Penn State snapshot profile: No. 92 Smith Vilbert

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Going into the 2022 football season, Nittany Lions Wire will be looking at each scholarship player listed on the Penn State roster.

Over the preseason, each profile will cover where the player is from, how recruiting websites rated them coming out of high school, and what role they will play for James Franklin this season.

Smith Vilbert is coming off a 2021 season that saw 12 appearances as a redshirt sophomore, including one start for the Nittany Lions. Vilbert continue to gain experience and develop as a resourceful defensive lineman and could very well be involved in the game plan this fall for new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz.

Preseason Player Profile

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Hometown: Monsey, NY

Height: 6′-6″

Weight: 260 lb

247Sports Composite Ranking

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[3 stars] | [No. 14 recruit in New Jesrey] | [No. 39 strongside DE in nation]

Class in 2021: Redshirt sophomore

Career Stats

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Year

G

Solo

Total

Sacks

TFL

FF

FR

2019

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

2020

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

2021

9

3

3

0

1

0

0

Depth Chart Overview

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What Penn State does at the defensive end positions this season is one of the biggest questions facing new defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and head coach James Franklin. Penn State has a solid fixture on one end with [autotag]Nick Tarburton[/autotag] expected to secure a starting job. But the return of a healthy [autotag]Adisa Isaac[/autotag] and the addition of Maryland transfer [autotag]Chop Robinson[/autotag] gives Penn State some potential options on the opposite side of the line. And Smith Vilbert has his own case to be considered as an option.

The future of the defensive end position looks interesting as well with Vilbert continuing to develop and the Class of 2022 addition of [autotag]Dani Dennis-Sutton[/autotag] alongside the transfer of Robinson. That trio of players will figure to be locking down the ends in 2023.

 

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