Tag:Penn State
Posted on: March 17, 2010 6:24 pm
 

Surprising results at Penn State Pro Day

Penn State linebacker Navarro Bowman had a lot riding on his Pro Day performance today after struggling a bit at the Combine. The 6-0, 242 pound outside linebacker was clocked at 4.74 in the 40-yard dash and only posted a 29.5" vertical jump in Indianapolis.

Bowman looked much more athletic today, running the 40-yard dash in 4.61 seconds, according to sources in attendance.

Bowman wasn't the only one who helped himself. Fellow all-conference linebacker Sean Lee was timed in the mid 4.5s in the 40-yard dash.

Defensive tackle Jared Odrick also impressed, clocking in at at 4.93 seconds.

The most impressive all-around performance was put forth by tight end Mickey Shuler, Jr, who was not invited to the 2010 Combine.

Shuler, the son of former Penn State standout and NFL veteran Mickey Shuler (New York Jets, Philadelphia), wasn't particularly productive for the Nittany Lions. He caught only 27 passes over his career for 300 yards and 3 touchdowns.

While his numbers are hardly eye-popping, that might be the way to describe his workout Wednesday.

The 6-4, 251 pounder clocked in at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 37.5" vertical jump and a 10'11 broad jump. He also posted 28 repetitions of the bench press, a time of 4.25 seconds in the short shuttle and a 6.7 seconds in the 3-cone. All would have ranked among the elite results posted by any tight end at the Combine.


Posted on: February 28, 2010 11:22 am
 

Impressions from first QB-WR session -- QB Report

I was among the fortunate handful of media members allowed to venture inside Lucas Oil Stadium to watch this morning's quarterback and wide receivers workouts. Because I have to head back out to cover the second session in just a few moments, I don't have enough to time to really break down the 20+ players I watched.

However, here were my impressions of a few noteworthy players.

Of the quarterbacks, the two most impressive players were the Browns, as in West Virginia's Jarrett Brown and Troy's Levi Brown.

Jarrett Brown threw with the zip and general accuracy that had impressed me at the Senior Bowl. He drove the ball on the dig, slant and out-routes and had good accuracy and trajectory on the post-corner and deep ball. One point of significant concern is that he is still quite rough in dropping back from center. He gains good depth with his two first steps, but they're slow. His next three steps are rushed and clumsy. However, he sets up and has a compact delivery. No passer in the first session had the same explosive zip out of their hand as Brown.

Levi Brown was slightly less impressive with his overall accuracy, but nonetheless stood out in this marginal group. He drove the ball with authority, showing good accuracy and zip on underneath routes. He also threw with good trajectory on the deeper routes. He consistently hit his man, but at times forced them to break stride.

The lack of preferred arm strength exposed at the Senior Bowl by Oregon State's Sean Canfield was again seen here. Canfield has good accuracy and timing. He was one of the few passers able to consistently hit his receiver in stride, and was able to "drop it in the bucket" on the post-corners -- one of the more difficult throws. However, on any pass longer than 10 yards, Canfield's passes have too much arc.

The quarterbacks who threw were: West Virginia's Jarrett Brown, Troy's Levi Brown, Oregon State's Sean Canfield, Penn State's Daryll Clark, Appalachian State's Armanti Edwards, BYU's Max Hall, Western Michigan's Tim Hiller and Northwestern's Mike Kafka.
Posted on: September 26, 2009 8:16 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2009 8:33 pm
 

Expect low-scoring, physical battle with PSU-Iowa

In today's day and age of the finesse spread and triple option offenses that have accurately been described as almost basketball on turf, it is rare that we get to watch good ole' fashioned grind 'em out football, but that is exactly what I expect in the Big Ten battle between Iowa and #5 Penn State.

Everyone knows about Penn State's tradition of linebackers, but I expect the senior duo of ILB Pat Angerer and OLB AJ Edds to give the Nittany Lions more trouble than most are projecting. Junior running back Evan Royster is a star and his ability to catch passes from senior QB Darryl Clark is certainly a test for the Hawkeye defense, but this is as fundamentally-sound a unit as I've seen all year long. That is a testament to head coach Kirk Ferentz, who I believe is among the country's absolute best.

The going may be tough for the Hawkeyes offensively. The loss of Aaron Maybin to the first round was a significant one, but I'd argue the more important loss is of ILB Sean Lee, who is being held out due to a sprained left knee. Lee missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, but appeared to be back to his usually productive self with double-digit tackles in two of his first three games this year. With potential Top 50 selection in DT Jared Odrick in front of him and a talented supporting class that includes OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn State appears defensively capable of bettering the physicality they pitched last year, against RB Shonn Greene, potential All-American LT Brian Baluga and the rest of the Hawkeyes.

I mention Green and Baluga, as neither will contribute for the Hawkeyes today. Green, of course, left early and was selected with the first pick of the 3rd round last April by the Jets. Baluga, only a junior, has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness and held out of the past two games. 

Penn State and their fans will be anxious for the opportunity to avenge the loss to the Hawkeyes that kept the Nittany Lions out of the National Championship last year.

Expect a tough, physical battle tonight, but for Joe Pa to get that much closer to another shot at a championship.

 
 
 
 
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