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Penn State’s Kalen King Ranked The No. 1 Corner In The Big Ten

Do the Nittany Lions posses the Big Ten’s No. 1 cornerback?



Penn State football, Kalen King, James Franklin, Peach Bowl
Nov 5, 2022; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions cornerback Kalen King (4) celebrates after a turnover during the second half at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, Pro Football Focus Announced its top returning players for the 2023 college football season. Among the list were a few Nittany Lions, though one name stuck out more then the rest: Penn State’s Kalen King, the Nittany Lions’ new CB1 this fall. If you thought Penn State’s defensive backfield was elite a season ago, just wait until you see what King and the DB room have in store for 2023.

Penn State’s Kalen King Ranked No. 1 Returning Corner in Big Ten

According to the Pro Football Focus report, Penn State’s Kalen King is the No. 1 returning corner in the Big Ten and the No. 2 returning corner nationally. The only name ahead of King on PFF’s list is Kool-Aid McKinstry of Nick Saban’s Alabama Crimson Tide. Right behind King is fellow Big Ten standout Will Johnson of the Michigan Wolverines.

What Does PFF Say About Penn State’s Kalen King?

“Joey Porter Jr. received all of the love in Penn State’s secondary and is a projected first-round pick, but King was Penn State’s true star this past season. In single-coverage, the sophomore led all corners in the country with a 93.3 grade and 18.3 passer rating allowed. His 15 forced incompletions in single-coverage were tied for third among FBS corners as well.”

What Does Kalen King Have To Say About The 2023 Season?

What does Penn State’s Kalen King have to say? “[Spirits] are very high, because like, you know, we’re coming off a great season.” King said. “Right now, we’re building to get even better so I feel like the vibes in this building are very high. I’m really excited to see where this team goes this year.”

A season ago, King was named an All-American by many outlets, was an AP All-Big Ten selection, and more. In 2023, Kalen King and the Nittany Lions are looking to build onto their previous success with bigger and better things this fall.

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