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Season Review: Defensive Snaps

Now that Penn State's 2019 season is complete, it's time to take a closer look at the numbers, specifically who totaled the most snaps and graded out the highest by Pro Football Focus. Check out our season review for Penn State's defense, here! 

Saf. Garrett Taylor
Saf. Garrett Taylor

Individual Games

Idaho

Buffalo

Pitt

Maryland

Purdue

Iowa

Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Indiana

Ohio State

Rutgers

Memphis

Notables

- Saf. Garrett Taylor led the defense with 784 snaps of a possible 968. He was also the seventh-ranked player according to Pro Football Focus, earning a grade of 77.4.

- LB Micah Parsons was a the highest-ranked player on defense, scoring a 91.3. Only Ohio State DE Chase Young scored a higher grade (96.1) in the Big Ten.

- Freshman CBs Keaton Ellis and Marquis Wilson, as well as LB Brandon Smith, all played at least 10 games this season. Ellis and Smith played in all 13 games.

- 16 defensive players played in all 13 games for the Nittany Lions in 2019.


DEFENSE

Defensive Tackle
Player Games Pass Run Overall (%)

Robert Windsor

13

361

265

626 (65%)

PJ Mustipher

13

227

209

436 (45%)

Antonio Shelton

12

217

159

376 (39%)

Fred Hansard

12

107

89

196 (20%)

Judge Culpepper

9

54

38

92 (9.5%)

Damion Barber

8

31

29

60 (6.2%)

Aeneas Hawkins

1

8

6

14 (1.4%)

Dvon Ellies

1

3

4

7 (0.7%)

Hakeem Beamon

3

6

1

7 (0.7%)

Evan Presta

1

5

1

6 (0.6%)

Total Defensive Snaps - 968
Defensive End
Player Games Pass Run Overall (%)

Shaka Toney

13

360

246

606 (63%)

Yetur Gross-Matos

12

338

223

561 (58%)

Jayson Oweh

13

210

123

333 (34%)

Shane Simmons

13

143

101

244 (25%)

Adisa Isaac

10

78

53

131 (14%)

Daniel Joseph

12

66

56

122 (13%)

Smith Vilbert

2

5

5

10 (1%)

Dan Vasey

1

5

1

6 (0.6%)

Total Defensive Snaps - 968
Linebacker
Player Games Pass Run Overall (%)

Micah Parsons

13

418

313

731 (76%)

Cam Brown

13

339

289

628 (65%)

Jan Johnson

13

224

226

450 (46%)

Ellis Brooks

13

176

116

292 (30%)

Jesse Luketa

13

126

76

202 (21%)

Brandon Smith

13

70

60

130 (13%)

Charlie Katshir

6

24

20

44 (4.5%)

Lance Dixon

2

7

13

20 (2.1%)

Max Chizmar

4

9

9

18 (1.9%)

Total Defensive Snaps - 968
Cornerback
Player Games Pass Run Overall (%)

John Reid

13

389

269

658 (68%)

Tariq Castro-Fields

12

360

250

610 (63%)

Keaton Ellis

13

152

101

253 (26%)

Trent Gordon

10

133

76

209 (22%)

Marquis Wilson

10

115

74

189 (20%)

Joey Porter Jr.

4

49

31

80 (8.3%)

DJ Brown

5

30

12

42 (4.3%)

Donovan Johnson

2

15

11

26 (2.7%)

Daequan Hardy

2

5

4

9 (0.9%)

Total Defensive Snaps - 968
Safety
Player Games Pass Run Overall (%)

Garrett Taylor

13

462

322

784 (81%)

Lamont Wade

13

453

310

763 (79%)

Jaquan Brisker

13

328

142

470 (49%)

Jonathan Sutherland

10

95

72

167 (17%)

Justin Neff

2

7

6

13 (1.3%)

Drew Hartlaub

3

8

5

13 (1.3%)

Tyler Rudolph

2

5

3

8 (0.8%)

C.J. Holmes

1

1

3

4 (0.4%)

Total Defensive Snaps - 968

Pro Football Focus Grades

Top 10 Offense
Player Grade

1

Micah Parsons (731 snaps)

91.3

2

Yetur Gross-Matos (561)

86.2

3

Jan Johnson (450)

84.3

4

Jaquan Brisker (470)

83.4

5

Shaka Toney (606)

81.0

6

Lamont Wade (763)

77.5

7

Garrett Taylor (784)

77.4

8

Robert Windsor (626)

75.9

9

Keaton Ellis (253)

75.5

10

PJ Mustipher (436)

75.1

- Adisa Isaac scored a 76.3 on 131 snaps.


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