The rookie out of Hartford, Conn., will immediately report to training camp at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) July 28, 2017
Heading into his senior season, Golden locked down a role in the starting lineup at strong safety after making four starts the year before. He racked up a career high 75 total tackles in 2016 — good for fourth on the Nittany Lion defense.
Golden will wear No. 30 alongside rookie Pitt running back James Conner, who owns the the league’s hottest-selling jersey, as they both compete for a spot on the final 53-man roster. This preseason, franchises are required to make just one cut instead of two– going from 90 to 53 by no later than 4 p.m. on Sept. 3.
Golden started 13 games last fall, only missing the Minnesota contest due to injury. Troy Apke started in his place against the Golden Gophers and is a leading candidate to permanently take the job opposite Marcus Allen during preseason camp in August. Golden graduated in December 2015 with a degree in telecommunications.