Penn State enters the 2016 football season with a few unused scholarships. Head coach James Franklin is using that space to take care of some of his guys. After long snapper Tyler Yazujian received a scholarship for his final season as a Nittany Lion, it was announced that walk-on wide receiver/punt returner Gregg Garrity will also get a scholarship for his final season. The news was first reported by Lions 247.
Garrity emerged as a special teams contributor at the end of the 2015 season, despite his small frame at 5-foot-10 and 157 pounds. With redshirt freshman DeAndre Thompkins struggling with his punt return duties throughout 2015, Franklin finally pulled him after a costly fumble against Michigan. Replacing him was Garrity, who remained in the role against Michigan State and Georgia. Garrity finished the season with two punt returns for nine yards and one reception for four yards.
Garrity is the son of Gregg Garrity, the Penn State wide receiver who famously made a diving touchdown catch in the 1983 Sugar Bowl against Georgia. His grandfather Jim Garrity also played for Penn State in the 1950's.