The Penn State Football community should be proud to have one of the deepest defensive end rooms in the country in 2023.
The headliners are Chop Robinson, Adisa Isaac, and Dani Dennis-Sutton, however it goes beyond the big names. Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz loves to rotate in fresh bodies on defense. He proved that a lot during the 2022 season, so it’s important that Penn State can sustain a fierce pass rush while the starters get some rest.
The depth at the defensive end position has proven to have their own success on the field. I’m speaking about Amin Vanover, Smith Vilbert, and of course Zuriah Fisher.
Entering his Redshirt-Junior season, Fisher is a former 4-star prospect from Aliquippa, PA.
This is a player that started his time with the Penn State football team as a linebacker, but he was moved to defensive end in March of 2021. So, he’s still relatively new to the position.
The Penn State football team had high hopes for Fisher entering the 2022 season, but it was reported that he suffered a season-ending injury in April of 2022. However, Fisher blocked out the noise and worked hard to return to the football field in November of 2022. He played against Maryland where he registered a tackle, and Rutgers where he assisted on a tackle.
The fact that Fisher was originally ruled out for the season, but was able to return to the field in the same year speaks to this player’s work ethic and attitude.
He originally flashed to me in the 2022 Outback Bowl against Arkansas. Sealing off the edge against running backs, appeared to be his strength.
If he can use this offseason to become 100% healthy, he should be in line for significant playing time this fall.
Fisher is still waiting to register his first career sack, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is a player that the Penn State football community becomes very familiar with by the end of 2023.