3. TOP PENN STATE PLAYERS
Best Penn State Offensive Player
RB Ricky Slade, Soph.
He only ran for 257 yards, but he tore off 5.7 yards per carry and six touchdowns. There were fumbling issues, but he also showed off the home run hitting burst that made him one of nation’s top recruits in 2018.
The 5-9, 203-pounder has the skill, quickness, and vision to be the next great Penn State running back, and he’s about to get his shot. Be shocked if he doesn’t at least match the over 1,200 yards and nine scores from Miles Sanders last season.
2. WR KJ Hamler, Jr.
3. TE Pat Freiermuth, Soph.
4. OG Steven Gonzalez, Sr.
5. QB Sean Clifford, Jr.
Best Penn State Defensive Player
DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Jr.
The best defensive player could easily and quickly become Micah Parsons – no beef if you want to put him here – but Gross-Matos is the tone-setting pass rusher for the nation’s leading sacking defense.
The 6-5, 265-pounder came up with eight sacks, 20 tackles for loss, and 54 stops in his All-Big Ten season. He’ll be the focus of every blocking scheme, but he has a good group of veterans next to him up front.
2. LB Micah Parsons, Soph.
3. CB John Reid, Sr.
4. S Garrett Taylor, Sr.
5. DT Robert Windsor, Sr.