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A Tribute to a Legend

January 22nd, 2012 No comments

Here’s a little something I put together to commemorate the life of Joe Paterno. Rest in peace, Joe.

 

Penn State Pro Day Recap

March 17th, 2011 No comments

Holuba Hall was the place to be on Wednesday afternoon in Happy Valley. NFL scouts descended upon State College to observe the workouts of the graduating seniors for Penn State’s Pro Day. This year, only 8 players worked out, which is small compared to the 20 or so that worked out last year. I’ll give a bried rundown of how the players performed. All of the following information comes from Lions 247 and is based off of what the players told reporters. The official numbers from the NFL Scouts have not been released.

Evan Royster made the most of his Pro Day performance. When Royster headed into the NFL Combine, he had planned on getting a 40-yard-dash time in the 4.5′s, but ended up running a 4.65. On Wednesday, however, he reached his goal in Holuba Hall, running a 4.54 second dash and hopefully, upping his draft stock. He attributed his .11 second improvement to the comfort of being on his home turf. Some scouts even pointed out that he looked much less nervous at the Pro Day than he did at the NFL Combine.

The most highly touted prospect of this year’s Penn State draft class is definitely Stefan Wisniewski. Wisniewski was also at the NFL Combine with Royster, where he posted the 30 reps on the bench press and had a sufficient 40-time. Since he was satisfied with these numbers, he opted out of these drills at Pro Day and only participated in offensive line drills. He is currently projected to go in the early rounds of the draft.

One senior Nittany Lion with a surprising performance was offensive lineman Lou Eliades. Eliades missed most of his senior season with a knee injury and had fallen off the radar of many NFL teams. He may have just flew right back on those radars, however, as he did 34 reps on the bench press, which would have been tied for the most at the NFL Combine. He sat out the 40-yard-dash due to his knee injury.

Both captains from last year’s team had the chance to show their skills. Wide receiver Brett Brackett and defensive tackle Ollie Ogbu surprisingly had similar workout numbers. Ogbu had 26 reps on the bench press, while Brackett managed 22, which would have been the 3rd most for wide receivers at the NFL Combine. Both players also ran the 40, but their times are currently unavailable.

One senior who many do not consider to be a legitimate draft prospect is Bani Gbadyu. His performance on Wednesday could go a long way in changing that. Gbadyu had an impressive 40-time of 4.55 seconds, which would have been 3rd amongst linebackers at the NFL Combine. The more alarming numbers came from the broad jump and the vertical jump. With a 10.9 in the broad and a 38-inch vertical, Gbadyu would have either been the best or tied for the best amongst linebackers in both categories at the Combine. His bench press numbers were not available.

Kicker Collin Wagner and linebacker Chris Colasanti also worked at Penn State’s Pro Day, but their stats were not available.

To compare the rest of the Nittany Lion performances to the NFL Combine performances, check out this little chart at NFL.com.

 

ESPN’s SportsNation Filming Live at Penn State

September 21st, 2010 No comments

On Thursday, Sept. 23rd, the popular ESPN2 program, SportsNation, will be shooting a live broadcast from Penn State as part of their “Big Ten Road Trip” series. Throughout the week, hosts Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd have been traveling to various Big Ten schools and ranking different aspects of Big Ten football based on viewer polls. Penn State will be the last stop on the trip and Penn State fans are encouraged to attend the broadcast. The shoot is taking place outside of the Bryce Jordan Center’s Gate A at 4pm.

I will certainly be attending and I encourage all who are to able to attend and show some Nittany Lion pride!