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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
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

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 Number 1 ranked Ohio State. After which they won their next two games including an 39–0 rout over Illinois. Following the rout the Nittany Lions finished the year 0–4 including losses to Number 6 Michigan State and Number 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 3 4 Total
Kent State 3 10 0 0 13
Penn State 6 10 10 7 33

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 3 4 Total
Penn State 7 7 7 18 39
Pittsburgh 14 14 7 7 42

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 3 4 Total
Temple 7 3 7 10 27
Penn State 14 7 3 10 34

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 3 4 Total
Penn State 0 0 3 7 10
#4 Michigan 14 14 7 14 49

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 3 4 OT Total
Minnesota 3 10 0 10 3 26
Penn State 0 3 17 3 6 29

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 3 4 Total
Maryland 7 7 0 0 14
Penn State 7 17 7 7 38

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 3 4 Total
#2 Ohio State 0 12 9 0 21
Penn State 0 7 0 17 24

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 3 4 Total
#24 Penn State 7 10 24 21 62
Purdue 7 10 7 0 24

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 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 7 0 7 14
#20 Penn State 7 17 3 14 41

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 3 4 Total
#12 Penn State 7 7 7 24 45
Indiana 0 14 10 7 31

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 3 4 Total
#9 Penn State 6 3 16 14 39
Rutgers 0 0 0 0 0

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 3 4 Total
Michigan State 6 6 0 0 12
#8 Penn State 0 10 21 14 45

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 3 4 Total
#6 Wisconsin 14 14 3 0 31
#8 Penn State 7 7 14 10 38

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 3 4 Total
#9 USC 13 14 8 17 52
#5 Penn State 0 21 28 0 49

at Rose Bowl

Game information

RosterEdit

2016 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 2 Stevens, TommyTommy Stevens   Fr
WR 3 Thompkins, DeAndreDeAndre Thompkins   So
WR 5 Hamilton, DaeSeanDaeSean Hamilton   Jr
WR 6 Robinson, AndreAndre Robinson   Fr
QB 7 Zembiec, JakeJake Zembiec Fr
RB 8 Allen, MarkMark Allen   So
QB 9 McSorley, TraceTrace McSorley   So
WR 10 Polk, BrandonBrandon Polk So
WR 11 Charles, IrvinIrvin Charles   Fr
WR 12 Godwin, ChrisChris Godwin Jr
WR 13 Blacknall, SaeedSaeed Blacknall Jr
QB 15 Shuster, MichaelMichael Shuster Fr
QB 16 Fessler, BillyBilly Fessler   So
TE 18 Holland, JonathanJonathan Holland   Fr
WR 19 Garrity, GreggGregg Garrity Sr
RB 24 Sanders, MilesMiles Sanders Fr
RB 26 Barkley, SaquonSaquon Barkley So
WR 28 Welde, ChristopherChristopher Welde So
RB 32 Paye, IrvineIrvine Paye   Jr
WR 39 McPhearson, JoshJosh McPhearson   Jr
RB 40 Eury, NickNick Eury Fr
OL 51 Gellerstedt, AlexAlex Gellerstedt Fr
G, C 52 Bates, RyanRyan Bates   Fr
G, C 53 Dowrey, DerekDerek Dowrey   Sr
C, G 55 Laurent, WendyWendy Laurent   Sr
G, C 57 Gonzalez, StevenSteven Gonzalez   Fr
T 58 Sorrell, ChanceChance Sorrell   So
T 59 Nelson, AndrewAndrew Nelson   Jr
T 60 Beh, NoahNoah Beh   So
G 62 Menet, MichalMichal Menet Fr
G 64 Simpson, ZachZach Simpson   Fr
OL 66 McGovern, ConnorConnor McGovern Fr
G 68 Kelly, HunterHunter Kelly Fr
G, C 69 De Boef, AdamAdam De Boef   Jr
G, C 70 Mahon, BrendanBrendan Mahon   Jr
T 71 Fries, WillWill Fries Fr
G, C 72 Gaia, BrianBrian Gaia   Sr
T 73 Palmer, ParisParis Palmer Sr
T 75 Brosnan, BrendanBrendan Brosnan   So
T 76 Jenkins, SterlingSterling Jenkins   Fr
G, C 77 Wright, ChaszChasz Wright   So
C, G 78 Devenney, TomTom Devenney   Jr
T 79 Shuman, CharlieCharlie Shuman   So
TE 80 Dalton, DannyDanny Dalton Fr
WR 81 Bentley, GordonGordon Bentley   Jr
TE 81 Grampp, StevenSteven Grampp Fr
WR 82 Shoop, TylerTyler Shoop   Fr
TE 83 Bowers, NickNick Bowers   Fr
WR 84 Johnson, JuwanJuwan Johnson   Fr
WR 85 Lutz, IsaacIsaac Lutz Fr
WR 86 Hodgens, CodyCody Hodgens   Jr
WR 87 Darien, Dae'LunDae'Lun Darien Fr
TE 88 Gesicki, MikeMike Gesicki Jr
TE 89 Pancoast, TomTom Pancoast   Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Campbell, ChristianChristian Campbell Jr
S 3 Allen, MarcusMarcus Allen Jr
S 4 Scott, NickNick Scott   So
LB 5 Wartman-White, NyeemNyeem Wartman-White   Sr
S 6 Golden, MalikMalik Golden   Sr
LB 7 Farmer, KoaKoa Farmer   So
LB 9 Miller, JarvisJarvis Miller   Fr
LB 11 Bell, BrandonBrandon Bell Sr
CB 12 Smith, JordanJordan Smith Sr
CB 14 McPhearson, ZechZech McPhearson Fr
CB 15 Haley, GrantGrant Haley Jr
S 16 Petrishen, JohnJohn Petrishen   Fr
CB 17 Taylor, GrantGrant Taylor   Fr
DE 19 Brown, TorrenceTorrence Brown   So
LB 20 Thomas, JohnathanJohnathan Thomas   So
CB 21 Oruwariye, AmaniAmani Oruwariye   So
S 23 Monroe, AyronAyron Monroe   Fr
LB 25 Walker, VonVon Walker Sr
CB 27 Johnson, T. J.T. J. Johnson Fr
S 28 Apke, TroyTroy Apke Jr
CB 29 Reid, JohnJohn Reid So
DT 30 Gaines, KevinKevin Gaines   Fr
LB 31 Brown, CamCam Brown Fr
S 32 Vallone, MitchellMitchell Vallone Jr
LB 33 Cooper, JakeJake Cooper So
DE 34 Simmons, ShaneShane Simmons Fr
LB 36 Johnson, JanJan Johnson   Fr
CB 36 Shorts, TroyTroy Shorts   Fr
CB 37 Alston, KyleKyle Alston   Jr
CB 38 Davis, DesiDesi Davis   So
LB 39 Di Leo, FrankFrank Di Leo   Fr
LB 40 Cabinda, JasonJason Cabinda Jr
DT 41 Cothren, ParkerParker Cothren   Jr
DT 42 Jordan, EllisonEllison Jordan Fr
LB 43 Bowen, MannyManny Bowen So
DE 44 Toney, ShakaShaka Toney Fr
LB 45 DuMond, JoeJoe DuMond Fr
DE 46 Castagna, ColinColin Castagna So
S 47 Blair, WillWill Blair Fr
LB 47 Smith, BrandonBrandon Smith   Jr
DE 48 Miller, ShareefShareef Miller   Fr
DE 49 Joseph, DanielDaniel Joseph Fr
LB 51 Vranic, JasonJason Vranic Jr
DT 52 Cothran, CurtisCurtis Cothran   Fr
DT 54 Windsor, RobertRobert Windsor   Fr
DT 55 Shelton, AntonioAntonio Shelton Fr
DT 56 Chavis, TyrellTyrell Chavis Jr
DE 90 Sickels, GarrettGarrett Sickels   Jr
DT 91 Monk, RyanRyan Monk   Fr
DT 93 White, AntoineAntoine White   So
DE 94 Schwan, EvanEvan Schwan   Sr
DT 96 Iyke, ImmanuelImmanuel Iyke   Fr
DE 97 Buchholz, RyanRyan Buchholz   Fr
DT 99 Thrift, BrenonBrenon Thrift   So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K, P 37 Gulla, ChrisChris Gulla   Jr
SN 41 Ladonis, ZachZach Ladonis   Jr
SN 44 Yazujian, TylerTyler Yazujian   Sr
K 90 Barbir, AlexAlex Barbir Fr
P 92 Pasquariello, DanielDaniel Pasquariello Jr
P, K 93 Gillikin, BlakeBlake Gillikin Fr
K, P 95 Davis, TylerTyler Davis   Jr
SN 96 Vasey, KyleKyle Vasey   So
SN 97 Cox, NickNick Cox   Fr
K, P 98 Wombacker, JordanJordan Wombacker   Fr
K 99 Julius, JoeyJoey 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

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  2. ^ "2016 Penn State Nittany Lions Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. October 3, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
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  8. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. November 21, 2016. Retrieved November 21, 2016. 
  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.