Are Nittany Lions Having Too Much Fun?

Comments from Penn State players are featured as the Nittany Lions prepare for the Jan. 1st Capital One Bowl game vs. Auburn.

Orlando, Fla..--Penn State, which has been off the bowl circuit the last two seasons, appears to be enjoying the bowl activities in Orlando.

One of the Nittany Lions said on Friday that maybe some are having too much fun.

Defensive end Michael Haynes, a 6-3, 280 redshirt junior from Columbus, N.J., said after Friday's practice, "I think Coach (Joe Paterno) was more upset at the younger guys because they have probably been spending a little too much time at the parks. They are on their feet all day and then our curfew isn't until midnight so they are staying up a little too long.

"I told our younger defensive line guys that they can go out, but you might have to come in a little earlier and get some rest in order to have a productive day."

Haynes said the Nittany Lions definitely have incentive for the Capital One Bowl game vs. Auburn. "Since we have had two losing seasons (the past two seasons), it's a chance to get back up there and show people where Penn State belongs."

Fullback Sean McHugh, a 6-5, 264 junior from Chagrin falls, Ohio, had these comments about the bowl trip on Friday: "This is awesome. It's my first bowl game since I've been at Penn State so I am just taking it all in, enjoying it and getting ready to play a good football team. We have been watching a lot of film, preparing as hard as we can and by game time we‚ll be ready.

"It's really a reward for working hard all year. It is a reward for the seniors for bringing this program back to where it should be. And it is a chance to win another game and have a 10-win season."

Center Joe Iorio, a 6-3, 302-pound center from Sylvania, Ohio, agrees that getting another victory is important to the Nittany Lions. "First off, if we win this game it gives us a 10-win season. And 10-3 looks a lot better than 9-4. Being a senior, I think everybody in the senior class wants to go out a winner. Plus, you always want to win on New Year's Day. We worked very hard to get here and if we came up short, a lot of guys would be disappointed."


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