On a conference call this morning, Penn State offensive line coach Phil Trautwein provided an outlook of his unit for the 2020 season. That update included a piece of very welcome news pertaining to OL Juice Scruggs, one of the prizes of the 2018 recruiting class.
#PennState OL coach Phil Trautwein says Juice Scruggs recovering nicely and can play all 5 positions on line.— Richard Scarcella (@nittanyrich) April 28, 2020
Scruggs, who was expected to be a big part of the offensive line rotation in 2019, had his season derailed due to a back injury sustained in a car accident during the spring. Now, a year later, the former Erie Cathedral Prep center looks to be ready to contribute to the Lions whenever they are able to take the field next season.
In the initial 2020 depth chart released earlier this month, Scruggs was listed as the backup to Michal Menet at his familiar position of center. His athletic frame will seemingly have him capable of playing anywhere across the offensive line, however, depending on need. His experience within the program could provide needed support to the rotation of guards behind C.J. Thorpe and Mike Miranda.
Most importantly, over a year from the car accident that cast doubt over his future, Scruggs is healthy and ready to resume his promising career.