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Redshirt Report: Bowl Game Edition

It’s the final redshirt report of the 2018 season and that makes me sad...

NCAA Football: Citrus Bowl-Kentucky vs Penn State Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Redshirt Burned/Green (8)

K Rafael Checa

Bowl Game Stats: 5 KO, 2 TB, 313 YDS, 62.6 AVG, 1 OB

Season Stats: 12 G, 79 KO, 37 TB, 4,698 YDS, 59.5 AVG, 6 OB

Checa, like every other special teams member, didn’t have his best day against Kentucky but he wasn’t bad either. Checa had one kickoff go out of bounds but outside of that he had a quality day and surpassed his season average.

TE Pat Freiermuth

Bowl Game Stats: 2 REC, 38 YDS, 19.0 AVG, 1 TD

Season Stats: 13 GP, 26 REC, 368 YDS, 8 TD

Friermuth once again found the end zone against Kentucky scoring a pivotal touchdown in the fourth quarter as Penn State tried to stage a comeback for the ages. The freshman tight end out of Massachusetts was a revelation for the Nittany Lions throughout the season and ended up leading the team in touchdowns. He’ll be the starter heading into next season and will create a dangerous duo/trio with Nick Bowers and Zack Kuntz.

LB Jesse Luketa

Bowl Game Stats: N/A

Season Stats: 13 G, 5 Solo, 2 ASST, 7 TOT

The Canadian-born linebacker played in all 13 games for the Nittany Lions this season and while he didn’t put up “sexy” numbers he was never really a liability for the Penn State defense either. He should see (and needs to see) a step up in production next season.

LB Micah Parsons

Bowl Game Stats: 13 TOT, 8 SOLO, 5 ASST, 1 QB HUR

Season Stats: 13 GP, 47 SOLO, 35 ASST, 82 TOT, 4 TFL, 1.5 SACKS, 5 QBH, 2 FF

Parsons was the Nittany Lions leading tackler with a career-high 13 tackles. He finished the season as the Nittany Lions leader in tackles and could make his case for being the Nitttany Lions top defensive player next season. Fans and coaches alike are salivating over what Parsons can do next season with another full off season under his belt.

K Jake Pinegar

Bowl Game Stats: 1 FGM, 3 FGA, 3 XPM, 3 XPA

Season Stats: 13 G, 16- 24 FG (66.6%), 49 Long - 50-52 XP

Pinegar missed two field goals in the Nittany Lions loss to Kentucky, with neither one of them an extremely difficult kicks. Pinegar seemed to be coming on at the end of the season, but the Lions simply needed a better performance in the Citrus Bowl. It was an up-and-down season for the Iowa native but he has the talent to bounce back and perform well next season.

DT PJ Mustipher

Bowl Game Stats: N/A

Season Stats: 12 G, 7 Solo, 7 ASST, 14 TOT, 1 TFL, 1 QBH, 1 FF

Mustipher was a consistent presence on the defensive line in 2018 and overall it should be deemed a success. Like Luketa, the numbers are not eye-popping but overall Mustipher showed potential this season that should make fans excited going forward.

RB Ricky Slade

Bowl Game Stats: 4 CAR, 27 YDS

Season Stats: 9 GP, 45 CAR, 257 YDS, 6 TD, 1 REC, 12 YDS

Slade played in the bowl game but had a limited role with just 4 carries. His average though of 6.8 yards was the best on the team for players with more than one carry. He’ll be the Nittany Lions feature back in 2019.

WR Jahan Dotson

Bowl Game Stats: 1 REC, 24 YDS

Season Stats: 8 GP, 13 REC, 203 YDS

Dotson had a catch in each of his last seven games of the season, and had arguably the best hands of any receiver when on the field. He didn’t find the end zone in 2018 but he should get his fair share of touchdowns in 2019.

Yellow (3)

DE Jayson Oweh

Bowl Game Stats: Did not play (DNP)

Season Stats: 4 G, 4 Solo, 4 TOT, 2 Sacks, 1 QBH

Oweh entered the game with four games played and there was no way the coaching staff was going to burn his redshirt for him to play in the Citrus Bowl. He’ll be expected to make a big impact in 2019.

DE Nick Tarburton

Bowl Game Stats: DNP

Season Stats: 2 G

Tarburton appeared in the season’s first two games but didn’t appear in a game after that. He still has a bright future with the program, and should see the field regularly as a redshirt freshman in 2019.

WR Justin Shorter

Bowl Game Stats: 2 REC, 17 YDS

Season Stats: 4 GP, 3 REC, 30 YDS

Shorter battled an injury for most of the season but saw some playing time down the stretch before seeing action in the bowl game. Trace McSorley said that Shorter grew more than any other freshmen during the bowl practices. Shorter should be in for a tremendous redshirt freshman campaign next season.

Red (4)

OT Rasheed Walker

Bowl Game Stats: N/A

Season Stats: 4 G

According to Penn State’s participation reports, Walker appeared in the Citrus Bowl. He’ll have a chance to compete for more playing time next season but should be a full-time starter in 2020.

TE Zack Kuntz

Bowl Game Stats: DNP

Season Stats: 1 G, 1 REC, 8 YD

Kuntz is going to be a special tight end but needed a year to fully mature physically. He should be ready to go next fall as long as he stays healthy and could make a huge impact right away.

WR Daniel George

Bowl Game Stats: DNP

Season Stats: 3 G, 2 REC, 112 YDS, 1 TD

Perhaps the forgotten receiver of the 2018 recruiting class, George has a bright future like his counterparts. He already is in the Penn State history book and will try to create more history in 2019 when he becomes a bigger part of the Penn State offense.

CB Trent Gordon

Bowl Game Stats: DNP

Season Stats: 4 G, 1 ASST, 1 TOT

Gordon played in four games this season, mostly on special teams, but will have a chance to see playing time in the secondary next season.

The Real Reds (6)

These remaining seven players did not see playing time during the 2018 season.

QB Will Levis

OG Bryce Effner

OG Juice Scruggs

DT Aeneas Hawkins

DT Judge Culpepper

LB Charlie Katshir