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Old 01-02-2010, 11:23 AM   #311
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I was so glad to see Penn State win this! This has been a pretty good year for the Big-10. Needed PSU to win this one...and OSU to win the Rose Bowl for it to be considered a success though...
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Nice win....the field helped, I think, eliminate some of that speed LSU relies on...therein lies a good bit of the reason the SEC will NEVER play Big Ten teams up north...we have weather that causes those conditions in September all the time...

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Nice win....the field helped, I think, eliminate some of that speed LSU relies on...therein lies a good bit of the reason the SEC will NEVER play Big Ten teams up north...we have weather that causes those conditions in September all the time...

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Alabama will be coming north in September 2011. Someone in that conference has some bravery.

It was great to get the win for this team. They showed the world that they can beat top 25 competition. It was due.
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Great win for the Lions, cant wait till next year already and to see our new recruits come into happy valley. Just saw today that Bowman is going into the draft, I wish him the best at the next level. It will be interesting to see if Royster decides as well to entr the draft.
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In reguards to draft news.

Bowman heading into NFL Draft
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Penn State junior linebacker Navorro Bowman will enter April's NFL draft.

"I sat down with my family and the right choice for me is to pursue the next level," Bowman told ESPN Monday. "I'm proud of my accomplishments in college but it's also a time to take care of my family."

Bowman's announcement was widely expected. He is projected by some to be a first-round draft pick, he already has earned his degree in criminal law and he also has an infant son, Navorro Jr.

He finished this season with 93 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, and intercepted two passes this season. He also recovered two fumbles and defended five passes despite missing two full games and most of a third with a groin injury. In 2008, the first-team All-Big Ten choice led Penn State in tackles (106), was second in tackles for loss (16.5) and tied for third in sacks (4.0).

"I have played for the best linebackers coach in the country," Bowman told ESPN. "He's taught me how to make plays. He's taught me to have sound technique. I have been a part of a great tradition at Penn State. I missed a few games this season, but I feel I really finished the season strong."

Messages left with two Penn State sources were not returned.

The junior battled off-field issues and tragedy during his three years. His father died in 2008, then his high school coach died in a car crash days before Penn State played USC in the Rose Bowl.

In April, Bowman appeared in court for a probation revocating hearing after admitting to smoking marijuana while he was already on probation for pleading guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct for his role in an on-campus fight in October 2007.

Bowman's early departure leaves the Nittany Lions replacing all three starting linebackers next season.

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Penn State's Royster returning for senior season
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; - All-Big Ten tailback Evan Royster (Fairfax, Va.) announced today he will remain at Penn State for his senior season.

"I wanted to return to finish my degree and for my final year at Penn State," Royster said. "I'm looking forward to next season."

Royster is a Management Information Systems major and is on schedule to graduate in May.

A two-year starter, Royster will be looked to for leadership and a continuation of his highly productive play for an offense that loses Big Ten Co-MVP Daryll Clark, the 2008 and '09 first team All-Big Ten quarterback, tight ends Andrew Quarless and Mickey Shuler and tackles Dennis Landolt and Ako Poti.

Royster has been one of the nation's premier tailbacks the past two seasons, earning 2009 first team All-Big Ten accolades, rushing for 1,169 yards in 2009. In 2008, the former Westfield High School All-Met selection was among 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award and earned second team all-conference accolades after gaining 1,236 yards and scoring 12 touchdowns.

During the 2009 season, Royster started all 13 games and was instrumental in Penn State earning its second consecutive 11-2 mark. He gained 1,169 yards, second-highest in the Big Ten, on 205 carries and scored six touchdowns. His 5.7 average was best among the Big Ten rushers with at least 110 carries. Royster was sixth on the team with 16 receptions for 187 yards, scoring twice. He led the team with 1,364 all-purpose yards (104.9 ypg), ranking No. 3 in the conference through the regular season.

Royster gained a season-high 137 yards in the 20-0 win over Minnesota and had six 100-yard rushing games this season. He has 12 century-busting games in his career and the Nittany Lions are 12-0 when he breaks 100 yards.

Royster will enter the 2010 season with 2,918 career rushing yards, good for No. 8 in the Penn State record books. He needs 481 yards to break Curt Warner's school record of 3,398 yards, set during the 1979-82 campaigns. Royster needs just 82 yards to become the sixth Nittany Lion to eclipse 3,000 yards on the ground

Penn State won its 27th bowl game, good for No. 3 in the nation, with a dramatic 19-17 comeback win over No. 13 LSU in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day. The Nittany Lions earned their third 11-win season in the past five years (15th overall under Joe Paterno).

The Nittany Lions are 51-13 (79.7) since the start of the 2005 season, tied for the nation's No. 7 winning percentage over that span (with West Virginia).

Paterno's squad returns 13 starters (7 O/5 D/1 S) for the 2010 season.

Statement from Penn State graduate Navorro Bowman, 2008 and 2009 First Team All-Big Ten linebacker:

"I am proud that I earned my degree and contributed to the team's successful seasons during my time at Penn State."

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Joe Pa may take some criticism shots across the bow at this point of his illustrious carrer, but one thing remains consistent with him... his deep, pressing desire for his players to finish their degrees and leave with that paper that can, and will lead to sucess beyond football. His record for players completing what they started speaks for itself.

It's no suprise Bowman has decided to declare. I mean a LB from linebacker U. He had a great year, and is now looking to cash in not willing to risk an injury which could bring his stock down. Strike while the irons hot!

Also, glad Royster is returning. This team will always need leadership, and he will fit into the role nicely. Besides, he's got a good shot to break a record. Only 481 yards...
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Penn State (11-2) ended up No. 9 in the AP poll and No. 8 in the coaches' poll, while Ohio State and Iowa were No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, in both polls.

Go, Big Ten!

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Here's an article pertaining to a post I made earlier...

Nittany Lions Post Highest Graduation Rate Among Teams in Final 2009 AP Top 25
Penn State Football Earns Another National Academic Distinction

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa., January 9, 2010 -- The Penn State football team earned the highest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and federal graduation rate among teams ranked in the final 2009 Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The Nittany Lions (11-2) were No. 9 in the final AP poll, earning their 23rd Top 10 finish in Joe Paterno's 44 seasons as head coach.

Penn State football student-athletes that enrolled in the University in the fall of 2002 earned a federal graduation rate of 89 percent, easily the best among the teams ranked in the final AP poll. Alabama and Miami (Fla.) were tied for second at 75 percent.

Penn State's 89 percent federal graduation rate led all Big Ten Conference institutions and was 34 points above the 55 percent FBS average, according to the NCAA data released last November.

The Nittany Lions also led all AP Top 25 teams with a program record 85 percent Graduation Success Rate. The figure was based on Penn State football student-athletes entering the University in the fall of 1999 through 2002. Cincinnati and Miami (Fla.) were tied for the second-highest GSR among AP Top 25 teams at 75 percent.

Penn State's 85 percent Graduation Success Rate was significantly higher than the 67 percent FBS average and was second to Northwestern among Big Ten Conference institutions, according to the NCAA.

The Graduation Success Rate data includes only student-athletes receiving athletic aid and is generated from four years of graduation data. The GSR data also includes student-athlete transfers to Penn State that receive athletic aid.

The superlative NCAA graduation dates is the latest success in a long line of academic achievement for members of Paterno's program, who consistently are near the top nationally in academic success:

- Penn State was ranked No. 1 in the Academic BCS standings by Higher Ed Watch, who analyzed the NCAA federal graduation data and Academic Progress Rates of the 25 teams in the final Bowl Championship Series standings. Penn State earned a score of 126.0, followed by Stanford (113) and Cincinnati (99.3), to earn the top spot in the third annual survey.

- Penn State owned the highest Academic Progress Rate (APR) and the No. 2 Graduation Success Rate among the 28 teams that played in a New Year's bowl game, according data distributed in December by the The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES).

The Nittany Lions' Academic Progress Rate of 976 was tied for No. 6 overall among the 68 teams in a 2009-10 bowl game. Penn State led all Big Ten bowl teams in APR, with Northwestern second at 973.

Penn State's 85 percent Graduation Success Rate was No. 6 overall among the 68 bowl squads, trailing only Northwestern's 92 percent figure among the teams in a January bowl game.

- The past two years, Penn State has led all Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams in first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans®. During the 2009 season, three Nittany Lions repeated their Academic All-America® accolades: senior linebacker Josh Hull (Millheim), senior kick snapper Andrew Pitz (Bettendorf, Iowa) and junior center Stefen Wisniewski (Bridgeville). Hull and Pitz were 2008 first team honorees and Wisniewski was a second team selection.

A program record five Nittany Lions were selected to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America® team. Penn State has had 12 Academic All-Americans® over the past four years.

During Paterno's tenure, Penn State has had 45 Academic All-Americans®, with 34 earning first team honors. The Nittany Lions' all-time total of 47 Academic All-America® football players ranks third among all FBS institutions and leads all Big Ten schools.

- Sixteen players on the 2009 Penn State squad had graduated prior to the Nittany Lions' Capital One Bowl win over LSU, with nine doing so before the season began.

The Nittany Lions are 51-13 (79.7) since the start of the 2005 season, tied for the nation's No. 7 winning percentage over that span (with West Virginia). Penn State has won 53 of its last 66 games overall, dating to the final two contests of the 2004 season.

The Nittany Lions return 13 starters for the 2010 season, (7 offense, 5 defense, 1 specialist), as well as 11 players that have starting experience.
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nice post ,I saw today that there were reported sightings of seven early new comers on campus for spring ball.
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