2011 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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2011 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State Athletics wordmark.svg
Big Ten Leaders Division co-champion
TicketCity Bowl, L 14–30 vs. Houston
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division Leaders Division
2011 record 9–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Joe Paterno
(46th year, games 1–9)
Tom Bradley
(interim, games 10–13)
Offensive coordinator Galen Hall (8th season)
Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley (12th year)
Larry Johnson (interim)
Ron Vanderlinden (interim)
Base defense 4–3
Captain Drew Astorino
Captain Quinn Barham
Captain Derek Moye
Captain Devon Still
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 106,572)
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Legends Division
No. 11 Michigan State x   7 1         11 3  
No. 12 Michigan %   6 2         11 2  
No. 24 Nebraska   5 3         9 4  
Iowa   4 4         7 6  
Northwestern   3 5         6 7  
Minnesota   2 6         3 9  
Leaders Division
No. 10 Wisconsin xy$   6 2         11 3  
Penn State x   6 2         9 4  
Purdue   4 4         7 6  
Ohio State   3 5         6 7  
Illinois   2 6         7 6  
Indiana   0 8         1 11  
Championship: Wisconsin 42, Michigan State 39
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Joe Paterno for the first nine games until he was fired in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal, with defensive coordinator Tom Bradley taking over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[1][2] The team played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania, US. They were members of the Big Ten Conference in the newly formed Leaders Division. They finished the season 9–4, 6–2 in the Leaders Division to be co–division champions with Wisconsin. Due to the head-to-head loss to Wisconsin, they did not represent the division in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. They were invited to the TicketCity Bowl where they lost to Houston 14–30.

The team was ranked number one in academic achievement out of the top 25 ranked BCS teams.[3]


The team captains for Penn State's 125th season of football were tackle Quinn Barham, wide receiver Derek Moye, safety Drew Astorino, and defensive tackle Devon Still.[4]

Penn State began the season with an unsettled quarterback situation. Sophomore Rob Bolden and former walk-on junior Matt McGloin split starting duties in the 2010 season.[5] Rob Bolden was named the starter for the season opener against Indiana State.

Pre-season awards[edit]


Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV 23 RV RV RV RV RV RV 21 16 12 21 20 23 24 NR 
Coaches' 25 20 RV RV RV RV 25 22 19 15 12 21 19 22 23 NR 
Harris Not released RV 24 19 16 12 19 18 22 23 Not released 
BCS Not released 21 19 16 12 21 19 21 22 Not released


Penn State did not play Michigan, Michigan State, and Minnesota in the 2011 Big Ten football season. The schedule was as follows:[8]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 12:00 p.m. Indiana State* Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA BTN W 41–7   96,461[9]
September 10 3:30 p.m. No. 3 Alabama* No. 23 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC L 11–27   107,846[9]
September 17 12:00 p.m. at Temple* Lincoln Financial FieldPhiladelphia, PA ESPN W 14–10   57,323[9]
September 24 12:00 p.m. Eastern Michigan* Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN2 W 34–6   95,636[9]
October 1 12:00 p.m. at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ESPNU W 16–10   42,621[9]
October 8 3:30 p.m. Iowa Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC/ESPN W 13–3   103,497[9]
October 15 12:00 p.m. Purduedagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA BTN W 23–18   100,820[9]
October 22 7:00 p.m. at Northwestern Ryan FieldEvanston, IL BTN W 34–24   40,004[9]
October 29 3:30 p.m. Illinois No. 21 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ABC/ESPN2 W 10–7   97,828[9]
November 12 12:00 p.m. No. 19 Nebraska No. 12 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA ESPN L 14–17   107,193[9]
November 19 3:30 p.m. at Ohio State No. 21 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Rivalry) ABC/ESPN W 20–14   104,994[9]
November 26 3:30 p.m. at No. 15 Wisconsin No. 20 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ESPN L 7–45   79,708[9]
January 2, 2012 12:00 p.m. vs. No. 20 Houston No. 24 Cotton BowlDallas, TX (TicketCity Bowl) ESPNU L 14–30   46,817[9]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff[edit]

  • Joe Paterno - head coach (first 9 games)
  • Tom Bradley – interim head coach (final 4 games)
  • Dick Anderson – guards and centers coach
  • Kermit Buggs – defensive backs[10]
  • Galen Hall – offensive coordinator and running backs
  • Larry Johnson, Sr. – co-defensive coordinator/defensive line
  • Bill Kavanaugh – wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator
  • Bill Kenney – offensive tackles and tight ends
  • Mike McQueary – wide receivers and recruiting coordinator (placed on administrative leave November 11, 2011)[10]
  • Jay Paterno – passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach
  • Elijah Robinson – defensive line
  • Ron Vanderlinden – co-defensive coordinator and linebackers
  • John Thomas – strength and conditioning


2011 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 1 Rob Bolden So
QB 2 Shane McGregor Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 3 Brandon Beachum Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 4 Evan Lewis Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 5 Bill Belton Fr
WR 6 Derek Moye (C) Sr
WR 7 Curtis Drake Redshirt.svg So
WR 8 Allen Robinson Fr
RB 9 Michael Zordich Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 10 Kevin Haplea Redshirt.svg So
QB 11 Matt McGloin Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 12 John Cabot Fr
QB 13 Paul Jones Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 14 Garrett Venuto Redshirt.svg So
WR 15 Patrick Flanagan Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 16 Ryan Scherer Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 17 Christian Kuntz Redshirt.svg So
WR 18 Andrew Goodman Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 19 Justin Brown Jr
WR 20 Devon Smith Jr
RB 21 Stephfon Green Sr
WR 23 Brian Friend Redshirt.svg So
RB 24 Derek Day Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 25 Silas Redd So
RB 26 Curtis Dukes Redshirt.svg So
WR 27 Tariq Tongue Redshirt.svg So
FB 33 Andre Dupree Redshirt.svg So
TE 33 Michael Yancich Redshirt.svg Jr
FB 35 Pat Zerbe Redshirt.svg So
RB 36 Deron Thompson Fr
RB 37 Joe Suhey Sr
RB 40 Zach Zwinak Redshirt.svg Fr
FB 45 P.J. Byers Redshirt.svg So
G 50 DeOn'tae Pannell Sr
T 52 Chima Okoli Redshirt.svg Sr
C 54 Matt Stankiewitch Redshirt.svg Jr
C 55 Wendy Laurent Fr
G 56 Anthony Alosi Redshirt.svg Fr
T 58 Adam Gress Redshirt.svg So
C 60 Ty Howle Redshirt.svg So
G 62 Frank Figueroa Redshirt.svg So
G 64 John Urschel Redshirt.svg So
C 65 Miles Dieffenbach Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 66 Angelo Mangiro Fr
T 67 Quinn Barham (C) Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 68 Ryan Nowicki Fr
T 70 Nate Cadogan Redshirt.svg So
G 72 Khamrone Kolb Redshirt.svg Fr
G 73 Mark Arcidiacono Redshirt.svg So
G 74 Johnnie Troutman Sr
G 75 Eric Shrive Redshirt.svg So
T 76 Donovan Smith Fr
T 77 Patrick Christie Redshirt.svg Fr
T 78 Mike Farrell Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 79 Kevin Blanchard Fr
TE 80 Andrew Szczerba Sr
WR 81 Shawney Kersey Redshirt.svg So
TE 82 Brian Irvin Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 83 Matt Zanellato Fr
WR 85 Brandon Moseby-Felder Redshirt.svg So
TE 87 Kyle Carter Fr
TE 88 J.D. Mason Sr
TE 89 Gary Gilliam Redshirt.svg So
Pos. # Name Class
S 1 Nick Sukay Sr
CB 2 Chaz Powell Sr
CB 4 Adrian Amos Fr
CB 5 Derrick Thomas Redshirt.svg So
LB 6 Gerald Hodges Jr
S 7 Stephen Obeng-Agyapong Redshirt.svg So
CB 8 D'Anton Lynn Sr
S 10 Malcolm Willis Redshirt.svg So
LB 11 Khairi Fortt So
CB 12 Stephon Morris Jr
S 13 Tim Buckley Fr
CB 14 Mike Wallace Redshirt.svg So
CB 15 Alex Kenney Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 16 Devin Pryor Redshirt.svg So
DE 18 Deion Barnes Fr
LB 22 T.J. Rhattigan Fr
S 23 Ryan Keiser Redshirt.svg Fr
S 24 Jonathan Duckett Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 26 Kyle Lucas Redshirt.svg So
S 27 Jacob Fagnano Redshirt.svg Jr
S 28 Drew Astorina (C) Sr
S 29 Jeff Cully Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 31 Brad Bars Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 32 Dakota Royer Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 34 Nathan Stupar Sr
LB 38 Ben Kline Fr
CB 39 Jesse Della Valle Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 40 Glenn Carson So
DT 41 J.R. Refice Redshirt.svg So
LB 42 Michael Mauti Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 43 Mike Hull Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 46 Ken Pollock Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 47 Jordan Hill Jr
DE 48 Jordan Kerner Fr
LB 54 James Van Fleet Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 56 Eric Latimore Redshirt.svg Sr
DE 59 Pete Massaro Redshirt.svg Jr
DT 71 Devon Still (C) Sr
DT 75 Evan Hailes Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 81 Jack Crawford Sr
DT 84 Kyle Baublitz Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 86 C.J. Olaniyan Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 90 Sean Stanley Jr
DT 91 DaQuan Jones So
DT 92 Anthony Alosi Fr
DT 93 James Terry Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 94 Shawn Oakman Fr
DT 96 Cody Castor Redshirt.svg Jr
DT 97 Luke Graham Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 98 Anthony Zettel Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 30 Anthony Fera Redshirt.svg So
LS 44 Michael Fuhrman Redshirt.svg Jr
P 45 Alex Butterworth So
LS 53 Jon Rohrbaugh Sr
LS 57 Emery Etter Redshirt.svg So
PK 97 Sam Ficken Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Last update: October, 2011

Game summaries[edit]

September 3 vs. Indiana State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana State 0 0 0 7 7
#25 Penn State 14 14 6 7 41

The Nittany Lions defeated the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, Indiana State Sycamores 41–7. Rob Bolden started for the Nittany Lions at quarterback and shared QB duties with Matt McGloin. The game began with a 95-yard kick-off return for touchdown by Chaz Powell. Silas Redd ran for 104 yards on 12 carries scored two touchdowns.[11] and fullbacks Joe Suhey and Michael Zordich each had one running touchdown.[11] Third string quarterback Shane McGregor closed the scoring for Penn State with a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.[11] The Sycamores were able to score the final touchdown of the game against Penn State's third and fourth string defense. Head coach Joe Paterno, still recovering from injuries sustained in a practice collision with Devon Smith coached from the press box.[12] TV announcers=Big Ten Network Matt Devlin, Glen Mason & Dionne Miller

September 10 vs. Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#3 Alabama 7 10 3 7 27
#23 Penn State 3 0 0 8 11

The third ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, coached by Nick Saban, defeated the Nittany Lions 27–11 at Beaver Stadium.[13] Rob Bolden was once again the starting quarterback and shared playing time with Matt McGloin. Bolden completed 11 of 29 passes for 144 yards and one interception while McGloin was 1 of 10 for 0 yards.[13] Penn State took the opening possession down the field and recorded a 43-yard field goal by Evan Lewis.[13] The Nittany Lions were held scoreless through the second, third, and most of the fourth quarters when Silas Redd scored a one-yard touchdown. Bolden converted the two-point conversion to bring the Penn State total to 11 points.[13]

TV announcers ABC: Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe

September 17 at Temple[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 7 0 7 14
Temple 7 3 0 0 10

Penn State defeated Temple 14 – 10 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Fullback Michael Zordich scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard dive with 2:42 to play in the game.[14] While the offense, once again led by quarterbacks Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin, struggled the defense was able to keep the game within reach. Derek Moye had 7 receptions for 112 yards with all 7 catches being good for a Penn State first down.[14] Chaz Powell and Michael Mauti each picked off one Temple pass and Nick Sukay recovered a fumble. Mauti's interception set up the Penn State offense at the Temple 44 with 8:46 remaining. Bolden led the game-winning drive that was highlighted by two successful fourth down conversions and a Zordich recovery of a fumbled snap between Bolden and center Matt Stankiewitch.[14] Despite the close score, Temple finished with only 197 yards of offense, their fewest since a 27–13 win over Army in 2009, where they had only 195. It's also only the fourth time since 2008 that Temple has finished with less than 200 yards of offense.

September 24 vs. Eastern Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eastern Michigan 0 0 0 6 6
Penn State 3 14 14 3 34

The Nittany Lions defeated the Eagles 34–6. The victory marked the first time in the 2011 season that head coach Joe Paterno coached from the sidelines. He spent the first half on the field and coached the second half from the press box.[15] Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin shared quarterback duties again. McGloin threw three touchdown passes, one to fullback Joe Suhey and two to wide receiver Derek Moye who became the sixth Nittany Lion to have more than 2,000 yards receiving in his career.[15] Bolden threw a 71-yard pass to receiver Devon Smith. Kickers Anthony Fera and Sam Ficken each kicked a field goal.[15] Fera was the first Penn State player to punt, kick-off, and serve as the place kicker in a single game since 1975 when Chris Bahr did the same.[16] The Penn State defense limited the Eagles offense to just two fourth-quarter field goals and picked up three turnovers including an interception by Nick Sukay.[17] Malcolm Willis blocked an Eastern Michigan punt. Linebacker Michael Mauti and cornerback D'Anton Lynn both left the game with apparently severe injuries. Mauti injured his knee and is out for the season with an ACL injury to his left knee.[18] Lynn was placed on a backboard as a precautionary measure and was admitted to the local hospital.[17] Post game reports said that Lynn was able to move his arms and legs and may have suffered a stinger, which caused a burning sensation in his extremities.[19]

October 1 at Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 3 10 3 16
Indiana 3 0 0 7 10

The game against the Indiana Hoosiers was Joe Paterno's 700th game as a member of the Penn State coaching staff.[20] He has been coaching at Penn State since 1950 when he moved to Penn State from Brown University with his mentor and predecessor Rip Engle.[21] The Nittany Lions defeated the Hoosiers 16–10 for Paterno's 405th career win as head coach.[22] Both offenses struggled throughout most of the game. Rob Bolden started for Penn State at quarterback and shared playing time with Matt McGloin. Derek Moye caught a 74-yard touchdown pass from McGloin in the third quarter. Kicker Anthony Fera was successful on 3 of 4 field goal attempts.[22] Chaz Powell had one interception and Devon Still recovered a fumble that was forced by Sean Stanley. Silas Redd led the Nittany Lion ground game with 126 yards on 30 carries. Penn State committed two turnovers in the red zone, Bolden threw an interception to Forisse Hardin and Redd fumbled the ball at the three-yard line.[23]

October 8 vs. Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 3 0 0 3
Penn State 3 3 0 7 13

Penn State defeated Iowa 13 – 3. The victory over the Hawkeyes was just the second win in the series for the Nittany Lions since 2000.[24] Rob Bolden started the game, but played just two series. Matt McGloin took the rest of the snaps at quarterback and completed a 2-yard touchdown to Kevin Haplea.[25] The Penn State defense produced five sacks and three turnovers, one fumble and two interceptions to help control the game. The running game led by Silas Redd and Curtis Dukes ran up 231 yards on the ground to help control the clock and keep the Iowa offense off the field.[24] Joe Paterno, still recovering from off season injuries spent the first half on the sidelines before moving to the pressbox in the second half. Penn State honored the 1986 National Champions at halftime of the game to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Penn State's upset victory over the Miami Hurricanes in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl.[24]

October 15 vs. Purdue[edit]

1 234Total
Purdue 3 366 18
Penn State 7 3103 23

Penn State defeated the Purdue Boilermakers 23 – 18 for a homecoming victory and to go to 6 – 1 on the season and 3 – 0 in the Big Ten.[26] Rob Bolden once again started at quarterback, but Matt McGloin took the great majority of the snaps. He threw one interception that bounced off the feet of receiver Bill Belton and into the arms of the Boilermaker's Albert Evans who returned it 55 yards from the endzone.[27] Silas Redd ran for 131 yards and one touchdown. Backup tailback Curtis Dukes scored his first career touchdown.[26] The Penn State defense came up with three interceptions, two by linebacker Nate Stupar and one by safety Nick Sukay.[27] Starting wide receiver Derek Moye missed the game with a foot injury and coach Joe Paterno, still recovering from off season injuries, spent the entire game in the pressbox.[26][27]

October 22 at Northwestern[edit]

1 234Total
Penn State 14 1370 34
Northwestern 14 1000 24

Penn State defeated Northwestern 34–24 giving Joe Paterno his 408th career win and tying him with Grambling's legendary Eddie Robinson.[28] Matt McGloin started and played the entire game at quarterback.[28] The first half was an offensive shoot-out and the second a defensive struggle. Despite the fact that McGloin took every snap at quarterback, both Joe and quarterback coach Jay Paterno stated that the competition between McGloin and Rob Bolden to be the starter was still active.[28] The defensive star of the game was linebacker Gerald Hodges. He had a career-high 14 tackles and returned an interception thrown by Bethlehem, Pennsylvania native Dan Persa for 63 yards.[29] Anthony Fera kicked two field goals to go with the four touchdowns produced by the Nittany Lions.[28] McGloin threw touchdown passes to Justin Brown and Devon Smith. Silas Redd and Stephon Green both scored one running touchdown.[29]

October 29 vs. Illinois[edit]

1 234Total
Illinois 0 070 7
Penn State 0 0010 10

Paterno earned his 409th win and passed Grambling State's Eddie Robinson as Division I's winningest coach in what would unexpectedly become his final game at Penn State. The game at halftime was 0–0, Illinois took a 7–0 lead in the 3rd quarter on a 10-yard pass from quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase to wide receiver Spencer Harris.[30] A blocked punt by Brad Bars set up Penn State's first score of the game, a thirty-yard field goal by Anthony Fera with 7:00 remaining.[30] Matt McGloin led Penn State on the game-winning drive that was sparked by the return from injury of Derek Moye. The Nittany Lions drove 80 yards down the field in the final three minutes of the game. A three-yard touchdown run by running back Silas Redd put the Lions ahead 10–7.[30] Illinois drove into field goal range, and attempted a 42-yard field goal. The field goal hit the right upright, and Penn State won 10–7.[30] Redd topped 1,000 yards for the season while running for 137 yards on 30 carries. Linebacker Gerald Hodges led the defense with 19 tackles, a forced fumble, and two pass break-ups.[31]

November 12 vs. Nebraska[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Nebraska 0 10 7 0 17
#12 Penn State 0 0 7 7 14

This was the first Nittany Lion's game not coached by Joe Paterno in 46 years due to his firing for his involvement in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.[32] Penn State fell behind 10–0 at halftime and trailed 17–0 after a Matt McGloin fumble in the third quarter that led to a Nebraska touchdown. Penn State rallied, however, and even had a chance to win after scoring two touchdowns and narrowing the deficit to 17–14. Had Penn State won the game, they would have been two regular-season wins away from a likely Big Ten championship appearance. (They went on to beat Ohio State and to lose to Wisconsin.) [33] However, a last gasp play from near mid-field ended hopes of a comeback. This game was marked with much emotion with a blue-out (in contrast to the normal white-out) at Beaver Stadium in support of the alleged victims of Sandusky's crimes. Nebraska and Penn State gathered for a prayer at midfield for the victims and the fans showed the support for their team with a standing ovation at the end of the game despite the loss.[33]

November 19 at Ohio State[edit]

1 234Total
Penn State 10 1000 20
Ohio State 0 1400 14

Penn State defeated Ohio State 20–14. Stephon Green ran for two touchdowns and Anthony Fera kicked two field goals for the Nittany Lions. It was Penn State's first and only win with Tom Bradley as coach. All of the scoring in the game was contained to the first half.[34] Penn State had success running the Wildcat formation with Curtis Drake and Bill Belton taking snaps while quarterback Matt McGloin lined up in the slot. This victory took the show down for the Leaders Division championship to their final regular season game at Wisconsin. Penn State won the game despite being a seven-point underdog according to Las Vegas bookmakers. It was the first time since 2001 against Northwestern that the Nittany Lions were victorious despite being so heavily favored to lose.[35]

November 26 at Wisconsin[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#19 Penn State 7 0 0 0 7
#12 Wisconsin 7 21 14 3 45

The winner of this matchup was guaranteed to represent the Leaders division in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Penn State lost to Wisconsin 7–45 to close out the regular season. The Nittany Lions took a 7–0 lead in the first quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Matt McGloin to Curtis Drake. Penn State turned the ball over four times, three fumbles and one interception. The Badgers, led by quarterback Russell Wilson and tailback Montee Ball, were able to convert all four turnovers into scores.[36]

January 2 vs. Houston (2012 TicketCity Bowl)[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#23 Penn State 0 7 7 0 14
#17 Houston 17 7 3 3 30

Penn State lost to Houston 14–30 in the TicketCity Bowl at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas, Texas to end the season. Houston quarterback, Case Keenum, was the game MVP completing 45 of 69 passes for 532 yards and three touchdowns. Rob Bolden started at quarterback in place of the injured Matt McGloin for Penn State. Bolden, the offense, and the defense struggled throughout the game.[37]


Penn State's football players were recognized for outstanding academic performance by the New America Foundation's Academic Bowl Championship Series.[3] The team was ranked number one out of the top 25 ranked BCS teams. The criteria in the rankings include the graduation rate of the team as compared to the rest of university, the difference between the graduation rate of African-American players and the rest of the squad as well as the same statistics for the rest of the students at Penn State, and the graduation rate differences between African American players and students.[3] This marked the second time that the football team at Penn State was ranked number one. Chris White was awarded the Ray Guy Award for the nations best Punter. The 2009 team earned the same honor.[3]




Seven players were invited to the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, held February 22 to 28 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana: Jack Crawford, D'Anton Lynn, Derek Moye, Chaz Powell, Devon Still, Nate Stupar, Johnnie Troutman.[63]

All-star games[edit]

Game Date Site Players
2012 Casino del Sol College All-Star Game January 16, 2012 Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium
Tucson, Arizona
Drew Astorino[64]
Quinn Barham[64]
Stephfon Green[64]
2012 East-West Shrine Game January 21, 2012 Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida
Nick Sukay[65]
2012 Astroturf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl January 21, 2012 The Home Depot Center
Carson, California
Jon Rohrbaugh[66]
Andrew Szczerba[66]
2012 Senior Bowl January 28, 2012 Ladd Peebles Stadium,
Mobile, Alabama
Devon Still[67]
Jack Crawford
D'Anton Lynn
Johnnie Troutman


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