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The Nittany Lions opened the home portion of their 2014 schedule against the Akron Zips at Beaver Stadium Sept. 6, 2014.
➤ 2014 ➤ Junior Season
Awards: Earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten accolades from the conference coaches and media…Earned third-team All-Big Ten from Phil Steele’s College Football…Selected to the ESPN.com All-Bowl Team…Was a preseason candidate for the Bednarik and Jim Thorpe Awards. Season: Appeared in all 13 games, making starts in the first 12 games of the season…Finished third on the squad with 58 tackles (37 solo), while adding 2.0 sacks and a team-high nine pass breakups…Tied for 14th in the Big Ten in passes defended (9)…Made 20 tackles over his final three games. UCF (8/30): Opened the season with a pair of tackles at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland…Made a crucial stop to force a three-and-out in the fourth quarter with Penn State leading, 20-17. Akron (9/6): Collected his second career sack, which halted the Zips’ game-opening drive and forced a field goal attempt that went wide…Made seven tackles. At Rutgers (9/13): Made three tackles…Helped hold the Scarlet Knights to no points, three first downs and 95 yards in the second half. UMass (9/20): Made three stops…Aided a defense that held the Minutemen to just 3 yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). Northwestern (9/27): Added two stops. At Michigan (10/11): Notched a season-high seven tackles…Added two pass breakups. Ohio State (10/25): Registered two stops…Chipped in one pass breakup…Helped hold the Buckeyes to 17 points and 256 yards in regulation. Maryland (11/1): Recorded four tackles…Was part of a defense that limited Maryland to 194 yards of total offense, the fewest total yards allowed against a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota (138, 2009). At Indiana (11/8): Notched five stops (four solo)…Added one pass breakup…Led a secondary that limited Indiana to just 68 passing yards and 221 total yards…Helped the Nittany Lions shut out the Indiana offense, as the Hoosiers scored their fewest points at home since 2006, via a defensive touchdown. Temple (11/15): Made three solo tackles…Notched 1.0 TFL to help Penn State become bowl eligible…Helped limit Temple to just 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011. At Illinois (11/22): Had a six-tackle effort…Helped limit the Illini to 68 rushing yards and two-of-16 on third down conversions. Michigan State (11/29): Posted seven tackles (five solo)…Added one pass breakup…Was integral in helping hold Michigan State’s offense to 298 total yards, marking the only time in 2014 the Spartans were held to less than 300 yards of total offense…Wore No. 23 in honor of senior safety Ryan Keiser, who suffered a season-ending injury the week of the Ohio State game. Boston College (12/27): Made seven tackles (five solo)…His total included a fourth-quarter sack in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
➤ 2013 ➤ Sophomore Season
Awards: Earned honorable-mention All-Big Ten honors from the conference coaches and media. Season: Started all 12 games at cornerback…Made his first career start against Syracuse…Led the team with three interceptions — all in Big Ten play — and 13 pass breakups…Ranked third on the team with 64 tackles, including a team-best 45 solo hits…Also recorded 4.5 tackles for loss (minus-20), one sack and forced two fumbles...Ranked No. 3 in the Big Ten in passes defended (16) and tied for ninth in forced fumbles. Syracuse (8/31): Made his first career start just 25 miles from home, in MetLife Stadium against the Orange...Logged three tackles…Made his first career tackle for loss, a combined stop with Ben Kline…Tied for the team lead with two pass breakups. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Collected three tackles…Made one tackle for loss. UCF (9/14): Forced his first career fumble…Made six stops, including his third game with a tackle for loss. Kent State (9/21): Made three tackles…Broke up a team-high four passes…Combined with Deion Barnes for a first-quarter sack. At Indiana (10/5): Moved his streak to five straight games with a tackle for loss by registering 1.5 TFL, including one-half sack…Posted a then-career-high nine hits…Added one pass breakup. Michigan (10/12): Grabbed his first career interception in the first quarter, returning it 14 yards to the Wolverines 14-yard line to set up Penn State’s first touchdown of the game…Finished with four tackles (two solo). At Ohio State (10/26): Posted a career-high 11 stops (seven solo). Illinois (11/2): Compiled seven tackles…Defended three passes and had two pass breakups…Grabbed his second interception of the season at the Penn State 15 in the first quarter to set up the Nittany Lions opening score of the game. At Minnesota (11/9): Posted four tackles…Added a pass breakup. Purdue (11/16): Hauled in his third interception of the season in the second quarter and returned it 22 yards to set up a touchdown…Also made three solo stops. Nebraska (11/23): Made eight tackles, including a team-best six solo hits…Notched one pass breakup. At Wisconsin (11/30): Registered four tackles (three solo)...Added one pass breakup…Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Badgers to 120 rushing yards, nearly 180 yards below their season average.
➤ 2012 ➤ True Freshman Season
Among six true freshmen to make their collegiate debut…Appeared in all 12 games…Saw time on defense and special teams. At Purdue (11/3): Collected his first career tackle, a solo stop.
➤ High School
Played one season at Worcester (Mass.) Academy for coach Tony Johnson…Played defensive back and running back…Scored 13 touchdowns...Lettered twice for coach Lou DiRienzo at New Rochelle High School…Was selected the AA South Section Back of the Year as a senior…Was named a Journal-News first-team all-star…Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Full name is Jordan Lucas…Son of Vincent Lucas and Denise Oakley…Has one younger brother, Vincent Lucas, and one older sister, Marcy Oakley…Enjoys listening to music…Majoring in journalism and would like to pursue a career as a broadcaster…Born August 2, 1993 in White Plains, N.Y.
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