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For the first time in Penn State's glorious 120-year football history, a trio of Nittany Lions made at least 40 receptions during the 2006 campaign. Terrell Golden wasn't one of them. An early-season ankle sprain slowed his progress, but during the second half of the season, the former Lake Taylor HS All-American was making big plays as he has throughout his career. And when the Nittany Lions moved into winter conditioning and spring practice, Golden was among the players who took an active leadership role on the squad. He's a senior, one of a handful of seniors who are likely to play a significant role on a young team, and he wants to make sure his teammates are working as hard as they can and staying focused in their pursuit of Big Ten and national championships this season. He was recognized by the coaching staff as the recipient of the 2007 Red Worrell Award for his on-field improvement and off-field leadership. The talented Golden brings good size and athleticism to the unit and likely will have the opportunity to log substantial playing time, especially when the Lions employ three and four-receiver sets. His 6-3 frame gives the quarterbacks a big target. In his career, the swift and sure-handed Golden has an impressive 21.7 yards per catch average. He is one of six returning Lions from Virginia and joins Chris Bell and Devin Fentress from the Tidewater Region. Golden was on schedule to earn his degree in labor and industrial relations in August.
2006 Senior Season
Golden made six receptions for 120 yards for a team-best 20.0 average. After being slowed by an ankle injury early in the year, he reclaimed his role as one of the Nittany Lions' top targets down the stretch. Golden delivered one of the season's most important plays in the second half of a tight game that was instrumental in helping Penn State win four of its final five contests heading into the Outback Bowl. With the offense struggling, the Lions found themselves trailing Illinois, 9-3, early in the third quarter. On third-and-six from the Illinois 20, Anthony Morelli fired a rope and a diving Golden hauled in the huge 17-yard reception for a first-and-goal. On the next play, Morelli hit Kevin Darling for the go-ahead score and three plays later, Paul Posluszny stripped the ball and Tony Davis returned it for a touchdown and a 17-9 Penn State lead. In just over a minute, the Lions scored 14 points and the momentum had swung to their side in what eventually would be a 26-12 win. Golden added a 12-yard catch for a first down for a season-high two receptions for 29 yards against the Illini. He also made a big 29-yard catch against Temple and an 18-yarder in the Michigan State game. In the Outback Bowl win over Tennessee, Golden used his size and skills to make a big 35-yard catch to set up a field goal attempt. He was on the field for 126 plays, topped by 27 in the 12-0 win at Purdue.
2005 Junior Season
Golden entered the season as the Lions' most experienced receiver as a redshirt sophomore. Playing in every game with two starts, he caught nine passes for 210 yards, an average of 23.3 yards per catch, to lead the team. Golden caught a 47-yard touchdown pass against Central Michigan, helping the Lions accumulate 381 passing yards, second-highest in school annals. He had a big game at Michigan, hauling in a career-best three passes for 74 yards, including a 56-yard catch and run that set up a field goal. Golden also made two catches against Purdue and two grabs for 45 yards in the win over Wisconsin. He was on the field for 264 snaps, led by 39 against Minnesota.
2004 Sophomore Season
Golden played in eight games and ended the year No. 2 at one of the wideout spots behind Mark Rubin. He made three receptions for 60 yards, highlighted by a superlative 37-yard touchdown catch against Purdue. Golden also made receptions against Akron and Iowa. He was on the field for 108 plays and earned his first career start at Indiana.
2003 Freshman Season
Golden was a standout in football, basketball and track and field at Lake Taylor HS in the Tidewater Region of Virginia. During his career, Golden tallied 1,791 yards on 75 catches with 23 touchdowns, along with 19 carries for 187 yards and five scores and seven returns for two more touchdowns. Golden played linebacker and free safety on defense and recorded 200 tackles, 15 sacks and one interception in his career for Coach Hank Sawyer. Golden earned SuperPrep All-America and all-state honors as a senior, as well as All-Tidewater and all-region. He also was named all-district as a wide receiver, linebacker and punter. Golden also was first-team all-district on the hardwood as a junior and senior, as well as honorable-mention All-Tidewater. He finished second in the state in the long jump as a junior and was third in both the long jump and triple jump at the state championships as a senior.
Full name is Marvin Terrell Golden. He has an older brother, Shawn, and an older sister, Tosha. Golden enjoys playing basketball and video games in his spare time. He is a labor and industrial relations major. Born December 24, 1984 in Millington, Tenn.