It’s Senior Day for Penn State on Saturday, and the Nittany Lions will honor 21 departing players before their season finale against Maryland at Beaver Stadium (3:30 p.m., ABC).
Players being honored include record-setting quarterback Trace McSorley, as well as fellow fifth-year initial scholarship athletes Mark Allen (RB), Koa Farmer (LB), Amani Oruwariye (CB), Nick Scott (S), Johnathan Thomas (RB), DeAndre Thompkins (WR) and Chasz Wright (OT). True senior Jake Cooper will be playing his final home game, as well.
Only one initial scholarship player with remaining eligibility is calling it a career. Redshirt junior offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins, who has had trouble finding the playing field during his career, is hanging up the cleats.
Fifth-year walk-ons honored will be linebacker Jason Vranic, offensive lineman Charlie Shuman, defensive end Donnell Dix and long snapper Kyle Vase. Shuman and Vasey were put on scholarship for the 2018 season. Walk-ons with remaining eligibility who will be honored are Joe Arcangelo (TE), Frank Di Leo (LB), Tyler Shoop (WR), Zach Simpson (OL) and Christopher Welde (RB).
The Nittany Lions are 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten heading into the regular season finale vs. the Terrapins, and still in contention for a New Year’s Six bowl bid. Following last weekend’s 20-7 road win over Rutgers, PSU coach James Franklin was proactive in asking fans to show support for his senior class — most members of which joined the program in his first season (2014) when the Lions were still under NCAA sanctions.
“We’ll enjoy this for a couple hours and then move on to a significant week next week, honoring this senior class,” Franklin said. “We want them to end it on a positive note because of all they’ve meant to Penn State. I hope the stadium is sold out for another good Big Ten opponent coming into our place. All these seniors, they deserve that stadium to be sold out and be sent out the right way. It’s going to be an emotional day. We all owe these seniors a world of gratitude and I hope everyone comes and shows their respect.”