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Only Ryan Buchholz Until Penn State Football 2017

The redshirt sophomore should be a major part of Penn State’s defensive line rotation in 2017.

NCAA Football: Michigan State at Penn State Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Although Ryan Buchholz didn’t start for Penn State in 2016, the defensive end made his presence felt by appearing in 13 of the team’s 14 games and recording three sacks. A three-star recruit out of Malvern, Pennsylvania, Buchholz joined the Nittany Lions as part of the 2014 recruiting class and redshirted his freshman year. It was pretty clear that he was hungry for action, because during his first career game last autumn, he earned his first sack by taking down Kent State quarterback Mylik Mitchell in the fourth quarter.

Seven weeks later, Buchholz set a career high with three tackles in the season-defining win over Ohio State before collecting sacks in consecutive games against Purdue and Iowa. He finished the campaign with 16 tackles and four-and-a-half tackles for loss. With both Garrett Sickels and Evan Schwan moving on from the program, Buchholz has the most 2016 sacks among returning defensive ends, so he should play a key role this season even if both Shareef Miller and Torrence Brown beat him out for the starting jobs.

No matter what his football future holds in 2017, Buchholz made the most out of his debut season by carving out a role on defense and earning Academic All-Big Ten honors. We look forward to seeing even more production from him when the new campaign kicks off in September.