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SteelCityMan786
03-06-2009, 08:57 PM
Just going to create one big ol general thread instead of always creating a new one each year.

2009 is on the way and Spring Practice are around the corner

WE ARE PENN STATE

2009 Schedule
September 5 Akron
September 12 Temple
September 19 Syracuse
September 26 Iowa
October 3 @ Illinois
October 10 Eastern Illinois
October 17 Minnesota
October 24 @ Michigan
October 31 @ Northwestern
November 7 Ohio State
November 14 Indiana
November 21 @ Michigan State

Don't like have 4 in a row at home to start the year. Worried they'll get too comfortable being at home before they play on the road. Not to mention I don't like having Eastern Illinois on the schedule. Although they still have a marquee game with Ohio State later.

SteelCityMan786
03-06-2009, 08:58 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/022109aaa.html
'Football Squad Members Make Wishes of THON Children Come True
Nittany Lions Welcome THON/Make-A-Wish Kids and Their Families to Lasch Building
Feb. 21, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Lasch Football Building was alive with excitement Saturday as more than 30 children tried on helmets and shoulder pads with the Penn State football team as part of The Penn State Dance Marathon and Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The 37th annual Penn State Dance Marathon began Friday in the Bryce Jordan Center to raise funds for children with cancer. Nicknamed "THON," the event is the result of a full year of fundraising by Penn State students for pediatric cancer research and treatment at the Hershey Children's Hospital. More than 700-plus THON dancers were on their feet for 46 consecutive hours.

The nation's largest student-run philanthropy, a THON record $7,490,133 was raised this weekend, nearly $900,000 more than the 2008 record of $6,615,318.0 in 2008. THON has raised more then $59 million for the Four Diamonds Fund since its inception in 1977.

It wasn't just the BJC that was full of fun and smiles on THON weekend. The Lasch Building became a dream come true to a number of boys and girls and their families. Approximately 25 Nittany Lions players served tour guides for the families. Among them were: All-Big Ten quarterback Daryll Clark (Youngstown, Ohio), linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim), linebacker Michael Mauti (Mandeville, La.) and tailback Evan Royster (Fairfax, Va.).

Eight-year-old Janae Holmes was among the THON children who had their wish granted by Make-A-Wish by meeting some of the members of the Penn State football team and getting a tour of the football building. Janae, dressed with Penn State stickers, glitter and ribbon in her hair, looked the part of a true Penn State fan.


"She went through chemo and lost all of her hair, so she has come a long way [with her hair in a ribbon]. A little bit ago she decided to donate her hair and looks to do it again," said mom, Melissa Griffith.

"Janae was so excited to find out that she got the football tour as her wish," said mom, Melissa. "We know that the football tour is a popular event and not every child gets to do it, so we are lucky. The whole family was just as excited as she was. It is great what these guys do for the kids."

Her older brother, Skylar, mother; Melissa Griffith and Joe Griffith joined Janae on her tour. Skylar was also having the time of his life running on all the cardio equipment and playing catch with Mauti in the halls.

Janae was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, a form of cancer that attacks the body's immune and blood-flowing systems, in July 2004 after her mother brought her to the doctors thinking she had a cold. The family would later get the news that Janae had a four-inch mass in her chest.

"She was four when we found out she had cancer and now, she has been in remission for four years, and her remission began in February, so having THON in February is extra special for us," said Melissa Griffith. "We are lucky to be where we are right now, she has so much energy and fight in her that someone her age shouldn't have to have. She is still having some problems with her lymph nodes due to the amount of radiation that was done on her chest."

The tours of the football building began in the squad room where each family was paired with one or two football players who then paraded them around into every room that the kids asked to see. Players took the kids and their families into the locker room to try on some equipment and learn the ritual behind the big "S" in the middle of the room.

"If you step on the "S" you have to do two push-ups. It's just rule, you can't step on it," said Mauti, who played last season as a true freshman.

Tours continued to the weight room, where the kids showed their strength going one-on-one in pull-up competitions. They explored each position unit's meeting room, adding their own x's and o's onto the white boards, sat down in the study area and to the lounge area where the kids could play some foosball and pool with some of the players.

One of the highlights for the families was the trip into Coach Joe Paterno's office. Each child got their picture taken behind his desk and some left notes to him so that he knew his fans were thinking of him

"This is even cool for me," said Royster. "I have only been in this office once before."

The tour also served as a chance for the parents to take a step back, and watch their child explore, being able to keep their mind off their health situations. Cameras and camcorders were in hand the entire time, catching every behind-the-scene secret and documenting every minute.

"The day went by so fast. I am so thankful that we finally had the chance to do this. Janae likes everything about THON and loves every moment, but I think this will be a memory that stays with her forever," said Joe Griffith.

The tours concluded in the locker room with ice cream and cookies served by Royster and Brett Brackett (Lawrenceville, N.J.), as last minute autographs and pictures were taken. A group picture was taken above the "S" in the locker room, to document the group as a whole. Each child left with a goodie-bag of Penn State football merchandise, including posters and folders.

"Being someone these kids look up to is a great feeling. I mean, they are the heroes, not us," said Mauti. "What they go through and are still going through is unreal, and for them to come in here with the energy and excitement that they did just makes all the difference. I am glad that we got to make the wishes of these kids come true, and I hope they know how much it meant to us that they wanted to meet us."

The day went by fast, but the memories will last a lifetime for the families and the players. Though it was sad to say good-bye, smiles continued to take over the locker room as hugs were exchanged and promises of meeting up at THON were expressed.

"Will you come watch me dance tonight at THON?" asked Janae to Mauti. "I will be on stage at 8 o'clock, I better see you. If you can't come you have to watch it at THON.org."

With a smile and a laugh, Mauti knelt down, hugged Janae and promised to watch her dance on stage.

SteelCityMan786
03-06-2009, 08:59 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/030309aac.html
Bowman & Odrick Named to Watch List For 40th Rotary Lombardi Award
Presented to Nation's Top Lineman or Linebacker
March 3, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - A pair of Penn State's first team All-Big Ten performers have been named to the preliminary Watch List for the 40th Rotary Lombardi Award.

Linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.) and defensive tackle Jared Odrick (Lebanon) are among the candidates for the prestigious award, which is limited to down linemen and those defensive players who line up within five yards of the football.

Penn State is the only Big Ten school and one of only eight schools nationally with more than one candidate on the 48-player list. Bowman and Odrick comprise half of the players from Big Ten schools on the Lombardi Award Watch List.

Candidates earned a place on the preliminary Watch List by earning All-American honors or by being named to their respective all-conference first team as selected by the conference's head coaches in 2008. The Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List will be updated prior to the start of the 2009 season in order to identify those players who have been selected as pre-season honors candidates.

Penn State All-American Dan Connor was a Rotary Lombardi Award semifinalist in 2007. Nittany Lion All-America linebacker Paul Posluszny was a finalist for the honor in 2005 and 2006.

Bowman capped an outstanding sophomore season by posting a Penn State bowl record five tackles for loss (minus-21 yards) vs. USC, tying the Rose Bowl record set by Ohio State's Andy Katzenmoyer in the 1997 game. Bowman recorded his fourth sack of the season among his eight tackles (seven solo) in the contest to earn a spot on the ESPN.com All-Bowl Team.

A starter in the final 10 games of 2008, Bowman finished the season with a team-leading 106 tackles (61 solo) and had 16.5 tackles for loss (minus-50). A first team All-Big Ten selection, the athletic and instinctive Bowman recorded four sacks, forced two fumbles, recovered one fumble, returned an interception 29 yards and had five pass break-ups last year. The former Suitland High School standout was fifth in the Big Ten in TFL and tied for No. 8 in tackles.

The Nittany Lions' defensive line will build around Odrick, who will be a senior this fall. Also a first team All-Big Ten honoree in 2008, Odrick is a strong and physical presence. He made 41 tackles, with 9.5 TFL and 4.5 sacks, good for second on the team. A starter in 11 games last year, the former Lebanon High School All-American should be a candidate for additional post-season accolades this season.

The 2009 Rotary Lombardi Award recipient will be announced December 9 at a dinner, which benefits the American Cancer Society, in Houston.

The Nittany Lions (11-2) won their second Big Ten title and Bowl Championship berth in the past four years during the 2008 season. Penn State was No. 8 in the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, earning its 22nd final Top 10 ranking under Coach Joe Paterno. The Lions won at least 11 games for the 14th time under the Hall of Fame coach.

Penn State has earned one of the nation's Top 10 records since the start of the 2005 season, posting a 40-11 (78.4) mark, good for No. 9 nationally. The Nittany Lions have won 42 of their last 53 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.

Entering his 44th season as head coach and 60th on the Penn State coaching staff, Paterno returns 37 letterwinners for the 2009 campaign. The Nittany Lions will begin spring practice later this month.

MasterOfPuppets
03-09-2009, 12:17 PM
Linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.) this is freakin why maryland will never contend for a title....they can't even recruit players in thier own damn back yard !!! damn cheap alumni, needs to open thier check books ...pisses me off...i hate penn state !!! :banging: :mad:

revefsreleets
03-09-2009, 01:21 PM
I know I say this every time, but this year MAY be different.

Akron MAY actually be competitive.

They lured Walt Harris out of retirement to be their QB coach (and they have a Sr QB with a couple years starting experiencefor him to mold), and Shane Montgomery (Miami OH's old HC) as OC. The offense is returning a bunch of guys, and they only lost 1 Olineman. JD Brookhart has recruited well in the last couple years, and they have a brand new stadium opening (which has no impact on the PSU game, but has really helped recruitment out).

Classic trap game for the Lions...

rbryan
03-09-2009, 02:18 PM
Not going to impress anyone with our out of conference schedule again. Not sure what Michigan's expectations are, but if last year is any indication we should be favored in every game except for maybe OSU. Even if we run the table, we will more than likely still be on the outside looking in.

SteelCityMan786
03-14-2009, 09:30 PM
Not going to impress anyone with our out of conference schedule again. Not sure what Michigan's expectations are, but if last year is any indication we should be favored in every game except for maybe OSU. Even if we run the table, we will more than likely still be on the outside looking in.

Unless they're as convincing in each game and don't have that one game trip up.

SteelCityMan786
03-28-2009, 03:30 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/032309aaa.html
Spring Football Drills to Culminate With Blue-White Game on April 25
Autograph Session Among Highlights For Free Event
March 17, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - The Nittany Lion football team will culminate spring drills with one of the highlights of the Penn State sports calendar, the Blue-White Game presented by Donate Life Pennsylvania, on Saturday, April 25.

Kickoff is tentatively scheduled for 2:00 p.m. in Beaver Stadium.

As in previous years, there will be no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White game.

The Blue-White Game is one of the nation's most popular spring football contests. More than 70,000 loyal and enthusiastic Penn State fans have attended the game the past two years, including a record crowd of 73,000 last year. More than 40,000 fans have attended the game in 10 of the past 13 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.

Numerous events will be held in conjunction with the Blue-White Game to celebrate Penn State football, including the popular pre-game autograph session with the players, the announcement of the spring football award winners as well as the recipients of the PNC Bank "Player of the Game" from last season.

Other events held in conjunction with Blue-White Weekend presented by Donate Life Pennsylvania will be announced at a later date. The Nittany Lions will begin spring practice later this month.

The Nittany Lions (11-2) won their second Big Ten title and Bowl Championship berth in the past four years during the 2008 season. Penn State was No. 8 in the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, earning its 22nd final Top 10 ranking under Coach Joe Paterno. The Lions won at least 11 games for the 14th time under the Hall of Fame coach.

Penn State has earned one of the nation's Top 10 records since the start of the 2005 season, posting a 40-11 (78.4) mark, good for No. 9 nationally. The Nittany Lions have won 42 of their last 53 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.

Entering his 44th season as head coach and 60th on the Penn State coaching staff, Paterno returns 37 letterwinners and 10 starters for the 2009 campaign.

Donate Life Pennsylvania reminds Nittany Lion fans: "Become an organ donor today, because Life Begins with You. Visit donatelife-pa.org."

SteelCityMan786
03-28-2009, 03:32 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/032309aaa.html
Nittany Lions Intensify Preparations for 2009 Campaign With Start of Spring Practice
No Admission or Parking Fee for Blue-White Game on April 25
March 23, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - The Penn State football team will begin on-field preparations for the 2009 campaign on Wednesday with the opening of spring practice.

Since classes resumed in mid-January, the Lasch Football Building and Holuba Hall have been hubs of activity, with the Nittany Lions hard at work with off-season weight training and conditioning. Penn State will culminate its 15 allotted spring practices with the highly-anticipated Blue-White Game presented by Donate Life Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 25. Kickoff is at 2:00 p.m. in Beaver Stadium. The contest can be heard on the Penn State Sports Network and www.GoPSUsports.com, the official website of Penn State Athletics.

Admission and parking for the Blue-White game are free as in previous years.

A little more than four months after the Blue-White game, Penn State opens its 123rd campaign, hosting Akron on Sept. 5. The Nittany Lions begin their 17th season of Big Ten Conference competition on Sept. 26, hosting Iowa.

The Nittany Lions (11-2) won their second Big Ten title and Bowl Championship berth in the past four years during the 2008 season. Penn State was No. 8 in the final Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, earning its 22nd final Top 10 ranking under Coach Joe Paterno. The Lions won at least 11 games for the 14th time under the Hall of Fame coach.

Penn State has earned one of the nation's Top 10 records since the start of the 2005 season, posting a 40-11 (78.4) mark, good for No. 9 nationally. The Nittany Lions have won 42 of their last 53 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season.

In his 44th season as head coach, and 60th on the Penn State coaching staff, Joe Paterno welcomes back 37 letterwinners and 10 starters from last year, as well as nine additional players with starting experience. The nine additional players with previous starts have a combined total of 47 amongst them.

Penn State returns 18 letterwinners on defense (four starters), 17 on offense (five starters) and punter Jeremy Boone, as well fifth-year senior linebacker Sean Lee, who missed last season with a knee injury. The Nittany Lions have lost the services of 20 lettermen for spring drills -- 11 on offense, eight on defense and placekicker Kevin Kelly.

Among the returnees are seven Nittany Lions who have earned All-Big Ten recognition: senior punter Jeremy Boone (first team in 2007), junior linebacker Navorro Bowman (first team in 2008), senior quarterback Daryll Clark (first team in 2008), senior defensive tackle Jared Odrick (first team in 2008), junior tailback Evan Royster (second team in 2008), junior guard Stefen Wisniewski (second team in 2008) and Lee (second team in 2007).

Bowman and Odrick are on the pre-season Watch List for the 2009 Rotary Lombardi Award. Clark was a semifinalist for the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards last year and Royster was a semifinalist for the 2008 Doak Walker Award.

The Blue-White Game is one of the nation's most popular spring football contests. More than 70,000 loyal and enthusiastic Penn State fans have attended the game the past two years, including a record crowd of 73,000 in 2008. More than 40,000 fans have attended the game in 10 of the past 13 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.

Numerous events will be held in conjunction with the Blue-White Game to celebrate Penn State football, including the popular pre-game autograph session with the players, the announcement of the spring football award winners as well as the recipients of the PNC Bank "Player of the Game" from last season.

Other events held in conjunction with Blue-White Weekend presented by Donate Life Pennsylvania will be announced at a later date.

Season tickets are available for the 2009 season. The Nittany Lions will host three teams that played in bowl games in 2008: Iowa (Sept. 26), Minnesota (Oct. 17-Homecoming), and Ohio State (Nov. 7). Beaver Stadium will host its 300th game when the Buckeyes visit for the always highly-anticipated clash between the border rivals.

For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, fans can call 1-800-648-8269 (1-800-NITTANY).

SteelCityMan786
03-28-2009, 03:34 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/032709aab.html

Blue-White Newsconference

SteelCityMan786
03-28-2009, 03:39 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/032709aaa.html
Penn State, Paterno Open Spring Drills
Four months after hip replacement surgery, Paterno pronounced himself back at 100 percent
March 27, 2009

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -The glasses were thick and smoky, and the Nike sneakers were as jet-black as ever.

Yup, Joe Paterno's back. No cane in sight, the 82-year-old Hall of Famer paced the Penn State practice field Friday, the second day of spring drills.

Four months after hip replacement surgery, Paterno pronounced himself back at 100 percent, with the continued goal of returning to the sideline when the season opens this fall. Paterno spent the last eight games of the 2008 campaign coaching from the press box.

"I feel great. I'm not sure about from the neck up, but from the neck down, I'm OK," he joked before practice in his first meeting with reporters since the Rose Bowl. "I'm fine, really. That's a dead issue."

As for the Rose Bowl, that's a different story.

The 38-24 loss to Southern California on Jan. 1 made for bitter offseason memories in the minds of the Big Ten champions.

"Absolutely," Paterno quickly replied when asked if the loss lingered over the winter. "We didn't play well, we didn't coach well. I walked away from it not feeling good about anything. I think we can do better."

No break for the returning players when they returned to Happy Valley. They went right into what fifth-year linebacker Sean Lee described as one of the toughest winter workout regimens he's been through in his career.

"We want to get back to a situation like that, if not better," said Lee, who missed last season because of a right knee injury.

To do so, though, Paterno will need to patch many holes. Just five starters return on offense and four on defense. The entire secondary must be replaced.

Paterno has been especially fond in the past of using the spring to shuttle younger players into different positions to see if they're a better fit elsewhere.

"I think we got a lot of work ahead of us, but I don't think it's situation where we can't be a good football team," he said.

Gone, at least, is last spring's drama about Paterno's expiring contract, a distraction that hung around the program until JoePa and the university finalized a three-year extension last December.

Now, the focus is seemingly just on football as Paterno heads into his record 44th season as head coach, and his 60th on the Penn State staff counting his days as an assistant.

There's a solid footing of leaders next year with Lee back from injury and quarterback Daryll Clark ready to take charge on offense.

Another key returnee is defensive line assistant coach Larry Johnson, who interviewed for the Illinois defensive coordinator job but ended up staying at Penn State. Paterno said he had been worried about losing Johnson, one of his top recruiters, but told him he didn't need to be a coordinator to eventually take a head-coaching job.

Paterno also weighed in on the situation facing his friend and Florida State football coach Bobby Bowden, who may have to forfeit as many as 14 of his 382 career wins as part of NCAA sanctions over an academic cheating scandal. JoePa is the leader for victories among major college coaches with 383.

Florida State has accepted some of the NCAA sanctions, but has said it will appeal the punishment to strip the school of victories.

"I don't think that should have anything to do with Bobby's record. I don't think Bobby had much to do with what happened," Paterno said when asked if he had spoken to Bowden. "I just hope people don't distort what a great coach Bobby Bowden has been, which he has been."

Otherwise, an affable Paterno traded his usual friendly jabs with reporters, and put a pitch in for the Penn State basketball team. He plans to watch the Nittany Lions in New York when they play Notre Dame in the NIT semifinals.

A native New Yorker, Paterno said he played basketball in the old Madison Square Garden in high school, and told stories of watching big men like George Mikan play there in the NIT.

Then, hamming for the camera, Paterno displayed his free-throw technique from his youth - a two-handed underhand shot that started between his knees.

SteelCityMan786
03-28-2009, 03:41 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/517489.html?nav=5017
Paterno has no worries when it comes to Lee
By Matt Herb,sports@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK - If nothing else, Joe Paterno knows what to expect from one facet of his defending Big Ten champion football team. That facet's name: Sean Lee.

Paterno said Friday, just before heading to Holuba Hall for the Nittany Lions' second practice of the spring, he isn't planning on pushing the fifth-year senior linebacker to the limit.

"Lee doesn't have to prove anything to us," he said. "We know that he's a football player."

Labeled "one of the best kids I've ever coached" by Paterno, Lee missed the 2008 season after the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee was torn last April while he was chasing quarterback Daryll Clark during spring drills. The 2007 All-American said his surgically repaired and extensively rehabbed knee has been feeling normal again for about the past month and a half, and he's eager to start hitting.

"I'm going to do seven-on-seven, agility drills, linebacker drills," Lee said "I'm going to do whatever they tell me to do. And whatever drill I do, I'm going to do 100 percent. If they want to take me out, they'll take me out."

It appears the coaches do indeed plan on having him give way when contact is involved. Said Paterno, "We've got some young kids that we've got to find out some things about."

Lee aside, there's a lot to be learned about this squad this spring, and not just at linebacker. Penn State has lost six starters on offense and seven on defense, as well as four-year starting kicker Kevin Kelly. Graduation hit the Lions especially hard on the offensive line and at the receiver and defensive back positions.

The secondary will be one of the team's primary concerns with four starters gone. The Lions have a potential rising star in safety Drew Astorino, and veteran cornerback A.J. Wallace returns as well, but even so, the Lions are anxious to see what they've got.

"We've got to get a secondary that can stand on its own two feet," Paterno said. "That's one of the big jobs we have."

On offense, Paterno said the Lions will try to avoid scaling back their plans, even with three new starters manning the offensive line and Graham Zug, Brett Brackett, Derrick Moye and Chaz Powell vying to replace standout receivers Deon Butler, Derrick Williams and Jordan Norwood.

"We're not going to go into it with the idea it's going to affect us. We're going to try to do the things we've done," Paterno said. "A lot of those kids have been around. We've got a quarterback who's been there. And of the wideouts, Zug has played a lot of football and Brackett knows what's going on. Powell has played some. Moye has not played a lot, but he's been around. So I wouldn't want to change a lot. But we'll do what we have to do. If it doesn't work out that way and we have to go back to the single-wing, we'll go back to the single-wing."

Clark said the Nittany Lions have been driven during the winter and the start of spring practice by memories of their lopsided 38-24 loss to USC in the Rose Bowl.

"We kind of forgot about it, but we didn't forget about it, if you know what I mean," Clark said. "That's been motivation. The national championship is going to be out at the Rose Bowl this year, and that's everyone's goal. We've gotten a lot of the young guys in tune with what we're trying to accomplish this year, and it showed in winter workouts."

Franco32Harris
03-28-2009, 08:59 PM
I think I may have to go to the Ohio State game this year.

SteelCityMan786
03-28-2009, 10:58 PM
I think I may have to go to the Ohio State game this year.

It always sells out fast. When you hear the public sale date if you plan on buying through the school, I recommend you buy them on that day. (Just thought I'd give you a friendly heads up)

SteelCityMan786
03-30-2009, 09:53 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/033009aaf.html

Today's Press Transcript.

JHSilverback
03-31-2009, 12:00 AM
I'm transfering to Main Campus next fall and I'm fired up for the football season already..hopefully I can get my student season tickets for the season...also what everyones thoughts on how the oline and recieving groups are going to look for PSU this year? and anyone else notice that how many large dbs we recurited hmmm makes me wonder if we are going to a more man to man feel instead of zone

SteelCityMan786
04-03-2009, 11:14 PM
I'm transfering to Main Campus next fall and I'm fired up for the football season already..hopefully I can get my student season tickets for the season...also what everyones thoughts on how the oline and recieving groups are going to look for PSU this year? and anyone else notice that how many large dbs we recurited hmmm makes me wonder if we are going to a more man to man feel instead of zone

Good Luck with getting tickets. You probably know already they do them by class each day. Word of note, Ticketmaster system sometimes sucks. First year they did that, someone I know up at the campus had trouble getting tickets.

O-Line should be alright. But for me to make an honest opinion, I'll have to see them durin the Blue White Game

WR I think we'll be alright. Zug has shown that he can lead the way. I also like recruit Justin Brown.

PeckerWood
04-08-2009, 01:39 PM
Won't be a bad year for Penn State but ending up in second place in the Big Ten won't make it seem like a good year.

revefsreleets
04-08-2009, 03:51 PM
If they win it every 3rd or 4th season that ain't bad. I think they are better than every other team but OSU. Michigan will be hung over for a few years. Iowa came on at the end but aren't quite there yet. Michigan State may make a move into the Big 10 elite. Wiscy is still good but not PSU/OSU good. Illinois is a big question mark. They have the talent but is Zook the right coach?

I've got 2009 as:
OSU
PSU
Iowa
MSU
Wiscy
Michigan

With the usual bottom feeders scrambling to qualify to play Tulsa in the the Meineke Muffler Bowl....

SteelCityMan786
04-08-2009, 06:31 PM
If they win it every 3rd or 4th season that ain't bad. I think they are better than every other team but OSU. Michigan will be hung over for a few years. Iowa came on at the end but aren't quite there yet. Michigan State may make a move into the Big 10 elite. Wiscy is still good but not PSU/OSU good. Illinois is a big question mark. They have the talent but is Zook the right coach?

I've got 2009 as:
OSU
PSU
Iowa
MSU
Wiscy
Michigan

With the usual bottom feeders scrambling to qualify to play Tulsa in the the Meineke Muffler Bowl....

Penn State in my opinion, is on the same playing level as Ohio State. However, if they're going to beat Ohio State, they must get good linemen who can keep Darryl Clark upright and find the rights guys to replace Maybin and Evans.

revefsreleets
04-09-2009, 09:20 AM
Not disagreeing. I think the Big 10 is now OSU/PSU and everyone else (Michigan is out of the running for the meantime).

SteelCityMan786
04-09-2009, 12:02 PM
Not disagreeing. I think the Big 10 is now OSU/PSU and everyone else (Michigan is out of the running for the meantime).

:iagree: Right now I might be able to only point to one game that can determine the Big 10 Championship is Penn State vs. Ohio State. Each team's program is only going to get better. I wouldn't be surprised if both teams end up representing the Big 10 again in the BCS.

In the past I have been able to point out 3 games that could determine it. All 3 of them have involved Penn State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin. Wisconsin though, doesn't appear to their same old selves.

revefsreleets
04-09-2009, 12:21 PM
Iowa is a "comer" though.

SteelCityMan786
04-18-2009, 12:38 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09102/962301-143.stm

PSU Football: Retooling defense is a priority
Sunday, April 12, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has been one of the busiest men on the practice field since spring drills began last month.

He must replace seven starters from a team that finished 11-2, earned a share of the Big Ten Conference title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.

Bradley's secondary not only has been gutted by graduation, he also is operating without his top three defensive ends, including All-American Aaron Maybin, who decided to skip his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft later this month.

"The secondary obviously is our biggest concern since we lost all four starters," Bradley said. "We've lost a lot of depth on the defensive line, too. We thought we were going to be OK there, but with two guys -- Maybin and [Maurice] Evans -- leaving early for the NFL draft, we've had to readjust our thinking a little bit."

The Nittany Lions' four departed starters in the secondary -- first-team All-Big Ten safety Anthony Scirrotto and second-team cornerback Lydell Sargeant, safety Mark Rubin and cornerback Tony Davis -- combined for 117 career starts and 24 interceptions.

The players vying to replace them have nine career starts and four interceptions between them.

Senior left cornerback A.J. Wallace is the most experienced returnee. He has played in 39 games in his career, with six starts. He has 66 career tackles and an interception.

Fifth-year senior right cornerback Knowledge Timmons has played safety and cornerback and served as the gunner on the punt coverage team. He has 31 career tackles and one interception.

Redshirt sophomore free safety Drew Astorino played in all 13 games last year, making three starts. He had 39 tackles and two interceptions.

Redshirt sophomore strong safety Andrew Dailey is playing his third position since last season. Nick Sukay, an often-injured redshirt sophomore from Greensburg Central Catholic High School, is pressing Dailey for playing time.

"There will be some growing pains in the secondary with all of the new people back there," Bradley said.

Besides Maybin (12 sacks last year) and Evans (12Â 1/2 sacks in 2007), the Lions also lost defensive end Josh Gaines, a three-year starter. Sophomore Jack Crawford is expected to take over for Maybin at left end and either redshirt sophomores Kevion Latham or Eric Latimore for Gaines at right end.

Penn State remains solid on the inside, with senior first-team All-Big Ten pick Jared Odrick returning at right tackle and redshirt junior Ollie Ogbu at left tackle. The top backup, redshirt junior Abe Koroma, also is back.

The good news for Bradley is that fifth-year linebacker Sean Lee from Upper St. Clair is returning after missing last year with a torn ACL in his right knee. He is not participating in contact drills this spring, but likely will replace another starter, fifth-year senior middle linebacker Josh Hull, in the fall.

Redshirt junior outside linebacker Navorro Bowman, a first-team All-Big Ten pick, will join Lee. Sophomore Michael Mauti is the top candidate to replace Butler's Tyrell Sales at the other outside linebacker spot.

Like Lee, fifth-year senior linebacker/end Jerome Hayes also has been limited in spring practice. He has missed a good portion of the past two seasons with ACL injuries, but he is expected to be at full strength in preseason camp.

"I feel like we have some of the best athletes on the team at linebacker," Lee said. "I feel like they'd be able to play on a lot of other teams."

SteelCityMan786
04-18-2009, 12:41 AM
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Lee makes Lott Trophy watch list

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State senior linebacker Sean Lee is has been selected to the 2009 Lott Trophy Watch List. The All-Big Ten selection is among a group of six Big Ten players to receive the nomination.

Named in honor of College and Pro Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, The Lott Trophy is awarded to college football's Defensive Impact Player of the Year. Sponsored by The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, the award is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: integrity, maturity, performance, academics, community and tenacity.

The Lott Trophy is the only college football award to honor athletic performance and personal character.

SteelCityMan786
04-18-2009, 12:43 AM
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When Joe Speaks
By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com

A capsule look at Joe Paterno's Big Ten coaches teleconference Tuesday.

First things second: Paterno is very concerned about the Nittany Lions' secondary, which has to replace all four starters. "We've got a long, long way to go to be a good secondary," JoePa said. "We're not even close." Projected starting cornerback A.J. Wallace has been slowed this spring after recently pulling a hamstring. Paterno did acknowledge safety Drew Astorino has had a good spring.

Soft served: Paterno was asked about this year's weak non-conference schedule, which includes Akron, Syracuse, Temple and Eastern Illinois. "I haven't got the slightest idea how good or bad some of the people we're going to play [are] yet," he said. "I don't have time to worry about anybody but our squad." Paterno confirmed there were talks to play TCU at home this season but noted the Horned Frogs "backed out."

Watch out for Walt: Paterno did mention he knows Walt Harris is on Akron's staff, as the quarterbacks coach. Paterno made a point to say Harris was Pitt's head coach the last time the Lions played the Panthers in 2000, and that Pitt won the game.

No asterisks: Florida State coach Bobby Bowden may have to forfeit 14 victories because of an alleged academic scandal, and that would increase JoePa's margin over Bowden to 15 in the all-time Division I wins race. "I'd hate to see them take them away from him," Paterno said. He later added, "I think Bobby should have the 14 wins. ... You don't want to start sticking asterisks next to guys' names."

Powell OK: Paterno denied a fightonstate.com report that receiver Chaz Powell had suffered an ankle injury Monday in practice. "He didn't get hurt," the coach said. "No. Practiced all day [Monday]. ... He's fine."

SteelCityMan786
04-18-2009, 12:44 AM
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PSU will play Iowa at 8 p.m.

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State's football schedule is beginning to take shape.

The school announced Wednesday that two games have been set for late-afternoon or night starts, including the Nittany Lions' Sept. 26 game against Iowa at Beaver Stadium, which will kick off at 8 p.m. and will be televised by ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.

The Big Ten also announced that Penn State's Oct. 24 contest at Northwestern will kick at 3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET and air on ESPN or ESPN2.

The two Penn State contests are among 14 Big Ten football games that will air in prime time this fall on ESPN, ESPN2, ABC or the Big Ten Network.

Penn State and Iowa are the only conference schools with more than one prime time game on ESPN or ABC this season.

No additional Big Ten home games will be moved to primetime (or after 4:30 Eastern time) for the 2009 season.

School spokesman Jeff Nelson said the remaining games on the Lions' Big Ten schedule would likely be at noon or 3:30 p.m. He said ESPN could still propose an 8 p.m. window for a conference game, but both schools would have to agree, and it would be unlikely PSU would play a second late home game.

Penn State will be playing at least one regular season night game for the 10th consecutive season. Last year, the Nittany Lions defeated Illinois and Michigan at home and Wisconsin and Ohio State on the road in prime time.

A Penn State game owns the top four spots and eight of the 12 all-time among the highest rated Big Ten football games on ESPN.

The Nittany Lions conclude spring drills on Saturday, April 25 with the annual Blue-White Game. Kickoff is 2 p.m., and admission is free.

SteelCityMan786
04-18-2009, 12:45 AM
Personally I think the Ohio State game needs to be a night game. No Reason for it to be 3:30. It should be an 8:00 ESPN/ABC Game.

SteelCityMan786
04-18-2009, 12:46 AM
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Here’s to your health: Lions need an injury-free season from Clark
Commentary
By Cory Giger,cgiger@altoonamirror.com

There will not be a player more important to his team in college football this fall than Daryll Clark will be to Penn State.

With Clark under center, the Nittany Lions have a chance to go 11-1 or 12-0 and play in a BCS bowl. The schedule is so weak that even an above-average PSU team could win the Big Ten and return to the Rose Bowl.

But if Clark gets hurt, the Lions could go 7-5 and end up in a toilet bowl.

The senior signal caller knows he must do everything he can to stay healthy for the good of the team.

"We've been talking about it a lot," Clark, in the middle of spring drills, told the Mirror on Tuesday.

"Obviously, running is a big part of my game, and I'm going to have to try to not take any unnecessary hits that can give me a concussion or sprain an ankle or some of those unfortunate things that can happen. That's an adjustment that I will make and realize that I can't get hurt."

The Lions could have a lot of holes this year after losing key receivers, offensive linemen and defensive backs. Still, the team should be good enough to win at least 10 games and possibly more because of the embarrassingly bad non-conference schedule and favorable Big Ten slate.

Losing Clark would be disastrous since the dropoff from the all-Big Ten quarterback to the second stringer is massive.

If the season started today, Clark's backup would be a walk-on, redshirt freshman Matt McGloin. However, true freshman Kevin Newsome figures to win the backup job this fall.

Pat Devlin won't be around to fill in like he did at Ohio State last year. He got tired of sitting the bench and transferred to Delaware.

So it's either Clark, a walk-on or a true freshman.

Keep that in mind every time you see Clark take a big hit this fall. Then gasp and hold your breath until he gets up.

It's not exactly soothing, either, knowing Clark will be playing behind a revamped, largely inexperienced offensive line.

Clark said McGloin has made good strides this spring and noted Newsome, who enrolled early so he could participate in spring drills, is showing promise.

"There's not a situation that they can't handle, and our coaches have done a good job of putting them in tight situations like two-minute drills at practice," Clark said. "But you know, practice is one thing, the game is another, and obviously experience comes with both."

Clark backed up Anthony Morelli for two years - or one year too long, as the benefit of hindsight shows - before enjoying an impressive 2008 season. He led the Lions to an 11-2 record while throwing for 2,592 yards, 19 TDs and six interceptions and completing 59.8 percent of his passes.

"I needed last year to become more comfortable being a leader," Clark said. "I think this is my job now. This is my job to lead this football team, and that's what I'm going to do."

Joe Paterno won't come right out and say it, but he knows the fate of his team depends on Clark staying healthy.

"He's a very, very fine quarterback," Paterno said on a teleconference Tuesday. "[He] can throw the ball really well, he's doing everything you want in a quarterback, he's great in the huddle, he's [great] in meetings. .... He's a real big league quarterback right now."

Clark's biggest breakthrough this spring has been in the leadership category. He shared that role with veterans like receiver Derrick Williams and center A.Q. Shipley last season, but the offense now belongs to him.

"Coach Joe made it evident that they needed me to step up and be the biggest leader on this football team because of what we lost last year," Clark said.

"I've taken on this role, full head of steam, and I've been doing really well with it. Some guys that may have a somewhat bad practice or whatever, I'm not the guy to yell at them or anything. That's not my place. I am a person that will call a player off to the side and encourage him to get better."

Leadership?

Check.

Personality and charisma?

Check

Passing and running skills?

Check.

Clark has everything he needs to lead Penn State to another big season. The biggest thing the Lions need from him is simply to stay on the field.

SteelCityMan786
04-18-2009, 12:48 AM
Also the Northwestern game is at 4:30 to add on to the Iowa time notice.

SteelCityMan786
04-18-2009, 12:49 AM
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Wisniewski must deal with change
By Cory Giger,cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Stefen Wisniewski not only is replacing the best center in the country, he's also replacing Penn State's best leader.

Oh, and he's learning a new position to boot.

Good luck with all that.

"It's really a lot different," Wisniewski said of his switch from guard to center. "It's actually kind of more different than I expected."

He's not phased by it, however, saying he views the move as "an opportunity, not as pressure."

Wisniewski has enjoyed having his predecessor, A.Q. Shipley, around this spring to help him adapt. Shipley, the Rimington Trophy winner as the nation's best center in 2008, has been working out at Penn State in preparation for the NFL draft.

"I'm excited to be filling in for the best center in the country because I got to learn from him," Wisniewski said. "I got to work with him last year, asking him how he blocks and things.

"He's been around this spring working out, so I've been bugging him all the time with questions - how do you step here, how do you use your hands here? It's really been a blessing having him around."

Shipley has no doubt Wisniewski will be able to handle the switch.

"The kid is an extremely smart kid," Shipley said. "He's going to be a heck of a center."

Wisniewski, a junior this fall, started 12 games at right guard last season and even earned one start as a true freshman in 2007. This year, he will be an integral part of a revamped offensive line that lost three starters - Shipley, left tackle Gerald Cadogan and left guard Rich Ohrnberger.

"He was a backup center last year; he played guard and center," PSU coach Joe Paterno said of Wisniewski. "He's a smart kid, and I think he can do both. Wisniewski comes from a football family. His uncle [Steve] and father [Leo] were great football players here. Young Wisniewski will be fine."

The center position is a natural leadership spot on the field, and Shipley excelled in that role. Wisniewski is still learning in that regard.

"The center is, whether he's a leader or not, he's kind of in charge of organizing everybody with calling the huddle and with calling the blocking schemes," Wisniewski said. "So everyone kind of has to look to the center anyway for some of those things."

He's only moving about a foot and a half to his left, but Wisniewski's new position offers one big difference.

"You have a lot less space to work with as a center - with the nose guard kind of being right on your face - as opposed to guard, where you've got a solid yard back off the ball of space to work with," Wisniewski said.

It may not sound like much, but it's a major adjustment.

"They're on you," Shipley said of the defensive linemen, "so it's being able to be laterally quick whenever you're blocking."

Wisniewski has to approach the center spot a little differently than Shipley because of his height. Wisniewski is 6-foot-3 and 302 pounds, while Shipley is two inches shorter at 6-1, 297.

"One advantage he had, being a little shorter, is he had an easier time with leverage," Wisniewski said.

SteelCityMan786
04-19-2009, 09:49 PM
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PENN STATE FOOTBALL
Clark’s skills sharp in live scrimmage
Jeff Rice

UNIVERSITY PARK — Three quarterbacks displayed three different stages of development Saturday as Penn State conducted a live scrimmage for reporters and high school coaches in Holuba Hall.

Senior quarterback Daryll Clark, the lone player in a red, no-contact jersey, was sharp and decisive in firstteam work during both the scrimmage and in prior 7-on-7 drills. His short passes were low and on target and most of his deep outs were accurate as well.

Working with the second team for all but a few snaps, true freshman Kevin Newsome had an up-and-down afternoon. His passes, thrown with a three-quarter, sidearm motion, had zip but often missed his intended targets. He seemed jumpy in the pocket, though defensive linemen from both the first and second-team defenses gave him little time to throw.

Newsome looked much more comfortable — and more efficient — as a ballcarrier, displaying good patience, vision and speed with a low-to-the- ground style.

Redshirt freshman walk-on Matt McGloin showed the difference between a freshman and a player with a year of college

experience, even if that experience came on the scout team. Though he lacked the arm strength of Clark and Newsome, McGloin was accurate on short balls and deep balls, at one point connecting with fellow walk-on and Philipsburg-Osceola alumnus J.D. Mason for considerable gains on consecutive plays.

There were, by necessity, a few new faces on the firstteam units.

Wide receivers Brett Brackett, Graham Zug and Derek Moye joined tight ends Andrew Quarless and Mickey Shuler as Clark’s targets. Sophomore fullback Joe Suhey lined up in front of tailback Evan Royster. The firstteam offensive line included sophomore DeOn’tae Pannell at left tackle, redshirt freshman Matt Stankiewitch at left guard, Stefen Wisniewski at center, junior Lou Eliades at right guard and Dennis Landolt at right tackle.

Sophomore defensive ends Jack Crawford and Kevion Latham showed burst and power and joined veteran defensive tackles Jared Odrick and Ollie Ogbu on the first-team line. Michael Mauti, Josh Hull and Navorro Bowman were the first-team linebackers (senior Sean Lee took reps on the inside for a few plays before the scrimmage). Seniors Knowledge Timmons and A.J. Wallace were the firstteam cornerbacks, with sophomore Drew Astorino at free safety and sophomore Andrew Dailey, a converted linebacker, at strong safety.

Sophomore Chaz Powell, senior James McDonald and redshirt freshman A.J. Price were the second-team wide receivers. Shuler and Andrew Szczerba split second-team reps at tight end. Sophomore Brandon Beachum ran the ball well as the second-team tailback (sophomore Stephfon Green and junior Brent Carter are sitting out the spring with injuries) behind an offensive line of left tackle Nerraw McCormack, left guard Johnnie Troutman, center Quinn Barham, right guard James Terry and right tackle Ako Poti. Both McCormack and Poti will enter their final seasons after transferring from junior colleges in 2007.

The second-team defensive line included ends Pete Massaro and Eric Latimore and tackles Abe Koroma and Devon Still. State College’s Nathan Stupar joined Chris Colasanti and Bani Gbadyu on a second-team linebacking corps that made big plays against all three offensive units. Sophomore D’Anton Lynn and senior Devin Fen-tress were the second-team cornerbacks; sophomore Nick Sukay was the free safety and junior Cedric Jeffries was the strong safety.

Third-team players of note included sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Ware, who gave Stankiewitch all he could handle on a few plays; true freshman safety Gerald Hodges; converted tight end Jon Ditto at outside linebacker; converted linebacker Shaine Thompson at tailback and Penns Valley’s Ethan Hull, Josh’s younger brother, at right guard.

The Nittany Lions will conclude spring practices with the Blue-White game on April 25 in Beaver Stadium.

revefsreleets
04-20-2009, 10:53 AM
Personally I think the Ohio State game needs to be a night game. No Reason for it to be 3:30. It should be an 8:00 ESPN/ABC Game.

If both teams look like they are gouing to be undefeated, I think they'll move it. I know the Buckeyes will be up for that...they LOVE playing in front of that crowd in a white out!

SteelCityMan786
04-20-2009, 05:04 PM
If both teams look like they are gouing to be undefeated, I think they'll move it. I know the Buckeyes will be up for that...they LOVE playing in front of that crowd in a white out!

Both sides do. Beaver Stadium and Ohio Stadium both in my opinion are the toughest stadiums to play in in the Big Ten.

SteelCityMan786
04-25-2009, 07:14 PM
Come on Navoro. Don't screw up your carrier.

http://post-gazette.com/pg/09115/965583-100.stm
Paterno: Linebacker flunked random drug test
Saturday, April 25, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --- Penn State coach Joe Paterno said today that troubled outside linebacker Navorro Bowman recently flunked a random drug test administered by the school.

"Sometime we tested him and he was positive, and we were aware of that," Paterno said prior to the Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium.

Bowman violated his probation last week --- he admitted to smoking marijuana -- and was given an additional year by Centre County Judge Bradley Lunsford.

Lunsford told Bowman if he violates his probation again, he will be sentenced to six months in jail.

Paterno said he will meet with Bowman next week to decide his punishment. Bowman, a first-team All-Big Ten Conference performer, did not suit up for today's final spring scrimmage.

"I don't want to overreact," Paterno said. "He's been a pretty good kid. But, on the other hand, he's got to solve his problem, and we'll see how we work it out next week."

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2009, 10:50 PM
Congratulations to all Penn State Football Players who were drafted/signed to an Undrafted Free Agent Contract. Good Luck in the pros and make us proud!!!

Aaron Maybin-(Buffalo)
Derrick Williams-(Detroit)
Deon Butler-(Seattle)
Rich Ohrnberger-(New England)
A.Q. Shipley-(Pittsburgh)

UDFA
Jordan Norwood-(Cleveland)

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2009, 10:55 PM
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The hometown kid: Steelers draft PSU’s Shipley in 7th round
Butler, Williams, Ohrnberger also picked in draft
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Penn State's A.Q. Shipley had a frustrating afternoon waiting to hear his name called.

Then the phone rang. It was the Pittsburgh Steelers, his hometown team, and suddenly Shipley's disappointment turned into elation.

"I couldn't be happier," the former Nittany Lion standout told the Mirror. "This is a dream come true, obviously, growing up a Steelers fan."

Shipley, an All-American center for the Lions in 2008, had hoped to be selected in the middle rounds of the NFL draft. He slipped all the way to seventh and final round, but he ended up in what he calls "as good of an opportunity as I could walk into."

Center was a need for the Steelers - veteran Justin Hartwig was the only experienced player at the position last season - and Shipley's name had been mentioned as a possibility in pre-draft speculation. He was the 17th pick of the seventh round and 226th overall.

"I obviously thought I was going to go higher," Shipley said. "I was waiting around all day for the call, and when I finally get the call and it's the Pittsburgh Steelers, I was like a little kid in a candy store."

Shipley is from Coraopolis, just outside of Pittsburgh, and attended Moon Area High School. He stayed close to home for college in Happy Valley and will be even closer to home playing on Sundays at Heinz Field.

"From my dad in the '70s all the way until now, my family has been as big of Steelers fans as there is," Shipley said.

Shipley waited longer than expected to be drafted, while Penn State receiver Deon Butler went much earlier than many people projected.

Butler, the Lions' career receptions leader, was selected in the third round by the Seattle Seahawks.

"That's a great fit," Butler said. "I'm a wide receiver, and any time a team throws the ball like [they do], you like that."

Butler's draft stock soared after he ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. had Butler rated higher on his draft board than Penn State teammate Derrick Williams, who also went in the third round to the Detroit Lions.

"I felt comfortable that it was going to be the third or fourth round, but there was cautious optimism because you never know how it plays out," Butler said.

"I felt real good when there was a little run on receivers in the third round early on."

Williams was selected with the 18th pick of the third round, and Butler was taken nine spots later at 27th.

"Seattle wanted me to fit their system, and I think it's a great system for me," Butler said. "I'm real excited and just ready to go out there and make some plays."

Butler got a call from Seahawks coach Jim Mora two minutes before he was selected.

"Coach Mora said, 'You ready to be a Seahawk?' and I was ready," Butler said.

Williams had hoped to go in the second round but instead wound up with a Lions team that went 0-16 last season.

Penn State guard Rich Ohrnberger went much higher than most expected as he was selected by the New England Patriots with the 23rd pick of the fourth round.

Another surprise was that PSU left tackle Gerald Cadogan, projected as high as a third-round pick by some, did not get drafted.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2009, 10:56 PM
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Quarless, Wallace must step up for Penn State
Commentary
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's time for Andrew Quarless and A.J. Wallace to live up to their hype.

If they don't, they will forever kick themselves for wasting a ton of talent.

It can be argued Quarless and Wallace are two of the most physically gifted players on the Penn State football team, and fans have been discussing their breakout potential since both had impressive freshman seasons in 2006.

Instead of emerging into stardom, both players have had more downs than ups the past two seasons and have spent the better part of their careers in Joe Paterno's dreaded doghouse.

Both of them now know there is a sense of urgency as they prepare for their senior year.

"I need to step up and do what I have to do early," Wallace, a cornerback, said. "I had a couple setbacks here and there, but I feel I just got to fight through what I have to fight through and make sure I can get to that point where I want to be."

Quarless, a tight end, had an emphatic answer when asked if he has undergone an attitude adjustment.

"Definitely, definitely, definitely," he said. "Just more committed, just working every day in practice, playing every practice like it's a game."

Quarless looked like a future NFL star when he caught everything thrown his way as a freshman. He finished with 21 catches for 288 yards and two touchdowns and had a knack for creating space for himself over the middle.

Quarless' freshman season ended well - he caught a touchdown pass from Anthony Morelli in the Outback Bowl against Tennessee - but his career downturn started before his sophomore season began.

He was suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season after an underage drinking violation in August of that year. He also was slapped with a DUI in March of 2008.

Quarless lost his starting job to Mickey Shuler but still has received a lot of playing time the past two years. He has not been the sure-handed receiver, however, that he showed in 2006 as he has dropped numerous balls because of what has appeared to be a lack of concentration.

He caught 14 passes for 205 yards and two TDs in 2007 and had just 11 catches for 117 yards and one score last season.

Quarless also has looked lazy at times and has not dedicated himself to becoming a better blocker. Some of that may have been a byproduct of the Nittany Lions not using the tight end much in the passing game, leading Quarless to lose interest.

"Last year we had great wide receivers," Quarless said. "We still have great wide receivers this year, but you know those guys were just really making the plays for us, and it was working so you keep doing what you've got to do to win."

The Lions will need a rededicated Quarless to help them win this season. With a young receiving corps, he can be a valuable asset to quarterback Daryll Clark.

Quarless looked sharp in Saturday's Blue-White Game, catching four passes for 52 yards, so maybe that was a sign of things to come this fall.

Quarless agreed when asked if his early success may have come too easy for him.

"In a sense, maybe," he said.

"Just think about it, it was a lot," he later added. "I came in at 17 years old. You know as the years progressed I got into some things, but now I feel like I've grown into a young man that is on track."

Wallace had a strong freshman season playing on both sides of the ball. He averaged 24.2 yards per return on 16 kickoff attempts and gained 153 yards on eight rushes for an average of 19.1. He had five plays of more than 40 yards, and on defense he had 10 tackles at cornerback.

Wallace had his best season in 2007, starting the final four games at cornerback and returning a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown against Ohio State. He finished that season with an interception and fumble recovery in the Alamo Bowl against Texas A&M.

Staying healthy has been Wallace's biggest problem. He suffered a hamstring injury in preseason camp last year - that lingered and played a role in him losing his job to Lydell Sargeant - and he endured another hamstring injury this spring.

One reason he gets injured so much may be his questionable work ethic, which has frustrated Paterno.

"It may come with a lack of stretching," Wallace said. "It takes me a little bit longer than everybody else to warm up."

Instead of warming up properly, he has unwisely cut corners.

"When this happened [this spring], I had missed like [individual] period, so everybody was warmed up and I just jumped out into one-on-ones," Wallace said. "So it was I put myself into a situation where I should have just tried to warm up first and then go out, but I just wanted to compete right away and then that happened."

Wallace said he is "absolutely" disappointed about missing opportunities during his career.

"I used to get down on myself, but I just talked to a few people and they just told me to keep my head up, everything happens for a reason," he said. "So I guess the man upstairs has something planned for me bigger, so I'm here for my fourth year for a reason."

That reason will be to help lead an inexperienced secondary that lost all four starters.

Wallace and Quarless have one last chance to make their mark in college and impress NFL scouts. Both have the skills to play at the next level, and they need to come out and prove this fall how badly they want it.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2009, 10:58 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09115/965423-143.stm
Penn State Spring Game: QB Clark expresses confidence in backup
Starter says No. 2 freshman quarterback Newsome showing a lot of improvement
Saturday, April 25, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Daryll Clark has thoroughly enjoyed tutoring freshman quarterback Kevin Newsome in spring practice.

Newsome, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound freshman who has been enrolled in school since January, is being groomed to serve as Clark's backup this fall.

Clark said he expects Newsome to see considerable playing time today in the Blue-White game at Beaver Stadium, where a crowd of approximately 70,000 is expected.

"He's developed a lot," Clark said. "He's way more on time with his passes than he was when he came out at the start of spring practice. That's always good. Our defensive line is one of the best in the country, so they did a good job of getting after him a little bit and getting him a little frustrated at times.

"It's a slow process, but he's doing very well now. Honestly, I think he's going to play very, very well [today]. I think he's going to light the scoreboard up."

The transfer of Pat Devlin to Division I-AA Delaware late last season left the Nittany Lions very thin at quarterback.

Newsome, who spurned Michigan to sign with Penn State, is the only scholarship quarterback on the roster besides Clark, a senior who has been wearing a red no-contact jersey all spring.

Redshirt freshman walk-on Matt McGloin has been running No. 3 on the depth chart.

"Kevin is a work in progress," Clark said. "He's getting better every day, so him being the backup I feel is not going to be a problem at all. And yes, he has been taking a majority of the No. 2 team reps, and McGloin is a guy that mixes in as well. Sometimes, Kevin will take the No. 1 reps to see how he responds to that."

Center Stefen Wisniewski from Central Catholic High School, who has moved over from guard, also has been impressed with Newsome's strong arm and running ability.

"He's been adjusting," Wisniewski said.

"He's freakishly athletic. He gets rushed in the pocket and he gets out of that pocket in a second. He's making plays that have your jaw dropping.

"He still makes mistakes, as you'd expect, like throwing a pick here and there. Once we get through fall camp, he'll have good enough hold to be a solid backup quarterback."

Clark, a first-team All-Big Ten Conference quarterback last season, said he's not sure what the quarterback rotation will be for the scrimmage.

"I do know I'll be wearing the red jersey," he said. "I really don't know how many plays I'll play. Hopefully, I'll be able to play a lot.

"I don't really want to take any breaks or anything like that. ... Everyone is going to get a shot. The quarterbacks are going to get a lot of reps."

When Clark finally does get meaningful playing time in the fall, he said he might have to alter his running style to avoid any more concussions.

"I think this year going into the season I'm going to really work on protecting my body," Clark said.

"Some hits that I took last year, I'm going to try not to take those hits. I'm going to slide or get out of bounds because I can't afford to have another concussion.

"I want to be in every play of the season. I feel like I'm important to this team; I want to be important to this team and I want to help -- not hurt -- this football team. So, I've evaluated some of that and thought a little bit about what I have to do in order to preserve the body."

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2009, 10:59 PM
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Penn State Football: WR Moye thinks he's ready at last to make giant strides
Sunday, April 26, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State wide receiver Derek Moye has excellent speed, reliable hands and an even better attitude.

He hopes to blossom into a big-time playmaker for the Nittany Lions this fall.

"I still have a lot of work to do, but I hope this is my year," Moye said yesterday after the White beat the Blue, 21-16, before a record crowd of 76,500 fans in the annual spring game at Beaver Stadium.

"I can be a playmaker. I just have to work on being more consistent and catching the ball."

Moye, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound redshirt sophomore from Rochester High School, is among a whole new group of wide receivers now that three of the best wideouts in school history -- Derrick Williams, Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood -- have departed.

Moye was one of three starters for the Blue team yesterday, joining redshirt junior Graham Zug and redshirt sophomore Chaz Powell. Redshirt junior Brett Brackett and senior James McDonald started for the White squad.

"Derek Moye has a combination of size and speed that you don't see very often," Brackett said.

Brackett and Zug had touchdown receptions yesterday, while Moye had two catches for 29 yards.

"I think he's improved tremendously over a short amount of time," said quarterback Daryll Clark, who wore a red, no-contact jersey. "He's going to be one of our go-to guys. He's a bigger target, very fast and he can catch."

Moye played in 10 games last season. He had three catches for 71 yards and one touchdown. Moye has shown plenty of explosiveness and quickness this spring.

"He has a chance to be good," coach Joe Paterno said.

In other news, Paterno said that troubled outside linebacker Navorro Bowman recently flunked a random drug test administered by the school.

"Sometimes, we tested him and he was positive, and we were aware of that," Paterno said.

Bowman, who did not suit up yesterday, admitted last week to smoking marijuana and was given an additional year of probation by Centre County Judge Bradley Lunsford.

Lunsford told Bowman if he violates his probation again, he will be sentenced to six months in jail.

Paterno said he will meet with Bowman -- a first-team All-Big Ten pick last year -- next week to decide his punishment.

"I don't want to over-react," Paterno said. "He's been a pretty good kid. But, on the other hand, he's got to solve his problem, and we'll see how we work it out next week."

The decision regarding Bowman could impact what position fifth-year Sean Lee from Upper St. Clair plays this fall.

"I will play wherever they need me," said Lee, who was held out of the game yesterday while recovering from a torn ACL. "But I want to play with Navorro."

Paterno said oft-injured redshirt sophomore free safety Nick Sukay from Greensburg Central has made great progress.

"This is the first time we've had him more than 5 or 6 days in a row at practice, and he's getting better," Paterno said. "Whether he's going to be good enough to beat out somebody in our secondary, I don't know yet."

NOTES -- Freshman quarterback Kevin Newsome completed 9 of 13 passes for 71 yards and one touchdown, while Clark was 10 of 13 for 123 yards. Newsome also had two carries for 7 yards. ... Sophomore outside linebacker Michael Mauti captured the Jim O'Hora Award as the most-improved defensive player; Zug the Red Worrell Award as the most-improved offensive player; and Brackett the Frank Patrick Award, which honors the top junior. ... Redshirt sophomore linebacker JonDitto (Gateway) recovered a fumble and had four tackles. Redshirt freshman linebacker Mike Yancich (Trinity) also had four tackles.

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2009, 11:01 PM
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PSU Football: Sophomores make Lions' future bright
Monday, April 27, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Jack Crawford was one of England's top basketball prospects when he moved to the United States to pursue a career in the sport four years ago.

He had played on the English national team for three seasons and traveled to places such as Ireland, Germany and France to compete.

But soon after enrolling at St. Augustine Prep School in Richland, N.J., Crawford learned he would have to sit out a year of basketball.

His coaches encouraged him to give American football a try, and Crawford got his first taste of it as a junior. One year later, he had numerous Division I-A scholarship offers for football. Basketball had become somewhat of an afterthought.

Despite his limited football experience, Crawford -- a 6-foot-5, 262-pound sophomore defensive end -- may be one of the up-and-coming stars on Penn State's revamped defense this fall.

"I came over here with a dream and I just want to get to the next level," Crawford said after the Blue-White spring game Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State coach Joe Paterno believes Crawford has a bright future with the Nittany Lions.

"He's an outstanding prospect," Paterno said. "He works hard, is tough, is trying to be really good. He's been a real asset to us."

Paterno also is high on another sophomore -- Michael Mauti, a 6-2, 224-pound outside linebacker from Mandeville, La. He received the Jim O'Hora Award Saturday as the most improved defensive player this spring.

"Mauti is a big-time player," Paterno said.

Mauti's older brother, Patrick, is a fifth-year senior walk-on wide receiver with the Lions and his father, Rich, was a wideout at Penn State in the mid-1970s before playing in the NFL.

Crawford, Mauti and sophomore tailback Brandon Beachum from Youngstown, Ohio, were the only true freshmen to see action in all 13 games last season. Crawford was on the field for 127 plays but had just four tackles. Mauti, an early enrollee, played 249 snaps, finishing with 26 tackles and one forced fumble.

With the loss of the team's top three defensive ends -- first-round NFL draft pick Aaron Maybin, Maurice Evans and Josh Gaines -- Crawford is being counted on to use his size and quickness to pressure opposing quarterbacks.

He has been timed at 4.55 in the 40-yard dash.

"I'm still working on my technique now, I'm still learning," Crawford said. "... [Maybin] worked hard to get where he is. I'm going to learn from him, and I'm going to hopefully get to where he is now."

Defensive tackle Jared Odrick, a first-team All-Big Ten pick last year, said Crawford has plenty of potential.

"Jack is an athletic guy," Odrick said. "... He's just as fast as the guy who just left -- Maybin. He's very athletic and he's got all the tools to be a great defensive end and he's just putting it all together right now."

Mauti, who enrolled in school in January 2008, was a major contributor on the special teams last year and participated in 30 plays against Southern California in the Rose Bowl.

He has taken over the No. 1 spot created by the departure of Tyrell Sales.

"Last spring, I played safety and I think that helped me out," Mauti said. "I got to play during the season. ... I have the scheme down, so now it's just about playing football.

"Everyone knows that this is Linebacker U and we have a lot of depth and competition. ... We have summer camp, so we'll see what happens in the fall."

SteelCityMan786
04-27-2009, 11:02 PM
And the Nittany Lions have suffered their first casualty to the IR.
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Massaro Sidelined For 2009 Season
Promising Defensive End Suffers Knee Injury in Blue-White Game
April 27, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - Penn State defensive end Pete Massaro (Newtown Square) will miss the 2009 season after suffering a serious knee injury in Saturday's Blue-White Game.

A freshman, Massaro tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, according to Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State Director of Athletic Medicine. Massaro will have surgery within the next 2-3 weeks and rehabilitation will take approximately nine months, according to Sebastianelli.

The 6-4, 247-pound Massaro took a redshirt season as true freshman last fall.

Massaro was among the top candidates to earn significant playing time at defensive end, a position which saw the top three players depart after the 2008 season, including All-American Aaron Maybin, the No. 11 overall selection in the 2009 NFL Draft.

Massaro was a three-year starter on both sides of the ball for Coach Ray Gionta at Marple Newtown High School in suburban Philadelphia. As a senior, he earned Class AAA second team all-state honors from the Associated Press and PA Football News and first team All-Southeastern Pa. accolades by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Massaro made 47 tackles, including six sacks, with six quarterback hurries and two fumbles caused as a senior and played in the 2008 Big 33 All-Star Classic.

SteelCityMan786
04-30-2009, 05:10 PM
Congratulations to Curt Warner. The newest member of the Penn State Football Family to be inducted into the College Football Hall Of Fame.
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Curt Warner Elected to College Football Hall of Fame
Career Rushing Leader Becomes 17th Nittany Lion Player to Gain Induction

Former Penn State All-America tailback Curt Warner, the Nittany Lions' career rushing yardage leader, has been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Warner is the 17th Penn State player to receive college football's ultimate honor.

Warner will be inducted with other members of the Class of 2009 at the National Football Foundation's 52nd annual awards dinner on December 8 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. He will become the 22nd member of the Penn State program inducted, joining Joe Paterno, 16 other former players and four Nittany Lion coaches. The most recent Penn State player so honored was offensive lineman Keith Dorney in 2005.

"I am deeply honored to have been elected to the College Football Hall of Fame," said Warner, who lives in Camas, Wash., near Portland, Ore. "It's always a good day when you receive news like this. I am honored and privileged to join such a distinguished group of players and coaches."

Hailing from the small town of Pineville, W. Va., Warner was a standout at Pineville High School, graduating in class of 90 students. He went on to lead the Nittany Lions in rushing in 1980, '81 and `82, helping Penn State capture its first National Championship in 1982. Warner was instrumental in Penn State's 31-5 record during his final three seasons, which included two Fiesta Bowl wins (Ohio State and USC) and a 27-23 win over Georgia in the 1983 Sugar Bowl in the National Championship game.

When Warner's brilliant career ended, he owned 42 school records. His 3,398 career rushing yards and 18 100-yard rushing games remain Penn State records more than 25 years later. The Nittany Lions were 18-0 when he eclipsed the century mark. Warner is the only Penn State running back to be selected a two-time first team All-American and is one of just 14 Nittany Lions all-time to earn first team All-America honors twice.

"Curt Warner was an outstanding running back," said head coach Joe Paterno, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007. "In all my years at Penn State, we have had a lot of exceptional backs, and he is one of the very best of that distinguished group. Curt was a leader for the great teams we had in the early 1980's and played a big part in helping us win our first national championship. Curt was a very good student, has been very loyal to Penn State and has made a positive impact on his community in Washington.

"Curt is most deserving of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, and we are very pleased that he will be joining its prestigious membership," Paterno added.

"We are thrilled Curt Warner's outstanding career will be recognized with his enshrinement in the College Football Hall of Fame," said Tim Curley, Penn State Director of Athletics. "Curt was a fantastic representative of the University and was a great leader on our 1982 National Championship team. Curt has earned numerous professional accomplishments in football and business and has made many contributions to the community. We are very pleased with his well-deserved election and earning college football's ultimate honor."

As a freshman in 1979, Warner gained 391 yards on 84 carries (4.7) and scored two touchdowns in a reserve role to leading rusher Matt Suhey. In 1980, Warner gained 922 yards on 196 carries (4.7) and scored six touchdowns, helping Penn State to a 10-2 mark and No. 8 final ranking. He ran for a then-Penn State bowl record 155 yards on 18 carries, including a 64-yard touchdown run, to earn Offensive player of the Game honors as the Nittany Lions beat Ohio State in the 1980 Fiesta Bowl.

In 1981, the Walter Camp Football Foundation and United Press International selected Warner a first team All-American. He ran for 1,044 yards on 171 attempts (6.1) and scored eight touchdowns. The Nittany Lions were 10-2, ranked No. 1 for two weeks at mid-season, ending the season with a 48-14 win at No. 1 Pitt and a 26-10 win over USC in the Fiesta Bowl to finish No. 3 in the polls. Warner gained 145 yards and scored twice vs. the Trojans, out-rushing Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Allen by 60 yards, en route to winning Outstanding Offensive Player accolades in Tempe for the second consecutive year.

As a senior in 1982, Warner gained 1,041 yards on 198 carries (5.3) and scored eight times, again earning first team All-America honors. He also gained 335 receiving yards with five touchdowns. He was awarded the Hall Foundation Award as Penn State's Senior MVP. Warner eclipsed the 100-yard mark in each of the final five games of 1982, including a season-high 183 yards and three touchdowns in a win at Boston College.

After losing at Alabama in the fifth game of the 1982 campaign, the Nittany Lions reeled off six consecutive wins to climb back to 10-1 and No. 2 in the polls and earn a berth in the Sugar Bowl against unbeaten and No. 1 Georgia for the national title. For the second consecutive year, Warner out-gained the Heisman Trophy winner, rushing for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Nittany Lions' monumental 27-23 win. He scored from two yards out in the first quarter to open the scoring and added a nine-yard run in the second frame for a 17-3 lead. Warner fought through leg cramps to gain 63 yards in the second half. Georgia's Herschel Walker gained 103 yards on 28 carries vs. the Penn State defense.

Warner said identifying the top highlight of his Penn State career was difficult. "It would probably be the (1983) Sugar Bowl. We had to battle the entire game to beat Georgia. That game epitomized what we were about and culminated all of the hard work we had put in during our careers."

In addition to his Penn State career rushing and 100-yard rushing game records, Warner also holds the school record for all-purpose yards in a game, with 341 yards at Syracuse in 1981. He ran for a career-best 256 yards vs. the Orange that day. His 280 all-purpose yards vs. Rutgers in 1979 remain a school freshman record. The only Nittany Lion to post more than 1,000 all-purpose yards in all four of his years, Warner is No. 2 in Penn State career all-purpose yards (4,982) and career rushing attempts (649).

The Nittany Lions' all-purpose yardage leader from 1980-82, Warner scored 33 career touchdowns - 24 carrying the ball, six as a receiver and three on kickoff returns. He had 992 career return yards and 662 receiving yards in addition to his 3,398 rushing yards.

Warner earned his Penn State degree in speech communications in May, 1983.

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SteelCityMan786
05-03-2009, 01:29 PM
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Five More Nittany Lions Sign NFL Contracts
Cadogan, Norwood, Sales, Sargeant and Scirrotto Ink Free Agent Deals
May 1, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - Five more members of Penn State's 2008 Big Ten Championship team have signed with National Football League teams, bringing to 13 the number of Nittany Lions to be drafted or signed during the past week.

Tackle Gerald Cadogan (Portsmouth, Ohio) and safety Anthony Scirrotto (West Deptford, N.J.) signed with the Carolina Panthers, wide receiver Jordan Norwood (State College) signed with the Cleveland Browns, linebacker Tyrell Sales (Butler) signed with the Indianapolis Colts and cornerback Lydell Sargeant (Pittsburgh) signed with the Buffalo Bills.

Thirteen 2008 Nittany Lions have been drafted or signed, with other signings to be announced. Five Nittany Lions were selected in the NFL Draft. The signings will be announced as NFL teams make their announcements.

Cadogan and Scirrotto join linebacker Dan Connor, Penn State's career tackles leader, on the Panthers' roster. Sargeant will be will be reunited with former Nittany Lion teammates Aaron Maybin and Paul Posluszny, as well as Bryan Scott, on the Bills' roster. Buffalo selected Maybin No. 11 overall in this year's draft. Norwood and Sales are the lone Nittany Lions on the Browns and Colts' rosters, respectively.

SteelCityMan786
05-03-2009, 06:06 PM
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Elite running back commits to Penn State
By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com
POSTED: May 3, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Silas Redd loves PlayStation 3, and he's issuing out a challenge.

"I'm calling it. Anybody want to play me in PS3, any sports game -- doesn't matter, hockey or whatever -- I'll beat you,'' Redd said.

Penn State football players beware, Redd is bringing his video games to University Park. Nittany Lion opponents, he's bringing his football game with him.

Redd, the highly-touted 5-foot-10, 191-pound prep running back from Stamford, Conn., scheduled a meeting with Coach Joe Paterno first thing this morning to give the Lions his verbal commitment. Redd and his parents were in State College Saturday for the Nike Football Training Camp and stayed overnight so he could make his pledge.

"I'm glad he's one of my guys,'' Sto-Rox quarterback Paul Jones, who committed to Penn State in January, said of Redd.

Redd is the fourth recruit in a 2010 class expected to number around 18.

Redd's father, also named Silas, possesses an iron handshake that his son calls the "grip of death,'' and it seems Penn State long had just as firm a hold on the younger Redd. The Lions had been considered the heavy front-runner for quite a while to secure Redd's services over Boston College, Stanford, Oregon and seven other programs that offered him scholarships.

"I've been wanting to go here since I was 7. Why? I don't know. But getting the scholarship was a dream come true,'' Redd said. "One of my first Pop Warner coaches went here, played here, and I guess he just instilled in me when I was a young kid that I like Penn State, and it just stuck.''

In fact, Redd's room is decorated with Nittany Lion memorabilia.

"I've got a few posters, a few autographs here and there. I've got LaVar Arrington's autograph, Ki-Jana Carter, Chuck Fusina,'' Redd said. "My coach would get me the paraphernalia. I've been coming to camps here since eighth grade.''

Scout.com rates Redd as the No. 14 running back in the country, and Rivals.com has him as a four-star recruit. Last season, Redd, an extremely-muscular back who has timed at 4.42 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is best known for his foot quickness and change of direction, rushed for 1,350 yards and 14 touchdowns on 122 carries for King & Low Heywood-Thomas High School.

"He's very agile, quick. He never stops running. He flies out,'' said Stamford High School's Khairi Fortt, one of the top-ranked linebackers in the nation and Redd's workout partner back home. "I didn't get to go up against him in the one-on-one drills [Saturday], but I knew that was going to be a fight. He's very quick.''

Fortt also described Redd as a very motivated, determined competitor, mentioning how Redd passed up an invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Combine as a defensive back because he was adamant on playing offense at the next level. Penn State, in fact, initially recruited him as a cornerback, and Redd said the Lion coaches' decision to take him as a running back played a big part in his early commitment.

"The only thing that was holding me back before was that they were going to stick me at corner,'' Redd said. "I'm better on the offensive side of the ball. I guess they went over some film and said, 'Hey, we like this guy at running back.'''

The 17-year-old Redd, who plans to major in business and eventually get a master's degree in finance, said another factor in pulling the trigger so early was so he can better enjoy his senior year without the stress of recruiting. Like Jones, Redd plans to enroll at Penn State in January.

Redd is a former lacrosse and basketball player. When he's not playing, he said he likes the performing arts, spending time with his friends and girlfriend and watching movies. However, he's at least got one new activity on his plate now -- getting Fortt to join him.

"I work on him everyday. We're good, good friends. I'm always in his ear saying, 'Hey, I know you want to go to Penn State. You're just too scared to say it,''' Redd said. "I think I got him.''

SteelCityMan786
05-05-2009, 07:40 PM
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Penn-Trafford's Graham commits to PSU
Monday, May 04, 2009
By Mike White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Luke Graham, a junior offensive lineman at Penn-Trafford High School, made a verbal commitment to Penn State this evening.

Graham is considered one of the best offensive linemen in WPIAL football and had a dozen scholarship offers. Pitt, Virginia, Maryland, Illinois and Florida State were among the other schools that offered. Graham is 6 feet 5 1/2, 265 pounds and was recruited to play either guard or center, although he plays offensive tackle at Penn-Trafford.

"I've always liked Penn State," said Graham. "I looked around a little bit at some other schools. I was thinking about Virginia and Stanford, but I realized Penn State is where I need to be."

SteelCityMan786
05-08-2009, 10:43 PM
:thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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Penn State Student-Athletes Make The Grade; High Standards and Graduation Rates Continue
Twenty-three Nittany Lion Teams Post APR Score Above Division I Average; Football Leads Big Ten Squads
May 6, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., - Penn State student-athletes continue to make better progress toward graduation in comparison with the nation's Division I institutions, despite higher academic standards than required, according to data released today by the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The NCAA released data from the 2007-08 academic year as the fifth set of results in the Academic Progress Rate (APR), a formula introduced in 2005 as part of the Division I Academic Performance Program. The NCAA released sport specific data for 2007-08 to each institution, as well as the most recent four years of collected data that is used to determine a rolling four-year (multi-year) APR score for all athletic teams to provide a meaningful assessment of a team's academic performance.

Three Penn State squads have a perfect multi-year APR score of 1,000 - field hockey, women's lacrosse and women's tennis. Just 7.2 percent of the nation's 6,323 teams in the survey earned a four-year APR score of 1,000.

Among Penn State's 29 varsity teams, 23 have a four-year APR score at or above the Division I average for their respective sports. The NCAA did not release institutional APR rates for 2007-08 or the multi-year rate.

Nine Nittany Lions squads have multi-year APR scores that rank in the Top 20 percent nationally for their respective sport: men's basketball, women's cross country, field hockey, football, women's golf, women's lacrosse, softball, women's tennis and wrestling. An additional six Penn State teams rank in the Top 30 percent nationally for their respective sport.

Penn State has the highest multi-year APR score among Big Ten football teams, while the Nittany Lion basketball team ranks No. 3 in the Big Ten. The Nittany Lion football and basketball squads and the Lady Lion basketball team all improved their APR score by at least nine points from the 2008 NCAA report.

"We continue to be very pleased with the consistently high level of academic achievements of our student-athletes," stated Tim Curley, Director of Athletics. "Their academic success is a credit to their outstanding work-ethic and dedication. Our coaches deserve credit for identifying and recruiting student-athletes that are able to excel in the classroom, compete for championships and represent Penn State. The encouragement and guidance they receive from our faculty and academic support personnel also are a critical component in our academic successes."





In April, five Nittany Lion teams - field hockey, softball, women's lacrosse, women's tennis and wrestling - earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards for having APR scores in the top 10 percent nationally for their respective sport during the 2007-08 academic year.

Penn State's five honored teams were tied for second-highest in the Big Ten Conference. The Nittany Lions have placed second in the Big Ten all three years of the NCAA's Public Recognition program.

Penn State student-athletes earned a record Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 89 percent compared to a 78 percent average for all Division I institutions, according to NCAA data released in October 2008. Twenty-two of Penn State's 25 teams earned a GSR score above the national average (track and field and cross country are counted as one sport) and 21 Nittany Lion teams earned a GSR higher than the national average for their respective sport.

Eleven Penn State squads earned a GSR of 100 percent, according to the 2008 NCAA report.

Penn State academic standards (Faculty Senate Policy 67-00) are higher than both the NCAA and Big Ten standards and are reflected in the APR reporting to the NCAA. Nittany Lion student-athletes are required to have passed more credits entering their fifth through eighth semesters than the Big Ten and NCAA require. Penn State student-athletes also must have a higher grade point average than the Big Ten minimum entering their second through sixth semesters.

The APR scores are a measure of eligibility and retention/graduation for each student-athlete receiving athletic aid during the identified academic semester/year. Retention is evaluated for each student-athlete with the following question in mind: Did that student-athlete return to the institution the next semester (students can earn 2 points after the fall semester and 2 points after the spring and summer semesters)? Eligibility is evaluated using NCAA, conference (if applicable), and institutional standards.

The APR is based on four years of data, with the most current year's data added and the oldest year removed to create a four-year (multi-year) rolling rate.

Contemporaneous financial aid penalties can be applied if an athletic team's multi-year APR score is below 925. If a team's multi-year score is below 900, that team could be subject to historical penalties.

None of Penn State's 29 varsity sport programs team has a multi-year APR below 925.

The Penn State football team has the highest multi-year APR score among Big Ten football squads at 976, an increase of 12 points from the 2008 report. The Nittany Lions easily surpassed the Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) average of 941 and the Division I public institution average of 931.

The Nittany Lion basketball team has a four-year APR score of 975, an increase of 11 points from last year, and significantly above the Division I men's basketball average of 933 and the public institution score of 924. Penn State posted the Big Ten's third-highest APR figure among men's basketball teams for the second consecutive year, trailing only Illinois and Michigan State.

The Lady Lion basketball squad has a multi-year APR score of 962, an improvement of nine points from the 2008 report, and six points above the public Division I women's basketball average of 956 and equal to the Division I average for women's basketball programs.

Penn State's student-athletes, who have captured 17 Big Ten Championships during the past four years and six NCAA titles in the past two years, consistently have been among the nation's most successful in earning their degrees. Among some of their recent academic accomplishments are:

- A school record nine Nittany Lion student-athletes were selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® team during the 2008 Fall semester, including six first team honorees.

- According to 2008 NCAA data, Penn State's 2001-02 entering freshman class earned a record 84 percent federal graduation rate among student-athletes, significantly above the 64 percent for all Division I institutions. The four-year federal graduation rate average for University Park student-athletes was 82 percent, again well above the national average of 63 percent, and second to Northwestern (88) in the Big Ten.

- African-American student-athletes at Penn State continue to graduate at much higher percentages than at other Division I institutions. Seventy-nine percent of African-American student-athletes that entered Penn State in 2001-02 graduated, highest among Big Ten Conference institutions and significantly above the national Division I average of 53 percent.

- Penn State's African-American student-athlete GSR was 80 percent, again significantly above the Division I national GSR average of 62 percent. Penn State was second only to Northwestern among Big Ten schools in the African-American four-year federal graduation rate and GSR.

- Of the Penn State student-athletes in the NCAA studies from 1992-93 through 2001-02 who exhausted their eligibility, 96 percent left with their diplomas.

SteelCityMan786
06-02-2009, 06:17 PM
http://post-gazette.com/pg/09153/974530-100.stm
Penn State lands top WPIAL lineman
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
By Mike White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Fox Chapel High School's Miles Dieffenbach, one of the top linemen in WPIAL football, has decided to attend Penn State.

Dieffenbach, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound junior, made a verbal commitment to Penn State yesterday while on a visit to the university with his parents. He will play either guard or center for the Nittany Lions.

High school football players can't sign a binding letter of intent with a college until February of their senior years. But they can accept a scholarship and make a verbal commitment at any time. Dieffenbach is the fourth player from the WPIAL class of 2010 to commit to Penn State.

Dieffenbach said he chose Penn State over Pitt, although he also had scholarship offers from Syracuse, Virginia, Florida State, South Florida, Boston College, Northwestern and Minnesota.

"I had been up there for the Michigan State and Indiana games last year," Dieffenbach said. "But all I saw then was the stadium and it was unbelievable. I visited with my dad a few weeks ago and then my mom came up this time. When I saw the place the last two times, it was totally different. The campus, the facilities, everything was unbelievable."

MasterOfPuppets
06-02-2009, 11:56 PM
i hope akron whips thier ass :popcorn:

JHSilverback
06-03-2009, 12:28 AM
i hope akron whips thier ass :popcorn:

lol...I would be shocked and devistated if that were to ever happen

revefsreleets
06-03-2009, 09:38 AM
Trust me, it's not gonna happen.

But they may score sopme points against the Lions. Their offense should be pretty good.

SteelCityMan786
06-03-2009, 04:37 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/052909aaf.html
Four Nittany Lions Named To Athlon Pre-Season All-America Teams
Penn State No. 7 in Pre-season Top 25
May 29, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - Athlon Sports' College Football 2009 has named four Penn Staters to its pre-season All-America teams and recognized seven Nittany Lions on its All-Big Ten teams.

Junior linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.) and junior tailback Evan Royster (Fairfax, Va,) were selected as second team pre-season All-Americans and first team All-Big Ten.

Senior defensive tackle Jared Odrick (Lebanon) and junior center Stefen Wisniewski (Bridgeville) were named third team pre-season All-Americans and first team all-conference.

Senior quarterback Daryll Clark (Youngstown, Ohio) and senior tackle Dennis Landolt (Burlington, N.J.) also were named to Athlon's first team All-Big Ten squad. Senior linebacker Sean Lee (Pittsburgh) was a second team all-conference choice as he returns to the field after missing the 2008 season with a knee injury.

Bowman, Clark and Odrick were first team All-Big Ten and Wisniewski was on the second team in 2008, helping Penn State to its second Big Ten title and Bowl Championship Series berth in the past four years.

Clark, a 2009 co-captain with Lee, is on the cover of Athlon's Penn State regional edition, which goes on sale June 2. Athlon has Penn State ranked No. 7 in its pre-season Top 25.

Penn State has earned one of the nation's Top 10 records since the start of the 2005 season, posting a 40-11 (78.4) mark, good for No. 9 nationally. The Nittany Lions finished No. 8 in the nation last year with an 11-2 record, earning its 22nd Top 10 finish under Coach Joe Paterno.

Entering his 44th season as head coach and 60th on the Penn State coaching staff, the Hall of Fame coach returns 37 letterwinners and 10 starters for the 2009 campaign. The Nittany Lions host Akron on Sept. 5 to open the season.

SteelCityMan786
06-03-2009, 04:38 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/060109aad.html
Trio of Nittany Lions Selected to National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society
Seniors Who Earned 3.20 Grade Point Average or Higher Are Eligible
June 1, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - A trio of Penn State Football student-athletes have been selected the National Football Foundation's Hampshire Honor Society for the 2008 season.

Nittany Lion tackle Gerald Cadogan (Portsmouth, Ohio), placekicker Kevin Kelly (Langhorne) and safety Mark Rubin (Amherst, N.Y.) were selected for the honor.

In order to be considered for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society, a player must be a starter or significant reserve who maintains a cumulative 3.20 grade point average or higher in their last year of eligibility at an accredited NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III, or an NAIA college or university.

In its third year, the NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF's current National Scholar-Athlete program, greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year and further strengthening its leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs.

A starter in all 26 games the past two seasons, Cadogan was selected first team All-Big Ten by the media and coaches in 2008. He played an instrumental role in Penn State ranking in the Top 20 nationally in rushing (17th, 205.9 ypg), total (14th, 448.9 ypg) and scoring offense (11th, 38.9 ppg). Cadogan graduated with degrees in psychology and rehabilitation services and earned his second selection as a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American®, one of a program-record four Nittany Lions so honored in 2008. Cadogan became just the sixth Nittany Lion to earn first team accolades twice, joining the likes of Jeff Hartings (1994, '95) and Paul Posluszny (2005, `06). He was a four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Cadogan signed with the NFL's Carolina Panthers.

Kelly made a tremendous impact on the fortunes of the Nittany Lions the past four seasons and ranks among college football's most prolific kickers of all-time. Kelly etched his name into the Penn State, Big Ten, and NCAA record books and led the Big Ten in kick scoring with a school season record 120 points. He owns four of the top six season kick scoring totals in Penn State annals. Kelly, who graduated last month, was selected first team All-Big Ten by the coaches. He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Kelly finished his career with 425 career points, which includes a touchdown run at Michigan State in 2007 and a two-point conversion run at Michigan as a freshman. His total ranks second in Big Ten history, just one point shy of the record of 426 points by Wisconsin tailback Ron Dayne. He also ranks fourth in NCAA career overall scoring. The Big Ten career field goal leader, he made 78 career field goals, good enough for a tie for No. 8 on the NCAA career list. Kelly owns one NCAA mark, having connected on at least one field goal in 31 consecutive games until he did not have an attempt against Michigan State in the 2008 regular season finale.

A starter at safety every game last season, Rubin's fumble hit on Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor provided the momentum boost that led to Penn State's game-winning fourth quarter touchdown in the dramatic13-6 victory. Rubin was huge in the win, recording a career-high 11 tackles (nine solo) and won the Pontiac Game Changing Performance, Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week and Big Ten Defensive accolades. Rubin was fifth on the team with 60 tackles, had one TFL, two interceptions and one huge fumble hit.

Rubin, who signed with the St. Louis Rams, also distinguished himself as one of the Nittany Lions' top students. He began taking MBA classes during the 2008 fall semester. He graduated with a 3.80 grade point average and was selected a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American®, joining Cadogan as one of a program-record four Nittany Lions so honored in 2008. A starter in six games as a true freshman wide receiver in 2004, he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree as well.

SteelCityMan786
06-03-2009, 08:31 PM
http://post-gazette.com/pg/09154/974929-100.stm
Penn State lands another top WPIAL recruit
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
By Mike White, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State has landed yet another WPIAL football player from the class of 2010.

Tom Ricketts, an offensive lineman at North Allegheny High School, decided today that he will attend Penn State. Ricketts, who will be a senior this fall, made a verbal commitment to Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley.

Ricketts (6 feet 6, 265 pounds) is the fifth WPIAL player from the class of 2010 to choose Penn State. It was the second day in a row Penn State landed a top WPIAL lineman. Fox Chapel's Miles Dieffenbach committed Tuesday.

The decisions of Ricketts and Dieffenbach are blows to Pitt because the Panthers were in the running for both. Also, Ricketts' father, Tom, was a standout lineman at Pitt in the 1980s. Ricketts' mother, Sandy, was a swimmer at Pitt. Tom and Sandy Ricketts also have season tickets to Pitt football games.

Dieffenbach's father is Pitt's womens tennis coach.

"My dad is very supportive with my decision," said the younger Ricketts. "He's probably a little surprised, I think. He may not admit that. I don't know if he ever thought his son would be in this situation. But he's happy for me. He doesn't hold anything against Pitt or Penn State. He just wanted what was best for me and this is what's best for me."

Ricketts said his final decision came down to Pitt and Penn State. His other top choices were Boston College, Florida State, Maryland, Stanford and Virginia. All offered scholarships.

Pitt also was recruiting the other three players who chose Penn State - Sto-Rox quarterback Paul Jones, Canon-McMillan linebacker Mike Hull and Penn-Trafford offensive lineman Luke Graham. Bradley recruited all five players.

Read more: http://post-gazette.com/pg/09154/974929-100.stm#ixzz0HPtwalEz&B

Steel Head
06-04-2009, 08:46 AM
I'm glad to see these top recruits from the Pittsburgh area make the right choices in going to Penn State rather than some loser school like Pitt

SteelCityMan786
06-04-2009, 11:22 PM
I'm glad to see these top recruits from the Pittsburgh area make the right choices in going to Penn State rather than some loser school like Pitt

I'll welcome all the good talent the WPIAL has to offer to Penn State.

SteelCityMan786
06-17-2009, 11:59 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09163/976897-143.stm
Lions make inroads into WPIAL again
Friday, June 12, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State coach Joe Paterno, 82, has left campus only three times in the past three years to visit a high school prospect.

Paterno's previous recruiting trip took place 17 months ago, when he went to Jeannette High School and tried to persuade quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the nation's No. 1 recruit, to sign with Penn State.

Paterno's late push did not work, although Pryor delayed his decision until six weeks after national signing day before picking Ohio State.

Despite Paterno's lack of visits, it does not seem to have had much of a negative impact on Penn State's overall recruiting.

That is especially true in Western Pennsylvania, where defensive coordinator Tom Bradley has regained the upper hand on his counterparts from Pitt.

Of the seven players who have given the Nittany Lions verbal commitments for 2010, five are from the WPIAL. They are linebacker Mike Hull (Canon-McMillan High School), quarterback Paul Jones (Sto-Rox) and offensive linemen Luke Graham (Penn-Trafford), Miles Dieffenbach (Fox Chapel) and Tom Ricketts (North Allegheny).

Asked at a media gathering last night if Western Pennsylvania had once again become a fertile recruiting ground, Paterno said: "I can't touch it."

NCAA rules prohibit Paterno from commenting on recruits before they have has signed a national letter of intent, but fifth-year linebacker Sean Lee from Upper St. Clair said Bradley should be commended for a job well done.

"It's pretty obvious coach Bradley is doing a great job of recruiting in Western Pennsylvania," Lee said. "It's a good deal for us."

Lee and junior center Stefen Wisniewski from Central Catholic are among 10 Western Pennsylvania players on the current roster. They were recruited by Bradley, who also landed standout linebackers LaVar Arrington (North Hills), Paul Posluszny (Hopewell) and Brandon Short (McKeesport) and center A.Q. Shipley (Moon) through the years.

"There's always been lot of talent in Western Pennsylvania," Wisniewski said. "I'm glad to hear that we have so many commitments for next year already."

Losing Ricketts and Dieffenbach to Penn State on back-to-back days last week was a major blow to Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt, who had been in the running for both.

Ricketts' father, Tom, was a standout lineman at Pitt in the 1980s and a No. 1 pick of the Steelers. His mother, Sandy, was a swimmer for the Panthers. And the Rickettses have season tickets to Pitt football games.

Dieffenbach's father, George, is the long-time women's tennis coach at Pitt.

Jones, who waffled on his verbal commitment a few times early in the process, is rated as a five-star prospect by Scout.com; Ricketts, Dieffenbach and Hull received four stars and Graham three.

"Obviously, [the recruits] realize that football is alive and well at Penn State again," Wisniewski said. "It will be nice to get some more Western Pennsylvania guys on board. I'll be one of the first guys in line to help welcome them."

When Lee arrived on campus in 2005, the Lions had four losing seasons in the previous five. But they have rebounded to win 40 games over the past four seasons and two Big Ten Conference titles and to post a 3-1 record in bowl games.

"When I first got here, people were ticked, they were mad," Lee said. "They were tired of losing. They wanted to win games. They didn't want any more excuses.

"It was guys like Paul Posluszny and Michael Robinson who said, 'We're tired of losing. We're going to work as hard as we can in the offseason and we're going to do everything possible we can to win games.' That attitude has kind of trickled down.

"Coach Paterno still has a lot of fire, integrity and passion. A lot of our success has to do with him. Even at 82, he's still getting it done."

SteelCityMan786
06-17-2009, 12:01 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/519993.html?nav=5017
Penn State gets DE commitment
By Philip Cmor,pcmor@altoonamirror.com

Kyle Baublitz decided to make his mother's birthday a little more memorable by picking a college where he'd attend and play football.

"I wanted to make it special,'' Baublitz said.

In doing so, Baublitz also gave a gift to the Penn State football program and its fans when the Central York star gave the Nittany Lions their eighth verbal commitment for their 2010 recruiting class.

A middle linebacker in high school racking up 166 tackles as a junior whose is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 5 tight end and No. 131 prospect in the country, the 6-foot-4, 256-pound Baublitz expects to play defensive end in college. He had 20 written offers, and eventually chose Penn State over Pitt and Virginia.

"It was close to home, and I liked the coaching staff. Coach [Larry] Johnson is awesome,'' said Baublitz on his reasons for picking Penn State. "It felt like home. I felt really comfortable there.''

Baublitz was at the Blue-White game this spring and came to University Park for the Michigan and Illinois games last season.

Word had not reached Mansion Park, where the West team is practicing for this week's PSFCA East West All-Star Game, until Monday afternoon. Trinity receiver Christian Kuntz, who has signed with the Nittany Lions, was excited when he heard. West assistant Ron Miller is very familiar with Baublitz, having coached against him the last two years at West York.

"Obviously, he's an extremely gifted athlete, and, for his size, physically, he's just monstrous. He runs sideline to sideline pretty well for his size. We know where he's at all the time. Put it that way,'' Miller said. "He made a couple plays on us on the corner last year. I felt we had a pretty good running back, and he caught him.

"He just has a presence on the field.''

Central York coach Brad Livingston believes playing with his hand on the ground is in Baublitz's best longterm interest but has put him in the middle of his defense so opposing teams couldn't run away from him. Baublitz said his two favorite NFL players are Brian Urlacher and James Harrison.

"He was an all-league middle linebacker as a freshman. He never acted like a freshman,'' Livingston said. "One thing that's great about him is you would never know he was being so highly recruited. He's pretty humble.''

Livingston knows Baublitz very well - in the spring, he coaches him in volleyball, too. Baublitz is an outside hitter on the Panthers' state-qualifying team.

"It's my fun sport, and it keeps me in shape,'' Baublitz said of volleyball. "It helps my agility. Every year, I've improved my vertical jump.''

Baublitz got into football by following in the footsteps of his older brother, Nate, and plans to study education to become a teacher like his father. In his free time, he likes to swim and go golfing with his dad.

"I don't play, though. I'll be my dad's caddy,'' Baublitz said. "I like driving the cart.''

Penn State is expected to sign approximately 18 recruits in its 2010 class.

SteelCityMan786
06-19-2009, 07:18 PM
ARE YOU KIDDING ME??????
http://www.tribstar.com/sports/local_story_168235544.html
The Sycamores will play at Cincinnati in 2010 and at Penn State on Sept. 3, 2011. The prestige of playing the Bearcats and Nittany Lions — Cincinnati was a BCS participant in 2008, Penn State is a household name and traditional power is nice. The combined $775,000 ISU athletics will get from the games is even better from ISU’s perspective.


This is ridiculous. Why not schedule an extra MAC School over a I-AA School?

SteelCityMan786
06-23-2009, 01:19 AM
http://www.centredaily.com/sports/colleges/penn_state/football/story/1341382.html#ixzz0JEAe7ukI&D
Pressure mounts as Nittany Lions move forward
By Jeff Rice
- jrice@centredaily.com

No one will be more excited about Sean Lee's return to the field than the Penn State linebacker himself, who on occasion gets so amped up watching people simply talk about college football on television that he has to change the channel.

His quarterback is just as ready for the show.

“I just can’t wait to see him in pads,” Daryll Clark said. “Other than a photo shoot.”

Clark, who led Penn State’s offense on the field in 2008, and Lee, who led the defense off it, are literally the cover boys for the program, if not the entire Big Ten, heading into 2009. The two halves of the Nittany Lions couldn’t have asked for more qualified leaders.

The question of the season, of course, is can the rest of the team keep up?

At several positions, the Nittany Lions have likely first-team Big Ten players, a group that includes Clark, Lee, tailback Evan Royster, offensive linemen Stefen Wisniewski and Dennis Landolt, linebacker Navorro Bowman and defensive tackle Jared Odrick. At several others, they have first-year starters. There aren’t too many players who fall between those extremes.

The Nittany Lions are expecting big plays from the first group, but to repeat as conference champions or make a return trip to Pasadena, it will be the everyday plays — and the ability to avoid disaster — made by the second group that will be the difference.

“We’ve got to get some young guys better,” head coach Joe Paterno said Thursday. “I’m a little concerned about a couple of people in the secondary, a little concerned about a couple people on the offensive line, but that’s what we get paid for. We’ve got to coach them.”

Paterno and his assistants, per NCAA rules, won’t get to do any hands-on coaching until mid-August. Until then, the Nittany Lions belong to Lee and Clark, whose duties include pushing their current teammates as well as serving as the welcoming committee for the freshmen scheduled to arrive at the end of the month.

“(You have to) make them realize that you’re here for them, but at the same time, you have to work for us,” Clark said. “We need everyone.”

The Nittany Lions don’t know who they’ll need to fill some of the gaps left by the 2008 seniors. Maybe Andrew Dailey, Knowledge Timmons and DeOn’tae Pannell are the next strong safety, cornerback and left tackle. But maybe by midseason, those jobs will belong to Gerald Hodges, Darrell Givens and Eric Shrive.

The Nittany Lions and their fans must be patient, to a point, with whomever emerges in the supporting roles.

“No doubt they’re going to make some mistakes; you have to make mistakes to become a better football player,” Lee said. “Athletically, they’re fine. It’s just a matter of time until they’re really good football players.”

How do they make that transition? Most of it can only come with game experience, but the younger Lions can get a good start by watching their captains, both perfectionists who relentlessly study game film of themselves for rare and miniscule flaws.

Asked Thursday if they ever took some vacation time during the summer (even Paterno allows himself a week or two at the Jersey Shore), both players just laughed.

“The sooner you see this as more of a job, as an internship, the more you’re going to like it,” Lee said. “There’s going to be certain things that aren’t always going to be fun but that you’ll have to do to have success. And the sooner you get over the fact that you’re gonna be here a lot if you want to be successful, the better off you’re gonna be.”

Both Clark and Lee are consummate team guys who hate to use the word “I” when breaking down a game. But they’re also both competitors who want to have the ball (or knock it loose) when the game is on the line, and they know they’ll be expected to perform in those situations this fall.

“I think the pressure is there a little bit,” Clark said. “But it’s not pressure that we can’t handle. This past season helped me out because (now) I know what type of situations we may face and how to handle them.

“You can only get better as a football team going through everything. Once it’s done, everything falls into place.”

Get the pads ready.

SteelCityMan786
06-23-2009, 01:22 AM
Double vision: Paterno correct to bash BCS, but fails to see weak schedule hurts
By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK - Joe Paterno wants to have it both ways but can't see the reality of the way things are in college football.

Paterno wants to criticize the BCS and call for a playoff system. He's absolutely right, too. There should be a playoff. But unfortunately, that's unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Paterno also wants to believe he can schedule anybody he wants and, by simply winning every game, it will be enough to reach the BCS championship game.

He's dead wrong on that issue.

Given the status quo of the dumbest championship system in big-time sports, it would stand to reason Paterno would want to do things to enhance his team's BCS position. This season's cupcake-rich non-conference schedule proves Paterno and Penn State don't know how to go about that.

Let's start with one basic assumption: The Nittany Lions have a chance to go undefeated during the regular season. Sure, they are replacing lots of starters on both sides of the ball, but there are plenty of skill people back on offense and a tremendous front seven on defense.

The toughest Big Ten games (Ohio State, Iowa) are at home, and the Lions should be big favorites on the road at Illinois, Michigan and Michigan State. The non-con is a joke with the likes of Akron, Temple, Syracuse and Eastern Illinois.

A good but not great team can navigate that schedule without any losses.

Now let's get to the reality: If the Lions do go 12-0, there's a very good chance Paterno will not be coaching in the BCS national championship game.

Why? Because the BCS - with its human voters and computer analyses - will see through the schedule mirage and kick the Lions to the sidelines, perhaps even in favor of a one-loss team.

Paterno didn't like it when I asked about the soft schedule during a recent press conference.

"Forget about it. Oh, forget about it," he said. "I don't care about that."

He reverted to the standby of all he cares about is the first opponent, in this case Akron, and brought up the Appalachian State shocker at Michigan two years ago as proof teams can't look past anyone.

The next question, from another reporter, was about the BCS.

"I don't like the BCS situation," JoePa said. "I've said that 1,000 times. I think that we ought to try to figure out a way to have a good playoff."

There's little doubt Penn State has been shafted before in the national title picture. The 1994 team was as good offensively as any in the history of college football, and JoePa also was denied a title after back-to-back undefeated seasons in 1968 and '69.

"I'll go to my grave thinking I had four or five national championship teams and got voted out of about two or three of them," Paterno said.

At that point, my follow-up question was a no-brainer. I asked Paterno about the possibility of going undefeated this year and being glossed over yet again in the national championship picture.

"Oh, I know. You can if, if, if," he shot back. "You know what, I could drop dead tomorrow, too."

Paterno's refusal to accept how the BCS works is troubling, though not surprising. He likes to be in control of every situation, and he can be for the most part when it comes to preparing his team for games or for a season.

He will never be able to control how his team is perceived nationally, by voters or the BCS. Even if the Lions do go undefeated during the regular season, you can bet the next 10 generations of your family's wealth that there will be a slew of critics claiming Penn State has proven nothing and does not belong in the national championship game.

One college football columnist wrote last year that Iowa did the country a favor by beating Penn State. It spared everyone, he wrote, of the whining Lions fans would have done had they gone undefeated and been denied a spot in the BCS title game.

That just might have happened, too. An unbeaten Penn State team from a down Big Ten Conference may have been shut out of the championship game in favor of one-loss teams Florida and Oklahoma from superior conferences. That would have been a crime, but it could have transpired.

Paterno also likes to talk about how his team was only one second away from playing for a national title in 2005, referring to the last-second loss at Michigan. He's incorrect in that assumption, however, as there's no way the Lions would have been chosen for the BCS championship game over undefeated Texas or USC.

It's unacceptable that Penn State's non-conference slate this year is so weak. The Lions can win those four games 60-0, and it still won't enhance their BCS ranking.

The PSU men's basketball program learned a tough lesson this year as it put together a pathetic non-conference schedule and paid the price by missing out on the NCAA Tournament.

It would be a tough, double dose of disappointment to swallow if the same scenario plays out for the football team this fall.

revefsreleets
06-23-2009, 09:05 AM
Great, great point. The Big Ten will return to it's former glory one of these years, but until it does, winning out in this conference will not be enough. PSU needs at least one big non-con game a year, and one of these years not scheduling that way will kill them.

Mock the Bucks all you want, but they play that one game, and it makes a big difference. Guarantee if the Bucks win out this year they play for it all again, and that's namely because they have the USC game early in the year. They also play New Mexico State, Toledo and Navy. Toledo and NMSU aren't much, but Navy is respectable, and that's a tougher OOC schedule than probably 95% of the rest of D1 faces.

Steel Head
06-23-2009, 11:54 AM
Penn State usually does play 1 big non-conference game a year. The problem is they schedule them so far in advance that they didn't know that Syracuse would suck this bad.

Up next they have a home and home with Alabama

Atleast they dont play division AA teams like crappy Pitt and Ohio state have recently

SteelCityMan786
06-23-2009, 12:35 PM
Great, great point. The Big Ten will return to it's former glory one of these years, but until it does, winning out in this conference will not be enough. PSU needs at least one big non-con game a year, and one of these years not scheduling that way will kill them.

Mock the Bucks all you want, but they play that one game, and it makes a big difference. Guarantee if the Bucks win out this year they play for it all again, and that's namely because they have the USC game early in the year. They also play New Mexico State, Toledo and Navy. Toledo and NMSU aren't much, but Navy is respectable, and that's a tougher OOC schedule than probably 95% of the rest of D1 faces.

Especially when there is no playoff. Joe is right to bash the BCS because the system is screwed up. Problem is, he doesn't try to play with the system and schedule tougher. Penn State yes is as of now the favorite as far as I can tell in the Big Ten, but the thing is, they need to get a tougher team on the schedule. Penn State's schedule last year got tougher bringing in Oregon State.


Penn State usually does play 1 big non-conference game a year. The problem is they schedule them so far in advance that they didn't know that Syracuse would suck this bad.

Up next they have a home and home with Alabama

Atleast they dont play division AA teams like crappy Pitt and Ohio state have recently

Penn State's future home and home
Alabama as you mentioned 2010-2011
Virginia 2012-2013
Nebraska 2014-2015
Rutgers 2014-2015

Penn State does play Division I-AA teams. In 2006 they played Youngstown State( I can forgive this because Louisiana Tech who was supposed to be in that spot had to drop out due to conference schedule change), 2008 they played Coastal Carolina, 2009 they play Eastern Illinois, 2010 Youngstown State comes back, 2011 they play the team who has had the worst record in D I-AA in recent memory(1-50 to be exact) Indiana State.

revefsreleets
06-23-2009, 02:00 PM
Penn State usually does play 1 big non-conference game a year. The problem is they schedule them so far in advance that they didn't know that Syracuse would suck this bad.

Up next they have a home and home with Alabama

Atleast they dont play division AA teams like crappy Pitt and Ohio state have recently

Your mom have any children who's brain lived?

In 2008 they played D1-AA Coastal Carloina
In 2007 They played Florida International
In 2006 THEY played Youngstown State

Please. Oregon State one year doesn't even come close to playing the likes of Texas and USC.

SteelCityMan786
06-23-2009, 04:37 PM
Your mom have any children who's brain lived?

In 2008 they played D1-AA Coastal Carloina
In 2007 They played Florida International
In 2006 THEY played Youngstown State

Please. Oregon State one year doesn't even come close to playing the likes of Texas and USC.

It's a better alternative to those 3 teams and Penn State's future I-AAs. The best of the bunch is Youngstown State.

Plus Looking at OSU's future Non-Conference
2010-Marshall, Miami (FL), Ohio, Eastern Michigan
2011-Akron, Toledo, @ Miami(FL)
2012-Miami (OH), Cincinnati, California, UAB
2013-@ California
2014-@ Navy, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, Kent State
2015-@ Virginia Tech
2016-@ Oklahoma
2017-Oklahoma
2018-@ Tennessee
2019-Tennessee

Compare that to Penn State's
2010-Youngstown State, @ Alabama, Kent State, Temple
2011-Indiana State, Alabama, Temple
2012-Ohio, @ Virginia, Temple
2013-Virginia
2014-@ Rutgers, Nebraska
2015-Rutgers, Nebraska

revefsreleets
06-24-2009, 10:10 AM
OSU has some BRUTAL OOC seasons coming up. In particular, 2014. Navy, VT AND Cinci? It's possible they could be playing 3 OOC top 25 teams, and VT could possibly be top 5. If the Big Ten is back to form, that could be the #1 SOS in the country that year.

J Dogg
07-01-2009, 08:26 PM
Good for Ohio State.

But if you're going to pound your chest and call yourselves one of the greatest college football programs of all time, you'd better be able to back that up.

Steel Head
07-01-2009, 08:35 PM
OSU has some BRUTAL OOC seasons coming up. In particular, 2014. Navy, VT AND Cinci? It's possible they could be playing 3 OOC top 25 teams, and VT could possibly be top 5. If the Big Ten is back to form, that could be the #1 SOS in the country that year.

Navy, VT and Cinci?

that's not BRUTAL you tard

revefsreleets
07-02-2009, 10:39 AM
Did you just call me a retard?

Holy Hell, you may be the stupidest remaining poster on this board, and you called ME retarded?

I'm gonna go REAL slow so even the biggest effing idiot on the board can read and comprehend. First off, this is an OUT OF CONFERENCE schedule. Navy is at least a top 50 opponent in off years, and flirt with top 25 status. Cinci was ranked in the top 10 a couple years ago, finished 17th last year, and was as high as 12. VT is a perennial top 25 team, and flirt with the top 10 year in and year out.

Meanwhile, PSU is busy scheduling Coastal Carolina, and CONTINUING to play YSU every other year, along with powerhouses like Temple and Eastern Illinois.

You have a LOT to learn, and really should shut your mouth and know your role...read, don't post, stupid. You embarrass yourself just about ever time you write something.

revefsreleets
07-02-2009, 10:41 AM
Good for Ohio State.

But if you're going to pound your chest and call yourselves one of the greatest college football programs of all time, you'd better be able to back that up.


Read.
http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=36518&page=3

That's just a start...I could go on and on...

J Dogg
07-02-2009, 11:07 AM
Read.
http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=36518&page=3

That's just a start...I could go on and on...

I don't see anything there that undercuts my statement.

You can be Alabama and continue to live off of what happened years ago, or you can USC and be living off of what is happening today.

The choice is up to each program. Ohio State is doing their very best to more like USC, and I applaud them for that.

revefsreleets
07-02-2009, 12:07 PM
Or, you could argue that USC is trying to be like OSU. Their relative success in the last decade is very similar...and both are long and storied programs.

J Dogg
07-02-2009, 12:31 PM
Or, you could argue that USC is trying to be like OSU. Their relative success in the last decade is very similar...and both are long and storied programs.

USC has never played a 1-AA opponent and probably never will.

SteelCityMan786
07-02-2009, 12:38 PM
Who says that Ohio State didn't play a I-AA opponent as a way of throwing said school a bone?(For those who don't know, Tressel coached YSU.) That's the big reason why I think Penn State played Coastal Carolina last year(But in their case, CCU's AD if I'm not mistaken is a PSU Alum).

Now let's get back on topic of PSU Football because this is :offtopic:

SteelCityMan786
07-02-2009, 12:40 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/070209aaa.html
Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes Look To Continue Growth With Seventh Annual Lift for Life Event July 10 to Benefit Kidney Cancer
New Event Features Include Fun Zone With Kids Games; More Than $300,000 Raised in Six Years
July 2, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - Members of the 2009 Penn State football squad are preparing to participate in the Seventh Annual Uplifting Athletes "Lift For Life" event, which has quickly become one of the summer highlight events in the State College community.

This year's event is scheduled for Friday, July 10, from 2:00-7:00 p.m. in Holuba Hall. Last year, more than 90 Nittany Lion football student-athletes tested their strength and endurance in this 11-exercise competition that raised more than $70,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association.

"Lift For Life" is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5 per student or child and $10 per adult. Donations can also be made in advance and credited to a fan's favorite player's fundraising total by visiting www.liftforlife.upliftingathletes.org. Fans will have a chance to meet and get autographs from current and former members of the Penn State Football team.

Exciting improvements to this year's event include a "Fun Zone" with kids' games, a silent auction and onsite credit card processing.

Uplifting Athletes events are organized by current football student-athletes. The Penn State Football chapter of Uplifting Athletes is run by members of the Nittany Lion football team, including officers Brett Brackett, Jesse Alfreno, Patrick Mauti and Ryan Gmerek, as well as Brennan Coakley, Mike Farrell, Ty Howle, Stephen Joseph, Shelton McCullough and Matt Stankiewitch. More than $300,000 has been raised to benefit the Kidney Cancer Association in the first six years of the "Lift For Life" event. The group is looking to continue their success with this year's edition. Other events hosted by the Penn State chapter include the intercollegiate College Football Video Game Challenge (vs. the Maryland Football Chapter of Uplifting Athletes), Blue and White Game carnival activities and a fall donor appreciation luncheon.

"Uplifting Athletes is a group of Penn State football players working together in an attempt to raise awareness and funds for rare diseases," said Brackett, the Penn State chapter's president. "These rare diseases affect fewer than 200,000 Americans and consequently little attention is paid to them. As college football student-athletes, we believe we are in a position to make a difference. `Lift for Life' is one way a small group of people can make a big impact on the lives of others."

Holuba Hall is located directly across from the East Area Locker Room and adjacent to the Lasch Football Building. Uplifting Athletes has worked hard to accommodate the growing number of fans who attend this annual event, including a more fan friendly set-up for "Lift For Life." The members of the football team will be put through 11 grueling physical tasks such as bench press, leg press, and less conventional events such as the tire flip and the iron cross. This event will be a test of strength and endurance as well as mental toughness.

Founded by Penn State Football teammates in 2003, "Lift For Life" continues to build awareness and raise funds for the Kidney Cancer Association. Uplifting Athletes is 501(c)3 national nonprofit organization that aligns college football with rare diseases and raises them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

For more information about Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit www.upliftingathletes.org or contact Deloris Brobeck at 814-865-1946 during normal business hours.

revefsreleets
07-02-2009, 12:47 PM
USC has never played a 1-AA opponent and probably never will.

Sorry, to stay off topic, but the YSU game was a favor to the Penguins program, was a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and won't occur again. Prior to that, OSU had never played a D1-AA team either.

OK, back to PSU....:flap:

J Dogg
07-04-2009, 09:59 AM
Who says that Ohio State didn't play a I-AA opponent as a way of throwing said school a bone?(For those who don't know, Tressel coached YSU.) That's the big reason why I think Penn State played Coastal Carolina last year(But in their case, CCU's AD if I'm not mistaken is a PSU Alum).

Now let's get back on topic of PSU Football because this is :offtopic:

Penn State has played Youngstown State and has Indiana State on a future schedule as well.

lilyoder6
07-04-2009, 01:49 PM
i don't know if u would remember..

but i was partying last night with E.Z smith and some other psu player, can't remember his name, but seeing him again 2nite..

but both are nice guys

SteelCityMan786
07-04-2009, 07:38 PM
Penn State has played Youngstown State and has Indiana State on a future schedule as well.

Yeah, and I hope that Mr. Curley does the smart thing and buys out both teams and puts better teams on their schedule.

SteelCityMan786
07-04-2009, 09:38 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/070309aaa.html

Four Nittany Lions Named to Sporting News All-America Teams

Penn State No. 12 in Pre-Season Top 25

July 3, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Sporting News' College Football 2009 has named four Penn Staters to its pre-season All-America teams and recognized six Nittany Lions on its All-Big Ten team.

A trio of juniors -- linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.), tailback Evan Royster (Fairfax,Va,) and center Stefen Wisniewski (Bridgeville) were selected second team pre-season All-Americans and first team All-Big Ten.

Senior defensive tackle Jared Odrick (Lebanon) was named a Sporting News third team pre-season All-American and first team all-conference.

Athlon Sports and Phil Steele's College Football 2009 previously had named Bowman, Odrick and Royster as pre-season All-Americans. Wisniewski was named a third team pre-season All-American by Athlon and senior linebacker Sean Lee (Pittsburgh) earned second team All-America honors by Phil Steele's.


Lee and senior quarterback Daryll Clark (Youngstown, Ohio) also were named to Sporting News' 2009 All-Big Ten squad. Penn State's six first team all-conference selections led all schools.

Sporting News ranks Lee as the Big Ten's top National Football League prospect. Clark is rated the conference's best passer and Royster is listed as the Big Ten's most elusive running back.

Bowman, Clark and Odrick were 2008 first team All-Big Ten and Wisniewski was on the second team, helping Penn State to its second Big Ten title and Bowl Championship Series berth in the past four years. Lee earned All-Big Ten honors in 2007 and is returning after missing the 2008 season with a knee injury.

Clark, a 2009 co-captain with Lee, is on the cover of Sporting News' Mid-Atlantic/Northeast regional edition, which is on sale at newsstands. Sporting News has Penn State ranked No. 12 in its pre-season Top 25.

Penn State has earned one of the nation's Top 10 records since the start of the 2005 season, posting a 40-11 (78.4) mark, good for No. 9 nationally. The Nittany Lions finished No. 8 in the nation last year with an 11-2 record, earning their 22nd Top 10 finish under Coach Joe Paterno.

Entering his 44th season as head coach and 60th on the Penn State coaching staff, the Hall of Fame coach returns 37 letterwinners and 10 starters for the 2009 campaign. The Nittany Lions host Akron on Sept. 5 (12:00 p.m., Big Ten Network) to open the season.

SteelCityMan786
07-05-2009, 10:25 PM
BTW: First 3 Game times for the season are 12 Noon and all 3 games will air on the Big Ten Network.

BehindSteelCurtain
07-06-2009, 01:49 AM
That Brandon Beachum kid is AMAZING

revefsreleets
07-06-2009, 12:52 PM
Yeah, and I hope that Mr. Curley does the smart thing and buys out both teams and puts better teams on their schedule.

It'd be wise to do so...PSU is the type of team that is recruiting well, and is well coached and disciplined enough to make a run almost every year. With the possibility of several one or no loss teams (although the former seems more likely due to parity) every year, scheduling these cream puffs could "Auburn them" right out of a NCG bid.

Even just dumping the 1-AA teams and scheduling a MAC team instead helps a lot, as the MAC is getting to the point where almost every year they have a team in the top 25 or thereabouts...it's a solid conference and has had it's share of upsets in the Big ten in the last decade (The Rockets of Toledo have beaten the Lions in Happy Valley).

MasterOfPuppets
07-06-2009, 01:10 PM
or they could schedule some ACC teams...bunch a chicken shits.....:laughing:

SteelCityMan786
07-11-2009, 09:42 PM
or they could schedule some ACC teams...bunch a chicken shits.....:laughing:

Hmmm, pretty sure we got ourselves a match up with Virginia in the future. Not to mention there have been rumors going around that the Terps could make a stop on the PSU Schedule down the line.

As you said Rev, MAC Schools do help bolster the SOS(Especially when some MAC Schools do play up to the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, etc. talent and in some cases beat them(Isn't that right Pitt fans? Don't worry, I know we got beat by one to....In 2000) Penn State has 2 currently scheduled for 2012(Ohio and Temple) and Temple is a program on the rise(Yeah they may always get blown out by teams like Penn State, but they came close to making it to a bowl game last season.

SteelCityMan786
07-11-2009, 09:52 PM
http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/071109aaa.html
Linebackers Take The Day As Penn State Football Lift For Life Raises Record Total Of More Than $81,000
Linebackers Sean Lee, Navorro Bowman, Josh Hull and tight end Mickey Shuler win lifting competition
July 11, 2009

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA., July 11, 2009 - The Seventh Annual Uplifting Athletes "Lift for Life" event held Friday at Holuba Hall was another unprecedented success with large crowds and a record total of more than $81,000 raised for the Kidney Cancer Association. The event has now raised nearly $400,000 in its seven years of existence.

Created, organized and run by Penn State football players, the 11-exercise endurance and weight lifting competition drew thousands of spectators to Holuba Hall, the Nittany Lions indoor practice facility, as 24, four-man teams, 96 players in all, went through a circuit of events which included standard exercises such as bench and leg presses and unusual events such as flipping a large tractor tire up and down the length of the hall.

"Every single person I've talked to -- I don't know if they're trying to be nice or if they're being honest -- said they've had a tremendous time, every player they've talked to has been respectful and great to talk to," said Brett Brackett, a junior wide receiver and president of the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes. "Everybody's had great things to say about the setup of the event, and the way things have been going."

Brackett helped organize the event along with Nittany Lions Jesse Alfreno, Pat Mauti, Ryan Gmerek, Brennan Coakley, Mike Farrell, Ty Howle, Stephen Joseph, Shelton McCullough and Matt Stankiewitch.

"In the past seven years, they've developed three new treatments for kidney cancer, in that time we've raised over $300,000," Brackett said. "We take pride and like to think we've played a little bit of a part in that happening.

"One of the cool things is that we look back and see who's donated in years past and the majority of the people that have donated in years past continue to donate. I think they just have such a great feel for what we do, they know the money's going toward a good thing, and with the economy the way it is, people aren't going to donate to something they're not confident in."

Penn State's linebacker unit, universally ranked as one of the tops in the nation, shined on the day as the team of linebackers Sean Lee, Navorro Bowman, Josh Hull and tight end Mickey Shuler posted the top score on the day. The team of Jared Odrick, Brennan Coakley, Jack Crawford and Andrew Quarless took second and the squad of Graham Zug, Chris Colasanti, James McDonald and true freshman quarterback Kevin Newsome took third.

"We just came out ready to get our butts kicked and work out hard and give back to the people that are going through kidney cancer," Nittany Lion All-Big Ten linebacker Bowman said.

Founded by Penn State Football teammates in 2003, "Lift for Life" continues to build awareness and raise funds for the Kidney Cancer Association. Uplifting Athletes is a 501(c)3 national nonprofit organization that aligns college football with rare diseases and raises them as a national priority through outreach, research, education and advocacy.

For more information about Penn State Football Uplifting Athletes or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please visit www.upliftingathletes.org.

SteelCityMan786
07-11-2009, 11:16 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/520648.html?nav=5017
PSU lands another elite quarterback

The Penn State football team, already with one top-10 quarterback committed to be part of its 2010 recruiting class, got positive news from another on Friday morning when Michigan prep signal-caller Robert Bolden announced that he too would be joining the Nittany Lions at a press conference at St. Mary's High School in Detroit.

Bolden (6-foot-4, 205 pounds) is Scout.com's eighth-ranked quarterback in the class of 2010 and the sixth-ranked dual-purpose quarterback according to Rivals.com.

Bolden selected the Lions over Louisville and Oregon. Michigan State was also high on his list and considered by some to be leading to land his services until the last few weeks.

Bolden is the 12th recruit for Penn State's 2010 recruiting class and the second top-10 quarterback, joining Sto-Rox's Paul Jones, who intends to enroll in January. The Lions also signed a top-10 quarterback in 2009, Virginia's Kevin Newsome.

MasterOfPuppets
07-12-2009, 06:15 PM
Hmmm, pretty sure we got ourselves a match up with Virginia in the future. Not to mention there have been rumors going around that the Terps could make a stop on the PSU Schedule down the line.

.

The last game was played in 1993, when the series had run uninterrupted since 1984. There are currently no plans to revive the series, although inconclusive discussions between the schools have been conducted as recently as October 2008.


While there are currently no known plans for future meetings, Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen and Penn State athletic spokesman Jeff Nelson have both stated that the schools have undergone discussions in an attempt to schedule a rematch. For the time being, however, Maryland and Penn State have been unable to agree on the terms for a revival.
ralphy should be gone by 2012 sooooo.......

University of Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen says he might want to remain in his post for up to five more years if the team is performing well - a move that could complicate the school’s coaching succession plan. Friedgen, 62, said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun that he might want to stay beyond the three years for which he is under contract. On Feb. 6, the university signed an agreement promising to pay $1 million to offensive coordinator James Franklin - who has turned down coaching jobs at other schools and in the NFL - if he is not elevated to head coach by Jan. 2, 2012
adios ralph ....

millwalldavey
07-12-2009, 10:33 PM
or they could schedule some ACC teams...bunch a chicken shits.....:laughing:

ACC football will be superior to Big 10 fottball soon.

SteelCityMan786
07-12-2009, 10:40 PM
ACC football will be superior to Big 10 fottball soon.

I don't know if I'll go that far. The ACC is getting better. Although the powers in their usual good years (Florida State and the like) will still need to improve.

Steel Head
07-12-2009, 10:49 PM
ACC football will be superior to Big 10 fottball soon.

eh maybe some day

I still rank the Big 10 as the second best.

MasterOfPuppets
07-13-2009, 12:02 AM
and here is why i hate penn state....

for Maryland, both schools compete aggressively for recruits in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area and southeastern Pennsylvania.[3] When they did play, the game held recruiting implications for the entire mid-Atlantic. A more recent example of the recruiting competition is Baltimore-area player Antonio Logan-El, who made a verbal commitment to Maryland, but ultimately signed with Penn State on live television in 2006. Penn State secured a large number of recruits from the Baltimore-Washington area with its 2006 class, including the 11th-overall 2009 NFL Draft pick, defensive end Aaron Maybin of Ellicott City, Maryland, who had considered attending Maryland.

every year MD loses players in thier backyard to penn state ...

revefsreleets
07-13-2009, 12:39 PM
ACC football will be superior to Big 10 fottball soon.

Maybe if they double in size and absorb the SEC...I mean, they already have like 30 teams in there (I'm exaggerating, but not THAT much) and they are still largely a second-tier football conference.

Cracks me up when people constantly predict the demise of the Big Ten. These things are cyclical, and they are just going through a little downward trend.

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2009, 12:42 PM
Maybe if they double in size and absorb the SEC...I mean, they already have like 30 teams in there (I'm exaggerating, but not THAT much) and they are still largely a second-tier football conference.

Cracks me up when people constantly predict the demise of the Big Ten. These things are cyclical, and they are just going through a little downward trend.

That's one thing I find funny. The Big Ten isn't going to fall as long as the likes of Penn State, Ohio State, and Michigan(Even if they're awful) are holding the conference together while some of the teams like Iowa, Michigan State, Illinois and the like keep getting better. I love how people try to predict that considering what conference other then the Big Ten has sent 2 of it's members to the BCS Recently(Not to mention one of them almost over a year ago went to the BCS Title game).

Steel Head
07-13-2009, 01:41 PM
and here is why i hate penn state....



every year MD loses players in thier backyard to penn state ...

what's the problem?

why would these good players want to go to a crappy team like Maryland? They do what's best for themselves

MasterOfPuppets
07-13-2009, 03:16 PM
kinda hard to buck the trend of sucking as long as the good prospects, particularly those in your neighborhood, get swayed away to the likes of PSU and WVU.... i guess MD's alumni needs to spend more on football recruits and less on the bball recruits....:noidea:.

and for all the sucking MD has done over the years, they're still only, what ? 2 national titles behind PSU ? :laughing:

revefsreleets
07-13-2009, 03:46 PM
Rivals currently has 2 Big Ten teams in the top 8 of recruiting for 2009 (OSU at 3 and Michigan at 8). As Michigan State and Penn State are also in the top 25. Illinois has pulled some top classes in the recent past. As long as the conference continues to recruit well, they'll stay in the top 2-3 in the country, and that's in general, not any one specific year...

MasterOfPuppets
07-13-2009, 03:58 PM
i'd have thought ole Richy R would have put a damper on michigan's recruiting.....:noidea:

millwalldavey
07-13-2009, 04:06 PM
and here is why i hate penn state....



every year MD loses players in thier backyard to penn state ...


I hate Penn State because they do not recruit the best from their home state.

millwalldavey
07-13-2009, 04:11 PM
Maybe if they double in size and absorb the SEC...I mean, they already have like 30 teams in there (I'm exaggerating, but not THAT much) and they are still largely a second-tier football conference.

Cracks me up when people constantly predict the demise of the Big Ten. These things are cyclical, and they are just going through a little downward trend.

I put the SEC at #1, Big 12 at #2 then at this point the ACC and Big 10 are about neck and neck.

I always swore Big 10 was #1. I don't think so anymore. OSU is the class and will stay there. Michigan is down but will get better. Just not good enough to go over the top (I hope i'm wrong tho.) PSU, just not that good IMHO (We saw last year when they were destroyed by one of the class teams in the NCAA). All the others are just going through cyclical periods.

revefsreleets
07-13-2009, 05:14 PM
Last year it was SEC and Big 12, then Pac 10 and Big Ten...ACC was 5th...and that was good year for the ACC. Big East and C-USA are on the same level of the ACC, but they DID have an exceptionally good year in 2008 having 4 teams in the top 25. By way of comparison, the Big ten had a bad year, and THEY still had 4 teams in the top 25. It's just not even a close comparison....I mean there was even a Big 10/ACC match-up in the bowls last year, and it was Atlantic co-champs FSU (arguably playing the best football of anyone at the end of the season in the ACC) against bottom-of-the-barrel Wisconsin who fell apart after the lost that close game to OSU.

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2009, 05:15 PM
I hate Penn State because they do not recruit the best from their home state.

You have to rely on more then just your home state to win. Pennsylvania has great athletes, but other states do as well.


I put the SEC at #1, Big 12 at #2 then at this point the ACC and Big 10 are about neck and neck.

I always swore Big 10 was #1. I don't think so anymore. OSU is the class and will stay there. Michigan is down but will get better. Just not good enough to go over the top (I hope i'm wrong tho.) PSU, just not that good IMHO (We saw last year when they were destroyed by one of the class teams in the NCAA). All the others are just going through cyclical periods.

Thing is though Davey, Penn State who might go through a reloading year this year(depends on how the losses affect them) is still projected to win the Big Ten(according to some magazines such as Phil Steele) or if not win, be in competition with the Buckeyes for the Big Ten title AND have been projected to go to a BCS Bowl by a large chunk of the projections that I have seen. Now I am not going to say that Penn State is in the class of USC, Texas, Oklahoma, etc. They still have to work to do, but are well on their way to becoming a member of that class.

Penn State was only destroyed for 1/2 of that game. It stinks that it took them to the 2nd Half to figure out something that matched up well against a USC defense. Claim all you want that USC was being nice, they weren't as much as people want to say that. If they were, Penn State would have won that game scoring 70 points. But USC Wasn't and only gave up 24. A guy like Pete Carroll wants to win, but at the same time he possibly gave away a chance for USC to win the AP title.

SteelCityMan786
07-13-2009, 05:17 PM
Last year it was SEC and Big 12, then Pac 10 and Big Ten...ACC was 5th...and that was good year for the ACC. Big East and C-USA are on the same level of the ACC, but they DID have an exceptionally good year in 2008 having 4 teams in the top 25.

Big East is on the same level as Sun Belt and the like Conferences. There is maybe 1 or 2 good teams out of that conference per year as of late. The departure of Virginia Tech, Miami, and Boston College has pretty much made that conference a joke.

revefsreleets
07-13-2009, 05:20 PM
That's just my point. The ACC used to be ONLY FSU...now a few teams can compete, but THAT actually kind of levels the field in the conference. They simply aren't much of a football conference from top-to-bottom.

MasterOfPuppets
07-14-2009, 02:49 AM
Maybe if they double in size and absorb the SEC...I mean, they already have like 30 teams in there (I'm exaggerating, but not THAT much) and they are still largely a second-tier football conference.
.

ACC - 12 ...only 1 more than the big 10, or should that be the big 11 ?
Big 12 - 12
SEC - 12
C- USA - 12
MAC -13
:huh: ..... :noidea:

There's 120 teams in DV 1A , in 12 conferences. ... personally i'd like to see the conferences realigned, and maybe use an NFL type of format with just 4 big conferences of 30 teams ( maybe like east,mideast,midwest,west ), with 5 or 6 team regional divisions in each conference, to create better rivalries. then make scheduling / playoff system from there.

revefsreleets
07-14-2009, 09:35 AM
Boston College

Clemson

Duke

Florida State

Georgia Tech

Maryland
Miami

North Carolina

NC State

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Wake Forest

Lot of great basketball teams on that list...a couple former glories in football.

Steel Head
07-14-2009, 09:59 AM
Pac 10 is better than the ACC

Steel Head
07-14-2009, 10:00 AM
PSU, just not that good IMHO (We saw last year when they were destroyed by one of the class teams in the NCAA).

yet PSU is still clearly better than any ACC team

weak arguments

millwalldavey
07-14-2009, 10:34 AM
Penn State was only destroyed for 1/2 of that game. It stinks that it took them to the 2nd Half to figure out something that matched up well against a USC defense. Claim all you want that USC was being nice, they weren't as much as people want to say that. If they were, Penn State would have won that game scoring 70 points. But USC Wasn't and only gave up 24. A guy like Pete Carroll wants to win, but at the same time he possibly gave away a chance for USC to win the AP title.

I would say they were destroyed for 3/4of it and it was the important 3/4. USC laid down a bit and PSU got two garbage time TD's which made it look respectable. USC
s fault, yes. But still made PSU look a little more to their fand like they belonged there. They weren't nearly as close to USC as that final.

millwalldavey
07-14-2009, 10:36 AM
yet PSU is still clearly better than any ACC team

weak arguments

Weak what? I said I feel the ACC is better than the BIG 10 at this point. Not individual teams better than one another.

revefsreleets
07-14-2009, 10:41 AM
Again, in a severely down year, the Big Ten still equaled the ACC in top 25 representation. So, at best, you could maybe say they were equal. However, it's much more accurate to judge these trends over multiple seasons because single seasons are subject to pretty wild fluctuations.

millwalldavey
07-14-2009, 10:42 AM
You have to rely on more then just your home state to win. Pennsylvania has great athletes, but other states do as well.


Indeed. But they ALWAYS miss out on the best from here, especially kids who really want to play there and are academic assets as well. Remember Ron Pawlus? I know someone is gonna salm him for his ND performance, but the kid went after the education. If he would have played in a non-option based offense, he may have won those two heismans.

There is a ton on the list. They may lose one of our boys here to Illinois or Michigan State this year, and he REALLY wants to got to PSU for medicine.

Sooner or later, they are going to lose NJ to Rutgers. As programs get better the dominoes will fall. Time to start looking harder at home!

Steel Head
07-14-2009, 11:21 AM
Indeed. But they ALWAYS miss out on the best from here,

Penn State doesn't miss out on these prospects on purpose. A lot of top programs recruit the state of Pennsylvania

And they dont always miss out on them

They get a ton of recruits from New Jersey and Maryland because they are close by and a better school than any in those states

millwalldavey
07-14-2009, 04:32 PM
They get a ton of recruits from New Jersey and Maryland because they are close by and a better school than any in those states

I dunno if i'd saw that about MD... but definately about Jersey.

MasterOfPuppets
07-14-2009, 04:50 PM
I dunno if i'd saw that about MD... but definately about Jersey.

did you read this ?


A more recent example of the recruiting competition is Baltimore-area player Antonio Logan-El, who made a verbal commitment to Maryland, but ultimately signed with Penn State on live television in 2006.[4][5] Penn State secured a large number of recruits from the Baltimore-Washington area with its 2006 class, including the 11th-overall 2009 NFL Draft pick, defensive end Aaron Maybin of Ellicott City, Maryland,[6] who had considered attending Maryland.[3]
here's this years recruits they stole from MD .....i hate penn state.....

in contast to the 8 players they plucked from MD....they got 7 recruits out of PA....:doh: ...all i can say is that if UMD ever builds a solid football program and actually ever starts retaining MD talent....PSU is doomed !!!

Michael Wallace
(Our Lady Good Counsel HS)
Olney, MD

Devon Smith
(Westlake HS)
Waldorf, MD

Brandon Felder
(Oxon Hill HS)
Oxon Hill, MD

Sean Stanley
(Gaithersburg HS)
Gaithersburg, MD

Stephon Morris
(Eleanor Roosevelt HS)
Greenbelt, MD

Derrick Thomas
(Eleanor Roosevelt HS)
Greenbelt, MD

Darrell Givens
(Lackey HS)
Indian Head, MD

Malcolm Willis
(Lackey HS)
Indian Head, MD

http://pennstate.scout.com/a.z?s=157&p=9&c=8&yr=2009

SteelCityMan786
07-14-2009, 07:29 PM
did you read this ?



here's this years recruits they stole from MD .....i hate penn state.....

in contast to the 8 players they plucked from MD....they got 7 recruits out of PA....:doh: ...all i can say is that if UMD ever builds a solid football program and actually ever starts retaining MD talent....PSU is doomed !!!

Michael Wallace
(Our Lady Good Counsel HS)
Olney, MD

Devon Smith
(Westlake HS)
Waldorf, MD

Brandon Felder
(Oxon Hill HS)
Oxon Hill, MD

Sean Stanley
(Gaithersburg HS)
Gaithersburg, MD

Stephon Morris
(Eleanor Roosevelt HS)
Greenbelt, MD

Derrick Thomas
(Eleanor Roosevelt HS)
Greenbelt, MD

Darrell Givens
(Lackey HS)
Indian Head, MD

Malcolm Willis
(Lackey HS)
Indian Head, MD

http://pennstate.scout.com/a.z?s=157&p=9&c=8&yr=2009

Penn State just picked up a recruit from PA today (Alex Kenney, the man is speed demon). Not to mention Penn State just doesn't rely on Maryland for out of state athletes. They look at New Jersey(Which it won't surprise me if Greg Schiano who is a rumored successor to JoePA stays firm under their grasp.), Ohio, Virginia, Illinois, North Carolina, New York, etc. They don't just rely on Maryland.

revefsreleets
07-15-2009, 11:47 AM
It is interesting that they take so much talent from one other state. But the KEY to success in a populated state is securing your own best in-state talent.

Out of 20 recruits in 2008, OSU's breakdown was:
Ohio- 9
Florida- 4
Maryland- 1
Texas- 1
PA- 2
GA- 1
MN- 1
Illinois- 1

It's like that every year. If you look at teams like Nebraska and Oklahoma, it's the same. They recruit some top guys from other states, but their bread and butter is wrapping up their own best in-state players.

SteelCityMan786
07-15-2009, 12:35 PM
http://pennstate.scout.com/a.z?s=157&p=9&c=8&yr=2010

2010 List so far

15 of Penn State's 2009 Recruits are between PA and MD

Steel Head
07-15-2009, 01:17 PM
It is interesting that they take so much talent from one other state. But the KEY to success in a populated state is securing your own best in-state talent.

Out of 20 recruits in 2008, OSU's breakdown was:
Ohio- 9
Florida- 4
Maryland- 1
Texas- 1
PA- 2
GA- 1
MN- 1
Illinois- 1

It's like that every year. If you look at teams like Nebraska and Oklahoma, it's the same. They recruit some top guys from other states, but their bread and butter is wrapping up their own best in-state players.

you are in the wrong thread

nobody here gives a crap about Ohio State

take your garbage elsewhere

revefsreleets
07-15-2009, 01:44 PM
you are in the wrong thread

nobody here gives a crap about Ohio State

take your garbage elsewhere



Ha-ha...sorry, chuckles...not going anywhere. You on the other hand...

Mostly what you do is insult people. You were already banned once, and you'll be banned again. I took you off ignore because I want to see how it is exactly that you get yourself done in this time.

Anyways, like I said, Penn State does it the right way, by recruiting their own in-state talent. Your in-depth analysis and cutting edge knowledge on the subject, is, as always, staggering...

Staggeringly empty and stupid.

HometownGal
07-15-2009, 04:49 PM
you are in the wrong thread

nobody here gives a crap about Ohio State

take your garbage elsewhere

If you can't debate respectfully, then you need to take your trash talk elsewhere pal. Capeche?

Steel Head
07-16-2009, 12:25 AM
Ha-ha...sorry, chuckles...not going anywhere. You on the other hand...

Mostly what you do is insult people. You were already banned once, and you'll be banned again. I took you off ignore because I want to see how it is exactly that you get yourself done in this time.

Anyways, like I said, Penn State does it the right way, by recruiting their own in-state talent. Your in-depth analysis and cutting edge knowledge on the subject, is, as always, staggering...

Staggeringly empty and stupid.

alright dude, i want to call a truce with you

I really dont hate Ohio State at all just sick of you pimping them so much

back on topic, Ohio and PA are a hotbed for great recruits. Those 2 states along with texas, florida and cali are the tops by far

millwalldavey
07-16-2009, 09:48 AM
back on topic, Ohio and PA are a hotbed for great recruits. Those 2 states along with texas, florida and cali are the tops by far

Pretty Much a great deal of the South is. The Carolinas especially.

SteelCityMan786
07-16-2009, 12:50 PM
Pretty Much a great deal of the South is. The Carolinas especially.

Penn State managed to pick up a Linemen from NC for the 09 recruiting class.

millwalldavey
07-16-2009, 05:01 PM
Penn State managed to pick up a Linemen from NC for the 09 recruiting class.

They usually grab on or two from down there.

SteelCityMan786
07-16-2009, 06:16 PM
They usually grab on or two from down there.

Got to grab the talent they can get. Not to mention when Penn State finds someone close to home, they do usually go after them.

millwalldavey
07-16-2009, 06:43 PM
Got to grab the talent they can get. Not to mention when Penn State finds someone close to home, they do usually go after them.

I still dispute that claim. We have had many in this area that PSU has never looked at and have gone on to great things.

SteelCityMan786
07-16-2009, 08:42 PM
I still dispute that claim. We have had many in this area that PSU has never looked at and have gone on to great things.

That's because the recruit more WPIAL talent within their borders. Though I saw a couple of Selinsgrove players last year I wouldn't mind wearing the Blue and White of Penn State.

Btw, by close to home, I mean the District 6 neighborhood. Penn State just picked up a kid that goes to State College(In fact they picked up 2 the other one is Jordan Norwood's brother, he moved after his dad got a job at Baylor).

MasterOfPuppets
07-17-2009, 07:05 PM
I still dispute that claim. We have had many in this area that PSU has never looked at and have gone on to great things.

thats nothing...maryland had steve slaton inked and pulled his scholarship...:doh:

He visited Maryland as a junior, mulled over other schools -- including West Virginia -- and jumped when the Terrapins' staff offered a scholarship.

"I committed; I was already there," Slaton recalled. "Upcoming program. They were pretty close to home. I liked my family coming to games, and that was a pretty big reason to go there."

In October 2004, a reporter called the Slaton household. He was the one who informed the Conwell-Egan kid that Maryland rescinded its scholarship offer. The turtle knick-knacks? "They're gone," Slaton said.
i guess being from PA...penn state missed out as well

SteelCityMan786
07-17-2009, 08:10 PM
]thats nothing...maryland had steve slaton inked and pulled his scholarship...:doh: [/B]


i guess being from PA...penn state missed out as well

That was one of the worst ideas I have ever heard. Especially after the type of carrier he had.

millwalldavey
07-18-2009, 01:15 AM
That's because the recruit more WPIAL talent within their borders. Though I saw a couple of Selinsgrove players last year I wouldn't mind wearing the Blue and White of Penn State.


Selinsgrove is loaded again this year. Could win AAA.

We may not have as good a season as Selinsgrove... but PSU could miss out on Brent Forbes from Shamokin. SMART kid, talented athlete (6'4", 245), all around good young man. Plays FB/DE/LB.

SteelCityMan786
07-18-2009, 08:04 PM
Selinsgrove is loaded again this year. Could win AAA.

We may not have as good a season as Selinsgrove... but PSU could miss out on Brent Forbes from Shamokin. SMART kid, talented athlete (6'4", 245), all around good young man. Plays FB/DE/LB.

I wouldn't be surprised if they are as good as you say.

MasterOfPuppets
07-18-2009, 08:35 PM
That was one of the worst ideas I have ever heard. Especially after the type of carrier he had.
well maryland got sean hill ( qb , 9'ers) from WVU .....so i guess it was poetic justice .... hill had some of his best games against them too....:chuckle:

millwalldavey
07-22-2009, 07:59 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if they are as good as you say.

I'm teaching at Southern Columbia this year. I bet they'll have a worthy player or two...

SteelCityMan786
07-23-2009, 10:58 AM
I'm teaching at Southern Columbia this year. I bet they'll have a worthy player or two...

I think they beat Bishop Carroll a couple of years ago for the state title if I'm not mistaken.

SteelCityMan786
07-23-2009, 11:03 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09201/985049-143.stm

Penn State: Out for 20 months, linebacker Sean Lee is ready to play
Monday, July 20, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State linebacker Sean Lee laughed when asked if he still remembers how to play football.

"I hope so," he said.

When the Nittany Lions kick off preseason practice Aug. 10, it will have been 16 months since Lee previously took part in full-contact drills. And by the time the fifth-year senior co-captain from Upper St. Clair High School finally slips on his No. 45 jersey for the Sept. 5 non-conference opener against Akron, it will have been more than 20 months since he last played in a game.

No player on Penn State's roster is more eager for the start of two-a-day practices than Lee, who had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in April 2008.

Now he is a nervous bundle of energy who admits he has struggled to control his emotions.

"I can't wait to be playing football again, smelling the grass in August, putting the pads on, getting the little nicks on your nose from hitting, busting your fingers a little bit," he said. "I just am ready to go through it again.

"Whenever I look at the [preseason] magazines or anything college football, thinking about the season, I get hyped up, worked up. Sometimes, if College Football Live is on [ESPN], I have to change the channel because my adrenaline starts running so much."

Lee, 6 feet 2, 236 pounds, was primed for a big senior year last season. As a junior, he was named a first-team All-American by Pro Football Weekly and finished second in the Big Ten Conference in tackles (138) behind former teammate Dan Connor.

Lee also was named defensive MVP of the Alamo Bowl in December 2007 and NFLDraftScout.com ranked him as the top outside linebacker in the 2009 NFL draft, as well as the No. 6 player overall.

But those projections were cast aside when Lee was injured while blitzing quarterback Daryll Clark in a scrimmage April 11, 2008.

Lee had surgery 17 days later and served as an honorary captain and part-time coach last year while sitting out the season to take part in a lengthy rehab process.

He was held out of contact drills this spring and did not participate in Penn State's annual Blue-White intrasquad game, but he insists he is now 100 percent.

"If I had to play tomorrow, I could," Lee said. "I haven't worn a brace in a while. And I've felt like I could play for some time now. I feel like each month I get better and better.

"I'm not necessarily worried about getting hit. I didn't get injured taking a helmet to the knee; it was just taking a cut. I think the hitting will just come naturally."

Lee will have to prove once again that he has not lost a step or his instincts. NFLDraftScout.com has him ranked as the 45th-best senior prospect and a second- or third-round draft pick in 2010. He is rated the second-best inside linebacker behind Florida's Brandon Spikes.

"He's been typical Sean Lee every step of the way," linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden said. "I think he was destroyed for about a month after he got injured and then he started thinking about, 'What's the next step? I've got to come back.' He hasn't looked back since.

"I think Sean will be just the same kind of player he was when he left the game -- I think he'll be great."

Lee enters this season with 239 career tackles and needs only 17 more to crack the top-10 list. He has a chance of joining former All-American linebackers Connor (419) and Paul Posluszny (372) of Hopewell as the top three tacklers in school history.

"Every time I turned around [last year] I had to be careful," coach Joe Paterno said, laughing. "He might have been right up my you-know-what. Sean's an anxious kid. He's a heck of a kid. He's amazing."

Vanderlinden said Lee's skills are comparable to both those of Connor, a third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2008, and Posluszny, a second-round selection of the Buffalo Bills in 2007.

"I see the same qualities in all three of them," Vanderlinden said. "They're all passionate. They're all extremely hard workers. They all have natural abilities where they can separate themselves from everyone else."

Lee's teammates are anticipating his return to the field almost as much as he is.

"[I expect] a lot of plays being made on the defensive side, that's for sure," said Clark, the other senior co-captain. "He's looking very good during these workouts that we've had. I just can't wait to see him in pads, other than at a photo shoot or something like that."

Whether Lee plays inside or outside, he will team with first-team All-Big Ten outside linebacker Navorro Bowman, who led the Lions in tackles last year with 106.

"We're two of the best linebackers in America," Bowman said. "I'm looking forward to playing with him. We're going to be a tough pair to stop and a tough defense to stop."

"I can't wait to be playing football again, smelling the grass in August, putting the pads on ... "

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09201/985049-143.stm#ixzz0M5xcSFGG

SteelCityMan786
07-23-2009, 11:07 AM
Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09203/985462-143.stm
Penn State receiver McDonald kicked off team
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
The Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE -- Penn State backup receiver James McDonald is off the football team after police charged him with drunken driving.

A one-sentence statement Tuesday from the athletic department said the fifth-year senior would not be invited back to the Nittany Lions this fall. The statement did not elaborate.

State College police on Monday filed two misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence against McDonald after he was pulled over July 9 for an expired registration.

The 22-year-old from Washington, D.C., also faces a violation of driving a car with an expired registration. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 19.

McDonald has played sparingly at Penn State, finishing last season with five catches for 72 yards.

He was suspended from the team two years ago in the summer for an undisclosed incident.

millwalldavey
07-23-2009, 04:17 PM
I think they beat Bishop Carroll a couple of years ago for the state title if I'm not mistaken.

Well, they won 6 since 1995... not to mention 4 in a row from 2002 - 2005ish. I think they will be a bit down for their standards this year.

SteelCityMan786
07-23-2009, 07:36 PM
Well, they won 6 since 1995... not to mention 4 in a row from 2002 - 2005ish. I think they will be a bit down for their standards this year.

Yeah well didn't you say Selinsgrove was supposed to be down last year but ended up doing pretty good anyway? SC might get that luck.

SteelCityMan786
07-27-2009, 12:30 PM
Penn State receives yet another verbal for 2010

Kevin Haplea TE Annandale, NJ

Steel Head
07-27-2009, 01:08 PM
once again Penn State will have the best group of linebackers in the Big 10 this coming season....Sean Lee, Navarro Bowman, Josh Hull

lilyoder6
07-27-2009, 01:44 PM
once again Penn State will have the best group of linebackers in the Big 10 this coming season....Sean Lee, Navarro Bowman, Josh Hull

jerome hayes played lb for them last yr.. but it looks like he could be movin to de..


also psu has been ranked the best party school in the new rankings from princeton

Steel Head
07-27-2009, 02:21 PM
jerome hayes played lb for them last yr.. but it looks like he could be movin to de..

yeah thats what i was thinking

they lost a lot of good DE's (Evans should have stayed another year)

revefsreleets
07-27-2009, 03:35 PM
once again Penn State will have the best group of linebackers in the Big 10 this coming season....Sean Lee, Navarro Bowman, Josh Hull

Been years since that was the case...maybe this year they re-establish themselves as "Linebacker U" again.

Last year it was Freeman, Laurinaitis and Homan.

KeiselPower99
07-27-2009, 03:40 PM
well maryland got sean hill ( qb , 9'ers) from WVU .....so i guess it was poetic justice .... hill had some of his best games against them too....:chuckle:

Are ya sure your not thinking Scott McBrien? I know he was the backup in WVU then transferred to Maryland and killed them when he played them.

Steel Head
07-27-2009, 03:52 PM
Been years since that was the case...maybe this year they re-establish themselves as "Linebacker U" again.

Last year it was Freeman, Laurinaitis and Homan.

Poz and Connor > Hawk and Barbie

SteelCityMan786
07-27-2009, 04:19 PM
It appears that 2 more have been dismissed.

http://post-gazette.com/pg/09208/986719-100.stm#ixzz0MUd98gJF
Two PSU defensive players questionable for season
Monday, July 27, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHICAGO --- Penn State could be without its projected starting cornerback and top backup defensive tackle when preseason practice starts Aug. 10.

Coach Joe Paterno said today at the Big Ten Conference's annual media days that redshirt junior defensive tackle Abe Koroma and senior cornerback A.J. Wallace are dealing with off-the-field issues.

Their lockers were cleared out earlier this month.

Asked if Koroma would be back, Paterno said: "I doubt if Koroma will be. He's got some personal problems."

As for Wallace, Paterno said: "There is some question. He cut some classes."

Koroma, 6 feet 3, 317 pounds, started four games last year and finished with 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Wallace, 6-1, 201, has appeared in 39 career games for the Nittany Lions, with six starts. He had 20 tackles a year ago.

millwalldavey
07-28-2009, 10:03 AM
Not shocked. PSU is slowly becoming Miami North.

revefsreleets
07-28-2009, 10:52 AM
Poz and Connor > Hawk and Barbie

Huh? Poz has panned out, but Connor had all of 4 tackles in 3 games last year. I think Poz had 110 tackles, 1 pick and a FF, while Hawk had 86 tackles and 3 sacks. Those two wash (as pro's). I don't know who Barbie is, but my guess is he did or will produce a lot more than 4 tackles.

Fail. Again.

SteelCityMan786
07-28-2009, 11:52 PM
Not shocked. PSU is slowly becoming Miami North.

At least they're trying to clean up the trash to.

SteelCityMan786
07-29-2009, 06:40 PM
:banging: Can we please GET ONE OFFSEASON that has no crap like this.

Penn State backup tackle charged with DUI
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State senior backup offensive tackle Ako Poti has been charged with driving under the influence.

He was pulled over July 17 by State College police and had a blood alcohol content between 0.10 and 0.16, which is more than the legal limit of 0.08, police said. Poti also was charged with disregarding traffic lanes.

He received a citation in the mail July 20 and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Sept. 2.

Poti, a transfer from San Francisco Community College, has appeared in just four career games for the Nittany Lions.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09210/987156-100.stm#ixzz0MgtVp6FK

revefsreleets
07-30-2009, 10:08 AM
Difference between a program like "Thug U" and a PSU or OSU is at Miami they sweep the mess under the rug and at Penn State they boot the kid off the team.

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2009, 10:32 AM
Difference between a program like "Thug U" and a PSU or OSU is at Miami they sweep the mess under the rug and at Penn State they boot the kid off the team.

Which is one thing I appreciate. I can sleep easier at night knowing crap like this isn't being taken lightly.

SteelCityMan786
07-30-2009, 10:48 PM
Dakota Royer commits from Manheim Central.

Updated 2010 List.
http://pennstate.scout.com/a.z?s=157&p=9&c=8&toinid=688&yr=2010

http://post-gazette.com/pg/09211/987521-100.stm

Penn State lands top LB recruit
Thursday, July 30, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Linebacker Dakota Royer today became the 15th recruit to verbally commit to Penn State's class of 2010.

Royer, a 6-foot-3, 210-pounder from Manheim Central, made the announcement during a noon news conference at his high school in Manheim, Pa. He is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com.

He chose the Nittany Lions over Pitt and Notre Dame. Royer earned first-team Class AAA all-state honors as a junior defensive end, registering 81 tackles and 11 sacks. As a wide receiver, he caught 56 passes for 1,099 yards and five touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Glenn Carson, an incoming linebacker recruit, has been charged with public drunkenness and underage drinking as a result of a July 25 incident in State College. He was rated the country's 14th-best inside linebacker by ESPN's Scouts Inc. in the class of 2009.

Penn State opens preseason practice Aug. 10.

SteelCityMan786
08-04-2009, 04:08 PM
http://post-gazette.com/pg/09216/988538-100.stm#ixzz0NFJjCvCc
Penn State's Clark named to O'Brien award watch list
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State quarterback Daryll Clark has picked up another preseason honor.

The senior co-captain, a first-team All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection last season, is one of 33 quarterbacks named to the watch list for the Davey O'Brien award. He was a semifinalist last season.

Two previous Penn State quarterbacks have captured the O'Brien award -- Todd Blackledge (1982) and Kerry Collins (1994).

Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor from Jeannette, the Big Ten's preseason offensive player of the year, also was named to the list.

The winner of the award will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards Show Dec. 10 on ESPN.

Zion21
08-05-2009, 12:22 AM
Got my tickets! Cant wait lol.https://tipgnome.com/images/smile1.gif

SteelCityMan786
08-07-2009, 10:54 PM
Penn State ranked eighth in preseason coaches' poll
Friday, August 07, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Penn State will start this season right where it ended 2008 -- ranked No. 8 in the USA Today coaches' poll.

The Nittany Lions, who return 10 starters from last year's Big Ten Conference championship team that finished 11-2 and lost to Southern California in the Rose Bowl, received 988 points in the preseason poll released today. Pitt and West Virginia did not crack the top 25, but were listed among others receiving votes. The Panthers received 64 votes and the Mountaineers 55.

Defending national champion Florida topped the poll, receiving 53 of 59 first-place votes. Texas was second, followed by Oklahoma, Southern California and Alabama.

The Associated Press preseason Top 25 will be released Saturday, Aug. 22. Penn State also ended last season ranked No. 8 in that poll.



USA Today Top 25 Coaches' poll

The USA Today coaches' poll with first-place votes listed:

1. Florida (53)

2. Texas (4)

3. Oklahoma (1)

4. USC (1)

5. Alabama

6. Ohio State

7. Virginia Tech

8. Penn State

9. LSU

10. Ole Miss

11. Oklahoma State

12. California

13. Georgia

14. Oregon

15. Georgia Tech

16. Boise State

17. TCU

18. Utah

19. Florida State

20. North Carolina

21. Iowa

22. Nebraska

23. Notre Dame

24. Brigham Young

25. Oregon State

http://post-gazette.com/pg/09219/989317-100.stm#ixzz0NYYJTGGB

millwalldavey
08-08-2009, 09:16 AM
Difference between a program like "Thug U" and a PSU or OSU is at Miami they sweep the mess under the rug and at Penn State they boot the kid off the team.

Just like they did with Scirotto... oh wait...

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2009, 11:45 AM
Just like they did with Scirotto... oh wait...

Scirotto didn't have a history of pull crap like this. That's probably the main reason why he didn't get kicked off the team.

Every team has a few bad apples. Just some have more then others.

millwalldavey
08-08-2009, 09:45 PM
Scirotto didn't have a history of pull crap like this. That's probably the main reason why he didn't get kicked off the team.

Every team has a few bad apples. Just some have more then others.

20 years ago, Paterno would have launched him out of State College faster than your head would spin. It just seems to be happening more and more in the Valley the last 10-15 years.

SteelCityMan786
08-08-2009, 11:47 PM
20 years ago, Paterno would have launched him out of State College faster than your head would spin. It just seems to be happening more and more in the Valley the last 10-15 years.

That's the surprising thing to. Although he does rid those players, sometimes he just doesn't do it fast enough.

SteelCityMan786
08-12-2009, 11:58 AM
Lining up with the Lions: Running backs
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/521401.html?nav=5017
Starters: Jr. TB Evan Royster (6-1, 209), So. FB Joe Suhey (6-1, 220)

Backups: So. TB Stephfon Green (5-10, 192), So. TB Brandon Beachum (6-0, 219), Jr. TB Brent Carter (6-2, 211), Sr. FB Larry Federoff (5-11, 236)

2008 stats: Royster rushed for 1,236 yards on 191 carries, averaging 6.5 yards per attempt; he finished fourth in Big Ten in yards and first among all backs with at least 100 carries in yards per attempt; also scored 12 TDs; Green gained 578 yards on 105 carries (5.5 average) and scored five TDs (one receiving); Beachum carried 28 times for 114 yards as true freshman; Royster was fourth on team with 17 catches, Green fifth with 15.

The big question: Will the backs be able to match last year's solid numbers running behind a new offensive line? The guys up front were very good and opened a lot of holes last season. The backs may have to do more on their own this year with three new starters on the line.

Record watch: Royster has 1,749 yards rushing in two seasons and needs 1,650 over the next two to become PSU's career rushing leader.

Smooth operator: PSU safety Drew Astorino on Royster: "He's the smoothest runner that I have ever played against. He's so smooth, you think you can just go tackle him, and then he lowers his shoulder and he runs you over."

Injury front: Green broke his right fibula and ankle late in the Rose Bowl and underwent surgery that kept him out of spring drills. He should be 100 percent by the opener and isn't expecting the injury to cost him any of his blazing speed. ... Carter suffered ACL injury in his right knee against Wisconsin and missed the rest of the season. He's also expected to be fully recovered.

Healthy competition: Royster and Green figure to get most of the carries, but Beachum and Carter give the Lions four quality tailbacks. They push each other and have confidence in one another. "It's not really an individual thing," Royster said. "We're going out there as a team to win, and I think it gives the team more confidence that whoever is in can get the job done."

Best-case scenario: The offensive line is better than expected. If so, the talented backs will produce.

Worst-case scenario: The opposite of above.

The bottom line: Royster is one of the Big Ten's best, and Green has game-breaking abilities running and catching the ball. Look for Beachum to get his share of opportunities, as well.

SteelCityMan786
08-12-2009, 12:01 PM
http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/521493.html?nav=5017
Lining up with the Lions: Defensive line
By Cory Giger

Starters: Sr. LT Jared Odrick (6-5, 306) and Jr. RT Ollie Ogbu (6-1, 292) are givens, while the DE spots are up for grabs; look for So. Jack Crawford (6-5, 262) to be the primary rush end and Sr. LB Jerome Hayes (6-2, 250) to fill the hybrid stand-up DE spot the Nittany Lions like to use.

Backups: So. DT Devon Still (6-5, 305), So. DE Kevion Latham (6-2, 248), So. DE Eric Latimore (6-6, 264), So. DT Chima Okoli (6-4, 293)

2008 stats: Odrick started 11 games and had 41 tackles, 9 1/2 tackles for losses and 4 1/2 sacks; Ogbu started 10 games and had 17 tackles, 2 1/2 tackles for losses and 2 sacks; Crawford appeared in all 13 games as a backup, while Latimore played in nine, Latham eight and Okoli seven.

Violence can pay off: Odrick is a monster on the D-line and should be in the running for first-team All-America honors. He made news with an interesting comment during the spring. "My whole goal is to be more violent," he said of his play this season. He went on to add he wants to "destroy the guy in front of me."

The next great DE?: Aaron Maybin, a first-round NFL draft pick this year, and Maurice Evans came out of nowhere to be star DEs the past two seasons. British import Jack Crawford looks like he has the ability to do the same this year. Crawford is an incredibly impressive physical specimen who's still learning football after only taking up the sport as a junior in high school. "You can just imagine what he's going to be like once he gets a couple more years under his belt," Still said.

Key departure: DT Abe Koroma recently left the team for undisclosed personal reasons and will not play this season. He may return next year. Koroma, who played in 10 games last season, was expected to provide experience and depth on the line.

Hybrid Hayes: Penn State has had so many good LBs that the coaches wanted an extra one on the field, so beginning with Tim Shaw in 2006 the Lions created a stand-up DE role. Hayes was in that spot last year before suffering a season-ending ACL injury in his left knee week two against Oregon State. "If you get injured, you get a better understanding of the game by watching it," Hayes said. "For the past two seasons I've fortunately had a great teacher on the field in Josh Gaines. ... I really got a chance to pick his brain and learn from him different techniques."

Best-case scenario: The line emerges as one of the best in the country.

Worst-case scenario: Injuries or anything else that hurts the depth could be a problem, and there's no guarantee Crawford will be as good as projected.

The bottom line: The D-line should be fantastic and will join with the LBs to form one of the best front sevens in the nation.

SteelCityMan786
08-12-2009, 12:02 PM
Lining up with the Lions: Receivers
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Starters: Jr. Graham Zug (6-2, 178); Jr. Brett Brackett (6-6, 231); So. Chaz Powell (6-1, 195); Sr. TE Andrew Quarless (6-5, 253)

Backups: So. Derek Moye (6-5, 195); Fr. A.J. Price (6-4, 173); Sr. TE Mickey Shuler (6-4, 249)

2008 stats: Zug caught 11 passes for 174 yards and two TDs; Brackett caught 13 passes for 160 yards and one TD; Powell had only two catches for 37 yards; Quarless caught 11 passes for 117 yards and one TD; Shuler caught nine passes for 120 yards and one TD; Moye caught three passes for 71 yards and one TD.

Big shoes to fill: The Lions have to replace the best receiving trio in school history. Deon Butler set the PSU career record with 179 catches, while Derrick Williams finished third (161) and Jordan Norwood fourth (158). "We feel some pressure, but we're three completely different people," Zug said of the new starters.

Role play: Look for Zug to fill the Norwood role as the across-the-middle and short-yardage target. Powell will take over the Williams role as Mr. Versatility and should get a lot of opportunities to run the ball out of the wildcat package. There's really no replacement for Butler, a speedster who ran great routes and was outstanding as both a short-yardage and deep threat.

Powell on D-Will comparison: "Me and him are different in a lot of ways. I'm going to go out there and do what I have to do. ... We'll see when the season comes around what I bring to the game." He may even surprise people by throwing the ball on occasion. "Oh yeah, yeah. I can throw the ball a little bit."

Smurfs give way to size: Brackett, Moye and Price will give QB Daryll Clark much bigger targets than the smaller departing trio.

Last chance: Quarless had an impressive freshman season but has been in and out of trouble since. "I want to leave going good, leave at the top," he said. "It's my last year ... so I definitely just want to prove to the country that I was able to bounce back from my situations."

Best-case scenario: Clark's accuracy helps the new starters make a smooth transition. "Having a quarterback that can put it on the money makes it easier for us to make plays," Zug said. "We don't have to help him out, he just helps us out by putting the ball on the money and making sure he's on time with his throws."

Worst-case scenario: Lack of speed prevents Zug and Brackett from getting open consistently.

The bottom line: There's some cause for concern simply because the Terrific Trio is gone, but these guys got enough experience last season that they should be solid.

SteelCityMan786
08-12-2009, 12:03 PM
PSU FB practice starts today: Royster running for record books
By Cory Giger

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Evan Royster is on pace to leave Penn State holding two noteworthy distinctions, one relating to the other.

Royster has a chance to not just set, but to blow away the Nittany Lions' career rushing record. The redshirt junior tailback has gained 1,749 yards his first two seasons and needs only 1,650 yards over the next two years to surpass Curt Warner's mark of 3,398.

The other distinction? Royster might end up owning one of the school's most prestigious records yet may go down as one of the most underrated players in program history.

Names like Warner, Ki-Jana Carter, John Cappelletti and Lydell Mitchell come to mind when thinking of great Penn State running backs, but the relatively unheralded Royster likely will finish above all of them in the record book.

Even Joe Paterno candidly admitted he didn't know how good of a running back he had in Royster.

"If you had asked me last year if Royster would be this good, I would say he doesn't have quite the stuff," Paterno said late last season. "But he's turned out to be a heck of a good tailback."

Royster won't be the only good tailback on the Lions' roster this season. He will have to share the spotlight - and the carries - with redshirt sophomore Stephfon Green, a speedster who had a solid freshman campaign in 2008. Redshirt junior Brent Carter and sophomore Brandon Beachum also figure to push for playing time.

It will be tough spreading the wealth and getting all the running backs enough carries to keep them happy, but that's not important to Paterno anyway.

"That doesn't worry me," the coach said.

There's no doubt who will be getting the most carries this season. Royster is the primary tailback and almost certainly will keep that title as long as he stays healthy.

"I think Royster is obviously a very, very fine athlete who can do a lot of things well," Paterno said. "He made a lot of big plays [last season], and his biggest problem is he's got to stay durable."

At this time last year, the hot name on everyone's lips was Green, an electrifying runner who zips through the 40-yard dash in the 4.2-second range. Royster was intrigued about Green just like everybody else, and when asked before the season which teammate he was most looking forward to seeing, he said, "I'm not going to lie. It's Stephfon."

Aside from Green, the quarterback battle between Daryll Clark and Pat Devlin also drew a lot of attention. Few people, it seemed, were talking about Royster and the impact he would have on the team.

That impact turned out to be greater than most expected.

Royster rushed for 1,236 yards, had five 100-yard games and averaged a lofty 6.5 yards per carry. He also scored 12 touchdowns and finished fourth on the team with 17 receptions.

Royster made it look easy, too, with his patient, calculating running style and terrific footwork, things not usually associated with a sophomore tailback.

"He's the smoothest runner that I have ever played against," Penn State safety Drew Astorino said. "He's so smooth, you think you can just go tackle him, and then he lowers his shoulder and he runs you over."

Defensive lineman Jared Odrick also used the word "smooth" to describe Royster and noted he "looks effortless in his running." Royster's strong points, Odrick added, are "in open field and making cuts downfield."

Royster patterned his style after two factors. He watched and tried to emulate his older brother, Brandon, who played at Stanford from 2000-03. He also grew up watching pro standouts like Emmitt Smith and said, "I always wanted to be just like them."

Royster's 2008 season ended on a sour note as he suffered a sprained left knee in the first quarter of the Rose Bowl against USC. He called not being able to play the rest of the game "real tough for me," but the injury turned out to be minor.

He said he didn't need much rehab work and was back taking part in all drills during spring practice.

Royster got a lot of experience, unexpectedly, his freshman season in 2007.

He was slated to be the third-stringer behind Austin Scott and Rodney Kinlaw, but Scott was dismissed from the team midway through the season after a sex scandal (all charges were eventually dropped). Kinlaw took over as the starter, while Royster was bumped up to second string and gained 532 yards with five touchdowns and averaged 6.3 yards per carry.

Green received all the hype entering last season, but Royster received the bulk of the carries (191 to 105). Still, Royster knows Green - and possibly others - likely will be a big part of the offense this season, and he has no problem sharing the load.

"It's not difficult because I think all of us complement each other," Royster said. "It's not really an individual thing. We're going out there as a team to win, and I think it gives the team more confidence that whoever is in can get the job done."

Royster answered those types of questions in his typically humble, soft-spoken, be-the-best-teammate kind of way. He always speaks highly of Green, saying things like, "obviously Stephfon is a great back" or "I think we learn from each other" or "the competition makes us better."

Don't let all that fool you, though. Royster knows he can get the job done and wouldn't mind a bit if he were called upon for 25-30 carries per game.

"I always want the ball," he said. "I want more and more carries."

SteelCityMan786
08-12-2009, 12:55 PM
Lining up with the Lions: Linebackers
By Cory Giger
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Starters: Sr. Sean Lee (6-2, 236), Jr. Navorro Bowman (6-1, 230), Sr. Josh Hull (6-3, 236)

Backups: So. Michael Mauti (6-2, 224), Jr. Bani Gbadyu (6-1, 228), Jr. Chris Colasanti (6-2, 235), So. Nathan Stupar (6-1, 226)

2008 stats: Bowman started all 13 games and had 106 tackles, 16.5 tackles for losses and 4 sacks; Hull started every game and had 75 tackles and 5.5 tackles for losses; Mauti played in every game and had 26 tackles; Gbadyu played in 10 games and had 25 tackles; Stupar had 21 tackles and Colasanti 16, each playing all 13 games; Lee started every game in 2007 and had 138 tackles, 10.5 tackles for losses, 3.5 sacks and eight pass breakups.

Best in the land: Phil Steele's College Football Preview magazine ranked PSU as the best LB group in the nation. Lee and Bowman both are expected to be in the running for first-team All-America honors.

Lee longing to return: Lee said he is "chomping at the bit mentally" to get back in action after missing all of last season. He tore the ACL in his right knee during the spring of 2008. "If there is rust, it won't have anything to do with my knee," Lee said. "Once I get into pads and get that first scrimmage, I think I'll be fine."

Bowman back after difficulties: Bowman was in court in April for parole violation and was sentenced to 12 months' additional probation. If he is caught with alcohol or even in a bar, he will be sentenced to six months in prison. "I think I need to get his attention because I don't think he's taking this process very seriously," Centre County Judge Bradley Lunsford said at the hearing. Paterno is giving Bowman another chance after the LB admitted to smoking marijuana twice.

Middle man: One of the team's biggest questions is who will play middle LB. Hull started there last season, but the coaches may move Lee inside. If so, Hull may not be quick enough to play outside, so Mauti could get the starting nod. Paterno has always been high on Hull and stuck with him during his struggles early last year, so expect the coach to be loyal to the upperclassman in the early going. Hull might, however, give way to Mauti at some point.

Best-case scenario: The unit is the best in the country.

Worst-case scenario: Bowman gets into trouble and goes to prison. "Every college student makes mistakes," Bowman said. "I'm in the limelight, looked at closely by a lot of people. I've just got to take it day by day and live my life also and not let this thing control what I do."

The bottom line: This group is an example of why Penn State is called "Linebacker U."

SteelCityMan786
08-14-2009, 01:03 AM
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Wiping the slate clean
Wallace hoping to impress JoePa
By Cory Giger

UNIVERSITY PARK - Senior cornerback A.J. Wallace admitted he made a "stupid mistake" cutting some classes at Penn State this summer, and coach Joe Paterno said he may force Wallace to miss "a game or two" at the beginning of the season.

"If he cuts any more classes, he won't play," Paterno said. "I think you have to send a message."

Wallace, expected to be a starter, is hoping he can win back his coach's support during preseason camp.

"I'm just coming out to camp every day playing hard so that he can see that I'm committed to the team," Wallace said. "Hopefully he sees that, and by the first game I'll be able to play."

Wallace added he "didn't have any reasons" for cutting classes and understands "I've got to pay the consequences."

"He's obviously one of our better players," Paterno said. "I think he'll be all right. Now, when I'll play him will depend on what I hear back from our academic advisors and find out whether he's going to class and he's doing what he's supposed to do academically."

Landolt on the left

Paterno confirmed senior Dennis Landolt has been moved to left tackle after starting every game at right tackle last season.

"I don't see them moving me back unless something comes up," Landolt said.

Sophomore DeOn'tae Pannell had been widely expected all summer to be the left tackle, but he instead will be the right tackle.

Paterno insisted "it would be foolish" to play Pannell at left tackle given his inexperience. The position will be vital because it will be protecting quarterback Daryll Clark's blindside, and with a true freshman behind Clark, the Lions cannot afford to have him get injured.

"Landolt is a better tackle now [than Pannell]," Paterno said. "Landolt is a pretty good tackle. Pannell is just a kid; was a true freshman last year. He didn't play that much either."

Royster on returns?

Running back Evan Royster has been practicing receiving punts, and the coaches are considering using him as a return man.

"I think it'd be interesting to try," Royster said. "I haven't done it since high school. I don't know what it's like at the college level. If they want me to do it, I'd be happy to. It's only going to make me a better player."

Could it not, however, take him out of the mix on some first-down plays if he makes a long return or takes a hard hit on one?

"That's the plus side of having a guy like Stephfon [Green] or Brandon Beachum that can step in and give you a breather for a play or two," Royster said.

Royster also may get opportunities lining up in the slot or as a receiver, with Green in the backfield.

"I'm excited to give that a try," Royster said. "I've been joking around with the wide receiver coach, just telling him to let me get out there and run some routes. It's definitely something I want to do."

SUBHD: JoePa's health OK

Paterno, who had hip replacement surgery in November, acknowledged his legs have been getting a little tired after 2 1/2-hour practices.

"Right now, when I come off that practice field, my legs are tired," Paterno said. "I didn't do as much walking as I should have this summer. But you know, I'm fine, except I get tired quicker."

Paterno, who appeared to be in good spirits after a summer in which the program did not encounter many off-the-field problems, was asked what he's most excited about with his team. His response was one of the lighter moments of the day.

"I have nothing to be excited about right now as a team," he said. "I'm serious about that. We've got too many things we've got to get accomplished. ... So I'm excited to be alive. That's about it."

SUBHD: Truth comes out

Paterno was asked about Kerry Collins' success in the NFL and immediately went into a story about how the quarterback broke a finger on his right hand playing volleyball in 1992.

Make that supposedly broke his hand playing volleyball. It seemed fishy to some at the time that the injury occurred that way, and JoePa sort of let the cat out of the bag Thursday.

"The only thing I really remember of Kerry Collins is he had a super spring, great Blue-White Game and came back to preseason practice with a broken hand," Paterno said. "He said he got it in a volleyball game. I said, 'Yeah, and I'm Knute Rockne.'"

Collins' injury allowed John Sacca to emerge as the starting quarterback early in 1992.

SUBHD: News and notes

Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Brandon Ware has battled weight issues since arriving on campus and is listed at 347 pounds. "Brandon Ware is 20 pounds away from even coming close to being a football player," Paterno said. "He's just too heavy; doesn't have any stamina." ... Cornerback Devin Fentress is no longer with the team. He graduated from school, and Paterno said he helped him get an apprenticeship with Nike. ... Sophomore guard J.B. Walton also has left the team. "He really is a great kid," said Paterno, who chose his words carefully. "He's got a learning disability that we can't do a good job with here. We looked all over for a place where he could go where they could help him."

SteelCityMan786
08-21-2009, 07:11 PM
Penn State Football: Mauti out for the season with torn ACL
Linebacker's knee gave out during scrimmage
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Michael Mauti's promising sophomore season ended just six days after preseason practice began.

Mauti, who was pushing for a starting job at linebacker, injured his right knee during a scrimmage Sunday.

An MRI on Mauti's knee yesterday confirmed that he tore the anterior cruciate ligament.

Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's director of athletic medicine, said Mauti will have surgery within the next three weeks and his rehabilitation process will take approximately nine months.

Mauti, a 6-foot-2, 231-pounder from Mandeville, La., was injured while pursuing running back Brandon Beachum on a sweep. When Beachum attempted to cut back, Mauti did, too, but his knee gave out.

He was listed as the backup to middle linebacker Josh Hull on the depth chart, but defensive coordinator Tom Bradley and coach Joe Paterno had praised Mauti's work ethic and performance in the past few months. He was the recipient of the Jim O'Hora Award this spring as the defense's most improved player.

Mauti's father, Rich, played wide receiver at Penn State in the mid-1970s and later in the NFL. And his brother, Pat, is a fifth-year walk-on wide receiver.

A U.S. Army All-American in high school, Mauti was one of three true freshmen to play in all 13 games for the Lions last year. He recorded 26 tackles and forced a fumble and also was a key contributor on the special teams.

With Mauti out, Penn State's starting linebacker unit for the Sept. 5 non-conference opener against Akron will be Sean Lee and Navorro Bowman on the outside and Hull in the middle, barring injury. Lee and Hull are fifth-year seniors and Bowman is a redshirt junior who was first-team All-Big Ten in 2008.

Lee sat out last season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during a non-contact play in a scrimmage April 11, 2008. After Lee was injured, the coaching staff moved Hull, a former walk-on, to the middle. He started every game last season and finished second behind Bowman in tackles with 75.

In other news yesterday, five Penn State players were named to preseason watch lists for the Maxwell and Chuck Bednarik awards, which are presented by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia.

Senior quarterback Daryll Clark and redshirt junior tailback Evan Royster are among the candidates for the Maxwell Award, given to the country's outstanding player.

Bowman, Lee and senior defensive tackle Jared Odrick, another first-team All-Big Ten performer last year, are in the running for the Bednarik, which goes to the country's top defensive player.

Seven former Penn State players have captured the Maxwell Award: tailback Larry Johnson (2002), quarterback Kerry Collins (1994), quarterback Chuck Fusina (1978), Heisman Trophy-winning tailback John Cappelletti (1973), defensive tackle Mike Reid (1969), center Glenn Ressler (1964) and quarterback Rich Lucas (1959).

The Lions' four Bednarik winners include linebackers Dan Connor (2007), Hopewell's Paul Posluszny (2005, '06) and North Hills' LaVar Arrington (1999).

Semifinalists for the two awards will be announced Nov. 4, the three finalists Nov. 23, and the winners Dec. 10 during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football awards show.

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SteelCityMan786
08-21-2009, 07:12 PM
Sukay hopes to stay free of injury
Thursday, August 20, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Nick Sukay's bothersome right foot is feeling much better now, and he has taken a giant step toward securing a starting job at strong safety in Penn State's secondary.

"I think Nick will surprise some people this year," free safety Drew Astorino said.

Sukay, a 6-foot-1, 208-pound redshirt sophomore, joined the Nittany Lions' program in January 2007 as an early enrollee after an outstanding high school career at Greensburg Central Catholic.

But he has yet to play a game for Penn State. Sukay redshirted as a freshman and missed spring practice in 2008 with a stress fracture in his foot. A broken thumb slowed his progress in preseason practice last year, and, when a bone on the bottom of his foot didn't heal properly, Sukay was forced to have season-ending surgery.

"I try not to think too much about my injuries," he said. "It's been a long road, but I am looking forward to the opportunity this year and locking up a spot. Things finally look like they are starting to work out for me."

Sukay has held down the No. 1 spot at strong safety -- Penn State refers to it as the Hero -- since the start of preseason practice 10 days ago.

Redshirt sophomore Andrew Dailey, who has been a wide receiver and linebacker, is backing up Sukay. Highly regarded freshman Gerald Hodges is running No. 3.

"[Sukay] had a good spring, and he's had a good preseason," coach Joe Paterno said. "There's three or four of those guys inside there that I think are going to be fighting for the position. But he's right in the mix."

If Sukay can stay healthy, there's a good chance he will start the Sept. 5 non-conference opener against Akron at Beaver Stadium.

"He's struggled with staying healthy in the past, but now everything seems to be OK," defensive coordinator Tom Bradley said. "He has really been coming on, and we see him as a guy who can play for us."

Sukay, one of 10 players on the roster from Western Pennsylvania, has good speed, skills and instincts. Bradley considers him a "big safety who is very explosive."

Sukay conceded his first two seasons at Penn State were trying.

"There were rumors flying around about me leaving and everything, but, no, I didn't think about it," he said. "I'm happy being here. I just wanted to be healthy and get my foot right. It was frustrating.

"While I was injured, I couldn't learn a whole lot on the field, so I was trying to learn on the fly. I watched the guys who were ahead of me and picked up a lot of good tips."

All four senior starters from last year are gone from the secondary, making it the team's biggest question mark this season.

With cornerback A.J. Wallace's status up in the air for the first few games because of academic problems -- he has played in 39 career games, with six starts -- Astorino is the most-experienced member of the secondary. The redshirt sophomore was the nickel back a year ago and made three starts.

Sukay, fifth-year senior cornerback Knowledge Timmons and sophomore cornerback D'Anton Lynn -- currently working at Wallace's spot -- are all vying to be first-time starters.

"Even though we don't have much game experience, we have some talented people in the secondary," said Sukay, who also is expected to see action on the special teams. "I hope we can surprise some people."



NOTES -- Outside linebacker Sean Lee from Upper St. Clair, who missed last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, recently returned to full-contact drills for the first time since the injury in April 2008. ... With sophomore Michael Mauti out for the year after tearing the ACL in his right knee Sunday, Bradley has had to shuffle his linebacking corps. Redshirt junior Bani Gbadyu has moved inside to back up starter Josh Hull and redshirt freshman Mike Yancich from Trinity is No. 2 at outside linebacker behind Navorro Bowman.

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SteelCityMan786
08-22-2009, 01:36 PM
Preseason poll puts Florida at No. 1
Saturday, August 22, 2009
By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Associated Press preseason poll was unveiled this morning and there were no surprises in the voting. Defending national champion Florida is the No. 1 team followed by No. 2 Texas and No. 3 Oklahoma, the team Florida defeated in the Bowl Championship Series national championship game at the end of last season.

USC and Alabama round out the top five. Penn State starts the season at No. 9.

There are no Big East teams ranked in the top 25. Pitt is the closest to cracking the poll. The Panthers begin the season No. 28 (103 points) behind No. 26 Oregon State (122) and No. 27 Illinois (105).

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SteelCityMan786
08-26-2009, 11:23 PM
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It appears that DC is a stop on the PSU agenda for 2010.

SteelCityMan786
08-27-2009, 12:44 PM
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JoePa's doghouse: PSU players discuss what it's like to be in trouble with the coach
By Cory Giger

Many, many Penn State football players have found themselves exiled there during the past four decades.

It's a rotten place to be, but every player who lands there knows exactly why and what he should have done to avoid it.

Joe Paterno's doghouse is the last place any Nittany Lion wants to wind up.

"I lived in the doghouse," senior tight end Andrew Quarless recently said - with a smile.

Quarless was smiling because he managed to earn his way out of the doghouse, several times, and believes he's a better man for it.

That last component may be the most undervalued of the doghouse mystique.

The doghouse isn't a place, it's a perception. JoePa's perception.

If the coach is upset at a player for breaking a team rule, running afoul of the law or any number of other things, that player knows he's in big trouble.

"I know when I'm in the doghouse because it's blatant," cornerback A.J. Wallace said.

Wallace currently is the most prominent resident of the doghouse after cutting some classes during the summer. Paterno said he may suspend the senior for the first game or two to teach him a lesson.

Wallace has visited the doghouse several times during his career, primarily for a questionable work ethic that has frustrated Paterno.

Run-ins with the law are the easiest way to land in the doghouse. Quarless has had a couple - for underage drinking and DUI - and both times his future with the team became uncertain.

Quarless was asked if Paterno ever considered kicking him off the team and said, "He might have been real close actually."

"But I gave him my word," Quarless added. "After the second time it was harder, after the second incident. It was real hard. But I looked him in the eye and told him as a man, 'This is my last time.' From then, from my DUI, I haven't drank since about 16 months. That's my commitment and my sacrifice to the team."

Now, as he enters his final season, Quarless says he's focused and rededicated, leading many to believe he could live up to the lofty potential he displayed as a freshman.

"Being in the doghouse so long, it's just good to be positive and be in the media for the right reasons," Quarless said. "So I definitely love that."

Paterno knows when to get on players, but he also shows compassion for kids in trouble.

Junior linebacker Navorro Bowman is serving one year of probation for violating terms of a previous probation and will be watched closely all season by Paterno and others. If Bowman violates his probation again, he will be sent to prison.

Paterno has shown leniency with the All-America candidate, in part because of recent tragedy in his life. Bowman lost both his father and high school football coach within a year.

"He and I had a little session," Paterno said. "I think he understands where I was coming from, the whole bit. I think that he realized that he's wasting a great opportunity in his life. ... I don't think we have any problems with him."

Senior cornerback Knowledge Timmons served time in Paterno's doghouse early in 2008 after being involved in a campus fight. He was suspended from the team for a semester, but Paterno reinstated him for the 2008 season.

"I basically became a man at Penn State, being under Coach Paterno, because I got in trouble, I was down in the slumps and I worked my way up to the top," Timmons said. "It was a learning experience, but if I had to go back and do everything over again, I would not change anything because I would not be the person I am today."

That's the valuable part of Paterno's doghouse that often gets overlooked. The players who serve their time and earn their way out often say they are better off for it. It's been that way for years and years.

"We often didn't see eye to eye," Altoona Area High School product John Ebersole, a freshman during Paterno's first season as head coach in 1966, told the Mirror last year. "I was kind of a wild kid at that point in time, but he straightened me out and straightened my life out."

Quarless may tell a similar story decades from now.

"I've learned a lot, definitely a lot of lessons, a lot of life lessons," Quarless said.

The tight end was asked if he ever came close to leaving Penn State during the tough times and replied, "Not really."

"Every situation that happened, I went and spoke with Joe," Quarless said. "I told him, 'Just give me a chance and I don't want to leave.' Personally, I think, like, weak people leave situations like that. I wanted to show my teammates [and coaches] that I can be able to fight through situations, and that's what I did."

So, what's it like in practice when a player is in Paterno's doghouse?

"He looks at you more when you're in the doghouse because he wants to see if you're making mistakes or if you're just moping around because you know you're in trouble," Wallace said. "It makes me play better because I know he's watching, and by me just showing him I'm working hard, hopefully I'm making strides to get out of there."

Offensive lineman Ako Poti found himself in the doghouse after a recent DUI. He said Paterno treats the doghouse players with respect and is "definitely fair."

"You know you screwed up, you stepped out of character, you've got to make up for it," Poti said. "He doesn't look at you any other way [except for] does he play football. Is he here really playing, or does he have distractions affecting how he plays. That's basically all the doghouse is."

SteelCityMan786
09-05-2009, 07:30 PM
Penn State trounces Akron, 31-7
Saturday, September 05, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. --- Daryll Clark passed for a career-high 353 yards and tossed three first-half touchdown passes, leading No. 9 Penn State to a 31-7 victory today over Akron in its non-conference opener at Beaver Stadium.

Wide receiver Derek Moye from Rochester High School, had a career-high six catches for 138 yards and one touchdown --- a 22-yard reception --- in his first career start.

Clark also connected on scoring strikes of 8 yards to Chaz Powell and 19 yards to Graham Zug. Tailback Evan Royster scored on a 5-yard for the Nittany Lions, who got a 29-yard field goal from Collin Wagner en route to building a 31-0 halftime lead.

Akron's lone score came in the third quarter. Following a fumble by Penn State receiver Brett Brackett, Zips quarterback Chris Jacquemain threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Deryn Bowser.

Read more: http://post-gazette.com/pg/09248/995948-455.stm#ixzz0QHI6gBDu

SteelCityMan786
09-13-2009, 12:13 AM
Penn State beats Syracuse, 28-7
Saturday, September 12, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.--Quarterback Darryl Clark threw three touchdown passes for the second consecutive game and tailback Evan Royster ran for a score and caught a pass for another as No. 7 Penn State struggled to beat Syracuse, 28-7, at Beaver Stadium.

Clark tossed a 49-yard scoring strike to Royster in the first quarter, a 20-yarder to wide receiver Graham Zug in the third and a 1-yarder to tight end Mickey Shuler in the fourth. Clark also threw an interception and lost a fumble.

Royster scored on a 12-yard run on a sweep around left end in the second quarter as the Lions (2-0) built a 14-0 halftime lead. His touchdown catch on the first possession of the game was the first of his career.

Jake Smith missed a 51-yard field goal try on the final play of the first half for Syracuse (0-2) and wide receiver Mike Williams dropped a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Greg Paulus in the third.

A fumble by Penn State backup quarterback Kevin Newsome led to Syracuse's lone score -- a 16-yard TD pass from Paulus to wide receiver Donte Davis with 4:23 to play.

Read more: http://postgazette.com/pg/09255/997638-100.stm#ixzz0QxN1fDDi

SteelCityMan786
09-20-2009, 12:44 PM
Penn State: Runaway win for Lions
Healthy Royster rushes for 134 yards, score as Owls continue losing ways
Sunday, September 20, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Tailback Evan Royster rushed for more than 100 yards in a game for the first time in 11 months.

He also scored a rushing touchdown for the third consecutive game, leading No. 5 Penn State to a 31-6 victory against Temple yesterday before 105,514 at Beaver Stadium.

Royster had managed only 102 yards rushing in the first two games, but he bested that total in the first half against Temple.

He gained 119 of his 134 yards in the opening 30 minutes against the Owls, who have not beaten the Nittany Lions in 68 years. He had a 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter among his 19 carries, helping Penn State improve to 3-0. Backup tailback Stephfon Green also scored on a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter.

"It was just a matter of time," Royster said. "Our offensive line blocked really well today."

Royster, one of 15 players slowed by the flu last week, reached the 100-yard mark for the first time since gaining 174 on 18 carries against Michigan Oct. 18, 2008.

Penn State entered the game ranked 94th in rushing among Division I teams, averaging 107 yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry.

The Lions finished with 186 yards on 26 carries (5.2 average) against the Owls, who did not stack the line of scrimmage to stop the run like Akron and Syracuse did the previous two weeks.

"Their safeties played a lot less aggressively," Royster said. "They stayed back in pass coverage a little more than these past few teams we've played."

There was one change on the offensive line, where Johnnie Troutman replaced Matt Stankiewitch in the starting lineup at left guard.

"It felt great to get the running game going," said center Stefen Wisniewski, a Central Catholic High School graduate. "Hopefully, we can keep it up next week, too."

Quarterback Daryll Clark completed only 16 of 26 passes for 167 yards with an interception, but he tossed two first-half touchdown passes -- a 1-yarder to tight end Mickey Shuler and a 4-yarder to wide receiver Derek Moye from Rochester.

Clark has eight touchdown passes in the first three games. And Penn State's offense was 5 for 5 in the red zone yesterday, with four touchdowns and one field goal -- a 27-yarder by Collin Wagner in the third quarter.

Clark was sacked twice and absorbed a few big hits from Temple defenders. Penn State also lost wide receiver/punt returner Graham Zug to a possible concussion in the second quarter and outside linebacker Sean Lee from Upper St. Clair to an unspecified injury to his left leg early in the fourth. On top of that, outside linebacker Navorro Bowman missed his second consecutive game with a groin injury.

Lee had ice on his leg and did not meet with reporters afterward, but he is expected to play in Saturday's Big Ten Conference opener against Iowa.

"I don't really know of anybody that's serious," coach Joe Paterno said. "I'm hoping Bowman can come back next week. I don't know whether he will or not."

Although Penn State's offense committed several costly penalties and miscues, the defense was solid.

Temple (0-2) managed just 251 yards of offense (205 passing, 46 rushing) and two field goals. Brandon McManus kicked a 25-yarder in the first quarter and a 35-yarder in the third.

The Lions' defense registered four sacks and nine tackles for losses. Middle linebacker Josh Hull had a team-high 13 tackles, while Lee finished with 12 and one sack.

"We were a little sloppy today in some situations," Paterno said. "But overall, I think we played better today than we have so far this year. And that's what I can tell the kids, 'Let's get better each week and we'll see where we end up.'

"It's not as if we're not going to have a chance to show people just how good we are, because we will have an opportunity to do that."


NOTES -- Backup linebacker Michael Zordich made his first appearance of the season and had one special teams tackle. Zordich was suspended the first two games after being charged with DUI prior to the opener against Akron. ... In addition to Lee, defensive end Jack Crawford and defensive tackles Jared Odrick and James Terry recorded sacks. Free safety Drew Astorino had a fumble recovery. ... In its past seven games against Penn State, Temple has managed just two touchdowns, the last one coming in the fourth quarter of the 2003 game.

Read more: http://post-gazette.com/pg/09263/999443-143.stm#ixzz0RfLcuoOe

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 08:47 PM
10-0 Penn State

Chaz Powell from Clark on the first offensive play
Wagner Field Goal

hindes204
09-26-2009, 08:57 PM
that was a nice first play......they look pretty good so far.............ouch, while i was writing this Iowa got a safety

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 08:58 PM
At least they saved a TD.

10-2 Penn State.

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 09:36 PM
I guess the Big Ten doesn't know the definition of running into the kicker. Being shoved into a player by a player of the kicking team, is NOT a Penalty.

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 09:40 PM
10-5 at the half. Murray Missed the FG before half and made one earlier..

hindes204
09-26-2009, 10:04 PM
that running into the kicker penalty was bs...the punter did a good job of selling it though

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 10:10 PM
NO EXCUSE FOR THAT INT! Clark through it DIRECTLY into the defender. Zug gets part blame for a poorly run route.

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 10:11 PM
that running into the kicker penalty was bs...the punter did a good job of selling it though

Wouldn't stun me if his major is theatre.

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 10:35 PM
Looks like the Defense is going to have to do some damage.

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 10:46 PM
PLEASE GIVE BOONE SOME TIME!!!!!!

Iowa Takes the lead 11-10

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 10:48 PM
Hey O, time to redeem yourself.

LETS GO STATE!!!!!

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 10:57 PM
HEY DEFENSE IF YOU'RE GOING TO PLAY LIKE THIS AGAIN, TELL JOE PA AND HE'LL RELEASE YOU FROM YOUR SCHOLARSHIP AND HAVE YOU DISMISSED!

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 11:01 PM
EVAN ROYSTER PLEASE HANG ON TO THE BALL!!!!!

Carolina Steelers
09-26-2009, 11:16 PM
I cant believe this after that 1st play nothing. another 1st down for Iowa

Carolina Steelers
09-26-2009, 11:16 PM
Clark had no time but still he performed awful 2day

Carolina Steelers
09-26-2009, 11:18 PM
Iowa has won 7 of last 8 vs State

Hawkeye
09-26-2009, 11:31 PM
How about them Hawks!


keeping it black & gold!

good luck in the rest of the season

http://a.espncdn.com/media/apphoto/b7e0e960-4220-4890-8160-f8726ba7e4a7.jpg

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 11:34 PM
Thanks for keeping it classy Hawkeye.

I guess people didn't keep in mind just because Iowa was down by 10, doesn't mean that they won't fight back.

Hawkeye
09-26-2009, 11:40 PM
Coach Ferentz is a pittsburgh native and it would not shock me to see him someday coaching Penn st.

SteelCityMan786
09-26-2009, 11:43 PM
Coach Ferentz is a pittsburgh native and it would not shock me to see him someday coaching Penn st.

My hopes for him becoming Joe Pa's successor has been growing as of late.

Hawkeye
09-26-2009, 11:48 PM
he a class guy who runs a class program!

SteelCityMan786
09-27-2009, 12:14 AM
he a class guy who runs a class program!

Indeed he is. Indeed he is.

SteelCityMan786
09-27-2009, 12:25 AM
It feels like I'm watching this board after last week's Steelers game.

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=157&f=1395&t=4834996

Come on my fellow members of Nittany Nation. IT'S ONE FREAKIN LOSS!!!! Who says Penn State won't go 8-0 in the last 8 games. That still can put them into a BCS Bowl Game whether it be as Big Ten Champions or as an At-Large team.

Come on now, what you say Lions fans? Take that frustration out on Illinois?

LETS GO STATE!!!!

schoondog
09-27-2009, 12:34 AM
Nice win by the hawkeyes, the beer will taste better the rest of the night. Looking forward for penn st coming back to Iowa and drinking with their fans again.

SteelCityMan786
09-27-2009, 12:48 AM
Clark had no time but still he performed awful 2day

He had a few plays where that wasn't the case at all.

revefsreleets
09-27-2009, 09:59 AM
November 7th is still looming large...but you'll have a very tough time scoring on the Buckeyes. This is their best defense since their NC year.

SteelCityMan786
09-27-2009, 11:42 AM
November 7th is still looming large...but you'll have a very tough time scoring on the Buckeyes. This is their best defense since their NC year.

November 7th can wait for now. Penn State's minds should be on October 3rd when that road trip to Illinois comes..

KeiselPower99
09-27-2009, 02:02 PM
Coach Ferentz is a pittsburgh native and it would not shock me to see him someday coaching Penn st.

I wouldnt mind it as well. Ferentz is a clasy guy and runs a good strong program. It was a good physical game and Ill be honest I really like the DE's Iowa has.

SteelCityMan786
09-27-2009, 09:43 PM
I wouldnt mind it as well. Ferentz is a clasy guy and runs a good strong program. It was a good physical game and Ill be honest I really like the DE's Iowa has.

Those guys could have nice long NFL Carriers. Wouldn't surprise me if they end up changing their number styles one day and keep their colors.

TackleMeBen
09-29-2009, 01:10 PM
Steelman
what happen to PSU?? i cant believe they lost to Iowa again.

SteelCityMan786
10-03-2009, 08:59 PM
Steelman
what happen to PSU?? i cant believe they lost to Iowa again.

I can't believe Michigan lost to Michigan State. :sofunny:

Penn State runs past Illinois, 35-17
Saturday, October 03, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. --- Tailbacks Stephfon Green and Evan Royster each rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown and quarterback Daryll Clark scored twice, carrying No. 15 Penn State to a 35-17 victory today over Illinois.

The Nittany Lions (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) rebounded from their first loss of the season and secured their first conference win by rushing for a season-high 338 yards on 40 carries against the Fighting Illini (1-3, 0-2) at Memorial Stadium.

Green, who backs up Royster, finished with a career-high 13 carries for 120 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown run. Royster had 17 attempts for 105 yards and a 13-yard score. Third-stringer Brent Carter added an 11-yard touchdown.

Clark had 7 carries for 83 yards, including a career-long run of 51, and scored on a pair of 1-yard sneaks for the Lions, who scored 28 points in the second half.

The Lions return home next Saturday to host Division I-AA Eastern Illinois.

Read more: http://post-gazette.com/pg/09276/1002911-100.stm#ixzz0SvNS2wCZ

revefsreleets
10-03-2009, 09:47 PM
Michigan State was due, they played CMU almost even (although they lost), and Central Michigan is EASILY the best team in their state. Michigan is now the 3rd best team in Michigan again. OSU will destroy them AGAIN this year.

PSU won easily against Illinois, and that's a quality win. But I'm a little shocked that the Lions are playing a 1-AA team (Eastern Illinois) next week. There is no excuse for that kind of schedule padding...

SteelCityMan786
10-04-2009, 06:21 PM
Michigan State was due, they played CMU almost even (although they lost), and Central Michigan is EASILY the best team in their state. Michigan is now the 3rd best team in Michigan again. OSU will destroy them AGAIN this year.

PSU won easily against Illinois, and that's a quality win. But I'm a little shocked that the Lions are playing a 1-AA team (Eastern Illinois) next week. There is no excuse for that kind of schedule padding...

I don't know Why in the hell that is happening either. Thankfully Penn State is getting better quality opponents next year.

Either way, best get this win. Eastern Illinois is 4-1 on the year. Can't take them lightly.

SteelCityMan786
10-11-2009, 11:53 AM
Nittany Lions pound I-AA foe Eastern Illinois, 52-3
Offense rolls up 553 total yards in classic mismatch
Sunday, October 11, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State made sure its 52-3 non-conference victory against Division I-AA Eastern Illinois yesterday will never be on ESPN Classic again.

To no one's surprise, the first meeting between the No. 14 Nittany Lions and Panthers proved to be a classic mismatch, as well as unfit for television.

Quarterback Daryll Clark threw three first-half touchdown passes and the offense packed in a season-high 553 yards, including 285 rushing, as the Lions improved to 5-1.

Outside linebacker Navorro Bowman also returned a fumble 91 yards for a score with five seconds left in the first half and Penn State's defense shut down the undermanned Panthers (4-2), who were ranked No. 25 in both Division I-AA polls.

"I think overall it was a pretty good workout," coach Joe Paterno said.

Penn State, playing at Beaver Stadium for the first time since losing to Iowa, scored on five of its first six possessions to build a 38-0 halftime lead.

Four of those scores came in the final 7:27 of the second quarter as Clark connected with three different wide receivers -- a 2-yarder to Brett Brackett, a 51-yarder to Chaz Powell and a 25-yarder to Derek Moye from Rochester High School.

It was Moye's third touchdown reception this year and was set up by Andrew Dailey's blocked punt.

"It wasn't the easiest game to get up for," Moye said. "But we wanted to go out and prove what we were capable of doing."

Clark, who has 12 touchdown passes, completed 13 of 19 passes for 234 yards. He scored the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard run. He was not sacked but did throw an interception. He has seven for the season after throwing six all last year.

At 2:45 to go in the third quarter he was replaced by true freshman Kevin Newsome, who later scored his first career touchdown on a 9-yard scamper. Backup tailback Stephfon Green added a 26-yard touchdown and Collin Wagner, a 25-yard field goal for the final score of the game.

"We were so balanced today," Clark said. "We ran it hard and passed the ball well and guys got open and made yards after the catch. When both are working, it's kind of hard to stop an offense."

Penn State's defense still has not allowed a touchdown in the first half. The Lions surrendered just three points -- a 43-yard field goal by Austin Signor in the third quarter. They held the Panthers to 206 yards offense and 59 yards on the ground.

Penn State sacked Eastern Illinois quarterback Jake Christensen five times and intercepted him once. Defensive tackle Jared Odrick had two sacks, while linebacker Chris Colasanti, defensive end Jack Crawford and defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu had one each.

On a third-and-goal play from the 8 late in the first half, Ogbu dropped Christensen for a 1-yard loss. Christensen fumbled and Bowman scooped it up at the 9 and ran it back for his first career touchdown.

It was the longest return since 1973, which is as far back as the school can trace the record.

"That was a long run," Bowman said. "I was tired. I stumbled. I just wanted to make it to the goal line."

Tailback Evan Royster led Penn State with 94 yards rushing on 8 carries, an 11.8 average. Middle linebacker Josh Hull was in double figures in tackles for the fifth consecutive game, finishing with a team-high 11. Cornerback A.J. Wallace added an interception.

"We're a better team than we were a few weeks ago," Paterno said.



NOTES -- Ako Poti made his first career start at right tackle. He replaced Nerraw McCormack (ankle). DeOn'tae Pannell (ankle) also sat out after starting the first four games. ... Outside linebacker Sean Lee (sprained left knee) missed his third consecutive game and is questionable for Saturday's game against Minnesota. ... Cornerback Knowledge Timmons (knee) was injured on the first play of the game and was used sparingly. ... Offensive tackle Mike Farrell, a redshirt freshman from Shady Side Academy, saw playing time as Dennis Landolt's backup at left tackle. ... True freshman Justin Brown returned punts for the first time and had three returns for 24 yards. He also had three catches for 45. ... True freshman Jordan Hill saw his first action at defensive tackle. ... Brackett's line this year: 2 catches for minus-5 yards and a touchdown.


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09284/1004659-143.stm#ixzz0Tdw4NkIO

revefsreleets
10-11-2009, 02:37 PM
"I think overall it was a pretty good workout," coach Joe Paterno said.

Hmmmm...I guess he did NOT learn "The Auburn Lesson".

Had, say, PSU, USC and Texas all gone undefeated this year, PSU would be playing in the Fiesta and watching the other two teams play in the Rose Bowl for the NCG because of this kind of thinking.

SteelCityMan786
10-13-2009, 07:16 PM
"I think overall it was a pretty good workout," coach Joe Paterno said.

Hmmmm...I guess he did NOT learn "The Auburn Lesson".

Had, say, PSU, USC and Texas all gone undefeated this year, PSU would be playing in the Fiesta and watching the other two teams play in the Rose Bowl for the NCG because of this kind of thinking.

PSU would be doing that under the old format. Under modern BCS if they win the BIg Ten they'd be playing in the Rose Bowl. Just 1 week earlier. Happened in 2005 when they went to the Orange.

revefsreleets
10-14-2009, 11:45 AM
That wasn't the point...

SteelCityMan786
10-17-2009, 05:11 PM
That wasn't the point...

For some reason or another it sounded like you said Penn State wouldn't play at the Rose Bowl. They still could just in the Rose Bowl Game.

SteelCityMan786
10-17-2009, 06:20 PM
2 Wagner Field Goals
Touchdowns by Moye and Clark

Penn State 20, Minnesota 0

SteelMember
10-21-2009, 11:54 AM
So SCM, big week for State this week in the Big House. What's your take?

Which "Champ" will show up at QB?

I call Clark "champ" because he's a dead ringer for that guy in Harlem Nights. :chuckle:

http://www.filmdope.com/Gallery/ActorsS/15733-24091.gif

"Come Saturday, somebody's gettin' an @$$ whippin'."

SteelMember
10-23-2009, 09:37 AM
How does Penn State beat Michigan (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09296/1007597-215.stm)?
Penn State football Q&A with Ron Musselman

Q: Ron, what does Penn State have to do to beat Michigan?

Dan Walker, Virginia Beach, Va.

MUSSELMAN: Well, Dan, I think Penn State's defense, which has been rock-solid so far, has to contain Michigan quarterbacks Tate Forcier and Denard Robinson. If the Lions can keep them in the pocket, then they have a chance to win their first game at the Big House since 1996. Michigan has a really good running game, too, but Penn State's defense typically doesn't allow an opposing runner to pile up a bunch of yards. Coach Joe Paterno also must avoid the conservative play-calling that has hurt his team in the past in Ann Arbor, Mich.


He makes a good point about containing the QB to the pocket. I watched the Notre Dame game earlier in the year, and Forcier really broke their backs running (called, or improvised) when coverage downfield was good. Of course he threw for about 250 in that game.

SteelCityMan786
10-24-2009, 07:36 PM
So SCM, big week for State this week in the Big House. What's your take?

Which "Champ" will show up at QB?

I call Clark "champ" because he's a dead ringer for that guy in Harlem Nights. :chuckle:

http://www.filmdope.com/Gallery/ActorsS/15733-24091.gif

"Come Saturday, somebody's gettin' an @$$ whippin'."

haha I definantly liked the sound of Clark eating up the D of Michigan. and what do you know? They win.

WE ARE PENN STATE!!!!!

Polamalu Princess
10-24-2009, 07:39 PM
What a great game!

KeiselPower99
10-24-2009, 07:46 PM
Nice beat down of Michigan

SteelMember
10-27-2009, 01:16 PM
Television: The contest will be televised by ESPN to national audience with Carter Blackburn and Chris Spielman calling the action.

The Nittany Lions are appearing on television for the 186th time in their last 188 games.

RADIO: Penn State Sports Network (60 stations) Radio Team (10th year)
Play-by-Play: Steve Jones; Analysis: Jack Ham Web stream: www.GoPSUsports.com Michigan Sports Network (Frank Beckmann, playby- play; Jim Brandstatter, analysis; Doug Karsch, sideline). Touchdown Radio (Roxy Bernstein, Gino Torretta, Jon Bloom). XM Radio 196; Sirius 122.

Coaches:

Joe Paterno
Penn State Record: 390-128-3 (75.1), 44th Year
Overall Record: Same
vs. Northwestern 9-3
60th year on Penn State staff...all-time leader in career wins among FBS (1-A) coaches...300 wins faster than any coach in NCAA history...College Football Hall of Fame inductee in 2007.

Pat Fitzgerald
Northwestern Record: 24-21, 4th Year
Overall Record: Same
vs. Penn State: 0-1

The Series:
The Nittany Lions and Wildcats are meeting for the 13th time, with Penn State leading the series, 9-3. The teams are meeting for the first time since 2006 and the first time in Evanston since the Nittany Lions' dramatic win in 2005.

Trap Game?

SteelCityMan786
10-27-2009, 06:49 PM
I worry about that simply because of the fact that the team is coming off of a Big Win over a Big Rival. If they just go out and play tough against Northwestern and don't let up start to finish, Penn State should win this game.

psusteelers4life
10-28-2009, 02:30 AM
Hopefully they wont be looking ahead to OSU with the leadership they have I dont think that will be a problem. I can see Northwestern pumped for this game. I have not heard if we will see stephfon green this week Beechum didnt look bad when he came in to give Royster a blow. Hopefully Sean Lee's leg is getting better cause with him, Navorro and Hull in the game our backers In my opinion are the best in the Big Ten.

SteelMember
10-28-2009, 07:54 AM
Hopefully they wont be looking ahead to OSU.

That was my concern, but I don't think Paterno will allow that.
Hopefully, message received.


Penn State's Paterno giving Northwestern lots of respect (http://postgazette.com/pg/09301/1008801-143.stm)
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State and Northwestern previously played three years ago, but coach Joe Paterno is well aware of the Wildcats. The Nittany Lions' past five games in Evanston, Ill., have been decided by an average of 6.4 points.

No. 12 Penn State (7-1, 3-1 Big Ten) will play Northwestern (5-3, 2-2) Saturday at Ryan Field, where the Lions have produced heart-stopping finishes.

"I'm a little prejudice, but Northwestern's got a bunch of kids I really like, and I really like [Pat] Fitzgerald," Paterno said yesterday. "I think he's a heck of a coach. I don't know a lot of his staff, but their kids play college football the way you like to see it played.

"They play every down. And they're tough and smart and they adjust well, and we're going to have a tough football game on our hands."

Four years ago at Northwestern, the Lions overcame a 16-point first-half deficit to beat the Wildcats, 34-29, to remain unbeaten at 4-0. Quarterback Michael Robinson converted a fourth-and-15 on the winning drive, then tossed a 36-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Williams with 51 seconds left.

In 2003, running back Noah Herron ran for 180 yards and Northwestern scored all its points in the fourth quarter of a 17-7 victory.

In '01, backup quarterback Zack Mills threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to running back Eric McCoo with 22 seconds remaining, carrying Penn State to a 38-35 win as Paterno tied Paul "Bear" Bryant's Division I-A record of 323 coaching victories.

After the game, the right wheels on the team's plane went off the runway at Chicago's Midway Airport, got stuck in the mud and couldn't be dislodged, so the Lions had to return home the following day.

In 1997, Penn State nearly blew a 17-point lead in the final 3:33 at Ryan Field but held on to claim a 30-27 victory. In '95, the Wildcats coasted to a 21-10 win.

Northwestern has won just as many Big Ten championships as Penn State (three) since the Lions joined the conference 16 years ago. Fitzgerald was an All-American linebacker on the Northwestern teams in the mid-'90s that won back-to-back Big Ten titles. Penn State linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden was the defensive coordinator for the Wildcats then and gave Fitzgerald his first coaching job as a graduate assistant when Vanderlinden was the coach at Maryland in 1998.

"There's a lot that I owe to him," said Fitzgerald, who replaced Randy Walker as Northwestern coach in 2006 after Walker died of a heart attack.

Paterno's Lions have been on a roll since losing to Iowa, 21-10, late last month. They have won their past four games, outscoring their opponents, 142-30.

"I don't know where we thought we'd be," he said. "I was hoping we'd be pretty good. I think we're getting to be pretty good. I'm certainly not unhappy with where we are. But we still have a ways to go. There's some things we're not doing well. Obviously, the [two] blocked punts [this season] bothered me. We wasted some opportunities."

Paterno, who gave his team off Monday, said the Lions are as healthy as they have been all year, although backup tailback Stephfon Green could miss his second consecutive game with an ankle injury.

Paterno said Nerraw McCormack's ankle is better now and that he would battle starter Ako Poti for the job at right tackle. Paterno also said DeOn'tae Pannell has been moved to left tackle until his ankle is better.

"We'll keep Pannell over on the left because it's a little easier with that left ankle bumped up for him to push off his right foot when he has to pass protect on the left side," Paterno said.

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NOTES -- Free safety Nick Sukay, from Greensburg Central Catholic High School, has started every game this season. He has 29 tackles, five pass breakups, an interception and a fumble recovery. ... Paterno said wide receiver Graham Zug, a walk-on who had three touchdown catches against Michigan, "has been given a lot more opportunities because people are scared to death of [Derek] Moye and [Chaz] Powell. ... [Zug] certainly has come through for us. He's a good football player. I like Zug for a lot of reasons."

revefsreleets
10-29-2009, 03:55 PM
This sounds almost exactly, and I mean TO THE WORD, like what Tressel said about Purdue before the Bucks went out and lost to them.

I don't mean to say PSU will lose to NW. They won't. But coaches all say this type of thing, and it really comes down to the players themselves. OSU losing to Purdue will keep PSU frosty a lot more than anything Joe Pa has to say....

psusteelers4life
10-31-2009, 10:43 PM
It was good to see them fight back against Northwestern. They stacked the box a lot . they exposed the defense a little today on the spread the same O that the buckeyes run. hopefully they get back on track in practice this week.

SteelCityMan786
10-31-2009, 10:51 PM
I'll take this win. Northwestern played Penn State tough and Penn State responded VERY well. Now they're going to have make sure they battle from start to finish next week against Ohio State or it could be ugly. The O may not be as great as some may expect it to be, but that D is insane.

OneForTheToe
11-01-2009, 01:50 AM
I'll take this win. Northwestern played Penn State tough and Penn State responded VERY well. Now they're going to have make sure they battle from start to finish next week against Ohio State or it could be ugly. The O may not be as great as some may expect it to be, but that D is insane.


I give Penn State credit for righting the ship after halftime. Unfortunately, this win will not help them much in the BCS. Every team above them in the BCS won (many convincingly, Oregon) except for USC and Alabama (on a bye and could fall to 3rd). So I figure Penn State moves to number 11 this week .

revefsreleets
11-02-2009, 11:04 AM
The key to this game, IMO is OSU's D line versus PSU's O line. Also, and very much in PSU's favor considering the fact that this will almost certainly be a low scoring game is that OSU's PK Aaron Pettrey was carted off the field last week in what looked to me like a very serious injury. His replacement, Jr. Devin Barclay looked very iffy, hitting a 19 yarder, but missing kicks of 47 and 36.

Back when I thought Pryor was a legit college QB, and he was progressing every week, I'd have said that OSU wins by 10-14 points, but now? Given his new propensity for making costly turnovers at the worst of times, which could leave PSU with a short field to work with, and the shaky FG kicking, I could easily see this being another one of those 13-10 OSU/PSU games, and I have no idea who'll win. One thing I DO know...this is the best OSU defense since the 2002 NC team.

psusteelers4life
11-04-2009, 12:36 AM
This game will be a slugfest no doubt about it. I was at the game the last time OSU came into beaver stadium and they spanked us on primetime. I'm not sure whats gonna happen. Hopefully its not gonna be another Iowa game. Guess we will find out at 330 on saturday afternoon. One thing that does worry me is the Spread they run like Northwestern. The game last week might have been another story if their Qb didnt go down with a hammy pull . With Jack crawford being new to the D end if he stands his ground and doesnt bite on the fake handoff / read Pryor does we should be ok. Last week he bit a couple times and it bit us. Thats to be expected being pretty much new to football hell it happens in all points of the game from pee wee to NFL . I think he will be a good D end with some more time, he has shown a lot of promise this year. anyhow Lets Go LIONS!!

SteelMember
11-04-2009, 10:03 AM
Ohio State offers big stakes for Penn State (http://postgazette.com/pg/09308/1010608-143.stm)
Wednesday, November 04, 2009
By Ron Musselman, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Big Ten Conference showdown Saturday between Penn State and Ohio State could be considered an elimination game.

The winner of the 300th game in Beaver Stadium history will remain in contention for a piece of the Big Ten championship and if not a Rose Bowl berth at least another BCS game.

The loser almost certainly would be left out.

"The consequences of winning or losing are obvious to everybody, but you can't go at it that way," coach Joe Paterno said yesterday during his weekly news conference. "We've got to concentrate on doing the best we can against Ohio State. It's not going to be an easy situation for us. They are very, very solid, and they've gotten better. ...

"So I think we got to just say, 'Let's play it. Let's go out there and have a little fun, and let's not beat ourselves.' "

Ohio State (7-2, 4-1 Big Ten) has the toughest stretch of any of the three Big Ten contenders, but it controls its own destiny.

The combined overall record of the Buckeyes' final three opponents, which includes a Nov. 14 home date with Iowa, is 22-5. The Nittany Lions' final three foes are 15-12, while Big Ten leader Iowa (9-0, 5-0) faces teams with a 17-10 mark.

If No. 15 Ohio State wins its final three conference games to finish 7-1 along with Iowa, the Buckeyes would earn a share of their fifth consecutive Big Ten title. But more important, they would clinch the conference's automatic Rose Bowl bid.

If No. 11 Penn State (8-1, 4-1) wins out and Iowa loses once, the Lions would earn a share of their second consecutive Big Ten crown, as well as their third title in five years. But the Hawkeyes would go to the Rose Bowl because of their victory against the Lions earlier this season.

Penn State can only go to the Rose Bowl by winning out and having Iowa lose twice, which is unlikely.

But the Lions still would have a decent shot at another BCS game if they can beat the Buckeyes and Indiana at home and Michigan State on the road to close out the season.

"This is a huge game for us," outside linebacker Sean Lee said.

Penn State and Ohio State have played 24 times, with each team winning 12 games. Three of the past four meetings at Beaver Stadium have been decided by a total of 10 points.

"It's a typical Penn State-Ohio State game," Lee said. "There's going to be high stakes. Usually both teams are doing well when it comes to the conference. You know, at one point or another, you're going to have to get this win if you want to be conference champions."

Penn State won last year in Columbus, Ohio, for the first time since 1978, beating the Buckeyes, 13-6, behind backup quarterback Pat Devlin, who took over for Daryll Clark after he sustained a concussion with the Lions trailing, 6-3.

"It's going to be a tough, physical game," said tailback Evan Royster, who has run for 100 yards or more in four of the past five games. "Both teams have great defenses."

Ohio State, which has recorded three shutouts, ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense (11.7 points per game), run defense (86.4 yards per game) and yards allowed (260 ypg). Penn State is first in scoring defense (9.3 ppg), and fifth in both run defense (84.1 ypg) and yards allowed (254.8 ypg).

"It's going to be tough to run outside," Royster said.

Backup tailback Stephfon Green, who has missed the past two games with an ankle injury, could return against the Buckeyes after returning to practice Monday.

"I'm anxious to see if the ankle is going to act up on him," Paterno said.

Penn State, criticized for its soft non-conference schedule, for the first time this season is playing an opponent that is ranked at the time of the game -- unless Eastern Illinois, which was No. 25 in Division I-AA, is included.

Iowa was unranked when it scored 21 unanswered points to beat the Lions in late September at Beaver Stadium.

"People who might question their validity, they're just looking for something to talk about, because I think Penn State is for real," Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said.

stlrtruck
11-04-2009, 01:09 PM
WE ARE PENN STATE!!!!

Go get 'em boys.

revefsreleets
11-04-2009, 02:21 PM
Right now the line is Penn State by 4...which is really one because of the 3 they get at home. That's close...

SteelMember
11-04-2009, 02:46 PM
Yeah, it's close, which it should be.

I think the loss of your #1 kicker could play a role in a close one too...

Ohio State kicker Aaron Pettrey will miss Saturday's Big Ten showdown against No. 11 Penn State.

He tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in this past weekend's 45-0 rout of New Mexico State.

Pettrey's mother, Lillian, told the Columbus Dispatch today that her son would have season-ending surgery tomorrow, although he hopes to return for a bowl game.


...but I also know they won't be depending on that.

revefsreleets
11-04-2009, 02:58 PM
I have to expect that, given Tressel's enchantment with special teams, the back-up kicker (Devin Barclay) is better than he showed last week against Mew Mexico State.

Sadly, i have to watch this one on the DVR...my own alma mater is playing their arch-rivals at the exact same time. Whatever idiot or idiots who scheduled a local MAC game across form the OSU/PSU game deserves to have their toenails plucked out with pliers...

SteelMember
11-06-2009, 08:51 AM
ClarkisPryorsDaddy: Ron, who has more pressure on them to deliver, Clark or Pryor?

Ron Musselman: That's a great question, one I hadn't even thought of until now. Pryor is 0-1 against Penn State, the school he snubbed. And he has been getting bashed from all sides. There is definitely a lot of pressure on him to deliver a win. But I think there's more pressure on Clark, who needs to win a big game to cement his legacy as on of the school's best quarterbacks. Clark was knocked out of last year?s game in Columbus, Ohio, with a concussion and backup Pat Devlin ended up leading the Lions to the win.



Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09309/1011113-143.stm#ixzz0W5UCFmOa

SteelMember
11-06-2009, 08:58 AM
Coming home (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09310/1011288-143.stm)

It's not expected to be a friendly homecoming for Pryor tomorrow at Beaver Stadium. Pryor got wind of a campaign by the Penn State marketing association that was selling $10 T-shirts that depicted a crying Pryor being consoled and handed tissues by the Nittany Lions mascot. :chuckle:

"I guess some people will do anything to get to a player," Pryor said. "I might try to get a couple of those shirts. I'm going to try to get one so I can wear it during warmups."

Yesterday the university put an end to the selling of the T-shirts because of student and alumni complaints that it did not reflect Penn State values.

In another time, Pryor would have been incensed by the T-shirt campaign. When he was at Jeannette, opponents would draw him into senseless personal-foul penalties because he was easily goaded.

Now, he is amused by it. It will be a more composed and relaxed Pryor who will be leading the Buckeyes against Penn State in a game that could have Big Ten title implications.

"I've calmed down," he said. "Now, I kind of need to be more relaxed and focused."

Pryor understands the dynamic at work. He is a native Pennsylvanian who chose Ohio State over Penn State. Penn State fans gained a measure of satisfaction when the Lions toppled the Buckeyes, 13-6, last year at Ohio Stadium. Now 110,000 Penn State partisans want to see him go back to Ohio State with another loss.

"He knows the fans will be on him because he's a Pennsylvania boy who went to Ohio," Hall said. "But I'll tell you one thing: When he is under pressure the most, that's when he always seems to come out on top."

The odds are certainly stacked against Pryor.

Penn State has the nation's No. 1 defense and allows only 9.3 points per game.

Pryor admittedly is still trying to get on the same page with new players at receiver and running back after the graduation of three players who are now earning paychecks in the NFL -- running back Chris Wells and receivers Brian Hartline and Brian Robiskie.

In addition, Pryor has a variety of nagging injuries. He has turf toe on both of his feet, a sprained ankle and a sore knee.

"But I wouldn't miss this game for anything," he said. "They'd have to kill me for me not to play in this game."

revefsreleets
11-06-2009, 10:41 AM
My only problem with the situation has been how the PSU fans have handled the "Pryor situation".

During recruitment: "We want you, we want you, we want you....you're the greatest and we want you to stay home...PLEASE come to PSU, we want you!"

After he declared for OSU: "Eh, no biggie....we never wanted you anyways...you suck"

Later: "Aha, Pryor sucks....good thing we never wanted him and we were....................um........just kidding (yeah, that's the ticket) when we said we did"

Anyway, providing PSU can slow OSU's DL, Pryor becomes the key to the game. PSU is not going to score many points against the Bucks, so if he can find a way to avoid turnovers and move the ball, the Buckeyes will win. But he has been remarkably inconsistent at those two things, and PSU's defense is the best they've faced this year...

SteelMember
11-06-2009, 12:09 PM
You always want to sign your homegrown talent. No debating that. Signing with "the enemy" just adds fuel to the fire. The whole "you betrayed us" schtick. If he would have went somewhere else, this isn't as big an issue. So, of course we want to see him fail now.

The funny thing is, and you could add just about any team in the scenario, even IF he did chose PSU and was having the same type of inconsistency, the fans would be screaming just the same as they are there.

Saying someone "sucks" is consistent, no matter the sport or the city/school.

Just look at this board. Some folks would eat there own young... Let alone the enemy.

rbryan
11-06-2009, 12:09 PM
The majority of OSU fans wanted to see him benched only a week or two ago.... Including you.

Spare me the double standard lecture.....I didn't care where he went to school.

Theres more OSU fans who wish he never came there now than PSU fans who ever gave a sh!t to begin with.

revefsreleets
11-06-2009, 01:35 PM
I wanted him benched for poor performance and to get his head on straight. That's NOT a double standard.

psusteelers4life
11-06-2009, 02:18 PM
With saying that Clark has something to prove he just needs to be relaxed and confident. It seems to me that in the bigger games he really tries to prove himself and presses, he tries to force things, when he relaxes and has fun ,and you can tell when he is relaxed , he plays well. Like tucking it and running when his options are out ,when he presses he stands in the pocket forever its like he forgets to run cause he thinks he has to complete a pass. Its just my opinion, I think he is a good Qb though and I am glad he is our Qb. He just has to relax and play his game. WE ARE..............

revefsreleets
11-06-2009, 02:35 PM
With saying that Clark has something to prove he just needs to be relaxed and confident. It seems to me that in the bigger games he really tries to prove himself and presses, he tries to force things, when he relaxes and has fun ,and you can tell when he is relaxed , he plays well. Like tucking it and running when his options are out ,when he presses he stands in the pocket forever its like he forgets to run cause he thinks he has to complete a pass. Its just my opinion, I think he is a good Qb though and I am glad he is our Qb. He just has to relax and play his game. WE ARE..............

Believe it or not, I think that paragraph, word for word, also sums up Pryor.

rbryan
11-07-2009, 03:21 PM
All organized cornholing activities in IA have been cancelled until further notice.......

This game just got a little more interesting

Polamalu Princess
11-07-2009, 03:44 PM
BIG game - let's go Penn State!!!

SteelCityMan786
11-07-2009, 06:50 PM
I tip my cap to Ohio State. They took advantage of all of Penn State's stupidity tonight.

psusteelers4life
11-07-2009, 07:37 PM
Same here to OSU . Like I said before about Clark big games equals he presses and forces things that arent there. granted the O line was a little bit to be desired, Great time to try and break out the running game tonight as well you saw how well that worked out. Dont know what the D was doin tonight. If we win out I see the outback or alamo bowl. Still love them Nittany Lions though!! here's to the Pens later tonight and them Steelers monday

OneForTheToe
11-07-2009, 07:52 PM
Same here to OSU . Like I said before about Clark big games equals he presses and forces things that arent there. granted the O line was a little bit to be desired, Great time to try and break out the running game tonight as well you saw how well that worked out. Dont know what the D was doin tonight. If we win out I see the outback or alamo bowl. Still love them Nittany Lions though!! here's to the Pens later tonight and them Steelers monday

I have too agree with that. Also, a little like Jamarcus Russell, I'm just not sure his arm is accurate (particularly, if anybody is in his face). He is a tough player with heart, but that isn't always enough.

revefsreleets
11-07-2009, 09:44 PM
Defensive ends of Iowa were the difference in that game, and OSU's DL is much better.

The keys were OSU DL vs. PSU OL, and Pryor.

OSU won both match-ups. I didn't expect that big of a win, and 24-0 (Clark's TD was a horrific homer call as the ball came no closer than 18 inches to the GL) is impressive.

SteelCityMan786
11-07-2009, 09:47 PM
Defensive ends of Iowa were the difference in that game, and OSU's DL is much better.

The keys were OSU DL vs. PSU OL, and Pryor.

OSU won both match-ups. I didn't expect that big of a win, and 24-0 (Clark's TD was a horrific homer call as the ball came no closer than 18 inches to the GL) is impressive.

That wasn't a homer call. That ball was in a similar scenario to the TD that Holmes had in the game at Baltimore last year. Only difference is that it was of a different variety.