Penn State football players to take part in charity event

Penn State football players will participate in Lift for Life, a fund-raising event that benefits the Kidney Cancer Association, on Friday at the lacrosse field south of the Bryce Jordan Center.

The competition, which will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., features players from the offense facing off against players from the defense in areas such as the tire flip, tug of war, obstacle course and sled pull and push. More than 80 players are expected to take part.

Players have raised more than $600,000 since the first Lift for Life in 2003.

Admission is free but spectators are asked to make a small donation.

In other Penn State football news this week:

Running back Silas Redd and linebacker Gerald Hodges (Paulsboro, N.J.) have been named to the watch lists for the Maxwell and Bednarik Awards, respectively. The two awards are presented by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia.

Anthony Fera, formerly of Philadelphia, has been placed on the list for the Lou Groza College Placekicking Award, presented by the Palm Beach (Fla.) County Sports Commission.

A total of 51 athletes from Penn State were recognized with the Big Ten Distinguished Scholars Award for posting a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher during the past academic year. The Nittany Lions placed four football players on the list, including guard John Urschel, who earned a perfect 4.0 GPA. The other football scholars were defensive end Brad Bars, offensive tackle Mike Farrell and linebacker Mike Hull.

Urschel, Redd and defensive tackle Jordan Hill will represent Penn State at the annual Big Ten Football Media Days, on July 26 and 27 in Chicago.

--Joe Juliano