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Photo of the Day: Down Goes Pickett

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This past fall linebacker Micah Parsons burst onto the scene as one of the best defensive players in college football, and Pitt was one of the first teams to feel his wrath

Heather Weikel

We continue our series highlighting our wonderful photographer Heather Weikel’s favorite images from the 2019 football season. Give Heather a follow at @hweikelphoto on Twitter to see more of her work.

In the third game of the season the Penn State Nittany Lions welcomed the hated Pitt Panthers to Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions entered the game ranked in the top 10, and many people expected the game to be a blowout. While Penn State had to hang on until the clock struck zeroes to pull out a 17-10 victory, it was still a big day for sophomore linebacker Micah Parsons.

The 2019 season saw Parsons emerge as one of the best defensive players in the FBS. His huge seasons, which included being a finalist for the Butkus Award, really took off against Pitt.

In the victory over the Panthers, Parsons had a team leading 9 tackles to go with 2 TFLS, a pass break up, a QB hurry, and he played a big role in pass coverage for the Nittany Lions. One of Parsons biggest plays of the game came when he engulfed Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickett and slammed the junior signal caller to the ground. Creating today’s photo of the day.

What are your expectations for Parsons this fall? Butkus Award? Bednarik Award? Maybe even Heisman Trophy consideration? The sky is the limit for Parsons.