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2 Penn Staters drafted: Royster to Redskins, Wisniewski to Raiders

The Washington Redskins selected Penn State all-time rushing leader Evan Royster in the 6th round of the NFL Draft (Nationals Journal, The Post). Having watched 4 seasons of Royster as a Nittany Lion, I thought I’d share a few notes about Royster.

Royster has a great field vision and can find a hole better than most backs. He lacks speed though, but is not easy to bring down, especially after he gets going. The concern about Royster is his production was dropping the longer he was in the program. He was not a favorite of Joe Paterno either, though that was downplayed officially. He did not have the strongest offensive line in front of him the last two years.

As a sixth rounder, Royster isn’t a bad pick, particularly giving how many picks the Redskins had this year. He grew up in Fairfax County so between that and the inability to sign free agents due to the lockout, I wonder if Royster still would have been drafted in a normal year. Also, anyone who ever watched Royster play with the Nittany Lions may recall he was a highly touted lacrosse player at Westfields High School. I would be surprised to see Royster on the roster at the start of the season, but he can probably make the practice squad. I am pulling for him, but I am not expecting too much. Then again, if there is one thing Mike Shanahan knows how to do, it is find running backs who can rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

The only other Penn State player drafted, Stefen Wisniewski was picked by the Oakland Raiders (Oakland Tribune) where his uncle Steve Wisniewski is the offensive line coach after a long career in the silver and black. The younger Wisniewski played guard and center at Penn State with distinction, but I couldn’t stand his weak shutgun snaps.

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Penn State: McGloin might be the QB, but Bolden isn’t far behind

There is growing speculation that the Penn State Nittany Lions will take the field with Matt McGloin as starting quarterback (Reading Eagle) this fall. The former walk-on from Scranton appears to be beating out expected starter Kevin Newsome. Gray-shirt freshman Paul Jones is expected to redshirt this year. Eralier in the week, the Patriot-News suggseted that Robert Bolden, a true freshman, has been the most impressive QB in camp. Somet think that Bolden will take over from McGloin later in the season. The last true frosh to start at QB for Penn State — Wally Richardson in 1992 in an emergency situation against Temple.

The bad news — with this offensive line, it may not matter who is behind center Patriot-News. Is new center, Doug Klopacz YDR, the key? At the very least spares us seeing Stefen Wisniewski float another shotgun snap to the quarterback.

The Nittany Lions will be fine at linebackerCDT

Football tickets are very expensive now (Patriot-News). Just wait until STEP starts up.

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Penn State: Daryll Clark is consensus Big Ten QB of the year; Jared Odrick coaches pick for defense

All-Big Ten Conference football teams – complete media and coaches’ listsPatriot-News
QB Daryll Clark was named Big Ten quarterback of the year as selected by both the coaches and Big Ten media. Remember who the preseason pick was Terrelle Pryor. Of course, Pryor quarterbacked the conference champion, so he gets the last laugh.

On the defensive side of the ball, Big Ten coaches picked DT Jared Odrick as player of the year for overall defense and the defensive line.

Other Penn State selections:

FIRST TEAM
QB Daryll Clark (coaches, media)
RB Evan Royster (coaches, media)
C Stefen Wisniewski (coaches, media)
T Dennis Landolt (coaches)
DT Jared Odrick (coaches)
LB Navarro Bowman (coaches, media)

SECOND TEAM
T Dennis Landolt (media)
LB Sean Lee (coaches, media)
LB Josh Hull (media)
DT Jared Odrick (media)
P Jeremy Boone (coaches, media)

Not a bad turnout, though I am not seeing the same thing with Wisniewski and Landolt that they are seeing.

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Penn State 35 MICHIGAN 10

Well that’s a relief, the last of the losing streaks from my time as an underclassman finally ends. It should not have taken this long for Penn State to win at Michigan, but it did. Hopefully, the Michigan and Ohio State demons have been purged. Now all that is left is Iowa.

  • I am thrilled that my prediction, UM 26 PSU 22, was wrong.

  • QB Daryll Clark had his best game of the season to date. Four touchdown passes and no turnovers. He picked up a number of mismatches and made the Wolverines pay.
  • ALL HAIL ZUG! The folk hero/ruler of the universe caught 3 touchdowns! AMISH LIGHTNING! THE ZUGGERNAUT. ALL GRAHAM ZUG DOES IS CATCH TOUCHDOWNS!
  • Michigan is terribly coached right now. So many mental errors and dropped passes by them. They lack fundamentals.
  • The Michigan offense spends more time running horizontally in the backfield than any I have ever seen. Don’t they know the object is to move the ball downfield, not across it? I’m not complaining mind you, I just don’t think they understand football.
  • LB Navarro Bowman had two turnovers and a bunch of tackles, but I think he still has much to learn, I really hope he stays for another year. Also, he shouldn’t be on the punting team.
  • Nick Sukay seems to like going for the big hits/interceptions, but rarely gets either.
  • C Stefen Wisniewski still doesn’t put enough zip on shotgun snaps.
  • Speaking of shotgun snaps, how about the Michigan one that sailed out of the end zone? I was hoping DT Jared Odrick would get a safety, but let’s not be picky or greedy.
  • Coach in charge of the defense Tom Bradley sure does know how to adjust to Michigan these days.
  • Head coach Joe Paterno finally played to win in Ann Arbor, rather than playing not to lose.
  • Two penalties in a row on OL Johnnie Troutman?
  • TE Andrew Quarless is finally reaching his potential after two wasted years in Paterno’s doghouse.
  • FB Joe Suhey even got a few
    long runs today.
  • RB Evan Royster got his 100 yards rushing.
  • QB Derek Moye continues to impress
  • OLB Sean Lee‘s name was not called much, I think he barely played.
  • MLB Josh Hull has become a pretty good football player. He has exceeded expectations, good for him. And us.
  • Good job by Jeremy Boone drawing a roughing the punter penalty.
  • Why does Michigan have a fake field? The game is supposed to be played on grass.
  • Just a little bit of bourbon tonight, as I am not feeling well.

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Penn State 35 ILLINOIS 17

Saturday saw the Nittany Lions return to the win column at Illinois. They played their most complete game of the season and shook off the cobwebs from their Iowa loss.

  • The first half was kind of bland, but the Lions really responded in the second half. It was just about an ideal bounce-back game.

  • Daryll Clark looked like a completely different quarterback against the Fighting Illini. He was poised in the pocket and made things happen with his feet. There has been a reluctance by him and the coaching staff to running, but he is a much better quarterback when he does. Without the pressure of a national title bid ahead of the Nittany Lions, they seem more comfortable letting Clark be Clark.

    He was in the game way too long though, they should have pulled him in the early fourth quarter. He took some shots he did not need to take.

  • OLB Sean Lee missed the game again. I would not expect too much of him next week against Eastern Illinois.
  • The offensive line had their best game of the season by far. The guards seem to pull a lot more and that made a huge difference. While Illinois is nothing special on defense, the offensive line has to be feeling better about themselves. Penn State rushed for over 300 yards.
  • Center Stefen Wisniewski was putting more zip on his shotgun snaps, though they were going a little high. That is better than low.
  • RB Stephfon Green had his best game to date. He ran up the middle better than ever and broke a 51 yard touchdown run in the second quarter to open up the scoring. Green was the primary back for a good portion of the game with Evan Royster having difficulties getting going.
  • Royster did improve as they game went on and also recorded over 100 yards rushing.
  • Illinois’ Juice Williams is the most overhyped quarterback of the decade. He simply stinks.
  • Funny how this was seen as the “trap game” for Penn State. I felt a lot better about it once the 3:30 p.m. kickoff was announced.
  • Speaking of kickoff, the Nittany Lions special teams are still really bad. This will become a problem again this season I fear.
  • WR Arrelious Benn was kept out of the end zone after scoring 2 TDs in each of the two previous meetings. OLB Navarro Bowman still can’t believe he did not tackle Benn though.
  • Illinois had an “Orange Out.” In Friday’s chat I joked that would help Penn State — a bunch of people in orange standing around will make them think they are driving through Pennsylvania.

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Can Penn State’s offensive line reload?

Offensive line hoping to take care of businessCDT
The Nittany Lions offensive line lost three All Big Ten starters to graduation, but I am not that concerned. C Stefen Wisniewski (fomerely a G) and LT Dennis Landolt (formerely a RT) are the only incumbents, though Lou Eliades has seen his share of action too. The real test will be how well they can work as a unit. Given the recent reversion to solid offensive lines and a couple of very different threats in the backfield, I think they will be solid. They probably won’t be as good as last year’s line, but they may not need to be.

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Two days until the Blue White Game

A few headlines while you think about an 82° Blue White Game:

Clearing the wayCDT
Stefen Wisniewski has moved to center and will lead an offensive line replacing three starters.

PSU’s Clark eager to play in Saturday’s scrimmagePatriot-News
QB Daryl Clark would love to play a lot in the Blue White game, but worries about getting another concussion. Look for him to run less this season.

Astorino: Secondary ‘going to click’Patriot-News
The whole secondary is going to be new this season, but is that such a bad thing? Drew Astorino, a sophomore, is expected to lead it from one of the safety positions.

Lee expects to miss Blue-WhiteThe Collegian
I have about as much a chance of playing in the Blue White Game as MLB Sean Lee. That must be why half of us are going to be wearing jerseys.

Lions boast deep linebacking corpsThe Collegian
Even with Navarro Bowman’s situation, the Nittany Lions should be set at linebacker.

Lions’ schedule set up for successPatriot-News
Nick Horvath thinks Penn State has a good shot at a return to Pasadena and I find it hard to argue. I hope the Illinois game is not an early kickoff though.

I am eager to visit PSUGirl‘s 2thelion tailgate since I retired from doing my own.

Jay Paterno is on twitter. So is Freddie Scott of the ’95 Rose Bowl team.

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10 Nittany Lions are All Big11Ten; Paterno coach of the year

Penn State cleaned up the Big11Ten honors with 10 players voted all-Big11Ten (Big Ten Network) by the media or coaches. Joe Paterno was coach of the year too.

Coaches’ 2008 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback: Daryll Clark, Penn State
Receiver: Derrick Williams, Penn State
Center: A.Q. Shipley, Penn State
Guard: Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State
Tackle: Gerald Cadogan, Penn State
Kicker: Kevin Kelly, Penn State

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Running back: Evan Royster, Penn State
Guard: Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Line: Aaron Maybin, Penn State
Line: Jared Odrick, Penn State
Linebacker: Navorro Bowman, Penn State
Defensive back: Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State

HONORABLE MENTION
Jeremy Boone, Tony Davis, Dennis Landolt, Jordan Norwood, Mark Rubin, Tyrell Sales, Lydell Sargeant

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
A.Q. Shipley, Penn State

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award Honorees
Gerald Cadogan

Media’s 2008 All-Big Ten Conference Football Team
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
Quarterback: Daryll Clark, Penn State
Center: A.Q. Shipley, Penn State
Guard: Rich Ohrnberger, Penn State
Tackle: Gerald Cadogan, Penn State
Kicker: Kevin Kelly, Penn State

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
Running back: Evan Royster, Penn State
Receiver: Deon Butler, Penn State
Receiver: Derrick Williams, Penn State

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
Line: Aaron Maybin, Penn State
Linebacker: Navorro Bowman, Penn State

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
Line: Jared Odrick, Penn State
Defensive back: Lydell Sargeant, Penn State
Defensive back: Anthony Scirrotto, Penn State

HONORABLE MENTION
Jeremy Boone, Tony Davis, Josh Gaines, Dennis Landolt, Mark Rubin, Stefen Wisniewski

DAVE McCLAIN COACH OF THE YEAR
Joe Paterno, Penn State

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