As you're likely already well-aware, we've made it to another April Fool's Day. In the past we've had some fun with this quasi-holiday, but this year there will be no fake posts here at BSD. Everywhere you look on the internet you will find fake headlines trying to catch you off guard, even for a second. But it's gotten a bit old, and we're taking a stand and saying "Enough."
Instead of trying to fool you with some tongue-in-cheek, satirical post, we're going to spend the first day of April going the opposite direction. Here's a list of facts that should bring a smile to your face, rather than cursing at us from afar for being yet another bunch of nerds trying to trick you today.
-Carl Nassib started his first ever football game in week one of the 2015 season. By the end of the year, he led the nation in sacks despite missing the final two games of the regular season (Let's agree not count the first series of the Michigan game, OK?).
-Anthony Zettel once tackled a tree.
-Saquon Barkley is both incredibly strong, and extremely fast.
-Joe Paterno is the winningest coach in major college football history.
-John Donovan is no longer Penn State's offensive coordinator.
-Larry Johnson was just the ninth player in college football history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season. He accomplished the milestone by racking up 279 yards in the first half against Michigan State in 2002.
-Tamba Hali barely escaped becoming a child soldier before fleeing Liberia and eventually became an NFL superstar and one of the best defensive lineman ever to play for Penn State.
-Baby Boomer Penn State fans LOVE themselves some Sweet Caroline.
-Evan Royster played lacrosse.
-Christian Hackenberg was 18 years-old when he started at quarterback as a true freshman in 2013.
-Jason Cabinda led the team with 100 tackles in 2015, and now has two more seasons of eligibility to improve on that mark.
-Penn State once had a terrifying mascot that haunted the dreams of all those who encountered it.