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August 12, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Curtis Drake, a former West Catholic quarterback who impressed Penn State coaches at wide receiver as a freshman, has seen his status for his second season put at risk because of a fracture of his left tibia. Drake suffered the broken leg during Monday's practice, according to a source, and will be sidelined indefinitely. When reached by telephone late Wednesday, Drake said he had undergone surgery earlier in the day and did not wish to talk. A Penn State spokesman said no official information was available on Drake's injury.
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September 24, 2010
Wide receiver Shawney Kersey had visions of catching touchdown passes and leading his team to victory when he signed with Penn State in February 2009. He just didn't know those experiences would be limited to this spring's Blue-White game. Apparently dissatisfied with his limited playing time with the Nittany Lions, Kersey, a 6-1, 197-pound redshirt freshman from Woodbury, N.J., has asked for his release, which has been granted. He will immediately transfer to another school, according to a report by Lions247.
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August 11, 2010 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
Penn State sophomore wide receiver Curtis Drake, who quarterbacked West Catholic High to the PIAA Class AA state championship game in 2008, will miss at least the first two games of the season and possibly more after fracturing his left tibia during a Monday practice, a source said. The 5-11, 174-pound Drake, who had eight receptions for 98 yards as a true freshman, was injured on a play that did not involve contact. "Nothing happened [that should have caused the injury]," Drake said when contacted by the Daily News.
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November 10, 2011
JUDGING BY the group of media members surrounding him, you would have thought the player in the middle was a bigwig on the Eagles' roster. Perhaps it was someone like quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy or receiver DeSean Jackson. Nope, it was tight end Brett Brackett. Wait, you mean tight end Brent Celek. No, Brett Brackett. Who? Exactly. Brett Brackett is a rookie tight end who was just signed to the practice squad. Yesterday was his first practice.
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September 1, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a rough summer that saw him miss a number of personal appearances because of an intestinal disorder, coach Joe Paterno left no doubt regarding his intended whereabouts during Penn State's 2010 football season. "I'm on the field," Paterno said Tuesday at his weekly teleconference. "I haven't missed one play in practice. And I don't intend to miss any games, any plays. " The 83-year-old Paterno, beginning his 45th season as head Lion, had to cancel three alumni outings around the state, including one in Philadelphia, because of his illness.
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October 4, 2010 | By Bernard Fernandez
After every Penn State game this season, Daily News beat writer Bernard Fernandez will provide Nittany Line Plus with his observations and analysis. Here is his take on Saturday's 24-3 loss at Iowa. DID YOU NOTICE ... -- That Penn State actually outgained Iowa, 300 yards to 201, in the final three quarters? Too bad the Nits had no first downs and were outgained, 148-1, in the first quarter from hell, in which they fell into a 10-0 hole that proved too deep and inescapable.
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November 7, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Penn State defense knew it had some work to do to get its team back into the game against Northwestern, and linebackers Michael Mauti and Chris Colasanti set the pace Saturday in the second half. The defense played a vital role in the Nittany Lions' rally from a 21-0 deficit, holding the Wildcats without a point and securing coach Joe Paterno 's 400th career victory. Mauti said the defense was spurred by the Lions' initial touchdown, on Matt McGloin 's 7-yard pass to Brett Brackett , with three seconds left in the first half.
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March 28, 2007 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
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.
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August 30, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Between the start of preseason practice and the season opener, the most significant event in Penn State football was expected to be the release of the season's first depth chart - revealing the identity of the Nittany Lions' new starting quarterback. Alas, Joe Paterno decided not to tip his hand when the depth chart was released on Sunday, indicating that three players remained in the running to take the season's first snap from center Saturday against Youngstown State at Beaver Stadium.
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August 9, 2009 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He enters the 2009 football season with a new three-year contract, a new hip, and the same old passion to mold a bunch of young men into a team that will compel the experts to add its name to the national championship conversation. Driven as ever at age 82, coach Joe Paterno will watch over the opening of Penn State's preseason practice tomorrow, officially kicking off his 44th season at the helm of the Nittany Lions. This also marks his 60th year in Happy Valley, back to the time when Rip Engle persuaded the young Brown University graduate to pass on law school and become an assistant coach.
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November 10, 2011
JUDGING BY the group of media members surrounding him, you would have thought the player in the middle was a bigwig on the Eagles' roster. Perhaps it was someone like quarterback Michael Vick, running back LeSean McCoy or receiver DeSean Jackson. Nope, it was tight end Brett Brackett. Wait, you mean tight end Brent Celek. No, Brett Brackett. Who? Exactly. Brett Brackett is a rookie tight end who was just signed to the practice squad. Yesterday was his first practice.
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May 2, 2011 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
It was slim pickings for Penn State during the 3-day NFL draft that concluded Saturday, with only two Nittany Lions - center Stefen Wisniewski, who went to the Oakland Raiders in the second round, and running back Evan Royster to the Washington Redskins in the sixth - among the 254 players selected. That figure does not include Baylor nose tackle Phil Taylor, who was taken by the Cleveland Browns with the 21st selection in the first round. The 6-4, 337-pound Taylor was at Penn State for two seasons, but was dismissed by coach Joe Paterno for his participation in a 2007 fistfight at a fraternity.
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November 7, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The Penn State defense knew it had some work to do to get its team back into the game against Northwestern, and linebackers Michael Mauti and Chris Colasanti set the pace Saturday in the second half. The defense played a vital role in the Nittany Lions' rally from a 21-0 deficit, holding the Wildcats without a point and securing coach Joe Paterno 's 400th career victory. Mauti said the defense was spurred by the Lions' initial touchdown, on Matt McGloin 's 7-yard pass to Brett Brackett , with three seconds left in the first half.
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October 4, 2010 | By Bernard Fernandez
After every Penn State game this season, Daily News beat writer Bernard Fernandez will provide Nittany Line Plus with his observations and analysis. Here is his take on Saturday's 24-3 loss at Iowa. DID YOU NOTICE ... -- That Penn State actually outgained Iowa, 300 yards to 201, in the final three quarters? Too bad the Nits had no first downs and were outgained, 148-1, in the first quarter from hell, in which they fell into a 10-0 hole that proved too deep and inescapable.
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October 3, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Through the first month of Penn State's season, coach Joe Paterno repeatedly said of his team, "We've got a long way to go. " Now that they are in the second month of the season, and with Big Ten opponents such as Iowa coming at them with malice, the Nittany Lions showed Saturday night that they still have a long way to go - maybe even longer than Paterno thought. With a nonexistent running game and a freshman quarterback running for his life against a relentless pass rush, the 22d-ranked Lions did almost nothing on offense and dropped their conference opener, 24-3, to the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes in front of a black-and-gold-streaked crowd at Kinnick Stadium.
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October 2, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
IOWA CITY, Iowa - Through the first month of Penn State's season, coach Joe Paterno repeatedly said of his team, "We've got a long way to go. " Now that they are in the second month of the season, and with Big Ten opponents such as Iowa coming at them with malice, the Nittany Lions showed Saturday night that they still have a long way to go - maybe even longer than Paterno thought. With a nonexistent running game and a freshman quarterback running for his life against a relentless pass rush, the 22d-ranked Lions did almost nothing on offense and dropped their conference opener, 24-3, to the 17th-ranked Hawkeyes in front of a black-and-gold-streaked crowd at Kinnick Stadium.
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September 26, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The small but vocal knot of Temple fans hollered in support of their defense early in the fourth quarter, with Penn State's sputtering offense stuck on its own 4-yard line and the Owls just a field goal away from ending 69 years of frustration. But despite his inconsistency through much of three quarters Saturday, Lions freshman Rob Bolden made this his moment, his first as a college quarterback. Bolden passed for two first downs on third and long to keep alive what would be a 12-play, 96-yard, 6-minute drive in the fading sunlight.
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September 24, 2010
Wide receiver Shawney Kersey had visions of catching touchdown passes and leading his team to victory when he signed with Penn State in February 2009. He just didn't know those experiences would be limited to this spring's Blue-White game. Apparently dissatisfied with his limited playing time with the Nittany Lions, Kersey, a 6-1, 197-pound redshirt freshman from Woodbury, N.J., has asked for his release, which has been granted. He will immediately transfer to another school, according to a report by Lions247.
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September 17, 2010 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joe Paterno, the old-school coach, loves those old-school players who aren't afraid to get in the face of any teammate if they feel he's not doing the job in games or slacking in practice, and telling him to pick it up. However, as Penn State (1-1) enters its third game of the season Saturday against Kent State (2-0) at Beaver Stadium, Paterno has yet to see those types of leaders and says he is "nervous" and "a little disappointed" about it. The 83-year-old coach wanted leaders to step up last week at Alabama, in a steamy, packed, and loud stadium.
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September 16, 2010 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
Never give up. Three little words that get tossed around like confetti by football coaches and players, usually in game situations that are bleak and seemingly hopeless. Oh, sure, comebacks from imposing deficits are possible, if there is sufficient time on the clock to reverse momentum. In the opening week of the season, Jacksonville State, a Football Championship Subdivision team, overcame a 31-10 halftime deficit to shock a heavily favored Southeastern Conference school, Ole Miss, 49-48, in double overtime.
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