Penn State Announces Spring Roster Update

By Matthew Filipovits on March 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm
Sep 15, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; A general view of the exterior of Beaver Stadium prior to the game between the Kent State Golden Flashes and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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With spring ball officially underway, Penn State has released an updated version of the roster, giving us our first glimpse at the 2019 Nittany Lions.

Number changes

  • QB Will Levis - No. 7
  • RB Journey Brown - No. 4 
  • RB Ricky Slade - No. 3
  • WR Daniel George - No. 11
  • CB Donovan Johnson - No. 3

Will Levis takes over Jake Zembiec's old number after the latter retired from football due to medical reasons. With DeAndre Thompkins' departure, Ricky Slade was able to go back to his old high school No. 3. Journey Brown will now rock the No. 4 Slade wore last year. Daniel George will be the first wide receiver to don the sticks since Irvin Charles. 

Early enrollee Numbers

  • QB Michael Johnson Jr. - No. 13
  • QB Taquon Roberson - No. 9
  • RB Noah Cain - No. 21
  • TE Brenton Strange - No. 86
  • OT Anthony Whigan - No. 55
  • DE Adisa Isaac - No. 20 
  • LB Brandon Smith - No. 12
  • LB Lance Dixon - No. 10
  • CB Keaton Ellis - No. 2
  • CB Marquis Wilson - No. 8 
  • S Tyler Rudolph - No. 21

In my opinion, No. 13 is a very underrated quarterback number. I'm very excited to see MJJ give it the attention it deserves. It will feel very weird seeing a Penn State quarterback not named Trace McSorley rock the No. 9, but Roberson seems like a good heir. Noah Cain wearing No. 21 and Brenton Strange as No. 86 are good options for their respective positions.

Brandon Smith picking No. 12 and Lance Dixon as No. 10 is awesome, mostly because we could realistically see Penn State's starting linebacking corps wearing Nos. 10, 11, and 12 in the near future. Like No. 13 with quarterbacks, I think No. 8 is a great defensive back number. It feels like it's been a while since we've seen it there. Tyler Rudolph taking Amani Oruwariye's No. 21 will hopefully lead to many interceptions like the man who wore it before him.

Position Note

Not a change, per se, but C.J. Thorpe is back to being listed solely as an offensive lineman. He previously had sides of the ball included after his switch to defensive tackle last year.

The entire roster, complete with measurements and weights, can be found here.

*Update: This story originally listed Keaton Ellis as one of three players wearing No. 2 per the roster shown on the Penn State website. The media guide shows CB Donovan Johnson wearing No. 3, a new number for him this season. 

**Update: The roster on the Penn State website now has Donovan Johnson wearing No. 3.