We have no pictures of wide receiver Jake Kiley or safety Marcus Allen, the two 2014 Nittany Lions that wear #2, so we move onto the #2 that saved Penn State football (the first time), Derrick WIlliams.
D-Will was one of the top recruits in the nation when he spurned every top program in the nation to head to Happy Valley and play under Joe Paterno. It certainly was a head-scratching decision to the general public at the time considering Penn State was still in the period we affectionately denote at the Dark Years. What happened? Only an Orange Bowl victory in his first year and a Rose Bowl appearance to end the careers of him and fellow wide receivers Deon Butler and Jordan Norwood.
ROLL THAT BEAUTIFUL D-WILL FOOTAGE:
Last year, I debated myself as to whether Derrick Williams or Christian Hackenberg (the second guy who saved Penn State football) was a bigger recruit at the time of their respective National Signing Days. I chose Hackenberg last year and I'd still probably keep with that decision, but Williams was something special and brought a magic back to Saturdays in State College. I kinda want to switch my decision to D-Will. It's an internal struggle whenever I think about this.
Happy college football opening night that doesn't include Georgia State and Abilene Christian!