Penn State safety and special teams captain Jonathan Sutherland has been awarded the No. 0, making him the first player in program history to don the number. Earlier this offseason, Penn State announced the program would be adopted a new tradition - giving the number 0 to a special teams player who is a "tough, dependable, disciplined, physical leader who inspires teammates with his accountability and production."
"The individual wearing 0 is a tough, dependable, disciplined, physical leader, who inspires teammates with his accountability & production."— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) October 17, 2020
Jonathan Sutherland was presented the 0 jersey at practice today & will be the first Nittany Lion to wear the jersey. @jay_suth#WeAre pic.twitter.com/uuQQ714bXF
Earlier this week, Sutherland was named a special teams captain for the second consecutive season, a rare honor in the program. He is a highly-respected member of the program, leading to the entire team rallying around him after he received a racist letter last season criticizing his appearance. Following the incident, James Franklin had this to say about the Ottawa native.
"Lastly, Jonathan Sutherland is one of the most respected players in our program. He's the ultimate example of what our program is all about. He's a captain, he's a dean's list honor student, he's confident, he's articulate, he's intelligent, he's thoughtful, he's caring, and he's committed to the most supportive parents. And I would be so blessed if my daughters married someone similar with his character and traits."
In his career, Sutherland has registered 61 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and two blocked kicks.