Penn State is set to have a nasty defense in 2019.
The Nittany Lions talent on defense heading into this season has been well-documented. With several talented and experienced players returning, the Nittany Lions are expected to have one of the top defenses in the nation. Those thoughts were proven even further when Bruce Feldman released his annual list of top freak athletes in college football for 2019.
Feldman, who writes for The Athletic, listed sophomore linebacker Micah Parsons and redshirt freshman defensive end Jayson Oweh both in the top 10 of the list.
Parsons, arguably one of the best overall athletes on the team, ranked seventh on the list. As a true freshman last year, Parsons started just one game, but led the Nittany Lions with 83 total tackles. He was a member of the 2018 recruiting class and certainly met the qualifications of a freak athlete in high school while playing multiple positions on both offense and defense.
He came to Penn State as a five-star recruit and the No. 5 player in the country according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Parsons, who stands at six-foot-three and weighs 245 pounds, runs a 4.43 40-yard dash. His athleticism is one-of-a-kind and lends to the type of talent that is only seen on rare occasions.
Oweh, who didn't put up the stats that Parsons did last season, actually ranked one spot ahead of the linebacker on Feldman's list thanks to the fact that he's bigger than Parsons (six-foot-five, 256 pounds) and runs a quicker 40 time at 4.33.
Like Parsons, Oweh was also a top recruit in the 2018 class, ranking No. 76 overall and coming in as the No. 4 strong-side defensive end.
With Parsons and Oweh both looming large on the Penn State defense, it's safe to say that opposing quarterbacks should be very afraid.