Monthly Archives: April 2011

Successes and failures

Another spring practice has come to an end and plenty was learned from the 15 practices Penn State conducted the past month or so. There’s still no starting quarterback, the offensive line is unsettled, some young linebackers took advantage of opportunities and Anthony Fera could be a busy man come September. Hopefully if you’ve read [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment

Now or never No. 7: Devon Still

I debated whether or not to put senior defensive tackle Devon Still here, but with so much potential and not a lot proven on the field I went for it. Still was plagued by injuries early in his career, first a torn ACL as a true freshman in 2007 and then a broke ankle the [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment

Now or never No. 5 and No. 6

Again, I got caught up doing some things on my day off Thursday and blanked on writing the No. 5 installment of now or never. My apologies. Figured I’d just kill two birds with one stone here. For No. 5 I’m going with senior cornerback Chaz Powell. It would be hard to find a more [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment

Now or never No. 4: DeOn’tae Pannell

Another easy choice for No. 4. Senior offensive lineman DeOn’tae Pannell didn’t come to Penn State with a lot of fanfare, but he was so impressive as a true freshman that he saw action in the season’s first game, a blowout win over Coast Carolina in 2008. In all Pannell played in eight games that [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment

Now or never No. 3: Jack Crawford

Back for my second post of the day, I wasn’t real sure if senior defensive end Jack Crawford qualified for being here. He had himself a pretty good sophomore year in 2009, ranking ninth in the Big Ten with 14.5 tackles for losses to go along with 5.5 sacks, so it’s not like he hasn’t [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment

Now or never No. 2: Andrew Szczerba

My apologies for missing yesterday. I was in Philly watching the Sixers sleep walk through a loss to Orlando. So today I’ll have two installment of my now or never players. First I will go with tight end Andrew Szczerba and then I’ll post another blog later tonight when I’m in the office. Unlike most [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment

Now or never No. 1: Brandon Ware

This is the first installment of my players whose time to prove themselves at Penn State is now or never and No.1 was an easy choice. Perhaps no player has frustrated die-hard Penn State fans than junior defensive tackle Brandon Ware. Casual Nittany Lions fans might not even know who Ware is, but not the [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment

Breakout prospect No. 7: Miles Dieffenbach

I’m taking a shot in the dark here. I really expected redshirt freshman offensive lineman Miles Dieffenbach to battle junior Matt Stankiewitch for the starting center spot in the spring, but it looks like the job is Stankiewitch’s to lose for now. I still think Dieffenbach will be a player on the Nittany Lions’ offensive [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment

Breakout prospect No. 6: Silas Redd

This was a pretty easy choice. I know I already picked a running back in Brandon Beachum, but Redd is the key figure in Penn State’s running game this fall (that of course depends on the Nittany Lions finding a competent offensive line). Redd has the quickness, elusiveness and drive to be an All-American before [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment

Breakout prospect No. 5: Bill Belton

I debated whether to put Bill Belton on this list since he’s not even on campus yet and wont’ be until June, but Curtis Drake’s injury plus Joe Paterno’s doubts about Drake’s availability for this season cinched it. Belton, a high school quarterback, might just be the best player in Penn State’s incoming recruiting class. [...]

Posted in Penn State | Leave a comment
  • Blog Authors

    Joe Miegoc

    You can follow Joe Miegoc on Twitter @JoeMiegoc and you can e-mail him at jmiegoc@poconorecord.com. Joe has been at the Pocono Record since 2005 ... Read Full
  • Categories

  • Archives