2019 Penn State Nittany Lions football team

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2019 Penn State Nittany Lions football
Penn State Athletics wordmark.svg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
DivisionEast Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 9
CFPNo. 9
2019 record9–1 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coachJames Franklin (6th season)
Offensive coordinatorRicky Rahne (2nd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorBrent Pry (4th as DC; 6th overall season)
Co-defensive coordinatorTim Banks (4th season)
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumBeaver Stadium
(Capacity: 106,572)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 2 Ohio State   7 0         10 0  
No. 9 Penn State   6 1         9 1  
No. 12 Michigan   5 2         8 2  
Indiana   4 3         7 3  
Michigan State   2 5         4 6  
Maryland   1 6         3 7  
Rutgers   0 7         2 7  
West Division
No. 11 Minnesota   6 1         9 1  
No. 14 Wisconsin   5 2         8 2  
Illinois   4 3         6 4  
No. 19 Iowa   4 3         7 3  
Purdue   3 4         4 6  
Nebraska   2 5         4 6  
Northwestern   0 7         2 8  
Championship: December 7, 2019
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of November 18, 2019; Rankings from College Football Playoff

The 2019 Penn State Nittany Lions football team represents Pennsylvania State University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team is led by sixth-year head coach James Franklin and plays its home games in Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania. They are a member of the Big Ten East Division of the Big Ten Conference.

Previous season[edit]

In 2018, the Nittany Lions finished with a 9–4 overall record and finished third in the Big Ten East Division, with a 6–3 conference record.[1] They finished ranked seventeenth nationally in the AP Poll and Coaches Poll after a 27–24 loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl.[2][3]

Offseason[edit]

Staff changes[edit]

On January 2, 2019, James Franklin announced that wide receivers coach David Corley was relieved of his duties. This came just one day after Penn State's 27–24 loss to Kentucky in the Citrus Bowl.[4] On January 10, former Duke assistant coach Gerad Parker was announced as the team's new wide receivers coach.[5] On February 15, 2019, it was announced that special teams coordinator and assistant defensive line coach Phil Galiano would be leaving Penn State to become an assistant special teams coach with the New Orleans Saints.[6] On February 21, 2019, Penn State hired Joe Lorig, from Texas Tech, as special teams coordinator and defensive assistant.[7]

Recruiting[edit]

The Nittany Lions signed 19 recruits on early signing day in December 2018.[8] Four recruits signed with Penn State on February 6, 2019, pushing their total commitments to 23.[9]

2019 NFL Draft[edit]

Player Position Round Pick Team
Miles Sanders Running back 2 53 Philadelphia Eagles
Connor McGovern Offensive lineman 3 90 Dallas Cowboys
Shareef Miller Defensive end 4 138 Philadelphia Eagles
Amani Oruwariye Cornerback 5 146 Detroit Lions
Trace McSorley Quarterback 6 197 Baltimore Ravens
Nick Scott Safety 7 243 Los Angeles Rams
Kevin Vasey Long snapper UFA[10] Atlanta Falcons
Kevin Givens Defensive tackle UFA[11] San Francisco 49ers
Ryan Bates Offensive lineman UFA[12] Philadelphia Eagles
De'Andre Thompkins Wide receiver UFA[12] Philadelphia Eagles
Koa Farmer Outside linebacker UFA[13] Oakland Raiders
Johnathan Thomas Running back UFA[13] Cincinnati Bengals
Chasz Wright Offensive tackle UFA

Transfers[edit]

The Nittany Lions added 2 players and lost 12 players due to transfer.

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Transfer from
Weston Carr WR 6'2 200 Senior Redshirt Benicia, CA Azusa Pacific[14]
Jordan Stout K 6'2 197 Sophomore Redshirt Honaker, VA Virginia Tech[15]
Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Transfer to
Manny Bowen #43 OLB 6'2 231 Senior Redshirt Barnegat, NJ Utah[16]
Torrence Brown #19 DE 6'3 257 Senior Redshirt Tuscaloosa, AL Southern Miss[17]
Danny Dalton #80 TE 6'4 247 Junior Redshirt Marshfield, MA Boston College[18]
Dae'lun Darien #41 OLB 6'4 223 Junior Redshirt Baltimore, MD Delaware[19]
Alex Gellerstedt #51 OL 6'6 311 Junior Redshirt Dublin, OH Virginia[20]
Isaiah Humphries #2 S 6'0 187 Freshman Redshirt Rowlett, TX California[21]
Sterling Jenkins #76 OT 6'8 334 Senior Redshirt Pittsburgh, PA Duquesne[22]
Juwan Johnson #84 WR 6'4 225 SeniorRedshirt Glassboro, NJ Oregon[23]
Zech McPhearson #14 CB 5'11 184 Junior Redshirt Columbia, MD Texas Tech[24]
Jarvis Miller #9 OLB 6'2 223 Senior Redshirt Suffield, CT UMass[25]
Ayron Monroe #23 S 5'11 206 Senior Redshirt Largo, MD Temple[26]
Tommy Stevens #2 QB 6'5 230 SeniorRedshirt Indianapolis, IN Mississippi State[27]

Returning starters[edit]

Preseason Big Ten poll[edit]

Although the Big Ten Conference has not held an official preseason poll since 2010, Cleveland.com has polled sports journalists representing all member schools as a de facto preseason media poll since 2011. For the 2019 poll, Penn State was projected to finish in fourth in the East Division.[30]

Media poll (East Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Michigan 222 (20)
2 Ohio State 214 (14)
3 Michigan State 156
4 Penn State 154
5 Indiana 86.5
6 Maryland 82.5
7 Rutgers 37

Schedule[edit]

Spring game[edit]

Date Time Spring Game Site Result Attendance
April 13[31] 3:00 p.m.[32] Blue vs. White Beaver StadiumUniversity Park, PA Blue 24–7
61,000[33]

Regular season[edit]

The team will host three non-conference games against the Idaho Vandals (first ever meeting) from the Big Sky Conference, Buffalo Bulls from the Mid-American Conference (MAC) and the Pittsburgh Panthers from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[34][35]

During the 2019 Nittany Lions season, Penn State will be going against Big Ten conference opponents Maryland, Purdue, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio State and Rutgers. The 2019 schedule consists of 7 home games and 5 away.[36]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 313:30 p.m.Idaho*No. 15BTNW 79–7104,527
September 77:30 p.m.Buffalo*No. 15
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
FOXW 45–13104,136
September 1412:00 p.m.Pittsburgh*No. 13
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA (Rivalry)
ABCW 17–10108,661
September 278:00 p.m.at MarylandNo. 12FS1W 59–053,228
October 512:00 p.m.PurduedaggerNo. 12
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ESPNW 35–7106,536
October 127:30 p.m.at No. 17 IowaNo. 10ABCW 17–1269,034
October 197:30 p.m.No. 16 MichiganNo. 7
ABCW 28–21110,669
October 263:30 p.m.at Michigan StateNo. 6ABCW 28–770,298
November 912:00 p.m.at No. 17 MinnesotaNo. 4ABCL 26–3151,883
November 1612:00 p.m.IndianaNo. 9
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
ABCW 34–27106,323
November 2312:00 p.m.at Ohio StateFOX
November 303:30 p.m.Rutgers
  • Beaver Stadium
  • University Park, PA
BTN
Schedule Source:[36][37]

Game summaries[edit]

Idaho[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Record
First meeting
Idaho vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Idaho (FCS) 0 0 077
#15 Penn State 20 24 142179

at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania

Game information

Buffalo[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Record
2–1 2015 W, 27–14
Buffalo vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buffalo 0 10 3013
#15 Penn State 7 0 281045

at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania

Game information

Pittsburgh[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Record
52–43–4 2018 W, 51–6
Pittsburgh vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Pittsburgh 0 10 0010
#13 Penn State 7 3 7017

at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania

Game information

at Maryland[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–2–1 2018 W, 38–3
Penn State at Maryland – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#12 Penn State 14 24 71459
Maryland 0 0 000

at Maryland Stadium, College Park, MD

Game information

Purdue[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Record
14–3–1 2016 W, 62–24
Purdue vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Purdue 0 7 007
#12 Penn State 21 7 0735

at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania

Game information

at #17 Iowa[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–12 2018 W, 30–24
Penn State at Iowa – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#10 Penn State 0 7 3717
#17 Iowa 3 3 0612

at Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, IA

Game information

#16 Michigan[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Record
8–14 2018 L, 7–42
Michigan vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#16 Michigan 0 7 7721
#7 Penn State 7 14 0728

at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania

Game information

at Michigan State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
15–17–1 2018 L, 17–21
Penn State at Michigan State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#6 Penn State 7 14 7028
Michigan State 0 0 707

at Spartan Stadium, East Lansing, MI

Game information

at #13AP/17CFP Minnesota[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
9–5 2016 W, 29–26OT
Penn State at Minnesota – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#5AP/4CFP Penn State 10 3 6726
#13AP/17CFP Minnesota 14 10 0731

at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

Game information

#24AP Indiana[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Record
21–1 2018 W, 33–28
Indiana vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#24AP Indiana 14 0 31027
#9AP/CFP Penn State 17 3 7734

at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania

Game information

at #2AP/CFP Ohio State[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Result
14–19 2018 L, 26–27
Penn State at Ohio State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
#9AP/CFP Penn State - - --0
#2AP/CFP Ohio State - - --0

at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH

  • Date: November 23
  • Game time: 12:00 PM ET
  • TV: FOX

Rutgers[edit]

Overall record Last meeting Record
27–2 2018 W, 20–7
Rutgers vs. Penn State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Rutgers - - --0
Penn State - - --0

at Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania

  • Date: November 30

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP 15 15 13 13-T 12 12 10 7 6 5 5 9 9  
Coaches 14 14 11 12 11 11 9 7 6 5 5 11 9  
CFP Not released 4 9 Not released

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Penn State football current coaching staff[38]
Name Position Alma Mater Years at Penn State
James Franklin Head Coach East Stroudsburg University (1995) 6th
Brent Pry Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers University at Buffalo (1993) 6th
Ricky Rahne Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Cornell University (2002) 6th
Tim Banks Co-Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Central Michigan University (1995) 4th
Tyler Bowen Off. Recruiting Coordinator/Tight Ends University of Maryland (2010) 2nd
Matt Limegrover Run Game Coordinator/Offensive Line University of Chicago (1991) 4th
Sean Spencer Associate Head Coach/Run Game Coord./Defensive Line Clarion University (1995) 6th
Gerad Parker Wide Receivers University of Kentucky (2003) 1st
Ja'Juan Seider Running Backs West Virginia University (2000) 2nd
Terry Smith Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Recruiting Coordinator/Cornerbacks Penn State University (1991) 6th
Joe Lorig Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Assistant Western Oregon University (1995) 1st
Dwight Galt III Assistant AD, Performance Enhancement University of Maryland 6th

Roster[edit]

2019 Penn State Nittany Lions football roster

Quarterback

  •  7 Will Levis – Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 229)
  •  9 Ta'Quan Roberson – Freshman (5'11, 192)
  • 13 Michael Johnson Jr. – Freshman (6'2, 199)
  • 14 Sean CliffordRedshirt Sophomore (6'2, 216)
  • 15 Michael Shuster – Redshirt Junior (6'2, 210)
  • 19 Isaac Rumery – Freshman (5'11, 203)

Running Back

  •  3 Ricky Slade – Sophomore (5'9, 198)
  •  4 Journey Brown – Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 206)
  • 21 Noah Cain – Freshman (5'10, 206)
  • 28 Devyn Ford – Freshman (5'11, 194)
  • 40 Nick Eury – Redshirt Junior (5'9, 212)

Wide Receiver

  •  1 K. J. HamlerRedshirt Sophomore (5'9, 176)
  •  5 Jahan Dotson – Sophomore (5'11, 175)
  •  6 Justin Shorter – Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 235)
  •  8 John Dunmore – Freshman (6'1, 179)
  • 10 TJ Jones – Freshman (6'1, 196)
  • 11 Daniel George – Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 220)
  • 12 Mac Hippenhammer – Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 182)
  • 23 Weston Carr – Redshirt Senior (6'2, 202)
  • 29 Henry Fessler – Redshirt Freshman (5'10, 172)
  • 44 Cameron Pica – Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 215)
  • 80 Justin Weller – Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  • 81 Cam Sullivan-Brown – Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 194)
  • 83 Alex Hoenstine – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 190)
  • 84 Benjamin Wilson – Redshirt Junior (6'2, 204)
  • 85 Isaac Lutz – Redshirt Junior (5'11, 193)
  • 86 Alec Berger – Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 175)
  • 88 Dan Chisena – Redshirt Senior (6'3, 202)
  • 89 Colton Maxwell – Redshirt Junior (6'0, 194)

Tight End

  • 17 Grayson Kline – Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 239)
  • 43 Trevor Baker – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 227)
  • 82 Zack Kuntz – Redshirt Freshman (6'7, 243)
  • 83 Nick Bowers – Redshirt Senior (6'4, 260)
  • 86 Brenton Strange – Freshman (6'3, 233)
  • 87 Pat FreiermuthSophomore (6'5, 256)

Placekicker

  • 90 Rafael Checa – Sophomore (6'2, 201)
  • 92 Jake Pinegar – Sophomore (6'2, 195)
  • 95 Vlad Hilling – Redshirt Freshman (5'10, 226)
  • 98 Jordan Stout – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 205)
  • 99 Justin Tobin – Redshirt Junior (6'2, 208)
 

Offensive Lineman

  • 50 Will Knutsson – Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 296)
  • 53 Rasheed Walker – Redshirt Freshman (6'6, 324)
  • 55 Anthony Whigan – Junior (6'4, 301)
  • 59 Kaleb Konigus – Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 302)
  • 62 Michal Menet – Redshirt Junior (6'4, 313)
  • 63 Collin De Boef – Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 258)
  • 68 Hunter Kelly – Redshirt Junior (6'2, 309)
  • 69 C.J. Thorpe – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 322)
  • 70 Juice Scruggs – Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 285)
  • 71 Will Fries – Redshirt Junior (6'6, 313)
  • 72 Bryce Effner – Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 297)
  • 73 Mike Miranda – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 295)
  • 74 Steven Gonzalez – Redshirt Senior (6'4, 341)
  • 75 Des Holmes – Redshirt Sophomore (6'5, 315)
  • 77 Sal Wormley – Freshman (6'3, 319)
  • 79 Caedan Wallace – Freshman (6'5, 333)

Defensive Lineman

  • 18 Shaka Toney – DE – Redshirt Junior (6'3, 243)
  • 20 Adisa Isaac – DE – Freshman (6'4, 241)
  • 27 Aeneas Hawkins – DT – Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 272)
  • 28 Jayson Oweh – DE – Redshirt Freshman (6'5, 255)
  • 34 Shane Simmons – DE – Redshirt Junior (6'3, 259)
  • 42 Ellison Jordan – DT – Redshirt Junior (6'0, 320)
  • 44 Joseph Darkwa – DT – Freshman (6'5, 272)
  • 46 Nick Tarburton – DE – Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 263)
  • 49 Daniel Joseph – DE – Redshirt Junior (6'3, 260)
  • 51 Hakeem Beamon – DE – Freshman (6'3, 259)
  • 53 Fred Hansard – DT – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 316)
  • 54 Robert Windsor – DT – Redshirt Senior (6'4, 285)
  • 55 Antonio Shelton – DT – Redshirt Junior (6'2, 311)
  • 58 Evan Presta – DT – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 288)
  • 88 Judge Culpepper – DT – Redshirt Freshman (6'4, 284)
  • 90 Damion Barber – DT – Redshirt Sophomore (6'3, 290)
  • 91 Dvon Ellies – DT – Freshman (6'1, 304)
  • 92 Smith Vilbert – DE – Freshman (6'6, 253)
  • 93 PJ Mustipher – DT – Sophomore (6'4, 311)
  • 98 Dan Vasey – DE – Redshirt Sophomore (6'4, 252)
  • 99 Yetur Gross-Matos – DE – Junior (6'5, 264)

Punter

  • 49 Cade Pollard – Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 225)
  • 93 Blake Gillikin – Senior (6'2, 196)
  • 97 Carson Landis – Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 205)
 

Linebacker

  •  6 Cam Brown – Senior (6'5, 233)
  • 10 Lance Dixon – Freshman (6'2, 213)
  • 11 Micah ParsonsSophomore (6'3, 245)
  • 12 Brandon Smith – Freshman (6'3, 240)
  • 13 Ellis Brooks – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 234)
  • 36 Jan Johnson – Redshirt Senior (6'2, 231)
  • 39 Robbie Dwyer – Freshman (6'1, 235)
  • 40 Jesse Luketa – Sophomore (6'3, 247)
  • 45 Charlie Katshir – Redshirt Freshman (6'3, 229)
  • 50 Max Chizmar – Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 230)

Defensive Back

  •  2 Keaton Ellis – CB – Freshman (5'11, 190)
  •  3 Donovan Johnson – CB – Redshirt Sophomore (5'9, 185)
  •  5 Tariq Castro-Fields – CB – Junior (6'0, 197)
  •  7 Jaquan Brisker – S – Junior (6'1, 210)
  •  8 Marquis Wilson – CB – Freshman (5'11, 173)
  •  9 Joey Porter Jr. – CB – Freshman (6'2, 180)
  • 16 John Petrishen – S – Redshirt Senior (6'0, 211)
  • 17 Garrett Taylor – S – Redshirt Senior (6'0, 198)
  • 19 Trent Gordon – CB – Redshirt Freshman (5'11, 188)
  • 21 Tyler Rudolph – S – Freshman (6'0, 204)
  • 24 DJ Brown – CB – Redshirt Sophomore (5'10, 183)
  • 25 Daequan Hardy – CB – Freshman (5'9, 170)
  • 26 Jonathan Sutherland – S – Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 201)
  • 27 Cody Romano– S – Redshirt Freshman (6'2, 209)
  • 29 John Reid – CB – Redshirt Senior (5'10, 181)
  • 35 Justin Neff – S – Redshirt Sophomore (6'1, 195)
  • 36 Makai Self – CB – Freshman (5'9, 167)
  • 37 Drew Hartlaub – S – Redshirt Sophomore (5'11, 183)
  • 38 Lamont Wade – S – Junior (5'9, 199)
  • 48 C.J. Holmes – S – Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 216)

Long Snappers

  • 91 Chris Stoll – Redshirt Sophomore (6'2, 245)
  • 94 Joe Calcagno – Redshirt Sophomore (6'0, 279)

Source:[39]


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