Penn State is less than two weeks away from their season opener. This group lost a couple key components to last year’s 11 win team. But they believe they have the talent and the experience to fill those voids.
And they will certainly need to do so at the Linebacker position where they will be without Micah Parsons. The All-American and team leader in tackles decided to opt out of 2020 to focus on the NFL. That now leaves Junior Jesse Luketa to be the guy in charge.
The Canadian has played in all 26 games in his two years in Happy Valley racking up 31 tackles and 4 passes deflected. He knows his role has drastically changed in the last couple of months, but its one he’s willing to take on.
“I’ve gone from one of the youngest guys in the room to one of the oldest just like that. Having guys like Brandon Dixon, Curtis Smith, Curtis Jacobson, and Zuriah Fisher we’re trying to bring thing along at a steady pace.
Being that guy in the room that they can look to to see how the standard is, how we are going to do things in the room as a Penn State defense. The standard is the standard.”
The Nittany Lions will start game week preparations on Monday.