Saturday, February 13, 2016

O'Brien will reach out to family of Penn State cheerleader

Bill O'Brien intends to reach out to the family of Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque, who is intensive care after falling five stories out of a window at an off-campus apartment on Saturday night.

O'Brien will reach out to family of Penn State cheerleader

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Bill O'Brien intends to reach out to the family of Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque, who is intensive care after falling five stories out of a window at an off-campus apartment on Saturday night. 

Support for the 19-year-old has poured in from the campus community. The hashtag #prayforpaige was tweeted by students, members of the Penn State community and Nittany Lion football players.

"Just said my prayers of course had to pray for Paige," senior cornerback Stephon Morris posted to his personal Twitter account on Sunday."

O'Brien plans on extending his support, as well.

"My heart goes out to Paige and her family, and I feel terrible about that," the coach said at his weekly press conference. "When I get back over there I'll make some calls and make sure that their family understands. I know her brother is a great gymnast here, and it's a terrible thing. Like I said, my heart goes out to that family."

According to Raque's brother, Parker, the captain of the Penn State men's cheerleading team, the 19-year-old opened her eyes on Tuesday morning.

"Resting in God's grace. much more positivity with our family after seeing a little progress today. contnue to #prayforpaige #miracleatwork," he tweeted from his personal Twitter account on Tuesday.

-Emily Kaplan

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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is 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.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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