As the 2022 football season begins, Nittany Lions Wire will be investigating every grantee named on Penn State’s roster.
In the pre-season, each profile will cover where the player is from, how recruitment websites rated him after graduating high school, and what role he will play for James Franklin this season.
Penn State needs some long-term fixes on the linebacker position in 2022 and beyond. Abdul Carter, a key newcomer to Penn State’s impressive Class of 2022, is a potential solution across the board. But how does he fit into Penn State’s 2022 season prospects?
Here’s a snapshot of one of Penn State’s potential future linebackers heading into the 2022 season.
Player profile of the previous season
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Hometown: Philly, PA
Weight: 235 pounds
247Sports Composite Ranking
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Class 2021: seniors
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Abdul Carter has yet to play a game for Penn State. As a senior in high school for La Salle College, Carter recorded 78 tackles (53 solo) with two sacks and 10 tackles for loss. He is a four-time letterman and was invited to play in the All-American Bowl.
Overview of the depth map
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One of Penn State’s biggest questions this season is linebacker play. After losing two starters early on to the NFL, the Nittany Lions have just one returning starter as a linebacker in Curtis Jacobs (pictured above). But Jonathan Sutherland is a veteran team leader who made the switch from safety to linebacker to help out this fall.
Penn State appears to have a contest for the last starting job between Tyler Elsdon and Kobe King, and both could see plenty of game time this fall.
Carter will come in 2022 to offer some depth but has a bright future ahead of him in the position. He’s coming in the same recruiting class as Keon Wylie, and both could secure a permanent spot at the linebacker position for years to come. However, don’t expect either to get too much playing time this fall unless players with a little more experience to rely on this season get injured.