2009 Penn State Nittany Lions

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  1. Colonel_Reb

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    Since 2005, Paterno had between 8 and 10 white starters on his team. This year looks like a bit of an improvement.

    Offense
    WR Graham Zug
    FB Joe Suhey
    TE Mickey Shuler
    LT Dennis Landolt
    LG Matt Stankiewitch
    C Stefen Wisniewski
    RG Lou Eliades

    Defense
    OLB Sean Lee
    ILB Josh Hull
    OLB Nathan Stupar
    FS Drew Astorino
    SS Nick Sukay

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    <div>http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/story/9835018/Penn-St.-receiver-kicked-off-team-after-DUI-charge

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State backup receiver James
    McDonald is off the football team after police charged him with drunken
    driving.

    A one-sentence statement Tuesday from the athletic department
    said the fifth-year senior would not be invited back to the Nittany
    Lions this fall. The statement did not elaborate.</div>


    State College
    police on Monday filed two misdemeanor counts of driving under the
    influence against McDonald after he was pulled over July 9 for an
    expired registration.

    The 22-year-old from Washington, D.C., also
    faces a violation of driving a car with an expired registration. A
    preliminary hearing was scheduled for Aug. 19.

    McDonald has played sparingly at Penn State, finishing last season with five catches for 72 yards.
     
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    Is the Suhey that plays for the Lions the son or nephew of Matt Suhey? I'm assuming so as the name is a rare ethnic name.
     
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    A little update to the depth chart. This is from last week, so it may have changed, but it is recent.


    Dennis Landolt moved over to left tackle.

    Matt Stankiewitch now starts at left guard for the Nittany Lions.

    Nick Sukay starts at the Hero position for the Nittany Lions on defense. (It may be like a strong safety spot, just a different name.)

    Sean Lee starts at Outside linebacker.

    Josh Hull starts at inside linebacker.

    Joe Suehy is listed as starting FB on their depth chart. (When they use one.)


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    It is his son.
     
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    Thanks Jack. That makes Penn State a majority white team, the first time they have been such since CF started.
     
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    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State coach Joe Paterno is unsure
    whether he'll have his top two linebackers for Saturday's Big Ten
    opener against Iowa.



    Sean Lee sprained his left knee in the No. 5 Nittany Lions'
    (3-0) win last week against Temple. He missed practice Monday, and
    Paterno said Tuesday he remains day to day.


    Navorro Bowman has
    returned to practice after missing most of the last three games with
    sore right groin. Paterno said he's not sure about his availability for
    Saturday, either.


    But middle linebacker Josh Hull said Bowman has
    looked good so far. He thinks the team's leading tackler last year will
    be ready for the Hawkeyes (3-0).


    Lee and Bowman both are listed as possible on the depth chart.http://msn.foxsports.com/cfb/story/10009028/Penn-St.-may-not-have-top-2-LBs-in-Big-Ten-openerEdited by: Colonel_Reb
     
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    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Joe Paterno pronounced Penn State's quarterback
    derby a dead heat between <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=481926" target="_blank">Kevin
    Newsome</a> (black) and Matt McGloin (White) before the Nittany Lions held their
    Blue-White game on Saturday.

    The coach may want to add a freshman
    who turns 18 this spring to the race after this otherwise uninspiring
    scrimmage.

    Highly recruited Paul Jones (black), looking sharper than
    sophomores Newsome or McGloin, stood out the most on the final day of
    spring drills in Happy Valley.

    Newsome and McGloin, who backed up two-year starter <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=185917" target="_blank">Daryll
    Clark</a> last season, combined for an underwhelming 15-of-35 passing
    for 160 yards and two interceptions, both by McGloin. Jones was 5 of 8
    for 67 yards in more limited action, though the offense looked more
    crisp when he was under center.

    Jones connected with freshman <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=488964" target="_blank">Shawney
    Kersey</a> for two scores, including a nice touch pass over a defender
    in the end zone for an 18-yard TD in the fourth quarter.

    This may
    not be a two-man race after all, hinted Paterno's son and quarterbacks
    coach, Jay Paterno.

    "That may be true that that's an assumption on
    people outside the program's part, but it's not the assumption on our
    part," Jay Paterno said. "We're going play the guy who gives us the best
    chance to win, no matter who it is."

    At the same time, he warned
    not to read too much into Saturday. It was just one glorified practice,
    after all, played with a limited playbook in front of a national
    television audience and 55,000 fans at Beaver Stadium.

    "It's a
    spring game ... there's not a whole lot of weight in that," Jay Paterno
    said. "We kept it pretty vanilla."

    The offense often appeared
    about as plain as the Nittany Lions' simple blue-and-white uniforms when
    Newsome and McGloin were behind center.

    Each had some highlights
    and both split time with the first-team offensive line, as they have all
    spring. Joe Paterno, speaking before the scrimmage, said he wasn't
    close to making a decision between Newsome or McGloin.

    "I think
    the two kids right now at the head of the pack are pretty even," he
    said. "They're making progress, they're working at it. There's some
    potential there. ... We'll see what happens."

    Newsome, considered
    more of a running quarterback like former Penn State QB Michael
    Robinson, showed some touch and a strong arm on a few medium-range
    passes but had more than his share of errant throws. He was 5 of 12 for
    50 yards and was sacked three times, though he did show a knack for
    scrambling out of trouble at times.

    While Newsome might be the
    front-runner by virtue of being the top backup last year, he said he's
    not taking anything for granted.

    "I would rate my performance as
    'We got a lot of work to do,'" said Newsome, who gave few specifics
    about where he wanted to improve beside being more consistent. "I
    consider myself a player that has a lot of work to do."

    McGloin, a
    former walk-on, was 10 for 23 for 110 yards. While not as talented as
    Newsome, McGloin appears to have a little more poise on the field.

    "We're
    settling in now. We got a long way to go," said McGloin, a third-year
    sophomore. "I think [the offense] is starting to respect us more and
    feel more comfortable."

    Paterno rarely allows freshmen to talk to
    the media -- let alone start at quarterback -- so Jones wasn't available
    afterward. JoePa has hinted this spring that he's worried about giving
    freshmen too much playing time early in the fall, especially with a
    brutal road schedule that begins with a visit to national champion
    Alabama in week 2.

    "There's an awful lot, particularly [when]
    we're in the process of ... trying to establish what to do with the two
    kids ahead of him," Paterno said about Jones before the game. "Some
    things he's good at, some things he's not good at, but he works hard."

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5133453
     
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