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Jonathan Sutherland Will Be First Penn State Player to Wear No. 0

by on October 18, 2020 2:33 PM

Redshirt junior Jonathan Sutherland will be the first player to don No. 0 in Penn State football history.

The team announced his selection through social media on Saturday night.

“The individual wearing zero represents all of us and drives our culture. He is a tough, dependable, disciplined, physical leader who inspires teammates with his accountability and production,” the post said.

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It comes as no surprise that the safety/special teams ace was given this honor. Many of Sutherland’s teammates named him a top choice to receive the number when the Nittany Lions announced a special teamer would wear it.

Penn State originally said that No. 0 would be a “game-changer” above all else. Sutherland, who blocked two punts in one game against Idaho his sophomore season, certainly fits the bill.

The Canada native was also recently named as a captain for the 2020 season. He’ll serve alongside kicker Jordan Stout as a leader of special teams this year.

Sutherland appeared in all 13 games both his freshman and sophomore years. He registered 38 total tackles, two tackles-for-losses, and a forced fumble during an impressive freshman campaign. He’ll likely vie for more playing time in the secondary behind Lamont Wade and Jaquan Brisker this year.

 



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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