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Penn State All 105: DE Amin Vanover to Have a ‘Huge Year,’ HC James Franklin Predicts

Photo by Mark Selders, Penn State Athletics: Amin Vanover

There probably isn’t a position group on either side of the ball that Penn State is deeper in than at defensive end,  and Amin Vanover is part of that depth.

Even with Chop Robinson and Adisa Isaac moving onto the NFL, Penn State should be more than fine at the position.

Over the winter, the program decided to move former first-team All-Big Ten linebacker Abdul Carter to the edge.

Penn State also returns Dani Dennis-Sutton, who, if all goes well, could follow Robinson in being a first-round pick. Vanover is talented enough to start most places, and he’s the subject in the latest edition of All 105, a Nittany Sports Now Series profiling each Penn State football player.

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 262 pounds

Hometown: Newark, New Jersey 

Before Penn State: Vanover lettered three years at St. Joseph’s Regional High School, twice being named all-state. Vanover made his mark as a pass rusher, picking up eight sacks as a sophomore, eight more as a junior and 8.5 in his senior season. Rivals rated Vanover as a four-star recruit. 247Sports and ESPN each had him as a three-star. Both Rivals and 247 had him as the No. 9 player in New Jersey from his class. Vanover committed to Penn State in June 2019.

2020: Vanover played in two of Penn State’s nine games in a pandemic-shortened season, finishing the season with three tackles.

2021: Vanover played in six of Penn State’s 13 games, finishing the year with four tackles and a tackle for loss. He made three of those tackles in the Outback Bowl against Arkansas, where he received increased playing time due to ends Arnold Ebiketie and Jesse Luketa opting out of the game.

2022: Vanover played in all 13 games. He finished with 16 tackles (nine solo), a sack, 4.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and a pair of quarterback hurries.

Last year: Vanover missed some time with injury but still played in eight of Penn State’s 13 games. He ended with six tackles (three solo), 1.5 sacks, a quarterback hurray and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus liked what it saw from Vanover, giving him a 90.2 pass-rush grade.

Where he stands: Vanover should still get a solid amount of play in time even with Carter and Dennis-Sutton expected to start at DE. Last season, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz decided to play three defensive ends at one time on a bunch of occasions. If new defensive coordinator Tom Allen decides to do the same, it would bode well for Vanover.

A quote by Amin Vanover: “I was in an incubator for three and a half months after my mom had me (in the NICU). After that, they let me come home (but) I got sick again when I came home,” Vanover said. “They sent me back to the hospital for another three and a half months until I was able to eat and do things on my own.

“I wasn’t healthy until probably one and a half years old,” Vanover said. “I just have to thank God.” — Vanover to reporters after this year’s Blue-White Game in April.

A quote about Amin Vanover: “I think he’s going to have a huge year for us,” — coach James Franklin at his post Blue-White presser.


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