Entering the 2023 season there are so many names that will generate buzz around State College, especially on the defensive side of the ball for Penn State Football. Chop Robinson, Curtis Jacobs, Abdul Carter, Kalen and Kobe King, you get the point.
There is one name that we cannot forget about entering the 2023 campaign and that is linebacker Keon Wylie.
This is a player who was selected to play in the 2022 All-American Bowl. Wylie is a former 3-star prospect in the 2022 recruiting class (per 247sports). A native of Philedelipha, PA, Wylie enters his Redshirt Freshman season in 2023.
Some players like an Abdul Carter have that instant impact the moment they step on campus, while others have to adjust and wait their turn. Wylie had the opportunity to sit behind and learn from veteran linebackers such as Curtis Jacobs, Kobe King, Jonathan Sutherland, and Tyler Elsdon during the 2022 season.
He did make a handful of really solid plays in the final moments of the Rose Bowl. It’s difficult to remember those due to the fact that the Penn State Football community was celebrating Sean Clifford’s send off. But on this play here he did register half a sack on the stat sheet.
Now, in 2023 he is ready for more playing time. But the question remains, where can he contribute?
I believe we will see much more of #32 on special teams in the beginning of the season; however, with how defensive coordinator Manny Diaz rotates players in and out throughout a game, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Wiley on the field more than you think.
This is a player that you may not be familiar with now, due to his lack of playing time early in his career, but this is an explosive athlete that can tackle well in the open space. He also has an incredible gift when rushing the passer.
You have to imagine with a full season of development under his belt, Keon Wylie is ready to take the next step and compete for more playing time here at LBU.