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PSU adds football player … from the wrestling team

Photo by Penn State Athletics: Seth Nevills

The Penn State football team has added another player, who just so happens to be a member of the Nittany Lion wrestling program.

Seth Nevills, who wrestles at heavyweight, has joined the PSU football team as a walk-on offensive lineman. The news was first reported by Paul Meadors (see tweet below) from Nevills’ hometown of Clovis, Calif., and was confirmed Monday by Lions247.com.

Nevills will remain on scholarship as a wrestler at Penn State, according to the report linked above.

But he also now wants to try his hand at football. From the tweet below, Nevills is said to be 6-foot-4 and 304 pounds.

Nevills posted the photo above of him working out with the football team a few days ago, leading to some speculation about him giving football a shot.

Nevills was a phenomenal high school wrestler, compiling a career record of 169-1 and winning four California state titles. This is from his Penn State wrestling bio page:

Competed at Clovis High School…Earned seven varsity letters at Clovis High School…Four-year wrestling team captain…Won four-straight California state championships…Finished prep career with a superb 169-1 overall record…Helped lead Clovis to California state team title…Has three brothers, all of whom wrestle(d) in college; oldest brother, Zach, at Stanford, older brother, Nick, who was an All-American at Penn State, and older brother, A.J., who wrestles at Fresno State.

Nevills went 13-4 at heavyweight as a true freshman for Penn State two years ago. As a sophomore last season, he was 4-1 but lost the starting spot at heavyweight to Greg Kerkvliet.

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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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