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Field Hockey team tops conference with 16 honorees; Big Ten Champion football team leads Nittany Lions with 19 recipients
McSorley throws for Big Ten Championship game-record 384 yards and four touchdowns in win
Sophomore also tabbed B1G Running Back of the Year; McSorley and Gesicki named to second team
The Nittany Lions clinched a share of the Big Ten East Division Title with a win over the Spartans.
Nittany Lions hold Rutgers to 87 yards of offense, fewest allowed in a B1G game in program history
Jan. 2, 2017
Check out the Penn State USATSI photo gallery from the game against Michigan State.
Nov. 5, 2016
Oct. 22, 2016
Photos from Maryland @ Penn State on October 8, 2016.
Owns the single-season record for receptions by a tight end with 48, passing Andrew Quarless (41, 2009), and yardage by a tight end at 679, besting Mickey Shuler’s single-season record of 600 receiving yards (1977)...Tied the Penn State record for touchdown catches for a tight end (5).
➤ 2016 ➤ Junior Season
Awards: Earned third-team All-American honors from College Sports Madness...Selected to the Athlon Sports All-Big Ten second team...Named to Phil Steele’s All-Big Ten third team...Named All-Big Ten second team by the media panel...Selected All-Big Ten honorable mention by the conference coaches...First Penn State tight end to earn All-Big Ten first or second team honors since Kyle Carter (first team) in 2012...Earned All-ECAC honorable mention honors...Selected to the Mackey Award Preseason Watch List...Is on the Mackey Midseason Watch List...Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career.
Season: Started all 14 games...Had four or more catches in seven of the last 12 games...Doubled his career receiving yardage total entering the season.
Final Rankings: Led the Big Ten and was tied for No. 7 nationally in receptions by a tight end (48)...Ranked No. 1 in the B1G and No. 7 in FBS in receiving yards by a tight end (679)...Led the Big Ten and was tied for No. 13 in FBS in touchdowns by a tight end (5). Kent State (9/3): Made three receptions and one touchdown grab...Totaled 49 yards receiving. at Pitt (9/10): Caught four passes for 47 yards. Temple (9/17): Logged 62 receiving yards on two catches...Hauled in a 52-yarder with a one-handed grab in the third quarter. at Michigan (9/24): Grabbed a career-high five passes for 23 yards. Minnesota (10/1): Tied a career high with five grabs for 70 yards...Hauled in a career-long 53 reception to set up first-and-goal, eventually leading to a Trace McSorley touchdown run. Maryland (10/8): Pulled in four receptions for 26 yards and one touchdown...Capped Penn State opening drive with a 5-yard catch-and-run that ended in a dive into the end zone. Ohio State (10/22): Caught four passes for 46 yards...Had a 16-yard grab on Penn State fourth quarter touchdown drive...Pulled in a 26-yarder on his first catch of the game on Penn State’s opening drive. at Purdue (10/29): Made one catch, a 23-yard grab on third-and-10 on Penn State’s opening drive, which eventually ended in a Saquon Barkley touchdown run. Iowa (11/5): Pulled down four catches for 65 yards...Caught three passes on Penn State’s third scoring drive of the game, including a 43-yard catch-and-run that set up Trace McSorley’s 1-yard touchdown run. at Indiana (11/12): Tied a career high with five catches for a career-best 88 yards...Made a 45-yard reception in the first quarter. at Rutgers (11/19): Tied his career high for the second straight week with five grabs...Totaled a game-high 47 receiving yards. Michigan State (11/26): Pulled in two passes for 65 yards and one touchdown...Made a leaping 45-yard grab and fell backwards into the end zone for a touchdown in the third quarter. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Caught three passes for 58 yards and one touchdown...Hauled in a 33-yard touchdown grab to open the scoring for Penn State in the first quarter, his first TD reception outside of Beaver Stadium. vs. USC (1/2): Made one catch for 11 yards..Lone reception was an 11-yard touchdown grab with 54 seconds remaining in the second quarter to pull Penn State within six points at the half.
➤ 2015 ➤ Sophomore Season
Season: Appeared in 12 games with eight starts...Named Academic All-Big Ten. Buffalo (9/12): Tied for second on the team with a career-best three catches...Gained 14 yards. Rutgers (9/19): Made one catch for six yards. San Diego State (9/26): Had two catches for 11 yards. Army (10/3): Made one catch, a career-long 33-yard reception for his first career touchdown in the third quarter...Reception capped a three-play touchdown drive to end the third quarter, all three plays were completions by Hackenberg. Indiana (10/10): Caught two passes for 21 yards...Notched a 16-yard grab during Penn State's third scoring drive of the game. Illinois (10/31): Caught two passes for 26 yards...Both catches came during Penn State scoring drives...Had a long catch of 17 yards. at Northwestern (11/7): Made one catch for five yards. Michigan (11/21): Made one catch for nine yards.
➤ 2014 ➤ True Freshman Season
Awards: Named to the BTN.com Big Ten All-Freshman Team.
Season: Appeared in all 13 games with one start at tight end during his true freshman campaign...made 11 catches for 114 yards...One of nine true freshmen to make their debut in 2014 and was among seven true freshmen to start a game...Began his career with one catch in each of his first three games and caught at least one pass in nine of Penn State's 13 games. UCF (8/30): In his first collegiate game, the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland, collected his first career catch, a 9-yard reception in the opening quarter. Akron (9/6): Made an 11-yard grab in the win. At Rutgers (9/13): Tallied a 7-yard catch on the second Penn State scoring drive in the 13-10 come-from-behind win. Northwestern (9/27): Made one catch for six yards. At Michigan (10/11): Pulled down a career-high two receptions (10 yards) in Michigan Stadium. Ohio State (10/25): Tallied one catch for three yards in the double-overtime contest. Maryland (11/1): Made his first career start. At Indiana (11/8): Rumbled into Indiana territory with a 28-yard reception for his only catch in the game. At Illinois (11/22): Caught one ball for seven yards. Michigan State (11/29): Tied his career-high with two snags for a career-high 33 yards, including a career-long 30-yard reception. Boston College (12/27): Appeared in the 31-30 overtime victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
➤ High School
Was one of the nation's most highly-touted tight end prospects after earning four varsity letters for coach Chuck Donahue at Southern Regional High School...Ended his superlative career as the Rams' all-time leading receiver with 1,817 yards on 103 receptions, with 16 touchdown catches...As a senior, made 33 catches for 530 yards and four scores to garner Under Armour All-America, all-state and first-team All-Shore honors...His junior season featured a NJSIAA state runner-up finish and 50 catches for 954 yards and nine TDs...Named first-team All-Shore as a junior...As a sophomore, made 16 grabs for 276 yards and three scores to help the Rams to an 8-2 record and the school's first Shore Conference title since 1972...Played on the defensive side of the ball and corralled six interceptions and 23 tackles...Played in the U.S. Army All-American Game following his senior season...Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com and a three-star prospect by ESPN...Rated as the top tight end recruit in the class of 2014 by 247Sports.com and was a Top 15 tight end prospect nationally according to ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com...Also was rated a Top 15 recruit in the state of New Jersey by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...A prep basketball and volleyball standout, earning a total of 12 letters in the three sports...Ended his career as the Rams' all-time leading scorer in basketball (1,867 points)...Named MVP of the East/West Basketball All-Star Game and was the champion of the 2014 state dunk contest...Helped Southern Regional to the NJSIAA State Championship and was named the 2013 New Jersey Player-of-the-Year.
Full name is Michael William Gesicki...Son of Michael and Donna Gesicki...Has two older sisters, Ashley and Kelsey...Enjoys playing sports, strength conditioning, spending time with family and friends and going to the beach...Intends to enroll in Penn State's Smeal College of Business...Born October 3, 1995 in Lakewood, N.J.