Penn State Football has a better idea of what its 2023 roster will look like after a busy weekend
Penn State Football hosted multiple transfers on campus this weekend, but it was current Nittany Lions that stole the headlines on Sunday.
The Nittany Lions still have multiple players from the 2022 team that need to make a decision about whether or not they will return to Penn State in 2023. A couple of them made that decision on Sunday.
OL Bryce Effner Retires
Versatile offensive lineman Bryce Effner announced on Sunday that he is retiring from football and not returning to Penn State for a sixth season in 2023. Effner was never a full-time starter for the Nittany Lions, but he filled in at both tackle and guard positions throughout his career.
Effner had been filling in for right tackle Caedan Wallace this season, as Wallace had been injured for the majority of the second half of the season and returned for the Rose Bowl. The 6-foot-5 Illinois native earned an honorable mention by the Big Ten media this season for his work all across Penn State’s offensive line.
DE Adisa Isaac will return in 2023
Penn State’s defense got a big boost for 2023 with defensive end Adisa Isaac announcing he will return for his fifth season in 2023. The 6-foot-4 defensive end had a strong comeback season in 2022 after missing the entire 2021 season with an injury. In 13 games this season, Isaac recorded 28 tackles with 11 for loss and four sacks. His 11 TFLs led the team.
With Isaac returning, the Nittany Lions are projected to have a dangerous pass rush with the likes of Chop Robinson, Dani Dennis-Sutton, Amin Vanover and Smith Vilbert expected to return. Zuriah Fisher, who missed the 2022 season with an injury, should also be back.
This will be arguably the deepest defensive end rotation James Franklin has ever had at Penn State.
Transfer Target Leaves Without Committing
Bowling Green transfer wide receiver Tyrone Broden did not commit to the Nittany Lions during his visit this weekend, but he did post pictures from the visit on social media. The 6-foot-7 wide out would be a big addition to the Nittany Lions’ wide receiver group.
The Nittany Lions already added Devin Carter via the portal to the wide receiver room and are looking for more help.