As one of the youngest college football teams currently, many expect Penn State to use that youthful experience to set a strong foundation in 2017. Despite this though there are several junior standouts who have been considering an early departure to the NFL. Last week tight end Mike Gesicki announced he is opting to stay for his senior year next season, which served as a major boost for the 2017 offense considering Gesicki was the teams' second leading receiver in terms of receptions (47), receiving yards (668) and receiving touchdowns (4).
Now, the defensive side of the ball has received its own boost from Jason Cabinda. The junior linebacker just announced he is also opting to remain with the Nittany Lions for his senior year in 2017. Cabinda was the third leading tackler this season with 70 takedowns. An impressive number in its own right, but even moreso considering he did not play in five games during the midseason stretch.
Cabinda was a major factor in Penn State's defensive front, creating disruption in opposing ground games and air attacks.
Here was his announcement he posted Twitter from California as he prepares for the Rose Bowl: