Pry was promoted to defensive coordinator at Penn State Jan. 10, 2016.
In 2019, Penn State (16.0 ppg) ranked eighth nationally in scoring defense and boasted a stingy rushing defense that allowed just 95.0 yards per game (5th). The 16.0 points allowed per game in 2019 were the fewest for the Nittany Lions since the 2009 squad gave up 12.2 tallies per contest. On top of leading the nation in forced fumbles (22), the Nittany Lions posted 45 sacks (3.46 per game, 7th nationally), marking their fifth consecutive season with 40 or more sacks.
In 2018, the defense paced the Lions, finishing in the top 20 in yards per pass attempt (5th; 5.67), passing efficiency (8th; 106.10), red zone defense (11th; .750), passing yards allowed (15th; 181.5), yards per play (15th; 4.72) and third down conversion defense (19th; .336).
The Penn State defense was a permanent fixture in the opposition’s backfield in 2018, leading the country in sacks (3.62) for the second time in the last four years and ranking fourth in tackles for loss (8.2).