Drew Astorino was not highly recruited as a high school senior last fall. After leading his team to the state championship, people began to take notice. Penn State finally extended an offer late in the fall and Astorino jumped on it. Since then, he has been considered a "sleeper" of the class.
Loghran disagrees with that statement. "Astorino does not have the measurables or the looks you'd expect from a great football player, but once you watch him play you'll see it," Loghran says. "You want the ball in his hands – he is a football player. He'll make things happen."
Astorino was reportedly offered as a defensive back, but the former high school quarterback was used as a prominent role in the offense on Saturday.
"We'll move him around a lot between receiver and running back," Loghran said. "I really like him in the slot. He's also one of our best cover guys on defense as well."
Penn State signed one true wide receiver last year, and that was Derek Moye. A towering 6-foot-5, 195-pounder, Moye has sure hands and deceptive quickness – he starred on the track team as well. "Moye played a hybrid role of running back and receiver in high school," Loghran said. "We'll use him as a receiver primarily for this game."
While many Penn State fans expect Moye to redshirt, Coach Loghran isn't so sure. "He definitely has play-right away capability. He needs to mature a bit physically, but he is capable of making an impact right away."
Leader of Men
State College product Nathan Stupar is an exciting talent. What many are now learning is he is an excellent leader as well. "Stupar is a great character and a quality young man," Loghran explained. "He's been the leader of our defense during the week."
Stupar was practicing as a stand-up DE/OLB, similar to the role that Tim Shaw played at Penn State last year.
"I'm not sure what the coaches up there (at Penn State) are looking at him as, but we'll use him as an OLB, maybe a little DE during the game."