PLAYBOOK HD: Doc Block

Check out who is helping to provide protection for head coach Joe Paterno on the Penn State sideline. You can also review Graham Zug's long punt return (that went for naught) vs. Syracuse.

Every major college football program has at least one team doctor.

But we're guessing Penn State director of athletic medicine Wayne Sebastianelli is the only one who can qualify for hazard pay.

First a little background. Last November, when Nittany Lion head coach Joe Paterno required hip placement surgery, Sebastianelli headed up the procedure.

Paterno spent most of the 2008 season in the press box due to the bum hip. But with the new joint allowing him to walk more comfortably, he is back on the sideline this season.

And it looks like he has a body guard. We noticed that Sebastianelli was standing awfully close to Paterno through the first two games of the season -- wins over Akron and Syracuse. But until we went back to break down our high-angle photos, we did not realize exactly how close the doc was to his patient.

On a third-quarter punt return, PSU's Graham Zug bolted up the right sideline, just in front of the Penn State bench. We stopped shooting the play when we noticed a flag had been thrown.

But not before we clicked off a couple of frames of Zug getting close to Paterno. And Sebastianelli preparing for action.

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