Watch: Penn State Freshmen Must "Earn Their Stripe" From Now On

By Matthew Filipovits on September 13, 2017 at 8:59 pm

The lone blue stripe on Penn State's helmet is an iconic look. However, from now on Nittany Lion freshmen will have to earn that stripe on their practice helmet. The stripe will be only for incoming freshmen and each player's respective position group will decide when they've earned it. James Franklin talked a bit about what it takes for a freshman to earn their stripe:

"It's how they are in meetings, it's how respectful they are of the senior players, how coachable, are they going to class consitently?, are they working hard in the weight room?, it's everything. It's basically the veteran leadership players that we have, basically are saying you're doing a really good job and I'm comofrtable with the direction you're headed in terms of how we do things here at Penn State."

Check out the full video above.

From what we saw at practice tonight, the following freshmen have earned their stripes:

  • Lamont Wade
  • Tariq Castro-Fields
  • Yetur Gross-Matos
  • Mike Miranda
  • Desmond Holmes
  • KJ Hamler
  • Brelin Faison-Walden
  • Mac Hippenhammer
  • Jonathan Sutherland