Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

PSU Football

Jonathan Sutherland discusses ‘blessing’ of being picked as PSU’s first number 0

Photo by Penn State Athletics

Jonathan Sutherland was the obvious choice, coach James Franklin said, to be Penn State’s first recipient of the number zero jersey.

Sutherland spoke Wednesday morning about what it means to him to be chosen for that honor.

“It’s it’s a blessing. It’s an honor,” Sutherland said.

“There’s definitely many guys that are qualified on the team for it. I just appreciate all the support and my team, my teammates ultimately choosing me. So it’s a great honor, and I’m really appreciative of it.”

The fact that he received so much support from his teammates when it came to wearing the number is special to Sutherland.

“It’s a blessing. I love my teammates,” he said. “I go, I try to work every single day and do the best and just … (show) support for them, and they likewise do the same for me. So just obviously hearing that, and it’s just a great honor, just to be looked up to like that by my teammates.”

Sutherland found out about getting picked to wear zero this past weekend.

“It was just like literally after practice on this past Saturday,” he said. “It was kind of like, surprise almost, like I didn’t really, I was surprised (it was) me. So they pretended at the end of practice so they kind of got us all. I’m pretty much surprised because we didn’t know when they were announcing it or whatnot.”

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, plus he's a voter for the Heisman Trophy in football and Wooden Award in basketball.

More from Nittany Sports Now

PSU Football

1 All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. Here’s the first article of the series, profiling sixth-year...

PSU Football

0 Some of the game times and television networks have been announced for a portion of the 2022 Penn State football schedule. Penn State’s...

PSU Football

1 Landon Tengwall showed up at the Penn State practice field by Holuba Hall Wednesday with a big, red bruise on the left side...

PSU Football

1 The game between Penn State and Auburn, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17, will kickoff at 3:30 on CBS, FBSchedules.com tweeted Wednesday morning. The announcement...

Get Nittany Sports Now in your inbox

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

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.