November 21, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Stephon Morris certainly made the most of Penn State's last press conference of the regular season. A thoughtful Morris opened up to the media about just how emotional Saturday's Senior Day clash with Wisconsin will be for him, and also how he persuaded some players to stay at Penn State upon hearing whispers they wanted to leave. As for Senior Day, the senior cornerback knows he'll be misty-eyed when he walks on the field with his family. "We had a lot of adversity in our life.
February 8, 2012 |
SEVEN PLAYERS from Penn State and three from Temple have been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. The Nittany Lions are cornerback Chaz Powell, defensive tackle Devon Still, defensive end Jack Crawford, cornerback D'Anton Lynn, wide receiver Derek Moye, linebacker Nate Stupar and guard Johnnie Troutman. Temple will be repesented by running back Bernard Pierce, tight end Evan Rodgriguez and linebacker Tahir Whitehead. Still, the All-America from Wilmington, is expected to be a first-round pick.
February 7, 2012 |
Seven player from Penn State and three from Temple were on the official list of invitations that was released yesterday for the NFL Scouting Combine. The Nittany Lions are cornerback Chaz Powell, defensive tackle Devon Still, defensive end Jack Crawford, cornerback D'Anton Lynn, wide receiver Derek Moye, linebacker Nate Stupar and guard Johnnie Troutman. The Owls are running back Bernard Pierce, tight end Evan Rodgriguez, linebacker Tahir Whitehead. Still, the All-American from Wilmington, is expected to be a first-round pick.
January 18, 2012 |
JOHN BUTLER, Penn State's new defensive backfield coach, has yet to coach a game for the Nittany Lions, but he helped make history by recruiting the first player of the Bill O'Brien era, in the process making something of a last-minute interception. Jordan Lucas, a native of New Rochelle, N.Y., who played this past season for Worcester Academy in Worcester, Mass., had been scheduled to enroll at Temple yesterday, but he held off when he heard Penn State, a school he had been interested in all along, was prepared to offer him a grant-in-aid.
December 30, 2011 |
DALLAS - With each day that passes, it becomes increasingly likely that Rob Bolden will start at quarterback for Penn State in Monday's TicketCity Bowl against Houston. Starter Matt McGloin did not practice again Thursday and his status remains up in the air. The redshirt junior from Scranton has not practiced since Dec. 17, when he suffered a concussion and a seizure from a post-practice scuffle with wide receiver Curtis Drake , a West Catholic sophomore who will not play Monday.
December 29, 2011 |
DALLAS - Penn State punter-kicker Anthony Fera encountered a travel hiccup on his way home to Texas for the holidays after a flight delay in State College, Pa., caused him to miss his connection in Philadelphia. No problem. Fera just went into the city and stayed overnight with his aunt, one of more than a dozen relatives of his from in and around Philadelphia. "We had a good visit," said Fera, a sophomore from the Houston suburb of Cypress. "I got a cheesesteak. That was nice.
November 24, 2011 |
Penn State has seen some quarterbacks this season who dented its defense with a deft combination of running and throwing, but the Nittany Lions haven't seen anyone quite like Wisconsin's Russell Wilson. "Wilson? Wow," Lions interim head coach Tom Bradley said of the fifth-year senior, who leads the nation in passing efficiency. "Any time you're completing 80 percent of your passes, 26 touchdowns, three interceptions . . . he's about as efficient a quarterback as I've seen in a long time," Bradley added.
October 21, 2011
ATHLETES ARE conditioned to tolerate a certain amount of pain. Baseball players occasionally are beaned, rodeo riders get thrown from bucking bulls and broncos. And football players . . . well, they usually leave the field at least a little bruised and sore. It's the price they expect to pay for doing what they do. But when a player finds himself being strapped onto a gurney, unable to feel his arms and with his head and neck immobilized, he can't help but imagine that this injury might go beyond whatever discomfort he has experienced before.
October 9, 2011 |
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 jinx-busting 13-3 home victory over Iowa. Did you notice . . . That Penn State's defense has now given up just 10 points or fewer in five of the first six games? The last time the Nittany Lions did that was in 1978. That quarterback Matt McGloin was on the field for six Penn State offensive possessions and 51 plays, to two possessions and 20 plays for starter Rob Bolden?
October 8, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Devon Still sat at the podium at Beaver Stadium on Tuesday and preached, as a team captain often will do, that Penn State was treating Saturday's game against Iowa as it would any other game. But after his defense shut down a Hawkeyes offense that entered the game second in the Big Ten in scoring offense, the standout defensive tackle told the truth. The Nittany Lions hadn't treated this game like any other. And who could blame them? Iowa had beaten Penn State three straight times and eight of the last nine.