Ellison Jordan Announces He Is Leaving Penn State Football Program

By Dan Smith on June 18, 2019 at 2:38 pm
Penn State Nittany Lions defense tackles Fred Hansard (53) and Ellison Jordan (42) line up against the Pittsburgh Panthers offense during the third quarter at Heinz Field.
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Update No. 2: Penn State released the following statement on Tuesday evening:

Ellison Jordan’s status on the team has not changed. The health and wellbeing of our student-athletes is of the utmost importance and our focus remains on their safety and medical needs.

Update: Per Jordan's Twitter feed, he is NOT leaving Penn State


Defensive tackle Ellison Jordan will not return to the field for Penn State in 2019. The redshirt junior missed most of the last two seasons with injuries.

In a series of now deleted tweets, Jordan details the series of knee injuries that have limited his time at Penn State, and the potential missteps by the Nittany Lion training staff in his extended recovery.

It is a tough blow, both for Jordan and the Nittany Lions. The 6-foot, 293-pound tackle started the 2018 season as the first man off the bench behind starters Kevin Givens and Robert Windsor. But Jordan who played in 7 of 13 games as a redshirt freshman in 2017, was able to last just three games in 2018. He finished with two total tackles, one a sack.

Jordan's inability to return compounds a depth problem on the inside of the defensive line. Windsor will still log heavy playing time, but defensive coordinator Brent Pry and defensive line coach Sean Spencer have been very limited in their ability to rotate since the 2018 season began.

Behind the starters, P.J. Mustipher hopes to make the leap after an inconsistent true freshman season in which he was relied on too often due to depth concerns. Junior Antonio Shelton figures to factor in as well. Sophomore Fred Hansard suffered a season-ending injury but hopes to return fully healthy.

Sophomore Damion Barber along with redshirt freshmen Aeneas Hawkins and Judge Culpepper round out the depth chart. Hakeem Beamon is the lone recruit at defensive tackle in the 2019 class.

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