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Penn State left tackle Olu Fashanu not traveling to Nittany Lions Game 15 at Indiana

Penn State left tackle Olu Fashanu not traveling to Nittany Lions Game 15 at Indiana

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — No. 15 Penn State will be without its top offensive player, not to mention its top 2023 NFL Draft prospect, when it takes on Indiana on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Offensive lineman This is Fashanuwho started the first eight games of the season at left tackle, was not on the travel list the team distributed shortly before kickoff in Bloomington, Ind.

Fashanu, a redshirt sophomore, left last weekend’s loss to No. 2 Ohio State in the fourth quarter with an undisclosed injury. He was absent from practice Wednesday during the limited media viewing window.

Junior red shirt Caedan Wallacewho started the first seven games of the season at right tackle but sat out last week, traveled to Indiana but his status is uncertain after he partially participated in practice during the viewing window.

The other prospects who made the trip to Bloomington are the redshirt senior Bryce Effnerwho started in place of Wallace last week, a redshirt sophomore Jimmy Christ and true freshman Drew Shelton. walk on Jim Fitzgerald also traveled

Read more: Penn State OL Olu Fashanu’s rapid rise up draft boards ‘about consistency,’ says James Franklin

The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Fashanu has enjoyed a breakout first season as a starter, including last week when he had a solid outing against Ohio State’s pass rushers. Zach Harrison i JT Tuimoloau. Pro Football Focus ranks Fashanu as their 13th best tackle in pass blocking this season.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler has Fashanu ranked as their No. 1 offensive tackle and the No. 5 prospect in the 2023 NFL Draft, while Bleacher Report’s Brandon Thorn also ranked Fashanu as their No. 1 offensive tackle , while the publication has Fashanu as its No. 1. 12 overall prospect.

Before the Ohio State game, Penn State coach James Franklin praised Fashanu during his radio showand earlier this week, Franklin, who has repeatedly stressed that Fashanu will not turn 20 until the end of the year. explained why NFL teams might be so enamored with Fashanu.

“He’s so consistent with his approach, with his habits, with his maturity, with his drive to be elite, really, in everything he does,” Franklin said. “He’s got a chance to be an Academic All-American. He’s got a chance to be the Academic Heisman winner. … And obviously he’s being talked about as a first-round pick.

“I think the most important thing is that he has incredible play strength. He’s strong in the weight room, but he has incredible game strength. He is usually in a great position. If he is out of position, he has the ability to get back into winning position against a defensive end. But more than anything, it’s just about his consistency. Watch the tape and the guy has made play after play to protect the quarterback’s blind side and finish blocks. And no drama.”

More updates: Penn State-Indiana: From The Press Box

Daniel Gallen covers Penn State for Lions247 and 247Sports. He can be contacted at [email protected]. Follow Daniel on Twitter at @danieljtgallen.

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