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2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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.

2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football
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Big Ten champion
Big Ten East Division co-champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Rose Bowl, L 49–52 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 7
2016 record11–3 (8–1 Big Ten)
Head coachJames Franklin (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorJoe Moorhead (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBrent Pry (1st as DC; 3rd overall season)
Co-defensive coordinatorTim Banks (1st season)
Base defense4–3
CaptainBrandon Bell (Senior year)
CaptainBrian Gaia (Senior year)
CaptainVon Walker (Senior year)
Home stadiumBeaver 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

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Previous seasonEdit

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 DraftEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

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. Maryland  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.  Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[2]

RankingsEdit

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 summariesEdit

Kent StateEdit

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

PittsburghEdit

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

TempleEdit

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 MichiganEdit

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

MinnesotaEdit

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

MarylandEdit

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 StateEdit

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

PurdueEdit

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

IowaEdit

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

IndianaEdit

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

RutgersEdit

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 StateEdit

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

RosterEdit

2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Tommy Stevens   Fr
WR 3 DeAndre Thompkins   So
WR 5 DaeSean Hamilton   Jr
RB 6 Andre Robinson   Fr
QB 7 Jake Zembiec Fr
RB 8 Mark Allen   So
QB 9 Trace McSorley   So
WR 10 Brandon Polk So
WR 11 Irvin Charles   Fr
WR 12 Chris Godwin Jr
WR 13 Saeed Blacknall Jr
QB 15 Michael Shuster Fr
QB 16 Billy Fessler   So
TE 18 Jonathan Holland   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   Jr
WR 39 Josh McPhearson   Jr
RB 40 Nick Eury Fr
OL 51 Alex Gellerstedt Fr
G, C 52 Ryan Bates   Fr
G, C 53 Derek Dowrey   Sr
C, G 55 Wendy Laurent   Sr
G, C 57 Steven Gonzalez   Fr
T 58 Chance Sorrell   So
T 59 Andrew Nelson   Jr
T 60 Noah Beh   So
G 62 Michal Menet Fr
G 64 Zach Simpson   Fr
OL 66 Connor McGovern Fr
G 68 Hunter Kelly Fr
G, C 69 Adam De Boef   So
G, C 70 Brendan Mahon   Jr
T 71 Will Fries Fr
G, C 72 Brian Gaia   Sr
T 73 Paris Palmer Sr
T 75 Brendan Brosnan   So
T 76 Sterling Jenkins   Fr
G, C 77 Chasz Wright   So
C, G 78 Tom Devenney   Jr
T 79 Charlie Shuman   So
TE 80 Danny Dalton Fr
WR 81 Gordon Bentley   Jr
TE 81 Steven Grampp Fr
WR 82 Tyler Shoop   Fr
TE 83 Nick Bowers   Fr
WR 84 Juwan Johnson   Fr
WR 85 Isaac Lutz Fr
WR 86 Cody Hodgens   Jr
WR 87 Dae'Lun Darien Fr
TE 88 Mike Gesicki Jr
TE 89 Tom Pancoast   Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Christian Campbell Jr
S 2 Marcus Allen Jr
S 4 Nick Scott   So
LB 5 Nyeem Wartman-White   Sr
S 6 Malik Golden   Sr
LB 7 Koa Farmer   So
LB 9 Jarvis Miller   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   Fr
CB 17 Garrett Taylor   Fr
DE 19 Torrence Brown   So
LB 20 Johnathan Thomas   So
CB 21 Amani Oruwariye   So
S 23 Ayron Monroe   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   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   Fr
CB 36 Troy Shorts   Fr
CB 37 Kyle Alston   Jr
CB 38 Desi Davis   So
LB 39 Frank Di Leo   Fr
LB 40 Jason Cabinda Jr
DT 41 Parker Cothren   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   Jr
DE 48 Shareef Miller   Fr
DE 49 Daniel Joseph Fr
LB 51 Jason Vranic Jr
DT 52 Curtis Cothran   Fr
DT 54 Robert Windsor   Fr
DT 55 Antonio Shelton Fr
DT 56 Tyrell Chavis Jr
DE 90 Garrett Sickels   Jr
DT 91 Ryan Monk   Fr
DT 93 Antoine White   So
DE 94 Evan Schwan   Sr
DT 96 Immanuel Iyke   Fr
DE 97 Ryan Buchholz   Fr
DT 99 Brenon Thrift   So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K, P 37 Chris Gulla   Jr
SN 41 Zach Ladonis   Jr
SN 44 Tyler Yazujian   Sr
K 90 Alex Barbir Fr
P 92 Daniel Pasquariello Jr
P, K 93 Blake Gillikin Fr
K, P 95 Tyler Davis   Jr
SN 96 Kyle Vasey   So
SN 97 Nick Cox   Fr
K, P 98 Jordan Wombacker   Fr
K 99 Joey Julius   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
  •   Redshirt

Roster

Awards and honorsEdit

PlayersEdit

CoachesEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Big Ten Announces 2016 and 2017 Nine-Game Conference Football Schedules" (Press release). Penn State University Department of Athletics. July 11, 2013. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  2. ^ "2016 Penn State Nittany Lions Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
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  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.