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By Gabrielle Richards, GoPSUsports
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Women's intercollegiate athletics have come along
way over the last 50 years. The first women's intercollegiate athletic contest
took place at Pollock Field, home of the Nittany Lion field hockey team. Over
the past 50 years, the Penn State field hockey program has grown in both
success and prowess in the NCAA and Big Ten. Here's a look back over the past
50 years of one of Penn State's first women's sports team.
1960s: intercollegiate athletics are
no longer just played by men...
-1964: Penn State's field hockey team began its first
season. Pat Seni coached the team.
-The Nittany Lions went 4-0 that season.
-The Nittany Lions appeared in four
USFHA field hockey tournaments.
1970s: Building A Program
-1970-1973: Tonya Toole coached the Nittany Lions for four
seasons. Under Toole's direction, Penn State won 13 games.
-1972: Title IX is passed and gender equality is now required in
education and athletics.
-1974: Coach Gillian Rattray took over the helm as the head coach of
Penn State's field hockey program. The Nittany Lions closed out the 70s with a
record of 59-21.
-Five different Nittany Lions were named NFHCA All-Americans (starting
in 1977), including current head coach Charlene Morett-Curtiss three times.
1980s: The Nittany Lions Gain A
Foothold in Collegiate Field Hockey
-Coach Rattray led the Nittany Lions for seven more seasons and
celebrated the only undefeated season in 1980 (22-0-2), and the first AIAW national
championship. Penn State also won the 1981 AIAW National Championship.
-1980: Broderick Award given to Jeannie Fissinger.
-1981: Broderick Award given Candy Finn.
hockey player Brenda Stauffer was named National Player
of the Year. Penn State made its first NCAA Tournament appearance.
-1984: Stauffer, Chris Larson and Charlene Morett earned the bronze
medal at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Ca.
-1987: Former Nittany Lion and Olympian, Morett, took over the helm as
Penn State's head coach.
-Penn State had nine different first team All-Americans in the 80s.
1990s: Dominating the A-10, the Big
Ten and the NCAA
-1990: The Nittany Lions won the A-10 Conference and represented Penn
State in the NCAA semi-finals.
-1992: Penn State joins the Big Ten conference and finish with an 8-2
-1993: Morett-Curtiss' Nittany Lions won Penn State's first Big Ten Championship
and made another appearance in the NCAA semi-finals.
-1995-1998: Penn State is crowned either Big Ten Conference regular
season or tournament champion each year.
-Penn State had 16 NFHCA first team All-Americans in the 90s and made
the NCAA Tournament each season.
2000s: Making It To The Finals...
-2002: The Nittany Lions make it to the final round of the NCAA
Championships for the first time.
-2005: The Nittany Lions win another Big Ten Championship
-2007: Morett-Curtiss' Nittany Lions make it to the final round of the
NCAA Championships again.
-2008: Another Big Ten Championship is added to the list.
-Eight different individuals were named first team All-Americans in the
2010s: WE ARE...not finished yet
-2011-2013: The Nittany Lions have successfully won either the Big Ten
regular season or tournament championship, each year. In 2012, they won both.
-One NFHCA All-American.
-As of 2014, there have been 15 different former Nittany Lions
represented on the U.S. National Team.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
Head coach James Franklin provided an update to the media following Wednesday's
practice session at the Lasch Football Complex. The Nittany Lions host UMass on
Saturday for an 4 p.m. kick on BTN.
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By Julie Bacanskas, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Wearing the "C" or "A" in hockey means something
much more significant than donning an extra letter on the front of a jersey.
These letters represent ideals such as leadership, experience, strength and
As announced in June, defenseman Patrick Koudys will serve as captain this
season for Penn State, while defenseman Nate Jensen and forward David Glen will
both reprise their assistant captains roles.
The three Penn State hockey captains were chosen based on a team vote at
the conclusion of the Spring 2014 semester. The results were then taken to the
coaching staff to both approve the team's selections and finalize the decision.
"It's a huge honor," said Koudys of his captaincy. "We had a great bunch of
guys, so it's obviously a nice thing when a lot of the guys think that about
you, but we've got a lot of guys who are in the locker room leading, so it's
kind of easy for me.
During the 2013-'14 run, the Ontario-native blocked a team-high 79 shots and was
one of only four Nittany Lions to compete in all 36 games. The 6-foot-3
defenseman also recorded a career-high eight points, tallying two goals and six
assists on the season.
While this may be Koudys' first year as a captain for the Blue and White, two
veterans join him. This season will mark Jensen's third and Glen's second consecutive
year as assistant captains.
Glen and Jensen both appeared in 32 and 28 games, respectively. Jensen's eight
missed games were all due to injury. The defenseman totaled 10 points with a
career-high three goals, one of which was the first ever scored at Pegula Ice
"I lead by example," said Jensen. "I go out there every day and work hard, and
hopefully the younger guys follow me, see what I do. "
Three of Glen's four absences can be attributed to the bone marrow donation
procedure he underwent in late January and early February. Throughout his 32
games, the forward accumulated a plus-three rating, earning him recognition as
the sole Lion with a positive mark.
All three are ready to work together and help their team continue on the path
of success this season.
"Koudys is our captain this year, and he does a great job," said Jensen. "He leads
by example, and he has a voice to him too. Glen and I are just his disciples.
We help him out whenever we can. Since he's still kind of new, we fill him in
on some stuff, but we all work as a team really well. I think that's what makes
our captains really great."
As a captain, there are a number of added responsibilities, one of which includes
coordinating schedules with all student-athletes on the 27-man roster.
"I think a main part of it is organization," Koudys said. "I have to try to
organize 26 guys and myself to be doing the same thing, whether it's on the ice
or off the ice, especially now when the coaches aren't allowed on the ice. I
try to get practices going and things like that, but like I said, we've got a
great group of guys so I wouldn't say it's difficult by any means. Everyone's
doing the right thing and trying to get better out there, so it's pretty easy
Although the Penn State squad is mostly comprised of upperclassmen veterans,
the captains still act as mentors. Koudys, Jensen and Glen are all people the
rest of the team, including the three freshmen, can look to for guidance and
"We kind of take care of the freshmen a little bit more," Jensen explained. "If
they have any questions, we help them out. Other than that, if any of the guys
have some questions outside the rink, or needs someone to talk to, we're always
there. We're just kind of a big brother to lean on."
With eight seniors, nine juniors and seven sophomores on the roster, 24 of the
27 student-athletes are returning members, which not only gives the Lions an
added edge but also leadership that expands far past the three captains.
"Our whole senior class, and then even the juniors, we've got a lot of older
guys," said Koudys. "Everyone is kind of a leader in their own way, whether
it's on the ice or in the classroom. I think if you look around the room,
everyone has certain qualities that you try to do and try to beat, and if
everyone is doing that, we're doing just fine."
With the majority of last year's team still intact, the dynamic finish to the
2013-14 year and a thrilling performance in the Big Ten Tournament is still
fresh in the minds of the Lions. Penn State hockey and its captains are ready
to pick up where it left off.
"We need to build off last year," Koudys said. "I think we grew as a team, so
we need to continue from where we finished and come back this year at that spot
or better. I feel like we're in better shape than last year. Guys are working
really hard right now, and I expect to win more games and go from there."
"With everyone coming back, we're looking to make some noise this year," added
Jensen. "I'm not going to say a Big Ten Championship, but I don't think we're
far from it. I think we're going to have a great year."
UMass | Beaver Stadium | 4 p.m. | Big Ten Network
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The
Nittany Lions return home this Saturday to host Massachusetts in the first ever
meeting between the schools. Get to know the Minutemen in this week's scouting
Mark Whipple returned as head coach at UMass in 2014 after spending eight years
as a coach in the NFL and a brief stint at the University of Miami. Whipple
previously coached UMass from 1998-2003, which included three Atlantic 10
titles, three NCAA I-AA Tournament appearances and an NCAA I-AA National
Championship in 1998. Whipple most recently was quarterbacks coach for the
Cleveland Browns from 2011-12. He has an overall record of 49-29 at UMass.
The Minutemen finished 1-11 and 1-7 in the Mid-American Conference in 2013,
their second year as an FBS program. They returned 59 lettermen and 13 starters
UMass is searching for its first win (0-3) after a close loss to Vanderbilt
last week. The Minutemen gained 346 yards, including 258 passing, during a
34-31 loss in Nashville. Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel completed 17-of-34 passes
for 205 yards and a touchdown, but was sacked three times. Running back Lorenzo
Woodley gained 43 yards and scored two touchdowns on 22 carries. He also caught
two passes for 241 yards. Tajae Sharpe caught eight passes for 73 yards, while
Rodney Mills hauled in three receptions for 76 yards and two touchdowns,
including a 53-yard score on a fake punt in the first quarter. Kicker Blake
Lucas hit a 32-yard field goal, but missed a 22-yard attempt as time expired.
The UMass defense allowed 310 yards, including 160 on the ground. Linebacker
Jovan Santos-Knox recorded 15 tackles, three solo, and 0.5 TFL. Safety Joe
Colton added 12 tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack. Fellow safety Trey
Dudley-Giles forced a fumble and picked off a pass. Dudley-Giles also gained 94
yards on two kick returns.
The Minutemen are averaging just over 25 points per game and 306 yards of total
offense. Frohnapfel has completed 48 percent of his passes for 619 yards, five
touchdowns and two interceptions.
Three different running backs have more 20 carries this season. Redshirt junior
Jamal Wilson has 88 yards and a touchdown. Freshman J.T. Blyden has 68 yards.
Woodley, a 6-foot, 212-pound sophomore, has 53 yards and two touchdowns. All
three backs are also active in the passing game, as Wilson has five receptions,
Blyden has three and Woodley has two.
Sharpe leads the receiving corps with 246 yards and a touchdown on 15 catches. He
is averaging 16.4 yards per catch. Mills has 112 yards and three scores on five
receptions and junior Jean Sifrin has five catches for 50 yards and two
The UMass offensive line features three sophomores and two juniors.
Opponents are averaging 35 points and 431.7 yards against the UMass defense,
including 218 yards per game on the ground. The Minutemen use a 3-4 defense.
Nose tackle Daniel Maynes leads the Minutemen with four tackles for loss. He
has 17 total tackles.
Santos-Knox, a junior, leads the team with 42 tackles (11 solo). He also has
three tackles for loss and a sack. Fellow linebacker Kassan Messiah has 25
tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack.
Colton, a junior, leads the secondary with 34 tackles, 13 solo, and 3.5 for
loss, including a sack. Cornerback Randall Jette has 18 tackles and leads the
team with two interceptions. Dudley-Giles has 16 tackles and an interception.
Lucas has connected on two-of-four field goal attempts with a long of 34 yards.
Punter Brian McDonald is averaging 39 yards per kick, placing five inside the
20-yard line. Dudley-Giles is one of the most dangerous returners in the
nation, averaging 35 yards per return. He ranks second in the nation in kick
What Mark Whipple is saying about Penn
and I are close and I saw every game last year. Penn State was great to my son, Austin, so I was there a lot last year. They have great kids and it
is a great place. Penn State is a great place to play and has tremendous
is an awesome kid. To see the way he's taken the team on his shoulders, the way
he played all last year and the way he handles not only success but also the
way he handles failures... Hackenberg is
a winner and I couldn't say enough about him. I've seen him play every single
game, I've seen his practice habits, seen him in the meeting rooms, I've seen
the way he's worked with Bill O'Brien and he's the real deal.
is a great player and Anthony Zettel is playing out of his mind. Deion Barnes is
a great player who can rush the passer. I think their whole defense is set up
and Bob Shoop has done a great
job. They've got the guys up front and they play coverage very well, but those
guys up front are making it happen."
Contributions on all of the
2014 Opponent Previews provided by GoPSUsports.com Student Writer Paul Marboe.
By Jennifer Hudson, GoPSUsports.com Student Athlete Staff Writer
Pa. - Bright and early on Sunday, Sept. 7 at
7 a.m., the men's and women's national championship fencing team
took on their first challenge of the year - cleaning Beaver Stadium.
It is a continuing
tradition that the fencing team cleans half of the stadium right after the
first home football game.
Unlike other varsity teams, fencing does not
have many sponsors to help fund traveling during the year, which is why stadium
clean up is mandatory for the entire team.
In return for their
hard work, the team gets money to fund the season for travel and other events.
Although it is not a group
favorite, it does give the chance for a little team bonding before the season
"It was an excellent team building exercise," said sophomore epee fencer, Conor Shepard. "It's been a tradition for a long time, and does
an amazing job of bringing all classes together in order to get to know each other."
The upperclassmen will take
a section to sweep next to freshmen to show them the best way for clean up. The
coaches will also come around every so often to let team members know if they
missed any piece of trash, any little wrapper.
"It was a good way to build discipline for the
whole team," said freshmen saber fencer, Andrew Mackiewicz. "The freshman fencers were able to connect with
the upperclassmen by helping each other out which is crucial for the upcoming
Communication during the
whole process was key for the team.
With half the stadium to
clean, it was important to see who needed help or who needed motivated to get
everyone back on their feet in order to finish the task as soon as possible.
Just like if it were a meet, it was important for everyone to be focused and in
it together, no matter how mundane and tiring the task.
The team worked together in
pairs, taking sections at a time to look for any little Minute Maid Lemonade
wrapper and every popcorn kernel.
Seven hours later, the
fencers were cleared to leave the spotless cleanup site.
With the joyous news, some
of the team went with the coaches to get pizza, while others went home to
shower and sleep.
Everyone was happy that
this year's clean up was completed and some of the seniors
rejoiced a little more.
"It was my last time," said senior saber fencer, Michael Brand. "It makes reality set in that I'm graduating this
The next task for the Penn
State fencing team is to train hard for its first meet of the season, The Nittany
Lion Cup Open on Oct. 4 and 5 at the White Building.
Hudson is a junior on the women's fencing team.
By Samantha DelRosso, GoPSUSports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State women's volleyball team is off to a great
start this season, with much of its success coming from the novice players. But
the team's success isn't possible without a veteran corps of talent.
The success begins with the veterans leading the way.
Playing on a
defending national championship team is a big adjustment from high school
volleyball, so how did the freshmen adjust so quickly? They have guidance from
the defending national champs themselves.
Head coach Russ
Rose said this guidance is "tradition." The responsibility to be a good role
model and provide good direction is something that Rose expects out of the
seniors Dominique Gonzalez, Nia Grant, Lacey Fuller and Micha Hancock, along
with junior Megan Courtney, are being challenged to teach the younger players
what it takes to work hard, recognize challenges, and take care of themselves
and their academic responsibilities.
Gonzalez said the
veteran leadership is crucial to the team's success.
She said that her
goal is to ensure in the younger players what is going to happen before each
"[We] make sure
they know the rotation if we're changing it up, explain to them which players
like to hit which shot, and [tell them] where they need to stand," Gonzalez
said. "If something doesn't go right in the play, [we're] not jumping down
people's throats. [We're] being more helpful rather than critiquing people."
Courtney has also been
leading the younger players by encouraging them to take big swings and showing
them that if the block is there, she will be there to cover them.
She is also trying
to instill in the freshmen that they can make errors. Courtney said telling
them it's OK to make errors has allowed them to take big swings without fear.
She said that is the reason why the young players have been so successful.
"It's a great thing
for them to be able to have, just knowing that we've got their backs and that
we'll take the pressure off of them by putting the pressure on us," Courtney
Hancock, a prominent leader on the team, has been in the same shoes that the
current freshmen are in now. The older players taught her as a freshman and
helped shape her into the player she is today. And Rose hopes that she can do
the same for the freshmen this season.
"She knows so much
of how I'll judge senior year is how she can lead the youngsters," Rose said.
For a freshman like Haleigh Washington, advice from older players is an
important factor in her success. In just a few months, they have taught
Washington many things, but above all else, they have taught her to always give
it her all.
"Whether it's in
practice, passing back and forth with a teammate, or serving before practice," Washington
said. "Always going hard."
collegiate-debut last weekend at Villanova, the veteran players helped
Washington figure out what was going on. She said the older players got her
into the flow of things. During practice, they make sure she knows the rules,
where to stand, how loud she needs to be, and what's happening.
The No. 3-ranked
Nittany Lions have a busy weekend beginning on Friday, as they take on Eastern
Illinois and DePaul. On Saturday, the Lions will face UIC and East Carolina.
The team has three
matches in a very short amount of time (4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday and 9:00
a.m. Saturday). Rose would like to see the team play at a high level despite
the hectic schedule.
"You don't want to
give games away. I'm not just going to play everybody, just so they have a
chance to play," Rose said. "I want us
to play at a high level, whoever is on the floor, and respect the opponent and
respect the game. That's always something we want to continue."
This weekend is
also the celebration of 50 years of women's athletics at Penn State. During two
of the matches this weekend, on Friday and Saturday evening, former Penn State
women's volleyball players that now coach Division I teams will be honored.
With less than two
weeks until conference play begins, the Nittany Lions are gearing up to compete
in the rigorous Big Ten. The team's first conference match is next Wednesday at
Wisconsin. The veteran players will have to step up even more to help the
freshmen when conference play begins.
"We are a work in
progress. I don't think we're a finished product and I think we will find a lot
of challenge, maybe not as much this weekend as we will once we hit Big Ten
play," Rose said.
The veterans have a
very important role on this team. They are expected to perform at the caliber
of a national championship team, while making sure the younger players perform
well by guiding them in practices and matches.
Much of the team's
success must be attributed to the older players. Their guidance, advice and
leadership is driving the team to match wins.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com talks with senior libero
Dominique Gonzalez to recap the first three weeks of 2014 and look ahead to a
busy weekend in Rec Hall.
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By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Mikey Minutillo was always supposed to be the
After a 2013 season in which six of the Penn State men's soccer team's 13 wins
came by a score of 1-0, the San Jose, Calif. native's return to the lineup
after a missed season was expected to be the spark that ignited the Nittany
Tuesday night against Saint Francis, Minutillo was more of an explosion than a
spark. The senior scored twice, once in the first half and once in the second,
as Penn State rolled to a 3-0 victory over the Red Flash.
"[Scoring twice] is awesome and hopefully it's going to carry over into the
next game," Minutillo said. "I just read the play on both of them, made good
runs into the end of the box and got on the end of some good [passes]."
Early on, it was clear that Minutillo was locked in and focused, but whether he
would end up on the stat sheet at the end of the game was not as certain.
Twice in the first half between the 27:00 mark to the 24:00 mark, Minutillo had
great goal-scoring opportunites stymied by Saint Francis goalie Andrew Garcia.
"I think I should have put one of those away," Minutillo said. "If you put your
head down you're never going to score. You've got to keep getting on the end of
With plenty of time still remaining, Minutillo continued plugging away. Less
than five minutes later, the 6-foot-1 forward found himself on the receiving
end of a pass from Drew Klingenberg near the left side of the box, though at angle
that seemed implausible to score from.
However tricky it seemed, it wasn't too tough for Minutillo. He fired a shot by
Garcia that ricocheted off the right post and into the net.
"Drew played a good ball and I just took a touch forward to eliminate the
defenders," Minutillo said. "The defender might have got a touch on it [after I
shot it] but it went to the back post, hit it and went in."
In the second half, it would take Minutillo less than eight minutes to turn
what could have been another low scoring nail biter into an eventual rout,
knocking a perfect pass from Riley Grant into the net. Brandon Savino would later
add the first goal of his Nittany Lion career to put the icing on the cake.
While the second goal was a big of moment for Minutillo, who registered his
first multi-goal game as a Nittany Lion, it was even bigger for Grant. The
assist gave the sophomore his first collegiate point.
"The play by Riley was absolutely nothing short of remarkable," head coach Bob
Warming said. "I told Riley in front of the team at halftime, 'you're not in for
your heading ability, you're not in because you're a great defender, you're in
because you're incredible on the ball...go get the ball, do something with it
every time you get.' He was unreal, I thought he was terrific tonight."
As for Minutillo, Warming credited the senior's big night to a positional
adjustment made before the game.
For the most of the first five games of the season, Warming placed Minutillo at
the top of the Nittany Lion offense as a forward, where his job was to post up
the opposing team's center back.
Looking to better utilize his speed and athleticism by getting him into open
space, the reigning Big Ten Coach of the Year moved Minutillo back to attacking
midfield. Obviously, the results were splendid.
"Mikey had been so caught up - and it was my fault - about posting up at the
top that it hurt his game," Warming said. "Now he came back in the midfield,
got a ball, laid it off and showed up someplace else...they couldn't find him.
That made a big difference in the game and in his play."
Though the goals were just Minutillo's second and third of the season, Warming
dismissed the notion that the performance was a needed confidence boost for the
One of the most determined players on the team, Minutillo never needed more
confidence. According to Warming, he just needed a change to get him going.
"I don't think Mikey has ever lacked confidence," Warming said. "He believes in
himself, I believe in him and I've believed in him ever since I had him in camp
when he was 13 years old. He's a great talent."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - GoPSUsports.com catches up with linebacker Brandon Bell and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton leading up to the UMass game.
James Franklin Transcript - September 16
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
The Nittany Lions return home on Saturday for a week four matchup against UMass
in Beaver Stadium (4 p.m. on BTN).
Head coach James Franklin previewed the matchup against the Minutemen on
Tuesday afternoon inside the Beaver Stadium Media Room. Franklin reviewed
Saturday's 13-10 win over Rutgers before shifting gears into conversation about
"Overall, I say it was a great team victory, and by that I mean that's the
offense, that's the defense, that's special teams, that's the coaches, that's
the trainers, doctors, that's the administration; that's everybody that has a
part, academic support, great team victory, really proud of the guys for that. Really
pleased with how they persevered in a really difficult, hostile environment,"
The Nittany Lions lifted and practiced on Sunday afternoon before Monday's off
day. Practice preparations for UMass resumed on Tuesday afternoon. Two big
areas that Coach Franklin said are points of emphasis this week focus on
protecting the quarterback and establishing the running game. Communication is
key for both.
"I think it really comes down to our communication and coordination up front,
making sure that all five or six guys, depending on the protection or the play,
are all on the same page and working together and that has not been case so
far," Franklin said. "So we're going to make sure that's happening. That's
time, that's chemistry. That's all those things that have to happen."
Defensively, the Nittany Lions are coming off a stellar second-half effort
against Rutgers. Penn State held the Scarlet Knights to just three first downs
in the final two quarters. The success on the defensive side of the ball begins
with the game plans put forth by defensive coordinator Bob Shoop and the staff.
The players talk constantly about how familiar they are with the opponent each
week. Shoop does a terrific job of preparing for the week's foe, and the
Nittany Lions have entered the first three games with great confidence.
"I've been on the head set with the defense where Bob's called out 75 percent
of the plays before they have been run," Franklin said. "He's called out, we
are going to get an interception here and things like that. It's pretty
impressive at times, it really is. And I think that confidence that he has
coming into the game, because of the amount of time he's put in, spills over to
our players, and I think the same thing with our staff."
Defensive tackle Anthony Zettel has been a big key to the defense's success
during the first three weeks. Zettel leads the Big Ten in tackles for loss with
7.0. Zettel was a quick player at the defensive end position prior to this
season. By moving to an inside tackle position, Zettel is able to use the speed
advantage to his favor on every snap.
"He's got a tremendous motor," Franklin said. "He's got really good quickness. He's
really sudden off of the ball. His spin move I think is really, really good,
which is one of his big plays last week he made off of his spin move. His
tenacity is unbelievable."
Saturday's game will mark the first meeting between Penn State and UMass.
Press Conference Notes
- Coach Franklin announced that the team's internal players of the week for
the Rutgers game were Christian Hackenberg and Bill Belton on offense and
Trevor Williams and Anthony Zettel on defense. Grant Haley was the honoree on
- Franklin on the UMass offense:
"On offense, Mark Whipple, the offensive coordinator, five starters, they run a
multiple offense. They are unorthodox, as well, in a lot of ways, utilize a lot
of different formations, misdirection and deception. They scored over 30 points
in their lost two games against FBS opponents."
- Franklin on the UMass defense:
"Defensive notes, returning six starters, they place a base 3-4 defense. Defense
runs very well. They play really hard. They utilize, really, an unorthodox
scheme and concepts, and I think that's kind of part of their plan. They are
trying to make up for some challenges that they have by being unorthodox. A lot
of different fronts, a lot of different pressures and a lot of different looks
at the secondary."
- Franklin on the UMass special teams:
"UMass, special teams,
from what I understand, Coach Whipple will be running the special teams this
week and for the remainder of the season. We've got to do a better job with our
kickoffs and be more consistent. They do have a really good returner and we
need to be aware of that. No. 9, Trey Dudley-Giles, 5-11, 282-pound junior
is doing both their kick return and punt return. Punt return is averaging over
15 yards and kick return is averaging over 35 yards. So there's no doubt he's a
playmaker and we have got a tremendous challenge."
- The Penn State wide receiver duo of Geno Lewis and DaeSean Hamilton were
added to the Biletnikoff Award Watch List on Tuesday.
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