The Nittany Lions return a talented and deep defensive line, a unit that will be bolstered by the return of senior Brad Bars and an influx of new players. Entering his redshirt freshman campaign, Garrett Sickels appears poised to make an impact at defensive end this fall. He has made significant progress during his first year in the program and should have an opportunity to earn time in the rotation this year. Sickels has excellent physical attributes and the ability to make big plays for the defense. A U.S. Army All-American at Red Bank Regional High School, Sickels is among 12 returning Nittany Lions from New Jersey.
2013 (Freshman Season)
Redshirt season. He made two tackles, including a sack, in the 2014 Blue-White game.
Sickels was a two-time All-America selection as a defensive end at Red Bank Regional High School, playing for head coach Nick Giglio. A three year letterwinner, Sickels logged 194 tackles, 25 sacks and nine forced fumbles in his career. He earned All-America and All-State honors as a junior and senior, while garnering All-Shore and All-Division accolades during each of his final three prep seasons. As a senior, Sickels was named the Divisional Defensive Player of the Year and boasted 75 tackles, nine sacks and forced three fumbles. His junior season netted a career-high 76 stops and 10 sacks, also adding three forced fumbles. He notched six sacks, three forced fumbles and added 43 tackles as a sophomore. He was invited to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game, the Chesapeake Bowl, the New York vs. New Jersey All-Star Game and the All-Shore Game. He was ranked a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
Full name is Garrett Ross Sickels. He is the son of Stanley and Donna Sickels. He has two sisters, Samantha and Jessica. In his free time he enjoys playing lacrosse, paddle boarding and fishing. Intends on majoring in finance to pursue a career on Wall Street. Born September 24, 1994 in Red Bank, N.J.