Nittany Notes: Take Two

As the second summer session kicks off, the Nittany Lions welcome a wave of true freshmen onto campus. Get an update with some news and notes concerning the program.

This past weekend saw a variety of new faces arrive on campus, as Penn State's second summer semester began Monday. Among the recent arrivals are most of the members of the Nittany Lion football team's Class of 2008.

  • Observers provided initial thoughts on some of the incoming freshmen, including:

    Linebacker "Michael Zordich looks solid — really seems to be put together. I am anxious to see him in action." Mauti is a true freshman who enrolled at PSU in January.

    Defensive back "D'Anton Lynn passes the early looks test."


    D'Anton Lynn

    Defensive tackle "Brandon Ware looks huge — someone said he's almost 370 [pounds]. He may be sucking wind, though, trying to get through the runs."

  • The freshman have their initial runs Tuesday, which "are always very telling." The freshmen are scheduled for this initial run a 6 a.m., with a wake-up time of 5 a.m. There is also a 7:15 a.m. slot for those who need "some extra beauty sleep."

  • There are some questions about receiver A.J. Price's eligibility that Penn State is attempting to get straightened out. There is a CHANCE he could be headed to a prep school, but that is not a certainty at this moment. As of Sunday he had not arrived on campus.

  • Most of the squad was on campus throughout the first summer session of classes, with only a handful of players out of action for the workouts, conditioning, informal drills and some light classes. Among those players who were not on campus were:

    Chaz Powell
    Joe Suhey
    Shelton McCullough
    Josh Matzkin
    Michael Mauti
    Patrick Mauti


    Michael Mauti

  • The coaching staff is expected to move Michael Mauti back to linebacker after his shift to safety late in the spring. "I think [the coaches] realize he's built to play 'backer. We'll see, but I can't see him sticking at safety."

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