USATSI Gallery: Penn State vs. Kent State - 09/21/13
It didn't take long for Nyeem Wartman to work his way onto the depth chart or make an impact in his career at "Linebacker U." But, his promising true freshman season abruptly ended when he suffered a knee injury on the opening kickoff in the second game, at Virginia. Sidelined for the final 10 contests of 2012, Wartman was granted a medical redshirt season and has returned to the field ready to resume making plays from his outside linebacker post. The former Valley View All-American spent most of spring practice working with the first linebacker unit alongside Glenn Carson and Mike Hull. Wartman is a highly-skilled athlete and a tough, physical playmaker who has good size and speed. His instincts and skills were on display in his first career game as a Nittany Lion. In the 2012 season-opener with Ohio, he blocked a second-quarter punt at the Bobcats' 25-yard line that the Nittany Lions converted into a touchdown. The redshirt freshman has a very bright future as a leader and playmaker. Wartman owned a 3.12 grade-point average after the spring semester and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate.
2012 (Freshman Season)
Wartman played in the first two games, but suffered a knee injury on the opening kickoff at Virginia in the second contest. The injury sidelined him for the final 10 games and he was granted a medical redshirt. Wartman made his presence felt in the season-opener against Ohio, blocking a second-quarter punt at the Bobcats' 25-yard line that the Nittany Lions converted into a touchdown. He also made one solo tackle against Ohio. Wartman was among six true freshmen to play during the season.
Wartman earned All-America, all-state, all-region and All-Lackawanna Conference honors as a senior at Valley View High School. Playing for Coach George Howanitz, he was named the Scranton Times-Tribune Defensive Player-of-the-Year and helped lead the Cougars to the school's first District 2-3A championship in 2011. As a senior, he recorded 120 tackles, with 10 tackles for loss, and one interception, giving him a school-record 387 stops. A two-time team captain, Wartman also was an all-region and all-conference selection as a sophomore and junior, delivering 66 and 115 tackles, respectively. Wartman was invited to play in the Offense/Defense All-American game and the Big 33 Classic as a senior. He was the WNEP-TV Dream Team Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Wartman also lettered in basketball and track and field, helping Valley View to the District 2-3A 400-meter relay title as a senior.
Full name is Nyeem Warren Wartman. He is the son of Veronica White and is one of 10 children. Wartman has three older brothers, Randy, Markel and Donté, two younger brothers, Issiah and Kaleaf, two older sisters, Rouketa and Lanice, and two younger sisters, Shay and Kareema. He plans to major in business. Born December 16, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pa.