Brian Gaia committed to Penn State in May 2011, and his time in State College probably could not have been any dissimilar from what he expected when he declared his intention to become a Nittany Lion. While he witnessed many hardships that could not have been predicted, he ultimately left as a champion and someone who will be fondly remembered for his immense impact on the program.
Gaia began his career at defensive tackle, only to be moved to the offensive line because of a complete lack of depth following the NCAA sanctions in July 2012. After taking a redshirt season, Gaia became a regular starter beginning in 2013 as a redshirt freshman. Without a doubt, the offensive line was the unit that was hit the hardest by the scholarship reduction, yet Gaia stayed the course. Prior to his senior season in 2016, Gaia was elected as a captain and helped lead an extremely young offense as it blossomed into one of the very best in the nation by season’s end. He was extremely instrumental in helping an inexperienced line that continued to perform exceptionally well despite a slew of injuries throughout the season. While his time in State College was tumultuous, it ended with a Big Ten championship and a trip to Pasadena.
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