Penn State’s home game on Saturday against Nebraska will mark the final game at Beaver Stadium in the collegiate careers of 23 seniors on the Nittany Lions.
With that in mind, the seniors are looking to get the most out of their Senior Day in Happy Valley in front of the Penn State faithful.
Coach James Franklin said Tuesday he hopes Beaver Stadium is sold out on Saturday as a way to thank the seniors. One of those 23 seniors is tight end Mike Gesicki, who sat down for an interview with GoPSUSports.com on Tuesday to discuss the game against Nebraska as well as his time at Penn State.
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“This is going to be a game filled with a bunch of emotions,” Gesicki said. “It is the last game ever playing in Beaver Stadium, and I can still remember the first time I was here in Beaver Stadium. My junior year of high school, I visited for the whiteout game against Ohio State, and I remember the atmosphere, the fans, and everything about Beaver Stadium.”
Gesicki said he entered the program shortly after Franklin was hired in 2014, and the tight end praised Franklin for the job he has done since.
“When I first got here Coach Franklin had been here for about five months,” Gesicki said. “There’s been some guys on these teams that played for a few coaches. Finally over the past two years, we’ve had complete buy in by all 125 players on the team. We all have the utmost respect for Coach Franklin and trust him, the scheme, and what he preaches to us day in and day out.”
While Gesicki and the Nittany Lions will play at Maryland in the final game of the regular season and will play in a bowl game thereafter, but that didn’t prevent him from discussing how he hopes to be remembered at Penn State.
“I just want to be remembered as somebody who worked hard to achieve what they were able to. Nothing was ever given to me,” Gesicki said. “I was able to work my tale off each and every day for the past four years to be able to accomplish what I’ve been able to. I would like to be remembered as one of the guys that was part of the program that was able to get Penn State back to where it is today.”
Gesicki and Penn State seniors will look to celebrate one more win at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, as the Nittany Lions and Cornhuskers will kick off at 4 p.m. ET on FS1.