USATSI Gallery: Penn State vs. Kent State - 09/21/13
The Nittany Lions will enter the season with more depth at the linebacker unit than in 2013, thanks in part to the development of Nyeem Wartman. A redshirt sophomore, he played in every game last year, making eight starts. With senior Mike Hull moving to middle linebacker, Wartman will be a primary candidate to earn significant snaps at one of the outside linebacker positions. A highly-skilled and physical player who loves to hit, Wartman was 10th on the squad with 32 tackles last year. The former Valley View High School All-American made his first career start in the 2013 season-opening win over Syracuse after taking a medical redshirt season in 2012. Wartman is a tough and instinctive player with a great deal of potential and has an opportunity to join the long line of productive Nittany Lions who played in Northeast Pennsylvania. He was selected to the 2013 Academic All-Big Ten team. Wartman is among 15 returning Nittany Lions from Eastern Pennsylvania.
2013 (Sophomore Season)
After a medical redshirt season in 2012, Wartman made his first career start against Syracuse in the season-opener. He played in every game, making eight starts, and finished the season with 32 tackles, good for 10th on the team. Wartman recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. He made three solo tackles in the win over the Orange. He recorded six tackles (four solo) and a team-best three pass breakups in the win over Eastern Michigan. Wartman added three stops against UCF and logged two tackles and a pass breakup in the 34-0 win over Kent State. Wartman excelled in the four-overtime victory over No. 18 Michigan with a career-best eight tackles and his first career tackle for a loss. He was in on three stops on the Wolverines' last drive in regulation, with the three carries resulting in minus-two yards, to help force a punt. Wartman carried the momentum into the next game, at No. 4 Ohio State, where he notched five tackles, three of which were solo stops. Wartman produced his first career sack and forced fumble, while adding two tackles, in the 45-21 win over Purdue. In the home-finale with Nebraska, Wartman made one tackle for loss. He closed out the season with a pair of solo stops in the huge 31-24 win at No. 14 Wisconsin. Wartman was selected to the 2013 Academic All-Big Ten team.
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.