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1983 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Aloha Bowl champion
Aloha Bowl, W 13–10 vs. Washington
ConferenceIndependent
Ranking
CoachesNo. 17
1983 record8–4–1
Head coachJoe Paterno (18th season)
Offensive coordinatorDick Anderson
Defensive coordinatorJerry Sandusky
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 83,770)
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Division I-A independents football records
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Miami           11 1 0
Virginia Tech           9 2 0
No. 19 Boston College           9 3 0
No. 16 West Virginia           9 3 0
No. 20 East Carolina           8 3 0
No. 18 Pittsburgh           8 3 1
Penn State           8 4 1
Southern Miss           7 4 0
Memphis           6 4 1
Florida State           8 4 0
Notre Dame           7 5 0
Syracuse           6 5 0
William & Mary           6 5 0
South Carolina           5 6 0
Cincinnati           4 6 1
Southwestern Louisiana           4 6 0
Temple           4 7 0
Tulane           4 7 0
Louisville           3 8 0
Navy           3 8 0
Richmond           3 8 0
Rutgers           3 8 0
Army           2 9 0
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 1983 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team was coached by Joe Paterno and played its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 29vs. No. 1 NebraskaNo. 4KATZL 6–4471,123
September 10CincinnatiNo. 20L 3–1483,683
September 17No. 13 Iowa
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
L 34–4284,628
September 24at TempleW 23–1835,760
October 1at Rutgers
W 36–2532,804
October 8No. 3 Alabama
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
CBSW 34–2885,614
October 15at SyracuseW 17–650,010
October 22No. 4 West Virginiadagger
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
W 41–2386,309
October 29at No. 19 Boston CollegeABCL 17–2756,188
November 5Brown
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
W 38–2184,670
November 12Notre Dame
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN (tape delay)W 34–3085,899
November 19at No. 17 PittsburghT 24–2460,283
December 26vs. WashingtonESPNW 13–1037,212
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

RosterEdit

1983 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
C 58 Haden, NickNick Haden Jr
T 72 Heller, RonRon Heller Sr
WR 82 Jackson, KennyKenny Jackson Sr
RB 29 Mumford, TonyTony Mumford Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 95 Alexander, RogersRogers Alexander Jr
LB 31 Conlan, ShaneShane Conlan So
LB 53 Graham, DonDon Graham So
S 22 Isom, RayRay Isom So
LB 55 Johnson, TimTim Johnson So
LB 97 Radecic, ScottScott Radecic Sr
S 32 Robinson, MarkMark Robinson Sr
DB 43 Zordich, MikeMike Zordich So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 10 Manca, MassimoMassimo Manca Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Post seasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Eight Nittany Lions were drafted in the 1984 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
1st 4 4 Kenny Jackson Wide receiver Philadelphia Eagles
2nd 6 34 Scott Radecic Linebacker Kansas City Chiefs
3rd 14 70 Jon Williams Running back New England Patriots
4th 6 90 Mark Robinson Defensive back Kansas City Chiefs
4th 28 112 Ron Heller Offensive tackle Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7th 8 176 Harry Hamilton Defensive back New York Jets
8th 1 197 Kevin Baugh Houston Oilers
9th 18 242 George Reynolds Los Angeles Rams

ReferencesEdit

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