Joey Julius was in the spotlight in 2016 for two reasons.
On the field, Penn State’s kicker became a fan favorite for delivering crushing hits on kickoffs. Off the field, he garnered attention when he opened up about a binge eating disorder. Julius shared his story with both Good Morning America and College GameDay.
However, he was absent from the Penn State sideline during the team’s spring game on April 22. This week, Julius revealed that he has checked back into treatment for his disorder at a clinic in Missouri.
“Recovery is a wonderful and beautiful thing that I am working on returning to,” he wrote on Facebook. ” … There is light at the end of the tunnel. It is just a very long tunnel.”
Hello friends and family. I just wanted to let everyone know since I have been asked a bunch why I was not at blue white…
“I’m very, very proud of Joey,” Penn State coach James Franklin said in October. “I really am, in so many ways. I know this is something that probably affects and helps others. To see athletes or someone in Joey’s position like this make himself vulnerable and put himself out there like that, I think a lot of people can relate with that and I think a lot of people can connect with that.”
Julius handled kickoff duties in all of Penn State’s games in 2016, and he will be a junior in the 2017 season.