Archive: March, 2012
Former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien created some excitement at Penn State earlier this week when he watched the first day of the Nittany Lions’ spring practice, leading to speculation that he might elect to play for new head coach Bill O’Brien.
But the younger O’Brien announced Wednesday that he chosen Wisconsin, not Penn State, as the place where he will spend his final two years of eligibility.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound O’Brien took two visits to Penn State during the process of trying to decide where he wanted to go after getting his release from Maryland. He said he took the second trip Monday so he could watch the Nittany Lions practice.
For the third year now, a 5K Run/ one-mile Family Fun Walk will take place at Penn State on Sunday, April 22, during Blue-White Weekend to benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania.
The run begins in front of the Bryce Jordan Center on Curtin Road, and winds through campus before finishing with runners racing through the Beaver Stadium Tunnel and onto the fifty yard line.
This year’s run will honor former Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno, a longtime supporter of the Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Paterno had served as an Honorary Chair for the Pennsylvania Summer Games, had spoken at events and had encouraged the football team's participation at Special Olympics Pennsylvania events. Paterno’s wife, Sue, joined the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Board of Directors in 1989.
Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien said he made a few position changes in time for Monday’s start of spring practice, including the move of former West Catholic star Curtis Drake from wide receiver to cornerback.
“What I saw with Curtis on the football field was good size, good feet, good hips, instinctiveness,” O’Brien said during a press conference at Beaver Stadium. “I think he’s a guy that can contribute over there.”
O’Brien also said he moved Drake to add another player to the secondary, which is a little thinner than he would like.
Penn State police have filed charges against Shawn Oakman, the former Penn Wood High School football star, in connection with an alleged theft in a convenience store in Pollock Commons on campus.
Oakman, an All-State defensive end from Lansdowne who redshirted last season, was charged with two counts of retail theft, and one count each of harassment and disorderly conduct in the Feb. 25 incident, which led to him being kicked off the Penn State football team by new head coach Bill O’Brien.
University police chief Tyrone Parham said Oakman entered the store and presented his student ID to purchase some items. However, the store clerk noticed that Oakman had hidden a hoagie and a bottle of grape juice on his person, and held on to the student’s ID, Parham said.
By Joe McIntyre
Former Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien has contacted Penn State about a possible transfer to the Nittany Lions next season.
During Penn State’s Pro Day Wednesday afternoon, head coach Bill O’Brien confirmed that the Lions were among a number of schools the quarterback has talked to about playing for in 2012.