Landon Tengwall, who missed the last seven games of 2022 with an injury, announced Wednesday evening that he has to walk away from the game.
As a result, Penn State football is losing the man who would have started at left guard for the 2023 season.
In a Twitter statement, Tengwall wrote that he “sustained an injury that will not allow me to safely continue playing the game I love and has given me so much.”
— LandonTengwall (@landon_tengwall) August 30, 2023
“I want to thank my family, my friends, coach (James) Franklin, (offensive line) coach (Phil) Trautwein, my teammates and all the Penn State coaches and staff. They have provided invaluable support through this difficult time.”
Franklin told reporters after a practice last month that Landon Tengwall was “dealing with bumps and bruises,” and media hadn’t seen him at any of the practice viewing windows since then.
Before Penn State, Tengwall lettered three seasons at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School and another at Pallotti. He was so good in high school that he earned an invitation to play in the 2021 Adidas All-American Bowl, Under-Armour All American Game and Polynesian Bowl. He was also a first-team USA Today All-American for the 2019 season and played in the 2017 Adidas Freshman All-American Game. A four-star recruit, Tengwall was was Penn State’s highest-rated Class of 2021 signee.
In 2021, Tengwall redshirted but played in Penn State’s last three games.
The next season, everything was going fine and dandy for Tengwall. He started Penn State’s first five games at left guard and Penn State started 5-0. Then, Tengwall got hurt during pregame warmups ahead of the team’s Week 6 clash at Michigan. That injury turned out to be a season-ender.