October 30, 2008 |
They started the season in depth-chart purgatory. They may still be far from heaven. But Aaron Maybin and Navorro Bowman are two of the main reasons Penn State is perched outside the pearly gates - three games and a little luck away from playing for the national championship. And the two redshirt sophomores have each other to thank for their - and Penn State's - ascension from the netherworld. Best friends, roommates and fellow defensive players, Maybin and Bowman are two talents who could not be contained by their past transgressions or the Lions' old-school hierarchy.
March 27, 2010 |
Finding replacements at quarterback and the three linebacker positions was the challenge facing Penn State coach Joe Paterno as the Nittany Lions began spring practice yesterday. The Lions return 13 starters - seven on offense, five on defense, and kicker Collin Wagner - from a squad that went 11-2 last season, won the Capital One Bowl against Louisiana State, and was ranked No. 9 in the final Associated Press poll. With two-year starting quarterback Daryll Clark gone, the Lions will look at three quarterbacks during the 15 days of drills leading up to the Blue-White Game on April 24. Paterno insists there is no front-runner at the quarterback position.
March 5, 2008 |
And then there were six. Penn State tight end Andrew Quarless has been suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules, according to football team spokesman Jeff Nelson. Quarless joins five other Lions who have been at least temporarily removed from the team for infractions since Jan. 25. First, it was defensive tackle Chris Baker, linebacker Navorro Bowman, and defensive back Knowledge Timmons. A few weeks later, defensive tackle Phil Taylor and wide receiver Chris Bell were suspended.
December 6, 2007 |
Penn State defensive tackle Chris Baker and linebacker Navorro Bowman were bound over for trial at a preliminary hearing yesterday in Bellefonte, Pa., in connection with an on-campus fight in October. Baker, 20, of Windsor, Conn., and Bowman, 19, of District Heights, Md., face misdemeanor charges of simple assault and disorderly conduct along with a summary violation of harassment and stalking. But a more serious felony charge of aggravated assault was dismissed by Centre County District Judge Carmine Prestia.
August 30, 2009 |
They sat down for a meeting during the summer, the old-school 82-year-old head football coach and the 21-year-old linebacker who had experienced so much adversity in his life and once told a judge that he hated to go home during breaks from school because of how rough things were in his old neighborhood. Navorro Bowman knew he had let Joe Paterno down. Just as he was about to complete a year of probation for his role in an October 2007 fight on campus, Bowman received an additional 12 months of probation last April after he admitted using marijuana in violation of his original sentence.
January 7, 2010 |
Evan Royster sounded as if he wanted to come back for his senior season at Penn State after the victory over Louisiana State in the Capital One Bowl. It took less than one week for Royster to make it official. The first-team all-Big Ten tailback announced yesterday that he would pass on the NFL draft and return to the Lions next year. "I wanted to return to finish my degree and for my final year at Penn State," Royster said in a news release issued by the university. Royster had said he was going to go over his evaluation from the NFL draft advisory board before making a decision, but an athletic department spokesman said the running back made his choice without knowing what his draft prospects would be. Royster, of Fairfax, Va., will have a chance at becoming Penn State's all-time leading rusher.
November 17, 2009 |
Villanova moved up one spot to second in The Sports Network poll and Penn is in the Top 25 for the first time since 2005. Following their 49-7 win over Towson, the Wildcats (9-1) jumped over unbeaten Montana (10-0), even though Montana received more first-place votes. Southern Illinois (9-1) remained at No. 1 and has 49 first-place votes. 'Nova closes at home against Delaware (6-4) on Saturday. With a win, it gets the conference's automatic bid to the playoffs, and one of the top seeds.
November 16, 2007 |
Penn State defensive tackle Chris Baker, already awaiting trial for his role in an off-campus April brawl, was charged Wednesday evening with assault in connection with an on-campus fight that left a man bloodied and with a broken nose after being punched and kicked. Nittany Lions linebacker Navorro Bowman also was charged and arraigned yesterday with Baker. Both players have been charged with felony aggravated assault and two misdemeanors, simple assault and disorderly conduct.
September 22, 2008 |
Navorro Bowman has gone from doghouse to penthouse and rightly could claim the tag as the next great linebacker at Penn State. Bowman put on a LaVar Arrington-esque performance Saturday as the No. 12 Nittany Lions routed Temple, 45-3. He racked up 11 tackles, three sacks, two other tackles for losses, one forced fumble and an interception - all in his first career start. "I talk to LaVar a lot," Bowman said of the former Penn State all-American linebacker. "We're pretty close.
January 6, 2010 |
Navorro Bowman spent much of the week of the Capital One Bowl wearing his poker face, declining to commit one way or the other whenever he was asked if he planned to give up his final season of eligibility at Penn State to enter the NFL draft. But in essence for the Nittany Lions' junior outside linebacker, the decision was a slam dunk. He fulfilled his mother's wishes by earning a degree in crime, law and justice. At least one Web site, ESPN.com's Scouts Inc., predicted that he would be drafted in the middle of the first round.