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➤ 2014 ➤ Sophomore Season
Started 12 games, missing one due to injury, to push his total to 20 career starts…Finished second on the team and 28th in the Big Ten with 75 tackles (32 solo)…Added 3.5 tackles for loss and his first career interception, which he returned 13 yards late in the fourth quarter at Indiana. UCF (8/30): Made six stops at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Akron (9/6): Logged six tackles. At Rutgers (9/13): Registered three tackles…Posted 1.0 tackle for loss…Was part of a defensive effort that held the Scarlet Knights to no points, three first downs and 95 yards in the second half. UMass (9/20): Logged five tackles to earn the coaches’ Defensive Player of the Week…Helped the Nittany Lions hold the Minutemen to just 3 yards rushing, the lowest total allowed by Penn State since 2007 against Notre Dame (zero rushing yards). Northwestern (9/27): Did not play due to injury. At Michigan (10/11): Returned to the starting lineup to tally six tackles…Made three stops for no gain. Ohio State (10/25): Set a then-career-high with nine hits…Helped the defense hold the Buckeyes to 17 points and 256 yards in regulation. Maryland (11/1): Made two stops…Was part of a defense that limited Maryland to 194 yards of total offense, the fewest total yards allowed against a Big Ten opponent since Minnesota (138, 2009). At Indiana (11/8): Collected eight tackles…Notched his first career interception, a late fourth-quarter snag…Returned his interception 13 yards to set up a Sam Ficken field goal for a 13-7 lead with 55 seconds to play in the game…Earned the coaches’ Co-Defensive Player of the Week award in a 13-7 win at Indiana…Helped boost a defense that held the then-nation’s leading rusher, Tevin Coleman, to just 71 yards…Helped the Nittany Lions shut out the Indiana offense, as the Hoosiers scored their fewest points at home since 2006, via a defensive touchdown. Temple (11/15): Made two tackles…Added 0.5 tackle for loss to help Penn State become bowl eligible…Helped limit Temple to just 61 rushing yards and eight first downs, the fewest for a Penn State opponent since Indiana State had eight in 2011. At Illinois (11/22): Tied his then-career-high with nine tackles…Notched 1.0 TFL…Helped limit the Illini to two-of-16 on third down conversions and just 16 points. Michigan State (11/29): Posted an eight-tackle effort…Made it three straight games with a tackle for loss with one stop behind the line of scrimmage…Aided a defense that held the Michigan State offense to 298 total yards, marking the only time in 2014 the Spartans were held to less than 300 yards of total offense. Boston College (12/27): Recorded a career-best and team-high 11 tackles (five solo) in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium.
➤ 2013 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
Awards: Selected Academic All-Big Ten for the first time in his career. Season: Appeared in all 12 games, making eight starts…Made his first career start against Syracuse in the season-opener…Finished the season 10th on the team with 32 tackles…Recorded 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, four pass breakups and one forced fumble. Syracuse (8/31): Made three solo tackles in the neutral site contest at MetLife Stadium. Eastern Michigan (9/7): Recorded six tackles (four solo)…Added a team-best three pass breakups. UCF (9/14): Logged three stops. Kent State (9/21): Made two tackles…Had one pass breakup. Michigan (10/12): Registered a season-best eight tackles…Made his first career tackle for a loss…Contributed on three stops during the Wolverines’ last drive in regulation, with the three carries resulting in minus-two yards. At Ohio State (10/26): Notched five tackles (three solo). Purdue (11/16): Produced his first career sack and forced fumble on the same play…His fourth-quarter strip-sack was recovered by Mike Hull and led to the Nittany Lions’ final scoring drive…Added two tackles. Nebraska (11/23): Made one tackle for loss. At Wisconsin (11/30): Made a pair of solo stops.
➤ 2012 ➤ True Freshman Season
Appeared in two games before suffering a knee injury on the opening kickoff at Virginia in the second contest…The injury sidelined him for the final 10 games and he was granted a medical redshirt…Was among six true freshmen to play during the season. Ohio (9/1): Blocked a second-quarter punt at the Bobcats’ 25-yard line that the Nittany Lions converted into a touchdown…Made one solo tackle.
➤ High School
A three-year letterman for head coach George Howanitz at Valley View High School…Earned All-America, all-state, all-region and All-Lackawanna Conference honors as a senior…Named the Scranton Times-Tribune Defensive Player of the Year and helped lead the Cougars to the school’s first District 2-3A championship during his final prep season…Ended his career with a school-record 387 stops…As a senior, recorded 120 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and one interception…Picked as an all-region and all-conference selection as a sophomore and junior…Made 115 tackles during his junior season…Delivered 66 stops as a sophomore…Invited to play in the Offense/Defense All-American Game and the Big 33 Classic following his senior season…Garnered WNEP-TV Dream Team Defensive Player of the Year in 2011...Also lettered in basketball and track and field…Helped Valley View to the District 2-3A 400-meter relay title as a senior.
Full name is Nyeem Warren Wartman-White…Son of Veronica White…Is one of 10 children…Has three older brothers, Randy, Markel and Donté, two younger brothers, Issiah and Kaleaf, two older sisters, Rouketa and Lanice, and two younger sisters, Shay and Kareema…Scheduled to graduate in December 2015 with a degree in telecommunications...Born December 16, 1992 in Philadelphia, Pa.
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