Finding and maintaining continuity on an offensive line is essential to the productivity of any offense. Fifth-year senior Johnnie Troutman again will play a central role in finding that continuity and cohesion for the Nittany Lion O-Line in 2011. He has made considerable progress over the last two seasons while grabbing ahold of the starting job at left guard and is a probable All-Big Ten candidate. Troutman started the final 11 games of last year and has 19 career starts. He was instrumental on a Penn State offensive line that allowed only 12 sacks all season, tied for No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 13 in the nation for fewest sacks allowed. Possessing very good physical attributes, skills and intensity, Troutman will be one of three returning senior starters to the O-Line. Troutman graduated in May with a degree in African and African American Studies. The former all-state selection at Pemberton HS is one of seven returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.
2010 Senior Season
Troutman started the final 11 games at left guard, giving him 19 career starts. He saw action on 930 snaps, the team's second-highest total to Stefen Wisniewski, led by 93 in the victory over Northwestern and 90 against Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl. Troutman was instrumental in Penn State allowing only 12 sacks all season, tied for No. 2 in the Big Ten and No. 13 in the nation for fewest sacks allowed. He played a critical role in helping Penn State gain 350 or more yards nine times, topped by 528 yards in the historic 35-21 comeback win over Northwestern. The Nittany Lions ran for a season-high 260 yards against the Wildcats, with two 100-yard rushers, and threw for 268 yards. Troutman helped Penn State gain 496 yards against Indiana and 435 yards against Michigan, scoring 41 points in both victories.
2009 Junior Season
Troutman moved into the first unit at left guard and started eight consecutive games before suffering a strained calf against Ohio State. He missed the Indiana game, but returned to help the Lions gain 512 yards en route to a 42-14 win at Michigan State. Troutman played on 619 snaps, led by 86 in the win over Minnesota and 75 in the 35-10 victory at Michigan. He was an instrumental member of an offense ranked No. 2 in the Big Ten at 406.9 ypg. Penn State was third in the Big Ten in fewest sacks allowed. Troutman and his linemates helped quarterback Daryll Clark rank No. 2 in the Big Ten in passing efficiency and deliver a school season-record 24 touchdown passes. The unit also was instrumental in Evan Royster becoming the seventh Nittany Lion all-time to gain 1,000 yards in multiple seasons. In the win at Illinois, Penn State rolled up 338 rushing yards, getting 100-yard games from Stephfon Green (120) and Royster (105) and 83 yards from Clark. In the 52-3 pounding of Eastern Illinois, Penn State displayed dominating balance, racking up 268 yards passing and 285 yards rushing en route to a season-best yardage total of 553. The Minnesota victory capped a three-week stretch in which Troutman and the offensive line did not allow a sack. In the 34-13 win at Northwestern, its fifth straight, the Penn State offense gained 301 yards in the second half and 437 for the game, averaging 7.5 yards per play.
2008 Sophomore Season
Troutman saw action in six games as a reserve to All-America guard Rich Ohrnberger and emerged as a contributor on one of the nation's top offensive lines. Troutman was on the field for 80 snaps, led by 19 against Coastal Carolina and 18 at Syracuse.
2007 Freshman Season
Redshirt season. Troutman enrolled as a full-time student at Penn State in January 2007.
Troutman was a standout for Coach John Rosnick at Pemberton HS. He earned first-team all-state and All-South Jersey honors. A team captain, he was selected All-Group III twice and all-conference three times. He was injured for most of his senior season with a knee injury. During his junior year, he made 67 tackles, with four sacks.
Full name is Johnnie B. Troutman. He is the son of Johnnie and Norma Troutman. He has a brother, Xavier, and a sister, Ashley. He received his degree in African and African American Studies in May 2011. Born November 11, 1987 in Trenton, N.J.