Seventy-three days until Penn State football kicks off its season against Appalachian State.
That means it’s Mike Miranda day at BSD.
Miranda is a redshirt freshman who impressed many on the practice squad last season. So much so, even, that at one point it was discussed whether Miranda could have his redshirt pulled due to injury concerns on the line.
Miranda didn’t end up playing for the Nittany Lions in 2017, but he will more than likely see some game time in 2018, even just in mop up duty. Had the NCAA instituted its new rule allowing redshirting players to play in up to four games and keep their redshirt status, he would almost assuredly have seen time already.
At 6-foot-3, 302 pounds, Miranda is solely an interior lineman who may end up the successor to Connor McGovern at center in the long run. He’s shown the ability to anchor well in pass protection on the camp circuit and plays with a physicality and a nastiness that has been missing for the Nittany Lions offensive line in recent years.
Look for Miranda to show flashes of why the coaching staff is so high on him throughout the 2018 season.