Hey, here's a story from PennLive.com on Wednesday about Penn State adding two "run-on" players, which is what Bill O'Brien calls all his walk-on players. Walking is a sin on a football field, you see.
Hey, here's a story from PennLive.com on Wednesday about Penn State adding two "run-on" players. No, this is not a repeat of the first link.
Hey, here's a story from PennLive.com on Wednesday about Penn State adding four "run-on" players. No, this is not a repeat of the first two links.
Yes, Penn State locked up eight "run-ons" this week, running the total to 11 in this year's class and helping bolster the roster for the foreseeable future.
This surge of player additions is crucial for Penn State's health and viability as a football program. The NCAA sanctions against Penn State docked the Nittany Lions 20 scholarships per year, and the difference between an 85-player team and a 65-player team isn't so much evident in the starting lineups as it is in depth and the things a team is capable of doing on the practice field.
As more and more players volunteer to pay their way onto the Penn State team, O'Brien's squad can look more and more like one that isn't under crippling sanctions.
Moreover, not all of these guys are going to be stars or even starters. Most won't. But if two out of 20 such players work their way into the starting lineup and end up earning a scholarship for it (if the scholarships are earned after two years in the program, they don't count against the limit of 15 scholarships per recruiting class) then, hey, free starters.
That's why this program is so crucial for Penn State going forward, and O'Brien's working hard at making it strong.