Faced with a third and 11 on its own 25, Penn State’s defense — trying to prevent San Diego State from scoring — was hoping for a stop. However, the Nittany Lions got a lot more than that. The Penn State pass rush got after San Diego State quarterback Maxwell Smith, forcing a fumble. Defensive tackle Austin Johnson scooped up the loose pigskin and lumbered 71 yards into the...
Austin Johnson has been far more than Penn State football's "other defensive tackle" so far this season. The junior from Galloway, N.J., leads the Nittany Lions with 21 tackles, of which 5.5 have been for loss and 2.5 have been sacks. He had six tackles, including two for loss and a sack, last week as PSU dominated Rutgers 28-3, and he admitted it was special performing well...
Penn State defensive coordinator John Shoop knows what he has in starting defensive tackles Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson. It would stand to reason anyone who watched the Nittany Lions last season does, too. But could seeing them a little less this season be a boon to the defense overall? "I think there's going to be tremendous gains with Tarow Barney and Parker Cothren,...
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