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Penn State football team brings all-time total to nearly $1.4 million raised for Uplifting Athletes since 2003
Hippenhammer grabs two touchdown passes in annual spring scrimmage
Bates and Gonzalez named co-presidents of Penn State Uplifting Athletes chapter
Awards: Earned Scout Team Player of the Year, along with Desi Davis, at the annual team banquet...Named Academic All-Big Ten.
Season: Appeared in three games...Made Penn State debut vs. Akron (9/2)...One of 24 student-athletes to make their collegiate debut in 2017.
Akron (9/2): Made Penn State debut. Georgia State (9/16): Made one tackle, a fourth-quarter solo stop. at Maryland (11/25): Saw time on defense.
➤ 2016 ➤ Junior Season
Missed season due to injury.
➤ 2015 ➤ Sophomore Season (at Erie Community College)
Led the team in tackles for the second-straight season with 69 stops, including 39 solo...Had one sack for a 4-yard loss...Registered 12.5 tackles for loss...Forced one fumble and grabbed two interceptions...Had four games with nine or more tackles.
➤ 2014 ➤ True Freshman Season (at Erie Community College)
Was honorable-mention NJCAA All-America...Had a team-high 77 tackles, including 20.5 tackles for loss...Registered 5.0 sacks...Had one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and one interception...Recorded eight or more tackles in the last seven games of the season, including two double-digit performances.
➤ High School
Played two seasons for head coach Brent Tylec at Niagara-Wheatfield...Was a team captain both seasons...Selected as the Section VI Class A North Defensive Player of the Year and first team all-conference as a senior...Played in the Kennsington Lions All-Star game...Had 104 tackles, 8.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and one interception as a senior...Also rushed for 534 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior...Collected 70 tackles, including 4.0 sacks, and a forced fumble as a junior in 2012...Also wrestled for three seasons in high school...Was the 2014 Section VI Champion in the 182 weight class.
Full name is Jason Darko Vranic...Son of Erica and Darko Vranic...Has an older sister, Samantha, and older brother, Alex...Hobbies include working out, paint ball and off-roading...Majoring in kinesiology...Born January 2, 1996 in Buffalo, New York.