The Nittany Lions held a short practice at Alamo Heights High Sunday afternoon. As important as what went on during the practice what who was not on hand for the session.
Multiple observers have told FOS that five key players are not on the trip. They are:
• Starting defensive tackle Chris Baker, who is facing a felony assault charge in connection with a fight at the HUB in October. The felony assault charge had been thrown out by a district judge, but was refiled by the Centre County district attorney. Felony charges are still pending against Baker in connection with an alleged fight in a State College apartment last April.
• Second-team outside linebacker Navorro Bowman, who is also facing a felony assault charge in connection to the fight at the HUB. As was the case with Baker, a district judge threw out the felony charge before the DA refiled.
• Backup defensive back Knowledge Timmons, who faces non-felony charges for an incident that allegedly occurred shortly after the alleged altercation at the HUB.
• Backup defensive back Willie Harriott, who had been briefly suspended from the team early in the season following an underage drinking citation and then in early November was charged with DUI. Sources tell FOS Harriott intends to transfer from Penn State.
• Reserve defensive tackle Tom McEowen, who is not on the trip while dealing with personal issues.
At a press conference earlier this month, Penn State coach Joe Paterno said he intended to take Baker, Bowman and Timmons to the Alamo Bowl, but declined to answer when asked if the trio would play. A source said the coach later decided that the three would not play in the game, so he opted not to take them on the trip.