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Penn State Football: Defensive End Garrett Sickels To Forgo Senior Season, Enter Draft

by on January 04, 2017 6:30 PM

Penn State defensive end Garrett Sickels announced on Twitter that he will forgo his senior season of eligibility and enter the NFL Draft.

Sickels, a 2013 signee who received a scholarship offer from then head coach Bill O'Brien, has started the past two season at defensive end. He finished the 2016 season seventh on the team in tackles and was tied for the team lead in sacks with six on the year. He led the Nittany Lions with 12.5 tackles for a loss.

“This journey has been an amazing ride from my commitment to Penn State in 2012 to this past Rose Bowl game,” Sickels said. “I have made friendships and bonds that will last a lifetime. I’m so unbelievably proud to call myself a Penn Stater. I take great pride in knowing me and my fellow classmates of the 2013 recruiting class have left Penn State in a much greater place then when we arrived. 

“After taking some time to reflect on this season and my career at Penn State, I am going to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft. This was not an easy decision by any means but I am excited for the next chapter. I want to thank Coach O’Brien for giving me a scholarship to Penn State. Coach Franklin, Coach Pry and Coach Spencer, thank you for pushing me every day and giving me the opportunity of a lifetime to play for the Blue and White. I will forever by a Penn State Nittany Lion.”

Sickels finished his career with 93 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 20.5 tackles for loss, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one pass breakup.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Sickels is the only Nittany Lion who has officially decided to forgo any remaining eligibility at Penn State.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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