Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Penn State wide receiver Moye "possible" to play against Illinois

Penn State wide receiver Derek Moye is listed as "possible" to play in Penn State's home game against Illinois on Saturday, according to the team's injury report released Monday night. The senior standout and team co-captain has missed the last two games with a broken fifth metarsal bone in his left foot.

Penn State wide receiver Moye "possible" to play against Illinois

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Penn State wide receiver Derek Moye is listed as "possible" to play in Penn State's home game against Illinois on Saturday, according to the team's injury report released Monday night. The senior standout and team co-captain missed the last two games with a broken fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot.

Moye had been wearing a protective boot on his foot but was reportedly seen on campus Monday without one.

Coach Joe Paterno said at last Tuesday's press conference that team doctors were talking about a three-to-four week recovery period for Moye, but added "I think he's got a chance to maybe come back quicker than we would think he would." Paterno will likely address Moye's status again at his press conference on Tuesday.

Despite missing two games, Moye still leads the Nittany Lions with 28 catches, 485 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

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If he does not play against Illinois, Moye would have the luxury of having an extra week to heal - the team is off on Nov. 5 - before Penn State hosts Nebraska on Nov. 12. 

The Nittany Lions' most recent depth chart was also released Monday night, and the first-string quarterback is listed as Matt McGloin "OR" Rob Bolden. McGloin started for the first time this season and played the entire game in Penn State's 34-24 win at Northwestern on Saturday night. For what it's worth, McGloin's name is listed before Bolden's on the depth chart for the first time this season. It usually reads Bolden "OR" McGloin.

Senior Stephfon Green jumped Brandon Beachum on the depth chart and is now Penn State's third-string running back behind Silas Redd and Curtis Dukes. Green had nine carries for 33 yards (3.7 yards per carry) and caught two passes for 10 yards on Saturday, while Dukes had two carries for five yards and Beachum did not see the field.

Beachum hasn't played since spraining his right foot in practice during the week before Penn State's game against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 24, but has been available the last two games.

--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.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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