November 25, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - They all thought it was a great idea, but nobody seemed to know how it came about - even after the game. "Apparently the coaching staff put that together," safety Jake Fagnano said. "I think it was [the] players' idea," linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden said. "I think a group of them approached Coach [Bill] O'Brien about it. " "Honestly?" center Matt Stankiewitch said. "I couldn't tell you. " But when the Nittany Lions entered the locker room Saturday afternoon, they noticed something different about their helmets: A large, blue decal of the number 42 took up most of the left side.
November 20, 2012 |
Penn State coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Monday what a lot of people feared when they saw Michael Mauti being carted off the field against Indiana - that the linebacker has played for the last time as a Nittany Lion. O'Brien ruled Mauti out of Saturday's season finale against Wisconsin at Beaver Stadium because of a left knee injury. Mauti, considered the heart and soul of Penn State's football team, will join his teammates for introductions before their final game on Senior Day but will watch from the sideline on crutches.
November 18, 2012 |
He will be etched in Nittany Lions folklore as the senior leader who rallied a directionless team and disgruntled fan base. "When the NCAA sanctions were announced, we were all sitting around watching the TV and like, 'OK, now what?' " safety Jake Fagnano recalled. "And then Mike Mauti stood up. He clapped his hands and was like, 'OK, guys, let's go.' " Mauti is one of the key faces of this 2012 Penn State team, which has battled through criticism and adversity again and again.
February 5, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Matt McGloin went Hollywood. Michael Mauti went home to Louisiana. Miles from the campus they called home for five years, the two Penn State stars have taken different routes to prepare for their shots at the NFL. After helping to lead the Nittany Lions to a surprising 8-4 season, they began to focus on the next level in their own way. "The weather is great," McGloin, a Scranton native, joked about training in Los Angeles....
April 13, 2012 |
For the second time in his career at Penn State, Michael Mauti is hurting as he watches spring practice from the sideline. The pain is not coming from the torn ACL in his left knee, which he said is coming along fine and should be repaired in time for the start of preseason camp in August, but rather from his not being able to join his teammates for contact on the practice field. "I don't really like watching from the sidelines," Mauti said. But the senior linebacker, an all-American candidate at his position if he's healthy, is fully involved in every workout and drill as he learns the new schemes being installed by defensive coordinator Ted Roof, who was brought in by first-year head coach Bill O'Brien.
October 3, 2012 |
Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald often cast his eyes to the east during the summer to see how Penn State coaches and players handled life after the NCAA sanctions, trying to keep the team together as programs from everywhere sought to entice some Nittany Lions to transfer. The Wildcats coach was impressed with how the team handled all the turmoil, and he'll get to see the results close-up when his 24th-ranked team goes into Beaver Stadium on Saturday for an important Big Ten game. "Their kids are playing with an attitude," Fitzgerald said Monday during his weekly press conference in Evanston, Ill. "They're playing for each other.
September 18, 2012 |
PENN STATE defensive end Deion Barnes was named the Big Ten's co-freshman of the week. Barnes, a redshirt freshman from Northeast High, had five tackles and his third sack of the season in the Nittany Lions' win over Navy. Barnes also forced his second fumble of the season. Barnes is tied for second in the conference in sacks and tied for the top spot in forced fumbles with two. He shares the award with Indiana quarterback Nate Sudfeld. Lions senior linebacker Michael Mauti was named Big Ten defensive player of the week after recording 12 tackles and his first sack of the season against Navy.
January 10, 2013 |
Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof has resigned after one season to take the same job at Georgia Tech. Coach Bill O'Brien announced Wednesday that secondary coach John Butler will replace Roof. Butler, a graduate of La Salle High, also worked with the Nittany Lions' special teams and was instrumental in sophomore kicker Sam Ficken's overcoming a horrendous start to make his last 10 field-goal attempts. Roof played linebacker for Georgia Tech from 1982 through 1985, earning all-ACC honors as a senior.
May 15, 2013 |
Penn State linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti have signed contracts with Minnesota, the Vikings said Tuesday. Hodges, a Paulsboro graduate who will play one of the outside spots, was picked in the fourth round. Mauti, whose position is in the middle, was a seventh-round selection. Also signing was defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, a seventh-round pick out of Florida State. Muncie dies. Chuck Muncie, 60, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, died of heart failure Monday at his Los Angeles-area home.
November 22, 2012 |
Bill O'Brien counted on Penn State's seniors in so many ways when he took over the football program in January. He depended on them again and again during a chaotic year that included NCAA penalties, player transfers, and a discouraging start to the season. So it's likely that O'Brien will be as emotional as his seniors when they are brought out before Saturday's game against Wisconsin to be introduced to the crowd at Beaver Stadium. "These are young guys that have been through a lot," O'Brien said during his teleconference on Tuesday.