With five defensive starters opted out and Tariq Castro-Fields not dressed, here is how Penn State’s defense looks to set up for today’s Outback Bowl against Arkansas.
Working with first team defense in warmups:
— Donnie Collins (@PennStateTT) January 1, 2022
DE Nick Tarbutron
DT Coziah Izzard
DT Dvon Ellies
DE Smith Vilbert
Of these four, only Tarburton and Izzard have been regular starters, and Izzard started the season as a reserve before taking on an increased role due to PJ Mustipher’s injury
Only Jacobs is a regular starter. Sutherland’s normal position is safety, and Luketa’s is defensive end.
CB Joey Porter Jr.
CB Kalen King
S Ji’Ayir Brown
S Keaton Ellis
Porter and Brown are regular starters. King is filling in for Castro-Fields, and Ellis for the opted-out Jaquan Brisker.