Michigan State DL opting out of 2020 season, plans to return next fall
A Michigan State defensive lineman has made the decision to opt out of the upcoming football season, but does not yet plan to pursue a career in the NFL.
On Wednesday, Spartans lineman Jacub Panasiuk announced via Twitter that he plans to sit out during the 2020 season, using a redshirt year. He does plan to return to Michigan State for the 2021 season to conclude his college football career in East Lansing.
“After careful consideration and discussion with my family and coaches, I have decided to redshirt this upcoming season,” Panasiuk wrote on Twitter. “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.”
— Jacub Panasiuk (@JacubPanasiuk) August 5, 2020
Panasiuk joins a growing list of B1G players who have decided to opt out. Illinois running back Ra’Von Bonner and offensive lineman Jake Cerny were the first two players to make the decision, followed by Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman.
Unlike Bonner and Cerny, Bateman intends on entering the NFL Draft. There’s also reports that Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons intends to opt out of the season, though he has not yet confirmed that decision.
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.