September 10, 2014 |
Former Penn State cornerback Stephon Morris recalls July 23, 2012, the day the sanctions were laid down on the program, as if it occurred just yesterday. "I remember we were in the players' lounge, and when they announced it, you just saw so many faces look so distraught," said Morris, a senior that season. "But we were just thinking, 'How are we going to get out of this? What are we going to do to make this situation better?' " While the first two seasons of the "sanction era" under coach Bill O'Brien resulted in better finishes than many expected (a combined 15-9)
November 25, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A nasty wind began howling before the temperature started dropping, and snow squalls kept passing through. The bundled-up masses inside Beaver Stadium on Saturday could have saved their body temperature a degree or two by showing up late in the day. They had to know nothing would be decided until after dark. For the third time in four Big Ten home games, Penn State took things to overtime. This time, a Nittany Lions field goal attempt in OT faded right. A Nebraska field goal attempt from the same 37-yard distance was good . . . but no. False start on Nebraska.
November 21, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - It's that time of year in college football when - regardless of playing for a conference title or bowl positioning - home games have a little bit more meaning. Across the country, seniors are playing on their home fields for the final time, and that last chance for 17 Penn State players comes Saturday, when the team hosts Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. at Beaver Stadium. It's the second senior day at Penn State for coach Bill O'Brien, who will be in charge of getting his team ready to face the 7-3 Cornhuskers while dealing with the charged feelings of the afternoon.
April 19, 2013 |
Note: stats listed are from 2012. Key departures Michael Mauti, LB: 95 tackles, four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three interceptions: The Big Ten's Linebacker of the Year was the emotional leader of Penn State's upstart squad last season, its first under coach Bill O'Brien. Now he's off to see whether his NFL dreams can be realized. Matt McGloin, QB: 3,266 passing yards, 24 TD, five INTs, five rushing TDs: After struggling for most of his career as a Nittany Lion, the Scranton native prospered under O'Brien, setting Penn State records for passing touchdowns and completions (270)
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....
December 23, 2012 |
Penn State's offensive cocaptains, quarterback Matt McGloin and running back Michael Zordich, have accepted invitations to play in all-star games. McGloin will play in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star Challenge in Allen, Texas, on Feb. 2. Zordich will play in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl in Carson, Calif., on Jan. 19. In a stellar senior season, McGloin completed 270 of 446 passes for 3,266 yards and 24 touchdowns. He won the Burlsworth Trophy, presented to the nation's top player who began his career as a walk-on.
September 24, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Don't get in Michael Zordich's way. Temple tried on Saturday, and it didn't turn out so well. Zordich bowled over the Owls in the Nittany Lions' 24-13 win on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, accumulating 75 yards on 15 carries and 39 on four receptions before leaving the game near the end of the third quarter with a bruised knee. The senior is a "war dog," as senior linebacker Michael Mauti put it. "He's really one of the toughest guys I've ever met in my life," added tight end Kyle Carter.
September 17, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Michael Zordich knew Penn State needed help in the running game with its first two tailbacks sidelined by injuries, so the fullback badgered coach Bill O'Brien into letting him shift positions for Saturday's game against Navy. "He's always reminded me that, 'I used to run the ball in high school, Coach,' " O'Brien said. "It's like being Ferris Bueller's teacher, it's over and over. " So O'Brien put the 236-pound Zordich at tailback, and he responded with 50 yards on 11 carries as the Nittany Lions showed improvement in their running game from a week ago in their 34-7 victory over the Mids.
October 31, 1999 |
Within days, they were gone. The men who brought Brian Dawkins to the NFL, who trained him and mentored him and counseled him for his first three years with the Eagles, scattered at the end of last season. Ray Rhodes and Emmitt Thomas, the coaches who drafted and taught him how to play at this level, were fired. Irving Fryar, the 37-year-old wide receiver who served as the Eagles' spiritual leader, retired. Michael Zordich, the 36-year-old safety who showed Dawkins the ropes, finished his contract - and apparently his career - and went home to Ohio.