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The Nittany Lions played their final two games of 2007 without the services of three regulars along the defensive line -- Chris Baker, Jerome Hayes and Jared Odrick -- two of whom suffered mid-season injuries that ended their seasons. The swath of injuries also hit defensive tackle Abe Koroma, delivering a brief pause in his progress. If there was a positive side to his broken foot, it was that it occurred during preseason, when the above trio were available. The former all-state lineman at the Milton Hershey School missed the first four games and made his Penn State debut at Illinois. The talented and physical Koroma played in the final nine contests and made significant progress as the season unfolded. Five days after making his debut as Santa Claus at the team's Christmas party, Koroma made his first career start in the Valero Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M. He recorded a season-high three hits in the Nittany Lions' 24-17 victory. Following a productive winter conditioning session and spring practice, Koroma received further evidence of his progress with his selection as the 2008 Jim O'Hora Award winner. The coaching staff singled out Koroma as the defensive player who best demonstrated exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice. Among some of the recent O'Hora Award winners are defensive linemen Michael Haynes and Anthony Adams and the 2007 recipient, senior cornerback Lydell Sargeant. Koroma should be a primary challenger for a starting role amongst the talented, but youthful defensive tackles. He has excellent physical attributes, skills and instincts and will have an opportunity to play a significant role for the defense the next three seasons.
2007 Sophomore Season
Koroma's first season on the field was slowed by a broken foot during preseason camp. He missed the initial four games, made his debut at Illinois and played in the final nine contests. Koroma recorded seven tackles, including 0.5 TFL in the shutout at Temple. Five days after making his debut as Santa Claus at the team's Christmas party, Koroma made his first career start in the Valero Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M. He registered a season-high three hits and helped the Lions hold the Aggies to just three points over the final 49 minutes in the 24-17 win. The highlight of the regular-season came at Indiana, when Koroma alertly pounced on a fumble in the final minute to seal the important road win. He recorded two tackles at Temple, with one stop each against Purdue and at Michigan State. Koroma was on the field for 180 snaps, topped by 45 against the Aggies and 27 against the Spartans.
2006 Freshman Season
Redshirt season. He made four tackles in the 2007 Blue-White game.
At the Milton Hershey School, Koroma was a three-year starter on the football and track teams. He played on both the offensive and defensive line for Coach Bob Guyer. Koroma was an all-state defensive lineman as a senior and earned all-conference offensive and defensive line honors as a junior and senior, also winning Capital Division MVP accolades. He also was named to the Harrisburg Patriot-News Platinum 33 and played in the 2006 Big 33 All-Star Classic. He helped his team reach the state playoffs for the first time in eight years and win two division co-championships. As a senior, Koroma made 53 tackles and recorded nine sacks to end his prep career with 118 tackles and 23 sacks. He also had 90 "pancake blocks" on the offensive line. He threw the shot put and discus on the track and field team.
Full name is Alim Abe Koroma. He is the youngest of six children, with three older brothers and two older sisters. He is enrolled in the College of Communications. Born May 1, 1988 in Washington, D.C