Manny Diaz praises standout Penn State freshmen: 'They don't look out of place'
Manny Diaz praised 2 standout defensive players for Penn State.
Diaz has been impressed with his defense’s performance and 2 freshmen have stepped up. The defense relied on younger members to help the entire unit.
Asked Manny Diaz about a pair of true freshmen who have stood out thus far in Dani Dennis-Sutton and Zane Durant. "Right now they don't look out of place," Diaz said.
Adds that it's easy for many to forget these were HS players last fall, same with freshman LB Abdul Carter.
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The 2 freshmen that Diaz highlighted were defensive end Dani Dennis-Sutton and defensive tackle Zane Durant. These 2 players have helped out the defense with great plays in their first season with the program. Diaz felt comfortable with where the freshmen were on defense:
“Right now they don’t look out of place,” Diaz said.
It will be important for the defense to get Durant and Dennis-Sutton as much experience as possible to fill in the gaps on the defensive line. In 5 games at Penn State, Dennis-Sutton recorded 5 solo tackles and 3 sacks. He also broke up 1 pass.
For Durant, he has not produced a great number of stats but he has been available for the defense. He appeared in 5 games and played meaningful minutes for the Nittany Lions. Diaz showed belief in Durant and Dennis-Sutton to make plays for the defense and they have done just that. In Penn State’s last game, the defense limited Northwestern to 7 points in a 17-7 win.
Penn State will have a major road game against Michigan in Week 7.