Penn State’s Ayron Monroe wants you to know he’s not like others, and he can prove it
No one has touched it since.
Monroe, who stands 5-foot-11, 204 pounds, is now a football player at Penn State with his track days long in the rearview mirror, but the redshirt sophomore wants anyone willing to listen to know that he’s unique in many ways, and how he set that record offers as good of an example as any to prove it.
“I had hurt my knee in a national track meet in Florida doing hurdles and the Junior Olympics Nationals was two weeks later. I was not going to compete because of how bad my knee was hurting,” Monroe told reporters after Saturday’s Blue-White game.
“Even though I was athletic I used to do the multi events like the pentathlon and a few other events. My coaches, my family and especially my grandmother pushed me to go out there and compete. That exact year I broke the national record in the pentathlon which still stands today. I also won the Male MVP for the Junior Olympics when I was 13. I have always been just a natural athlete.”
That fact was also on display on Saturday, as Monroe wracked up five tackles an interception and a pass breakup playing for Team White in the spring finale at Beaver Stadium. He is one of a few guys vying for the starting safety spot opposite Marcus Allen, joining Troy Apke, Nick Scott, Garrett Taylor, and some others in the race for that job.
Monroe was finally healthy coming into this spring after struggling in that department during his first few years on campus, but the spot wasn’t going to be handed to him, nor anyone else. And, with 15 practices now in the books, it doesn’t look like a decision is ready to be made by position coach Tim Banks nor defensive coordinator Brent Pry, so the competition should stretch into summer camp.
It’ll give Monroe more of a chance to parlay his multi-faceted skill set into potentially a starting job.
“I always thought that I wasn’t the same as everyone else,” he said. “[Fans] are going to find out about me by eventually learning more about me along my journey here. They will see it in my play, when I am out there they are going to find out that I am not someone you will see as a liability. I want to be looked at as someone you can count on and someone you can look at and know that they are going to change the game.
“This all doesn’t just go with football this goes with everything. When I am playing, I want to be the person that is seen as making a difference.”
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