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Penn State All 105: Dani Dennis-Sutton Could be Nearing Big NFL Payday

Dani Dennis-Sutton comes up with a first quarter sack of Michigan's JJ McCarthy.

Most defensive end rooms would struggle after losing two players to the NFL Draft over an offseason but thanks in part to Dani Dennis-Sutton, that’s not a concern for Penn State.

Sutton came to PSU as a five-star recruit in the program’s celebrated 2022 Class.

He showed flashes as a true freshman and did well in an increased role in Year 2.

Now, with Chop Robinson and Adisa Isaac both gone to the NFL, Dennis-Sutton will almost surely be one of Penn State’s starters, with the other one almost surely being Abdul Carter, who moved over from LB over the winter.

Dennis-Sutton is the latest subject of All 105, a Nittany Sports Now series profiling each Penn State player.

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 270 pounds

Hometown: Millsboro, Delaware 

Before Penn State: Dani Dennis-Sutton had a lot of eyes on him coming into Penn State, and its because of what he accomplished at Owings Mills, Maryland’s McDonough School.

Dennis-Sutton played all four years and twice became a team captain. As a sophomore, he helped McDonough to an 11-1 record and runner-up finish in the Maryland A Conference.

He then went through adversity during his upperclassmen years. Dennis-Sutton’s junior season never happened due to COVID-19, and he missed part of his senior year due to injury.

Nonetheless, he played well enough as a senior to be selected to the 2022 All-American Bowl.

247Sports, On3 and Rivals all had Dennis-Sutton as the No. 1 Class of 2022 player in Maryland, and Rivals had him as the No. 1 strong side defensive end and No. 11 overall player in the country.

At the time he committed to Penn State in July 2021, Rivals had him as a five-star recruit while the other three gave him four stars.

Eventually, Dennis-Sutton got that fifth star from 247 and On.3.

2022: ESPN.com named Dennis-Sutton to its All-America team. He played all 13 games ending with three sacks, 17 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, an interception, a pass breakup and three quarterback hurries.

Last year: Dennis-Sutton was an All-Big Ten performer. He played in all 13 games, starting three and getting plenty of playing time due to  coordinator Manny Diaz installing a three-defensive end set. Dennis-Sutton ended the season with 26 tackles (17 solo), 3.5 sacks, six tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two QB hurries and a broken up pass.

Where he stands: The question isn’t if Dennis-Sutton can play, it’s how good he can get. With a big year in 2024, there’s no reason to think Dennis-Sutton can’t fellow in Chop Robinson’s footsteps and become a first round pick.

A quote by Dennis-Sutton: “I was already a strong guy but a lot of times, I would get caught in the wrong position … things like that,” Dennis-Sutton on his high-pad level via Bob Flounders of PennLive.

A quote about Dennis-Sutton: ”He’s 270 pounds, he’s physical, extremely physical. I think he’s going to have a really big year for us.” — Penn State HC James Franklin to media after a spring practice this April.

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RB Amiel Davis

S Karson Kiesewetter

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RB Cameron Wallace

S Lamont Payne

RB Quinton Martin 

RB Corey Smith

LB Ta’Mere Robinson 

CB Antoine Belgrave-Shorter

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WR Josiah Brown

DE Jameial Lyons

TE Joey Schlaffer

QB Ethan Grunkemeyer

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TE Khalil Dinkins

DE Amin Vanover 

LB Tyrece Mills

QB Jaxon Smolik

S DaKarri Nelson

LB Tony Rojas

RB Kaytron Allen

CB Jon Mitchell

WR Anthony Ivey

DE Abdul Carter

RB Nicholas Singleton

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WR Tyler Johnson

CB Zion Tracy

WR Kaden Saunders

WR Trey Wallace 

S Zakee Wheatley

CB Cam Miller

WR Omari Evans

CB A.J. Harris

CB Jalen Kimber

WR Julian Fleming 

S KJ Winston

WR Liam Clifford

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