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2017 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

The 2017 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented Pennsylvania State University in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was led by fourth-year head coach James Franklin and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. They were a member of the East Division of the Big Ten Conference.

2017 Penn State Nittany Lions football
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Fiesta Bowl champion
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Fiesta Bowl, W 35–28 vs. Washington
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 8
2017 record11–2 (7–2 Big Ten)
Head coachJames Franklin (4th season)
Offensive coordinator
  • Joe Moorhead (2nd season; regular season)
  • Ricky Rahne (1st season; Fiesta Bowl)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBrent Pry (2nd as DC; 4th overall season)
Co-defensive coordinatorTim Banks (2nd season)
Base defense4–3
CaptainTrace McSorley
Jason Cabinda
Nick Scott
Marcus Allen
Tyler Davis
Grant Haley
DaeSean Hamilton
Saquon Barkley
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 106,572)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 5 Ohio State xy$   8 1         12 2  
No. 15 Michigan State   7 2         10 3  
No. 8 Penn State   7 2         11 2  
Michigan   5 4         8 5  
Rutgers   3 6         4 8  
Indiana   2 7         5 7  
Maryland   2 7         4 8  
West Division
No. 7 Wisconsin xy   9 0         13 1  
No. 17 Northwestern   7 2         10 3  
Iowa   4 5         8 5  
Purdue   4 5         7 6  
Nebraska   3 6         4 8  
Minnesota   2 7         5 7  
Illinois   0 9         2 10  
Championship: Ohio State 27, Wisconsin 21
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Penn State entered the season as defending Big Ten champions, and were ranked sixth in the preseason AP Poll. The team won its first seven games by an average margin of victory of 30 points, including a 42–13 rout of No. 19 Michigan, and rose to second in the AP Poll. In a highly anticipated road match-up against No. 6 Ohio State, Penn State lost by a score of 38–39. The following week, the team fell again on the road to Michigan State. These would prove to be Penn State's only losses, as they finished the regular season tied for second in the East Division with a conference record of 7–2. They were invited to the 2017 Fiesta Bowl, where they defeated Washington, and finished the season at 11–2 and ranked eighth in the final polls.

The team was led on offense by running back Saquon Barkley and quarterback Trace McSorley. Barkley led the conference with 18 rushing touchdowns to go along with 1,271 rushing yards, and was named a consensus first-team All-American as an all-purpose back. McSorely's 3,571 passing yards and 284 pass completions also led the conference.[1] On defense, safety Marcus Allen was named first-team all-conference by the coaches.

Contents

BackgroundEdit

Previous seasonEdit

In 2016, the Nittany Lions had their most successful season in recent years, having won no more than nine games in any of the preceding six seasons. They topped that with an 11–3 record in 2016, moving from an unranked position to a No. 5 ranking by the CFP, AP and Coaches polls. The Nittany Lions also won both the Big Ten's East Division and the Big Ten Championship, and they participated in the Rose Bowl.

2017 NFL DraftEdit

Nittany Lions who were picked in the 2017 NFL Draft or signed undrafted free agent contracts:

Round Pick Player Position Team
3 84 Chris Godwin WR Tampa Bay Buccaneers
UFA Malik Golden S Pittsburgh Steelers
UFA Garrett Sickels DE Indianapolis Colts
UFA Brandon Bell LB Cincinnati Bengals
UFA Evan Schwan DE New York Giants

Returning startersEdit

OffenseEdit

RecruitsEdit

Penn State's recruiting class consisted of 21 recruits, including four that enrolled early. Penn State's recruiting class was ranked No. 15 by Scout, No. 10 by Rivals, and No. 17 by ESPN.

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

ScheduleEdit

Spring gameEdit

Date Time Spring Game Site TV Result Attendance
April 22 3:00 p.m. Blue vs. White Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA BTN Blue 26–0
73,000

SeasonEdit

During the 2017 Nittany Lions season, Penn State met with non-conference opponents Akron, Pittsburgh and Georgia State (first ever meeting) and faced Big Ten conference opponents Iowa, Indiana, Northwestern, Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers and Maryland. They also received an invitation to participate in the Fiesta Bowl against Washington. The 2017 schedule consisted of 7 home, 5 away, and 1 neutral-site games.

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 212:00 p.m.Akron*No. 6ABCW 52–0101,684
September 93:30 p.m.Pittsburgh*No. 4
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ABCW 33–14109,898
September 167:30 p.m.Georgia State*No. 5
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
BTNW 56–0102,746
September 237:30 p.m.at IowaNo. 4ABCW 21–1966,205
September 303:30 p.m.IndianaNo. 4
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
BTNW 45–14107,542
October 712:00 p.m.at NorthwesternNo. 4ABCW 31–741,061
October 217:30 p.m.No. 19 MichiganNo. 2
ABCW 42–13110,823
October 283:30 p.m.at No. 6 Ohio StateNo. 2FOXL 38–39109,302
November 412:00 p.m.at No. 24 Michigan StateNo. 7FOXL 24–2771,605
November 1112:00 p.m.Rutgers No. 16
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
BTNW 35–6107,531
November 184:00 p.m.NebraskaNo. 13
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
FS1W 56–44106,722
November 253:30 p.m.at MarylandNo. 12BTNW 66–349,680
December 304:00 p.m.vs. No. 12 Washington*No. 9ESPNW 35–2861,842
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[3]

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 6 4 5 4 4 4 3 2 2 7 16 13 12 9 9 8 
Coaches 6 4 5 4 4 4 3 2 2 7 13 11 11 10 9 8 
CFP Not released 7 14 10 10 9 9 Not released

Game summariesEdit

AkronEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–0 2014 PSU, 21–3
Akron vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Akron 0 0 000
#6 Penn State 14 21 10752

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

PittsburghEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
50–43–4 2016 UP, 42–39
Pittsburgh vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Pittsburgh 0 3 3814
#4 Penn State 14 0 71233

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

Georgia StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Georgia State vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Georgia State 0 0 000
#5 Penn State 14 21 14756

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

IowaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–12 2016 PSU, 41–14
Penn Stats vs. Iowa – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#4 Penn State 3 2 10621
Iowa 0 7 01219

at Kinnick Stadium

Game information

IndianaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
19–1 2016 PSU, 45–31
Indiana vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Indiana 0 14 0014
#4 Penn State 28 0 10745

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

NorthwesternEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
13–5 2015 NU, 23–21
Penn State vs. Northwestern – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#4 Penn State 3 7 14731
Northwestern 0 0 077

at Ryan Field

Game information

#19 MichiganEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–13 2016 UM, 49–10
Michigan vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#19 Michigan 0 13 0013
#2 Penn State 14 7 71442

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

#6 Ohio StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–17 2016 PSU, 24–21
Penn State vs. Ohio State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#2 Penn State 14 14 7338
#6 Ohio State 3 14 31939

at Ohio Stadium

Game information

#24 Michigan StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
15–15–1 2016 PSU, 45–12
Penn State vs. Michigan State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#7 Penn State 14 0 10024
#24 Michigan State 7 7 7627

at Spartan Stadium

Game information

RutgersEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
25–2 2016 PSU, 39–0
Rutgers vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rutgers 3 3 006
#16 Penn State 0 14 14735

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

NebraskaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–9 2013 UN, 23–20 OT
Nebraska vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Nebraska 10 0 142044
#13 Penn State 14 28 01456

at Beaver Stadium

Game information

MarylandEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
37–2–1 2016 PSU, 38–14
Penn Stats vs. Maryland – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#12 Penn State 14 17 211466
Maryland 0 0 303

at Maryland Stadium

Game information

#12 Washington (Fiesta Bowl)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1983 PSU, 13–10
Washington vs. Penn Stats – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#12 Washington 0 14 7728
#9 Penn State 14 14 7035

at University of Phoenix Stadium

Game information

RosterEdit

2017 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 K. J. Hamler Fr
QB 2 Tommy Stevens   So
WR 3 DeAndre Thompkins   Jr
WR 5 DaeSean Hamilton (C)   Sr
RB 6 Andre Robinson   So
QB 7 Jake Zembiec   Fr
RB 8 Mark Allen   Jr
QB 9 Trace McSorley (C)   Jr
WR 10 Brandon Polk   So
WR 11 Irvin Charles   So
WR 12 Mac Hippenhammer Fr
WR 13 Saeed Blacknall Sr
QB 14 Sean Clifford Fr
QB 15 Michael Shuster   Fr
QB 16 Billy Fessler   Jr
TE 18 Jonathan Holland   So
RB 20 Johnathan Thomas   Jr
RB 24 Miles Sanders So
RB 26 Saquon Barkley (C) Jr
WR 31 Christopher Welde Jr
RB 32 Journey Brown Fr
RB 39 Josh McPhearson   Sr
RB 40 Nick Eury   Fr
TE 41 Joe Arcangelo So
OL 51 Alex Gellerstedt   Fr
OL 52 Ryan Bates   So
OL 59 Andrew Nelson   Sr
OL 61 C. J. Thorpe Fr
OL 62 Michal Menet   Fr
OL 64 Zach Simpson   So
OL 65 Crae McCracken Fr
OL 66 Connor McGovern So
OL 68 Hunter Kelly   Fr
OL 70 Brendan Mahon   Sr
OL 71 Will Fries   Fr
OL 72 Robbie Martin Fr
OL 73 Mike Miranda Fr
OL 74 Steven Gonzalez   So
OL 75 Des Holmes Fr
OL 76 Sterling Jenkins   So
OL 77 Chasz Wright   Jr
OL 79 Charlie Shuman   Jr
WR 80 Justin Weller Fr
TE 80 Danny Dalton   Fr
WR 81 Cam Sullivan-Brown Fr
WR 82 Tyler Shoop   So
TE 83 Nick Bowers   So
WR 83 Alex Hoenstine Fr
WR 84 Juwan Johnson   So
WR 85 Isaac Lutz   Fr
WR 86 Cody Hodgens   Sr
WR 87 Dae'Lun Darien   Fr
TE 88 Mike Gesicki Sr
TE 89 Tom Pancoast   Sr
WR 89 Colton Maxwell   Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Christian Campbell Sr
S 2 Marcus Allen (C) Sr
CB 3 Donovan Johnson Fr
S 4 Nick Scott (C)   Jr
CB 5 Tariq Castro-Fields Fr
LB 6 Cam Brown So
LB 7 Koa Farmer   Jr
LB 9 Jarvis Miller   So
CB 12 Desi Davis   Jr
LB 13 Ellis Brooks Fr
CB 14 Zech McPhearson   Fr
CB 15 Grant Haley (C) Sr
S 16 John Petrishen   So
S 17 Garrett Taylor   So
DE 18 Shaka Toney   Fr
DE 19 Torrence Brown   Jr
CB 20 Jabari Butler Jr
CB 21 Amani Oruwariye   Jr
S 23 Ayron Monroe   So
CB 24 D. J. Brown Fr
LB 25 Brelin Faison-Walden Fr
S 26 Jonathan Sutherland Fr
S 28 Troy Apke Sr
CB 29 John Reid Jr
DT 30 Kevin Givens   So
S 32 Mitchell Vallone   Sr
LB 33 Jake Cooper Jr
DE 34 Shane Simmons   Fr
S 35 Justin Neff Fr
LB 36 Jan Johnson   So
S 37 Drew Hartlaub Fr
CB 38 Lamont Wade Fr
LB 39 Frank Di Leo   So
LB 40 Jason Cabinda (C) Sr
DT 41 Parker Cothren   Sr
DT 42 Ellison Jordan   Fr
LB 43 Manny Bowen Jr
LB 44 Brailyn Franklin Fr
LB 45 Joe DuMond So
DE 46 Colin Castagna Jr
S 47 Will Blair   Fr
LB 47 Brandon Smith   Sr
DE 48 Shareef Miller   So
DE 49 Daniel Joseph   Fr
LB 50 Max Chizmar Fr
LB 51 Jason Vranic Sr
DT 52 Curtis Cothran   Sr
DT 53 Fred Hansard Fr
DT 54 Robert Windsor   So
DT 55 Antonio Shelton   Fr
DT 56 Tyrell Chavis Sr
DT 58 Evan Presta Fr
DE 90 Damion Barber Fr
DT 92 Corey Bolds Fr
DT 96 Immanuel Iyke   So
DE 97 Ryan Buchholz   So
DE 99 Yetur Gross-Matos Fr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 90 Alex Barbir   Fr
SN 91 Chris Stoll Fr
P 92 Daniel Pasquariello Sr
P, K 93 Blake Gillikin So
SN 94 Joe Calcagno Fr
K, P 95 Tyler Davis (C)   Sr
SN 96 Kyle Vasey   Jr
K, P 97 Carson Landis Fr
SN 98 Mike Curry Jr
SN 98 Dan Vasey Fr
K 99 Nick DeAngelis Jr
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)
  • Tim Banks (Safeties/Co-Defensive Coordinator)
  • Josh Gattis (Wide receivers/Offensive Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Matt Limegrover (Offensive Line)
  • Ricky Rahne (Tight ends/Passing Game Coordinator)
  • Terry Smith (Cornerbacks/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator)
  • Sean Spencer (Defensive Line/Run Game Coordinator)
  • Dwight Galt (Assistant Athletics Director for Performance Enhancement)

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

Roster

Awards and honorsEdit

Pre-season watch listsEdit

Player Watch list Ref.
Saquon Barkley Maxwell Award [6]
Doak Walker Award
Trace McSorley Maxwell Award
Davey O'Brien Award
Johnny Unitas Award
Wuerffel Trophy
Marcus Allen Chuck Bednarik Award
Bronco Nagurski Award
Lott Trophy
Jim Thorpe Award
Jason Cabinda Chuck Bednarik Award
Bronco Nagurski Award
Mike Gesicki John Mackey Award
Tyler Davis Lou Groza Award
Blake Gillikin Ray Guy Award
Brandon Smith American Football Coaches
Association Good Works team

In-seasonEdit

Weekly Awards
Player Award Date Awarded Ref.
Saquon Barkley Co-Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week September 4, 2017 [7]
DeAndre Thompkins Co-Special Teams Player of the Week September 4, 2017 [8]
Marcus Allen Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week September 10, 2017 [9]
Saquon Barkley Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week September 24, 2017 [10]
DaeSean Hamilton Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week October 1, 2017 [11]
Saquon Barkley Big Ten Special Teams Player of the week October 1, 2017 [11]
Saquon Barkley Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week October 22, 2017 [12]
Jason Cabinda Big Ten Defensive Player of the week October 22, 2017 [12]
Trace McSorley Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week October 22, 2017 [13]

Players in the 2018 NFL DraftEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017 Big Ten Conference Year Summary". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  2. ^ "2017 Spring Media Guide" (PDF). Indiana University Athletics. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  3. ^ "2017 Penn State Nittany Lions Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved December 4, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Taylor, Chris (November 4, 2017). "Not Quite Enough Defense: Penn State Falls 27-24 To The Spartans: The defense couldn't hold on for the win". BlackShoeDiaries.com. SBNation. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  5. ^ Solari, Chris (November 4, 2017). "Michigan State-Penn State game delayed for over 3 hours by lightning". freep.com. Detroit, Michigan: Detroit Free Press. Retrieved November 4, 2017. Penn State sat for 3 hours and 22 minutes before play resumed[.]
  6. ^ "Penn State players on college football award watch lists". philly.com. July 20, 2017. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. September 4, 2017. Retrieved September 6, 2017.
  9. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. September 10, 2017. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 25, 2017.
  11. ^ a b "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". www.bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. October 1, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
  12. ^ a b "Big Ten Football Players of the Week". bigten.org. Big Ten Conference. October 22, 2017. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  13. ^ "McSorley named to Walter Camp Player of the week". GoPSUsports. October 22, 2017. Retrieved October 22, 2017.