PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

More

Keaton Ellis, Jayson Oweh To Make First Career Starts For Penn State Football

Penn State football’s starting defensive lineup will look a bit different when the team’s game against Rutgers kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

Freshman cornerback Keaton Ellis and redshirt freshman defensive end Jayson Oweh will start in the places typically occupied by Tariq Castro-Fields and Yetur Gross-Matos, respectively, against the Scarlet Knights.

Ellis has played in six games throughout his true freshman year, and the State High product has made a few big plays on defense and special teams. He’s registered nine total tackles and forced three fumbles, which is tied for the Penn State team lead along with Lamont Wade. Penn State’s secondary beyond Castro-Fields and John Reid is relatively young, but Ellis has stepped up and become a key contributor for the group as the year’s progressed.

Meanwhile, Oweh has been one of many key depth pieces on the Nittany Lions’ defensive line. The talented redshirt freshman has four sacks in nine appearances this year along with his total of 16 tackles. Oweh is primed for big things in the future thanks to his raw athleticism and strength.

It’s unclear exactly why these changes were made to Penn State’s starting lineup, but Gross-Matos wasn’t out there with the rest of Sean Spencer’s Wild Dogs during pregame warmups. Castro-Fields was on the field for warmups prior to the start of Saturday’s game.

Here’s Penn State’s full starting defensive lineup today:

  • Tackle: Robert Windsor, Antonio Shelton
  • End: Shaka Toney, Jayson Oweh
  • Linebacker: Cam Brown, Jan Johnson, Micah Parsons
  • Cornerback: John Reid, Keaton Ellis
  • Safety: Garrett Taylor, Lamomt Wade

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
OR
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

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]

Comments

Get notified about breaking news
Loading notification service...
Other posts by Mikey

Dive In: Mikey Mandarino’s Senior Column

“You won’t get anywhere in life without taking risks. Ignore the million reasons why you shouldn’t do something and really focus on the one or two reasons why you should.”

Penn State Hockey’s Peyton Jones Signs Two-Year Contract With AHL’s Colorado Eagles

Penn State Hockey Officially Welcomes Nine Members Of 2020 Recruiting Class

Join Onward State: Spring 2021 Application

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. Onward State is hiring for the upcoming semester and looking for new folks to join our team.

Join Onward State: Spring 2021 Application

Believe it or not, it’s that time of year again. Onward State is hiring for the upcoming semester and looking for new folks to join our team.

Penn State Football Hires Mike Yurcich As Offensive Coordinator

In his career, Yurcich’s offenses have averaged 6.49 yards per play, which ranks first among offensive coordinators since 2013.

Penn State Hoops Pauses Team Activities, Postpones Two Games Due To COVID-19 Cases

Penn State said it hasn’t determined how the team pause will impact scheduled games beyond January 12.

Send this to a friend