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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

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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