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Penny Hart
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Penny Hart 2233984
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'8"
Weight: 180
Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Buford, Ga.
High School: King's Ridge Christian


• 2015 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year
• 2015 All-Sun Belt Conference (first team)
• 2015 Freshman All-American (FWAA, 247 Sports)

AT GEORGIA STATE: Freshman All-America and Sun Belt Freshman of the Year in 2015 who missed most of 2016 with a season-ending foot injury, taking a medical redshirt year ... Explosive slot receiver who was the leading receiver in the Sun Belt as a true freshman ... Already ranks in the top five in GSU history in career receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.

2016: Played just two halves due to injuries ... After playing sparingly in the opener due to a preseason hamstring injury, he sat out Games 2 and 3 ... Returned for Game 4 vs. Appalachian State but suffered a broken foot early in the game and was lost for the season ... Had eight receptions 61 yards on the season, including a 14-yard touchdown vs. Ball State ... Preseason All-Sun Belt Conference (first team) and Preseason Watch List for the Biletnikoff Award as the outstanding collegiate receiver.


2015: Named Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year and first-team All-Sun Belt as he led the Sun Belt in receptions (5.5 pg) and receiving yards (84.5 pg) while ranking third with eight touchdown receptions ... Named to the FWAA Freshman All-America team. Also tabbed to the 247 Sports True Freshman All-America team ... Second among all FBS freshmen in receiving yards and touchdown receptions and fourth in receptions ... Tied the Georgia State season records with 71 receptions and eight touchdown catches and set a Sun Belt freshman record with 1,099 receiving yards, the second-highest season total in GSU history ... Named to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List at midseason.

Recorded five 100-yard games ... Averaged 15.5 yards per catch, including seven receptions of 40-plus yards ... Made an immediate impact with a 53-yard touchdown reception on his first collegiate catch vs. Charlotte in the season opener ... Tied the GSU single-game record with 11 receptions for 150 yards (seventh-best in GSU history, most by a freshman) and two TDs vs. New Mexico State. Caught touchdowns of 15 and 24 yards and also had a 45-yard reception against the Aggies ... Had nine catches for 128 yards at No. 12 Oregon ... Added a 58-yard touchdown vs. Liberty.

Five catches for 73 yards in win at Ball State ... Seven receptions for 128 yards at Arkansas State with catches of 42 and 48 yards ... Recorded his fourth 100-yard game with six catches for 113 yards and one touchdown (17 yards) vs. Texas State ... Just missed another 100-yard effort with five catches for 97 yards vs. UL Lafayette ... Finished the regular season with eight catches for 129 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown--his longest reception--in bowl-clinching win over Georgia Southern.

HIGH SCHOOL: Began his senior season as a slot receiver and running back but moved to quarterback for the final three games … Four-year starter for coach Jeff Pickren at King's Ridge Christian … All-Area for North Fulton … Two-time first-team all-region, recognized at running back as a junior and as an athlete for his senior season … Had a remarkable performance in his final high school game when he rushed for 390 yards and scored seven touchdowns in a 56-40 victory over Strong Rock Christian; also passed for 162 yards.

PERSONAL: Full name is Marjahn Penny Mathias Hart ... Born July 5, 1996 ... Son of Millard and Reva Hart ... Majoring in exercise science.

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