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Beyond Abdul Carter, Who is Next Great Penn State Football Linebacker? | MAILBAG

No. 7 Penn State Football opens the season against West Virginia on Sept. 2 against West Virginia, with a loaded roster capable of making a national championship push this fall.

Manny Diaz‘s defense is loaded with talent and more than a worthy complement to a star-studded offense led by quarterback Drew Allar, running backs Nick Singleton and Kaytron Allen, behind potentially the best offensive line of the James Franklin era.

As the season nears, this week’s mailbag features a blend of questions about Nittany Lions past, present, and future:

Will Joey Porter Jr. Crack Steelers’ Starting Lineup? – Phil in Allentown, Pa.

The former Nittany Lions cornerback and first round pick currently sits second on the depth chart behind Patrick Peterson.

My guess would be he will see playing time, in a limited roll perhaps, or more playing time if the Steelers use more of a rotation at corner similar to how Penn State does.

Porter Jr is definitely one to keep an eye on come Sundays this fall. I’d say his time as a starter will come sooner than later.


Everyone knows Abdul Carter, but who is the next great Penn State linebacker? – Ryan in Royersford, Pa

This is always a tough question to answer, but I’m high on Tony Rojas.

The true freshman from Fairfax Virginia has shown flashes already during spring ball and through the summer. He’s also put on some good  weight since getting to campus, Penn State has him listed at 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds.

As a recruit, 247 sports had Rojas listed at 200 pounds. Obviously there’s a lot to prove to become the next linebacker great at LBU, but I’d keep my eye on Rojas in the coming years.

Will Alonzo Ford redshirt this year? Erika S, Facebook

Given the news of a season ending injury, a redshirt year is more than likely for the transfer from Old Dominion

With the injury to Ford I think Davon Townley sees more playing time than maybe he would have. As for, Kaleb Arits and Tyriq Blanding the injury to Ford will slide them up the depth chart quicker than maybe expected.

The true freshman’s will have their opportunities to get some reps, but the biggest contributor at this point will be Townley out of the 3 players asked about. Could a surprise step up? Absolutely.


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