For the past couple of decades (and counting), if you’re a defensive player at Penn State wearing the No. 11 jersey, it’s because you’re a truly special talent who has been given the blessing by LaVar Arrington. Micah Parsons is the latest defensive stud to wear this sacred jersey, and as a true freshman last year coming in with an enormous amount of hype, he did not disappoint. Although he admittedly had to face a learning curve playing linebacker (as opposed to defensive end, which was his primary position in high school), Micah still managed to lead the team in tackles with 82 of them.
Now, as a rising sophomore who feels more comfortable at linebacker and for whom the pace of the game seems to have slowed down for him, expect bigger and better things in 2019 as he also becomes utilized more frequently on blitzes and takes on a role as a kickoff returner opposite KJ Hamler. As much as I’m loathe to use such a term, the sky really does seem to be the limit for Mr. Parsons.
Wearing No. 11 on the offense side of the ball will be Daniel George. You may best remember him from setting the school record for longest touchdown reception, hauling in a 95-yarder from (wait for it...) Sean Clifford. Based on practice reports from the Spring and from Fall camp, he seems poised to become a key member of the wideout rotation. Hopefully, this means more highlights like the one I just linked to in this paragraph.