Monthly Archives: April 2011

Breakout prospect No. 4: Malcolm Willis

I really debated whether or not to put sophomore safety Malcolm Willis here, but hear me out on why he made the cut. A relative unknown to Penn State fans going into 2010, Willis registered just one tackle through the first five games of the season. A season-ending injury to Nick Sukay in the sixth [...]

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Breakout prospect No. 3: Jordan Hill

With better-than-advertised Ollie Ogbu gone, Penn State desperately needs a player who can get into opponents’ backfield and cause them headaches. Look no further than Jordan Hill. The junior defensive tackle added about 10 pounds in the offseason and now tips the scale at 316, or about 25 more than Ogbu weighed his senior year. [...]

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Breakout prospect No. 2: Brandon Beachum

Running back Brandon Beachum seemed to be putting himself in position for a breakout season in 2010 late in the 2009 season. As a sophomore, Beachum showed toughness and quickness in the hole, and the ability to make defenders miss in open space. He ran for 113 yards on 24 carries, a 4.7 yards per [...]

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Breakout prospect No. 1: Justin Brown

Wide receiver Justin Brown was one of the final players to commit to Penn State’s 2009 recruiting class, but he’s the first player I’m highlighting in my week-long series of seven players ready for breakout seasons for the Nittany Lions. Brown saw the field as a true freshman, catching five passes for 78 yards to [...]

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As promised

Sorry it’s late (I was taking in the Phillies’ come-from-behind opening-day victory over the Astros today), but here is my column in today’s paper on the first two weeks of spring practice for Penn State. Remember, starting Saturday for the next week I’ll be highlighting one player a day poised for a breakout season for [...]

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