Young Lions Show Support

HERSHEY, Pa. — Penn State may have had only three players in Saturday's 2005 Big 33 Classic — linebacker Sean Lee, kicker Kevin Kelly and defensive back Knowledge Timmons. But the Nittany Lions, by far, had more representatives in Hersheypark Stadium than any other school.

That's because a slew of freshmen-to-be attended the game to support their new teammates. At the top of that list was Justin King, the Big 33 Pennsylvania Offensive Player of the Year who was ineligible to play in the game because he enrolled at Penn State for the spring semester.

All three Nittany Lions in the 2005 Big 33 played for Pennsylvania, which dropped a 34-28 decision. But for Lee, who led his squad in tackles with seven, that did little to dampen the show of support from his PSU brethren.

“It was unbelievable,” he said. “All the kids at Penn State are great kids. We're really a close group. I'm real glad they came. It was a great game. I'm sure they had fun.”

King estimated that more than 20 players made the trip to Hershey in several cars. The list included Chris Baker, Francis Claude, Brennan Coakley, Willie Harriott, Jerome Hayes, Dennis Landolt, Jordan Norwood, Lydell Sargeant and Anthony Scirrotto.

Several older Nittany Lions, including former Big 33 participants Paul Posluszny, A.Q. Shipley and Gerald Cadogan, were also in the house.

To hear what King had to say about the trip, check our audio file below.

Justin King Audio


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