Monday Big 33 News/Notes

Catch up with the future Nittany Lions representing the Keystone State in this year's Big 33 Classic All-Star game against Ohio. Here are more news and notes around several players from today's practice.

Pitt recruit Dorin Dickerson got his feet tangled up going out for a long pass and tweaked his ankle during the afternoon practice session. Dickerson was carried off the field, and assisted to the locker room after practice. Dickerson was in street clothes for the evening session with his ankle wrapped, but he told us that he will not be replaced on the roster and he should be able to play. He is taking the injury on a day to day basis.

Penn State recruit Jared Odrick continues to be unblockable and showing consistent dominance off the defensive line. Odrick has also seen repetitions on the offensive front, and he is clearly one of the strongest players on the team. Odrick appears to be in excellent shape, and is very quick. According to one of the Big 33 coaches, it will be very tough to fit Odrick for a red shirt at Penn State this fall.

The swirling wind seemed to carry several passes incomplete by both Pennsylvanian quarterbacks during the afternoon session. Devlin was the most polished of the Pennsylvania quarterbacks, and he posesses a soft touch and deadly accuracy. Devlin's passes are not the bullet quick strikes that Penn State fans expect to see from Anthony Morelli, but softer balls that seem to find their way into the receiver's hands. Devlin is very poised and mature for this stage of his development - not a play went past when he didn't go through his progressions and look off the defenders before delivering - often to secondary receivers. Devlin hasn't been told what to expect yet by the Penn State coaches, but he did tell FOS that he will be rooming this year with Graham Zug. FOS spoke with Devlin after practice this evening, and we will be posting a feature story with quotes from this interview later this week.

The Pennsylvanian defensive line is the strongest point on the team. Both Odrick and Tom McEowen have seen time on the offensive line as well. The coaching staff wants to keep McEowen on defense as much as possible - he is a very polished and skilled defender, and will cause headaches for the Ohio offense.

Travis McBride displayed nice hands in pulling in a couple of good receptions. McBride is middle sized, and he displayed good quickness and a nice burst to the outside on the few occasions where he was given the opportunity to run the ball. Travis may be the most sure handed player on the team. McBride pulled in everything near him.

Pat Devlin remained on the field after the afternoon practice to work on timing and patterns with Delaware bound wideout Anthony Walters from Cardinal O'Hara. Devlin continues to display fantastic leadership, and will be a great asset to the Lions.

Abe Koroma just continues to impress. Very quick for his massive size, and even lined up on the offensive line for the field goal unit. Koroma is making a believer out of me.

Collin Wagner looks solid on field goals and placekicks, but risks losing the punting job to Nate Nix who displayed good kicking skills today.

Pat Devlin

Jared Odrick with Anthony Walters

Collin Wagner punting

Tom McEowen

Travis McBride

Collin Wagner kicking a field goal

Abe Koroma on the OL

Tom McEowen

Stay tuned to for more updates from Big 33 practice.


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