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Penn State Report: 9/15/02

Sunday, September 15, 2002

By Ray Fittipaldo, Post-Gazette Sports Writer


Louisiana Tech vs. Penn State, 12:10 p.m., Saturday. TV: ESPN. Radio: WEAE-AM (1250) and the Penn State Radio Network.


Penn State had two lineup changes on defense. True freshman Calvin Lowry started in place of sophomore Chris Harrell at safety, and sophomore Jeremiah Davis started at left defensive end in place of sophomore John Bronson.

True freshman Tamba Hali played the third defensive series at defensive tackle.

Backup quarterback Michael Robinson's role is growing with each game. Robinson lined up at receiver and running back on Penn State's first offensive series. He faked a reverse as a receiver and went out on a pass pattern out of the backfield. On the fourth offensive series, he took a reverse from Mills for a 29-yard gain on first down. Later, he ran for two touchdowns.

Redshirt freshman Ernie Terrell lined up as the third receiver in the three-receiver set. Redshirt sophomore Gerald Smith was the third receiver in the opener.

Not all of the buzz this week in University Park surrounded the game. Late in the week, word spread about the tryout female kicker Stephanie Weimer had Wednesday. Weimer, a freshman from Serra Catholic, is trying to make the team as a walk-on. A source within the university said Paterno liked Weimer's performance but does not believe he can keep four place-kickers on the roster. Weimer could learn whether she is kept or cut as soon as tomorrow. But even if she does not make the team, Paterno and the coaching staff are hoping to encourage her to continue to kick and work out on her own because they believe she can help the team in the future. Penn State has three place-kickers. Sophomore Robbie Gould, who was just rewarded with a scholarship, handles most field goals and extra points. Junior David Kimball handles the kickoffs. Matt Huett, a sophomore from Highlands High School, previously made the team as a walk-on. Weimer is attempting to become the first female to score in a Division I-A game.

Nebraska had a roundabout trip to University Park this weekend. Because of a scheduling snafu by a Nebraska athletic department employee, the Cornhuskers had to stay in Altoona. Nebraska had planned to stay at the Ramada Inn in State College, but when enough rooms were not available to handle the school's large traveling party, the Cornhuskers looked elsewhere. Meanwhile, the Ramada Inn sold the rooms. When Nebraska came back and said it wanted to keep its reservations it was too late. The hotel then offered its services at its Altoona location. The team flew into State College Friday, then bused to Altoona for the night. They left the hotel at 5 p.m. yesterday for the 8 p.m. game, with the help of a police escort. Altoona is 47 miles from the PSU campus. On game days, Routes 99 and 220 are heavily traveled by fans going to the game. The Cornhuskers didn't have any problems negotiating the route. They made it to the stadium by 5:45 p.m.

Last night was Penn State's seventh night game at Beaver Stadium.

On his weekly radio show this week Paterno said redshirt freshman guard Tyler Reed (Thomas Jefferson) has "all the physical ability in the world" but needs to concentrate more and cut down on mental mistakes. Reed is currently the backup behind Tyler Lenda at right guard. Another redshirt freshman, E.Z. Smith, is the starter at left guard.

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