Penn State suspends Saeed Blacknall, Manny Bowen for Rose Bowl

The Penn State football program has suspended two key players ahead of its Rose Bowl matchup with USC.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Nittany Lions confirmed junior wide receiver Saeed Blacknall and sophomore linebacker Manny Bowen have been suspended for the game due to an “unspecified violations of team rules.”

Josh Moyer of ESPN shared the news.

Bowen started 12 of the 13 games this season for Penn State and recorded 68 tackles, with 8.5 tackles for a loss.

Blacknall, meanwhile, was the team’s leading deep threat averaging 23.1 yards per catch. On the season, Blacknall recorded 15 catches for 347 yards and three touchdowns.

No. 5 Penn State and No. 9 USC take the field in Pasadena on Monday, Jan. 2. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET on ESPN.

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