PFF: Mustipher Among Big Ten's Elite Defensive Tackles

By Matthew Filipovits on May 21, 2020 at 9:07 am
Oct 19, 2019; University Park, PA, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions defensive tackle PJ Mustipher (97) gestures to fans prior to the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
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PJ Mustipher has started just one game in his college career, but that hasn't stopped him from becoming one of the best defensive tackles in the conference. Pro Football Focus has the rising junior as the third-highest rated defensive tackle in the conference heading into the 2020 season.

Mustipher played just 45.5% of defensive snaps last season, per our snap counts, registering 37 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and one sack. He had flashes of brilliance, giving the Nittany Lions the dominant interior linemen play they haven't had in some time.

With two full off seasons now under his belt, and plenty of time to work with Dwight Galt, the 2020 campaign sets up to be a coming out party of sorts for Mustipher. With Robert Windsor off to the NFL, opportunity abounds for arguably the most gifted interior lineman on the Nittany Lion defense.

A four-star prospect out of the McDonogh School in Maryland, Mustipher was one of the jewels of the sixth-ranked 2018 recruiting class, and one of six prospects in that group to rank inside of 247Sports top-100 players nationally. 

An All-Big Ten honorable mention by PFF this past year, he's listed as the starting 3-tech defensive tackle alongside Antonio Shelton on the latest depth chart.

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