Redshirt sophomore Gary Wooten has an opportunity to play a much larger role for the Nittany Lion defense this season. Wooten has progressively improved during his two years in the program and he played an important role on special teams in 2013. The South Florida product will look to challenge Mike Hull for snaps at middle linebacker and add athleticism and playmaking skills to the defense and special teams. Wooten saw action in 10 games last season and has a promising future. The Hialeah Senior High School standout recorded six tackles, led by three in the season-ending victory at No. 14 Wisconsin. Wooten will be joined by freshman defensive back Amani Oruwariye as 2014 Nittany Lions from the Sunshine State.
2013 (Sophomore Season)
After redshirting the 2012 season, Wooten saw his first collegiate action in the home-opener against Eastern Michigan. Seeing action on defense and special teams, he finished the campaign with six total tackles (three solo). Wooten recorded his first career tackle against UCF and followed with a pair of solo stops in the 34-0 win over Kent State. In the huge 31-24 win at No. 14 Wisconsin in the season-finale, Wooten made a career-high three tackles.
2012 (Freshman Season)
Wooten recorded 88 tackles and 10 sacks during his senior season at Hialeah Senior High School. Playing for Coach Marc Berman, he made 60 tackles and five sacks as a junior. He was selected a team captain twice. Wooten also lettered in track and field and was a member of the school's honor roll.
Full name is Gary Wooten Jr. He is the son of Clarice Quinn, and has one older sister, Tiera. He enjoys playing video games, studying -- both homework and film -- and shopping. Wooten plans to major in crime, law and justice and is interested in becoming a firefighter. Born August 8, 1993 in Miami, Fla.