This is the last home game of the season and also doubles as a senior day; a time to watch some of our potentially NFL-bound juniors wear their navy blue one last time.
“ excited about being back in Beaver Stadium again – Stripe Out game, Senior Day,” said Head Coach James Franklin. “Obviously these seniors, couldn’t be more proud of these guys. Very confident that they’re going to go on and be tremendous fathers and husbands and businessmen and leaders.”
Coach Franklin went on to elaborate as to why Senior Day is so special to the whole team.
“Senior Day is an exciting time for those guys because it kind of starts to get them in the mode of thinking about the next step in their life and the natural progression that happens through a football program.”
Coming off a 35-6 win over Rutgers, Penn State is fired up about playing one last game at home before heading to Maryland for the final game of the season.
Many fans will be flocking to Beaver Stadium to cheer on impactful seniors like Mike Gesicki (Manahawkin, N.J.), DaeSean Hamilton (Fredericksburg, Va.), Jason Cabinda (Flemington, N.J.) and Grant Haley (Atlanta, Ga.).
Tight end Gesicki reflected on his time here at Penn State during this week’s press conference.
“I’ve loved my entire time here in State College, on the football field and off the football field, in the classroom, in this college town, everywhere,” said Gesicki. “It’s been unbelievable. It’s been a great four years.”
In addition, the crowd will be wondering if this will be the last time standouts like juniors Saquon Barkley (Coplay, Pa.), Trace McSorley (Ashburn, Va.), Manny Bowen (Barnegat, N.J.) and Amani Oruwariye (Tampa, Fla.) take to the field as Nittany Lions before heading on to test the waters with the NFL.
Between Gesicki being a Mackey Award Finalst and Barkley in contention for a Heisman, it will be an emotional final game for many in Beaver Stadium this weekend, fans included.
Despite the memories that will float through the stadium this weekend, the team knows that Nebraska is no joke. The Cornhuskers have always been a tough game for the Lions, and this year looks like it will be no different.
The Cornhuskers are 4-6, 3-4 and are currently third in the Big Ten East. The team has come up big against teams like Illinois (28-6) and Purdue (25-24), but faltered and lost against some harder teams like Wisconsin (38-17) and Minnesota (54-21).
Nebraska’s physical style of play and strong defense will be a challenge for the Lions this weekend, but we know that fans will come out in full force for the Stripe Out and Senior Day.
Will we see you out at Beaver Stadium this weekend for a 4 p.m. kickoff? Let’s Go, State!