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Hippenhammer grabs two touchdown passes in annual spring scrimmage
Penn State vs. Michigan State (USATSI)
Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten.
Season: Appeared in eight games...Saw time on special teams...One of 21 Penn Staters to enter the Fiesta Bowl having already earned a degree.
Georgia State (9/16): Made his first career tackle...Combined with Frank Di Leo on a fourth-quarter stop on special teams. at Iowa (9/23): Made one tackle on kickoff coverage. Rutgers (11/11): Had one stop on kickoff coverage. Nebraska (11/18): Made his lone stop on kickoff coverage. at Maryland (11/25): Posted one tackle on kickoff coverage.
➤ 2016 ➤ Sophomore Season
Season: Appeared in five games.
➤ 2015 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Season: Appeared in three games...Made his collegiate debut against Army (10/3)...Was one of 17 redshirt freshmen to see action.
Army (10/3): Rushed seven times for 28 yards...First career rush came in the first quarter -- a 2-yard carry. Indiana (10/10): Rushed twice for nine yards. Illinois (10/31): Carried twice for five yards.
➤ 2014 ➤ True Freshman Season
Redshirt season...Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2015 spring semester.
➤ High School
A four-year letterman for coach Jim O’Leary at St. John’s Prep...Rushed for 762 yards and eight touchdowns during the first four games of his senior season, but a knee injury sidelined him for the rest of 2013...Returned an interception 107 yards for a touchdown that was selected the No. 1 play on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays on Sept. 20, 2013...Named to the Boston Globe and Salem News all-star teams after his senior campaign and earned an invitation to the Semper Fidelis All-American Game...Compiled 1,812 rushing yards, 153 receiving yards and 18 total touchdowns at running back as a junior...Added 25 tackles and two interceptions as a defensive back...ESPNBoston.com all-state selection as a junior after leading the Eagles to the MIAA Division I State Championship...Finalist for ESPNBoston.com’s Mr. Football, presented to the top player in Massachusetts, in 2012 and was the only junior on the list...Named All-Catholic Conference and All-Area Offensive Player of the Year as a junior...Ran for 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore, helping the Eagles to the second of three straight Catholic Conference championships...Rated as a four-star prospect by ESPN and a three-star recruit by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout...Ranked among the top 50 running backs in the nation by 247Sports, Rivals and ESPN...Ranked as the top player in the state of Massachusetts by 247Sports and ESPN...Lettered once in basketball...Honor Roll student and a Community of Concern Student Mentor Leader at St. John’s Prep, which is the alma mater of former Penn State head football coach Bill O’Brien.
Full name is Johnathan Thomas...Son of Nathan and Ann-Marie Thomas...Has one older brother, Nathan...Earned a “WOW” Award for his volunteer work at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital...Enjoys playing sports and keeping fit, music and spending time with his family and friends...Majoring in sociology...Born June 7, 1995 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.