Alumni Alerts: More PSU Training Camp Updates

Fight On State continues to keep a close eye on the many Penn State alumni in NFL camps around the league to track their progress as they prepare for the upcoming 2005 season.

Brandon Noble - Washington Redskins:

It has been arough stretch for the former Lion who, after recovering from a severe knee injury suffered during the 2003 off-season, had to battle a bout with a serious staph infection in the skin and bursa sack in his right knee, which practically ran the length of his calf.

On Monday Noble finally returned to the football field where he faced another former Lion, Tyler Lenda, in one-on-one drills and blew by him on the first drill. His return is expected to provide a major boost to the Redskins' defensive line.

Brandon Short - Carolina Panthers:

If there weren't already enough preseason injuries to Nittany Lion alumni, Carolina linebacker Brandon Short hurt his foot during Saturday evening's preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

Panthers coach John Fox announced that Short suffered a partially torn tendon in his foot and could miss a significant amount of time heading into the season.

Andrew Guman - Detroit Lions:

The NFL rookie has been seeing safety reps with the Lions throughout camp. He has been described as "raw talent," but has made enough of an impression that observers feel he could make the Detroit practice squad.

The practice squad is an eight-man unit and is used to keep young players who need time to develop into contributors and refine their technique and fundamentals.

LaVar Arrington - Washington Redskins:

Another former Nittany Lion with the Redskins, LaVar Arrington was removed from the "physically unable to perform" list after passing his physicals this week. He participated in limited individual drills Monday and has seen drill duty throughout camp this week.

Assistant coach Gregg Williams talked about Arrington's return, saying, "Right now, he's in better condition this year than at any time last year, even before he was hurt, because he's on a mission. I'm anxious for him to have a healthy year. If he has a healthy year, he'll make plays for us."

Bhawoh Jue - San Diego Chargers:

During the off-season Jue made a move as a free agent to the Chargers. He discussed his current situation, saying, "I've really enjoyed being here. Everything is new to me, but I'm used to change. It really is the only thing that's constant."

Jue is in the middle of some stiff competition with Jerry Wilson and Clinton Hart for the starting free safety spot. Although the fifth-year pro is still adjusting to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips' system, he's excited at the prospect of starting, saying, "That's the main reason why I came here. I was told that I'd get a chance to start and make a big contribution to this football team."

David Macklin - Arizona Cardinals:

Macklin is expected to start at right cornerback for the Cardinals this season and serve as a foundation point for the team's defense.

He has had a solid preseason camp and is enjoying his time in Arizona playing under defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, saying, "Clancy has a great mind. I like the way he's running things here. It's a fun defense. I think we're going to be able to do a lot of things to certain teams. See how they like to run their offense and we're trying to attack their weaknesses."

Kareem McKenzie - New York Giants:

During the off-season McKenzie jumped from the Jets to the Giants, signing a seven-year, $37.75 million deal. What's even more impressive is that he got an incredible $12.5 million signing bonus, the largest the Giants have ever given to another team's free agent.

He has made an early impression with the Giants too, especially Michael Strahan, who lines up against him in practice. As Strahan told the New York Daily News recently, "He definitely makes me better because he's big, first of all. Secondly, he's strong and he knows how to play. He's a smart player. It's been awhile since I've had that kind of challenge."

Marco Rivera - Dallas Cowboys:

Rivera suffered a tweak of his right hamstring recently, which sidelined him for practice on Monday. However, the veteran was expected to play in this week's game against the Seattle Seahawks.

The right guard has been a boost to the Cowboyss offense and served as a mentor to many of the younger players both in and around the offensive line. As rookie offensive tackle Rob Petitti put it, " Everyday I just gotta get better. It's been great playing next to Marco (Rivera)."

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