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1986 Penn State Nittany Lions Roster

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Record: 12-0, 1.000 W-L% (1st of 105) ▪ Rank: 1st in Final AP Poll
Conference: Ind (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Joe Paterno (12-0)

PS/G: 28.3 (17th of 105) ▪ PA/G: 11.1 (3rd of 105)
SRS: 22.16 (2nd of 105) ▪ SOS: 5.91 (13th of 105)

Bowl Game: Won Fiesta Bowl 14-10 versus Miami (FL)


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  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
John Shaffer* QB 114 Cmp, 204 Att, 1510 Yds, 9 TD
Matt Knizner QB 14 Cmp, 36 Att, 217 Yds, 1 TD
Lance Lonergan QB 2 Cmp, 2 Att, 10 Yds, 0 TD
Darin Roberts QB
D.J. Dozier* RB 171 Att, 811 Yds, 4.7 Avg
Steve Smith* RB 86 Att, 362 Yds, 4.2 Avg
Sean Barowski RB 8 Att, 31 Yds, 3.9 Avg
David Clark RB 54 Att, 226 Yds, 4.2 Avg
Tim Manoa RB 98 Att, 546 Yds, 5.6 Avg
Sean Redman RB 15 Att, 55 Yds, 3.7 Avg
Blair Thomas RB 60 Att, 504 Yds, 8.4 Avg
Odell Wilson RB 4 Att, 47 Yds, 11.8 Avg
Eric Hamilton* WR 19 Rec, 387 Yds, 20.4 Avg
Ray Roundtree* WR 16 Rec, 296 Yds, 18.5 Avg
Jim Coates WR 2 Rec, 30 Yds, 15.0 Avg
Darrell Giles WR 4 Rec, 72 Yds, 18.0 Avg
Jerry Hug WR 1 Rec, 11 Yds, 11.0 Avg
Sid Lewis WR 2 Rec, 22 Yds, 11.0 Avg
Michael Timpson WR
Brian Siverling* TE 21 Rec, 279 Yds, 13.3 Avg
David Jakob TE 1 Rec, 20 Yds, 20.0 Avg
Bob Mrosko TE 3 Rec, 31 Yds, 10.3 Avg
Paul Pomfret TE 1 Rec, 10 Yds, 10.0 Avg
Chris Conlin* OL
Dan Morgan* OL
Keith Radecic* OL
Mark Sickler* OL
Steve Wisniewski* OL
Stan Clayton OL
Rich Kuzy OL
Tim Johnson* DL
Mike Russo* DL
Bob White* DL
Pete Curkendall DL
Matt Johnson DL
Trey Bauer* LB
Shane Conlin* LB
Pete Giftopoulos* LB
Don Graham* LB
Mike Beckish LB
Duffy Cobbs* DB
Marques Henderson* DB
Ray Isom* DB
Eddie Johnson* DB
Sherrod Rainge DB
John Bruno P
Shane Conlan