Thirteen Lions earn Dean's List recognition by earning a 3.5 GPA or higher this past semester
The Nittany Lions' increased recruiting presence in the Southeast has brought a trio of Alabama prep standouts to Happy Valley the past two years. A redshirt freshman, Huntsville's Parker Cothren will be joined by Alabama freshmen Torrence Brown (Tuscaloosa) and Christian Campbell (Phenix City) for the 2014 campaign. A defensive tackle, Cothren has made steady improvement during his first year as a Nittany Lion and will be seeking to crack the interior defensive line rotation. Cothren earned AHSAA 6A all-state honors at Hazel Green High School. A communications student, he owned a 3.04 grade-point average following the spring semester and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate.
2013 - Freshman Season
Cothren was a standout at three positions for coach Matt Putnam at Hazel Green High School. A three-year letterman and two-time captain, he lined up at defensive end, defensive tackle and offensive tackle during his career with the Trojans. As a senior, he totaled 32 tackles with one forced fumble to earn AHSAA 6A all-state honors. Cothren was an AHSAA 6A All-Region 8 selection after tallying 69 tackles, 5.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery as a junior. As a sophomore, he logged 64 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Cothren also lettered three times in basketball.
Full name is Parker John-Oliver Cothren. He is the son of Greg and Gayle Cothren. He has two older brothers, Hudson and Mason, and an older sister, Maddie. Hudson played baseball at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A communications student, Cothren owned a 3.11 grade-point average following the spring semester. Born January 23, 1994 in Huntsville, Ala.