Future Lions Make Pa. Big 33 Squad

Looking at the recently released Big 33 all-state roster for Pennsylvania, most Nittany Lion fans are likely to be surprised by some of the names which did not make the roster. However, Penn State, as in most years, will have representation in the classic all-star clash.

The 2007 edition of the Big 33 Pennsylvania team will have at least two future Nittany Lions on the squad, with a possible third.

Nathan Stupar (TE): The State College tight end had a major impact on both sides of the ball for the State College Little Lions in 2006. At tight end, he caught 36 passes for 554 yards and six touchdowns through the team's first 13 games. He also rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Those numbers are more impressive when you consider that Stupar missed the better part of three games late in the season due to an ankle injury.

The State College defense was ferocious, recording four shutouts and allowing only 13.3 points per game. Stupar played both defensive end and linebacker and is considered the hardest hitter in the Mid-Penn Conference.

Stupar was named to the Associated Press Class AAAA First Team All-State team for the second consecutive year at tight end. The first Little Lion do accomplish that since Matt Suhey did in the mid-1970s.

Stefen Wisniewski (OL): The 6-foot-3 Wisniewski has been a fixture on both sides of the line for Central Catholic the past three seasons. The Viking offense averaged 28 points per game last season and Wisniewski was a big part of the success. A dominant run blocker, Wisniewski blew open holes from his tackle spot for a potent running attack.

He was also an outstanding defensive tackle and contributed greatly to the defense holding opponents to 10 points per game. Central Catholic was expected to challenge for another WPIAL Class AAAA title but the Vikings were tripped up in the semifinals by Penn Hills and finished with a 10-1 record.

A U.S. Army All-American, Wisniewski was a fellow Associated Press Class AAAA First Team All-State selection on the offensive line.

Derek Moye (WR): Down to Pitt and Penn State, the three-time AP first team selection was also named first-team all-conference on both sides of the ball and selected as the Class A Player of the Year by the Pittsburgh-Post Gazette.

Moye was also named to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25 and Harrisburg Patriot-News Platinum 33 teams.

Among the future Nittany Lions who were not named to the Pennsylvania Big 33 roster this year were Josh Marks, a three-time firt-team AP all-state selection, Nick Sukay, a first team AP all-state safety and Jon Ditto, a four-star Post-Gazette all-conference pick.

The 50th annual Big 33 Football Classic will be played against the Ohio All-Stars on June 16 at Hershey Park Stadium.

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