AP’s All-Bowl Team
Following an impressive 53-39 victory over Memphis in the Cotton Bowl, Penn State landed multiple players on the AP’s All-Bowl Team. The Nittany Lions were one of only 5 Universities to place multiple players on the list with the others being LSU, Clemson, Texas, and Iowa. The best part about the honor for Penn State is that both of these players will be back next season for James Franklin and company.
Parsons is the anchor of the Penn State Defense. He is one of, if not the best defensive players in the entire nation. It is something to be said when you lead a school whose moniker is Linebacker-U in tackles as a true freshman. It is something else entirely when you are literally the first freshman to ever do so. Heading into his Junior season there is very little Parsons has not accomplished on an individual level.
While he has all the individual accolades you could hope for, Parsons will be in search of elusive team goals. For all his success the team has yet to win a Big10 title during his tenure. To this end he will have some help. Despite the loss of uber talented Yetur Gross Matos, the team did manage to retain some of its other draft eligible players. Top corner Tariq Castro-Fields has decided to come back and help Parsons and company win a championship.
Journey Brown came on like gangbusters down the stretch for the 2019 Nittany Lions. He emerged out of a crowded backfield to take a stranglehold on the starting position. You can see from his stats below that Brown made excellent use of his limited touches.
Brown will return along with all three of his backfield partners in 2020. Brown and in particular Noah Cain will have an awful lot to say towards Penn State’s success next season. With the loss of K.J. Hamler and transfer of former 5-star recruit Justin Shorter the receiver room will be radically different for incoming Offensive Coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca. In the absence of a true returning Alpha WR, the RB position will likely be asked to fill a bigger role in the receiving game. Brown will also need to lead an improved rushing attack and put down his first 1,000 yard campaign.
Considering the team did not win a Big10 Title, or secure a spot in the NCAA Playoff, Penn State enjoyed about as good a season as one could hope for. They put down an 11 win season and finish in the top 10 in the polls. With the return of players like Brown and Parsons the future looks bright in Happy Valley. You can see below that they are one of the teams receiving early hype for 2020.
Having multiple players named to the AP All-Bowl team is just another in a long line of awards for the 2019 Penn State Nittany Lions. With both of these players returning for 2020 hopefully this was a springboard for much bigger things to come.
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