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40 days until kickoff!

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Jason Cabinda
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With 40 days until kickoff, our focus is on #40 junior linebacker Jason Cabinda. Jason was a solid three-star recruit and standout two-sport letterman at Hunterdon Central High school in Flemington, NJ, where he excelled in football and basketball. Cabinda, who at one time verbaled to Syracuse, later flipped to Penn State, committing in 2013.

As a true freshman, Jason gained great experience for the linebacker unit, playing in nine games, delivering 17 tackles and .5 TFL. His ability didn’t go unnoticed as he was named honorable mention Big Ten-All-Freshman by BTN.com and selected as an ECAC first team All Star.

In 2015, the versatile Cabinda came into his own, leading the Penn State team with 100 total tackles, earning a #15 rank in the Big Ten with 7.7 tackles per game, and recording an impressive single-game high of 14 tackles in the PSU win over Army. Cabinda was named as an honorable mention All-Big Ten for 2015, and preseason in 2016, earned more accolades.

This year, Cabinda’s already been named to three watch lists for the Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player, the Lott IMPACT Trophy and the Butkus Award.

What’s even better is that he’s only a junior and he’ll only continue to get better. Congratulations, Jason!