SHORT REPORT: Koroma, Evans Update

As Penn State prepares to open Big Ten play Saturday, Nittany Lion fans are anxiously awaiting updates on the status of defensive linemen Abe Koroma and Maurice Evans. Get the latest here.

Sources tell FightOnState.com that Penn State defensive linemen Abe Koroma and Maurice Evans practiced Monday for the first time since a Sept. 2 search of their on-campus apartment turned up what police reported as a "small amount" of marijuana.

Last week, both players were slapped with misdemeanor marijuana possession charges. Lion coach Joe Paterno has consistently declined comment on their status with the program, saying he wanted to see how things play out legally and with the university.

Evans and Koroma missed State's last three games. But both former starters were back at practice Monday wearing red jerseys, signifying they were on the second-team defense.

"Yeah, both Mo and Abe were back today," one observer said. "Who knows how much action they'll see this week [against Illinois]? Depends on the shape they are in and how the coaches — or at least one coach — feels about it."

As another observer explained, "Both of them got into drills today and were in the red jersey. I thought Maurice looked pretty good in his technique drills. I didn't get to see much of Abe, but others said he looked like he could contribute [this week]."

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