Penn State Safety Jonathan Sutherland Returning For 2022 Season

As a few of his teammates announce plans to move on, Penn State safety Jonathan Sutherland says he’s sticking around for his sixth season in 2022.

“I can’t begin to explain how blessed I’ve been to be able to play football at Penn State for the past five years,” Sutherland wrote in a statement. “The memories I have made with my teammates and throughout my time here will last a lifetime and I look forward to making more.”

A defensive captain, Sutherland recorded 19 tackles and an interception in 2021. He and returning quarterback Sean Clifford will have the opportunity to become four-time captains for Penn State if they earn the designation again next season.

Sutherland’s decision comes just days after fellow safety Ji’Ayir Brown announced his 2022 return as well. That presence is certainly a positive for new coordinator Manny Diaz’s first Penn State defense, which will already be missing starting linebackers Brandon Smith and Ellis Brooks, who declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.

Prior to this past season, Sutherland was the first Nittany Lion to ever don No. 0 after the NCAA changed its uniform regulations. It’s an honor that “represents all of us and drives our culture,” according to Penn State. “He is a tough, dependable, disciplined, physical leader who inspires teammates with his accountability and production.”

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