All 105 is Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. Here is a profile of wide receiver Mitchell Tinsley.
Weight: 203 pounds
Before Penn State: Tinsley played one year of high school football at Lee’s Summit High School in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. He recorded 19 catches for 350 yards and six touchdowns in his senior season while also lettering in basketball and track.
He went on to start his college football career at Hutchinson Community College (KS), where he played for two seasons. In 2019, he recorded 47 catches for 556 yards and four touchdowns and received a three-star JuCo rating by 247Sports.
Tinsley went on transfer to Western Kentucky to play for coach Tyson Helton. In 2020, he recorded 43 catches for 377 yards and four scores. Tinsley had a breakout season in 2021, becoming a favorite target of quarterback Bailey Zappe, who was drafted by the New England Patriots in April.
Tinsley caught 87 passes for 1,402 yards and 14 touchdowns on his way to earning second-team All-Conference USA honors.
Where he stands: Tinsley is expected to help account for the production of Jahan Dotson, who the Washington Commanders selected in the first round of April’s draft.
Tinsley, Parker Washington and KeAndre Lambert-Smith are expected to be Penn State’s top three receivers, and the experienced Tinsley is expected to be the leader of the receivers room. Tinsley will also have the chance to prove he can play against Big Ten competition and improve his draft stock.
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Quarterback Sean Clifford, also a veteran, has been rooming with Tinsley during the spring, trying to build chemistry with Penn State’s new No. 5. Clifford sees traits of Dotson in Tinsley.
“Mitch and Jahan have very similar characteristics,” Clifford said after April’s Blue-White game. “Both [are] crafty in their routes, both can catch the ball, both can catch in traffic and both are special. They make special plays.”