My pick for a breakout player in 2017, Torrence Brown will be called upon to lead an inexperienced group at defensive end. There are several players vying for the starting positions left open with Garrett Sickels and Evan Schwan moving on, and Brown’s experience makes him a likely candidate to earn one of the starting spots on the outside. Even if he doesn’t, the rate of rotation on Sean Spencer’s defensive line all but guarantees that Brown will see a significant number of snaps in the upcoming season.
While not the most explosive or athletic of the defensive ends on the current roster, Brown instead uses great ball awareness to track plays and make tackles in the backfield. He’s also shown an ability to force and recover fumbles, most notably icing the game versus Indiana last year by recovering a fumble for a touchdown in the 4th quarter.
Off the field, Brown has an opportunity to make an impact mentoring the young defensive ends on the roster. Including redshirts, there are 4 freshman defensive ends heading into 2017, and Torrence is the most experienced of the upperclassmen.
Torrence Brown came to Penn State from Tuscaloosa, Alabama in the Class of 2014. His goal for this season? To play against his hometown team and show them what they missed by not actively recruiting him.