Archive: October, 2011
Two days removed from a career-high performance, Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still was named Monday as one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the nation's top defensive player.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound senior, who had a career-best 10 tackles in his team's 10-7 win over Illinois on Saturday, has emerged as one of the nation's premier defensive lineman. Still is second in the Big Ten and fifth in the nation with 15.5 tackles for loss this season and the Wilmington, Del. native also has four sacks (seventh in Big Ten).
Three finalists for the award will be revealed on Nov. 21 and the winner will be announced during ESPN's College Football Awards Show on Dec. 8.
Penn State weakside linebacker Gerald Hodges, a former standout at Paulsboro High School, was honored Monday as the Big Ten's defensive player of the week for the second straight time.
In the Nittany Lions' 10-7 over Illinois on Saturday, Hodges tallied a career-high 19 tackles, the most by a Penn State player in a game since Paul Posluszny had 22 in 2005. The junior also had a sack, forced a fumble and broke up two passes in Saturday's come-from-behind victory.
Hodges is the first Lion recognized as the conference's defensive player of the week in consecutive weeks since linebacker Navorro Bowman, now with the San Francisco 49ers, in 2009. He leads No. 16 Penn State (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) with 77 tackles (eighth in Big Ten) and 4.5 sacks (fifth in Big Ten), is second with nine tackles for loss (ninth in Big Ten) and also has an interception and a forced fumble.
In year two, probably at least a year earlier than many expected, Cael Sanderson coached the Penn State wrestling team to a national championship.
But as the coach said in his season-opening press conference on Monday: “Last year is last year.”
The Nittany Lions, who open their season Thursday with an intrasquad dual, enter the season as the favorite to win another national title. Though they return four wrestlers who placed in the top three in their respective classes at nationals last March in Philadelphia, Sanderson said the team doesn’t feel pressure.
The Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten) checked in at No. 16, five spots higher than last week, in the AP poll that was released Sunday. They beat Illinois 10-7 on Saturday and are the lone team undefeated in Big Ten play.
Four other Big Ten teams are ranked in the AP Top 25: Nebraska (No. 9), Michigan (No. 13), Michigan State (No. 15) and Wisconsin (No. 19).
The BCS standings will be released Sunday night. Penn State was No. 19 in last week's standings.
Penn State, which squeaked out a 10-7 win over Illinois on Saturday, jumped four spots to No. 15 in the USA TODAY coaches' poll released Sunday.
The Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-0 Big Ten), the lone team undefeated in Big Ten play, are now ranked higher than Michigan State (No. 16) and Wisconsin (No. 17) in the coaches' poll. Nebraska is No. 9 and Michigan is No. 13.
Penn State also checked in at No. 16, five spots higher than last week, in the AP poll that was released Sunday.
After improving to 8-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten with its 10-7 win over Illinois on Saturday, Penn State moved up three spots to No. 16 in the latest BCS standings released Sunday night.
LSU and Alabama, which play each other on Saturday, remained Nos. 1 and 2, respectively. Oklahoma State, Stanford and Boise State rounded out the top five.
Aside from Penn State, four other Big Ten teams remained in the standings: Nebraska (No. 10), Michigan (No. 15), Michigan State (No. 17) and Wisconsin (No. 20).
Penn State’s Silas Redd had an October to remember.
The sophomore running back from Norwalk, Conn., led the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) with 703 rushing yards in October.
His 137 yards on a career-high 30 carries in Saturday’s 10-7 win over Illinois gave him his fifth straight game with more than 100 yards on the ground. The last time a Nittany Lion achieved that feat? Curtis Enis, with eight straight 100-yard rushing games, in 1997.
So much for alternating. Matt McGloin was the first player to emerge from Penn State's team bus when it arrived at Beaver Stadium at 1:50 p.m, meaning the redshirt junior will start at quarterback for the second game in a row.
McGloin started in the Nittany Lions' 34-24 win at Northwestern last Saturday and played the entire game. He was 17-of-26 for 192 passing yards and two touchdowns. It was the first game he and sophomore Rob Bolden, who started the first seven games of the season, did not split time.
McGloin is 81-of-138 for 1,095 yards with seven touchdown to just two interceptions on the season, while Bolden is 44-of-98 for 526 passing yards with a touchdown and four interceptions.