- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
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With the New Year just hours away, it might be a good idea to look back on this past year of Penn State football.
So here are some of the more memorable moments and stories to appear on this site in 2013:
Nittany Lions all-time draft: Five people spent several hours drafting an entire team of Penn State greats. Historian Lou Prato took RB Lenny Moore as the first overall pick, while OT Lloyd Engle was our draft's Mr. Irrelevant. The participants included Prato, former WR O.J. McDuffie, former CB Stephon Morris, ESPN editor Bob McClellan and myself. (And, Bob, I'll still never forgive you for taking Lydell Mitchell ahead of me.)
Nittany Lions understand future depends on walk-ons: D.J. Crook threw a Hail Mary when he emailed Penn State, and this story explained just how he got to Happy Valley -- and how Bill O'Brien emphasized the run-on program.
Emotional win comes at key time for PSU: This column was written immediately following Penn State's 43-40 quadruple OT win over Michigan, which is sure to be a classic for years to come.
Happy Valley not placated by reductions: The NCAA reduced Penn State's sanctions, but that didn't mean Happy Valley was thrilled. "It's just not enough yet," Matt McGloin said.
NCAA trying to unring sanction bell: Ivan Maisel wrote that reduced sanctions were an acknowledgment that the NCAA overreached.
Sam Ficken goes from goat to hero: OK, OK. He didn't fare well after he set the record for consecutive made field goals (15), but he still talked here about rising above the hate and death threats.
Retired No. 22 stressful for Heisman winner: John Cappelletti was pretty nervous about the fan reaction before his No. 22 became the first retired Penn State football number. Afterward, though, he said he was glad he did it.
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