The ol’ double nickel.
Yes, we’re just 55 days away from Jordan Stout launching the opening kick of the season out of end zone or Jahan Dotson returning it for the touchdown in front of a stunned Camp Randall crowd.
Today’s edition of the countdown focuses on Anthony Whigan, who joined Penn State back in 2019 as a four-star junior college recruit and the top-ranked JuCo lineman in the country according to 247Sports.
Whigan has since spending his time in the weight room with Dwight Galt adding nearly 30 pounds to go from 6-foot-4, 290 pounds to 319 pounds. He appeared in a pair of games on special teams in 2019 and then all nine, primarily in the same capacity in 2020.
Thanks to the COVID eligibility rules, Whigan still has two more years to play with the Nittany Lions should he so choose, and could well factor in to the competition for one of the starting guard spots in 2021.
While Rasheed Walker and Mike Miranda are locked in at tackle and center for 2021, the rest of the spots appear to be an open competition. Early returns have been favorable for Juice Scruggs at guard, Caeden Wallace at tackle, and Des Holmes, who could play either tackle or guard. Harvard transfer Eric Wilson is also a possibility for a starting guard spot, though Whigan, Saleem Wormley and Landon Tengwall all figure to be a part of those discussions up until and even into the early season.