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Penn State Football All 105: 5th-Year LB Charlie Katshir Gives Penn State Depth, Knowledge

All 105 is a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State football player. This edition will look at redshirt senior linebacker Charlie Katshir.

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 230 pounds

Hometown: Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Before Penn State: Katshir letter three seasons at Cumberland Valley High School and became a team captain as a senior.

As a junior, Katshir helped his team to a district championship, and the next season would be his best.

Katshir ended his senior year as a finalist for the Mr. Pa Football Class 4A-6A Award, and USA Today named him first-team All-Pennsylvania.

Over his career, Katshir made first-team all-conference as a defensive back, athlete and return specialist, and made second-team all conference as a punter.

247SportsRivals and ESPN all hat Katshir as a three-star recruit. He committed to Penn State in February of 2017.

2018: Katshir redshirted his first season at Penn State:

2019: Katshir made his college debut in the season opener against Idaho and ended up playing in 12 of Penn State’s 13 games.

He ended the year with five total tackles and forced a fumble against Purdue.

2020: Katshir played in Penn State’s first three games before an injury ended his season.

In those three games, he matched his 2019 total with five tackles.

2021: Katshir played in all 13 games, playing on both defense and special teams,  and ended the season with 11 tackles.

Off the field, Katshir made it to the Big Ten’s All-Academic team for the third straight season.

Where he stands: Katshir hasn’t become a regular starter for Penn State in his four years there, and probably won’t in year five, either.

With that said, Katshir is one of the most experienced players on Penn State’s roster, and his three Big Ten All-America honors speak well for his intelligence.

Even if Katshir never becomes a regular starter, his experience could well be invaluable to younger linebackers such as Abdul Carter and Keon Wylie.

 

A quote about Katshir: 

“Charlie’s a guy that can play all three (linebacker) positions,” now-former Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry said before the 2020 season… “He’s got a high football IQ, and he’s gotten bigger. He’s gotten stronger.”

 

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