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Barkley, Gillikin and Thompkins headline special teams honorees; Smith garners sportsmanship accolades
Barkley totals 246 all-purpose yards, while defense yields just 159 yards in shutout
Field Hockey team tops conference with 16 honorees; Big Ten Champion football team leads Nittany Lions with 19 recipients
USATSI Gallery - Penn State vs. Pittsburgh
Season: Appeared in eight games with five starts...Made his first career start at Iowa (9/23)...Joins Will Fries, Shareef Miller and Miles Sanders as first-time starters in 2017...Missed the games at Michigan State (11/4), vs. Rutgers (11/11) and vs. Nebraska (11/18) due to injury.
Akron (9/2): Logged career highs for tackles (4), tackles for loss (1.5) and sacks (1.0), all coming in the first half...Forced his first career fumble, which was recovered by Akron, in the first quarter...Combined with Robert Windsor on a first-quarter tackle for loss...Toppled Akron quarterback Thomas Woodson for a solo sack in the second quarter...Added one quarterback hurry...Was a part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015...Part of a defense that logged a season-opening shutout for the first time since 2007 (FIU, 59-0)...Named the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Week. Pittsburgh (9/9): Collected two solo tackles. Georgia State (9/16): Made two tackles, including one solo. at Iowa (9/23): Made his first career start. Indiana (9/30): Had two tackles. at Northwestern (10/7): Made three tackles...Combined with Shareef Miller on a fourth-quarter sack of Clayton Thorson...Recovered his first career fumble in the first quarter, which led to a Penn State field goal...Also had a quarterback hurry. Michigan (10/21): Tied a career best with four stops...Had a solo sack of John O'Korn in the third quarter to bring up third-and-long and an eventual Michigan punt on their opening drive of the second half...Had a third-quarter hurry of O'Korn...Part of a defense that held the Wolverines scoreless over the final 40:03 of the game...Part of an defensive line that earned the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State (10/28): Made the start, but left the game after playing just one snap.
➤ 2016 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten.
Season: Appeared in 13 games...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016.
Kent State (9/3): Made two tackles, including his first career sack...Combined with Brandon Bell for his first career stop in the first quarter...Sacked Kent State quarterback Mylik Mitchell to end KSU’s final drive of the game for a loss of seven yards...Penn State’s seven sacks were the most since logging seven at Northwestern in 2011. at Pitt (9/10): Made two stops - both solo. Temple (9/17): Had one tackle...Combined with Parker Cothren on a second-quarter tackle for loss...A part of a front seven that limited Temple to just 38 rushing yards, the fewest since holding Illinois to 37 yards on the ground in 2015. at Michigan (9/24): Made one tackle. Maryland (10/8): Made two assisted tackles. Ohio State (10/22): Made a career-high three tackles, including two solo. at Purdue (10/29): Took down Purdue quarterback David Blough on the first play of the fourth quarter for his second career sack, his lone stop of the game. Iowa (11/5): Made one tackle, a solo sack of C.J. Beathard for a loss of seven yards in the fourth quarter. at Indiana (11/12): Made two tackles. Michigan State (11/29): Dropped running back LJ Scott for a loss of five yards for his only tackle of the game in the first quarter.
➤ 2015 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
Three-year letterman and two-year team captain at Great Valley High School for head coach Dan Ellis...First-team all-state (AAA) by Pennsylvania Football News...MaxPreps Medium School All-American and All-Southeastern Pennsylvania in 2014...Recorded 28 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2014, while leading Great Valley to a 12-2 record, a district title and the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals...Selected to play in the 2015 Big 33 Classic...Rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and a three-star player by 247Sports, ESPN and Scout...Ranked as the 15th-best defensive end in the nation and the seventh-best player in Pennsylvania by 247Sports and Scout ranked among the top 15 prospects in the state...Lettered four years in basketball, helping lead Great Valley to the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals in 2013.
Full name is Ryan Peter Buchholz...Son of Larry and Rebecca Buchholz...Has two brothers, Carl and Erik, and one sister, Hannah...Carl wrestled at Rutgers and Maryland and played football his senior year at Maryland...Erik played football at James Madison...Cousin, Dan, played football at Duquesne...Majoring in media studies...Born April 8, 1997 in West Chester, Pennsylvania.