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C.J. Olaniyan
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C.J. Olaniyan

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Warren, Mich.

High School:
Warren Mott

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 244

Position:
DE

Experience:
SR

H.S. Coach:
Tom Milanov


04/12/2014

Blue Topples White, 37-0, to Conclude Spring Practice

Chiappialle runs for 63 yards, two scores as Blue shuts out White in front of 72,000 at Beaver Stadium

12/20/2013

Robinson Named Phil Steele's First Team All-American; Seven Lions on All-Big Ten Teams

Senior Guard John Urschel Named Fourth-Team All-American

12/02/2013

Trio Named First Team All-Big Ten; Robinson Earns Second Receiver of the Year Award

Robinson, Jones and Urschel on First Team; Nine Nittany Lions Earn Honorable-Mention

11/23/2013

Penn State Falls to Nebraska in Overtime, 23-20

Seventeen seniors honored before the game; Robinson passes Engram on all-time receptions list

10/14/2013

Olaniyan and Hackenberg Earn Big Ten Player of the Week Accolades

Olaniyan and Hackenberg instrumental in Penn State's thrilling 4 OT win over Michigan in Big Ten's longest game

11/23/2013

Football vs. Nebraska (11/23/13)

Football vs. Nebraska (11/23/13)

11/16/2013

Penn State Football vs. Purdue 11/16

Penn State Football vs. Purdue 11/16

10/12/2013

Michigan @ Penn State

Michigan @ Penn State

10/12/2013

Michigan @ Penn State 2nd Half

Michigan @ Penn State 2nd Half

09/21/2013

USATSI Gallery: Penn State vs. Kent State - 09/21/13

USATSI Gallery: Penn State vs. Kent State - 09/21/13

The coaching staff could not separate the spring practice efforts and improvement demonstrated by C.J. Olaniyan and cornerback Jordan Lucas, naming them co-recipients of the 2013 Jim O'Hora Award. Honoring a member of the Penn State coaching staff from 1946-76, the O'Hora Award is presented to a defensive player for "exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement" during spring practice. Olaniyan joins several defensive linemen tutored by Larry Johnson who were O'Hora honorees, including Anthony Adams, Michael Haynes, Matt Rice, Jay Alford and Jordan Hill. Olaniyan made significant progress during the 2012 campaign, where he made 15 tackles with one sack, and into winter conditioning and spring drills. He likely will battle Brad Bars and Anthony Zettel for the starting role at the defensive end spot opposite Deion Barnes. Olaniyan possesses great physical attributes, athleticism, instincts and desire that should help elevate his role with the defense and special teams this season. The former Warren Mott High School standout is on schedule to graduate in December, doing so in three and one-half years. Olaniyan joins Zettel and Allen Robinson as returning Nittany Lions from Michigan.

2012 (Junior Season)
Olaniyan appeared in 10 games, earning his first career start in the win over Temple. He recorded 15 tackles, one sack (minus-10) and a pair of pass breakups, all of which were season career-highs. Olaniyan opened the season with three stops against Ohio and followed with a tackle at Virginia. He made his first career start against Temple and broke his career-high with four tackles. He tallied one stop each against Northwestern, Ohio State, Indiana and at Purdue. Olaniyan also recorded three tackles, with a 10-yard sack, in the 38-14 prime time victory at Iowa.

2011 (Sophomore Season)
Olaniyan appeared in six games and recorded three tackles, all solo, during his first season on the field. He posted his first career tackle in his first game, the season-opening victory over Indiana State. Olaniyan also made one hit each in the wins against Eastern Michigan and Iowa. He also saw action against Indiana, Wisconsin and Houston.

2010 (Freshman Season)
Redshirt season.

High School
Olaniyan was rated the No. 14 defensive end and a four-star prospect by Rivals.com for Coach Tom Milanov at Warren Mott High School. He recorded 71 tackles and 13.5 sacks to go with an interception during his senior season. As a receiver, he made 17 catches for 205 yards and a touchdown. Olaniyan also played basketball and ran track.

Personal
Full name is Kazeem Kayode Olaniyan. He is the son of Abdul and Maryam Olaniyan and has one sister, Halimat. He enjoys watching movies, playing video games and basketball. He is enrolled in the criminology program and is interested in a career in law enforcement. Born June 30, 1991 in Atlanta, Ga.

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