Penn State reveals who will wear new No. 0 jersey
Penn State has determined which player has earned the right to wear No. 0 during the 2020 season.
On Saturday, Penn State announced that defensive back Jonathan Sutherland will be wearing the No. 0 jersey for the Nittany Lions this fall. The program made the decision to have the number represent something, rather than just give it out.
Sutherland, who was also named a team captain earlier in the day, will be the first player at Penn State to wear the number. The “0” jersey was an approved number by the NCAA during the offseason.
“The individual wearing 0 is a tough, dependable, disciplined, physical leader, who inspires teammates with his accountability and production,” Penn State said on Twitter.
"The individual wearing 0⃣ is a tough, dependable, disciplined, physical leader, who inspires teammates with his accountability & production."
Jonathan Sutherland was presented the 0⃣ jersey at practice today & will be the first Nittany Lion to wear the jersey. @jay_suth#WeAre pic.twitter.com/uuQQ714bXF
— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) October 17, 2020
Sutherland appeared in all 13 games at Penn State last season, registering 23 tackles and blocking two kicks as the Nittany Lions finished the year with an 11-2 record. As a sophomore in 2018, the defensive back was credited with 38 stops, 2 for loss and forced a fumble.
Sutherland was one of eight players to be named a team captain for the 2020 season. You can view the other seven players here.
Penn State is scheduled to open the year with a road trip to Bloomington to play Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 24. In Week 2, the Nittany Lions will host Ohio State.