UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Penn State soccer head coach James Franklin introduced redshirt seniors Michal Menet and Shaka Toney, senior Lamont Wade, redshirt juniors Sean Clifford and Jonathan Sutherland, and juniors Pat Freiermuth, Jesse Luketa and Jordan Stout have been named staff captains for the 2020 season. Clifford, Freiermuth, Menet and Sutherland are captains for the second-straight season.
Menet began all 13 video games at heart in 2019 and has made 25 profession begins getting into the 2020 marketing campaign. Menet led an offensive line that helped the Nittany Lions to achieve 529 yards within the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Basic vs. Memphis, together with a program bowl document 396 yards and a Cotton Bowl-record 5 dashing touchdowns. The Pennsylvania native earned the staff’s Dick Maginnis Memorial Award, recognizing an excellent offensive lineman, and the Captain’s Award ultimately yr’s staff awards banquet. He was lately named to the Rimington Trophy Watch Record. Menet is majoring in psychology.
Toney was an All-Huge Ten second staff choice by the media and a Phil Steele All-Huge Ten third staff choice after beginning all 13 video games in 2019. Toney recorded 41 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, a fumble restoration, a move breakup and a blocked kick final season. He enters 2020 with 5 profession video games with 2.0 or extra tackles for loss and three video games with 2.0 or extra sacks, together with a three-sack efficiency in opposition to Purdue in 2019. Toney has tallied 22.0 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks and three pressured fumbles in his Nittany Lion profession. He’s a rehabilitation and human providers main.
Wade has established himself as a key member of the Nittany Lion protection, making 13 begins at security final season. The Clairton, Pennsylvania native was chosen All-Huge Ten honorable point out by the coaches and media in 2019 and was tabbed Professional Soccer Focus All-Huge Ten second staff. Wade collected 67 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, 5 move breakups, three pressured fumbles and a fumble restoration in 2019. An exceptional efficiency at Ohio State noticed Wade pressure three fumbles, tying a Huge Ten document, and recuperate one other, changing into the sixth FBS participant since 2000 to perform that feat. The recreation, parks and tourism administration main is a member of the 2020 Jim Thorpe Award Watch Record.
Clifford accomplished 189 passes for two,654 yards and 23 touchdowns in his first season because the beginning quarterback in 2019. He ranked third within the Huge Ten in passing touchdowns, yards per completion (14.04) and yards per try (8.32). Clifford tallied three video games with 250 passing yards and three touchdowns final season, becoming a member of Hint McSorley (2017, 4 video games) and Christian Hackenberg (2013, 3 video games). He set a Penn State document with 287 passing yards within the first half at Maryland, ending the sport with 398 yards. Clifford accomplished 39 passes for 20 or extra yards, had 4 multi-touchdown move quarters and 4 halves with three passing touchdowns. He enters the 2020 season tied for thirteenth all-time at Penn State with 25 profession passing touchdowns, 18th all-time with 194 profession completions and ninth all-time with 399 dashing yards by a quarterback. He’s a member of the Davey O’Brien Award, Manning Award and Wuerffel Trophy Watch Lists. The promoting and public relations main was an Tutorial All-Huge Ten choice in 2019.
Freiermuth was tabbed AP and Athlon Sports activities Preseason All-America first staff getting into the 2020 marketing campaign. He was named AFCA All-America second staff and All-America second staff by The Athletic in 2019. Freiermuth made 43 grabs for 507 yards, each good for second on the staff, and 7 touchdowns. His seven landing catches ranked fourth amongst FBS tight ends and seventh total within the Huge Ten. Freiermuth grew to become the ninth participant (11 events) and first tight finish in program historical past with three landing catches in a single sport at Michigan State (10/26/19). He adopted that with a career-high 101 yards on seven receptions at Minnesota. Freiermuth is tied for ninth all-time at Penn State with 15 profession landing receptions and is tied for the PSU profession landing receptions by a good finish document with Mike Gesicki (2014-17). The labor and human sources main is on the Mackey Award and Biletnikoff Award Watch Lists.
Luketa leads the linebacker unit after tallying 24 tackles, a half-tackle for loss and 4 move breakups in 13 video games, together with two begins. He registered three or extra tackles in 4 video games final season, together with 5 stops at Maryland. Luketa is a criminology main.
Stout made a big effect on the particular groups unit after becoming a member of this system in 2019. He ranked fourth within the FBS with 66 touchbacks, touchdown a touchback on almost 80 % of his kickoffs. Stout grew to become the primary Penn State kicker with a number of 50-yard area targets in a season, becoming a member of Kevin Kelly (2008). Stout transformed a 53-yard area objective in opposition to Idaho. Two weeks later, Stout hit a program-record 57-yard area objective in opposition to Pittsburgh, tying a Beaver Stadium document equaling Ohio’s Gary Homer in 1973. In opposition to Idaho, Stout booted 12 touchbacks, essentially the most by a Nittany Lion for the reason that spot was moved to the 35-yard line in 2011. Stout is a telecommunications main.
Sutherland, who’s a particular groups captain, has developed into a serious contributor on a number of particular groups models. The 2-time captain blocked two punts in opposition to Idaho (8/31/19), marking the primary time Penn State blocked two punts in a sport since 2000 vs. Louisiana Tech. Sutherland’s two blocked punts is tied for the fourth-most in FBS historical past. He was certainly one of solely two FBS gamers with a number of blocked kicks in 2019. Sutherland can be a key member of the secondary rotation, tallying 23 tackles, 11 solo, and a half-tackle for loss in 2019. The Ottawa native earned the Captain’s Award on the staff’s awards banquet. Sutherland is majoring in labor & employment relations.
Below present state steering, public tickets is not going to be offered for 2020 Penn State soccer video games. Followers are inspired to cheer the Nittany Lions on from afar by means of digital initiatives to be introduced within the coming weeks. Tailgating will not be permitted on sport days in any College parking tons.
Capped by a 53-39 win over No. 17 Memphis within the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Basic on Dec. 28, 2019, the Nittany Lions posted their third 11-win season in 4 years with an 11-2 document. It marked Penn State’s 18th 11-win season total and eighth since becoming a member of the Huge Ten. Penn State’s final stretch with 11 wins in three-of-four years was 1968-71.
Penn State completed within the Prime 10 of the Related Press (AP) ballot and the Amway Coaches polls for its third Prime 10 end in each polls within the final 4 seasons. The Nittany Lions got here in at No. 9 within the remaining AP and Amway Coaches polls. Moreover, Penn State was No. 10 within the remaining School Soccer Playoff Rankings. The Nittany Lions have ended the season within the AP Prime 25 in four-consecutive seasons for the primary time since a seven-year stint from 1993-99. Penn State is one-of-four groups (Clemson, Ohio State, Oklahoma) to rank within the Prime 12 of the CFP remaining rankings in every of the final 4 seasons (2016-19).
The 2020 Penn State Soccer Season is offered by PSECU.