • He has seen time on special teams and from his linebacker post, and is primed to be a major contributor on defense this season, battling with Ben Kline and Nyeem Wartman-White for time in the middle of the Nittany Lions’ defense.
  • A criminology major, Wooten is on schedule to graduate in December 2015 with his degree in 3.5 years.
  • Wooten is among four returning Nittany Lion from the Sunshine State.

    ➤ 2014 ➤ Sophomore Season
    Appeared in 11 games…Saw action on defense and special teams…Made his first career start against Michigan State…Was among 16 Nittany Lions to make their first career start…Logged 12 tackles (five solo) with 1.5 tackles for loss. At Rutgers (9/13): Made one tackle. UMass (9/20): Collected three tackles…Made his first career tackle for loss, totaling 1.5 TFL...Made his first career tackle for loss with a stop for minus-two yards in the third quarter…Helped the Nittany Lions hold 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): Made one stop. Temple (11/15): Added two tackles. At Illinois (11/22): Notched two stops…Helped limit the Illini to 68 rushing yards and two-of-16 on third down conversions. Michigan State (11/29): Made his first career start…Logged three tackles…Aided a defense that held the Michigan State offense to 298 total yards, marking the only time in 2014 the Spartans were held to less than 300 yards of total offense.

    ➤ 2013 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
    Appeared in 10 games…Saw time on defense and special teams…Made his collegiate debut against Eastern Michigan…Finished with six tackles (three solo). UCF (9/14): Recorded his first career tackle on the opening kickoff. Kent State (9/21): Made a pair of solo stops. At Wisconsin (11/30): Logged a career-high three tackles.

    ➤ 2012 ➤ True Freshman Season
    Redshirt season.

    ➤ High School
    A two-year letterman for head coach Marc Berman at Hialeah Senior High School…Recorded 88 tackles and 10 sacks during his senior season…Made 60 tackles with five sacks as a junior…Selected a team captain twice…Also lettered in track and field…Was a member of the school’s Honor Roll.

    ➤ Personal
    Full name is Gary Wooten Jr….Son of Clarice Quinn…Has one older sister, Tiera…Enjoys playing video games, studying — both homework and film — and shopping…On pace to graduate in December 2015 with a degree in crime, law and justice…Is interested in becoming a firefighter…Born August 8, 1993 in Miami, Fla.

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