With the offseason in full swing, Penn State athletes have the opportunity to participate in different activities, including sports, that they cannot indulge in during the season.
Some Nittany Lions have the tools to stand out in different games, though that’s probably never going to happen.
Here are five athletes who have the right attributes, size and athleticism to eventually succeed in another sport.
Toby Ezeonu (Men’s Volleyball) – Basketball
Toby Ezeonu is coming off a monster season on the volleyball court, leading the nation with a .528 hit percentage in 2022.
At 6-foot-7, Ezeonu would add the height and size needed for the blue and white basketball team.
The middle blocker could get up and easily grab rebounds at both ends of the court, while spreading the ground in the frontcourt.
Ezeonu could also translate his blocking skills from pitch to pitch, playing a stretch four role and protecting around the paint basket for Micah Shrewsberry’s side.
Liam Soulière (men’s hockey) — Lacrosse
Liam Souliere posted a .905 save percentage in the 15 games he played in 2021-22, making him a prime candidate to take his skills from the ice to the field.
Souliere could use his stellar hand-eye coordination as a goaltender to help fuel his strong net presence in front of a lacrosse goal.
The Canadian goaltender would likely be a welcome addition to support a Nittany Lion defense that struggled last year.
If Soulière was able to keep his goals allowed average of just 2.88 intact once on the lacrosse field, he would be a shoo-in for national honors.
Travis Luensmann (baseball)—Soccer
It would be interesting to see how well Penn State’s top batting pitcher does on the gridiron.
Travis Luensmann, who had a 4.52 ERA for the Blues and Whites in 2022, would join an already packed quarterback room and hopes to show his right arm at Beaver Stadium.
Standing 6-foot-6, Luensmann would easily see over defenses and be very difficult to take down at 234 pounds.
The standout starter should also be able to throw deep downfield as well as place the ball in tight spaces with his accuracy and speed.
Will Peden (Men’s Lacrosse)—Basketball
Although he might be a little undersized to play college hoops, 5-foot-11 Will Peden would still make a difference if his style of play translated to the lacrosse field.
Peden, who led his team in assists in 2022, would get guys, such as Seth Lundy, Myles Dread and Jalen Pickett, stares all over the pitch with his penny-dropping abilities.
The sneaky striker would sneak around defenders and find the rim, which would help him average close to a double-double.
With the departure of Sam Sessoms, Penn State could use another good ball distributor alongside Pickett.
Roman Bravo-Young (wrestling) — Rugby
While Roman Bravo-Young may be a bit undersized, struggling at 133lbs, there’s no doubt he has the strength and skills to make an impact in a sport like rugby.
Similar to how he is on the mat, defenders would struggle to knock Bravo-Young down the field.
The future fifth-year’s withdrawal ability is really what would set him apart on a rugby pitch, as he could use his refined wrestling form and natural athleticism to bring opponents to the ground with ease.
If the two-time national champion translated even half of his skills from the mat to the pitch, he would help the team compete for the titles right away.
Seth Lundy (men’s basketball) — Soccer
At 6ft 6in tall, Seth Lundy would be a great addition to the Nittany Lions tight room.
The Penn State hoop would use his large size and athletic ability to rise above defenders to win 50/50 deep balls down the field.
Although he may need to increase his weight by 221 pounds, Lundy could still translate his strong defensive presence from the field to the field when asked to block defenders.
With his size and speed, Lundy would be a big target for quarterback Sean Clifford to hit on Saturday.
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