There is potential that this will be one of the most exciting linebacker groups that Penn State has had in a while.
The group is headlined by true sophomore Abdul Carter who really opened eyes last season. Coming in wearing the coveted number 11 jersey as a true freshman meant the spotlight would be on him all year. He more than delivered and has a promising collegiate career in front of him.
Another interesting nugget is there are no seniors in the linebacking corps for 2023-24. The most experienced players are two redshirt juniors. This is a good sign for the future as this group will be able to continue playing with each other more multiple years going forward.
There will be depth chart battles this spring to keep an eye on. The main one to watch is between Kobe King and Tyler Elsdon for the starting middle linebacker position. Elsdon won the battle last spring and summer, but the snap counts last season were pretty similar.
Measurables: 6’3″ / 233 lbs.
Expected Role: Starting Weakside Linebacker
There is a real buzz around Abdul Carter about what he can do this season. Coming into Penn State, Carter was a four-star recruit in the 2022 class. He was excellent in his freshman season recording 56 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. His PFF grade was 76.2 ranking him 122nd out of 789 linebackers last season.
With another offseason in the college weight room and more time to get familiar with the defensive scheme, the sky is the limit for Carter. He could be the highlight of what’s expected to be a very good defense.