Big Ten Friday mailbag
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Did we get the proverbial Playstation 3 in the form of a Big Ten champ or did we get a team equivalent to a new set of tube socks?I guess I'm fearing tube socks. Worse yet, already worn and smelly tube socks. Maybe underwear. That doesn't fit. And is already dirty. You get the general idea.
Penn State Nittany LionsInteresting that the defense is not even mentioned. And he presupposes Newsome will be the starting QB--a safe assumption though. But I think the 2010 defense will be as good if not better than last year's, even despite the losses of Bowman and Lee. And defense wins championships, doesn't it???
Why they can: Penn state football fans can be grateful their team has a solid running back in Evan Royster and depth in the receiving corp. There is also plenty of experienced talent coming back along the offensive line.
Why they can’t: Kevin Newsome has thrown eleven passes in his college football career and while the defense may mature over the year, the three top tacklers from last year are gone; this unit will be a question mark as the season begins.
Will they? Newsome will have to really mature quickly, but don’t count on a Big Ten title for Joe Pa this year.
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R Howard Township, nominated Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in a letter sent Thursday to President Barack Obama.
“There has never been an accusation of corrupt recruiting and, in what is depressingly rare, his players stay in school and graduate,” says the letter, which praises Pater-no’s generosity and support of the Pennsylvania Special Olympics.
Sixteen Pennsylvania representatives — most of the state’s delegation — endorsed the nomination along with Penn State almunus Rep. Frank Wolf, of Virginia.
“This is really unusual,” Thompson spokeswoman Tina Kreisher said Saturday. “It takes somebody like Paterno to inspire folks to this level.”