Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Meet the run-ons: OL Evan Galimberti
By Josh Moyer
Every weekday, as part of an ongoing series, NittanyNation will take a closer look at a Penn State walk-on.
Vitals: Offensive lineman Evan Galimberti, State College (Pa.), 6-foot-2, 258 pounds
Picked Penn State over: Offers from FCS schools Bucknell, Holy Cross, Penn, Princeton and Wofford
Why he picked PSU: He grew up just a few miles from campus, so playing for Penn State was his dream since he can remember. He went on a few visits to the FCS schools but, after attending a small game with general admission, he knew he couldn't pass up playing inside Beaver Stadium. As soon as the offer to walk-on at PSU presented itself, Galimberti jumped at it.
State of the position: The depth along the interior is especially good, while the tackles could use a few more bodies. Left tackle Donovan Smith will be a name to remember and Adam Gress will likely start opposite him this season -- but who will take over for Gress in 2014?
Strengths: Galimberti shows good versatility, and PSU said he could play anywhere along the offensive line. (The staff's actually waiting for him to get on campus before it decides where he'd fit best.) He shows above-average flexibility, stays low and has great athleticism. At camp over the summer, for example, he had the best standing long-jump among the offensive linemen.
Weaknesses: Because State College ran the triple-option, Galimberti really didn't have to learn traditional pass-blocking -- so he needs to work on his hand placement and striking ability. He also didn't pull often as a guard, so he still has some fundamentals to learn. Plus, he needs to add some weight.
Potential impact: He'll be a scout team player for the first few seasons, at least until he can fine-tune fundamentals such as pass-blocking and add about 30 pounds to his frame. He's athletic and has a high ceiling, but he's also a bit of a project. He'll add good depth to the line, however, because he really can play anywhere.
Quotables: "Really, I'm just trying to work my way into the field and see what I can get. I know it'll be an uphill battle, but you can always improve -- whether you're the last guy on the practice field or the first guy off the bus."
Getting to know Galimberti: Favorite movie is "Lilo and Stitch" ... Favorite TV show is "Big Bang Theory" ... Favorite food is peanut butter, jelly and nutella sandwiches ... Favorite band is Creedence Clearwater Revival ... Dream vacation spot is Dubai. ("It's all man-made and brand new, and I'd love to see the tallest building and the man-made islands.")