2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State Athletics wordmark.svg
Big Ten champion
Big Ten East Division co-champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Rose Bowl, L 49–52 vs. USC
Conference Big Ten Conference
Division East Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 7
AP No. 7
2016 record 11–3 (8–1 Big Ten)
Head coach James Franklin (3rd season)
Offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead (1st season)
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Brent Pry (1st as DC; 3rd overall season)
Co-defensive coordinator Tim Banks (1st season)
Base defense 4–3
Captain Brandon Bell (Senior year)
Captain Brian Gaia (Senior year)
Captain Von Walker (Senior year)
Home stadium Beaver Stadium
(Capacity: 106,572)
Seasons
← 2015
2017 →
2016 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 7 Penn State xy$   8 1         11 3  
No. 6 Ohio State x^   8 1         11 2  
No. 10 Michigan   7 2         10 3  
Indiana   4 5         6 7  
Maryland   3 6         6 7  
Michigan State   1 8         3 9  
Rutgers   0 9         2 10  
West Division
No. 9 Wisconsin xy   7 2         11 3  
Iowa   6 3         8 5  
Nebraska   6 3         9 4  
Minnesota   5 4         9 4  
Northwestern   5 4         7 6  
Illinois   2 7         3 9  
Purdue   1 8         3 9  
Championship: Penn State 38, Wisconsin 31
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Pennsylvania State University in the 2016 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by third-year head coach James Franklin and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. They were a member of the Big Ten East Division of the Big Ten Conference. They started 2–2, and after losing to the Michigan Wolverines, they won nine straight conference games and defeated the Wisconsin Badgers in the Big Ten Championship Game. They represented the Big Ten in the 2017 Rose Bowl, losing to USC.

Background[edit]

Previous season[edit]

During the previous season the Nittany Lions started the year with a 5–1 record and 2–0 in Big Ten play. Then on October, 17 they lost to #1 ranked Ohio State. After which they won their next two games including a 39–0 rout over Illinois. Following the rout the Nittany Lions finished the year 0–4 including losses to #6 Michigan State and #14 Michigan and a bowl game loss to Georgia.

2016 NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick (Overall) Player Team Position
2 43 Austin Johnson Tennessee Titans Nose Tackle
2 51 Christian Hackenberg New York Jets Quarterback
3 65 Carl Nassib Cleveland Browns Defensive end
6 202 Anthony Zettel Detroit Lions Defense Tackle
6 204 Jordan Lucas Miami Dolphins Safety

Schedule[edit]

Penn State announced its 2016 football schedule on July 11, 2013. The 2016 schedule consists of 7 home and 5 away games in the regular season. The Nittany Lions hosted Big Ten foes Iowa, Maryland, Michigan State, Minnesota, and Ohio State, and traveled to Indiana, Michigan, Purdue, and Rutgers.[1]

The team hosted two of the three non-conference games against the Kent State Golden Flashes from the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Pittsburgh Panthers from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), and the Temple Owls from the American Athletic Conference (AAC).

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 3:30 p.m. Kent State* Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA BTN W 33–13   94,378
September 10 12:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh* Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA (Rivalry) ESPN L 39–42   69,983
September 17 12:00 p.m. Temple* Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA BTN W 34–27   100,420
September 24 3:30 p.m. at No. 4 Michigan Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI ABC L 10–49   110,319
October 1 3:30 p.m. Minnesota Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) BTN W 29–26 OT  95,332
October 8 12:00 p.m. Marylanddagger Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) BTN W 38–14   100,778
October 22 8:00 p.m. No. 2 Ohio State Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Rivalry) ABC W 24–21   107,280
October 29 12:00 p.m. at Purdue No. 24 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC/ESPN2 W 62–24   33,157
November 5 7:30 p.m. Iowa No. 20 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA BTN W 41–14   106,194
November 12 12:00 p.m. at Indiana No. 12 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN ABC/ESPN2 W 45–31   40,678
November 19 8:00 p.m. at Rutgers No. 9 High Point Solutions StadiumPiscataway, NJ BTN W 39–0   51,366
November 26 3:30 p.m. Michigan State No. 8 Beaver Stadium • University Park, PA (Land Grant Trophy) ESPN W 45–12   97,418
December 3 8:00 p.m. vs. No. 6 Wisconsin No. 8 Lucas Oil StadiumIndianapolis, IN (Big Ten Championship Game) FOX W 38–31   65,018
January 2, 2017 5:00 p.m. vs. No. 9 USC No. 5 Rose BowlPasadena, CA (Rose Bowl) ESPN L 49–52   95,128
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[2]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 24 20 12 9 8 8 5 7 
Coaches NR NR NR NR NR NR RV NR RV 23 14 10 8 8 5 7 
CFP Not released 12 10 8 7 7 5 Not released

Game summaries[edit]

Kent State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 2013 PSU, 34–0
Kent State vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Kent State 3 10 0013
Penn State 6 10 10733

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

Pittsburgh[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
50–42–4 2000 UP, 12–0
Penn State vs. Pittsburgh – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Penn State 7 7 71839
Pittsburgh 14 14 7742

at Heinz Field

Game information

Temple[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–4–1 2015 TU, 27–10
Temple vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Temple 7 3 71027
Penn State 14 7 31034

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

#4 Michigan[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–12 2015 UM, 28–16
Penn State vs. Michigan – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Penn State 0 0 3710
#4 Michigan 14 14 71449

at Michigan Stadium

Game information

Minnesota[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
8–5 2013 UM, 24–10
Minnesota vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Minnesota 3 10 010326
Penn State 0 3 173629

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

Maryland[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
36–2–1 2015 PSU, 31–30
Maryland vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Maryland 7 7 0014
Penn State 7 17 7738

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

#2 Ohio State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
13–17 2015 OSU, 38–10
Ohio State vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#2 Ohio State 0 12 9021
Penn State 0 7 01724

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

Purdue[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
13–3–1 2013 PSU, 45–21
Penn State vs. Purdue – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#24 Penn State 7 10 242162
Purdue 7 10 7024

at Ross–Ade Stadium

Game information

Iowa[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
13–12 2012 PSU, 38–14
Iowa vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Iowa 0 7 0714
#20 Penn State 7 17 31441

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

Indiana[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
18–1 2015 PSU, 29–7
Penn State vs. Indiana – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#12 Penn State 7 7 72445
Indiana 0 14 10731

at Memorial Stadium

Game information

Rutgers[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
24–2 2015 PSU, 28–3
Penn State vs. Rutgers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#9 Penn State 6 3 161439
Rutgers 0 0 000

at High Point Solutions Stadium

Game information

Michigan State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–15–1 2015 MSU, 55–16
Michigan State vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Michigan State 6 6 0012
#8 Penn State 0 10 211445

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

#6 Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship Game)[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
8–9 2013 PSU, 31–24
Wisconsin vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#6 Wisconsin 14 14 3031
#8 Penn State 7 7 141038

at Lucas Oil Stadium

Game information

#9 USC (Rose Bowl)[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–5 2008 USC, 38–24
USC vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#9 USC 13 14 81752
#5 Penn State 0 21 28049

at Rose Bowl

Game information

Roster[edit]

2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Tommy Stevens Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 3 DeAndre Thompkins Redshirt.svg So
WR 5 DaeSean Hamilton Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 6 Andre Robinson Redshirt.svg Fr
QB 7 Jake Zembiec Fr
RB 8 Mark Allen Redshirt.svg So
QB 9 Trace McSorley Redshirt.svg So
WR 10 Brandon Polk So
WR 11 Irvin Charles Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 12 Chris Godwin Jr
WR 13 Saeed Blacknall Jr
QB 15 Michael Shuster Fr
QB 16 Billy Fessler Redshirt.svg So
TE 18 Jonathan Holland Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 19 Gregg Garrity Sr
RB 24 Miles Sanders Fr
RB 26 Saquon Barkley So
WR 28 Christopher Welde So
RB 32 Irvine Paye Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 39 Josh McPhearson Redshirt.svg Jr
RB 40 Nick Eury Fr
OL 51 Alex Gellerstedt Fr
G, C 52 Ryan Bates Redshirt.svg Fr
G, C 53 Derek Dowrey Redshirt.svg Sr
C, G 55 Wendy Laurent Redshirt.svg Sr
G, C 57 Steven Gonzalez Redshirt.svg Fr
T 58 Chance Sorrell Redshirt.svg So
T 59 Andrew Nelson Redshirt.svg Jr
T 60 Noah Beh Redshirt.svg So
G 62 Michal Menet Fr
G 64 Zach Simpson Redshirt.svg Fr
OL 66 Connor McGovern Fr
G 68 Hunter Kelly Fr
G, C 69 Adam De Boef Redshirt.svg So
G, C 70 Brendan Mahon Redshirt.svg Jr
T 71 Will Fries Fr
G, C 72 Brian Gaia Redshirt.svg Sr
T 73 Paris Palmer Sr
T 75 Brendan Brosnan Redshirt.svg So
T 76 Sterling Jenkins Redshirt.svg Fr
G, C 77 Chasz Wright Redshirt.svg So
C, G 78 Tom Devenney Redshirt.svg Jr
T 79 Charlie Shuman Redshirt.svg So
TE 80 Danny Dalton Fr
WR 81 Gordon Bentley Redshirt.svg Jr
TE 81 Steven Grampp Fr
WR 82 Tyler Shoop Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 83 Nick Bowers Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 84 Juwan Johnson Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 85 Isaac Lutz Fr
WR 86 Cody Hodgens Redshirt.svg Jr
WR 87 Dae'Lun Darien Fr
TE 88 Mike Gesicki Jr
TE 89 Tom Pancoast Redshirt.svg Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Christian Campbell Jr
S 2 Marcus Allen Jr
S 4 Nick Scott Redshirt.svg So
LB 5 Nyeem Wartman-White Redshirt.svg Sr
S 6 Malik Golden Redshirt.svg Sr
LB 7 Koa Farmer Redshirt.svg So
LB 9 Jarvis Miller Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 11 Brandon Bell Sr
CB 12 Jordan Smith Sr
CB 14 Zech McPhearson Fr
CB 15 Grant Haley Jr
S 16 John Petrishen Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 17 Garrett Taylor Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 19 Torrence Brown Redshirt.svg So
LB 20 Johnathan Thomas Redshirt.svg So
CB 21 Amani Oruwariye Redshirt.svg So
S 23 Ayron Monroe Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 25 Von Walker Sr
CB 27 T. J. Johnson Fr
S 28 Troy Apke Jr
CB 29 John Reid So
DT 30 Kevin Givens Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 31 Cam Brown Fr
S 32 Mitchell Vallone Jr
LB 33 Jake Cooper So
DE 34 Shane Simmons Fr
LB 36 Jan Johnson Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 36 Troy Shorts Redshirt.svg Fr
CB 37 Kyle Alston Redshirt.svg Jr
CB 38 Desi Davis Redshirt.svg So
LB 39 Frank Di Leo Redshirt.svg Fr
LB 40 Jason Cabinda Jr
DT 41 Parker Cothren Redshirt.svg Jr
DT 42 Ellison Jordan Fr
LB 43 Manny Bowen So
DE 44 Shaka Toney Fr
LB 45 Joe DuMond Fr
DE 46 Colin Castagna So
S 47 Will Blair Fr
LB 47 Brandon Smith Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 48 Shareef Miller Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 49 Daniel Joseph Fr
LB 51 Jason Vranic Jr
DT 52 Curtis Cothran Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 54 Robert Windsor Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 55 Antonio Shelton Fr
DT 56 Tyrell Chavis Jr
DE 90 Garrett Sickels Redshirt.svg Jr
DT 91 Ryan Monk Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 93 Antoine White Redshirt.svg So
DE 94 Evan Schwan Redshirt.svg Sr
DT 96 Immanuel Iyke Redshirt.svg Fr
DE 97 Ryan Buchholz Redshirt.svg Fr
DT 99 Brenon Thrift Redshirt.svg So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K, P 37 Chris Gulla Redshirt.svg Jr
SN 41 Zach Ladonis Redshirt.svg Jr
SN 44 Tyler Yazujian Redshirt.svg Sr
K 90 Alex Barbir Fr
P 92 Daniel Pasquariello Jr
P, K 93 Blake Gillikin Fr
K, P 95 Tyler Davis Redshirt.svg Jr
SN 96 Kyle Vasey Redshirt.svg So
SN 97 Nick Cox Redshirt.svg Fr
K, P 98 Jordan Wombacker Redshirt.svg Fr
K 99 Joey Julius Redshirt.svg So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Brent Pry (Defensive Coordinator/Associate Head Coach/Linebackers)
  • Joe Moorhead (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
  • Charles Huff (Running backs/Special Teams Coordinator)
  • Ricky Rahne (Tight ends/Passing Game Coordinator)
  • Josh Gattis (Wide receivers/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Terry Smith (Cornerbacks/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Tim Banks (Safeties/Co-Defensive Coordinator)
  • Matt Limegrover (Offensive Line)
  • Sean Spencer (Defensive Line/Run Game Coordinator)
  • Dwight Galt (Strength and Conditioning)

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

Roster

Awards and honors[edit]

Players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Coach Award Date Awarded Ref.
James Franklin Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media vote) November 22, 2016
James Franklin Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year December 7, 2016 [14]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "2016 Penn State Nittany Lions Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
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  9. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Saquon Barkely wins Offensive player of the year & First Team Big Ten". November 30, 2016. Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  11. ^ Greenstein, Teddy. "Saquon Barkley, J.T. Barrett named winners of Chicago Tribune Silver Football". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 8 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  13. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Penn State's James Franklin is Sporting News Coach of the Year". Sporting News. 2016-12-07. Retrieved 2016-12-08.