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Young Players to Watch in Spring Ball

http://blog.pennlive.com/patriotnewssports/2009/03/our_2_cents_a_look_at_penn_sta.html

So. DE Jack Crawford. The massive 6-5, 262-pounder saw action as a true freshman, always a great sign that line coach Larry Johnson expects great things early in the career. Can play inside or outside. And could be poised for a 2009 breakout.

R-So LB Nate Stupar. The State College High grad was a special teams standout last fall and those always-around-the-ball instincts could serve the 226-pounder well as he battles for the open starting spot alongside Sean Lee and Navorro Bowman.

So. DB D'Anton Lynn. It was surprising to see Joe Paterno take the redshirt off one of the plums of the 2008 class, because Lynn wasn't really needed. Listed at 6-1, 198 pounds, Lynn could be headed to a safety spot.

So. DT Brandon Ware. He's listed at 6-3, 347 pounds on the spring roster but we're going to have to get a good look at The Big Guy up close to see if he's ready for game action. Paterno is picky about his D-tackles. He may need to be at 335.

Fr. DB Gerald Hodges. A healthy sized (6-2, 223) January enrollee who is built like one of those USC safeties that tormented PSU's small wideouts in the bowl game. He could grow into an LB but may get a long look at safety so he can work on his pass coverage.

 

I'm stoked to see our young guys step up this season -- I've been especially fanatical about Nathan Stupar.  I went and watch some highlights to the Wisky game from this season and I would honestly say that Stupar was a big part of that game and our success -- and that's just as a role player on special teams.

Part of our domination was that Wisky never got field position because of our punt coverage -- and Stupar had many open-field solo tackles as the first defender to the ball.  Not only that, DWill's return -- the key block on the last defender who had a clear shot at DWill?  Blocked perfectly by Stupar who was the only guy smart and fast enough to be in that position.

 

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