UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State hit the streets in downtown Happy Valley Tuesday evening to hand deliver the newest edition of the 2017 poster.
The Nittany Lions boarded two iconic Blue Buses and headed downtown, arriving just after 6 p.m. to greet crowds on the street anxiously awaiting free copies of the 2017 poster. In an innovative twist, this year's poster features an opening just large enough for a face, for fans to pop their 'Game Face' using the hashtag #PSUgameface.
Walking down the streets for poster deliveries is a bit of a welcome first experience for true sophomore punter Blake Gillikin, who recalls being a young freshman this time last year.
"It's kind of surreal only a year after that as we're walking down here with all the support," Gillikin said
Following a standout season handling Penn State's punting duties Gillikin spent time this summer working with one of his coaches in Alabama, polishing up angles and sight lines, as well as a few mental aspects of his game.
"I've just been trying to focus on rounding out all of the aspects of my game," Gillikin said. "Obviously my job is to help the defense out as best as I can and that's what I've been focusing on going into fall camp."
During the spring season special teams coordinator Charles Huff noted that the Nittany Lions are in a bit of battle when it comes to holding responsibilities. While maybe not the most talked about story line of the year, it's something Gillikin has his eye on with options like Billy Fessler also in the mix.
"I've been holding a lot," Gillikin said. "I try to get snaps from a lot of our guys. We have three long snappers right now, two freshmen just came in. I've been taking a lot of holds from them and I've been getting really comfortable with Tyler Davis. Obviously I want to be his guy this year. I want to help out more."
Coming off of a productive spring season, sophomore wide receiver Juwan Johnson also enjoyed some time with fans, enjoying a moment to showcase his energetic personality off the field and without the helmet on.
"We're always behind the helmets and people don't really see exactly who we are or how we act, so just coming down here and walking down the street signing posters and giving out posters, it puts something in our hearts that we're making someone else's day," Johnson said.
For defensive lineman Ryan Buchholz, it's not his first time making poster deliveries, but perhaps still a little different this year.
"I had no idea this many people would come out, I was kind of shocked," Buchholz said. "The last two years we've just been kind of walking around sort of trying to give them to people, but this year everyone's asking for them, everyone wants them. I like the posters this year too how they are kind of interactive with the fans."
Penn State also paired up with the Nittany Lion Club and a few Penn State Alumni Association chapters will to host poster pick up parties in four cities, hitting Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Washington D.C.
Beginning with normal business hours tomorrow, posters will be available for fans to pick up at the Penn State All Sports Museum, the Penn State Bookstore and the Penn State Ticket Offices located at both the Bryce Jordan Center and Beaver Stadium.