Paterno trying familiar faces in unfamiliar places

Posted: March 28, 2007

STATE COLLEGE - Spring football is a time for experimentation, and Penn State's most notable early test-tube subjects are defensive back Tony Davis and All-America linebacker Dan Connor.

Davis, a starter at cornerback as a sophomore last season, has been moved to safety, creating an opening at corner for highly touted sophomore A.J. Wallace. Connor, who had been starting at the "Fritz," or weakside linebacker, is getting a look at middle linebacker, with Tyrell Sales running with the first team at Connor's old spot.

The moves figure to stick, but on the first day of practice Friday, coach Joe Paterno stressed that no final decisions had been made.

"Did you ever see me do this?" Paterno asked a group of media members as he fished out a practice roster. "What do you think I'm doing? I'm going, 'Who's 52? Who's 15?' I mean, really. I got to learn these guys, too, for crying out loud.

"We spend a couple of hours every morning as a staff trying to figure out if we have the right guys in the right places. What's the difference between checkers and chess? In checkers, everybody does the same thing. In chess, everybody has a different thing to do. That's the job you have in the spring - to make sure you have the right guys playing king, the right guys playing pawn."

Nit picking

Joe Paterno said he has recovered from the fractured shin bone and torn knee ligaments he suffered when he was rolled into by players on Nov. 4 against Wisconsin, but "I get tired quicker. I'd be dishonest if I said I didn't" . . . Antonio Logan-El, the much-touted offensive lineman from Landover, Md., who redshirted last season, is not with the team this season amid rumors of an attitude problem. "He has to make up his mind whether he really wants to play football," Paterno said . . . Defensive tackle Tom McEowen, the sophomore defensive tackle out of Neshaminy High who played in one game last season, is sitting out the spring with a knee injury, as is freshman wideout Kevin Cousins . . . Brett Brackett, the 6-6, 235-pound redshirt freshman who was recruited as a quarterback, is getting a look at wide receiver. *

said he has recovered from the fractured shin bone and torn knee ligaments he suffered when he was rolled into by players on Nov. 4 against Wisconsin, but "I get tired quicker. I'd be dishonest if I said I didn't" . . . , the much-touted offensive lineman from Landover, Md., who redshirted last season, is not with the team this season amid rumors of an attitude problem. "He has to make up his mind whether he really wants to play football," Paterno said . . . Defensive tackle, the sophomore defensive tackle out of Neshaminy High who played in one game last season, is sitting out the spring with a knee injury, as is freshman wideout . . . , the 6-6, 235-pound redshirt freshman who was recruited as a quarterback, is getting a look at wide receiver. *

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