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Twenty Nittany Lions Earn 3.5 GPA; 34 Returnees Own Cumulative 3.0 GPA or Higher
Big Ten Coach of the Year Bill O'Brien meets with the media to wrap-up 2012 and look toward 2013 season.
Nittany Lions Host Senior Day on Saturday Versus Badgers
Penn State vs. UMass - 9/20/14
Season: Appeared in 10 games with five starts…Made his season debut vs. Rutgers…Started his first game of the season vs. Indiana (10/10). Indiana (10/10): Protected Christian Hackenberg during his 17th career 200-yard passing game (262 yards), which allowed him to become the second quarterback in Penn State history to amass 7,000 yards passing in a career…Helped Penn State control the ball for 35:35, its most in a Big Ten game since having 36:29 against Purdue in 2013. at Ohio State (10/17): Helped pave the way for Saquon Barkley’s 194 yards rushing, the third-highest total by a true freshman...Protected Christian Hackenberg who threw for 120 yards and one touchdown. vs. Maryland (10/24): Protected Christian Hackenberg to the tune of 315 yards and three touchdown passes…Helped the offense pile up 363 yards of total offense…The offense posted nine pass plays of 20-plus yards, including all three touchdown passes. Illinois (10/31): Started on the offensive line that helped Christian Hackenberg throw for 266 yards and break a tie with Matt McGloin for the most 200-yard passing games in school history with his 19th career 200-yard passing effort. at Northwestern (11/7): Blocked for 100-yard rusher Saquon Barkley and 200-yard passer Christian Hackenberg…The 205 yards passing by Hackenberg extended his school record to 20 such contests. Michigan (11/21): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw his school-record-tying 46th career touchdown pass…Blocked for Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 68 yards, including a career-long-tying 56-yard scamper.
➤ 2014 ➤ Sophomore Season
Appeared in seven games, making three starts at center in 2014...Made appearances in the victories over UCF and Massachusetts and saw time against Northwestern. Ohio State (10/25): Earned playing time at center and blocked for Christian Hackenberg, who completed 31 passes for 224 yards, as the Nittany Lions took the Buckeyes to double-overtime. Maryland (11/1): Made his first career start and helped the Nittany Lions to five scoring drives. At Indiana (11/8): Started at center and opened up holes for Bill Belton's 137-yard rushing effort...Helped open the running lane up the middle on Belton's 92-yard touchdown run, the longest rushing touchdown in school history by one player, which helped Belton register Penn State's first 100-yard rushing effort of the season. Temple (11/15): Started at center as Penn State rushed for a season-high 254 yards, including 130 yards from Akeel Lynch and 92 yards from Belton.
➤ 2013 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
In his first season on the field, saw action in five games...Played against Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Minnesota, Purdue and Wisconsin...Helped pave the way for three 200-yard rushing games for the Nittany Lions, including a season-best 289 yards in the victory over Purdue...Played an instrumental role on the scout team offense.
➤ 2012 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
Earned first-team all-area and first-team All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League his senior year at The Hun School...Helped lead the Raiders to the Mid-Atlantic Prep League title during his senior season...A three-year letterman, selected as team captain his senior season...Ranked by Scout.com among the nation's top 20 centers as a senior.
Full name is Wendy Ricardo Laurent...Son of Millery and Mada Laurent...Has an older brother, Mikerson, who was a guard on the Bentley University basketball team from 2009-13...Is an economics major...Born September 9, 1994 in Haiti.