To the seniors, the leaders of this team, the ones who had the harder sacrifice. Stay here for two years, or play elsewhere knowing they don’t have to sit out. To the ones not as vocal as MAUTI and Zordich, but just as important to the team. To the ones deemed not as talented as the ones before you, but just as instrumental in saving Penn State as a program. To those who played their last game at beaver stadium, I say thank you.
To John Urschel, for proving, time after time, that being a student-athlete is not just achievable, it’s an expectation.
To Garry Gilliam, who put his team’s needs above his own, and went from TE to OL.
To Brandon Felder, whose heroic efforts on October 12 ensured we had a highlight in our season.
To Kile Baublitz, who chose a career in teaching over a career in the NFL.
To Alex Butterworth, who, despite what everybody said, kept working hard and getting better.
To Glenn Carson, the silent leader on the defense.
To Adam Gress, an anchor on the offensive line.
To Ty Howle, who helped our freshman QB acclimate himself with the college game.
To DaQuan Jones, who’s had to overcome so much to get here. You can finally take care of your family.
To Matt Lehman, who fought all the way from walk-on to starter, and meant a lot to the TE corps.
To Stephen Obeng-Agyapong, who played all over the defense, putting his team above himself. Never smile SOA, never smile.
To Eric Shrive, whose contributions with Uplifting Athletes is just as meaningful as his contributions on the field.
To Malcolm Willis, whose perspective isn’t lacking.
To Pat Zerbe, who made the Bill Belton run possible. You’ll be missed.
To Kevin Blanchard, Alex Kenney, and Bryan Davie, who may not have seen too much action on the field, but still helped the team get better in practice.
To the seniors, I say thank you. You may not have won a championship this year. We may not have had as many wins as some wanted. But you gave something better. You gave us hope. You ensure this team wasn’t destroyed. You ensured that, for years to come, we the fans have something to look forward to. Here’s to you!