75 days until Penn State football

Penn State aims to bounce back into Big Ten contention this fall following a 7-6 finish last season. The Nittany Lions started 5-0 in 2021, but they struggled in the back half of the season, concluding with an Outback Bowl loss. Since then, Penn State has used the Transfer Portal and a top-10 recruiting class to retool the roster.

Penn State opens its 2022 schedule at Purdue on Sept. 1, and in the meantime, our Countdown to Kickoff series will feature players whose uniform numbers correspond with that number of days remaining until that matchup. We continue with No. 75, and since no current Nittany Lion owns that number, we’ll look back at Eric Shrive.


Position: Offensive line

Size: 6-foot-6, 232 pounds

High School: West Scranton (Scranton, Pa.)

Shrive arrived at Penn State as the highest-rated recruit in the Class of 2009. He was a four-star prospect who was ranked No. 2 in Pennsylvania and No. 39 nationally in the 247 Sports Composite rankings. He was teammates with Penn State quarterback matt mcgloin at West Scranton, and he was a two-time all-state, all-region and all-conference selection, along with a 2009 US Army All-American Bowl participant. Shrive’s classmates in the 2009 group included cornerback Stephen Morrisoffensive lineman John Urschellinebacker Gerald Hodge and defensive lineman Jordan Hill.


Shrive didn’t quite reach the lofty expectations foisted upon him by his recruiting ranking. In 2012, he appeared in all 12 games on offense and special teams. He was part of an offensive line group that blocked for running back Zach Zwinak’s 1,000-yard season and quarterback Matt McGloin’s record-setting year.


Earlier this week, Penn State announced this year’s edition of Lift for Life. The event was canceled in 2020 and closed to the public last year, so this will be the first time it’s been open to the public since 2019. Lift for Life raises money for people with rare diseases. That means it’s a good time to spotlight Shrive.

Shrive spent two years as the vice president of Penn State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes. He raised $31,868 to benefit the Kidney Cancer Association, and overall, he helped Penn State raise more than $110,000 in 2011-12.

For Shrive, it became personal after his uncle was diagnosed with kidney cancer. In his final tow years at Penn State, Shrive raised nearly $70,000 for kidney cancer patients through Lift for Life, and in 2013, he earned the Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award.

“I receive emails and letters all the time thanking me for what I’m doing, and it’s very inspiring that we’re touching people all around the country,” Shrive told the Daily Collegian in 2013.

“I came here as a five-star recruit and it’s been a challenge and struggle,” he said. “This is something I’ve always made an impact with.”

While Shrive might not have made the mark on the field that many expected him to, his off-field impact at Penn State was deep and resonated with many.

Review our previous Countdown to Kickoff profiles…

76 Steve Smear
77 – Salt Wormley
78 – Golden Israel-Achumba
79 – Caedan Wallace
80 – Malick Meiga
81 – Kyle Brady
82 – Liam Clifford
83 – Joe Jurevicius
84 – Theo Johnson
85 – harrison wallace
86 – Brenton Strange
87 – Pat Freiermuth
88 – Jerry Cross
89 – Dave Robinson
90 – Rodney McGraw
91 – D’Von Ellies
92 – Jake Pinegar and Smith Wilbert
93 – Brandon Noble
94 – Sander Sahaidak
95 – Carl Nassib
96 Immanuel Iyke
97 – PJ Mustipher
98 – jordan stout
99 – Coziah Izzard

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