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‘There was never any decision’: Projected first-round pick Jayson Oweh will not be opting out

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Penn State is having a tough season as a team, but defensive end Jayson Oweh has played very well so far, living up to the preseason hype that made him a projected first-round NFL draft pick.

With the Nittany Lions at 0-3, Oweh could decide to call it a season and start preparing for the NFL draft. He’s projected as high as the No. 10 overall pick.

But Oweh will not be doing that, and remains committed to finishing out the season with PSU.

“I love Penn State. I love my brothers, I love playing with them,” Oweh said. “I wouldn’t be anything who I am, anything, wherever I am now today without Penn State and the trial and tribulation I went through. So, I’m never gonna give up on my brothers. There was never any decision. It was never in the plans. I’m not above anybody else on this team.

“That’s that.”

Oweh was asked a couple of minutes later about tight end Pat Freiermuth’s decision to remain committed this season and not opt out. Freiermuth also is a projected first-round pick.

“We’re a team first, an organization we don’t have any names on our jerseys for that,” Oweh said. “It’s just, it’s all game, no names. So that’s how I felt with with Pat’s comments. He loves it here, I love it here. We want to compete. We want we don’t want to go out on a losing note. … We’re not gonna quit on our brothers.

“If whatever is on the other side is there is going to be there, you know, after the season, so we’re not rushing. We got a job to do. We got a commitment to our coach and to the fans and all that stuff. So I agree with what Pat said.”

Oweh is having a strong season individually, but that doesn’t mean much to him with the team struggling.

“In terms of my play, it’s, I can’t even just look back and enjoy anything because record’s 0-3. So clearly what I’m doing is not enough. … We gotta get get some wins.”

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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.

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