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Coach Joe Paterno and his staff made a somewhat surprising decision when they installed Evan Lewis as the Penn State's starting kicker to open the season against Indiana State on Saturday. Many expected that either Anthony Fera or highly touted freshman Sam Ficken would get the call, but with Fera suspended to start the season, Paterno made the decision to go with the ex-receiver, and the results weren't what he was hoping for.
Though he notched a touchback on his first kickoff, Lewis missed both of his field goal attempts, a 38-yarder in the first quarter and a 47-yarder in the third quarter. Later, he missed an extra point, and Ficken was inserted into the game at that point.
After the game, Joe Paterno offered his assessment of the kicking situation.
"I thought the place kicking wasn't good," Paterno said. "[Lewis] missed a couple of field goals. It makes you wonder a little bit. It's been very close between both of them, Ficken and Lewis so I told Mike [McQuerey] after Lewis had missed a couple 'Let's see what Ficken can do."
He then added he expects Anthony Fera will return either this week or next week, so stay tuned. We may have a better idea of how the kicking situation will play out for the season by Paterno's weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Penn State running back Brandon Beachum missed all of last season after tearing his ACL at the end of 2009. He returned to the field Saturday, however, and made an impact in the Nittany Lions' 41-7 victory against Indiana State at Beaver Stadium.
The redshirt senior racked up 41 yards on seven carries, good for a 5.9 yard per carry average, and snapped off a 22-yard run in the second quarter. Beachum, however, was just happy to be back out with his teammates.
"I felt great running the ball" Beachum said after the game. "I was really excited to get back into it. I missed the field for so long."
Beachum wasn't the only Penn State back to have a good day, however. As a team, Penn State rushed for 245 yards and got several solid individual performances.
Sophomore tailback Silas Redd led the ground attack with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries while fellow running back Curtis Dukes picked up 47 late yards on six carries. The fullbacks proved to be weapons as well. Joe Suhey and Michael Zorich each scored touchdowns and gained a combined 44 yards on 11 carries. Suhey was also active in the pass game, racking up 16 yards on a pair of receptions.
That kind of variety in the running game is something Beachum thinks will help the Lions moving forward.
"When you have two different offenses as far as personnel in one facet of the game, as far as running the ball, that can open up your offense to a whole new height," Beachum said.
Things get tougher for the running game next week when Alabama comes to Beaver Stadium. The Crimson Tide held Kent State to -9 yards rushing yesterday in a 48-7 win. Needless to say, it'll be tougher sledding for the Lions' backs than it was against Indiana State.
Safety Drew Astorino got his 2011 campaign off to a good start on Saturday by playing a key defensive role in the Nittany Lions' 41-7 victory against Indiana State.
In the first quarter, he picked off a Ronnie Fouch pass and returned it deep into Sycamore territory. Penn State was unable to cash in on the ensuing possession, but the interception set Indiana State back nevertheless.
"We were playing cover two, he kind of over threw it and I was there," Astorino said postgame. "I just made a play."
The safety also knocked down a pair of passes later in the game in addition to notching a tackle in the Penn State victory.
Astornio wasn't the only player to have a big day in the secondary, however. Adrian Amos picked off a pass in the fourth quarter to set up a Shane McGregor touchdown run, and as a unit, the secondary held Fouch and the Sycamore passing game to just 105 yards on the day.
After the game, Astornio was pleased with the secondary's effort, but said he still sees room for improvement.
"I thought we did OK," Astorino said. "We gave up one big pass that I can recall. I thought we played well, but we've got to keep working."
Next week, the competition should kick up a notch with Alabama visiting Happy Valley. The Crimson Tide's two quarterbacks fighting for the starting job could be vulnerable to some interceptions, however. Both threw two against Kent State on Saturday in Alabama's 48-7 win against just one combined touchdown. We'll see if Astorino and the Penn State secondary can have another big day against that group.
The Penn State defense dominated Indiana State's offense on Saturday in the Nittany Lions' 41-7 victory. The Sycamores couldn't get anything going in the running game or the passing game, racking up just 65 yards rushing and 105 yards passing. Take away one 29-yard completion in the first half and the Lions would have held the Sycamore would have finished with well less than 100 yards both rushing and passing.
There were also good things happening on the defensive line, where Jordan Hill and Jack Crawford notched a half a sack each. Hill also forced and recovered a fumble to finish up what was a productive afternoon for him.
All this pleased defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, though he's still looking for improvement next weekend against Alabama. Here's some video of his reaction postgame.
Penn State entered Saturday's game against Indiana State with a quarterback competition raging between Matthew McGloin and Rob Bolden. The Nittany Lions' victory against the Sycamores did little to change that as neither quarterback really did much to stick out as the team prepares to host Alabama next week.
For that reason, it's probably not surprising that coach Joe Paterno would like to see more from both before picking one over the other.
"I think both of them are going to play," Paterno said in his press conference after the game. "I think overall they did a pretty good job."
Bolden started the game and played the entire first quarter. He finished the frame just 2-5, but some of that had more to do with drops by his receivers than bad throws on his part. His final line was 6-12 for 37 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
McGloin saw action through the entire second period and took some snaps after halftime as well. He finished 6-8 for 77 yards. One of those incompletions was a dangerous one, a desperate throw right into the bread basket of a charging Indiana State lineman. Luckily for McGloin, the big guy dropped the ball and Penn State retained possession In short, McGloin showed fans both the good and the bad on Saturday. We'll see if Joe Paterno is comfortable with that moving forward.
We'll have much more on the QBs in the coming hours and days. For now, though, the important thing to take away from Saturday is that Penn State still doens't have one set starting quarterback. The battle for the job in the words of the head coach, will continue into next week.
Penn State football kicked off its 125th season against Indiana State on Saturday, and the team didn't waste any time celebrating.
Cornerback Chaz Powell returned the opening kickoff of the game and the season 95 yards for a touchdown, staking the Nittany Lions to an early 7-0 lead and sending the on its way to a 41-7 victory against the Sycamores.
Silas Redd led the way for the big Penn State offensive effort with 104 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries. The run game also got touchdowns from fullbacks Michael Zordic and Joe Suhey on the way to 245 total yards rushing on the afternoon.
The big story entering the day, however, was the quarterbacks. With no single starter yet selected by coach Joe Paterno, all eyes were on Matthew McGloin and Rob Bolden, the two candidates for the job.
Neither was particularly impressive.
Bolden started the game and played the entire first quarter as well as most of the meaningful snaps in the second half. He finished just 6-12 for 37 yards. His receiver didn't help him out much, though, dropping a few well thrown balls that could have given the sophomore a nicer day on the score sheet.
McGloin played the second quarter and got a few snaps in the second half. He finished 6-8 for 77 yards, including a nice 29 yard pass to Derek Moye.
Joe Paterno said after the game that the plan is to have both quarterbacks play against Alabama next week.
Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsurgh for postgame reaction throughout the holiday weekend and extensive coverage in the lead-up to the tilt with Alabama next Saturday in Happy Valley.
Penn State defense opens the fourth quarter by forcing a three-and-out. Tom Bradley's unit is playing so well, it's boring. An illegal participation penalty keeps the Sycamore drive going, but the point remains.
Adrian Amos wakes the crowd up by picking off a pass and returning it 46 yards to the Indiana State 12.
Shane McGregor checks in at quarterback following the interception. Looks like Rob Bolden and Matthew McGloin are done. Surprised we didn't see more McGloin in the second half. McGregor acquits himself well, however, scoring on a 3-yard touchdown pass to put Penn State up 41-0. Sam Ficken kicked the extra point.
There's 8:17 left and I'm heading down to the field. Stay tuned for much more here at SB Nation Pittsburgh postgame. We'll have all the latest on the kicking game, offensive line struggles and the quarterbacks as well as Joe Paterno's comments downstairs. Until later...
Freshman Sam Ficken is handling this kickoff after Evan Lewis missed the extra point following the Joe Suhey touchdown. It appeared the staff was trying to redshirt Ficken, a highly touted kicking recruit, but Lewis' struggles today might be undoing that. You can bet Joe Paterno will be asked about the kicking situation after the game.
The defense forces a three-and-out on the ensuing Sycamore drive.
Yikes, Indiana State just shredded the Penn State offensive line on a third down, forcing Bolden into throwing a pass into the turf that's ruled intentional grounding. After the initial first down, that drive got ugly in a hurry for the Lions. Pass blocking didn't look very good at all.
Penn State defense forces another three-and-out.
Bolden remains in the game for this drive.
We have a Curtis Dukes sighting. He just ripped off a 30-yard run on his first carry of the game. Hello, young man.
Offensive lineman Mike Farrell is shaken up for the Lions. He leaves the field under his own power.
Another Penn State drive stalls with the line unable to protect Bolden. Score remains 34-0 Nittany Lions as we reach the end of the third quarter.
The offensive line looks pretty good run blocking today, but the pass blocking has been unremarkable. It's not as if Matthew McGloin and Rob Bolden are under fire out there, but they're not getting a whole lot of time either. Something to keep an eye on.
Jordan Hill just forced and recovered a fumble for Penn State. He's having a nice day so far with three tackles and a half a sack.
McGloin is back in at quarterback after the turnover. Looks like the staff is scrapping the quarter system.
Silas Redd has eclipsed the 100-yard mark with nine minutes to play in the third quarter. That's the second 100-yard game of his career, the first coming against Northwestern last season when he racked up 131.
Staying with the fullback theme of the day, Joe Suhey converts a 1-yard touchdown run as the Nittany Lions cash in on the Indiana State turnover. Evan Lewis just missed the extra point, though, so the score is now 34-0 Penn State. His struggles are becoming the big story of the day.
Evan Lewis notches a touchback on his first kickoff of the game. That's a positive for him after missing a field goal in the first half.
The Nittany Lion defense forces yet another three-and-out on Indiana State's first drive of the second half. It's just a mismatch down there. Probably the most encouraging part if you're the Penn State coaching staff is that it's very much been a team effort. No one guy is really dominating down there, the group is collectively taking care of business.
Penn State's drive stalls and Evan Lewis is called on to kick again, but he misses a 47-yarder. He's now 0-2 today. With 10:59 to play in the second quarter, it's still 28-0 Lions.
It's 28-0 Penn State here at Beaver Stadium. Here's a look at how things are going statistically.
Quarterback Ronnie Fouch was 5-12 passing in the first half for 60 yards.
Shakir Bell led the Sycamores running the ball with three carries for nine yards.
Justin Hilton leads Indiana State in receptions with two for nine yards. Alex Jones leads in yardage with 29 on his only catch.
Total, Indiana State has 60 yards passing and 60 yards rushing.
Silas Redd led the was for the Nittany Lions running the football. He has 94 yards on 10 carries so far including a pair of touchdowns. Brandon Beachum has 39 yards on six carries. Joe Suhey has 21 yards on three carries. Michael Zordich has 13 yards on four carries, including a touchdown.
Derek Moye leads the way for the Nittany Lions in receiving yardage. He has 38 yards on two catches.
Total, Penn State has 78 yards passing and 174 yards rushing.
Drew Astorino has been very active in the first half today. In addition to that first quarter interception, he's deflected a couple of balls and picked up a tackle.
Matthew McGloin just showed a quick flash of his reckless 2010 self, throwing a pass right into the stomach of an Indiana State defensive lineman. It was a poor decision, and while it didn't come back to bite him as the pass fell incomplete, it's the kind of bad decision making that could sabotage any shot he has of winning the starting job if he keeps it up.
Alex Butterworth just made his first punt of the season, a 45-yard effort. Not bad to start the season.
Joe Suhey ends the half with a run. Penn State is up 28-0 and has dominated pretty much all phases of the game to this point. Stay tuned to SB Nation Pittsburgh for some halftime stats.
Jack Crawford picked up a sack on Indiana State's latest drive and the defense generally dominated once again. Looks like Indiana State isn't going to be doing much on offense this afternoon. The secondary is stingy at the moment and the linebackers and defensive linemen aren't really letting anything through. What more can be said.
Silas Redd just picked up another touchdown for Penn State on a quick six play, 77-yard drive that took just 2:50 off the clock. It included a 29-yard pass from Matthew McGloin to Derek Moye, and 11-yarder from McGloin to Joe Suhey. For the quarter, McGloin is 5-5 for 69 yards compared to Rob Bolden's 2-5, 9-yard performance in the first quarter. It's a small sample size, but McGloin is winning the day so far. We'll see if he can keep it up and/or if Bolden can get things going in the second half today.
Expect updates to get more sporadic from here on out. It's getting ugly quickly.
The Sycamores just missed a 43-yard field goal, so the Penn State defense is still pitching a shutout here early in the second quarter.
Matthew McGloin has taken over at quarterback for the Lions. Rob Bolden was 2-5 for nine yards in the first quarter, so we'll see if McGloin can top that in this period. He just hit his first pass, a 9-yarder to Derek Moye, so he's off to a good start.
Penn State appears to be making a conscious decision to get the fullbacks the ball. Joe Suhey was active in the first quarter and Mike Zordich has two first downs already on this drive...and just as I write that, he puts Penn State up 21-0 with a 1-yard touchdown run. Wow. Both fullbacks have been weapons today. Don't think a lot of people were expecting that, but here we are. Something to keep an eye on heading into next week against Alabama.
With 8:55 left in the half, Penn State is up 21-0.
Penn State just wrapped up a pretty ugly drive that ended with wide receiver Derek Moye getting mobbed in the back field on a fourth down attempt while running a reverse. Nothing very spectacular happened on the drive beyond Rob Bolden taking a pretty unnecessary hit on a run downfield. If he's going to avoid another concussion like the one that sidelined him last season, he has to slide in that situation.
Some observations a quarter into the season.
-Rob Bolden is throwing all of his incompletions long. He probably needs to settle down a little bit and work on his touch as the game progresses.
-The running game looks good, as mentioned earlier. Lots of good blocks being thrown and lots of good reads by the tailbacks.
-The defense is dominating at the moment. The Sycamores did just hit a 29-yard pass down the middle, but other than that, Indiana State has been given nothing.
The Penn State defense is looking pretty nasty early. After forcing a three-and-out on Indiana State's first possession, the Nittany Lions forced a turnover on their second when Drew Astorino picked off a third down pass to set Penn State up deep in Sycamore territory.
Evan Lewis was unable to convert the ensuing field goal attempt, however, so Astorino's efforts went for naught. The kicking game will be an area to keep an eye on this afternoon in what should otherwise be a laugher. Lewis was the surprise winner of the place kicking job and coach Joe Paterno indicated that he was a little concerned to see how things would shake out. Obviously, things aren't off to a good start.
One quick note to pass along. Paterno is coaching from the press box this afternoon after expressing optimisim earlier in the week he'd be able to join his players on the field. It looks like his injury is still giving him trouble, though, so it might be a while before we see him down there.
Penn State just forced another quick stop. We'll let you know how the next Penn State drive goes in the next update.
Following the opening score by Chaz Powell, the Penn State defense forced a quick three-and-out to get the ball back for the Penn State offense.
Rob Bolden was, in fact, the man behind center for the first snap of the season. Silas Redd started at tailback, and perhaps most importantly, Joe Suhey started at fullback. Suhey got the ball twice on the opening drive and ran for 18-yards. He also had a catch for five as Penn State marched right down the field on Sycamores before Silas Redd capped off the drive with a 9-yard touchdown run to give the Nittany Lions a 14-0 lead very early here at Beaver Stadium.
The offense ran the ball very effectively on the first drive. Granted, the opponent is Indiana State, but everyone looked decisive and confident down there, something we've rarely seen from this team in the ground game the past couple of years, especially early on.
Penn State is on the board and the offense hasn't even seen the field. Cornerback Chaz Powell just took the opening kickoff back 95 yards for the score. Penn State has a 7-0 just 13 seconds into the game.
This obviously goes without saying, but Penn State won the toss and decided to receive. Looks like a pretty good decision now.Devon Smith was the other Penn State player back for Penn State on the kick return. There was no sign of recently reinstated running back Stephfon Green who worked a lot of the kickoff duties during the 2010 season.
Beaver Stadium still isn't full yet. Most of the upper reaches of the north endzone's upper deck are still empty and student section hasn't quite filled in yet, either. Everything else is pretty full, however, so it looks like most people got through today's heavy traffic in State College without too many problems.
Greetings from Beaver Stadium. We're about 25 minutes from kickoff between Indiana State and Penn State at the top of the hour. Some news and notes to start the day:
-Rob Bolden was the first Nittany Lion off the team bus, so he's pretty clearly the starting quarterback today. Like Joe Paterno said earlier in the week, Matt McGloin will play, but it looks like Bolden has take a slim lead in this quarterback competition heading into the first major contest against Alabama next week.
-Wide receiver Curtis Drake is dressed and was just catching passes from Bolden in warmups. Whether we'll see him in the action today remains to be seen, but at the very least it looks like he's close to returning.
-It's a little hazy here in Happy Valley, but it's comfortable football weather.
-The new uniforms don't look much different from the old ones from way up here in the press box.
-STEP has shifted the student section behind the endzone, so it looks a little weird. It'll take some getting used to.
Stay tuned for updates from Beaver Stadium all afternoon here at SB Nation Pittsburgh.
While the quarterback race was the marquee position battle during the offseason, the rest of the lineup was becoming set with some very interesting battles. Of note, the linebackers and secondary will be very strong thanks to some heated competition for starting spots. In the end, though, only 11 players can be on the field at one time, and this is what the two-deep should look like at noon on Saturday.
QB - Rob Bolden, Matt McGloin
RB - Silas Redd, Brandon Beachum
FB - Joe Suhey, Michael Zordich
WR - Derek Moye, Shawney Kersey
WR - Justin Brown, Brandon Moseby-Felder
Slot - Devon Smith, Bill Belton
TE - Andrew Szczerba, Kevin Haplea
T - Chima Okoli, Mike Farrell
G - DeOn'tae Pannell, John Urschel
C - Matt Stankiewitch, Ty Howle
G - Johnnie Troutman, Khamrone Kolb
T - Quinn Barham, Adam Gress
Earlier today, Black Shoe Diaries outlined some of the key injuries, as well. Four players were listed in the official press release put out by Penn State earlier this week, and a few others will likely miss the season opener with a variety of issues.
Pete Massaro and Garry Gilliam are likely out for the year, while Curtis Drake is still nursing a leg injury. Luckily (well, not for them), that is the extent of the major injury news for Penn State, a welcomed respite from last year's injury laden squad.
You can catch up on a more in-depth preview over at Black Shoe Diaries, but here are a few specific items to keep an eye on, in addition to Penn State hopefully running up the score and stretching its legs after a long summer break.
1. The quarterback drama...again. The storyline that has seemingly dominated the Penn State news feed for going on 14 months really isn't any closer to an end than it was at the beginning of last year. We've been told that Penn State will use both Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin in this warmup game, with Bolden earning the official start. However, how much time and in what rotation each will be used are questions that remain. With Alabama looming a week away, there isn't much time to wait around. Numerous players have made comments recently about the quarterback choice, echoing fan sentiment that the staff should make their choice and stick with it.
2. The running game. Silas Redd is the starter, Stephfon Green is in the doghouse, and Michael Zordich will be a beast on short yardage and goal line situations at fullback. What about the rest? Well, the rest (not counting Joe Suhey, the pass-catching fullback) means Brandon Beachum and Curtis Dukes. Beachum missed all of last year with injury and Dukes has yet to live up to his "bruiser" hype, but each should see some action in this matchup. Beachum looks to be the lead counterpart to Redd, but Dukes could push Zordich for some of those short yardage carries.
3. Where applicable, the receivers (/swoon). Potentially the best unit of the Penn State offense, and one of the best receiving corps in the conference, the Lions are loaded at wideout and slot. Justin Brown, Derek Moye and Devon Smith are the likely starters, but expect to see healthy doses of Shawney Kersey, Brandon Moseby-Felder, and tight ends Kevin Haplea and Andrew Szczerba (if he can stay healthy).
4. Line play. Offensively, the Lions replace two starters, and it looks like some familiar faces will line up against ISU. Chima Okoli and Quinn Barham will be your starting tackles, with Matt Stankiewitch maintaining a slight lead over at least three other centers. At guard, Johnnie Troutman and DeOn'tae Pannell are the likely starters, with Jon Urschel set to relieve either. Defensively, Larry Johnson, Sr. is looking to some younger players to push the seniors on the team to their full potential. Outside, Jack Crawford and Eric Latimore will get the start, with Kyle Baublitz and C.J. Olaniyan rotating frequently. Inside, the anchor of the line, Devon Still, will lead Jordan Hill and DaQuan Jones, among others.
5. Return of Linebacker U. 2010's linebacker play was mediocre, at best. Let's leave discussion of it in the past. This year, every member of the two-deep at linebacker is a stud, and expectations are very high in Happy Valley for this group once again. Gerald Hodges, Glenn Carson, and Mike Mauti will start, with Mike Hull, Khairi Fortt, and Nate Stupar right behind them. They will need to be in peak physical and athletic condition with Trent Richardson and Alabama coming to town next week.
6. Strong secondary. All four secondary starters return, as well as two others that have seen significant playing time. Nick Sukay and Drew Astorino will once again man the safety positions, and D'Anton Lynn has locked down one of the corners. The other cornerback spot will likely go to Chaz Powell, though Stephon Morris will see time as well. Malcolm Willis is another safety that should see some key minutes, after an impressive end of 2010 when Sukay went down with a torn pectoral muscle.
PREDICTION: The line is set at PSU (-37), and what many expect to be a limited playbook, the Lions will open it up and score from all over the field. Penn State wins, 49-10.
Both Bolden and McGloin should play a great deal against the Sycamores, who were 6-5 last season but won only two games the five seasons before that. Kickoff is at noon.
Bolden, a sophomore, was the Lions’ starting quarterback for the first half of last season. He won the starting nod over junior Matt McGloin, who played more in the latter half. McGloin was mostly reasonably effective, but he threw five interceptions in a terrible game in the Nittany Lions’ bowl outing against Florida.
Bolden had five touchdowns against seven interceptions for Penn State in 2010, but held his own for a freshman. There were rumblings during the offseason that he would transfer after losing his job to McGloin down the stretch, but Joe Paterno wouldn’t let him leave. And here we are. It sounds like the Bolden vs. McGloin storyline could continue for a while.
For more on Penn State football, check out Black Shoe Diaries.
Joe Paterno entered his first weekly press conference of the year on Tuesday supported by a crutch attached to his left arm. He's still recovering from injuries sustained earlier this month when receiver Devon Smith ran him over in practice. He managed to make it two and from the microphones under his own power, however, and thinks he has a chance to coach Penn State from the sideline on Saturday when the Nittany Lions open their season with Indiana State at Beaver Stadium.
"I've got some medical people who want me upstairs, and I want to be downstairs. That being upstairs is for the birds," Paterno said. "As of now it's a 50/50 thing, I think. Doctors tell me a little differently. But sometimes, you know, you have to do what you think you can do and not what somebody else thinks you can do."
Paterno coached from the press box during Penn State's Big Ten championship season in 2008 and said at the time he liked being up high and having a head set on to correspond with his assistants. He clearly wishes to be back down on the field, though, so that will be a story line to keep an eye on during an otherwise unremarkable matchup with FCS also-ran Indiana State.
Regardless of where Paterno ends up, however, his players doubt it will have much of an effect on the game.
"I don't think it makes really a difference at all," safety Nick Sukay said. "When you're down on the field focusing on the game, you're not really looking to see where all your coaches are at and stuff like that. You're kind of talking with your positions and defense."
Offensive lineman Chima Okoli sang a similar refrain.
"There's not too much of a difference," Okoli said. "Mike McQuerey is always going to be yelling, coach [Bill] Kenney is always going to be yelling...I feel like everyone picks up the slack."
For more on Joe Paterno's injury and his status for Saturday, be sure to check out this piece filed by Fight On State's Mark Brennan.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Joe Paterno announced Stephfon Green had been kicked off the team for a violation of team rules and was unlikely to return in 2011. Green was reinstated earlier this week, however, and it seems like everyone involved is looking forward to moving on with the speedy tailback in the fold once again.
"I had told him until I was sure that he was...he understood that he had certain responsibilities, I was not going to let him out for football," Paterno said. "I wasn't going to let him out on the team. So he went to work and he proved to me that he deserves another shot and he's getting another shot."
Green's production has slipped every year since he ran for 578 yards on 105 attempts in 2008. Last season, he fell behind then-freshman Silas Redd on the Lions' depth chart to third on the depth chart and played sparingly. With Evan Royster out of the picture this season, however, he figures to get some more carries assuming he's out of Paterno's doghouse.
Green was no listed among the top four tailbacks when Penn State released its final depth chart on Monday, so he might still have some work to do to get back in the good graces of the coaches.
Regardless, his teammates are glad to have him back, especially safety Nick Sukay who welcomed Green's return at Tuesday's press conference.
"I think I speak for the senior class and everyone else on the team. We think Stephfon is a great player to have on the team," Sukay said. "He brings different dimensions that you just can't teach in someone."
Joe Paterno decides not to name a starting quarterback at his weekly press conference.
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