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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 2:19 pm    Post subject: Official thread of the Penn State University V.II Reply with quote



"We Are...Penn State!"
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Notable losses

-Stefen Wisniewski, OL. (Drafted round 2 - Oakland Raiders: 48th overall)
-Evan Royster, RB. (Drafted round 6 - Washington Redskins: 177th overall)
-Ollie Ogbu, DT. (UDFA - Indianapolis Colts practice squad)
-Brett Brackett, TE. (UDFA - Miami Dolphins roster)
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Players To Watch In 2011

-QB Robert Bolden, Soph. (6'4" 211 lbs.)



Tentative, as his status with the program remains a little cloudy right now. However, Rob Bolden started 7 games for the Nittany Lions in 2010 as a true freshman - a true honor for a Joe Paterno coached team. With little physical limitations, and all the potential in the world, it will be interesting to see how his game has developed going into year 2.


-RB Silas Redd, Soph. (5'10" 201 lbs.)



Another strong lacrosse player with good balance and between the tackle running skills. Redd has been compared to College Football Hall of Fame and PSU alum Curt Warner - Heisman winner who led the Lions to the '82 team to a NC title - certainly some high praise. Redd is shifty with nice quickness and burst. Runs hard, and embodies that Big Ten power football. He's on a lot of peoples watch list on campus to have a strong season.


-WR Justin Brown, Jr. (6'3" 214 lbs.)



A tall athletic outside target with #1 WR potential. Justin Brown has been refining his all around skills for two years now and flashed some potential as a Sophomore towards the end of the season. A lot more will be expected of Brown, being the likely starter opposite of Sr. WR Derek Moye on the outside. He looks primed to improve on the 33 receptions, 452 yards, and 1 TD he totaled last year. QB stability will only help make that reality.


-OL DeOn'tae Pannell, Sr. (6'5" 315 lbs.)



Pannell is a big strong blocker with decent footwork and experience at roughly 4 positions along the OL. He got some starting time last year as a Jr. and all in all played okay. With the graduation of 2 starters along the OL, it is imperative that Sr.'s like Pannell step in and do well moving forward. He must improve his hand usage a bit, but could be a very nice starter at either OG or OT this year, likely LG.


-DE Jack Crawford, Sr. (6'5" 265 lbs.)



The Craw, Jack Crawford is a specimen with all the athletic ability a rush end possibly needs. Although you can count the amount of years he has only played organized football on one hand, he has gotten a little better every year. Poised for a breakout Jr. season, Crawford was hit by the injury bug and was unable to get much going. As a Sr., big things are expected of the British beast, and the only person who truly can stop him from totaling double digit sacks this season and being a high draft pick next April is himself.


-LB Michael Mauti, Jr. (6'2" 235 lbs.)



Set foot on campus with the buzz of potentially being "the next one" at Linebacker U, but unfortunately has had a handful of injuries hold him back, most notably a torn ACL a couple years ago. An instinctual LB with an aggressive nature, your ideal ILB. He's gotten the notoriety of becoming a leader amongst the defense, and has been noted as a workaholic both on & off the field. Stands to improve pass coverage skills, but stops the run like no other. He is primed for a breakout year, and provided he stays healthy, should be a real bright spot on what could be a very strong front 7.


-LB Khairi Fortt, Soph. (6'2" 225 lbs.)



While Khairi Fortt likely won't enter the 2011 season as a starter, all signs would indicate that barring incredible play from Sr. OLB Nate Stupar, he should end it as one. Great thickness and body for a starting linebacker in a rough & tough Big Ten conference, plus the speed and quickness that the conference seems to lack for the most part. Strong and compact, works well in traffic, and his greatest asset is his ability to shed blocks with ease. He often times will go for the big hit, and his tackling technique fails him, but with time and repetition it is expected that it won't become an issue. The Stamford, CT product is absolutely oozing with potential, and we're almost sure to get a look at him this year barring injury.
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JoePa's Corner



The section dedicated to the greatest coach in college football history:

All Time Coaching Record At Penn State
Seasons: 45th
Wins: 402 (Most all-time - Div-1A/FBS)
Losses: 136
Ties: 3
W%: .748%
Bowl Appearances: 37 (Most all-time)
Bowl Wins: 24 (Most all-time)
Bowl Losses: 12
Bowl Ties: 1
Undefeated Seasons: 5
Coach Of The Year Honors: 5
National Championships: 2

Bowl Wins/Year
Gator: 1967, 1976
Orange: 1969, 1970, 1974, *1986-National Champions, 2005
Cotton: 1972, 1975
Sugar: 1972, 1975, 1979, 1983
Fiesta: 1977, 1980, *1982-National Champions, 1987, 1992, 1997
Liberty: 1979
Aloha: 1983
Citrus/Capital One: 1988, 1994, 1998, 2003, 2009
Holiday: 1989
Blockbuster: 1990, 1992
Rose: 1995
Outback: 2006
Alamo: 2007

Memorable Notes/Records
-Perfect Seasons: 1968 (11-0), 1969 (11-0), 1973 (12-0), 1986 (12-0/NC), 1994 (12-0).
-Most Bowl Appearances (37)/Bowl Wins (24)
-Only coach to have a win in Rose, Orange, Sugar & Fiesta Bowls
-Coached 3 Players in NFL HOF & 7 In College HOF
-1972 Walter Camp Coach of the Year
-1978 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
-1981 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award
-1982 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
-1986 SI Sportsman of the Year
-1986 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
-1986 Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
-1994 Walter Camp Coach of the Year
-2002 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
-2005 Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award
-2005 The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award
-2005 Walter Camp Coach of the Year
-Inducted into College Football Hall of Fame, 2007


Famous Quotes

"Yeah, I plan to be on the sidelines unless somebody runs over me (in practice). I took (suspended tight end Andrew) Quarless when we had a little substitution practice the other day and said, 'Since you're not going to be in the ballgame I want you to walk right by me and take all the hits."
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno on whether he plans to coach from the sideline.

"I have around 20 grandchildren and I love em all 'ta death, but it makes me laugh how when I see them, instead of asking how I am, they ask me 'So grandpa how do we look this year?'...and I just look at 'em and laugh. I tell em, kids I don't even know what I'm gonna do tomorrow let alone how the team will look!"
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno on his grandchildren.

"I came here and I talked about a 'Grand Experiment.' I wanted people who went to school, graduated and played football the way it should be played. No showboating. Respect your opponent. Play hard. Play as tough as you can. Have discipline."
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

"When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes a reality."
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

"Losing a game is heartbreaking. Losing your sense of excellence or worth is a tragedy."
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

"The name on the front of the jersey is what really matters, not the name on the back."
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

"Publicity is like poison; it doesn't hurt unless you swallow it."
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

"I always tell people (Winston) Churchill got kicked out after he saved the western world from a dictatorship," Paterno said. "And when they kicked him out, they asked what he thought about gratitude. He said, 'Gratitude doesn't exist in politics, only in history.' It's the same way in football. Gratitude doesn't exist in football."
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno when asked about retirement after 08' season.

"You never think it's going to be a big deal until it happens like this, with this many people. It's just hard to describe. But I'm a very, very lucky guy to be at an institution such as Penn State with all these fans."
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno after win #324 at Happy Valley.

"People ask me why I've stayed here so long, and you know what, look around, look around. Now that the celebration's over, let's go beat Ohio State!"
--Penn State coach Joe Paterno after win #400.
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Recruiting Commitments

(All recruiting information from rivals.com)

2011 Commitment List (FINAL):

-DE Deion Barnes, 6'5" / 220 lbs. - Philadelphia, PA (****)
-ATH/WR Bill Belton, 5'9" / 191 lbs. - Atco, NJ (****)
-DE Shawn Oakman, 6'8" / 240 lbs. - Landsdowne, PA (****)
-OL Donovan Smith, 6'5" / 270 lbs. - Owings Mills, MD (****)
-DE Anthony Zettel, 6'4" / 254 lbs. - West Branch, MI (****)
-OL Anthony Alosi, 6'6" / 282 lbs. - Princeton, NJ (***)
-DB Adrian Amos, 6'1" / 200 lbs. - Towson, MD (***)
-DE Jordan Kerner, 6'5" / 225 lbs. - Fairview, PA (***)
-LB Ben Kline, 6'2" / 220 lbs. - Dallastown, PA (***)
-OL Angelo Mangiro, 6'2" / 290 lbs. - Succasunna, NJ (***)
-OL Ryan Nowicki, 6'5" / 272 lbs. - Glendale, AZ (***)
-ATH Shyquawn Pulliam, 6'1" / 178 lbs. - Saltsburg, PA (***)
-WR Allen Robinson, 6'3" / 190 lbs. - Orchard Lake, MI (***)
-TE Kyle Carter, 6'4" / 231 lbs. - New Castle, DE (**)
-K Sam Ficker, 6'3" / 180 lbs. - Valparaiso, IN (**)
-WR Matt Zanellato, 6'3" / 190 lbs. - Burke, VA (**)


2012 Commitment List:

-OT J.J. Denman, 6'7" / 305 lbs. - Fairless Hills, PA (****)
-WR Eugene Lewis, 6'2" / 181 lbs. - Plymouth, PA (****)
-OT Joey O'Connor, 6'4" / 285 lbs. - Windsor, CO (****)
-CB Armani Reeves, 5'11" / 185 lbs. - West Roxbury, MA (****)
-DT Tommy Schutt, 6'3" / 301 lbs. - Glen Ellyn, IL (****)
-DE Brent Wilkerson, 6'4" / 245 lbs. - Hyattsville, MD (****)
-OLB Camren Williams, 6'2" / 215 lbs. - West Roxbury, MA (****)
-OL Brian Gaia, 6'5" / 285 lbs. - Baltimore, MD (***)
-ATH Malik Golden, 6'1" / 185 lbs. - Cheshire, CT (***)
-TE Jesse James, 6'7" / 248 lbs. - McKeesport, PA (***)
-DT Austin Johnson, 6'4" / 276 lbs. - Richland, NJ (***)
-QB Skyler Mornhinweg, 6'3" / 190 lbs. - Philadelphia, PA (***)
-OL Anthony Stanko, 6'5" / 302 lbs. - Warren, OH (***)
-LB Nyeem Wartman, 6'3" / 230 lbs. - Archbald, PA (***)
-DT Derek Dowrey, 6'3" / 279 lbs. - Winchester, VA (**)
-ATHL Jake Kiley, 6'2" / 173 lbs. - New Hampton, NH (**)
-TE JP Holtz, 6'4" / 240 lbs. - Pittsburgh, PA (**)
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Notes/Facts

-Sophomore WR Curtis Drake had another setback on the injury front at the end of March. Only a year removed from a medical redshirt after a broken left tibia in a non-contact drill last August during a preseason practice. 7 months later it looks as though he still hasn't fully recovered. His availability for the 2011 season is uncertain.

-Junior DE Pete Massaro will sit out the 2011 season with a torn ACL in his left knee. The Academic All-Big Ten selection will apply for a medical hardship waiver after the 2012 season. Massaro started the final 11 games last season, notching 3.5 sacks - ranking 2nd on the team.

-Amidst the unfortunate news about Jr. DE Pete Massaro, and with the knowledge of both projected starting DEs Jack Crawford & Eric Latimore likely to enter the upcoming season at less than 100%, it is likely that Penn State will offer playing time to deserving youngsters.
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Official Penn State Nittany Lions Schedule

2011

Overall - (1-1) / Conference - (0-0)

9/3 Indiana State: 41-7 / 1-0 (0-0) - W
9/10 Alabama: 27-11 / 1-1 (0-0) - L
9/17 @ Temple / 0-0 (0-0)
9/24 Eastern Michigan / 0-0 (0-0)
10/1 @ Indiana / 0-0 (0-0)
10/8 Iowa / 0-0 (0-0)
10/15 Purdue - *Homecoming / 0-0 (0-0)
10/22 @ Northwestern / 0-0 (0-0)
10/29 Illinois / 0-0 (0-0)
11/5 OPEN / 0-0 (0-0)
11/12 Nebraska / 0-0 (0-0)
11/19 @ Ohio State / 0-0 (0-0)
11/26 @ Wisconsin / 0-0 (0-0)
12/3 Big Ten Championship Game - (at Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN)


2012

Overall - (0-0) / Conference - (0-0)

9/1 Ohio / 0-0 (0-0)
9/8 @ Virginia / 0-0 (0-0)
9/15 Navy / 0-0 (0-0)
9/22 Temple / 0-0 (0-0)
9/29 @ Illinois / 0-0 (0-0)
10/6 Northwestern - (*Homecoming) / 0-0 (0-0)
10/13 OPEN / 0-0 (0-0)
10/20 @ Iowa / 0-0 (0-0)
10/27 Ohio State / 0-0 (0-0)
11/5 @ Purdue / 0-0 (0-0)
11/12 @ Nebraska / 0-0 (0-0)
11/19 Indiana / 0-0 (0-0)
11/26 Wisconsin / 0-0 (0-0)
TBD Big Ten Championship Game


2013

Overall - (0-0) / Conference - (0-0)

8/31 Syracuse - (at New Meadowlands Stadium - East Rutherford, NJ) / 0-0 (0-0)
9/7 Eastern Michigan / 0-0 (0-0)
9/14 Virginia / 0-0 (0-0)
9/21 Kent State / 0-0 (0-0)
10/5 @ Indiana / 0-0 (0-0)
10/12 Michigan / 0-0 (0-0)
10/26 @ Ohio State / 0-0 (0-0)
11/2 Illinois / 0-0 (0-0)
11/9 @ Minnesota / 0-0 (0-0)
11/16 Purdue / 0-0 (0-0)
11/23 @ Nebraska / 0-0 (0-0)
11/30 Wisconsin / 0-0 (0-0)
12/7 Big Ten Championship Game


2014

Overall - (0-0) / Conference - (0-0)

8/30 Temple / 0-0 (0-0)
9/6 Akron / 0-0 (0-0)
9/13 @ Rutgers / 0-0 (0-0)
9/20 TBA / 0-0 (0-0)
9/27 Minnesota / 0-0 (0-0)
10/11 @ Nebraska / 0-0 (0-0)
10/18 Indiana / 0-0 (0-0)
10/25 @ Michigan / 0-0 (0-0)
11/1 @ Purdue / 0-0 (0-0)
11/15 Ohio State / 0-0 (0-0)
11/22 @ Illinois / 0-0 (0-0)
11/29 Wisconsin / 0-0 (0-0)
12/6 Big Ten Championship Game
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Heck, we might stink at recruiting, but at least we don't do it illegally (or at least get caught Very Happy ).
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Not a big fan of the capitalized THE in the heading, even if it is meant as a joke. Let other teams keep their tag lines. Its similar to other schools trying to call themselves LBU.

There is so much talent in our traditional recruiting grounds this year that we'll probably end up with a top 25 class by default.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shoutout to the basketball team who (at this point seems) will be playing in the Big Ten CG for the first time.
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McNabbMcFadden wrote:
Shoutout to the basketball team who (at this point seems) will be playing in the Big Ten CG for the first time.


Good luck tommorow, I love Talor Battle.
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Dude's been here for 8 years and doesn't know that his avi is too big? Not talking


You've been here 7 and still haven't picked a team.
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McNabbMcFadden wrote:
Shoutout to the basketball team who (at this point seems) will be playing in the Big Ten CG for the first time.

Looks like Dechellis is stickin around for another year. Kudos to the players though, real good performance.
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why does the thread get locked when it reaches 100 pages?
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Glad to see them keeping it a game today.
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Penn State vs Temple???? Is this a win win or a lose lose?????
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McNabbMcFadden wrote:
Glad to see them keeping it a game today.


You guys probably do not care but Diebler and Sullinger went to PSUs lockeroom and told Battle congrats. I am really happy for the seniors on your team, especially battle.

Good luck fellas!
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Candy, that was really classy of those players, you guys are a tough team and as long as you stay out of foul trouble, should win it this year.

I'm happy our seniors get to experience the tourney, and its good for the program as a whole.

In 2001, Temple knocked us out in the sweet 16. Its time for payback.
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Steagles87 wrote:
Candy, that was really classy of those players, you guys are a tough team and as long as you stay out of foul trouble, should win it this year.

I'm happy our seniors get to experience the tourney, and its good for the program as a whole.

In 2001, Temple knocked us out in the sweet 16. Its time for payback.


I am glad they did it. I have a huge amount of respect for Penn State and what they represent.
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Looks like we'll be facing a Tressel-coached Ohio State...
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eagles26 wrote:
Looks like we'll be facing a Tressel-coached Ohio State...


Good, I don't want to hear any excuses when we beat them. Wink

Well, Penn State nearly beat temple even with the second best player on our team getting injured. I'm proud with how the team stepped up and kept fighting.

Also, despite two wrestlers suffering injuries, Penn State leads going into the final rounds of the wrestling championship. We control our own destiny, if we win, the championship is ours.
Either way, all I can say is: If Chuck Norris + Joe Paterno were to have a baby you'd get coach Cael Sanderson.

The women's bball team plays their first round game today against Dayton, in State College. Go, lady lions. Coach Washington has done a great job of returning us to prominence. The team is young and has depth, and should be good for year to come.

EDIT: And, Penn State wins the NCAA Wrestling Championship before the finals even begin. Very Happy
The Lady Lions won their first round game, as well.
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The 2012 class gets its first commit from Ohio Olineman, Anthony Stanko.
http://pennstate.247sports.com/Article/Stanko-commits-to-Penn-State-18921

Welcome aboard Anthony. Very Happy
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