Penn State kicker Joey Julius is not on the Nittany Lions’ roster anymore.
Julius, 5-foot-10 and 258 pounds, announced in October 2016, that he had missed Penn State’s spring and summer workouts so he could receive treatment for a binge-eating disorder. He almost the same announcement in May and did not take part in Penn State’s spring game.
“I have been struggling over the last couple months with my eating disorder,” the 22-year-old Julius said in a Facebook post in May. “It got to the point where I had to return to St. Louis to seek further treatment at the McCallum [P]lace.”(ESPN)
Julius said he was improving while away from school and did not put a timetable on his return.
“I am doing well and the treatment is helping,” Julius said in the post. “There is light at the end of the tunnel. It is just a very long tunnel.”
Last season, as a sophomore, Julius was Penn State’s kickoff specialist. Forty-five of his 93 kickoffs went for touchbacks. As a freshman, he converted 10 of 12 field goals and 20 of 24 extra points. Wearing No. 99, he’d power down the field after his kicks like a bowling ball. He’d find the unsuspecting returners and level them, looking more like a linebacker than a kicker.