Jordan Lucas emerged as one of the squad's most productive and dynamic players after grabbing a starting slot at cornerback prior to last season. Entering his junior campaign, Lucas earned All-Big Ten honorable-mention accolades in 2013 and should be an all-conference candidate this fall. He was named first-team preseason All-Big Ten by USA Today and Lindy's and second-team all-conference by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele's College Football Preview. The athletic, hard-hitting and dynamic Lucas has emerged as a team leader and is poised to play a significant role for the defense and special teams the next two years. He was one of the player speakers at The Signature Event on signing day last February. A starter in all 12 games last year, the talented and enthusiastic Lucas was tied for third in the Big Ten with 16 passes defended (1.33 avg.). Lucas tied for the team lead with three interceptions, all of which came in conference play, and led the Nittany Lions with 13 pass breakups. He was third on the team with 64 tackles, but led the squad with 45 solo stops. The metropolitan New York City product also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss (minus-20), one sack and forced two fumbles. Lucas grabbed his first career interception in the first quarter against No. 18 Michigan, returning it inside the Michigan 15-yard line to set up the Nittany Lions' first touchdown in the four-overtime victory. He led the team with a career-high 11 stops (seven solo) at No. 4 Ohio State. Lucas joins quarterback D.J. Crook as Nittany Lions who played at Worcester (Mass.) Academy after their high school careers.
2013 (Sophomore Season)
Lucas became a defensive leader for the Nittany Lions, as he tied for third in the Big Ten in passes defended with 16 (1.33 avg.) en route to honorable-mention all-conference honors. After a strong spring and preseason camp, Lucas earned the starting nod in all 12 games at cornerback. He was tied for the team lead with three interceptions, all in Big Ten play, with 37 return yards, which was tied for third in the Big Ten. He also led the team with 13 pass breakups and was third with 64 tackles, but led the Lions with 45 solo hits. Lucas also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss (minus-20), one sack and forced two fumbles, which tied for ninth in the Big Ten. He made his first career start just 25 miles from home, in the win over Syracuse in MetLife Stadium. He logged three tackles and tied for the team lead with two pass breakups. Lucas collected three tackles, including a TFL, against Eastern Michigan before forcing his first career fumble and making six stops, including one TFL, against UCF. He was a stalwart in the secondary against Kent State, breaking up a team-high four passes to go with three tackles and 0.5 sacks. In the Big Ten-opener at Indiana, Lucas made a then-career-high nine hits, including six solo tackles, with 0.5 sacks and a pass breakup. He grabbed his first career interception in the first quarter against No. 18 Michigan, returning it 14 yards to the Wolverines 14-yard line to set up Penn State's first touchdown of the game. Lucas finished with four tackles in the pulsating four-overtime win over the Wolverines. He continued his impressive play with a career-high 11 stops (seven solo) at No. 4 Ohio State. Lucas followed with seven tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in the 24-17 win over Illinois. His interception at the Penn State 15 in the first quarter set up the drive that resulted in Bill Belton's five-yard touchdown run to open the scoring. Lucas posted four tackles and added a pass breakup at Minnesota. He registered his third pick of the season and returned it 22 yards in the second quarter against Purdue to set up a touchdown. Lucas made eight tackles, including a team-best six solo hits, to go with one pass breakup against Nebraska. He ended the season with four tackles (three solo) and a pass breakup in the big win at No. 14 Wisconsin. He helped the Nittany Lions hold the Badgers to 120 rushing yards, nearly 180 yards below their season average of 297.8 yards entering the contest.
2012 (Freshman Season)
Lucas was among six true freshmen to take the field, seeing action on defense and special teams. He recorded one solo tackle in the 34-9 win at Purdue.
Lucas matriculated to Penn State from Worcester (Mass.) Academy, where he played defensive back and running back for Coach Tony Johnson, scoring 13 touchdowns. He was rated a three-star prospect by Scout and Rivals. Lucas played for Coach Lou DiRienzo at New Rochelle High School and was selected the AA South Section Back-of-the-Year as a senior in 2010. He was named a Journal-News first-team all-star.
Full name is Jordan Lucas. He is the son of Vincent Lucas and Denise Oakley, and has one younger brother, Vincent Lucas, and one older sister, Marcy Oakley. He enjoys listening to music. Lucas is enrolled in the College of Communications and would like to pursue a career as a broadcaster. Born August 2, 1993 in White Plains, N.Y.