Jason Cabinda starred for Penn State football from 2014-17. During that time, he was a big part of the revitalization of the program under James Franklin.
The linebacker recorded 279 total tackles in four years. He received All-Big Ten plaudits in 2015 and 2016.
His Nittany Lions accomplished a lot during his four years. However, they’ve been unable to reach the College Football Playoff thus far.
Cabinda went on to an NFL career. After going undrafted, he made the Oakland Raiders last season, and recorded 20 tackles as a rookie.
He still follows his alma mater though, and has high hopes for the program.
Jason Cabinda recently joined The Spun’s Chris Rosvoglou on his “Face The Football Facts” podcast to discuss Penn State, as well as his NFL career.
Cabinda thinks the program is at a place where it can reach the College Football Playoff, something it has fallen just short of a few times in recent years. The Nittany Lions just need to finish big games and put together the full resume they need.
“We were really just one step out of it the last two years that I was there… For us, it’s just ‘finish.’ We’ve gotten to points where we were up two touchdowns on Ohio State where, if we win this game, we’re for sure going to the playoffs. They managed to come back during the fourth quarter, so I think it’s really just finishing.
“We have everything we need. We have all of the necessary components to win, to be a dominant team. It’s really just about time management and finishing in that fourth quarter, that’s really the biggest thing these past few years have come down to for us.”
Cabinda also weighed in on the star players he lined up against during his time in college. Trace McSorley may be the top Penn State quarterback in years, but he gives the nod to Saquon Barkley as the most impossible to defend former college teammate.
“”In my opinion, it really comes down to who the most special athlete of those guys is, and to me its Saquon. His mix of size and speed is really just unheard of. He’s a 5-foot-8, 170 pound scatback inside of a 6-foot-2, 230 pound body. That’s the best way that I can describe him.”
Cabinda definitely isn’t the only one who has that takeaway on Barkley, who quickly translated to the NFL game after an incredible Penn State career.