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By Tyler Feldman, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.On the heels of a strong start during exhibition action last weekend, the Nittany Lion women's hockey team heads into the regular season behind not one, but two confident goalies.

With Penn State opening up regular season play this weekend, head coach Josh Brandwene plans to balance play between junior goalie Celine Whitlinger and freshman goalie Hannah Ehresmann throughout the course of the year.

"Our modus operandi is that we let [our goalies] know on Thursday prior to practice what the situation is for the weekend," said Brandwene.

In last Friday's 5-2 exhibition win over Western at Pegula Ice Arena, Whitlinger and Ehresmann split time, each accumulating about 30 minutes of play between the pipes.

"I was really pleased on Friday with the way both of them, Celine and Hannah, conducted themselves," said Brandwene. "They played fantastically."

As a result of the equitable time allotted to both goalies in the lone exhibition, the question regarding the starting goaltender for the season surfaced.

"We take things one day at a time here," said Brandwene. "We expect everybody to come and grind it out everyday in practice."

A substantial explanation as to why Brandwene has been compelled to rotate between a veteran and a rookie in the crease is due to the additional coaching that the goalies have received.

This past offseason, Brandwene added former Mercyhurst net minder Courtney Drennen to his coaching staff. Drennen brings with her the expertise and experience to help blossom the team's goalies.

"Courtney [Drennen] is doing a great job," said Brandwene. "She's doing an awesome job developing and continuing to grow them as athletes and their craft as goaltenders."

Brandwene adds that his goalies are hungry for feedback and want to get better. In lieu of the quote-on-quote competition, Whitlinger and Ehresmann plan to continue playing and communicating at high levels.

"We're just working hard everyday on the ice, off the ice trying to get better," said Whitlinger. "So, that competition aspect definitely pushes us a little more, but at the end of the day, we're still friends."

The younger Ehresmann sees similarities between her game and Whitlinger's, an observation that helps make sense of Brandwene's decision to share playing time.

"We're both similar goalies," said Ehresmann. "We're both butterfly goalies. We tend to go down more than stay up. So I just look at [Whitlinger's] game and see what techniques she uses, and I mirror them sometimes."

Gratitude is a word that Brandwene spoke about at Wednesday's media availability. And, for Whitlinger and Ehresmann, having that trait while competing and sharing time is integral to Penn State's success this season.

Just two years ago, Whitlinger laced up her skates as a freshman. She knows what adjustments need to be made to find success at the collegiate level. As a result, she has taken the necessary strides to mentor the younger Ehresmann.

"[Whitlinger] has definitely helped me a lot," said Ehresmann. "She's taught me the ropes of what we do before the games...and other specific goalie things."

Brandwene echoed the words of Ehresmann when asked about Whitlinger's leadership.

"[Whitlinger] sets a tremendous example," said Brandwene. "She's a terrific worker, and she just comes to work everyday in practice and gets better and better."

Penn State's season commences with a challenging road trip to Minnesota this weekend. Tonight the Nittany Lions take on the top-ranked Golden Gophers and tomorrow night the Blue and White go against St. Cloud State. Both games will take place at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

Whitlinger is expected to start in net against Minnesota and Ehresmann the nod versus St. Cloud State.

"I like where our team is right now, and I'm looking forward to the 60-minute challenge," said Brandwene.

"[Whitlinger] has definitely helped me a lot," said Ehresmann. "She's taught me the ropes of what we do before the games...and other specific goalie things."

Brandwene echoed the words of Ehresmann when asked about Whitlinger's leadership.

"[Whitlinger] sets a tremendous example," said Brandwene. "She's a terrific worker, and she just comes to work everyday in practice and gets better and better."

Penn State's season commences with a challenging road trip to Minnesota this weekend. Tonight the Nittany Lions take on the top-ranked Golden Gophers and tomorrow night the Blue and White go against St. Cloud State. Both games will take place at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis.

Whitlinger is expected to start in net against Minnesota and Ehresmann the nod versus St. Cloud State.

"I like where our team is right now, and I'm looking forward to the 60-minute challenge," said Brandwene.


By Matt Allibone, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- When it comes to Penn State men's soccer goalie Andrew Wolverton, numbers go a long way in telling his story.    

Like the fact that he has started 60 of a possible 70 games for the Nittany Lions over the past four seasons. Or that he holds Penn State's record for career shutouts (30), single-season shutouts (12 in 2011) and career goals-against-average (.72 entering this season).

Still, numbers don't tell the entire tale of what Wolverton has meant to the Nittany Lions. For the past four years, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound goalkeeper has been a role model to his teammates as an example of hard work, dedication and leadership.

How integral is Wolverton to the Nittany Lions success? At the team's preseason press conference in August, a reporter remarked to head coach Bob Warming that Wolverton had seemingly been on the team for "decades," to which Warming responded, "thank god."

Everyone in the room chuckled, but at the same time, it was an indicator of just how much the Lions value their goalie. For a team that has won 11 games by a score of 1-0 over the past two years, there really is no substitute for having someone with Wolverton's combination of size and agility between the pipes.

With the Atlanta native having registered his team record 29th shutout last Sunday against Michigan before adding his 30th on Wednesday against Bucknell, we caught up with him to hear some of his thoughts on his Penn State career.

Q: When did you start playing soccer and were you always a goalie?
"I've played soccer pretty much my entire life. My older sister always played and I kind of just took after her. I started playing goalie pretty young, like nine or 10 I think. One of my coaches just threw me there and it just fit. Before that, I wouldn't really say I had a set position because I was so young."

Q: Who was your favorite athlete growing up?
"I would have to say Michael Jordan. I always loved basketball and played it growing up and he was obviously the best at it. I played basketball until my freshmen year of high school, then I focused on soccer."

Q: What led you to come to Penn State?
"I visited the school when I was in high school before Coach Warming came here (in 2010). At the time I wanted to major in engineering (he switched to management) and I knew it was a great school as well as a great soccer program. What drew me to Penn State was just the unity and all the bonding in the community that was here."

Q: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a player during your time in college?
Wolverton: "
For my first three years it was definitely [former goalie coach] Bo Oshoniyi. But this year [new goalie coach] Mike Behonick has helped me out a lot. Mike has a little different style of teaching goalkeeping, but they both have helped push me to get better and to stay focused." 

Q: What has been your biggest challenge during your time at Penn State?
"Just continuing to be a leader. I've always tried to lead and make good decisions for the team. Luckily we've got a great staff and a lot of other good leaders like Owen [Griffith] to help me out. I know a lot of players can lose focus after a while and stop caring, so just continuing to care and trying to always get better has been big for me."

Q: What has been the most memorable moment of your career?
Wolverton: "
I don't know if I could single out one moment, but last year (Big Ten Championship, Sweet 16 appearance) was pretty cool. We had some big wins on the road that were a lot of fun for our team, especially in the NCAA Tournament in California (beating UC Santa Barbra 1-0). Obviously, winning the Big Ten the past two years was sweet."

While Wolverton may not have a single favorite moment of his own, he has produced many highlights and memories for his teammates, both on and off the field. The Nittany Lions current starting defenders, Eli Dennis, Mason Klerks and Mike Robinson, as well as senior co-captain and defensive center midfielder Owen Griffith, all shared their favorite Wolverton moment.

Redshirt Senior Eli Dennis:
"When he's on the field, he's loud and always communicating, but off he field, he's not really much of a public speaker usually. Before the Indiana game this season, he gave us a pep talk because he couldn't travel with us (Wolverton had been given a red card the previous game). He had trouble saying it at first and we all just cracked up. He had a great message though. Basically, he told us we can play against anybody and it doesn't matter which 11 guys are on the field. No matter who was out there, he thought we could get it done."

Sophomore Mason Klerks: "
On the field, I guess he's made a lot of good saves, but the one that sticks out is last year against Northwestern. We beat them (2-1 in double OT) to win the Big Ten title and he made this awesome diving save (in the 36th minute) to keep us in the game.

"Off the field, when I came here on my recruiting trip, I stayed with him one night. He was just a real cool guy and we had a great time. It was one of the reasons I came here."

Senior Mike Robinson:
"The Northwestern game, that's a good one. My favorite game memory would probably be the Michigan game that just happened when he set the shutout record. I was closest to the ball when it looked like it was going in (in the 82nd minute). Just when it looks like it's going in the goal he makes this incredible save. It just goes to show you that even when you think you've seen everything he can do, he ends up surprising you with a little more."

Senior Owen Griffith
: "Probably for me would be the Northwestern game. He made a huge save and we would have lost the Big Ten if it weren't for that.

"Our sophomore year though, we had our first apartment together. We ended up getting a [husky] dog that Andrew still has to this day. We named him Rooney. We always had to let him out of the apartment like 10 times a day."

With plenty of soccer still to be played this season, it is likely that Wolverton has yet to produce his finest moment. At the same, he has already given Nittany Lion soccer fans plenty to cheer about. 

Nittany Lions Spend Off Day Volunteering at United Way Day of Caring

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dayofcaring_1.jpgPhoto Gallery - Day of Caring

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Approximately 50 members of the Nittany Lion football team used the off day on Thursday as an opportunity to give back to the community by participating in the United Way Day of Caring event in State College.

The volunteers helped with the upkeep of Centre Furnace Mansion on East College Avenue. Groups participated in the volunteer effort in three shifts from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"It's great to give back to the community," freshman Johnathan Thomas said. "It's great to be out here with our teammates to help build some team chemistry and we get to help the community while doing it."

The work around Centre Furnace Mansion focused on landscaping and upkeep of the property. The student-athletes helped spread mulch, rake leaves and perform yard work in the garden around the historic site.

"This is a really great opportunity to give back to the community and the people who support us every weekend," freshman Charlie Shuman said. "When we get an opportunity on an off day to give back to the community and help them out, it's awesome."

Core value No. 1 for Penn State Football is to compete in everything you do. That is evident on the practice field every day. It was also evident at the Day of Caring festivities.

"Compete in everything you do. That's how we operate," Shuman said. "We are out here competing to see who can pull the most weeds, dump the most mulch, and we are having fun with it."

The Nittany Lions take the responsibility of giving back to the community very seriously. The nearly 50 players at the Centre Furnace Mansion jumped at the opportunity to spend time with one another while giving back to the community.

"We always have fun, and we have a special bond as a group," Shuman said. "No matter what we are doing, it is another opportunity to bond."

In addition to the football team, members of the baseball, women's and men's basketball squads participated in various activities around State College as part of the Day of Caring.

The Nittany Lions return to action on the field at Michigan on Oct. 11.

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From Finland to Penn State: Autio's Journey

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By Julie Bacanskas, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With 4,209 miles separating State College and Espoo, Finland, Erik Autio has found himself worlds away from his home this year. The Finland-native has not only had to transition to a new team, but he has had to emerge himself in a new culture, a new language and a new style of hockey.

Deciding to make the move to the United States and to collegiate hockey was one that made perfect sense to the freshmen. Autio quickly realized choosing Penn State would offer him the opportunity to not only play a highly competitive level of hockey, but it would also allow him to work toward advancing academically.

"The level of play in Finland, if you want to play on the best level, you don't have time to do studying at the same time," Autio said. "Coming over here gives me the opportunity to get my education as well as play good hockey, so that's what I wanted to come here for."

While the academics and hockey at Penn State have been treating the defenseman well, other aspects of the move have been a bit more difficult. With time Autio will grow accustomed to the American culture, but for now, he is happy to have the support of his teammates and coaches.

"I'm still working on it and getting used to stuff, but the guys are helping me out a lot," Autio said. "I like that, and their support makes it so much easier for me to do everyday stuff."

Autio hopes to repay the favor by contributing on-ice as much as possible during the 2014-'15 run, using his experiences to help propel the team to success.

Since 2010, Autio has been a member of the Espoo Blues at a number of junior levels. Most recently, the defenseman competed for the team's under-20 squad and served as an assistant captain.

Additionally, Autio helped lead the Blues to the
2014 Finnish Jr. A SM-liiga championship and recorded a plus-26 rating during the regular season.

This past August, the defenseman also competed with Finland's national under-20 team at USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, where he was able to go up against some of the world's best young players. The experience is one Autio feels greatly benefited the growth of his hockey career.

"It was a great opportunity for me to play against the best players in the world of my age," said the freshman. "It's always a big honor for me, great honor for me to represent my own country, so I'm hoping that maybe later on this year I might be playing for the under-20 team in National Championships in Toronto. That's one of my biggest goals for this season."

If Autio accomplishes this task, he will be the first Nittany Lion to compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship, which is scheduled to begin in late December. Finland is the reigning world champion.

Although the tournament is in the near future, Autio's main priority and focus is on being the best defenseman he can be for the Nittany Lions.

Standing at 5-foot-10, Autio tends to shy away from big hits, instead focusing on his ability to move the puck quickly and to jumpstart the offensive game.

"I'm just looking at the first game right now and trying to focus on that," Autio said. "It's going to be my first game, but I'm really excited for the home-opener. I've never been to a Penn State hockey game before, so it's going to be a lot of new stuff for me."

"I hear they're really loud," he added of the student-section. "I want to hear them this season."

Espoo, Finland may be 4,209 miles away from State College, but Autio is finding a new home in Penn State, and he's excited to see where this journey will lead. 

Gonzalez Leading the Lions in the Back Row

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10394883.jpegBy Anita Nham, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - At most sporting events, the fans in the crowd believe that the flashiest plays are the most notable ones. In volleyball, the kills and the great digs get the crowd excited and up off their feet, but what about the technical aspect of things?

A match cannot have any true momentum to it without the back row having strong serve receives. Penn State's back row has been doing a terrific job with that this season, especially from senior libero Dominique Gonzalez.

Gonzalez earned the Defensive Player of the Week for the Big Ten after helping the team notch two wins against then fifth-ranked Wisconsin and then 17th-ranked Minnesota. She led the team with 6.71 digs per set, including 21 digs during the Wisconsin match and a season-high of 26 digs against the Gophers. The win against Minnesota marked the fourth match of the season where Gonzalez had 20 or more digs.

"It's a great feeling," said Gonzalez. "It's the first time I've gotten it in my career, so that was pretty cool."

Though she is honored to have won this week's title, Gonzalez has other things on her mind.

"I think the more important things to focus on are the wins that we had and getting better at things we need to get better at and focusing on this week. The awards and stuff are cool, but winning as a team is better in my eyes," said Gonzalez. "As a team, I think we've got to improve on consistency. We missed a lot of serves at crucial times, so going back to the service line, being confident, and just being sure, We had a great match against Wisconsin and our play kind of slipped a little bit against Minnesota, so maintaining that consistent level of volleyball at all times."

Gonzalez began her collegiate athletic career nearly five years ago when she decided to leave San Antonio, Texas, to continue her passion for volleyball at Penn State. The 1,600 miles between home and Happy Valley made no difference to her as she knew that Penn State was her top choice.

"The community, the excellence it has in volleyball, I mean, you have a legendary coach, so in my eyes, there was nothing more," said Gonzalez. "Playing [for] Penn State volleyball was what I wanted. Playing for coach and being part of such a tradition. You look at all the success the program has had in the past and that's something I wanted to be a part of and wanted to be the best player that I could be and I knew that coach could bring that out in us."

Her family helps to provide a strong support system, as well.

"It's my last season and my parents are retired now, so they're making more of an effort to go to away matches, which is great to have people in the crowd supporting us in such big venues where a lot of the crowd is against us."

Since being and playing as a freshman, Gonzalez's game has grown exponentially, but she continues to look for improvement throughout her final season.

"When you come in as a freshman, there are a lot of overwhelming feelings when you're on the court. The game is faster - you're playing with girls that are anywhere between 18 to 22 years old and they're experienced as well," Said Gonzalez. "I try to improve a lot on my consistency and not being too high or being too low when you play well or play bad."

The Nittany Lions are almost midway through the season and still have a lot to look forward to.

"I think we always set our standards at the highest point we can so as a team I think we want to win as many matches as we can and get better each time we play and hopefully win a Big Ten Championship," said Gonzalez. We just want to do what we can to make a good run in the tournament."

Nittany Lions Focused on Consistency

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10394816.jpegBy Samantha DelRosso, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- After a successful Big Ten opening weekend, the Penn State women's volleyball team is focusing on being consistent on the court as conference play continues on the road.

Junior Megan Courtney said consistency will put the No. 3-ranked team on the road to success.

"[The emphasis this week is on] consistency and being able turn out points one after the other," Courtney said. "And believing in each other that we can beat whoever the opponent is."

The Big Ten Conference is rigorous week in and week out. Head coach Russ Rose noted that the conference season is a constant battle for 20 matches. There are nine weekends remaining in conference play. Rose said the team can't get too high with a win or too down with a loss because it's a two and a half month-long schedule.

"[The Big Ten season] is way more of a marathon than a sprint, so you really can't get yourself all tied up in one chapter of the big book," Rose said.

The Nittany Lions are off to a good start at 2-0 in conference play. But at this point in the "marathon", Courtney said there are still aspects of the game that need improvement.

"It's not about just winning the first two games in the conference. We could lose the next 18 and not be anywhere near our end goal," Courtney said. "It's about remaining consistent, keeping a good mindset and saying 'yes, it's great to win, but we also need to learn from the mistakes that we made in the first two games.'"

In addition to its competitiveness, the Big Ten is also known for its attendance at venues and thrilling atmosphere during matches. Freshman Simone Lee got her first taste of the Big Ten environment during the matches against Wisconsin and Minnesota this weekend.

"The crowd was cheering no matter what. It was electric in the air," Lee said. "But we did a pretty good job of tuning it all out and really focusing on the game and what we had to do to win."

The two matches were a good introduction into the Big Ten for Lee and many of the other freshmen. Lee said it prepared her for Penn State's match on Friday against Nebraska, a team whose facility is even louder and more energetic than Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The Bob Devaney Sports Center, where the Cornhuskers play, leads the nation in attendance. Rose said Cornhusker fans love their women's volleyball team and urge them on appropriately throughout the match.

"Nebraska is incredible. The best part is they don't cheer for technically Nebraska. They're all wearing red, but if the rally goes on forever, they cheer for volleyball. They cheer for good volleyball whether Penn State wins the rally or Nebraska does," Courtney said.

Not only is Nebraska a team with a consistently packed house, the Cornhuskers are among the nation's elite teams.

Coming in at No. 8, Nebraska is 2-0 in Big Ten play. Nebraska is a very athletic team with a physical style of play.

"They're a big team that's going to take a big swing and can count on another full gym to help them have the energy when times are tough," Rose said. "Nebraska won both matches last weekend, so they're in the same situation that we are heading into week number two."

Heading into their second weekend of Big Ten matches, the Nittany Lions' approach remains the same. The group understands the importance of playing at a high level every time it steps on the floor.

"Every weekend in the Big Ten you'd better be focused," Rose said. "You're playing teams that are ranked, you're playing programs that have great tradition or you're playing teams that need to bounce back after a tough weekend."

Excitement Ahead for Nittany Lions at Notre Dame Invitational

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10326924.jpegBy Astrid Diaz, Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lions are lacing up their race day shoes and heading west to Notre Dame to compete in their first NCAA qualifying invitational of the season on Friday afternoon.

It is still early in the year, but with highly ranked teams like No. 12 New Mexico (women) and the No. 10 BYU Cougars (men) in attendance, this weekend will be an opportunity for Penn State to check out what its opponents have in store for this season's quest to nationals.

Competing among 10 ranked teams, the Nittany Lion men's team (RV) will be competing for points towards qualifying for the NCAA Championships in November.

Coming off an individual victory at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational three weeks ago, fifth-year senior Matt Fischer is eager for the weekend noting that the invitational is a chance for the Nittany Lions to start making their goals into realities.

"We want to be the sharpest we've been all year," said Fischer. "[This meet] will be out first real test when everyone will be going all out to get a good performance in and give us a chance to score some points. It'll be a good test for us against Princeton and if we can go head-to-head with those teams, it will be a big deal for us."

The No. 30 women's team will race at Notre Dame as one of three ranked teams competing. Motivated by the competition, the teams will approach the race with the same focused and determined mentality it is well known for.

"This [meet is at] a bigger field and it's our first travel meet but other than that it is no different, [we have the] same goals. Every race we are going in with the mentality to beat the other teams," said senior Katie Rodden.

This weekend also marks the beginning of the end for some Nittany Lions as five seniors, including Fischer and Rodden, along with Leigha Anderson, Abigail Benson and Lauren Mills, will begin the journey to the NCAA Championships for the last time. 

However, the group's senior status is the least of their worries right now as the veterans, like Fischer, are quietly focused on accomplishing some personal goals that they hope will bring overall victory to the team.

"The biggest thing for me is to make it the best year I've had and to keep improving," said Fischer. "I have some personal goals in my head that I don't want to define quite yet because we are early in the season but I think we are definitely in the position to qualify [for nationals] as a team, which I've never had a chance to do...that would be an awesome cap to my career here."

Head coach John Gondak is looking forward to an excitement-packed weekend, as well ensuring that the team has put in plenty of hard work over the last two weeks and is confident they will see the results.

"We are [walking into] a deep competition and it presents a different style of race," said Gondak. "We are going to test ourselves. This is a turning point in our season. These meets start to count now and we have to make sure that when we step out there we are ready to compete."

While the teams know there are many things at stake beginning with this race, through it all, they are most excited to do what they do best - have fun and run hard.

Penn State's first race will be the women's 5k at 4:15 p.m. followed by the men's five-mile run at 5 p.m.

Bye Week Q&A - Assistant Coach Sean Spencer

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10394418.jpegUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer spoke with the media on Thursday.  The Nittany Lions travel to Michigan on Oct. 11. Take a look at a Q&A with Spencer during the bye week.

Q: How do you feel like your unit has played thus far in 2014?
"I think we started out of the gates pretty fast, especially one guy in particular, Anthony Zettel. The group is doing a good job. I wouldn't say great, but we are doing a good job. They know the level of expectation has risen every week. We want them to continue to get better. I think areas of improvement would be consistency in our pad level and gap control. Sometimes we try to make plays, but sometimes we get out of our gap when we are trying to make the plays. We have to continue doing things within the framework of the defense and those things will happen."

Q: How do you break down which techniques are better for different guys?
"When you are around the guys and practice with them and take them through different things you see that skill set. Like Austin Johnson is a power to finesse guy - power first and then finesse. He's got a unique skill set in the fact that he can play like a guy who is 280 pounds, but he is 315 pounds. Just never limiting those guys to, alright, this is the way we do it or this is the way you have to do it. Deion (Barnes) is a different type of pass rusher than C.J. (Olaniyan). So what I try to do is maximize Deion's ability through the framework of the defense by letting him do things that he is good at. And then let C.J. do things he is good at...You learn that every player has a different skill set. In order to maximize that, you have to allow him to do things that are beneficial to his skill set."

Q: Can you talk about how your nickname 'Chaos' fits you and the position you coach?
"Coach Galt kind of gave me that nickname. It was always part of my D-Line catchphrase. Playing with organized chaos. I always kind of used that word. If you get a chance to meet me, I'm kind of hyper (laughter). I'm running around all the time. When we were at Vanderbilt, Coach Galt said one day for the guys to follow Coach Chaos running around on the field. From then on, the guys called me that. For the position, you have to have that. I always talk to the guys about matching my intensity every day. I'm not going to come onto the field without great energy. The guys kind of feed off of that. That's not a position where you can chill and hang out. Those guys gotta go all the time. When they see their coach, they feed off of that."

Q: What can you say about C.J. Olaniyan and his strengths as a player and as a captain?
"An unbelievably mature individual. One thing, C.J. is a father. He has a little daughter. When you have that situation that automatically makes you gain maturity. He's a guy that I bounce things off of when I want to talk to the group. I'll go to him and talk to him about leadership and where some things are that he can help me with. When you start giving a guy a leadership role and you start talking to him and including him in the process, he takes it to heart and is able to project it onto the field. It is a pleasure to coach the guy. He is very intelligent. He takes unbelievable notes. He asks great questions. He is very detailed in his analyzing of each opponent."

Q: Anthony Zettel's personality kind of matches yours. What is it about the way he plays the game that makes it so similar?
"He goes hard from the beginning of the game to the end of the game. He's got unbelievable work ethic. He loves football. He loves what he does. He plays hard. He's a real disciplined guy. I let him be himself much like Coach Franklin lets me be myself. And I think that helps me, and that helps Anthony...He's so intense. He's going to come with great energy. It's a pleasure to coach a guy like that."

Q: You had a chance to scrimmage with some of your younger guys this week. Did any of those guys pop out to you?
"I think Antoine White has a bright future here. He has unbelievable twitch. He gets off the football. He can be a really good pass rusher. He's going to be a guy you are talking about for years to come here. We are really excited about him. Also, Torrence Brown is another guy that we had recruited when we were at Vanderbilt...He is a pleasant surprise. He's very dynamic. He was a small school state basketball player of the year in Alabama, so he is a great athlete. He has a vertical better than 34 or 35 inches. He's going to give you that dynamic pass rusher that you need. And then Curtis Cothran as a guy I'm very excited bout. As the future goes on, I think I've got some guys who can do some things and make some noise in this conference."

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VIDEO: One-on-One with Megan Courtney - Oct. 2

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - catches up with junior Megan Courtney for an update on the Nittany Lions heading into this weekend's matches at Nebraska and Iowa.

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VIDEO: James Franklin Practice Update - Bye Week No. 1

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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 are off on Saturday. Penn State travels to Michigan on Oct. 11 (7 p.m. on ESPN2).

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