Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Kicking off ...

Welcome to the launch of The Philadelphia Inquirer/philly.com Penn State football blog, titled "Lion Eyes." This blog will be the place to get your Nittany Lions fix through the eyes of a beat reporter.

Kicking off ...

Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis
Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis
CHICAGO -- Welcome to the launch of The Philadelphia Inquirer/philly.com Penn State football blog, titled “Lion Eyes.” This blog will be the place to get your Nittany Lions fix through the eyes of a beat reporter. Enough with the pleasantries …

We’re live at the Big Ten Media Kickoff for the next two days and will provide updates as the days progress. The first bit of news doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Ohio State swept the preseason media awards and was picked to win the conference for the third straight season. Wisconsin was next, followed by Illinois. It’s probably safe to assume Penn State was fourth, but the Big Ten does not release the finishers beyond third place.

As for individual honors, Buckeyes running back Chris “Beanie” Wells was chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year while teammate and linebacker James Laurinaitis was selected as Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year.

This voter tabbed Laurinaitis but picked Purdue quarterback Curtis Painter as OPotY.

Check back for more.
About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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