Which Lions Are Headed to Chicago?

See who will be representing Penn State at Big Ten Media Days this year.

Last July, at his first Big Ten Media Days, new Penn State coach James Franklin said his policy was to bring only senior players to such events. So the Nittany Lions were represented by three seniors -- running back Bill Belton, linebacker Mike Hull and kicker Sam Ficken.

That approach figured to be tested this year, what with quarterback Christian Hackenberg -- a returning captain and THE leader of the PSU offense -- only heading into his junior campaign. Would Franklin really leave his franchise QB back in Happy Valley instead of bringing him along to the Big Ten shindig in Chicago?

As it turns out, yes.

Penn State announced its attendees for Big Ten Media Days (July 30-31) Thursday. Hackenberg's name was not on the list, which was comprised of three seniors.

Representing the offense will be second-year starting center/guard Angelo Mangiro, who was recently named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List.

Representing the defense will be tree-tackling, slam-dunking, football-throwing (see video below) DT Anthony Zettel, who was an All-Big Ten pick a year ago. He is a preseason All-American according to Phil Steele and on the watch list for the Bednarik Award.

The second defender is Jordan Lucas (shown above), who made the move from cornerback to safety in the spring. He was a honorable-mention All-Big Ten pick a year ago.

For the record, there is no lack of access to Hackenberg for Penn State beat writers, especially during the season. He is available after nearly every game and frequently for mid-week conference calls.

So the greater impact here will be on national media types and beat reporters for other B1G teams who were hoping for face-to-face interviews with the QB.


Adarius Rayner, Sr., DL
Jason Spriggs, Sr., OL
Nate Sudfeld, Sr., QB

Brad Craddock, Sr., PK
William Likely, Jr., DB
Andrew Zeller, Sr., OL

Joe Bolden, Sr., LB
Jehu Chesson, Sr., WR
James Ross III, Sr., LB

Jack Allen, Sr., C
Shilique Calhoun, Sr., DE
Connor Cook, Sr., QB

Taylor Decker, Sr., OT
Joshua Perry, Sr., LB
Adolphus Washington, Sr., DT

Jordan Lucas, Sr., S
Angelo Mangiro, Sr., C/G
Anthony Zettel, Sr., DT

Leonte Carroo, Sr., WR
Darius Hamilton, Sr., DT
Keith Lumpkin, Sr., OL


Josh Ferguson, Sr., RB
Ted Karras, Sr., OG
Mason Monheim, Sr., LB

Austin Blythe, Sr., C
Jordan Lomax, Sr., DB
Drew Ott, Sr., DE

Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Sr., DB
Theiren Cockran, Sr., DE
Mitch Leidner, Jr., QB

Tommy Armstrong Jr., Jr., QB
Nate Gerry, Jr., S
Jordan Westerkamp, Jr., WR

Traveon Henry, Sr., S
Christian Jones, Sr., WR
Dan Vitale, Sr., SB

Danny Anthrop, Sr., WR
Robert Kugler, Sr., C
Frankie Williams, Sr., CB

Michael Caputo, Sr., S
Corey Clement, Jr., RB
Joel Stave, Sr., QB

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