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LFL Gallery 1: Stupar, Green, Taylor, Koroma and many more

Posted: 7/16/2007 8:30 AM

LFL Gallery 1: Stupar, Green, Taylor, Koroma and many more 


Who is this guy?Check out the Penn State players in the Uplifting Athletes' 2007 event, which raised $75,000. Get your first look at many of the true freshmen, several key veterans and lots of Lions between.
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Last edited 7/24/2007 4:21 PM by PlaybookMark

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:23 AM

Re: LFL Gallery 1: Stupar, Green, Taylor, Koroma and many more 


I like the one of Devlin mowing the grass with a push mower.  Good to see the guys pitching in anyway they can...

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:30 AM

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Wow, kids look great.  Some impressive looking individuals.

Colasanti looks like he is Sr in college.  Big Phil definitely took his conditioning seriously.  Nice picture on Okoli as well.  I guess he did trim down, looking to play DE. 

These incoming frosh seems to have their **** together.  Most look like they are in top shape.  Moye even looks like he addes a few pounds.

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:34 AM

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Penn State appears to have a lot more physical players than we had here in the losing years. Things have improved markedly over the past few years.

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:40 AM

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I think there are going to be a few interior offensive linemen that will get tossed on their backside by Phil Taylor this season. It's been a while since PSU had a true space eater in the middle of the DL. With Taylor and Koroma in there, the LBs should be freed up to do their thing and make a ton of plays.

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:45 AM

Re: LFL Gallery 1: Stupar, Green, Taylor, Koroma and many more 


NittanyBurgh,

The 'Coach Buddy' is a surefire workout torture mechanism when its involved in repeated sprints.  Its unrelenting and depending on the coach driving the workout, its a digestive system tester. 

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:49 AM

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I second FP's thoughts on Colasanti.  Wow, he is absolutely huge.  Both he and Stupar pass the looks test.  Our ability to reload at linebacker is almost ridiculous these days.  We have waves and waves of depth, especially considering the three that committed for this year's class. 

A few other comments:

- Our DLineman are looking pretty good.  Taylor is just gigantic all the way around.   
- Green looks bigger than I thought he would look.  Looks physical enough to play RB.
- Brackett and Devlin look bigger, especially Devlin.  He was pretty thin as a freshman.
- Anyone else notice how narrow J.B. Walton's shoulders looked in his picture?   

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:52 AM

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Did LB Daily participate?

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:53 AM

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PSUSmitty wrote:

Stupar pass the looks test.


Even though it was watered down, Stupar was BY FAR the cream of the crop of the Big 33 game...including Ohio's players.

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:55 AM

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FWIW, Pat Devlin looked filled out like this when I saw him on break way back in January, so he has been working out and doing all his QB drills at this size for some time now. I can't say that I am surpsied though as Pat works as hard as any kid I have ever seen.

This kid can be be special when he takes over the QB reigns. For me this means 2008 as I just can't envision Daryl Clark holding this kid off when the spot opens up. Devlin just has too high a skill set.

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:58 AM

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Andrew Dailey had his appendix taken out this summer. If he didn't participate, and I have no idea if he did or not, it might have been a precautionary measure.

Posted: 7/16/2007 9:59 AM

Re: LFL Gallery 1: Stupar, Green, Taylor, Koroma and many more 


Devlin needs to convince himself that he can be the starter imo.  He has a bit of a mental hurdle to overcome.  Perhaps he has.

What I like about this class even more is that none of them are really needed...at least for a couple of years.  Some of them look impressive now, in a couple of years, they should be really fine-tuned.

This Okoli cat really intrigues me.  He looks like he is pushing 6-6.  And with his build, so much for DT.  DE all the way.  I put the over under on Devon Still's weight at 280.  Wondering how good he looks.

Posted: 7/16/2007 10:02 AM

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marsh...not to mention the fact that Pat is pretty mobile for a guy of his size.  He's definitely a unique prospect.  At times last year, he gave the 1st team defense fits as the scout QB.

Posted: 7/16/2007 10:09 AM

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Koko, Devlin is very mobile.

I watched him consistently play in a very tight pocket at Downingtown East. He'd have guys get their hands on him and he'd still sidestep them or spin out of their grasp. And he did this to even the good defensive linemen, just ask Tom McKeowen how tough Pat is in the pocket.

Then you have Pat's speed. When he runs out of the pocket he is pretty fast for a non running prototype NFL pocket QB. I watched him run accross the field and back (about 100 yards) sprints with two pretty fast WR's at Big33 and he could pretty much stay within about 1 yard of them over that distance.

Posted: 7/16/2007 10:11 AM

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"Green looks bigger than I thought he would look.  Looks physical enough to play RB."


From what I saw in the NYC/LI All-Star game a couple weeks ago, Stephon Green is still way too small to be a RB.  He looked very skinny. He has the perfect body for a corner, but isn't a RB IMO. 

Plus, I think it says something when NYC was using a 5'6, 165lbs RB who is going to Hofstra instead of Stephon Green.  IMO, it means that the coaches didn't think Stephon was too small to play RB, but rather that they probably thought he didn't have the wiggle or the instincts. 

I think if we played Green at RB, it would be purely out of desperation, and not because he's an elite RB prospect. 

Plus I think we'll get a decent RB in this class, but no corners.  Leave Green at CB.

Last edited 7/16/2007 10:12 AM by PBRme

Posted: 7/16/2007 10:25 AM

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PSUWonka wrote:

NittanyBurgh,

The 'Coach Buddy' is a surefire workout torture mechanism when its involved in repeated sprints.  Its unrelenting and depending on the coach driving the workout, its a digestive system tester. 


Thanks for the info, I'd never seen that piece of equipment before.  I'm guessing the function is to provide a ton of resistance while the player tries to push it forward?

I'm sure that it is very tough...but it still looks like a push mower

Posted: 7/16/2007 10:34 AM

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fp001 wrote:

Devlin needs to convince himself that he can be the starter imo.  He has a bit of a mental hurdle to overcome.  Perhaps he has.

What I like about this class even more is that none of them are really needed...at least for a couple of years.  Some of them look impressive now, in a couple of years, they should be really fine-tuned.

This Okoli cat really intrigues me.  He looks like he is pushing 6-6.  And with his build, so much for DT.  DE all the way.  I put the over under on Devon Still's weight at 280.  Wondering how good he looks.

This is the first I have heard of Devlin having any type of "mental issues". The kid has above average academic and mental football skills. He is also said to be extremely confident and emotionally secure. What am I missing? (Please limit what I am missing within the context of Devlin)

Posted: 7/16/2007 10:36 AM

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The one picture with Okoli, Moye, Barham, and Latham.  Moye and Okoli tower over Barham and Latham.  I know camera angle can create some illusions, but anybody who was there get some real heights on those 2 guys.

Posted: 7/16/2007 10:46 AM

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lionlover, I wouldn't worry too much about Pat. The kid has proven time and time again that he's mentally and physically tough and I doubt that anything has changed in this regard. I can tell you in no uncertain terms that Pat Devlin is looking forward to the competition for the job at Penn State and that he will be 100% ready for it.

Posted: 7/16/2007 10:54 AM

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ll,

devlin is 3rd string and in fact, isn't even close to clark right now for the back-up spot.  yet, everyone agrees that devlin is a gifted QB.  ask devlin and he'll tell you he's 3rd string.

imo, from what i hear, devlin needs to convince himself that he's as good as he is.  a lot of kids go through this.  happens to the best of them.

Posted: 7/16/2007 11:02 AM

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I am not advocating that Green start his career at RB by any means, but the guns he was showing on that quad machine were impressive.  That makes it more likely he would succeed at RB if the staff chose to experiment with him there.  I would prefer that he play CB, if the staff can land the guys they want at RB this year.   

Posted: 7/16/2007 11:20 AM

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It is my understanding that Green will start at RB.  That is what he has been told by staff.

Posted: 7/16/2007 11:23 AM

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I'll echo fp in a different manner.  DC owns the huddle not to mention the fact that he is a natural leader the players seem to gravitate to him.  Does he have Pat's upside?  Not even close.  Does he have Pat's accuracy or touch?  Not even close.  However, a self-assured leader at the QB position, with some athletic ability, can win plenty of football games at the collegiate level.  In a year, I think Pat wins the job.

Posted: 7/16/2007 11:35 AM

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I like the pic of Brackett holding out those weights my wife uses during her Pilates classes. I once grabbed my wife's 2lb Pilates dumb-bells and was able to rep out like 6,000 reps with those bad boys. How many reps did Brackett get?

Last edited 7/16/2007 11:37 AM by Biggums

Posted: 7/16/2007 11:40 AM

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They aren't repping them in that picture, they are doing the "iron cross" or holding them with their forearms pressed up against the top for as long as they can maintain that position.

Posted: 7/16/2007 11:42 AM

Re: LFL Gallery 1: Stupar, Green, Taylor, Koroma and many more 


Can I ask...why would you do that?
Biggums wrote: I like the pic of Brackett holding out those weights my wife uses during her Pilates classes. I once grabbed my wife's 2lb Pilates dumb-bells and was able to rep out like 6,000 reps with those bad boys. How many reps did Brackett get?

Posted: 7/16/2007 11:49 AM

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I can't wait to see the reaction in Nittany nation if/when Clark wins the starting spot for '08. By all reports Clark is a natural leader who has solid command of the position. Even if his athletic/running ability is what we might need at the position, even if he wins the job straight up, even if that is what we are selling Pryor on, the vast majority are going to want to Devlin and they will be out for blood if he doesn't get the job. 

Next years team is going to be absolutely loaded. The defense returns virtually intact along with the OL and WR's. There will only be one question, who will be their leader under center? I predict the QB battle and "controversy" will reach epic proportions next offseason and it will get ugly around here.

Last edited 7/16/2007 11:54 AM by NITTinNYC1

Posted: 7/16/2007 11:50 AM

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Biggums wrote: I like the pic of Devlin holding out those weights my wife uses during her Pilates classes. I once grabbed my wife's 2lb Pilates dumb-bells and was able to rep out like 6,000 reps with those bad boys. How many reps did Devlin get?

To be fair, Devlin looks to be holding the 15 pound dumb bells, Brackett has the two-pound weights -- both are doing the Iron Cross to see how long they can hold them up -- try doing that after eight events...

Mark

Posted: 7/16/2007 12:00 PM

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Colosanti's shoulders are sick.  These freshman look way ahead of the curve.

Posted: 7/16/2007 12:13 PM

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Koko, I think you just put this in a good perspective.

Pat redshirted last year, so naturally Daryl Clark gained a lot of experience as the #2 QB in 2006. Clark is also Devlin's senior in terms of class rank. If the staff made Devlin the official #2 this September what would that do to Clark? If he is like every other kid that gets "officially" supplanted by a younger guy then he leaves. Between the recruitment of Pryor and this situation, we are likely to see Clark remain the #2 kid on the depth chart in 2007.

Does this change my view on Devlin one iota? No. Pat is a confident kid, but he's also a company man. He'll be ready to play this fall, even if Clark gets all the #2 snaps. He'll also take his place in line like a man and not mope about it. When spring 2008 arrives he'll confidently step up to the challenge and, imho, he'll succeed.

Pat might just acknowledge he's 3rd right now because that is what kind of guy he is - a company guy. But no one should be fooled into thinking he won't be ready to seize the opportunity when it arrives in the spring of 2008.
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