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Penn State Class of 2009 review 

January, 24, 2013
Experts, fans and pundits will analyze every angle of the 2013 recruiting class in the coming weeks, but there will be no certainties there. There never are in recruiting.

For every elite prospect who falls short, there's an Allen Robinson -- an under-the-radar, two-star prospect who exceeds all expectations. The only true way to gauge the success of a recruiting class is in hindsight, by simply waiting.

So, as part of a RecruitingNation-wide series, NittanyNation took a closer look at PSU's Class of 2009. Some fifth-year seniors will have one more chance to show what they have on the field next fall. But, at this point, it's pretty safe to judge whether the class was a bust or not.

Ex-PSU WR Kersey transfers to Marshall

January, 15, 2013
Former Penn State wideout Shawney Kersey has transferred to Marshall, according to a Marshall spokesman.

[+] EnlargePenn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Shawney Kersey
Kim Klement-US PRESSWIREShawney Kersey made four starts in his career at Penn State, including two in 2012 before leaving the team.
Kersey left the Penn State football team for "personal reasons" after the second game of the season. Through those games, both of which he started, he finished with six catches for 44 yards.

Although he's a rising redshirt senior, he doesn't have to sit out a season as a result of Penn State's NCAA sanctions, which allow players to transfer without penalty until preseason camp opens in August.

Kersey came into Happy Valley as a high-level three-star recruit, but he struggled to find meaningful playing time. In three seasons, he played in 23 games and garnered four starts. But he finished his career with just 12 catches for 154 yards.

His absence didn't hurt a Penn State offense in which Matt McGloin finished with a school-best 3,266 passing yards and Allen Robinson set the single-season receptions record with 77 catches. He should compete for immediate playing time at Marshall, however, and becomes the third Penn State player to transfer to the Conference USA school.

Cornerback Derrick Thomas and wideout Devon Smith transferred there last year.

Position breakdown: Secondary 

August, 28, 2012
Adrian AmosCal Sport Media via AP ImagesAdrian Amos saw action in every game last season and could be a breakout player in 2012.

Each day over the last week, NittanyNation has taken a look at a different position and broken it down. Today it's the secondary.

Undoubtedly, this is the defense's Achilles' heel. Not only did four starters graduate, but there's no Curtis Drake, no Derrick Thomas, no Tim Buckley and an injured Jacob Fagnano.

CB Adrian Amos is a talent, but he's seeing time at safety and cornerback -- because the team is not sure if he'll have to slide over. Stephon Morris is a speedy 5-foot-8 corner and the most experienced here with 13 career starts.

Safety Malcolm Willis was a key reserve who saw about 34 plays a game last year, while Fagnano mainly played special teams. This is a unit that's short on experience and on depth.

Freshmen, such as Jordan Lucas and Da'Quan Davis, could be called upon early.


  • Amos is one of the better athletes on this defense and could surprise.
  • Youth. Freshmen already are showing some promise here.

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