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Paterno: Drake out against Owls, not sure on status for rest of season

Penn State coach Joe Paterno said Thursday evening that wide receiver Curtis Drake will not play against Temple on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. After two leg injuries, Drake saw his first action since 2009 against Alabama and said after the game that he felt good.

Paterno: Drake out against Owls, not sure on status for rest of season

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Penn State coach Joe Paterno said Thursday evening that wide receiver Curtis Drake will not play against Temple on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field. After two leg injuries, Drake saw his first action since the 2009 season on Saturday against Alabama and said after the game that he felt good. 

"He will not go against Temple," Paterno said on Penn State's weekly radio show. "He’s still sore. When (will he play), I don’t know. I’m not even sure he’ll go this year ... Right now it’s Thursday and we’re getting ready to go down to Philadelphia and he’s a Philadelphia kid. He would want to play but he doesn’t think he’s ready to play. And we've kind of left it up to him. He gets sore when he does some running. He’s supposed to wear a brace. He didn’t wear it yesterday and I got on him a little bit about it. He said well he didn't think he needed it but he got sore. He’s still not 100 percent."

Drake is a Philadelphia native and a former star at West Catholic High School. His cousin is Adrian Robinson, Temple's standout defensive end and senior co-captain.

Some other notes from Thursday night's radio show:

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-Starting right tackle Chima Okoli, who injured his ankle in the first drive of last Saturday's loss to Alabama, said his ankle is fine and he will play against Temple on Saturday.

"I’m gonna go," Okoli said. "I just tweaked it. While I could continue playing (against Alabama) – you probably saw me go in on another drive – it wasn’t 100 percent and the last thing I want to do is be a detriment to my team. The ankle’s fine.”

-As one of the team's senior leaders, Okoli said the upperclassmen have told the younger Nittany Lions about the magnitude of Saturday's game. "Temple, they’re going to be fired up. They’re going to be at home," Okoli said. "They’re going to be ready to play this game. And we have to come out and match their intensity and then I feel like go above and beyond because it’s definitely going to be a tough challenge.”

--Jake Kaplan

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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.

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