More PSU Rookie Reports

With the Class of 2006 freshmen getting adjusted to the Penn State program, we have received some more early assessments on several of the fresh faces in the program. Get an update on how more of these young players look out of the gate.

Before we jump into these player updates, keep in mind that this report covers certain players and the exclusion of players in this report does not indicate anything about their peformance so far. We will have subsequent reports that will include other freshmen that we are working currently to put together.

Last week we provided updates on players like Jared Odrick, Chris Bell, Evan Rosyter and A.J. Wallace. Here is another report on several more of the Class of 2006 members.

Overall, the consensus is that this class is "impressive" thanks to its overall size and athleticism, but most importantly, "the overall attitude is great — a lot of coachable guys hungry to learn."

Pat Devlin: At around 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Devlin is "deceptive with his build." Physically, he is said to be "built well," although observers feel that he could add five to 10 pounds with the conditioning program. "He's not a blazer, but he's fluid on runs and has a strong stride — he runs confident," according to one observer. He also has a strong dropback stride.

He releases the ball quickly and "snaps it, giving the ball good velocity." In limited Drill 6 (7-on-7) sets, Devlin has shown good consistency and a range of passes, tossing "short balls, long balls, lobs and rockets — he has a good range." The initial area he's working on is running through his progression. "It's typical for young QBs, but he rushes things at times. [Michael] Robinsion did this too early on — most guys do. He just needs patience to let routes develop," one observer said.

Aaron Maybin: The first thing observers mention about Maybin is his leadership. As one observer said, "I am not sure I have seen as vocal of a leader out of a freshman before." Aside from a leader, he's been called a "pseudo-coach" and "likely captian" down the line. The players really respect him.

Aside from his direction, his abilities have been impressive to observers. At 6-3, 237 pounds, Maybin is seeing his reps at defensive end. "These young ends see a big opportunity in front of them. I think guys like [Maurice] Evans, Maybin and Odrick see it and are bringing their A-game to contribute early." Maybin is quick off the blocks but is focused on getting his base low and wide. He is very open to criticism and embraces it to improve his game.

Tom McEowen: At 6-4, 289 pounds, McEowen has shown good footwork and hands in 1v1 drills. "He's pretty nimble for his size," one observer explained. "He gets up on his toes and pumps his legs and constantly moves."

Observers say McEowen has an excellent surge off the snap. "He needs to tap into his mean streak. He's aggressive, but he'll channel his strength if he plays more mean."

Brett Brackett: At 6-5, 230 pounds, Brackett is not as well built as Devlin, "but still has a good overall physique." Not as fluid on runs, he has a strong stride and powerful legs, throwing his upperbody into his stride.

Brackett's release is not as sharp or quick as Devlin's but he has good accuracy. "Once he gets comfortable with the scheme they'll work on combining his release and follow through," an observer said. Brackett drips his elbow at times, but has good footwork and fundamental mechanics. "He holds the ball well and eyes multiple targets." Although the two will be competiting with each other, Devlin and Brackett apparently have warmed up to each other. "They seem to talk and hang out a lot. In fact they're on the same Lift For Life team — that says a lot for two guys going head-to-head."

Lou Eliades: The consensus around Eliades is that "he's mean." As one observer put it, "He's the type of lineman you want — he's nasty and always seems annoyed." At 6-3, 290 pounds, Eliades has seen the bulk of his drills so far with the offensive line. His approach to the game has been compared to A.Q. Shipley, "an offensive lineman with a DL's attitude."

Eliades has a good base of fundametals to work with. He sits low and sets a wide base. He comes of out his stance smoothly and uses his legs for mobility and leverage. "He needs to work on his hands — keeping them up and out, but almost every guys does," one observer said. Eliades is said to be quite and intense. "He's held his own in 1v1 drills against some of the vets," according to another observer.

Phillip Taylor: The consensus among observers is that Taylor is just shy of 350 pounds. At 6-4, "he's massive." Taylor is finding all the running to be a challenge, but is "adjusting well to it."

He's been "a lot for assignments to handle" early on given his size and strength. "As you can imagine he has tremendous momentum off the line; he's like a tank." Taylor is expected to drop some weight, but if he can get comfortable with the running observers feel he has the frame to effectively carry his size.


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