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Fifteen Nittany Lions from 2017 senior class earn opportunities with NFL teams
McSorley throws for 381 yards and three touchdowns in setback at No. 24 Michigan State
Nittany Lions earn bowl eligibility
USA Today Sports Images: Penn State vs. Nebraska
USATSI photos from Penn State football at Michigan State - Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017
USATSI Gallery - Georgia State @ Penn State
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Penn State falls on Senior Day
Awards: Earned Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week honors on Oct. 10 after a four-catch effort at Northwestern...Earned the Quarterback Club Award at the annual team banquet, the award for seniors whom deserve special recognition...Named Academic All-Big Ten.
Season: Appeared in all 13 games with four starts...Started his first game of the season vs. Indiana (9/30)...One of 21 Penn Staters to enter the Fiesta Bowl having already earned a degree.
Pittsburgh (9/9): Made his first career tackle, a combined special teams stop with Nick Scott in the first quarter. Georgia State (9/16): Made three catches for 64 yards...Caught Tommy Stevens' first career touchdown pass, a 35-yard connection, in the third quarter. at Iowa (9/23): Made his only catch on fourth-and-2, gaining 6 yards to move the chains on Penn State's game-winning touchdown drive. Indiana (9/30): Made one catch for 18 yards in his first start of the season. at Northwestern (10/7): Caught four passes for a game-high 74 yards...Made a 38-yard grab on Penn State's second touchdown drive. Michigan (10/21): Made one catch for 4 yards. at Ohio State (10/28): Made one reception for 21 yards, coming on Penn State's final scoring drive of the game...Collected one stop on kickoff coverage. at Michigan State (11/4): Had one catch, a 27-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter...Added one tackle. Rutgers (11/11): Totaled two catches for 14 yards. Nebraska (11/18): Caught one pass for 22 yards on third-and-10 during Penn State's third scoring drive of the first half. at Maryland (11/25): Made a 19-yard catch - his lone grab of the game - on Penn State's second scoring drive. vs. Washington (12/30): Made one catch for 20 yards.
➤ 2016 ➤ Junior Season
Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the second time in his career.
Season: Appeared in nine games with seven starts...Owned six catches of 20-plus yards in 2016...Posted career highs with 15 receptions, 347 yards and three touchdown catches.
Kent State (9/3): Made two catches for 24 yards...Had a 21-yard grab on the left sideline on the first play of Penn State’s third scoring drive of the game. Ohio State (10/22): Made a great back-shoulder catch for 37 yards to set up first-and-goal at the OSU 2-yard line, which led to a Trace McSorley 2-yard touchdown scamper. at Purdue (10/29): Caught one pass for 42 yards...His 42-yard reception came on the first play of a drive that eventually ended in a 29-yard field goal by Tyler Davis. Iowa (11/5): Made his lone catch in the first quarter, a 19-yard touchdown grab to open the scoring. at Indiana (11/12): Caught a 43-yard pass from Trace McSorley near the end of the third quarter to set up Penn State’s third score of the game. Michigan State (11/26): Had three catches for 29 yards...Converted a second-and-long with a 16-yard catch on Penn State’s first touchdown drive of the game...Made an 8-yard grab on third-and-3 during Penn State’s opening drive of the second half, a drive it scored the go-ahead touchdown on. vs. Wisconsin (12/3): Posted career highs in catches (6), receiving yards (155) and touchdown catches (2)...All six of his catches gained at least 10 yards...Hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass for his first score of the game late in the second quarter...Had a career-long 70-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown on the first play of Penn State’s first second half possession...The 70-yard reception is the third-longest passing play in Big Ten Championship Game history...His 155 receiving yards are a Big Ten Championship Game record, surpassing Ohio State’s Devin Smith’s 137 yards in 2014...Was the coaching staff’s Offensive Co-Player of the Week with Trace McSorley.
➤ 2015 ➤ Sophomore Season
Awards: Named Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career.
Season: Appeared in 13 games with three starts.
San Diego State (9/26): Collected his first career 100-yard receiving game with a career-high 101 yards on four grabs...Had a career-long 46-yard reception in the second quarter to help set up the Joey Julius 24-yard field goal. Army (10/3): Made his second career start. vs. Maryland (10/24): Caught one pass for 38 yards...Reception was a part of a two-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, in the second quarter that was capped by a 37-yard touchdown reception by Chris Godwin. Michigan (11/21): Only catch was a 25-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter for his second career TD reception...His first two career touchdown catches came in White Out games. at Michigan State (11/28): Made a season-long 59-yard catch in the third quarter that led to Penn State’s second touchdown of the game...Totaled 77 yards on his one reception, recovering his own fumble for 18 yards on his 59-yard catch. vs. Georgia (1/2): Made one catch for seven yards.
➤ 2014 ➤ True Freshman Season
Awards: Earned Dean's List accolades in the 2015 spring semester.
Season: Appeared in all 13 games with one start during his true freshman season...One of nine true freshmen to make their debut in 2014 and was among seven true freshmen to start a game...Made 11 catches for 112 yards and one touchdown during his first season on the field.
UCF (8/30): Made his collegiate debut in the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. UMass (9/20): Collected his first career reception, a 12-yard grab in the third quarter that set up Penn State’s final score in the 48-7 win...Ended the game with two catches for 21 yards. Northwestern (9/27): Added a 5-yard reception. at Michigan (10/11): Made his first career start. Ohio State (11/25): Hauled in four passes for 34 yards, including an acrobatic 24-yard touchdown grab in the fourth quarter to cut the Buckeyes’ lead to 17-14. at Indiana (11/8): Made one catch. Michigan State (11/29): Tallied one reception. vs. Boston College (12/27): Registered one catch for 15 yards.
➤ High School
Lettered four times at wide receiver for Manalapan High School and head coach Ed Gurrerri...One of the top prospects in New Jersey, helped the Braves to a combined 32-5 record during his final three seasons and compiled nearly 2,000 receiving yards and 35 touchdowns...Two-time first-team all-state selection, while earning first-team all-region, all-district and All-Shore Conference honors his last three years...Selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American game and the USA U-19 All-American Game...Caught 52 passes for 707 yards and 15 TDs as a senior...Added nine rushes for 65 yards and one touchdown and received team MVP honors...Piled up 1,359 all-purpose yards as a junior and accounted for 16 TDs...Caught 40 passes for 743 yards, had 10 carries for 114 yards and returned kicks for 502 yards...Added 200 receiving yards and three scores during his sophomore season, also seeing action at running back and safety...Rated a four-star recruit by all four major recruiting services and was ranked among the top 150 recruits nationally by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports...Rated a Top 5 recruit in the state of New Jersey by ESPN (3rd), Rivals (4th) and 247Sports (3rd) and was among the top 25 nationally at the wide receiver position...Lettered three times in track and field.
Full name is Saeed Raashad Blacknall...Son of Chris and Lynda Blacknall...Has one younger brother, Symir...Enjoys listening to music, working with DJ programs to mix songs and strength conditioning...Former Nittany Lion safety Lee Rubin is a family friend...Majoring in telecommunications...Born March 17, 1996 in Long Branch, New Jersey.