Penn State Defensive Line Coach John Scott Jr. Leaving Program For NFL Job

The Nittany Lions will be forced to make another positional coaching change ahead of the 2023 season.

Penn State football defensive line coach John Scott Jr. will vacate his current role and accept an NFL job, as confirmed by head coach James Franklin in a statement posted to social media. Scott also served as the team’s run game coordinator.

“I would like to thank John for everything he has contributed to our program over the past three years,” Franklin wrote. “This was a great opportunity for him in the NFL and I wish him and his family nothing but the best.”

According to a report from the Centre Daily Times, Scott’s new role will be with the Detroit Lions.

Scott is the second positional coach facing replacement for the Nittany Lions this offseason. In January, wide receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield was fired and succeeded by Virginia’s Marques Hagans.

After his hiring in February 2020, Scott spent the past three seasons in Happy Valley as the defensive line coach, with 2022 being the only year he served as run game coordinator.

Prior to joining Penn State, Scott occupied defensive coaching roles with South Carolina, Arkansas, and Texas Tech, among others. In 2015 and 2016, Scott worked on the New York Jets’ coaching staff.

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