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Parker Cothren
Parker  Cothren


Huntsville, Ala.

High School:
Hazel Green

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 302



H.S. Coach:
Matthew Putnam



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Penn State Football - Postgame Notes Vs. Akron - Sept. 6, 2014

Penn State Defeat Akron, 21-3, in Home Opener


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  • Cothren made his impact felt up front from his first career appearance against UCF in Dublin, Ireland. He helped the Nittany Lions stuff the Knights four straight times at the goal line in the first quarter of the Croke Park Classic.
  • Of his 11 stops in 2014, he collected 2.5 tackles for loss and combined with Carl Nassib for his first career sack against Akron in the home-opener.
  • Cothren’s 6-5, 292-pound frame, combined with his quickness and strength make him a mainstay on one of the deepest and most talented defensive tackle corps in the nation.
  • The honorable-mention Big Ten All-Freshman selection also excelled in the classroom, garnering Academic All-Big Ten accolades.
  • The Huntsville, Ala., native is among a trio of returnees from Alabama, which include fellow defensive lineman Torrence Brown and cornerback Christian Campbell.

    ➤ 2014 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
    Awards: Selected honorable-mention Big Ten All-Freshman Team by…Named Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career. Season: Appeared in all 13 games…Made 11 tackles (eight solo) and recorded 2.5 tackles for loss (minus-6), including a 0.5 sack…Was a main cog in a defense that held 11 of its 13 opponents to under 300 yards of total offense and limited nine opponents to 20 or fewer points in regulation. UCF (8/30): Made his collegiate debut during a goal line stand on the Knights’ second drive of the game in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Akron (9/6): Made his first career tackle, a combined sack with Carl Nassib, in the first quarter. At Rutgers (9/13): Made two stops. UMass (9/20): Recorded a career-high three tackles, including 1.0 tackle for loss…Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to just three yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). At Michigan (10/11): Made two tackles, including one tackle for loss. Ohio State (10/25): Collected one stop. Temple (11/15): Recorded one tackle…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): Made one tackle…Helped limit the Illini to 68 rushing yards and two-of-16 on third down conversions.

    ➤ 2013 ➤ True Freshman Season
    Redshirt season.

    ➤ High School
    A three-year letterman and standout at three positions for coach Matt Putnam at Hazel Green High School…Was a two-time captain…Lined up at defensive end, defensive tackle and offensive tackle during his career…As a senior, totaled 32 tackles with one forced fumble…Earned AHSAA 6A all-state honors during his final prep season…Tallied 69 tackles, 5.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a junior….Was an AHSAA 6A All-Region 8 selection as a junior…As a sophomore, logged 64 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery…Also lettered three times in basketball.

    ➤ Personal
    Full name is Parker John-Oliver Cothren…Son of Greg and Gayle Cothren…Has two older brothers, Hudson and Mason, and an older sister, Maddie…Brother, Hudson, played baseball at the University of Alabama-Huntsville...Born January 23, 1994 in Huntsville, Ala.

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