Michigan State DE opts back in on 2020 college football season
Michigan State’s defensive line received some good news this week.
Friday evening, Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News reported that Michigan State defensive end Jacub Panasiuk has decided to opt back in on the 2020 season. The Spartans lineman had previously decided to sit out this season and planned to return for the 2021 campaign.
Panasiuk is one of Michigan State’s top returning defensive linemen.
MSU spokesman confirms DE Jacub Panasiuk has opted in and will play this fall. Senior originally opted out in early August.
— Matt Charboneau (@mattcharboneau) September 18, 2020
Last month, Panasiuk released a statement, saying he planned to opt out of the 2020 season and would make a return for the 2021 season. But with the B1G reinstating the college football season — and all players retaining a year of eligibility — there’s good reason for the Spartans defensive end to opt back in.
“After careful consideration and discussion with my family and coaches, I have decided to redshirt this upcoming season,” Panasiuk wrote on Twitter in August.. “It is my intention to come back and finish my senior year at Michigan State University. Our country is facing difficult times with many unanswered questions regarding Covid-19. Unfortunately, with the uncertainty of the effects of Covid-19, I cannot risk my health and safety in order to play football this season. During these tough times, I will support my teammates in any way I can.”
Panasiuk was a force on MSU’s defensive line during the 2019 season. He concluded the year with 11 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 6 quarterback hurries, 3 forced fumbles and a blocked kick. Panasiuk also totaled 33 stops.