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Incoming Penn State Football Freshman Earns Gatorade Player of The Year Honors

Four star-Penn State Football linebacker signee Tony Rojas out of Fairfax, Virginia earned the title as the Gatorade Player of the Year in Virginia this week.

Rojas played his senior season at running back, rushing for over 2,200 yards with 35 touchdowns and adding two more touchdowns receiving, and linebacker, where he ended up with 13 sacks, five forced fumbles, and four pass breakups.


Rojas committed to Penn State in July, choosing the Nittany Lions over Georgia, Clemson, and Miami (FL).
He was the number 92 player overall, number six linebacker, and the number two player in Virginia according to the 247 sports composite rankings for the 2023 class.
Following in the footsteps of new teammate, running back Nick Singleton, Rojas is the second Penn State Football incoming freshman to take home Gatorade Player of The Year honors. Singleton arrived in Happy Valley in 2022, as the Gatorade National Player of The Year.
Rojas arrived on campus Friday to enroll early at Penn State and begin his spring semester with the Nittany Lions.
The extra spring practices should help him learn the defensive scheme early and compete for early playing time, like freshman Abdul Carter was able to accomplish last season before being named a freshman All American.
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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.