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‘I Honestly Don’t Care …’: Penn State OT Caedan Wallace not Interested in Social Media Criticism

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA - SEPTEMBER 02: Penn State Nittany Lions Offensive Lineman Caedan Wallace (73) blocks West Virginia Mountaineers Safety Anthony Wilson (12) during the second half of the College Football Game between the West Virginia Mountaineers and the Penn State Nittany Lions on September 2, 2023, at Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA. (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire)

Penn State OT Caedan Wallace is in his fifth season with the program, and he’s been through plenty of good and bad times. 

He was a part of the team through two successful seasons (2019, ’22) and two disappointing ones (2020, ’21).  

He’s been the team’s starting right tackle since 2020, and in that time, the perception of Penn State’s offensive line has gone from negative to positive. 

Thus far in 2023, Penn State’s 6-1 and ranked in the top 10. But the program and Wallace individually has received criticism over the past few days amid its 10th loss to Ohio State in the past 12 seasons.

 


Every athlete has their way of using social media and dealing with “outside noise.” So how does Wallace handle it?

“I’d say at different points in my career, I definitely wouldn’t get on social media,” Wallace told reporters via Zoom Tuesday. 

Now, Wallace does use social media but says he doesn’t worry about the noise it generates. 

“I honestly don’t care what people have to say,” Wallace said, “other than our coaches and our players on the team… I just can’t bring myself to care what people say online.”

This is consistent with what Wallace said in a Zoom interview two seasons ago. 

“The social media stuff doesn’t really get to me. I see a lot of times, people will be online and they’ll say certain things, and they won’t exactly know what the play is or the blocking assignments for the play. So I would say it’s like, annoying, maybe, to see people saying strong things about stuff that they’re not really well-versed in. But it’s a part of the game. People are always going to have stuff to say. But as long as you’re taking what’s important, what the real important things that people are saying (are), like your coaches, things like that, I feel like we’re ok.”

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