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Alright now let's get the 2007 Season Started

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PENN STATE!

2007 Season Schedule
April 21 Blue/White Game White 30-6
Sept. 1 Florida International
Sept. 8 Notre Dame @ 6:00 PM
Sept. 15 Buffalo
Sept. 22 @ Michigan
Sept. 29 @ Illinois
Oct. 6 Iowa
Oct. 13 Wisconsin @ 3:30 PM
Oct. 20 @ Indiana
Oct. 27 Ohio State @ 8:00
Nov. 3 Purdue
Nov. 10 @ Temple
Nov. 17 @ Michigan State
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3.23.2007
Nittany Lions Intensify Preparations for 2007 Campaign With Start of Spring Practice
Blue-White Game slated for April 21 at 2 p.m.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; March 23, 2007 ? Using a successful end to the 2006 season as a springboard, the Penn State football team will begin its on-field preparations for the 2007 campaign today when spring practice commences.

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 allotted 15 spring practices with the highly-anticipated Blue-White Game in Beaver Stadium on Saturday, April 21. Kickoff is at 2:00 p.m. and admission and parking are free as in previous years.

A little more than four months after the Blue-White game, Penn State opens its 121st campaign, hosting non-conference opponents Florida International (Sept. 1), Notre Dame (Sept. 8) and Buffalo (Sept. 15) before visiting Michigan in the Sept. 22 Big Ten opener. The Nittany Lions will be playing their 15th conference season this fall.

Penn State has won 22 of its last 27 games overall, dating to the final two games of the 2004 season. The Nittany Lions are 20-5 the past two seasons and one of 13 teams with at least 20 wins in 2005 and ?06.

In his 42nd season as head coach, Joe Paterno welcomes back 33 letterwinners and 15 starters from last year?s 9-4 team that defeated No. 17 Tennessee, 20-10, in the Outback Bowl on New Year?s Day. Penn State was ranked in the final Top 25 polls for the 32nd time under Paterno (No. 24 AP; No. 25 USA Today Coaches).

Penn State returns 16 letterwinners on offense (eight starters), 16 on defense (six starters) and placekicker Kevin Kelly. The Nittany Lions have lost the services of 23 lettermen -- 8 on offense, 12 on defense and 3 specialists.

Among the returning starters are three players who earned All-America or All-Big Ten recognition in 2006: senior linebacker Dan Connor (Wallingford), a first team All-American; junior cornerback Justin King (Pittsburgh), a second team All-Big Ten selection and junior safety Anthony Scirrotto (West Deptford, N.J.), who earned first team All-Big Ten accolades and was named to ESPN.com?s All-Bowl Team.

Senior quarterback Anthony Morelli (Pittsburgh) returns to lead the offense. Last year, in his first season as the starter, the talented and strong-armed signal caller broke school season records for pass completions (208) and attempts (386), while his 2,424 yards were third-highest. He also posted the program?s sixth-lowest season interception percentage (8 int. in 386 attempts).

The Nittany Lions should have one of the nation?s premier wide receiver units, a group which returns intact. In 2006, for the first time in program history, three different receivers caught 40 or more passes in a season. Rising juniors Deon Butler (48-Woodbridge, Va.), Jordan Norwood (45-State College) and Derrick Williams (40-Greenbelt, Md) are joined by senior Terrell Golden (Norfolk, Va.). Butler made 48 receptions for 637 yards last season, tied for sixth-highest in school season receptions.

One of the focal points during spring drills will be tailback, as Tony Hunt concluded his brilliant career with 3,320 yards, second-highest in Penn State annals, earning Outback Bowl MVP honors in his final game. Seniors Austin Scott (Allentown), Matt Hahn (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and Rodney Kinlaw (Goose Creek, S.C.) are the Lions? most experienced returning running backs. Freshmen Brent Carter (Pottstown) and Evan Royster (Fairfax, Va.) redshirted last season and also should be among the candidates.

Three starters return on the offensive line, which must replace two-time All-America tackle Levi Brown. Senior tackle John Shaw (Spring Grove), junior center A.Q. Shipley (Coraopolis) and junior guard Rich Ohrnberger (East Meadow, N.Y.) return to form the nucleus for the O-Line.

Six starters return from a defensive unit that was ranked in the Top 15 nationally in rushing (87.5 ypg, 7th), scoring (14.4 ppg, 9th), total defense (284.5 ypg, 15th) and pass efficiency defense (105.9 rating, 14th) and sacks (40, T-sixth). The Nittany Lions were one of only four teams nationally ranked in the Top15 in all five categories.

Junior end Josh Gaines (Fort Wayne, Ind.) is the lone returning starter from the defensive line, with sophomores Maurice Evans (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Jared Odrick (Lebanon) and Phillip Taylor (Clinton, Md.) among the players expected to challenge for significant playing time.

Paul Posluszny, the two-time All-American and Bednarik Award winner, graduated in December, leaving as the Nittany Lions? career tackle leader with 372. Connor and junior Sean Lee (Pittsburgh) are returning starters for a linebacker unit that should again be among the nation?s best. Connor earned first team All-America accolades by The Sporting News and was one of three finalists for the Bednarik Award. He was second on the squad with 113 tackles, including five sacks and three forced fumbles, and will enter the season with 274 career stops. Lee was third on the team last year with 90 tackles and had 5.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pair of fumble recoveries.

Three starters return in the secondary, a unit that improved throughout last season and was very productive. Scirrotto led the Big Ten with six interceptions, was fourth on the team with 58 tackles and had eight pass break-ups. King emerged as one of the Big Ten?s top cover corners and made 30 tackles, with an interception against Ohio State. Junior cornerback Tony Davis (Warren, Ohio) made 42 tackles and was second in the Big Ten with 13 pass break-ups. Davis also returned two fumbles for touchdowns, including a game-winning 88-yard return in the Outback Bowl.

Junior placekicker Kevin Kelly (Langhorne) returns for his third season. His 22 field goals last year tied Matt Bahr?s school single season record and he was tied for the Big Ten scoring lead with 96 points.

Penn State will bring a three-game winning streak into the 2007 season.

?Penn State Blue-White Weekend Presented by PHEAA? will take place April 20-21. The Blue-White Game is one of the nation?s most popular spring football contests. More than 40,000 loyal and enthusiastic Penn State fans have attended the contest in eight of the past 11 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.

Numerous events will be held during Blue-White Weekend to celebrate Penn State Football, including the popular pre-game autograph session with the players at approximately 12:30 p.m. A carnival, children?s games, food vendors, game worn football apparel booth and the student entertainment stage will be open Friday evening and Saturday. During the game, the spring football award winners and recipients of the PNC Bank "Player of the Game" from the 2006 season will be announced.

Other events for Penn State fans all of ages held in conjunction with the Blue-White Game will be announced in early April.

Season tickets and Club seats are available for the 2007 season, which will feature seven home games. The Nittany Lions have a blockbuster home schedule that includes five bowl teams from 2006: Notre Dame, Iowa (Oct. 6), Wisconsin (Oct. 13- Homecoming), Ohio State (Oct. 27) and Purdue (Nov. 3).

For information on joining the Nittany Lion Club and purchasing season tickets, as well as club seating in Beaver Stadium, interested parties can call 1-800-648-8269 (1-800-NITTANY). For additional information on club seats, call 863-3143 in the Centre Region and ask for Bob White.
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3.24.2007
Joe Paterno Press Conference Transcript
Spring practice - March 23, 2007

You?re off the cart and it looks like you?re moving around well.
?I?m not doing as much as I?d like to do. I?m a little bit nervous to be frank with you. I?ve got to watch a couple of things, but I?ll get better as it goes along.?

Can you talk about the main concerns you?d like to address during the spring?
I know you guys have something you have to write about, I?m not really?The only thing I?m interested in is seeing if we can make some of the kids better football players, some of the younger kids a little more comfortable and we?ll go from there. We?re not playing a game against anybody (soon), so I don?t think there?s any urgency for us to make sure we can do this really well or do that really well (now), we just have to get some kids that I think are going to be pretty good football players eventually, we just have to spend some time, have a little patience, get on their backs a little bit, trying to get them to do what they?re going to have to do to be a good football team.?

What?s the key for Anthony Morelli during spring practice?
?Just come out here, have a little fun and try to get a little bit better. I thought that at the end of the year, he was pretty good.?

What is Austin Scott?s standing? Does he have his problems sorted out?
?He?s OK. He did a great job on the foreign team last year when we decided to keep him out. He?s got to do it this year for himself and I think he will. He?s worked very hard in the winter program and I think he?ll be OK. ?

It looks like you have Dan Connor working out in the middle?
?Yeah, that?s probably where he belongs, in the middle. But, don?t hold me to it. That?s today. Two days from now he may be playing quarterback...?

Is that kind of what the first few (spring) sessions are about?
?Yeah, I think that?s what all of spring practice is. Spring practice is to try and make each one of these kids better?trying to get a feel for which ones have the potential to be good enough. Somebody (once) said to me, ?what?s the difference between checkers and chess?? In checkers everybody does the same thing, but in chess everybody has a different thing to do. That?s the job you have in the spring is to make sure you have the right guys playing king, the right guys playing pawn and the whole bit. I?m in no hurry.?

Is there anyone who won?t practice this spring?
?I?m checking on a couple of grades. There may be a couple of kids where I may say, ?hey, I don?t want you out here until you get those grades straightened out.??

Is Antonio Logan-El back with the team?
No, not yet. He?s got to make up his mind whether he really wants to play football.?

Do you fell well enough that you expect to be back on the sideline in the fall?
?I expect to be back in the fall. I?m anxious to try running a little bit. I haven?t done in any running. But, I think I?m coming a long pretty well. The knee actually isn?t my problem. The other leg, the one I banged up a year ago when I broke the ribs, is really bothering me more than the knee. I think I?m going to be OK.?

So, there?s a question whether you?ll be on the sideline (in the fall)?
No, no I?m going to be on the sideline. I?d be really disappointed if I?m not. I?m sure the kids won?t be (laughter).?

Do you feel more involved when you?re not on the cart (watching practice)?
?Absolutely. I?ve always been a guy that likes to coach people, coach positions. That?s the fun of it. If I can?t get out there?I tried today to do a little bit. I get tired quicker?The leg gets a little tired. I like to coach. I like to get involved.?

Any serious injuries for any of the players?
?(Kevin) Cousins won?t be able to go this spring. He sprained a knee. (Tom) McEowen did earlier (knee injury). So, those two guys will not be out there.?

You?re losing a lot of experience on the defensive line. How important will it be for some of the young players to do well this spring to fill those spots?
?We played Tennessee, most of these guys played in the game. We didn?t have Eddie Johnson against Tennessee. We lose (Jay) Alford. (Jared) Odrick has played. (Maurice) Evans has played. I?m not as concerned about that. I think they?re good players and hopefully they can stay healthy in the spring and get a little more comfortable doing a couple things. ?

Can you talk about your blockbuster home schedule and will that help you out?
?I?ve got to find out who the football players are and then try to get them in the right spots and try to make them good enough so that we can play anybody. ?

Some of the Big Ten schools are pushing for nine league games or maybe even 10. Would you want to bump it up from eight games?
?Number one, I think we ought to have an open date. I think it?s an ordeal to ask the kids to do what we?re asking them to do now. A year ago (2005), we played 11 games with an open date. This year we play 12 games without an open date. They think it might cost more money or cut the (number of) classes (attended), but when you see how much time the kids playing basketball lose?the travel. I?m glad we can?we?ve got the softball team is in California, the volleyball team is in California, the baseball team is in Kansas, the golf team is in Florida, the whole bit. If we can?t have an open date and let the season go one week longer because of financial problems, then I think we?re not being fair to the kids. I think we need to give the kids a week off. How would you arrange nine games? That?s a little tricky? I know there?s some people that want to do it (nine game Big Ten schedule), but I have not had a chance to discuss that with anybody. ?

Do you have any thoughts on Rene Portland resigning?
?She?s doing what she wants to do. I hired Rene. I?ve always been very fond of Rene. I think she?s done a great job. If she wants to get out of it, she wants to get out of it. That?s up to her. But, she?s done a great job here.?

Are the two junior college players you recruited here?
?One of them is (Ako Poti) and the other one won?t come in until the fall.?

A young quarterback like Pat Devlin, what can he show you in the spring?
?We?re going to try and give him a chance to show us what he can do. That depends on?you can?t program your spring practice for one guy. I?ve got a whole mess of guys out there that are pretty good football players that are all waiting for enough chances to play. We?re not going to program anything to give Devlin a little better opportunity?(Paul) Cianciolo?s waited his turn, (Daryll) Clark?s waited his turn?I think we have to go out every day and give everybody a shot and go from there.?

Do you see A.J. Wallace playing an offensive snaps?
?I would doubt it, but you never know.?

Do you see Brett Brackett?s future at wide receiver or quarterback?
?I think it depends. Right now we want to look at him at wideout.?

Can you talk about moving Tony Davis to safety?
?I?m not sure he?ll stay there. It gives us a chance to look at a couple other kids at the corners. We know what Davis can do at corner. Davis is a good football player and obviously he has to stay on the field?.We spend a couple of hours every morning as a staff trying to figure out whether we have the right guys in the right place.?

Everyone was feeling pretty good after the bowl game. Is there some momentum from that game?
?That?s all fine, but we?ve got a lot of work to do. You don?t win games based on a lot of hoopla after the first couple of days of spring practice. It takes a lot of hard work and leadership.?

How do you see the running back situation playing out?
?I think we?ve got some kids that can play. (Austin) Scott?s got a chance to be a good running back and I think (Rodney) Kinlaw just needs a little more poise. And I want to see the others.?

How important is it for the offensive line to come together quickly?
?I think it?s important for them to come together quickly. I think we?re solid.?

?We?re just trying to put a football team together. Do you ever see me out there doing this (taking notes)? What do you think I?m doing? ?Who?s 52? (laughter) Who?s 15?? I?ve got to get know these guys, too. ?
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4.21.2007
Record Crowd Of 71,000 Turns Out For Penn State Blue-White Game
Thousands wear maroon and orange in tribute to victims of tragedy at Virginia Tech
The 800-plus student section formed a "VT" with orange and maroon shirts.

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., April 21, 2007 - A record crowd of 71,000 fans turned out on a beautiful 70-degree day for Penn State?s annual Blue-White Game in Beaver Stadium. The White captured a 30-6 victory, led by 126 yards passing and two touchdowns from junior quarterback Paul Cianciolo (Charleston, S.C.) and 116 yards receiving and two touchdowns from sophomore wide receiver Chris Bell (Norfolk, Va.).

Many in the huge crowd, which surpassed the previous Blue-White Game record of 62,000 fans that attended the 1996 spring contest, wore orange and maroon in tribute to the victims of this week?s tragedy at Virginia Tech. A student section 800-strong formed a large block ?VT? with colored shirts in the stands and the Blue Band played ?Amazing Grace? following a moment of silence. Junior tackle Gerald Cadogan (Portsmouth, Ohio) represented the Penn State players and coaches in addressing the crowd with a message of support for Virginia Tech prior to kickoff.

Thousands of other fans wore maroon or orange shirts on the sun-splashed day.

The game was the highlight of Blue-White Weekend Presented by PHEAA. More than 40,000 fans have attended the game in nine of the past 12 years, with rainy conditions during the other three contests.

Three Nittany Lion players were recognized for their efforts during halftime of the game. Junior cornerback Lydell Sargeant (Lompoc, Calif) was presented the Jim O'Hora Award and senior wide receiver Terrell Golden (Norfolk, Va.) the Red Worrell Award. The Nittany Lion coaching staff singled out Sargeant and Golden as the players who have best demonstrated exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice.

Red-shirt junior guard Ross Muir (Noblesville, Ind.) was also recognized as the recipient of the Frank Patrick Total Commitment Memorial Award.
Terrell Golden was given the Red Worrell Award at halftime.

The Worrell Award is presented to the offensive player whose spring contribution is most worthy of special tribute. The prize was first presented in 1958 and is named in the honor of the late Red Worrell, a high school All-American from Centerville HS who was tragically electrocuted in an accident after an exceptional season on the 1957 Nittany Lion freshman team. Past Worrell Award winners include former assistant coach Fran Ganter, Lydell Mitchell, Kyle Brady and Bryant Johnson.

The defensive award is named in honor of Jim O'Hora, a long-time Penn State assistant coach who was a member of the coaching staff for 31 years. Loyalty and attitude especially characterized Jim O'Hora and has typified many of the previous winners, including Walker Lee Ashley, Andre Collins, Michael Haynes and Anthony Adams. The O'Hora Award was first presented in 1977.

Presented today for the 13th time, the Frank Patrick Memorial "Total Commitment" Award goes to junior class squad members who consistently follow through with their responsibilities in all facets of the football program and do so in exemplary manner. This includes academic pursuits, off-season preparation, in-season commitment, demeanor and community service. Patrick was a member of the Lions' coaching staff from 1949-73.

The Blue took an early 6-0 lead following field goals of 35 and 28 yards from junior Kevin Kelly (Langhorne). Senior quarterback Anthony Morelli (Pittsburgh) led the Blue on its opening drives, completing 11-of-18 passes for 104 yards, with one interception. Morelli found junior receivers Derrick Williams (Greenbelt, Md.) and Jordan Norwood (State College) early. Both Williams and Norwood finished with five catches for 54 yards to lead the Blue. Norwood also ran the ball three times for 51 yards, including a 31-yard scamper on a reverse. Senior tailback Austin Scott (Allentown) led the Blue and all rushers on the day with 13 carries for 53 yards.
Austin Scott was one of many football players who signed autographs for fans.

The White stormed to victory with 30 unanswered points, many of which came behind the strong play of Cianciolo who ran for one touchdown and passed for two more to stake the White to a 20-6 lead Cianciolo got the White on the board with a six-yard run in the second quarter. He went on to complete eight-of-nine passes for 126 yards, hitting Brendan Perretta (Altoona) with a 37-yard touchdown strike before halftime and Bell with a 22-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Redshirt freshman Colin Wagner (State College) knocked home a 43-yard field goal late in the third before junior quarterback Daryll Clark finished the scoring with a 74-yard touchdown pass to Bell with 3:13 to play in the game. Clark finished four-of-six for 96 yards and a touchdown on the day.

Redshirt freshman Evan Royster (Fairfax, Va.) led the White in rushing, posting 45 yards on nine carries.

Redshirt junior linebacker Tyrell Sales (Butler) posted 11 tackles (six solo) for the White to lead all tacklers on the day. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Jerome Hayes (Bayonne, N.J.) added 10 stops and redshirt junior defensive end Chris Rogers (Wexford) had two sacks and three tackles for loss for the White. Redshirt junior safety Mark Rubin (Amherst, N.Y.) made the lone interception on the day, in the first quarter.

Redshirt freshman defensive end Aaron Maybin (Ellicott City, Md.) and redshirt freshman linebacker Navorro Bowman (District Heights, Md.) led the Blue with four stops each.

Entering his 42nd season as head coach, Joe Paterno's squad returns 33 lettermen and 15 starters from last year's 9-4 squad that defeated Tennessee in the Outback Bowl. The Nittany Lions open the season September 1, when they face Florida International in Beaver Stadium.

A limited number of season football tickets are available and season ticket holders are reminded that the deadline for renewals is May 1. For information on 2007 football tickets, call 800-833-5533 or 814-863-1000.
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2007 Season Schedule
April 21 Blue/White Game 2:00
Sept. 1 Florida International WIN
Sept. 8 Notre Dame WIN
Sept. 15 Buffalo WIN
Sept. 22 @ Michigan WIN-FINALLY!
Sept. 29 @ Illinois WIN
Oct. 6 Iowa WIN
Oct. 13 Wisconsin WIN
Oct. 20 @ Indiana WIN
Oct. 27 Ohio State WIN
Nov. 3 Purdue WIN
Nov. 10 @ Temple WIN
Nov. 17 @ Michigan State WIN


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4.24.2007
Joe Paterno Press Conference Quotes - Blue-White Game


4.24.2007
Joe Paterno Press Conference Quotes - Blue-White Game

Are you surprised at, or can you comment on, the support of Virginia Tech over the last week?


I am pleased, obviously (with the Penn State student response). I think that all of us who are in this business are trying to do a job for our youth. They are under an awful lot of pressure these days because of a lot of things. I think when somebody has to struggle with that whole group of students, faculty, supporters and anybody who is connected with higher education, you all look out for each other and I am glad that our student body responded the way they did. I think it is fitting.

Have you talked to Frank Beamer?


I tried to get him the day after and, obviously, everybody was trying to get some kind of contact done so I backed away from it. I figured whenever it settles down, I will try to get a hold of him. One of the families apparently was wearing a t-shirt and Frank autographed the back of it.

Did you know the family of Jeremy Herbstritt?


I did not know the family. I was talking with Jeremy?s girlfriend who was out here. She is a Virginia Tech girl and a 'Hokie' and her mom was there and her mom said, ?I just want you to know that I am a diehard ?Hokie?,? and I said, ?That is fine. I was on the Blacksburg campus before you were born. I was there when Jerry Claiborne was the head coach.? I took a couple of coaches down there to watch them practice.

What have you seen from Austin Scott this spring?


I think he has to stay healthy. He has had a tendency to let nicks and bruises bother him a little bit with an ankle here and a pulled muscle there. The thing about some of the really good backs that we have had and the ones that I see doing really well are durable. He has to be able to go out there everyday and get the job done and practice a little. He has had a good spring and did a great job in the fall being the foreign team tailback. He went at it and gave the defense a great look. I think both he and (Rodney) Kinlaw, I don?t want to overlook Kinlaw, give us good tandem. I know a lot of people are concerned about, ?Hey, Penn State looks pretty good, where is the tailback?? and all that kind of stuff. There is always somebody concerned. I think both of those kids are really going to have good years. They both had a great spring.

Are you satisfied with what you have accomplished this spring and how the team has progressed?

You are never satisfied. I think we had a good spring. Obviously, you always wish you could do a couple of things a little better. I think we were fortunate that we didn?t have a lot of injuries. We lost six kids who will not go today. A couple of them were hurt prior, (Tom) McEowen was hurt in the winter program, (Kevin) Cousins has been hurt and didn?t do anything all spring, (Anthony) Scirrotto got hurt about a week ago with a pinched nerve and doesn?t have a lot of strength so they didn?t want to let him go, and a freshman, Jon Ditto had to have an operation on his shoulder and we did not see much of him in the spring. There were six of them. Elijah Robinson got a neck injury.

What have you seen out of Anthony Morelli this spring and is his improvement as good as his teammates have been saying?

I think he is pretty good. I don?t know how good they said he is. He came out at the end of the year and showed what he can do. I think there has been some momentum carried over and he had a heck of a spring. I am anxious to see how they do today, obviously. I think Anthony is a really good quarterback. When he started out, a lot of people didn?t realize just how inept we were in some areas because of inexperience and because we hadn?t forecast some injuries and a couple of people left the football team that we had hoped would have been available to help us with the offensive line. Overall, Anthony did a really good job even earlier in the year if you take back a couple of passes.

Could you assess the other quarterbacks? Is Daryll Clark the solid No. 2?

Clark would be No. 2 right now. The other kids, (Pat) Devlin, (Paul) Cianciolo, and young (Kevin) Suhey, it is hard to give everyone enough reps to really give them an honest shake, but I think we are in pretty good shape at quarterback. Clark would be further along than the rest of them, but Cianciolo has ability and I think the young Devlin kid, we probably would have played a little bit last year, except he got mononucleosis right in the middle of pre-season practice, so he lost four or five weeks. Then it was a question of whether you redshirt him or try to get him caught up, so we redshirted him. I think we are in pretty good shape at quarterback.

How has Dan Connor looked in the middle?

I think he is where he should be. I think Dan is a natural inside linebacker and I think he will be fine. He has had a good spring.

Could you talk about the loss of Chris Auletta?


Sure, you would like to keep him, but he just felt that he wanted to get on with his life and that was fine with me. I don?t know what else I can say about that.

What have you seen from Jeremy Boone and how do you feel about him replacing Jeremy Kapinos?

I am pleased with Jeremy. Two or three of the last five or six practices we have put him under a lot of pressure to kick from the end zone and things like that. I think he has done well. I think he is going to be OK. You never know until you get into the season, but anything we have asked him to do this spring he has done.

Do you like to hear talk about a national championship this early?

There is nothing I can do about it. I sure as heck don?t want to tell them, ?don?t think about being good.? As long as they understand what it is going to take to be a contender, not necessarily in the national championship, but to be able to do some things that will give you a chance to do the things they are talking about. We have a long way to go. You guys may not like to hear me preach, but I will tell you exactly what I tell them, ?Before you start a game you have four seasons prior to that?the winter program, spring practice, summer workouts, preseason and then you go to play after you do all the hard work.? We have had two good segments. I think the winter program was one of the better ones we have had. We have had a good spring practice. We are allowed eight weeks to wear equipment in the summer and most of them will be here this summer. I would like to see how they return the request to that and then, obviously, preseason is crucial. I am glad they are thinking big as long as they understand that it takes more than talk.

How has the leadership evolved so far?

I think that (Anthony) Morelli is the guy that has stepped to the front the most, which is really something you would hope would happen. We will have to see. If I told you I thought we had enough, I don?t know, we will have to see. I would like to see a couple of other kids that I think are going to be really good athletes understand that there is a little bit more than just what they think and they have to have some kind of commitment to help everybody get a little better. I think we are OK, but I am not enthusiastic about that area yet.

Did you accomplish what you wanted at the defensive tackle position?


They haven?t stepped up because none of them have a lot of experience. None of those kids are seniors. I think we are going to be alright there, but I don?t know. There is certainly enough ability there. There are some strong kids. I don?t think it would be fair for me to mention them by name, but there are a couple of them that could be really, really good that are kind of pacing themselves. They have to learn how to go all out every play, but there is potential there. I think that we have three, maybe four kids that can play inside and are strong enough and quick enough to be really good. There again, you have to see them when they have to carry the load in the ball game. They are young. It is going to be a very young defensive football team. Outside of Connor, I don?t think there is a senior that you could project on the first two teams.

The State College police said they are going to interview members of the team regarding an off-campus incident that happened earlier this month? Has this been a distraction?

You know more about it than I do. It hasn?t been a distraction yet. I don?t know what is going to happen because I don?t know anything that is going on. I am trying to concentrate on the football squad. I never try to worry about things until I have to worry about them. I am not sure I have anything to worry about here. I am not sure. I don?t know one way or the other.
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How closely do you follow your former players in the NFL?


I don?t follow them?I will know who got drafted. When is the draft, next week or this weekend? The guys on the staff will talk about it and some of the kids will come around. To me, the draft is something that is like recruiting. I get tired of hearing people talking about who the guys are that you are supposed to recruit. Every once in awhile I turn the television on trying to find something to put me to sleep and you get ESPN this or ESPN that or FOX this or FOX that and there is always some guy saying, ?Well, this guy is going to be OK because this club needs that.? I don?t pay any attention to it. The draft to me is when they get drafted, they go and I wish them luck and hope they make it and it is going to be a tough job. Hopefully, it will work out for them. Hopefully, they will leave with a degree and if it doesn?t work out with football, they can make another life.

How much are you looking forward to being back on the sidelines next year and how much did you miss that at the end of last season?


Last year, I was just glad that I could sit upstairs. I tried to get on the field for the Outback Bowl and started walking around a little bit with that cane, I got a little nervous and didn?t think I could get out of the way if I had to because the ground was soft and a couple of other things. It will be good to be down there. In fact, I debated on whether I wanted to do this radio thing today and try to get down on the field and then I didn?t want to make a big deal about it. This is the players? game. This is a bunch of kids out there that some of the kids have never played in any kind of a crowd like that. There are a lot of redshirt freshmen kids that have never been on the field with a crowd like that. They have been on the sidelines, but have never been involved in a game. I have debated on whether I would enjoy being on the sidelines, but then I said, ?Hey, the first thing, all of you guys with cameras, and I would be a story because I would be on the sidelines.? So, I am going upstairs and second-guess everybody on radio.

How have your receivers looked and has anyone else stepped up there?


I think all of them have had some experience. We have a good group of receivers. It will be interesting watching today because they will probably throw the ball a lot today. I think we have good wideouts. I think we have good wideouts and good tight ends. A couple of the younger kids at tight end are starting to learn how to block a little bit, which is some of the things that I worried about that we didn?t do necessarily a great job last year with one or two of the younger tight ends. I think that as far as offensively catching the football, I think we are in pretty good shape. I don?t know any young guys. Did we play (Chris) Bell last year at all? He would be the only young guy. There are a couple of kids there who are walk-ons who have done a really nice job such as (Jesse) Alfreno and (Graham) Zug who are good, solid kids, but they will have a tough time beating out some of the older guys.

How has A.J. Wallace looked in practice?

He has been nursing a hamstring for a little bit so he hasn?t had a lot of spring practice. When he is healthy, he is a very, very gifted athlete. If I were to be critical of A.J. at all, every once in awhile he is a little loosy goosy out there. When you are playing corner, loosy goosy might be six points, but he certainly has ability.

How much time are you spending at the Lasch Building since your injury? Are you satisfied with how much you can give the program?

I suppose that will be up to somebody else to make that kind of a critique on what I have done. I don?t think I have done anything differently. I have never been much to stay in Lasch Building because I don?t like the office. It is a great big, fancy office. It is a great facility with the academic support, the weight room, locker room and our coaches so, it is all in there close together and it is easy for the kids to come up and visit. We have a lounge downstairs where they can go and a room with computers so it is really a very, very practical thing. I don?t stay there because if I am in that office and everybody who comes into town and has any association with me, and when you are in one place as long as I have been, obviously, there are a lot of people you have gotten to know. So I work mostly out of my house, which is only three blocks away from campus. If I have to get into the office, they call me up and I am in the office within five minutes. I have a fax machine, all of my tapes, private business telephone and university phone there so they can get to me. If I need to get the staff together and I don?t feel like running up there because of one thing or another and I just need one or two things, I can get them on a conference call. I think I am getting about as much done as I have gotten done before. That was the way it was before I got hurt. Five or six years ago I had to make up my mind because every time if I stayed in the office, the people who handled the office would have to lie and say, ?He?s not in? or if I am in, people?s noses get out of joint if they can?t get in to say ?Hello? to their son or sign a book or do something. So I have tried to be able to sit down and look at a tape for three or four hours and not get interrupted and I can do that at home. I make my own coffee and have a cup of coffee and I can work three, four, five or six hours in a row without any interruptions. I think maybe in the sense that I am not there, I am a little bit more productive. At least I feel like that. Again, I go back to what I have said many times. With the staff that I have and the fact that we have been able to keep these guys here, there is just so much that we have come together when we have to make decisions and we may sit around for four or five hours trying to argue out different points and those kinds of things. I think I spend enough time with them and just let them go and coach.

Can you talk about your new junior college players?


I don?t like junior college (recruiting). I don?t like to recruit a junior college player only because I have always felt that if you bring a kid in who works a couple of years and then all of a sudden you go out and get somebody, it is almost like you are making a trade to bring somebody in. We went and got two junior college kids this year, one who came in January and one who is coming this summer because we really felt that we needed some depth on the offensive line. They would be a little further along physically and maturely than, maybe, some of the kids we are bringing in as true freshmen, but we needed some depth. I debated it. The two kids that are coming in are both kids that are solid kids. The one (Ako Poti) has been here since January and has done a good job and a good job academically. It is not easy to learn a system when you are an offensive lineman. I think it was good that we did that, but that doesn?t mean that I am not a junior college fan. That is not to say that I am against junior colleges. I am not saying that it is not for somebody else to recruit them. That is their business. I have just felt that if you bring kids in as freshmen and sophomores and then all of a sudden you bring somebody in and put them ahead of them. That has never lit me up.

Besides Brendan Perretta, who else has changed positions?


Perretta has looked fine as a corner just to get a better feel for him because he is a good football player and let?s see if he is better than some of the others some place else. I doubt very much if he will stay on defense. In fact, he will play a little of both today. The only other guy probably will be (Larry) Federoff, who we had at fullback who is a transfer from Edinboro, a good, tough kid and I want to take a look at him as a linebacker. He played fullback and now we are taking a quick look at him at linebacker. There is a young freshman, Brent Carter, we are going to take a look at him at safety, but he will play both ways today, too. He will be the same as Perretta. It gives you a chance when you come back in the fall to maybe line them up a little bit.

Could you talk about why you moved John Shaw to guard?

We thought we had three tackles and a young freshman kid we liked who we recruited last year but because he had a knee operation, he didn?t start (school), a kid by the name of (Johnnie) Troutman. We felt we needed a little bit more bulk at guard and we had (Dennis) Landolt and (John) Shaw to go in playing tackle and we thought Landolt at guard, and the consensus was that Shaw might be easier to make the adjustment to guard because he is a fifth-year guy. That is the reason he is playing guard. Whether he stays there or not, I honestly am going to say that I don?t know. We will look at all the tapes over the summer and evaluate them through the summer program and see how far Troutman has come. With Landolt, Troutman and (Gerald) Cadogan, we have three good-sized tackles and with Shaw at guard that gives us a chance to have three or four guards. We are still a little worried about the center spot, but we will go from there.
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What are your thoughts on the secondary as a whole as they seem to be very athletic?


That is about right. That is a very athletic group. It is not a question of this guy runs :4.5 or this guy runs :4.4 or this guy runs :4.6. The way the game is played today, when you talk about past defenses, it is not a question of how quick you are, it is how fast you play. You have to have a little sense. (Anthony) Scirrotto has turned out to be a really outstanding safety. He is one of our better players, but he isn?t a great guy with the clock. He is tough, smart, anticipates things, studies quarterbacks, splits and receivers, certain things they can do when they split a certain way and the whole bit. He is in the game. He plays a step or two faster than he actually is. We have a lot of guys that are faster than he is, but they are not better. Until they can get to that state of mind, they will be good, but they may not be as good as they can be. I think what you said is right, and if they are very athletic, whether they are great defensive players right now outside of maybe (Justin) King and (Tony) Davis. The other kids are all young. They are tough and can run. I think eventually they are going to be pretty darn good. Right now, they are OK.

Can you talk about your freshman running backs ? Brent Carter and Evan Royster
?

I like Royster, too. I think both Carter and Royster have a chance to be pretty good backs. You have to see them in some situations where they have to improvise a little bit and make somebody miss and do some things. Right now, we have not done enough tough work with those two kids. I like both of them. They both are good athletes who work hard. They are both good students and good kids. I think, eventually, both of them will be good running backs.

What are your expectations of Kevin Kelly next season and what are some things he needs to do to be more consistent?

He has to be more consistent. That is a mental process. He can go out there and kick that ball and look like he is as good as anybody. He can kick a 55-yard field goal and put the ball in the end zone and the whole bit. Right now he still is not as consistent as he could be. We may be expecting too much of him, but I think that he just has to be a little bit more consistent.

Talk about how this game has become such a big event.

As I said, to me it?s a scrimmage. It?s a scrimmage with a lot of people. Some of us get, I get, maybe more than you people do and I gotta be careful, you get wrapped up so much in the little things and the details. I have an old saying, ?We?re only as good as the poorest guy we?ve got.? I worry. I come in there with drills for the poor guys. I don?t come in with drills for guys who are good. We gotta figure out a way to get this guy better so that we can better as a team. Then all of a sudden you come to a day like today and you see all those Penn State kids running around with Virginia Tech colors on. Wait till you see how many have on Virginia Tech t-shirts. My wife (Sue) walked in the room and she?s wearing maroon and orange. Between you and me, she looked like hell (laughter). She had to go down and dig around to find something maroon and orange. I?ve never seen her in maroon and orange. She said, ?How do I look?? I said, ?Oh you look great honey, you look wonderful.? (laughter). But to see all those kids come across campus and to see all these people, you realize there?s something about intercollegiate athletics that is special. It?s special, it really is. It?s special at Virginia Tech, it?s special here. The Oklahoma spring game was on, I watched a little of that on television. You?re almost fascinated by it and proud to be part of it. I?m proud of this campus and the way they have responded to the Virginia Tech situation. The students and everybody else. I?m a little closer to the Virginia Tech family than you might realize. The guy who wrote the biography that?s important on Stonewall Jackson; I think all of you know who Stonewall Jackson was, the great confederate general. When Stonewall got killed?.that was probably the end of the Civil War when Jackson was down. Jackson was a very religious man. Before he went to the war, he was a deeply religious man. A man by the name of (James) Robertson wrote the biography and he?s a Virginia Tech professor. He and I were on a CFA committee together and we spent a lot of time together and I got to like him very much. He liked me and I got to know Frank Beamer very well. I like Frank very much, he and his wife (Cheryl). His wife sent me a copy of Robertson?s book on the life of Stonewall Jackson. And in it, professor Robertson put in a statement about me. I always appreciated that. It?s really a great book about a great man. When all was said and done, he may have been one of the greatest generals we ever had. And when this thing happened, I went to the book because there was a poem in it that hit me. I had forgotten about it. When Jackson died, as I said he was a very religious man, there was a poem in there that eulogized him. It goes this way:

A hero came among us as we slept.
And first he lowly knelt and rose and wept.
And gathering up a thousand spears,
He swept across the field of Mars,
And fought forever and walked among the stars.
In the land where we were dreaming.

That struck me a long time ago and it struck me here. You know, we have a bunch of guys carrying spears out there going across Mars. I think about the kids going to college, going with their spears to conquer the world. All of a sudden they?re shot down. That?s kind of tragic. Not kind of, it is tragic. But anyway, I think it is a great thing (Penn State student response). It is a great day for college athletics, a great day for college institutions. When you guys go out there and see all those kids wearing Virginia Tech colors, and a bunch of kids going after each other trying to knock the crap out of each other, all because they love the game. They love this football game. And all those people [are in the stadium] because they love the game, and they love this place. Yet their love is deep enough it carries across two states, to another state. So I think it?s a great thing. It is a great thing and I?m proud to be a part of it.
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An ?amazing? afternoon touches PSU, Va. Tech


By Neil Rudel, nrudel@altoonamirror.com

UNIVERSITY PARK ? Clusters of maroon and orange dotted Beaver Stadium, and the Blue Band, also donning Virginia Tech colors, pierced the pre-game silence with a beautiful, emotional rendition of ?Amazing Grace.?

Offensive tackle Gerald Cadogan read a tribute to the 32 victims of last week?s massacre at Virginia Tech as Penn State did its part at Saturday?s Blue-White Game to console the Hokie family.

?A lot of times people say their hearts go out, but to actually do something to say we?re with them meant a lot to me,? Cadogan, who write the passage, said. ?I?m thankful I was able to represent the team and the Penn State community.?

The color-coordinated letters ?VT? stood out in the PSU student section.

Paterno met with the girlfriend of one of the victims, Bellefonte native and PSU graduate Jeremy Herbstritt, and her mother just before kickoff.

They presented him with a Hokie cap.

?The family,? he said, clearly touched, ?wanted me to have this.?

Paterno doesn?t wear hats, but he proudly carried it with him on his way to the radio booth, where he provided color commentary.

?The mom told me she?s a diehard Hokie,? Paterno said, adding with a smirk. ?I told her I was on the Blacksburg campus before she was born.?

That occasion came in the 1960s when he took a couple of assistant coaches to see a practice led by former Hokie mentor and friend Jerry Claiborne.

Paterno tried unsuccessfully to contact current Va. Tech coach Frank Beamer last week and will try again ?when things settle down.?

Paterno?s wife, Sue, was also in Saturday?s spirit, ?digging around? for maroon and orange garb her husband didn?t know she owned.

When she asked him how she looked, Paterno cracked, ?oh, great.?

Paterno was even more overwhelmed when he emerged from a brunch at the Bryce Jordan Center and saw all the support for Virginia Tech.

?I?m pleased, obviously, with how we?re all reaching out,? he said. ?I think it?s fitting.?

Saturday?s crowd ? a record 71,000 ? converged in part because of the hall of fame weather and in part to come together for a cause greater than what Paterno called ?a scrimmage.?

?We get wrapped up so much in the details, and then all of a sudden you come to a day like today, and you see all those Penn State kids running around with Virginia Tech colors on ? T-shirts, hats,? he said, his voice trailing off.

He treasures ? and maybe lives for ? the chance to still be part of it.

?There?s something about intercollegiate athletics that?s special,? he said. ?It?s special at Virginia Tech, and it?s special here. You?re almost fascinated by it.?

Near the end of Saturday?s pre-game press conference, Paterno tried to sum up the role sports and community can have in regrouping from Virginia Tech?s awful tragedy.

He pulled out and read a poem about Stonewall Jackson. It was written by a friend of his at Virginia Tech.

It talked about heroes and warriors, and as he watched the week?s harrowing wall-to-wall news reports, he went searching for the poem.

?It struck me a long time ago and again here that we have a bunch of people carrying spears,? he said. ?I think about kids that go to college with their spears to conquer the world ... and all of a sudden they?re shot down.?

Tears welling, he brought it back to Beaver Stadium.

?It?s a great day for college athletics and both these institutions,? he said. ?All these people who are here love the game and this place and their loves carries across two states.?

Years from now, few will remember many details about the 2007 Blue-White game.

Most, however, will be able to close their eyes and listen to the Blue Band, in its maroon and orange, playing a salute to Virginia Tech.
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Blue-White Game notebook

By Cory Giger, cgiger@altoonamirror.com

Connor now the focal point


UNIVERSITY PARK -- Dan Connor is looking forward to a chance to "cut loose a little more" as he moves from outside to middle linebacker.

Connor earned All-America honors last year on the outside, while teammate and NFL-bound Paul Posluszny did the same during his first season in the middle. The interior spot has more responsibilities and is involved in more plays in a 4-3 defense, things Connor enjoys.

"I like it a lot more because I'm always in the action," he said. "No matter where the ball is, it gives you a chance to play both sides of the field."

Connor, who played middle linebacker in high school, said the spot is "definitely a faster and more physical position than [outside]. It's quicker reaction and taking on linemen a lot."

Connor realizes he's replacing a Penn State legend in Posluszny, the Nittany Lions' career tackling leader and a two-time Bednarik Award winner as the nation's top defensive player.

"Real big shoes to fill, both as a player and as a leader of the defense," said Connor, a Bednarik finalist himself last season who's only 98 tackles shy of Posluszny's school record.

Connor looked into the possibility of entering the NFL draft but decided to return for his senior year. He said he'll be watching the draft to see where his former teammates land, but as for trying to figure out where he may have been selected, Connor noted, "that's not real important."

SUBHD: Bowman, Sales battle for other LB spot


Junior Sean Lee will return for his second season as starting outside linebacker, leaving one other outside spot up for grabs.

The top two candidates battling it out this spring have been fourth-year junior Tyrell Sales and redshirt freshman Navorro Bowman.

"It's pretty neck and neck right now," Lee said when asked which of the two has the upper hand so far. "They're both extremely athletic, both move really well, both tough kids."

SUBHD: Cadogan ready for key role

Fourth-year junior Gerald Cadogan has the tough task of replacing a first-round NFL draft pick who was the anchor of the offensive line last season.

Cadogan's plan is simple: study Levi Brown on film and try to emulate everything he sees.

"In order to be like the best, you have to study the best, so I'm studying what he did," said Cadogan, the frontrunner for the starting left tackle spot.

Cadogan will have to protect quarterback Anthony Morelli's weak side, and as inconsistent as the Lions' offensive line was for most of last season, they never had to worry about that with Brown on the field.

The line is expected to be more experienced and improved next season, but if Cadogan struggles, PSU could face major issues in pass protection.

"You definitely have to play with a chip on your shoulder," Cadogan said of the O-line mentality. "As my dad always tells me, it's either hit or be hit."

Cadogan started five games -- the first four and week six -- at left guard last season, but the 6-foot-5, 313-pounder says he's more suited for tackle.

A guard, he said, has to stay low and get a lot of leverage going against defensive tackles. An offensive tackle goes against quicker defensive ends and must keep them at bay.

"I'm saying I'm more natural [at tackle], meaning I have my length, I'm taller, my arm length," Cadogan said.

SUBHD: Perretta finds end zone


Altoona's Brendan Perretta scored the first touchdown of his career Saturday, catching a 37-yard pass from Paul Cianciolo on a busted play in the second quarter for the White team.

"It was cool," Perretta said. "It was kind of a cheap touchdown because we didn't have a cornerback on the field. They were a bit confused, and I just yelled to Paul."

Perretta, a fifth-year senior, was moved from receiver to cornerback this spring and split duties on both sides of the ball Saturday. His defensive highlight was breaking up a long pass to Deon Butler in the third quarter.

"It was a surprise," Perretta said of the position switch, "and now it's a learning experience."

SUBHD: Devlin makes his debut


Highly touted quarterback Pat Devlin made his Beaver Stadium debut Saturday, completing 5-of-8 passes for 41 yards while splitting time between the two teams. He also ran three times for 18 yards, including a 14-yard scamper.

"It was great, it was a lot of fun," said Devlin, a redshirt freshman who downplayed the significance of the day. "It was just practice 13. It was no different than practice 13."

Even with 71,000 people in the stands?

"As a quarterback, I think you always have to keep your cool," Devlin said. "Whether there's a million people in the stands or one, you've got to go out and you've got to play the same. If you lose your cool, you're not going to be a good quarterback."

SUBHD: Packing 'em in


A sun-splashed day in the 70s produced the big turnout of 71,000, a record for a Blue-White Game. The previous mark had been 62,000 in 1996.

SUBHD: Award winners


Senior receiver Terrell Golden received the Red Worrell award, given to an offensive player for exemplary conduct, loyalty, interest, attitude and improvement during spring practice.

Junior cornerback Lydell Sargeant received the Jim O'Hora award, given to a defensive player for the same characteristics.

Fourth-year junior center Ross Muir received the Frank Patrick award, given to a junior who consistently follows through with his responsibility in all facets of the program in an exemplary manner.
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