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Barkley, Gillikin and Thompkins headline special teams honorees; Smith garners sportsmanship accolades
Buckeyes earn win with fourth-quarter comeback
Sophomore defensive end leads the team in sacks and tackles for loss
Barkley sets Penn State record with 358 all-purpose yards
Awards: Earned third-team All-Big Ten honors from the media and honorable-mention accolades from the conference coaches...Garnered third-team All-Big Ten honors from Phil Steele...Earned a spot on the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week on Oct. 24 after his showing vs. Michigan...Added to the Bednarik Award watch list at mid-season...Selected to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after a posting two tackles behind the line vs. Nebraska (11/18).
Season: Appeared in all 13 games with 12 starts...Joins Ryan Buchholz, Will Fries and Miles Sanders as first-time starters in 2017...Wore No. 19 at Iowa (9/23) and vs. Indiana (9/30) to honor Torrence Brown, who missed the games due to a season-ending injury vs. Georgia State (9/16).
Akron (9/2): Made one tackle, which was a combined tackle for loss with Curtis Cothran in the first quarter...Played two series in the game...Was a part of a defense that logged 14.0 tackles for loss, the most since recording 15.0 vs. Temple in 2015. Pittsburgh (9/9): Tied a career high with two sacks, with solo quarterback takedowns in the second and third quarters...Totaled three tackles, all which came behind the line of scrimmage to account for a career-high 2.5 tackles for loss...Added one quarterback hurry in the second quarter...Part of a defense that piled up five sacks, its most since logging six last season vs. No. 2 Ohio State. Georgia State (9/16): Logged three tackles...Made a third-quarter solo tackle for loss...A part of a unit that posted its second shutout of the season, marking the first time since 2009 a Nittany Lion defense posted two shutouts in a single season. at Iowa (9/23): Tied his career high with five tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss...Added one quarterback hurry...Made both tackles on Iowa's drive that ended in a tackle for loss of on Akrum Wadley for a safety...The safety vs. the Hawkeyes was the second of the year for Penn State (Pittsburgh), marking the first time since 2004 the Nittany Lions had multiple safeties in a season...Made a solo stop behind the line on Wadley in the third quarter...Garnered the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Week award. Indiana (9/30): Totaled four tackles...Added one quarterback hurry. at Northwestern (10/7): Made four stops...Combined with Ryan Buchholz on a fourth-quarter sack of Clayton Thorson...His other three stops went for no gain, 1 yard and no gain. Michigan (10/21): Totaled a pair of tackles...Added two quarterback hurries...Part of a defense that held the Wolverines scoreless over the final 40:03 of the game...Part of a defensive line that earned the coaching staff's Defensive Player of the Week. at Ohio State (10/28): Tied a career high with five tackles...Logged 1.5 tackles for loss, including a solo takedown of quarterback J.T. Barrett in the first quarter...Recovered his first career fumble in the fourth quarter...Also had a quarterback hurry. at Michigan State (11/4): Posted one tackle...Added one quarterback hurry. Rutgers (11/11): Posted one tackle...Added one quarterback hurry. Nebraska (11/18): Both tackles came behind the line of scrimmage...Combined with Cam Brown on a second-quarter sack of Tanner Lee...Combined with Parker Cothren on a first-quarter stop behind the line of scrimmage...Named the coaching staff's Co-Defensive Player of the Week, along with Jason Cabinda. at Maryland (11/25): Made three tackles...Had a solo tackle behind the line of scrimmage in the first quarter...Had one quarterback hurry...Part of a defense that held the Terps scoreless in the first half, marking the seventh time in 2017 the Nittany Lion defense held an opponent scoreless in at least one half. vs. Washington (12/30): Totaled three tackles, playing only the second half...Sacked Jake Browning on third-and-4 to force a Washington punt late in the third quarter.
➤ 2016 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Selected BTN.com All-Big Ten Freshman Team honorable mention...Named to the Pro Football Focus Big Ten Team of the Week after his showing at Indiana (11/12).
Season: Appeared in all 14 games...One of 27 freshmen (22 redshirt, 5 true) to appear in 2016.
Kent State (9/3): Made his collegiate debut...Totaled five tackles...Made his first collegiate tackle in the second quarter...Picked up his first career sack in the third quarter with a 10-yard takedown of Justin Agner to force a punt...Sacked Agner later in the third quarter for his second of the game...Penn State’s seven sacks were the most since logging seven at Northwestern in 2011. at Pitt (9/10): Had one assisted tackle. Minnesota (10/1): Made four stops...Had 1.5 tackles for loss, including a solo takedown behind the line of scrimmage in the fourth quarter. Maryland (10/8): Made two tackles, including one tackle for loss...Made a solo stop behind the line in the fourth quarter. Ohio State (10/22): Made four tackles...Had one tackle for loss, a third quarter stop of Mike Weber behind the line...Helped the defense hold Ohio State scoreless in two quarters for the first time since Michigan State in 2015, which was Ohio State’s last loss...Helped the defense to a season-high 11.0 tackles for loss, the most TFLs since posting 11.0 vs. Maryland in 2015...The 11.0 tackles for loss were the most yielded by the Buckeyes since giving up 11.0 vs. Alabama (2015). at Purdue (10/29): Made one tackle. at Indiana (11/12): Recorded four tackles...Forced the third fumble of the game by Indiana, his first career forced fumble, which was recovered by Malik Golden...Was a part of a defense that forced a season-high five turnovers, the most since forcing five against Maryland in 2015...Penn State’s five fumble recoveries were its most since recovering five versus FIU in 2007. at Rutgers (11/19): Had a quarterback hurry in the third quarter. Michigan State (11/26): Made two tackles. vs. USC (1/2): Notched one stop.
➤ 2015 ➤ True Freshman Season
➤ High School
Played his final prep year at George Washington High School for head coach Ronald Cohen...Earned Philadelphia Inquirer first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania after helping George Washington to a 4-2 record in the Philadelphia Public League AAAA...Also earned first-team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania accolades as a junior at Frankford High School...Selected to play in the 2015 Big 33 Classic...Rated as a three-star prospect and a Top 15 player in the state by all four major recruiting services: 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked a Top 50 defensive end by 247Sports, ESPN and Rivals.
Full name is Shareef Abdul Miller...Son of Tekeya Cook...Has five siblings: Najier, Destiny, Sharde, Tayda and Jaydua...Majoring in rehabilitation & human services...Born March 14, 1997 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.