Penn State’s defense has taken more than enough hits on the early departure to the NFL list this offseason. But PJ Mustipher isn’t adding his name to the list. On Tuesday, Mustipher announced he will be returning to Penn State for one more final year of eligibility, giving Penn State an experienced starter to rely on with the defensive line in 2022.
“I am extremely grateful to have been a student-athlete at this university for the past four years,” Mustophher said in his released statement on his Twitter account. “My time at Penn State has been better than could’ve imagined.”
Mustipher was an anchor for the Penn State defense on the line, but he suffered a season-ending injury in a road game at Iowa in October. Fortunately for Mustipher, the opportunity to return for another season was available. The NCAA granted all student-athletes enrolled in 2020 a free extra year of eligibility to use after the COVID-19 pandemic hampered the entire sports calendar in 2020.
“This past year didn’t end the way I had expected, and I look forward to pursuing the goals we have set out as a team, as well as the goals I have for myself. I am going to use my extra year of eligibility and return to Penn State for my fifth year.”
Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford is also using his extra year of eligibility to return to the Nittany Lions in 2022. And Mustipher is not the only defensive player who has decided to announce a return for 2022. Joey Porter Jr., Jonathan Sutherland, and Ji’Ayir Brown have all confirmed they will return for another season in Happy Valley.
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