Anthony DaSilva arrived in Happy Valley last season along with fellow placekicker Jordan Stout. He took a redshirt last season, which was not a surprise. With Jake Pinegar and Jordan Stout on the roster for the next couple of seasons, DaSilva may have to wait until his redshirt junior year to get a chance.
When asked about his expectations when joining the squad he said this. “They told me that nothing is promised because they don’t promise anyone any playing time. They have a few guys coming in this year but I’m up for the challenge and know I can work hard.”
He came to Penn State as a preferred walk-on so he hopes things might work out for him in the future and is willing to stay for the long-term.
This was what the Bethlehem, Pa., native had to say at the time of his commitment. “It’s a dream come true. I really love the coaching staff. They’re so humble and down to earth. If you didn’t know who coach Franklin is, you wouldn’t guess that he is the head coach of one of the best teams in the country.”
Like many kickers, he has a video of a long kick in practice being made. This one was from 57 yards at a Penn State camp before his senior season of high school.
57 yarder for the W at Penn State✊ pic.twitter.com/8oZARdpQwy— Anthony DaSilva ✞ (@anthonydasilva_) June 3, 2018
Even though he weighed just 150 pounds two years ago when he committed to the Lions, he was able to show off a big leg. He now weighs in at 162 pounds with another couple of seasons to get even bigger.
Some might think that it is a long shot for DaSilva to become the future Penn State placekicker, but he doesn’t seem to think so. He’s been doing the hard work that is necessary to stay in position if he was ever needed, though the roster is pretty deep at that spot for a while. We’ll keep an eye on you, young fella. You’re not going to sneak up on us when you get the job in 2022.
Just 96 more days until kickoff!