Penn State senior defensive back Tariq Castro-Fields will be returning to State College next season.

He made that announcement on Twitter on Saturday night:

Even though Castro-Fields is a senior, he has the ability to return to college football next season because of a new NCAA rule. The NCAA granted all athletes a free year of eligibility due to the pandemic.


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According to The Athletic’s Audrey Snyder, Castro-Fields is the first Penn State senior to take advantage of this waiver.

Castro-Fields played in just three games this season due to an undisclosed injury. However, he played in 12 games in each of the previous two seasons and has been a valuable contributor throughout his career.

In his career with the Nittany Lions, Castro-Fields has 106 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two interceptions and 19 passes defended.

His return will be a big boost to a PSU team that ended the 2020 campaign with a little bit of momentum. Despite a slow start, Penn State ended the year on a four-game winning streak and should be set up for success in 2021.