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Although the times that Penn State lines up in the traditional "I" are reduced by the multiple formations the Nittany Lions utilize, thereby limiting the amount of times that fullback Matt Hahn touches the ball, his blocking is one valuable component he brings to the field that cannot always be measured by numbers. In addition to his stellar blocking abilities, the multi-talented Hahn has demonstrated a knack for making a crucial catch or run at precisely the right time. A hard-nosed, blue-collar player with a "team-first" attitude, Hahn has been a very effective blocker during his career, particularly the last two years, opening holes for Tony Hunt to surpass 1,000 rushing yards both seasons. The former all-state player at St. Anthony's Catholic School made 10 receptions, with a big touchdown catch late in the win at Minnesota, and ran for 42 yards on 11 carries last season. Hahn's versatility, skills and hard work should provide him with more opportunities to carry and catch the ball in 2007. He is one of seven returnees from New York and joins Rich Ohrnberger and Andrew Quarless as Long Island products.
2006 Junior Season
Hahn played in every game and started five, splitting time with senior fullback BranDon Snow. While much of his time on the field was spent as an effective blocker for Tony Hunt or Anthony Morelli or on special teams, Hahn carried the ball 11 times for 42 yards. His skills and versatility also saw him make 10 receptions for 109 yards and one touchdown for a solid 10.9 average. Hahn's most important reception of the season came in the fourth quarter at Minnesota. Tied at 14 with just over five minutes remaining in the game, Hahn caught a seven-yard touchdown strike from Anthony Morelli, leading to an eventual 28-27 Penn State overtime win. The touchdown reception was the first of his career. The athletic Hahn set career-highs with three receptions for 33 yards against Youngstown State and gained 12 yards on his only carry at Purdue. He made a big 18-yard reception in the 20-10 win over No. 17 Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. He saw action on 376 plays, led by 55 against Youngstown State.
2005 Sophomore Season
Hahn played in every game on offense and special teams. He completed one of the biggest plays of the season when he leapt across the goal line to snare a blocked punt in the 31-22 win at Michigan State. Following the block by Donnie Johnson, Hahn hustled and dove to catch the pigskin before any Spartan could, resulting in his first collegiate touchdown and a 10-0 Nittany Lion lead, igniting Penn State to the Big Ten-clinching victory. The play was selected the "Pontiac Game-Changing Performance," marking the second time during the season that Penn State won the honor. In addition to his contributions on special teams, Hahn also rushed twice for nine yards, including a 12-yard run in the win over Minnesota. He also made two receptions for 19 yards and had two kickoff returns for 26 yards. Hahn was on the field for 191 snaps, topped by 41 in the Orange Bowl, when he replaced an injured BranDon Snow.
2004 Freshman Season
Hahn did not play the initial four games of his true freshman season but provided a spark with his collegiate debut at Minnesota. He made two catches for 21 yards in that game and went on to make six receptions for 39 yards and two carries for one yard. Hahn was on the field for 141 snaps, with a season-high 40 in the win at Indiana.
Hahn compiled 3,920 career rushing yards under Coach Rich Reichart at St. Anthony's Catholic School. During his senior year, he broke the New York Catholic High School Football League season rushing record with 2,057 yards and his career total also was a CHSFL record. That followed a stellar junior season in which he scored 30 touchdowns and rushed for 1,368 yards. Hahn was selected New York Daily News Player-of-the-Year in 2003, and was a two-time All-Long Island, all-state and CHSFL Player-of-the-Year honoree. He led St. Anthony's to three consecutive Catholic High School Football League titles.
Full name is Matthew Michael Hahn. He is majoring in recreation, park and tourism management. Born April 25, 1985
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