Week in review: NittanyNation
February, 3, 2013
By Josh Moyer | ESPN.com
NittanyNation takes a look at this week’s Penn State football news and what you might have missed:
- Penn State's run-on program is going to be more important than ever. This in-depth look shows the emphasis Bill O'Brien is putting on it and how D.J. Crook made it there.
- Curtis Cothran's coach talked about the kind of player PSU is getting and mentioned how Cothran could stop sprinting ball-carriers with just one arm.
- As part of an ongoing series, NittanyNation took a look at five commits and gave an overview of their rankings, scouting report and projected impact: Garrett Sickels, Kasey Gaines, Brandon Bell, Tyler Ferguson and Zayd Issah.
- Chris Geiss met Joe Paterno back in grade school, and the coach told him he'd be playing football at PSU one day. Sure enough, Geiss accepted an offer last week to become a preferred walk-on.
- 2014 DE Malik McDowell received a scholarship offer from PSU. And 2014 RB Ray Lawry is also receiving more interest from the Nittany Lions.
- No, in the end, he wasn't the most costly decommitment. But, in the history of Penn State recruiting, quarterback Dan Kendra might have been the most memorable decommitment.
- The recruiter-prospect relationship will be impacted by new, looser recruiting rules.
- PSU commit Andrew Nelson talked about his favorite memories on the recruiting trail. And so did DaeSean Hamilton.
- Gregg Garrity Jr. will be following in his father's footsteps as a walk-on wide receiver. Cole Chiappialle, a tailback from western Pa., will also run-on to PSU.
- Two Pennsylvania congressmen authored a letter to Mark Emmert asking for PSU's scholarships to be restored.
- Linebacker Brandon Smith turned to his faith and committed to PSU as a preferred walk-on. Another linebacker, Kyle Searfoss, decided to run-on and said he was born to go to Penn State.
- Tom Pancoast turned down two FCS scholarships to walk-on to Penn State. He explained why in a Q&A. Run-on OT Austin Fiedler also talked about the importance of the program and how he always wanted to play for PSU.
- WATCH: Christian Hackenberg talked about the goals for his freshman season and his future at Penn State.
- There's quite a few quarterback recruits in this class, and we took a look at all of them -- including guys who played QB this past season but will be playing elsewhere at PSU. There's nine, yes nine, in all.
- In our Friday mailbag, we tackled several questions -- including where PSU's recruiting class might rank if there were no sanctions.
- Social media, 7-on-7s and other changes have forced the recruiting world to evolve.
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Final Washington State 45 Colorado State 48 Final 20 Fresno State 20 25 USC 45 Final Buffalo 24 San Diego State 49 Final Tulane 21 Louisiana-Lafayette 24
Final Pittsburgh 30 Bowling Green 27 Final Utah State 21 23 Northern Illinois 14
Final Marshall 31 Maryland 20 Final Syracuse 21 Minnesota 17 Final Brigham Young 16 Washington 31
Final Rutgers 16 Notre Dame 29 Final Cincinnati 17 North Carolina 39 Final Miami (FL) 9 18 Louisville 36 Final Michigan 14 Kansas State 31
Final Middle Tennessee 6 Navy 24 Final Ole Miss 25 Georgia Tech 17 Final 10 Oregon 30 Texas 7 Final 14 Arizona State 23 Texas Tech 37
Final Arizona 42 Boston College 19 Final Virginia Tech 12 17 UCLA 42 Final Rice 7 Mississippi State 44 Final 24 Duke 48 21 Texas A&M 52
Final Nebraska 24 22 Georgia 19 Final UNLV 14 North Texas 36 Final Iowa 14 16 LSU 21 Final 19 Wisconsin 24 9 South Carolina 34 Final 5 Stanford 20 4 Michigan State 24 Final 15 UCF 52 6 Baylor 42
Final 13 Oklahoma State 31 8 Missouri 41 Final 12 Clemson 40 7 Ohio State 35