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Redshirt Report: Micah Parsons and Pat Freiermuth Star in Penn State’s Win at Rutgers

The crown jewel of the 2018 recruiting class got his first career start at Rutgers on Saturday while tight end Pat Freirmuth continues to be a stud.

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Redshirt Burned/Green (8)

K Rafael Checa

It was another quality week for Checa despite kicking the ball out of bound once. It was his first kick out of bounds in over two months. For the season, he has 35 touchbacks on 70 kickoffs.

TE Pat Freiermuth

Is there anything Pat Freiermuth can’t do? The tight end out of Massachusetts leads the team in touchdowns after reaching the end zone twice against the Scarlet Knights. For the season, he has 22 receptions for 6 touchdowns and 303 yards. He now has receptions in 10 straight games and has two or more in seven games including three-straight 3 reception games.

LB Jesse Luketa

Luketa played against Rutgers but failed to record any stats.

LB Micah Parsons

Last week, I said “Micah Parsons should be a starting linebacker,” and look what happened?! He got his first career start against Rutgers and he made it count. The Harrisburg (PA) native racked up 7 tackles on the afternoon including 2 tackles for a loss and his first career solo sack and forced fumble via the good ol’ strip sack.

K Jake Pinegar

Pinegar was 2-for-2 on the day in field goal attempts, both coming on chip shots. He also made both extra point tries. He’s now 14-for-20 on the season in field goal attempts and 45-for-47 in extra point opportunities.

DT PJ Mustipher

Mustipher recorded a single tackle against Rutgers. He now has 13 total on the season.

RB Ricky Slade

Slade saw 2 carries against Rutgers and carried the ball for a total of 10 yards. The former five-star hasn’t had a ton of chances to get himself going since his breakout day against Illinois but hasn’t done much either with the opportunities given to him.

WR Jahan Dotson

Dotson had the best game of his freshman season against Rutgers, bringing 4 receptions for 58-yards. While he did have a drop or two, he remained electric. Dotson will challenge Freiermuth next season in having the best established hands on the offense.

Yellow (3)

DE Jayson Oweh/DE Nick Tarburton

Oweh saw the field against Rutgers but did not record any stats.

WR Justin Shorter

Shorter technically had one “run” for 9-yards against Rutgers in his return to home. It’s worth noting that it was his third game of the season, meaning he can play against either Maryland or Penn State’s bowl opponent without burning his redshirt. Expect him to sit out against Maryland.

Red (4)

OT Rasheed Walker

Walker didn’t get on the field against Rutgers but he may get a chance to play against Maryland if the situation allows.

TE Zack Kuntz

Patience is a virtue and perhaps one day we’ll see Zack Kuntz on the field again. But that may not be until the 2019 season.

WR Daniel George

With Shorter most likely not playing against Maryland, that should mean George gets some opportunities against the Terrapins.

CB Trent Gordon

Gordon played against Rutgers but failed to record any stats.

The Real Reds (7)

These remaining seven players have not seen playing time this season and the chances seem slim-to-none that they will over the next few weeks.

QB Will Levis

OG Bryce Effner

OG Juice Scruggs

DT Aeneas Hawkins

DT Judge Culpepper

LB Charlie Katshir

S Isaiah Humphries