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Report: Parsons to opt out at PSU

From Mirror reports

Penn State All-America linebacker Micah Parsons has decided to opt out of the upcoming college football season and declare for the NFL draft, according to a report published late Tuesday night.

Yahoo Sports reported, based on sources, that Parsons would be opting out and added that an official announcement is expected this morning.

The Nittany Lions held a team meeting Tuesday night, Yahoo Sports reported, and the outlet added that multiple sources said they expect Parsons to leave Penn State “barring a last-minute change of heart.”

Parsons played two seasons and was a consensus first-team All-American last year. He is projected to be one of the top picks in next year’s NFL draft, with a skill set that many believe is of a superstar level.

Parsons was projected to be one of the best players in the nation this year for the Nittany Lions, having already been named to the preseason watch lists for the Butkus Award (top linebacker) and Bednarik Award (top defensive player).

The Nittany Lions are projected to be a top 10 team this season — if a season is played amid coronavirus concerns — based in large part on a strong returning defense that would have been led by Parsons. His departure at this late stage would leave a big hole to fill for the defense.

Parsons had 109 tackles (52 solo) last season, with five sacks, 14 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder with ball-hawking skills was an elite tackler, last showing off his ability in the Cotton Bowl with 14 tackles (three for loss including two sacks) against Memphis.

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