LAS VEGAS – Even though the East-West Shrine Bowl may have started off a bit slow with only a field goal on the board through one half of play, the Nittany Lions were able to be represented well on Thursday night.
In particular, Mitchell Tinsley, who was a late addition to the East team roster, was able to pull in a couple catches despite his team’s offense struggling to move the ball all game. He actually received the second most targets for his team on the night too, only behind A.T. Perry, showing the confidence he earned in the practices. Tinsley’s speed made him appear open even more often as well.
But this Shrine Bowl was about defense. PJ Mustipher, a player who generated national buzz simply for benefiting from some one-on-one time with Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, recorded a tackle and seemed to hold his own against any blocker.
Mustipher even became the talk of the game broadcast for awhile for letting his stomach hang out on the sideline.
Never change, PJ Mustipher. https://t.co/Mff12MgZf5
— Mike J. Asti (@MikeAsti11) February 3, 2023
He may not play the most flashy role, but Chris Stoll deserves recognition for an efficient game, one that ended in a 12-3 win for the West team, that simply added to his stature as one of the best in the country.