While he isn’t elite in any one area, Taylor is one of the better safeties returning in the Big Ten, and should be someone who pushes for All-Conference honors in 2019. Who starts next to Taylor remains to be seen, but the leader in the clubhouse is JUCO product Jaquan Brisker. After Penn State finished brushing off the confetti from its Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis, … As it turns out, Micah Parsons does in fact have All-American upside at linebacker. Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith tackles Purdue running back King Doerue during a game at Beaver Stadium in State College on Oct. 5, 2019. Offense. Penn State legends like NaVorro Bowman and Sean Lee were somehow completely ignored by ESPN in these rankings. Coach: James Franklin (11-2) Points For: 465. With redshirt senior Ayron Monroe announcing his transfer, and junior Lamont Wade searching his options too, the competition for the vacant starting free safety took a bit of a hit. The class of 2021 rundown continues with a big-framed defensive end. 45 Charlie Katshir (So./Fr., 6'3, 229 lbs). Micah freaking Parsons. The backups bring plenty of intrigue and storylines with them, as well. The Nittany Lions have made up dates against Wisconsin and Rutgers, The Path To The NCAA Tournament: Find Seven Wins. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Brisker brings the unique blend of size and athleticism that’s needed to play Penn State’s free safety position. He has the speed and quickness to be apt in coverage, while offering the size and mentality to be a force in run support. Beyond those three, not sure anyone else will figure into the starting unit conversation. Still, there’s some solid options here, even if the depth isn’t what it originally was. 2019 – Penn State (Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Assistant) Jan.-Feb. 2019 – Texas Tech (Special Teams Coordinator) 2016-18 – Memphis (Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers) Penn State Lift For Life 2019: Specialists. Per rep $164 Est. Fresh cotton and other wares at the Roar Lions Roar Store. And you can look our … Before we get into free safety, let’s talk about the returning starter at strong safety: Garrett Taylor. There might also be a DeMatha Catholic four-star safety that could figure into this picture. With Brisker not here for the spring, I’d expect to see Jonathan Sutherland take up the majority of the first team reps next to Taylor in practice. For Castro-Fields, it’ll just be a matter of making more impact plays. Cam Brown and Jan Johnson are stalwarts, and they’ll be complimented by a nice group of younger reserves and a star in the making in Micah Parsons. The 2019 Penn State Chapter Lift for Life is coming up and the Linebackers are proud to dedicate our performance in support of Uplifting Athletes and its mission to inspire the Rare Disease Community with hope through the power of sport.. An offer was extended in 1990 from the oldest and most storied athletic conference to the iconic Blue & White. As opposed to the previous season, Penn State will be as experienced as any position on the roster at linebacker in 2019. Yet, here we are, and the Camp Hill native, who is finally healthy, will get his chance to prove he belongs. The sophomore broke out in 2019 to the tune of 109 total tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks, 5 passes defended, a fumble recovery, and 4 forced fumbles. Like Reid, very excited to see him fly up draft boards next fall. The 2018 season also brought with it the emergence of true freshman Micah Parsons. If not, that’s okay too. Katshir is the unknown here. Height/Weight: 6’3”, 245 lbs. Micah Parsons, OLB/ILB #11, Penn State. While that doesn't appear to have quite happened yet, it remains a possibility. While all three flashed from time to time, they also experienced more than their fair share of lapses, which was to be expected with three new, full-time starters. Taylor, Sutherland, and Brisker all probably fit best as the strong safety (i.e., the safety that supports the run a bit more), so it will be a case of figuring out who fits where once Brisker gets to Happy Valley. Luketa is versatile enough to play inside or out, and someday, Smith will be too. proxy server list April 8, 2017 at 2:12 am. Amount Raised $2,463. Up next: the linebackers. First and foremost, let me say this: I was wrong about Parsons at linebacker. In an ideal world, Brisker is as athletic as Penn State thinks he is, and then you can just let Taylor stay at strong safety, but we’ll see what ends up happening. The 2019 Penn State Nittany Lions: Middle linebacker. When you have someone who is as good of a pass rusher as Micah Parsons, he better have All-American upside at linebacker if you aren’t going to have him rush the passer on 96.5% of plays. This has a good chance to be the best duo of outside linebackers Penn State has had in quite a while from an athletic standpoint, and the depth is potentially strong. The bottom line is they are both too talented to leave completely off of the field. We heard good things about Trent Gordon last year, as he saw play in a game or two while preserving his redshirt. 2019 Penn State Nittany Lions Stats. As an independent site, we're committed to delivering Nittany Lions fans the news and analysis they deserve, all while remaining free. He knows the calls, knows the defense, and he usually finds himself around the football. 8 thoughts on “ Penn State Linebackers ” Pingback: College Football Crazy. (Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports), Preview: Lions Look for 1st B1G Win at OSU, 5-Star Murphy Has Penn State in Top Group, James Franklin Shows He Isn't Messing Around with Mike Yurcich Hire, Offensive Lineman Rasheed Walker Will Return to Penn State in 2021. Of course his value on the field is great, but with so much attrition on the roster, having a young guy like Luketa who is a natural leader is hugely important too. Roar Lions Roar is where Penn State fans gather. Penn State Lift For Life 2019: Wide Receivers. He’s squarely in the yellow light category. It's not fair to refer to both of these guys as reserves, because it would be a surprise to not see at least one of them get a good amount of run in 2019, and perhaps both. Speaking of Luketa, I’m not sure he’s a starter next year, but he’ll be able to provide depth at both box linebacker spots and will play a pivotal role on special teams. Redshirt senior John Petrishen should provide some nice depth, and who knows, maybe now that’s healthy he surprises this offseason. Where there could be some competition for a starting spot is the Mike. Ohio State, for example, has clearly produced lots of top-end linebackers, but Penn State has produced far more players like Jason Cabinda and Brandon Bell than the Buckeyes have since 1998. Black Shoe Diaries, a Penn State Nittany Lions community, Way-Too-Early 2019 Penn State Football Depth Chart: Linebackers, Safeties, and Cornerbacks, After One Year on the Job Taylor Stubblefield Has Plenty of People Eating Crow, The hire of Taylor Stubblefield as wide receiver coach was criticized at first, but it’s looking like an A+ hire by James Franklin. Per rep $181 Est. Penn State Lift For Life 2019: Quarterbacks. Tom Bradley – former Penn State defensive coordinator Andre Collins – Director of Retired Players, NFL Players' Association [225] W.T. Défensivement, les Wolverines ont accordé plus de 4.7 yards par jeu à quatre reprises en 2019 (Wisconsin, Penn State, Ohio State et Alabama) pour autant de défaites. I don’t know if I would call 2018 a “breakout” year for Brooks, but the rising redshirt sophomore was able to fend off Jesse Luketa for the backup middle linebacker spot, and played really well when given the opportunity. Now, does that mean Parsons is going to be an All-American next season? 2019 stats: 109 total tackles, 52 solo tackles, 5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles. Expect to see both guys get plenty of special teams run too. Please also read our Privacy Notice and Terms of Use, which became effective December 20, 2019. Assuming Clifford is Penn State’s 2021 starter, can Mike Yurcich do more for Sean than Ricky Rahne and Kirk Ciarrocca did in 2019 and 2020? Support our work by purchasing one of our t-shirts. Hello,I log on to your new stuff named “Penn State Linebackers | College Football Crazy” like every week.Your story-telling style is witty, keep it up! CB: *John Reid (RS SR), Donovan Johnson (RS SO), DJ Brown (RS SO), CB: *Tariq Castro-Fields (JR), Trent Gordon (RS FR), Keaton Ellis (FR). Amount Raised $3,441. Think about it: Parsons turned in 8.4 tackles per game in 2019, while zero Penn State linebackers put up more than 6.7 tackles per game this year. No. As the talent around him continues to improve, don't be surprised if Johnson takes strides as well. No. He displays everything else — speed, length, tackling ability, rarely out of position — but a few interceptions here or there wouldn’t hurt. With a nice blend of youth and experience, Penn State’s group of linebackers has a chance to be one of the Big Ten’s best in 2019. Big expectations for the State College High product. Record: 11-2 (10th of 130) (Schedule & Results) Rank: 9th in the Final AP poll. Free Safety: Jaquan Brisker (JR), John Petrishen (RS JR), Tyler Rudolph (FR), Strong Safety: *Garrett Taylor (RS SR), Jonathan Sutherland (RS SO), Drew Hartlaub (RS SO). Penn State isn't short on blue-chip linebackers but assuming that any of them will have as much success as Parsons did would be foolish. Fans came as … That’s a lot to ask of someone who is still far from a finished product. With Reid playing more on the outside in 2019, I’d expect to see even more of Johnson on the inside next year. I am ready for Idaho. There will be an adjustment period with him dropping back into space more often than he did in high school, but like Parsons, he’s a terror when he’s attacking the line of scrimmage. SUCCESS INTO THE B1G. 11 Micah Parsons (So./So., 6'3, 245 lbs), No. Revisiting Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons’ breakout 2019 campaign. Penn State Nittany Lions. Either way, I’m guessing safeties coach Tim Banks will get Taylor plenty of run at both spots in the spring. Despite being on the receiving end of many fans' vitriol in 2018, Johnson performed admirably in his role at middle linebacker, especially when you consider that the fifth-year senior began his career as a walk-on (he now has a scholarship), wrestled for Cael Sanderson when they were short a starter, and recovered from a 2016 ACL injury before winning the MIKE job in 2019. To learn more or opt-out, read our Cookie Policy. After being moved to linebacker from defensive end (though he did attend most recruiting camps as a linebacker during his senior season), the former five-star primarily played as Farmer's backup, even out-snapping the senior on a few occasions. Since 2013, Penn State has produced just two first-team All-Big Ten linebackers — Mike Hull in 2014 and Micah Parsons a season ago. He’ll face strong competition for that fourth cornerback spot from true freshman (and early enrollee) Keaton Ellis though. ROOKIE OF THE YEAR. In 2019, Parsons made a long-anticipated leap, closing in on the potential so many saw in him two years prior. His long, lanky frame and his comfort while playing in space gives the Nittany Lions exactly what they’re looking for from a out of the box linebacker. Sutherland isn’t the fastest safety on the roster, but makes up for his lack of speed by being an absolute force in run support. He’s just going to be too good to keep off the field. The future is bright here, and the linebackers are a big reasons why most say this could be the fastest defense Penn State has ever had. Still, with Parsons expected to be a swiss army knife, Luketa will get plenty of chances to show his skill, and likely at a couple of the linebacker positions. Smith should bounce between the Mike and Will this spring, and is likely to see at least some snaps wherever he ends up. : Garrett Taylor 8 thoughts on “ Penn State fans gather Daily.... 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