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Report: Penn State Wrestling’s Seth Nevills Joins Football Team As Walk-On Lineman

Penn State wrestling heavyweight Seth Nevills is reportedly broadening his horizons as a dual-sport athlete, according to 247Sports.

Starting this summer, he’s joining Penn State football as a walk-on offensive lineman while maintaining his wrestling scholarship. He was spotted last weekend at the team’s annual “Life For Life” event with other linemen.

Although he hasn’t played football since his junior year of high school, Nevills certainly has a build that’s cut out for the gridiron. Standing at 6’4″ and 304 pounds, he started at heavyweight for Penn State as a true freshman for the 2019-20 season, ultimately finishing with a 13-4 record.

During his debut season, he clinched a dual against Nebraska with a late victory. His campaign was ultimately cut short by an injury in the ensuing Big Ten Tournament, bringing an end to his freshman season.

Nevills posted a 4-1 personal record in a pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season. This past year, he impressed with decisions against Ohio State and Wisconsin, among others. He also notched a fall in a narrow win over Indiana.

Jan Johnson was the last Nittany Lion to cross over between football and wrestling. He started out as a linebacker before doubling up as a heavyweight during the 2015-16 season.

Penn State wrestling did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Nevills’ reported decision to walk on with Penn State football.

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