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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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