Derek Day ready for more carries 

September, 5, 2012
Derek Day felt the snap. He knew something --- ligaments, tendons, bones -- broke inside of him as if it were made of plastic.

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Nabil K. Mark/Centre Daily Times/MCTIf Bill Belton (above) is unable to play Saturday due to injury, Derek Day might earn his first career start.
The senior at Central Dauphin High School thought his career might be over. The tailback tried to carry a pile of blue-helmeted defenders an extra yard or two before someone hammered his ankle. He couldn't return to the huddle, couldn't even stand, with a broken tibia and fibula.

"Honestly, I see that as a blessing in disguise," Day said Wednesday, looking back on that injury in Nov. 2007. "I don't know if I'd be at Penn State if that didn't happen."