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Abe Koroma

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2008 Season

Suspended one game with two other teammates after police found marijuana in their apartment.

2007 Season

The former all-state lineman at Milton Hershey HS missed the first four games with a broken foot and made his Penn State debut at Illinois. Playing in the final nine games, he made seven tackles, including 0.5 TFL in the shutout at Temple. Five days after making his debut as Santa Claus at the team's Christmas party, Koroma earned his first career in the Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M. He made a season-high three hits and helped the Lions hold the Aggies to just three points over the final 49 minutes of the game in the 24-17 win. The highlight of the regular-season came at Indiana, when Koroma recovered a fumble in the final minute to seal the important road win. Koroma recorded two tackles at Temple, with one stop each against Purdue and at Michigan State. He was on the field for 180 snaps, topped by 45 against the Aggies.

2006 Season

Redshirt season. He made four tackles in the 2007 Blue-White game.

High School

At the Milton Hershey School, Koroma was a three-year starter on the football and track teams. He played on both the offensive and defensive line for Coach Bob Guyer. Koroma was an all-state defensive lineman as a senior and earned all-conference offensive and defensive line honors as a junior and senior, also winning Capital Division MVP accolades. He also was named to the Harrisburg Patriot-News Platinum 33 and played in the 2006 Big 33 All-Star Classic. He helped his team reach the state playoffs for the first time in eight years and win two division co-championships. As a senior, Koroma made 53 tackles and recorded nine sacks to end his prep career with 118 tackles and 23 sacks. He also had 90 "pancake blocks" on the offensive line. He threw the shot put and discus on the track and field team.


Full name is Alim Abe Koroma. He is the youngest of six children, with three older brothers and two older sisters. He is enrolled in the College of Communications. Born May 1, 1988 in Washington, D.C

Latest News
08/24/2009 - Former PSU nose tackle Abe Koroma told The Patriot-News tonight he is enrolling at Western Illinois University and plans to play football this fall. Koroma, 21, a Milton Hershey School product from the Washington, D.C. area, is taking a flight tomorrow to Chicago and then plans to drive to Western Illinois, an FCS school in Macomb, Ill., about 200 miles west of Chicago near the Iowa and Missouri borders. The Leathernecks play in the Missouri Valley Conference in football and spent all of last season in the Division I-AA national rankings; they finished the season No. 25. WIU went 6-5 last year including a 28-24 loss at Arkansas in their only game against an FBS school. They led the Razorbacks 24-14 early in the fourth quarter before allowing two late scores. PSU coach Joe Paterno announced last week Koroma would not be with the team this season due to "personal reasons." Koroma agreed with that assessment and would not elaborate on the cause of his dismissal. Koroma said PSU grantred him a release from his scholarship and he will have two years of eligibility remaining. "I considered some other schools," Koroma said while riding with his high school coach Bob Guyer back from State College where he briefly visited friends. "But I wanted to be able to play football this year and transferring to Western Illinois will allow me to do that. "It wasn't easy leaving Penn State but I'm excited about the chance to play football this year." - Bob Flounders, The Patriot-News

08/07/2009 - Penn State coach Joe Paterno said that defensive tackle Abe Koroma will be taking the 2009-10 school year off, according to multiple news reports out of Chicago. Paterno called it "a personal decision" by the junior from Hershey. "We're gonna lose Koroma. He's gonna drop out for a year," Paterno told reporters at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, where the event is being held. Koroma already used his redshirt season in 2006, his first year on campus. He would still have a year of eligibility remaining for 2010, though it's uncertain if he'll return to Penn State and the football team at this point. In 2008, Koroma was charged with one count of marijuana possession after a September raid on his on-campus apartment. He was suspended for three games by Paterno before returning for the Big Ten conference schedule, starting in four games. Along with Jared Odrick and Ollie Ogbu, Koroma was expected to be one of the top contributors in Penn State's rotation on the defensive line. With Koroma's absence, candidates for more playing time in the middle include junior Tom McEowen, sophomores Devon Still and Chima Okoli and redshirt freshman Brandon Ware. In two seasons for the Nittany Lions, Koroma totaled 33 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss while recovering two fumbles. After serving his suspension in 2008, the Milton Hershey School grad helped make up for the losses of fellow tackles Chris Baker and Phil Taylor, both of whom were dismissed from the team prior to the season. - Derek Levarse, The Times Leader

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