Penn State Football

3 New Faces DOMINATE Penn State Football Winter Workouts

The Penn State Football team began winter workouts Tuesday, marking the first opportunity for transfer players and early enrollee freshmen to take part in team activities.

Over James Franklin’s tenure, assistant coaches have always named a competitor of the day for each position group. For the first winter workout in 2023, the Nittany Lions saw three new faces take home the crown as competitor of the day in their respective positions.


Terry Smith names transferee DB Storm Duck as the “#LockDownU” competitor of the day.

New WR Coach Marques Hagans names transferee Malik McClain as the competitor of the day for the wide receivers, underscoring his immediate impact on the Penn State Football receiver room.

Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz names early enrollee freshman Tony Rojas as “LBU” competitor of the day.

Penn State Football’s winter workouts could set the stage for some breakout stars to push for expanded roles once the team hits the field for spring practices next month.

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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.