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Sounding off: Commits react to Temple win

9/25/2012

NittanyNation contacted several Penn State commitments for their thoughts on the 24-13 victory against Temple and what players they kept an eye on.

Here's what they had to say:

QB Christian Hackenberg (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union)

Four stars, ESPN 150, No. 1 at position

"I think they're making strides. Defensively, they played really well -- especially the front-seven. And offensively, [Matt] McGloin's played great, and you got to see some receivers step up, like Alex Kenney. I'm excited to see where this season ends up.

"I'm really looking forward to working with that system. I think Matt has really bought into that system and having a good grip of it, and that's why he's been so successful. So I hope if I step in there and I have the opportunity to run that system, I'll be pretty successful as well. I'm kind of itching to get into it."

TE Adam Breneman, (Camp Hill, Pa./Cedar Cliff)

Four stars, ESPN 150, No. 1 at position

"Oh man, I thought the team was doing really well. I thought the offense looked good, and it's good to see everything start to click. Honestly, I think Penn State should be 4-0 right now with the way they're playing. They're looking good; I'm excited about the future.

"I think Kyle Carter's done a great job. I think Kyle Carter and I can complement each other really well. I know Kyle pretty well so, he's a cool guy and it's good to see him doing well. I mean, all the guys are playing well. There's a lot of guys with catches, so it's good to see."

DE Garrett Sickels (Little Silver, N.J./Red Bank)

Four stars, No. 33 at position

"I'm very excited from the Temple game. They're both from Pennsylvania, so it was good to see Penn State dominate.

"As far as the defense, they played lights-out. Michael Mauti is an awesome player. He's so natural at the position, and he has such great instinct. And Deion Barnes, he's been playing great, and he was freshman player of the week in the Big Ten last week, and he's playing great. The whole defense really played great, but the offense really impressed me.

"Learning a new offense with all the terminology is going to take some time, but you can just tell it's coming together and Matt McGloin played great, and Allen Robinson is a great receiver. Michael Zordich can really run the ball. It's going to be a good season."

CB Jordan Smith (Washington D.C./Howard D. Woodson)

Three stars, No. 59 at position

"The guys, they totally played hard and gave maximum effort. They played physical and played very fast this game. It just seems to show the team's getting better and better each week.

"Adrian Amos, he played extremely physical in this Temple game. Extremely physical. Stephon Morris played extremely fast -- all the guys, really, were right there on top of the routes and making it hard for the receivers to get open."