DT Anticipating Better Results

Penn State redshirt freshman defensive tackle Charles Rush and teammates are working hard to ensure the Nittany Lions' return to prominence.

This past Saturday, Charles returned to Hersheypark Stadium where he won both the 2000 State AAAA Championship and the 2001 Big 33 Classic.  He watched as this years Pennsylvania squad kept the winning streak alive by defeating Ohio, 40-17.

Charles is very much looking forward to this season and seeing his first action in the Big 10.  His development this year is extremely important for the Nittany Lions as they will be losing the top 4 players at the defensive tackle position (Jimmy Kennedy, Anthony Adams, Tim Falls and Tyler Valoczki) following the season.

"I weigh 290 pounds," Charles said following Saturday's Big 33 Classic.  "I'm at backup nose tackle.  Right now, we're really conditioning hard and doing strength training, everything's going very well.  Everyone's just getting ready for the season.  We start camp in a few weeks."

Is the team working any harder than it was at this time last year?

"I think we're working with the same intensity, but a lot of people are focused.  Last season was a disappointment and we know that we have to get it done this year.  We definitely want to go to a bowl and achieve the great success that a lot of people don't think we can."

Although reluctant to make any predictions, Charles said, "I predict that we'll do a lot better than we did last year, that's all I can say."


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