Monday, August 31, 2015

DWill is almost done

It seemed like only yesterday that Derrick Williams signed with Penn State almost four years ago. But a lot has happened since, the most important being the turnaround of the program. While it's hard to say one person can directly be responsible for that turnaround, Williams played a large part. Since the wide receiver arrived, the Lions have gone 39-10 and are a win over Michigan State this Saturday away from clinching their second Big Ten title in four seasons.

DWill is almost done

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It seemed like only yesterday that Derrick Williams signed with Penn State almost four years ago. But a lot has happened since, the most important being the turnaround of the program. While it's hard to say one person can directly be responsible for that turnaround, Williams played a large part. Since the wide receiver arrived, the Lions have gone 39-10 and are a win over Michigan State this Saturday away from clinching their second Big Ten title in four seasons.

Williams, though, hasn't lived up to the hype. It may have been unfair to think that Williams would have come to State College and won two Heisman Trophies, but those were some of the expectations placed upon the incoming freshman. Nevertheless, he's made an impact and has had a very good, if not great, final season. Here's this morning's story on Williams.

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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 Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

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.

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