Penn State senior DB announces he will return to school, take advantage of extra eligibility
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:
Where the heart is willing, it will find a thousand ways. A firm believer in everything having its season. All in, See you inna Fall.. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/jPXwoo2L1q
— Tariq Castro-Fields (@ayeewonton) January 3, 2021
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.