Penn State center Angelo Mangiro was selected as one of five captains, the team announced via its Twitter feed. Mangiro, a 6-foot-3, 321-pound senior, played multiple positions in all 12 games last fall, the second season he’d filled that role. He helped Penn State amass more 300 yards of total offense in seven games last fall, including 453 yards vs. Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Mangiro was named to the Rimington Trophy watch list as one of the top centers in NCAA Division I-A college football.
“We’re excited to get on the field and start practicing,” Mangiro said on Thursday. “Our approach is what stood out, the way we handle ourselves in meetings. Everyone’s prepared and on time. We’re conducting ourselves in a professional manner that a veteran team should.”
A criminology major on track to graduate in December, Mangiro is one of 19 New Jersey residents on Penn State’s football roster this fall. Randolph alumnus Brendan Mahon, a 6-foot-4, 318-pound junior guard, will be under Mangiro’s leadership. Junior Anthony Smith of Dover will try to earn time at safety, after playing corner and long snapper last fall.
“I know that those guys have worked extremely hard this offseason, especially this summer in terms of the film room, the extra work,” Penn State junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg said at Media Day. “Ange has done an excellent job with that bunch. I’ve worked on a lot of those things that I feel I could have helped them with.”
Penn State opens the season in Philadelphia against Temple on Sept. 5. The Nittany Lions host Rutgers on Sept. 19.