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Joey Porter Jr. Back, Olu Fashanu Still out: Penn State’s Starting Lineups vs. Michigan State

Penn State CB Joey Porter Jr.
Photo by Penn State Athletics: Joey Porter Jr.

Joey Porter Jr. is back, Olu Fashanu isn’t and Abdul Carter and Curtis Jacobs are starting linebackers for Penn State in the final lineups of the 2022 regular season, announced before today’s game with Michigan State.

Porter missed Penn State’s wins against Maryland at Beaver Stadium and at Rutgers due to appendicitis.

But this week, he’s good to go in what is likely his last game at Beaver Stadium. Porter has eligibility remaining, but the corner is projected by many to go in the first round of 2023’s NFL Draft.

Fashanu hasn’t played since the Ohio State game Oct. 29. Although Franklin said in this past Tuesday’s weekly presser that he expected Fashanu and Porter to be back before the end of the season, only one of them has suited up for today’s regular-season finale.

Sean Clifford is making his last home start at QB, and both Jacobs, an established veteran, and Carter, a freshman sensation, are also in the lineups.

Here’s are the full starting lineups, according to  announcements on Penn State’s jumbotrons before the Michigan State game.

SPECIAL TEAMS

P/H: Barney Amor

LS: Chris Stoll

K: Jake Pinegar

KR: Nick Singleton

PR: Mitchell Tinsley

**Tinsley is returning punts in place of Parker Washington, who is out for the season

DEFENSE

DE: Adisa Isaac

DE: Nick Tarburton 

DT: Hakeem Beamon

DT: PJ Mustipher

LB: Curtis Jacobs

LB: Tyler Elsdon 

LB: Abdul Carter

**The true freshman is making the start ahead on Jonathan Sutherland

S: Keaton Ellis

CB: Kalen King

CB: Johnny Dixon

S: Daequan Hardy

S: JiAy’ir Brown 

 

OL 

LT: Olu Fashanu

LG: Hunter Nourzad

C: Juice Scruggs

RG: Sal Wormley

RT: Bryce Effner

 

TE: Brenton Strange

WR: KeAndre Lambert-Smith

WR: Mitchell Tinsley

WR: Harrison Wallace III

RB: Kaytron Allen

QB: Sean Clifford

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