PSU LB Jason Cabinda's Memorable Scrimmage

The Nittany Lion linebacker had a moment to remember and a moment to forget — on the same play — in a recent scrimmage.

Penn State sophomore linebacker Jason Cabinda is not afraid to take the bad with the good. Such was the case while he was describing one of the highlight plays of the Nittany Lions’ Saturday scrimmage at Beaver Stadium.

While meeting with reporters Wednesday, Cabinda broke into a wide smile when he talked about intercepting PSU quarterback Christian Hackenberg in the scrimmage.

“I don’t think he was too happy about that,” Cabinda said.

Then there was — as Paul Harvey used to say — the rest of the story.

With noting but green grass and one of the smallest players on the team between him and scrimmage touchdown glory, the 245-pound Cabinda took off. Until (allegedly) 5-foot-9, 163-pound true freshman receiver Brandon Polk took him out at the legs.

Even teammates are dubious about Polk’s reported weight, which made the big tackle that much more fun for everyone except Cabinda.

“Memorable plays?” receiver Demean Hamilton pondered in a deadpan when asked that very question about the scrimmage. “We had Polk’s tackle of a 250-pound linebacker. He’s about 100 pounds. So that was pretty exciting to see.”

To Cabinda’s credit — and probably because he knew it would get out eventually — he alerted the media to Polk’s impressive tackle shortly after describing his own interception. And he did it with a smile on his face.

“I got a lot of stuff for that from (linebackers) Coach (Brent) Pry,” Cabinda said.


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