After a few weeks of speculation in the wake of the news that the Big Ten would be restarting in late-October, according to head coach James Franklin, linebacker Micah Parsons will officially sit out the 2020 season as he continues to prepare for the NFL Draft next spring.
James Franklin says Micah Parsons will not be rejoining Lions. But says it was a legit possibility but no, no Micah in 2020— Bob Flounders (@BobbyFlo7) September 30, 2020
Franklin had previously said that the door was still open for Parsons should he choose to return, but it appears that the Pennsylvania-native's final decision has been made.
Even without the benefit of one more season on tape, Parsons is a sure-fire first-round draft pick and the favorite to be the first defensive player off the board, regardless of position.
Parsons, who was a first-team All-American as a true sophomore in just his first year as a starter in 2019 leaves Penn State as one of the best to ever do it for Linebacker U. In just two seasons, he amassed 191 total tackles, 18.0 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 5 passes defended, and 6 forced fumbles. He was a true force of nature and is primed to become the next defensive superstar in the NFL.
As far as replacing Parsons in the starting lineup, Penn State has plenty of options to choose from, including Brandon Smith, Lance Dixon, Charlie Katshir, Jesse Luketa, and Curtis Jacobs.
We wish Micah all the best in his preparations for the Draft and can't wait to see which lucky city lands his services.