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September 9, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - After its rushing game strained to find a rhythm a week ago, Penn State focused on getting the runners and the offensive linemen working as a unit instead of as a half-dozen separate entities. The week of practice showed on Saturday. The Nittany Lions' three-man running back rotation averaged an impressive 8.9 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns, taking the heat off freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg and contributing to a 45-7 thrashing of Eastern Michigan in Penn State's home opener at Beaver Stadium.
August 30, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE - The beginning of the 2012 season was Bill Belton's time, but the clock quickly ran out. Belton was thrown into the role of starting running back after Silas Redd transferred, and he scored the first touchdown of the Bill O'Brien era. An ankle injury in the first game derailed Belton, but when he returned to the field, Zach Zwinak had emerged as the team's top option in the backfield, and Belton had only one carry in the final...
July 20, 2013 |
Penn State announced Thursday that Brad Bars, a redshirt junior defensive end, will miss the season with a ruptured right Achilles tendon suffered during a workout earlier this week. The 6-foot-3, 251-pound Bars, who is from Nashville, is expected to need four to six months of rehabilitation after surgery, team physician Peter Seidenberg said. After spring practice, Bars was listed as No. 2 on the depth chart at one defensive end position behind C.J. Olaniyan. Bars, who has a 3.77 grade point average as a finance major, played in eight games on defense and special teams last season and recorded two tackles.
March 20, 2013 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The first drill on the first day of Penn State's spring practice Monday was simple enough: Wide receivers took on a cornerback one-on-one. The quarterbacks threw. The entire team stood on the sideline watching. Three repetitions in, coach Bill O'Brien didn't like what he saw. So he blew his whistle and stormed across the field. His face turned red. His voice echoed through Holuba Hall, the Nittany Lions' 118,000-square-foot indoor practice facility. "I'm not taking that this year," O'Brien shouted.
January 2, 2013 |
Southern California was ranked No. 1 at the beginning of the season, and Matt Barkley was a strong contender for the Heisman Trophy. The year ended with Barkley on the sideline as the Trojans lost to Georgia Tech in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to lead the Yellow Jackets (7-7) to a 21-7 victory on Monday in front of a crowd of 47,922 at Sun Bowl Stadium. Barkley, the first three-time captain in team history, injured his right shoulder in a loss to UCLA and was not cleared to play.
December 21, 2012 |
Bill O'Brien, who took over a Penn State program that appeared headed to oblivion and steered the Nittany Lions to a surprisingly successful season, was named coach of the year Wednesday by the Maxwell Football Club. O'Brien, then the New England Patriots offensive coordinator, was hired as Joe Paterno's successor in January, two months after the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal broke and a month before Paterno's death. He took a demoralized team, diminished by harsh NCAA penalties and the transfers of several key players, and despite an 0-2 start transformed it into one of the Big Ten's best.
December 1, 2012 |
It was the Monday after the NCAA sanctions hit, and Tom Hailey had just arrived at a Christian convention. And then his phone started ringing. The first caller was a coach from Clemson. "Once my phone rang once, it rang five to seven more times right after that," said Hailey, the head football coach at Steelton-Highspire High School. "UMass, Connecticut - you name it. They all said, 'Once you hear anything, let me know.' " They were all inquiring about a former player of Hailey's: defensive tackle Jordan Hill, one of the Nittany Lions' top talents.
November 25, 2012
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State sophomore tailback Zach Zwinak had options if he wanted to transfer from Happy Valley last summer, after NCAA sanctions dropped on the Nittany Lions. The groundbreaking sanctions included immediate eligibility for anyone looking to go elsewhere. " All the kids had options," pointed out Penn State defensive coordinator Ted Roof, remembering last summer's feeding frenzy. The offensive star of Saturday's season-ender was fourth string coming out of spring ball.