PSU LB Curtis Jacobs announced via Twitter that he’s returning to the program for the 2023 season and forgoing the NFL Draft. This announcement came one day after fellow Penn State defender Dvon Ellies announced that he will remain at Penn State for the 2023 season
— Curtis Jacobs (@CurtisUpNext23) January 10, 2023
Jacobs (6-foot-1, 227 pounds), a Glen Burnie, Maryland, native, appeared in 12 games this season, making 11 starts and recording 52 tackles (29 solo), four sacks, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one interception.
Jacobs was named All-Big Ten honorable mention by the coaches and media and was named the team’s Bob Memorial Ultimate Teammate Award along with Brenton Strange.
Jacobs had one of his best games of the season in Penn State’s 35-21 win over Utah in the Rose Bowl when he recorded two sacks. Jacobs started the season playing at the WILL linebacker position, but after the emergence of freshman Abdul Carter, he moved to his old SAM linebacker position, and the pair became one of the best outside linebacker duos in the country.
Penn State coach James Franklin spoke last month about Jacobs and his prospects of coming pack for the 2023 season.
“With Curtis, you talk about an experienced linebacker who has played a ton for us. He’s playing with more and more conference and toughness each,” Franklin said. “So having a veteran guy like that is very big. We’re in a situation now where our depth at linebacker is pretty good.”
Jacobs will bring a veteran presence in the PSU LB room that will also have Kobe King and Tyler Elsdon playing middle linebacker in 2023. Penn State will also have redshirt freshman Keon Wylie and spring enrollees Ta’Mere Robinson and Tony Rojas.