ORLANDO — No. 12 Penn State is without one of its starting defenders for its Citrus Bowl matchup with No. 14 Kentucky. In pregame warmups, there was no sign of defensive tackle Robert Windsor. Once the game began, he was on the sideline in street clothes.
UPDATE: Nittany Lions coach James Franklin confirmed postgame that Robert Windsor was suspended for the game due to a violation of team rules.
Windsor had done very little in the portions of practices that were open to the media leading up to the bowl and there have been rumors that he would not be available for the Nittany Lions against the Wildcats. With Windsor not on the field, redshirt sophomore Antonio Shelton appeared to be running with the first team in pre-bowl warmups, alongside Kevin Givens.
When asked about Windsor’s status, a team spokesperson said reporters would have to wait until the postgame press conference to ask head coach James Franklin about the D-tackle.
A redshirt junior, the 6-foot-4, 304-pound Windsor was a second-team All-Big Ten pick in 2018. He posted a career-high 39 tackles to go along with 7.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss after starting all 12 games in the regular season. Windsor was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after a dominating performance in a November home win over Wisconsin in which he had six tackles, five solo stops and two sacks. His tackle and sack totals in that game were both career highs.
Shelton played in all 12 games of the regular season but has not started a game in his career to date. In 2018, the 6-2, 308-pounder had 19 tackles, four tackles for losses and a pair of sacks.