Former Penn State Offensive Lineman John Urschel Named to the College Football Playoff Selection Committee

By RLR Staff on January 22, 2020 at 1:15 pm
Dec 25, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens offensive guard John Urschel (64) reacts during warm-ups before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Former Penn State All-Big Ten offensive lineman John Urschel has a new gig to add to his resumé. The well-known Nittany Lion will join the College Football Playoff Selection Committee for the 2020 season. He, along with other new members Tom Burman (Wyoming Athletic Director) and Rich George (Colorado Athletic Director) will serve three year terms.

There are not many names that epitomize Penn State football quite like John Urschel. Lightly recruited out of New York, he became a two-time All-Big Ten performer during his Nittany Lion career. He went on to become a fifth round pick of the Baltimore Ravens, where he would play 40 games over three years, including 13 starts.

His exploits off of the field endeared him to Penn State fans just as much as his play on it. He earned both a bachelors and masters degree in mathematics while a student in State College. Since retiring from the NFL, he has been working towards a PhD in the field at MIT, which he expects to complete this year.

Urschel, Burman, and George are replacing Frank Beamer, Chris Howard, and Rob Mullens, whose three-year terms have expired.

Iowa Athletic Director Gary Barta will serve as Committee Chairman in 2020.

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