James Franklin offers 'love' for former Penn State kicker Joey Julius
- Kicker Joey Julius won't return to the Penn State football team this fall.
- Julius has battled depression and an eating disorder in recent years.
- Julius primarily handled kickoffs last season for Penn State.
- He drew national attention for his big hits.
Penn State kicker Joey Julius, who went public last year about facing depression and an eating disorder, will not return to the team this fall.
A Penn State spokesperson confirmed Monday that Julius, a senior from Hummelstown, no longer is on the roster. Pennlive.com first reported the story.
Penn State coach James Franklin would not discuss the specifics of the decision Tuesday but said that he supports Julius.
“Ultimately for us, the most important thing is the health and welfare of our players and to make sure they’re in a really good place,” Franklin said. “We love Joe, we support Joe, and he has been a huge part of our program and will continue to be.”
Julius, who did not participate in spring drills, announced in May that he had re-entered treatment for an eating disorder. He returned to the St. Louis facility that he first admitted himself into in 2016.
Julius said on Twitter that he has completed treatment.
Julius went public about his treatment last fall, appearing on “Good Morning America” to discuss the stigma of athletes facing such issues. He spoke about his eating disorder prior to the Rose Bowl last year.
"I still have struggles, I still have the depression side of it, still have all the anxieties," Julius said at Rose Bowl media day. "But I also have people who recognize that I'm struggling and can help. It's just easier, because I'm not hiding anything. I'm not holding it in."
Julius, a walk-on who played two seasons at Penn State, primarily handled kickoffs last season. He also drew national attention for his big hits, notably one against Michigan returner Jourdan Lewis.