Blue White Illustrated

June-July 2022

Penn State Sports Magazine

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2 6 J U N E / J U L Y 2 0 2 2 W W W . B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . C O M S P R I N G F O O T B A L L 2 0 2 2 He'll be watching Sean Clifford's back this fall, but keeping defenders away from his QB is just one way in which ascendant offensive tackle Olu Fashanu strives to help others O ff in the distance, at the far end of North Capitol Street, stands the home of the U.S. Congress, its majestic dome clearly visible from the entrance to Olu Fashanu's prep school alma mater, Gonzaga College High. Also visible, indeed un- avoidable, are the high-end condo developments that line the streets around the school, part of a wave of gentrification that has steadily been trans- forming Washington, D.C. Look a little closer, though, and there's another side to the city — right next door to the corridors of wealth and power but populated by people who've been left behind as the money has flowed in. That's the side in which Fashanu immersed himself during his time at Gonzaga. Now a third-year sophomore offensive tackle at Penn State, Fashanu made it a priority during his four years at Gonzaga to help out at a nearby homeless shelter. Every other day, he and his friends would head over to the shelter in between their M AT T H E R B | MATT@BLUEWHITEONLINE.COM To Protect And Serve Coming off a strong performance in the Outback Bowl, the first start of his college career, Fashanu earned praise from coach James Franklin this spring. PHOTO BY STEVE MANUEL

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