C.J. Olaniyan to Appear in College Gridiron Showcase

Defensive end C.J. Olaniyan became the sixth Penn Stater this year to accept a 2015 all-star game invitation, pledging his commitment to appear in the College Gridiron Showcase.

The Showcase, played at University of Texas at Arlington’s Maverick Stadium, will occur on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1:30 p.m. CT.

The senior co-captain joins five other Penn Staters to make postseason appearances. Adrian Amos, Deion Barnes, Mike Hull, and Donovan Smith all enjoyed Senior Bowl festivities last week, the most Nittany Lion representation at that event since 2003. Miles Dieffenbach was invited to the East-West Shrine Game.

Hull and Dieffenbach were unable to play, both due to injuries.

Olaniyan’s three 2014 sacks were third on the teams, and his 5.5 tackles for loss were sixth best. He also forced and recovered a fumble. The 6-foot-3, 252-pounder was a force up front for Penn State’s top 10 nationally-recognized defense.

Olaniyan’s career ends with 111 tackles (52 solo) in 26 starts. He tallied 17.5 tackles for loss in four productive seasons and added nine sacks, four forced fumbles, and one interception. His junior campaign was perhaps his most successful, a year that saw the Warren, Mich. product record 50 tackles and five sacks.

He had nine tackles against Ohio State this past season, a double-overtime classic that saw Penn State nearly dethrone the eventual national champions.

Olaniyan hasn’t missed a start in the past two seasons.

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Ben Berkman

State College, PA

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