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Yetur Gross-Matos, Micah Parsons, Robert Windsor Named To Nagurski Trophy Watch List

The preseason watch list accolades just won’t stop rolling in for Penn State football’s Yetur Gross-Matos and Micah Parsons.

The two defensive stars were named to the watch list for the Nagurski Trophy, which is annually awarded to the best defensive player in college football, along with defensive tackle Robert Windsor. Windsor also earned a spot on the Outland Trophy watch list as one of college football’s best interior linemen.

Gross-Matos and Parsons have both now made three watch lists entering the 2019 season. The defensive end was a breakout star in 2018 with a Penn State-leading 20 tackles-for-loss and eight sacks, and Parsons led the team in tackles with 82 despite recording just one start. The sophomore should see the starting lineup quite a bit more than he did in 2018 after Koa Farmer was signed by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent.

Windsor was a force to be reckoned with on the Nittany Lions’ defensive line in 2018. He recorded 38 tackles — 10 of which came for a loss of yardage — and 6.5 sacks in a starting role alongside veteran Kevin Givens last year. With Givens off to the San Francisco 49ers, Windsor will have to take on a larger role along with a new starter at the position, who may wind up being Antonio Shelton or PJ Mustipher.

On top of these three players, Michal Menet, Pat Freiermuth, and KJ Hamler are some of the other Nittany Lions who were placed on preseason watch lists entering the 2019 season.

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Mikey Mandarino

In the most upsetting turn of events, Mikey graduated from Penn State with a digital & print journalism degree in the spring of 2020. He covered Penn State football and served as an editor for Onward State from 2018 until his graduation. Mikey is from Bedminster, New Jersey, so naturally, he spends lots of time yelling about all the best things his home state has to offer. Mikey also loves to play golf, but he sucks at it because golf is really hard. If you, for some reason, feel compelled to see what Mikey has to say on the internet, follow him on Twitter @Mikey_Mandarino. You can also get in touch with Mikey via his big-boy email address: [email protected]

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