Downingtown Native Catches More Than Just a Touchdown in Penn State’s Spring Football Game

Image of Dan Chisena via Penn State Athletics.

Downingtown East High School graduate Dan Chisena, who will be a fifth-year senior at Penn State in the fall, was awarded a full scholarship during the Nittany Lions’ recent spring football game, writes Joe Juliano for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The versatile athlete began his athletic career in Happy Valley as a preferred walk-on to the football team. But he switched to track, a sport he excelled in at Downingtown East, after receiving a partial scholarship. He returned to football last season but did not see much playing time.

That fact seems likely to change, though. In the annual Blue-White Game, Chisena caught a 59-yard touchdown pass from Will Levis in the third quarter, and the feat impressed coach James Franklin.

“With that catch, you’re on full scholarship,” Franklin said after the game.

Chisena enjoyed some success on the Penn State track team, including being a part of the victorious 4×400-meter relay team in the 2017 Big Ten Outdoor Championships. But the desire to give football another go made him switch teams once again.

“I’m very appreciative that Coach Franklin let me come back on the team,” he said. “It’s been an incredible experience so far, and I’m very, very thankful.”

Read more about Dan Chisena in the Philadelphia Inquirer here.

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