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2001 Penn State Nittany Lions football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
2001 record5–6 (4–4 Big Ten)
Head coachJoe Paterno (36th season)
Offensive coordinatorFran Ganter
Defensive coordinatorTom Bradley
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium (c. 107,282; grass)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12/12 Illinois   7 1         10 2  
#20/20 Michigan   6 2         8 4  
Ohio State   5 3         7 5  
Iowa   4 4         7 5  
Purdue   4 4         6 6  
Indiana   4 4         5 6  
Penn State   0* 4         0* 6  
Michigan State   3 5         7 5  
Wisconsin   3 5         5 7  
Minnesota   2 6         4 7  
Northwestern   2 6         4 7  
† – BCS representative as champion

The 2001 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represented the Pennsylvania State University in the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season.[1] The team's head coach was Joe Paterno. It played its home games at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania.

ScheduleEdit

Penn State did not play Big Ten teams Minnesota and Purdue this year. Also, due to the events of 9/11, the Virginia game was rescheduled from September 13, 2001, to December 1, 2001.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 18:00 p.m.No. 2 Miami*ABCL 7–33109,313
September 2212:00 p.m.Wisconsin
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCL 6–18107,253
September 2912:00 p.m.at IowaESPNL 18–2469,422
October 63:30 p.m.No. 15 Michigan
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCL 0–20107,879
October 203:30 p.m.at No. 22 NorthwesternABCW 38–3542,512
October 2712:00 p.m.Ohio State
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (rivalry)
ESPNW 29–27108,327
November 312:00 p.m.Southern Miss*dagger
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN2W 38–20106,158
November 103:30 p.m.at No. 15 IllinoisABCL 28–3370,904
November 1712:00 p.m.Indiana
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPN+W 28–14106,527
November 243:30 p.m.at Michigan StateESPNW 42–3772,658
December 112:00 p.m.at Virginia*ESPNL 14–2057,005
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

RosterEdit

2001 Penn State Nittany Lions football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 3 Ganter, ChrisChris Ganter Fr
QB 4 Senneca, MattMatt Senneca 10px Jr
RB 5 Johnson, LarryLarry Johnson 10px Jr
TE 6 Luke, R. J.R. J. Luke 10px Jr
QB 7 Mills, ZackZack Mills 10px Fr
RB 8 McCoo, EricEric McCoo Sr
WR 11 Johnson, TonyTony Johnson So
QB 12 Robinson, MichaelMichael Robinson Fr
WR 13 Palmer, KintaKinta Palmer Fr
WR 17 Phillips, TerranceTerrance Phillips Fr
WR 19 Smith, GeraldGerald Smith 10px Fr
WR 20 Drummond, EddieEddie Drummond Sr
RB 22 Gilmore, PetePete Gilmore 10px Fr
WR 24 Johnson, BryantBryant Johnson Jr
RB 26 Gasparato, MikeMike Gasparato 10px Fr
WR 28 Phillips, AnwarAnwar Phillips Fr
WR 31 Terrell, ErnieErnie Terrell Fr
FB 31 Glover, TerrenceTerrence Glover 10px So
FB 33 Lukac, MikeMike Lukac 10px So
RB 34 Easy, OmarOmar Easy Sr
RB 35 Heffelfinger, AricAric Heffelfinger Fr
WR 36 Drenning, MikeMike Drenning 10px Fr
FB 39 Jefferson, PaulPaul Jefferson So
FB 42 Blosser, MickMick Blosser Sr
RB 44 Upton, RickyRicky Upton 10px So
RB 45 Senk, AdamAdam Senk Fr
WR 48 Maraire, MunyaradziMunyaradzi Maraire Jr
G 50 Lenda, TylerTyler Lenda 10px Jr
OL 52 Fairchild, BrianBrian Fairchild Fr
OL 53 McHugh, TommyTommy McHugh Fr
G 54 Davis, ScottScott Davis 10px Fr
G 55 Ransom, GregGreg Ransom Sr
C 56 Stryker, GeoffGeoff Stryker Sr
OL 57 Hunt, CarlCarl Hunt Fr
C 59 Rickenbach, EricEric Rickenbach 10px Jr
C 61 Costlow, DavidDavid Costlow 10px So
OL 62 Daise, NickNick Daise Fr
C 63 Iorio, JoeJoe Iorio Jr
T 64 Schmitt, MattMatt Schmitt Sr
G 66 Evangelista, B. J.B. J. Evangelista 10px Fr
G 67 Nabavi, JonathanJonathan Nabavi 10px So
T 70 Marmo, NickNick Marmo 10px Fr
G 71 Hartings, JoeJoe Hartings 10px Sr
T 72 Felder, GusGus Felder Sr
OL 74 Reed, TylerTyler Reed Fr
T 75 McKelvy, ChrisChris McKelvy So
T 76 Jones, DamoneDamone Jones 10px So
OL 77 Smith, E.Z.E.Z. Smith Fr
WR 80 Shirley, ScottScott Shirley 10px So
WR 81 Stryker, JasonJason Stryker 10px Fr
FB 82 McHugh, SeanSean McHugh So
WR 83 Scott, RyanRyan Scott 10px Fr
WR 84 Delich, SteveSteve Delich 10px Jr
TE 85 Gilmore, JohnJohn Gilmore 10px Sr
WR 88 Kranchick, MattMatt Kranchick 10px So
TE 89 Richardson, AndrewAndrew Richardson Fr
TE 90 Smolko, IsaacIsaac Smolko Fr
TE 91 Pawlikowski, MikeMike Pawlikowski 10px Fr
TE 93 Williams, CaseyCasey Williams 10px So
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 1 Branch, BruceBruce Branch Sr
LB 2 Toles, DeryckDeryck Toles 10px So
DE 3 Graham, RonRon Graham Sr
S 9 Crenshaw, SamSam Crenshaw Sr
LB 10 Neumeyer, JesseJesse Neumeyer Fr
CB 13 Sanden, ScottScott Sanden Fr
S 15 Yisrael, YaacovYaacov Yisrael 10px So
LB 16 Ryland, AndyAndy Ryland 10px So
DB 18 Guman, AndrewAndrew Guman Fr
LB 21 Finney, ShamarShamar Finney Sr
S 23 Mayer, ShawnShawn Mayer 10px Jr
CB 25 Gardner, RichRich Gardner 10px So
DB 26 McCready, NolanNolan McCready Fr
DB 27 Harrell, ChrisChris Harrell Fr
LB 28 Holt, ErikErik Holt 10px Jr
S 28 Millon, JamesJames Millon 10px Jr
DB 29 Cronin, PaulPaul Cronin Fr
LB 29 Pinckney, RyanRyan Pinckney 10px Jr
DB 30 Dare, EricEric Dare 10px So
CB 32 Scott, BryanBryan Scott Jr
LB 35 Benfatti, DaveDave Benfatti Sr
DB 36 Zemaitis, AlanAlan Zemaitis Fr
LB 37 Stewart, LaMarLaMar Stewart Fr
S 38 Mitchell, JimiJimi Mitchell 10px Fr
LB 40 Cosby, T.C.T.C. Cosby 10px Fr
LB 41 Williams, TomTom Williams 10px Sr
DB 43 Taliaferro, AdamAdam Taliaferro Fr
DB 44 Mills, MarcusMarcus Mills Fr
CB 45 Humphrey, TomTom Humphrey Sr
DB 46 Vendemia, GeoGeo Vendemia Fr
LB 47 Capone, GinoGino Capone 10px So
DB 48 Lago, BenBen Lago So
LB 49 Jens, DaveDave Jens 10px So
LB 51 Johnson, TimTim Johnson 10px Fr
DE 53 Crosby, JasonJason Crosby 10px Fr
LB 58 Garcia, DethrellDethrell Garcia Fr
DL 59 Rush, CharlesCharles Rush Fr
DT 60 Valoczki, TylerTyler Valoczki 10px Jr
DT 62 Buck, RandyRandy Buck 10px Jr
LB 65 Ruhe, SamSam Ruhe So
DT 69 Robinson, JasonJason Robinson 10px Fr
DT 73 Kennedy, JimmyJimmy Kennedy 10px Jr
DT 78 Noll, ErikErik Noll 10px Fr
DE 80 Paxson, ScottScott Paxson Fr
DE 81 Haynes, MichaelMichael Haynes 10px Jr
DE 84 Rice, MatthewMatthew Rice Fr
DE 86 Davis, JeremiahJeremiah Davis 10px Fr
DE 87 Bronson, JohnJohn Bronson 10px Fr
DE 92 Chisley, LavonLavon Chisley Fr
DE 92 Gholston, T. J.T. J. Gholston 10px Jr
LB 94 Wake, DerekDerek Wake So
DE 96 Jones, BobBob Jones 10px Sr
DL 97 Bauer, GregGreg Bauer Fr
DT 98 Adams, AnthonyAnthony Adams 10px Jr
DT 99 Falls, TimTim Falls 10px Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 14 Royer, DavidDavid Royer 10px Jr
K 16 Gould, RobbieRobbie Gould Fr
K 19 Savage, MikeMike Savage 10px So
K 33 Huet, MattMatt Huet 10px Fr
P 39 Schmidt, WoodyWoody Schmidt Fr
K 95 Kimball, DavidDavid Kimball So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Roster
Last update: December 11, 2001

Post seasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

Two Nittany Lions were drafted in the 2002 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Overall Name Position Team
4th 9 107 Omar Easy Fullback Kansas City Chiefs
6th 24 196 John Gilmore Tight end New Orleans Saints

ReferencesEdit


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