Penn State will have a special visitor when it hosts Michigan on Saturday.
Former Nittany Lions kickoff specialist Joey Julius, who left the team after struggling with an eating disorder, will be at Beaver Stadium to take in the game for the first time since leaving the team to seek treatment for an eating disorder.
First penn state game this weekend since last year. Whole lot of emotions gonna be present for sure.
— Joey Julius (@joey_julius) October 15, 2017
Julius became a fan favorite at Penn State for laying crushing hits on kick returners, but did not play in Penn State’s spring game and entered treatment for his eating disorder in this spring. He was no longer listed on the Nittany Lions’ roster in July. Julius revealed to espnW’s Emily Caron in August just how dire his struggle had become.
“If you let me go home, I’m going to kill myself,” he told the team’s head trainer, according to espnW.
As he told Caron: “I weighed myself, and I remember I had bumped up to like 300 pounds or something like that, and I was mortified. It set me over the edge. I knew this was the day.”
But after his latest treatment, Julius was doing better.
“I hated the way I looked always. I’ve never liked the way I looked, but I never talked about it until other people did,” he told espnW. “But I’m finally doing better now.”
He won’t be the only visitor, either. ESPN’s College GameDay will be on hand to take in the game, too.