Sunday, December 21, 2014

Hull and rumors

Several newspapers are reporting that suspended players Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma will not play for the second straight game when Penn State visits Syracuse on Saturday. While this will more than likely turn out to be true, our sources say that coach Joe Paterno has not made his final decision as of this morning. Still, Paterno has a long standing rule of not playing players that have not practiced the week before a game, and Evans and Koroma have not practiced and will not for the rest of this week. The coach could update us on their status on his weekly call-in radio show tonight.

Hull and rumors

Several newspapers are reporting that suspended players Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma will not play for the second straight game when Penn State visits Syracuse on Saturday. While this will more than likely turn out to be true, our sources say that coach Joe Paterno has not made his final decision as of this morning. Still, Paterno has a long standing rule of not playing players that have not practiced the week before a game, and Evans and Koroma have not practiced and will not for the rest of this week. The coach could update us on their status on his weekly call-in radio show tonight.

Also, here's this morning's story on Josh Hull's story book rise from walk-on to starting middle linebacker at Linebacker U.

Hull is just one of many walk-ons to succeed at Penn State. Here's a chart of some notable ones that ran in the newspaper:

Notable Penn State walk-ons
Following the reduction in Division I-A scholarships more than a decade ago, there have been more opportunities for walk-ons to make football teams and even start. Penn State has three starters who were once walk-ons: linebacker Josh Hull, wide receiver Deon Butler, and punter Jeremy Boone. Here are some other prominent walk-ons under coach Joe Paterno:

Tom Bradley, DB, 1977-78, Current Penn State defensive coordinator
John Bruno, P, 1984-86, Punter on 1986 national championship team
Ron Coder, G, 1974-75, Former NFLer played for USFL's Philadelphia Stars
Troy Drayton, TE, 1989-92, Played nine seasons in NFL
Rich Gardner, DB, 2000-03, Played three seasons in the NFL, 2004-06
Robbie Gould, PK, 2001-04, All-pro with Chicago Bears
Joe Iorio, C, 1999-2002, First true freshman walk-on to start under Paterno
Ethan Kilmer, WR, 2003-05, Safety with the Cincinnati Bengals
Neal Smith, CB, 1967-69, All-American, 1969

 

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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