Jonathan Sutherland is competing for a starting spot at safety with Lamont Wade as they head into preseason practices. With Garrett Taylor slated to keep his starting position from 2018, as long as he holds off the other safeties that will certainly push him for his spot, there is just one open place for two very great players.
Wade and Sutherland should each play a great deal on defense this season, as it will be very hard for coach Pry to keep either of them off the field for very long. Last season Sutherland started one game while appearing in all 13. He was very productive while on the field, breaking up a pass, forcing a fumble and recording two tackles for loss.
In 2017 Sutherland sat out with a redshirt, so he probably just sat back and coasted through the off-year, right? Ah, no. He made the Dean’s List in the spring semester while impressing the team with his incredible work ethic in the weight room.
A couple of months ago coach Franklin told the media that he asks all of the players during the offseason who they think the hardest worker on the team is, and the majority of the players said it was Sutherland. That is high praise, from his peers, within a group of young men that all give a great deal of effort every day.
He was born in Ottawa, Ontario, so unfortunately, he won’t be able to run for President of the United States. He played his high school ball in Virginia at Episcopal and came to Penn State as a 15-25 ranked safety in the nation, top-15 in Virginia.
26 more days until Penn State football!