Here is some of the content you will find in our next issue:
TIM SHAW FEATURE
Our cover story is on Penn State linebacker Tim Shaw. Shaw cringes a bit when called an unsung hero, saying he has no problem with the amount of publicity (or lack thereof) he receives while playing alongside Paul Posluszny and Dan Connor. But no one in the program fits the description more. Shaw is about to become a three-year starter. He changed positions early in his career for the good of the team. And he has been a strong player and exemplary student throughout his career. Shaw is also the target of or monthly center spread poster.
Q&A: KULKA AND RICHARDSON
You've heard so much about the Penn State football program's outstanding graduation rate and strong commitment to academics. Now meet the two men who have as much to do with that as anyone: Former Nittany Lion players Todd Kulka and Wally Richardson. Heading up the football program's academic support team, this dynamic duo goes head to head with FOS editor Mark Brennan, talking about the challenges and rewards of their profession while they give an inside look at a part of the program few ever see.
Has any position received less praise at Penn State down through the years than long snapper? Sure, everyone notices when a snap goes awry. But long snappers have also been a part — albeit in a quiet manner — of some of the most memorable plays in school history. Lou Prato catches up with three of the very best in his latest contribution to The Magazine.
FOS writer Matt Herb sets his sites on the national scene, examining why fullbacks have become a dying breed in major college football. See how this trend looks though the eyes of one of the nation's top young fullbacks, Pennsylvania prep star Henry Hynoski. Former NFL and college coach Dick Vermeil is among the others who chime in on the topic.
What impact did the tragic death of Northwestern's Randy Walker have on the rest of the coaches in the league? FOS talked to a number of them to find out how they deal with the high-pressure world of college football.
INSIDE THE HELMET
Sure he can cover and hit. But did you realize former Nittany Lion cornerback Rich Gardner can also turn a phrase? The current Tennessee Titan takes his crack at our series, where actual football players explain the game to Penn State fans. Gardner examines the differences between playing cornerback in college and the NFL.
FOS RECRUITING REPORT
There are still months to go before Penn State's Class of 2007 signs. But writer Scott Cole has already spotted some clear trends in the staff's efforts on the recruiting trail this year. From chasing versatile athletes, to the debate over early commitments, to the Nittany Lions' alleged inability to recruit Florida, Texas and California, Cole lets you know what's developing.
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