Penn State Recruiting Class continues to grow

Penn State has had a good week - and Penn State had a GREAT night last night.

4 big time recruits committed to PSU this week - 2 OL (Logan-EL and Walton) - 1 DT (Taylor) and, as you may have seen on TV, local boy, Pat Devlin (QB), backed off of his commitment to U miami (we have Larry Coker and his golden guillotine to thank for this one).

PSU is sweeping up in the state of maryland (thank you Dwill) - of the 25 top recruits coming out of that state, Penn State has 7; actually, they have 7 of the top 10 (1,3,5-9).

Depending on whether you read Rivals or Scout - PSU has the 5th or 6th recruiting class in the country.

There are a few more whispers in the wind about some other "re-commits" = we'll have to see -

Penn Staters Super Bowl Bound

GoPSUsports.com - Nittany Lions Well-Represented on Super Bowl XL Squads

A pretty comprehensive article on all the participants


Lions help East win Hula Bowl

GoPSUsports.com - Trio of Nittany Lions Help East Win Hula Bowl

Calvin Lowry, Scott Paxson and Matthew Rice participated in the All-Star game.

Lowry and Rice had good outings - Lowry had 2 tackles and 4 pass break-ups; Rice connected for 5 tackles - 2 tackles for loss (25 yards) - including a 14 yard sack.

Nice work.


this is pretty impressive

GoPSUsports.com - Nearly Fifty Members of Penn State Football Team Earn 3.0 GPA During Fall Semester - Fourteen Lions on Dean's List

PSU's Dean's List is a straight 3.5 average (no curving) - among the 14 who made the Dean's List is Justin King, Freshman.

Nice work Lions!


4 Lion Seniors invited to the Senior Bowl

GoPSUsports.com - Quartet of Nittany Lions Invited to Play in 57th Senior Bowl

Phillips, Hali, Robinson and Zemaitis to play in the 57th annual Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama - January 28th - Kick off is at 4pm and the game will be televised on ESPN.

SI.com - Best College Football Players of 2006

SI.com - Best College Football Players of 2006

Paul Posluszny #4 - back for his senior year

Hilarious photo - he looks like a little kid, going poop.

SI.com - Best College Football Players of 2006

SI.com - Best College Football Players of 2006

Levi Brown! Left Tackle - NFL sized - only returning starter


PhillyBlog signature

As you know (I'm assuming), I am the moderator of the Sports Forum at Phillyblog.com - We have a great thread going about PSU Football. I was (I admit) a little tentative about starting a PSU thread in a Philadelphia forum - those fans are tough - but another poster (after an off-board tet-a-tet) started the thread last summer and it's been great. As with this blog, it's fun to go back and see what I (and others) wrote back in the late summer/early fall and how our sentiments shifted as the season progressed.

As you can only imagine, I have dominated the postings on the thread - I can't help myself.

ANYWAY - my "signature" on Phillyblog has been (since mid-season) the following:

Ivan: My first question: Can you spell Posluszny?
Pat: No I cannot. But I can spell Paterno. We've had 40 years of practice. It's very relevant again.
Ivan: It's P-O-S-L-U-S-Z-N-Y. Pronounced: Con-lan, or Ar-ring-ton. --Ivan Maisel and Pat Forde, ESPN.com

I'm thinking of changing it (gasp! horrors!) - but I couldn't bear the idea of it just evaporating into the internet ether - so I wanted to "immortalize" it here.

With the announcement of Posluzny's return for his senior year, I hate to change it - but I can keep it ready for September!!!


SI.com - NCAA Football - Injured PSU star Posluszny passes on draft -


Poz' injury "minor" tears of ligaments

goPSUsports.com - Poz' knee injury does not require surgery

PSUers in NFL playoffs

GoPSUsports.com - 16 Penn Staters in NFL Playoffs

Bowl Finale

FedEx Orange Bowl: Penn State vs. Florida State.

Um, yeah, the Lions won. Now that was a game. While I would have preferred a PSU blow out - it's a win! 16-11

The Rose Bowl, sponsored by Citi: Texas vs. USC.

yeah, the Longhorns won - Vince Young is a god - he really is. 17-11

ESPN.com Rose Bowl gets highest college football ratings since '87

ESPN.com - NCF/BOWLS05 - Rose Bowl gets highest college football ratings since '87 Guess which game in '87 - go ahead, guess.

Orange Bowl to be rebroadcast on ESPN Classics

Nittany Lions' Orange Bowl Win Over Florida State to Air Saturday on ESPN Classic broadcast starts at 1pm. Click above for more information and game stats on GoPSUsports.com


Bowl Update

Penn State plays tonight - GO LIONS!!!!!

otherwise, let's see how I"m doin'...

New Orleans Bowl: Arkansas State versus Southern Mississippi.

Southern Miss won - good start 1-0

GMAC Bowl: Toledo versus UTEP.

Well Toledo made up their minds, and won. 2-0

Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl: BYU vs. Cal.

The Bay Area Boys got the win. 3-0

San Diego State Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Colorado State versus Navy.

Anchors A-Won! 4-0

Fort Worth Bowl: Kansas versus Houston.

Jayhawks win 5-0

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Nevada vs. UCF

And here the streak ends - Nevada won - 5-1

Motor City Bowl: Memphis vs. Akron

Well, the zips came up short - 5-2

Champs Sports Bowl: Clemson vs. Colorado

The only Bowden win of Bowl Season - 6-2

Insight Bowl: Arizona State versus Rutgers

Crap those Knights put up a fight. No fair that they had to play in Arizona! 6-3

MPC Computers Bowl: Boise State vs. Boston College

Well, the home crowd and blue field didn't help - guess God picked BC this year... 6-4

Mastercard Alamo Bowl: Michigan vs. Nebraska

Huskers won, in a really controverisal UM got a taste of what it feels like way. 7-4

Emerald Bowl: Georgia Tech vs. Utah

Utah won. bleh - 7-5

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl: Oregon versus Oklahoma.

O-K-L-A-H-O-M-A! So Ducks, still think you deserve a BCS bid? That wasn't very nice, but..... 8-5

Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl: Minnesota vs. Virginia.

Gophers let me down. Good luck next year Al (Golden). 8-6

Vitalis Sun Bowl: Northwestern vs. UCLA.

nuther B10 loss - oh well - UCLA did have a great start to the season and NW has no defense to speak of... 8-7

Independence Bowl: Missouri vs. South Carolina.

Okay, I can't really figure out who I picked for this one. but, since I'm an opportunist, and I really do hate Spurrier, I'm going to go with the handsome coach theory and say I picked Mizzou - 9-7 (hey, if they let bobby count those Samford wins...)

Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl: Miami vs. LSU

LSU stomped them - good job tigers - 10-7

Meineke Car Care Bowl: South Florida vs. NC State.

Great job guys, you really tore them to shreds (said in Mickey Mouse voice) - NC State won. 11-7

AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Tulsa vs. Fresno State.

Fresno State lost their offensive coordinator (who has become even more offensive by joining the unc staff) and the game. 11-8

EV1.net Houston Bowl: TCU vs. Iowa State.

Good job toads. 12-8

Cotton Bowl: Texas Tech vs. Alabama

Tide rolled. 13-8

Outback Bowl: Iowa vs. Florida

Apparently you don't "gotta go" with the B10 - 13-9

Toyota Gator Bowl: Louisville vs.Virginia Tech.

Marcus Vick should have been ejected - end of story. 13-10

Capital One Bowl: Wisconsin vs. Auburn.

Now, here's the one I should have bet!!!!! Way to go Badgers! 14-10

Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Notre Dame vs. Ohio State.

Well, the stinky horse chestnuts made me actually root for them. Although my main chant became "Evil Sweater Vest" as I pounded on the sofa - Score was MUCH closer than the game - 15-10

Nokia Sugar Bowl: West Virginia vs. Georgia.

This was a tough one, and as the game started, I found myself leaning toward the Mountaineers - it was nice (in a strange way) to see them vindicate the Big East. But I'll stick to my "UGA" statement... 15-11

Not too bad for sheer bias.

Paterno's Comments

GoPSUsports.com - Joe Paterno Orange Bowl Comments - Jan. 2
10,000 in attendance at pep rally on eve of the Orange Bowl

Defensive Player Quotes - Jan 1

GoPSUsports.com - Lions ready to face Florida State on Jan 3 at 8 p.m.

ESPN.com - Command performance

ESPN.com - Hali sets the tone for Nittany Lions' approach