Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

PSU Football

With Parsons gone, Pry says, ‘We’ve got a bunch of hungry guys looking to make people forget No. 11’

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Micah Parsons

James Franklin said linebacker Micah Parsons will not be returning to Penn State this season, ending speculation that had been around for a couple of weeks.

Parsons, an All-American last year, opted out of the college football season in early August. Franklin said there was a “legitimate possibility” that Parsons would return to PSU, but it ultimately came down to the fact that the player had made his decision a long time ago and that made a big difference.

“It was a very rough decision, I’ll say that,” defensive coordinator Brent Pry said. “Micah was pretty torn.”

Franklin said he had conversations with Parsons and his parents throughout the process.

“I think there was legitimate possibility for that happening,” Franklin said. “But as we continued to talk and continued to work with it, the timing of it made it challenging.

“(Parsons) had been gone for so long and been in California training, that made it a little bit more complicated.”

Parsons has been projected to go as high as the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL draft, according to some mock drafts.

The Nittany Lions are deep at the linebacker spot — it is Linebacker U, after all — and Pry said other guys in the position room are ready to make their mark.

“We’ve got a bunch of hungry guys looking to make people forget No. 11, at least somewhat,” Pry said.

Interestingly, Pry pointed out that it wouldn’t have been a given that Parsons could have returned to PSU even if he had wanted to. Parsons was already making plans to head to the NFL, which included hiring an agent.

“No guarantee,” Pry said when asked if Parsons would have been eligible to return. “There was a waiver process, and there’s some stipulations that would come along with it, so it wasn’t just cut and dry.”

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

Sign-up for email updates and get the whole story first from Cory Giger and the Nittany Sports Now team, delivered straight to your inbox.

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Written By

Cory Giger is a 15-year veteran of the Penn State beat and a journalist with 28 years of experience. He has won more than 100 state and national journalism awards during his career.

Click to comment

Sound Off!

Get NSN in your Inbox

Enter your email address to get notifications of new posts by email.

Follow NSN on Twitter

Most Viewed

5 takeaways from PSU's loss at Indiana: Lions were clearly overrated after losing some key players
Who could replace Patrick Chambers? Some candidates, plus a reality check for what PSU basketball really is
Like & Don't Like: Giger says 2-point attempt was not successful
Watch: James Franklin press conference, including thoughts on 2-point call and Ford's accidental TD
What the hell did we just watch? A bizarre game Penn State deserved to lose, that's what
Overreaction Monday: How much trouble is PSU in after loss to Indiana?
PSU in the polls: Lions drop 10 spots in both polls; Hoosiers in top 20
Nittany Notebook (10-26): Should Narduzzi be fired at Pitt?
Penn State basketball legend Jesse Arnelle dies at 86
Company selling T-shirt memorializing Indiana win, calling it 'The Reach'

More from Nittany Sports Now

2-Minute Morning

2s Are the Nittany Lions in big trouble after the controversial 36-35 loss in OT at Indiana? Or, do we all need to take...

PSU Football

1 Some from James Franklin after the game. “They played well and we didn’t.” “The hard part is there was a lot of plays...

PSU Football

0 There are a lot of quirky things about this Penn State season opener: **It’s on the road, which rarely happens for the Nittany...

PSU Football

0 Welcome to one of the most unique things you’ll find on the Penn State football beat — our point-counterpoint columns. This weekly component,...

Send this to a friend