STATE COLLEGE — Four members of the Penn State football team announced their decisions to forgo their senior seasons and declare for the NFL Draft.
Offensive linemen Ryan Bates (Warrington, Pa.) and Connor McGovern (Larksville, Pa.), defensive tackle Kevin Givens (Altoona, Pa.) and defensive end Shareef Miller (Philadelphia, Pa.) were leaving the program.
Bates was a three-year starter and played 37 games. His accolades included All-Big Ten third team (2017 and 2018) and Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America and USA Today (2016).
McGovern started 34 games in his career. He earned numerous accolades, such as third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2018 and was named the team's Dick Maginnis Memorial Award winner for the top offensive lineman.
In his 39-game career, Givens finished with 82 total tackles (40 solo), 13 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries.
Miller played 40 career games. He leaves the program with 100 total tackles (58 solo), 14.5 sacks, 31.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.