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Key Penn State Football Starter Returns to Practice in Time for Ohio State Showdown

Penn State Football could be getting a big boost ahead of Saturday’s clash with Ohio State.

Per Sam Woloson of the Daily Collegian, JB Nelson, who was carted off against Northwestern and has not been seen at practice since, has returned to practice for Penn State Wednesday.


Nelson had been starting at left guard for Penn State after Landon Tengwall was forced to medically retire before the season started.

On Tuesday, Penn State head coach James Franklin said that expected JB Nelson back this season but did not expand on a timetable for his return.

Franklin complimented Vega Ioane in Nelson’s absence saying the redshirt freshman was “playing really well.”

In arguably the best news for the Nittany Lions all week, Franklin confirmed after practice Wednesday that Nelson will be available and play against Ohio State.

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Robert Casturo

Expertise: College Football, Penn State Football Education: Saint Vincent College, Penn State Law School Location: Washington, DC Experience: Robert Casturo has covered Penn State football for NittanyCentral since 2022. Casturo previously covered Penn State football through a social media presence (@PSU_FB_Thoughts on X) since 2019. Casturo earned his bachelor's degree from Saint Vincent College in 2015, where he was a punter for 1 season on the Saint Vincent College football team and worked in the athletic department for 2 years as a student manager. Casturo earned his JD from Penn State Law in 2018 where he was a senior editor of the Penn State Law Review.