T.J. Rhattigan enters the season looking to add depth to the linebacker unit and crack the rotation or earn a spot on special teams. He made three tackles (two solo) in the 2014 Blue-White game. Rhattigan joins Sean Corcoran as returning Nittany Lions from Chicagoland.
Rhattigan was a first-team all-state selection and the Upstate Eight Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Year as a senior at Neuqua High School. Playing for coach Bryan Wells, he also was an all-city, all-area and all-conference performer. Rhattigan recorded 81 tackles, seven sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception as a senior. He was selected a team captain his final two years. Rhattigan also lettered in track and field.
Full name is Thomas Joseph Rhattigan. He is the son of Thomas and Debbie Rhattigan and has two younger brothers, Jon and Joe. His father played football at West Virginia University and his brother, Joe, is a running back at Princeton University. Rhattigan enjoys fishing, video games and water sports. He is studying labor studies and employment relationships. Born April 13, 1992 in Pittsburgh, Pa.