O'Brien The First New Coach To Conduct Preseason Practice At Penn State


The anarchic offseason for Penn State football connected Sunday aback the Nittany Lions absent advanced receiver Justin Brown to Oklahoma.

Brown is the ninth amateur absent by Penn State aback the NCAA's artifice of crushing sanctions adjoin the affairs consistent from above abettor Jerry Sandusky's confidence for sexually abusing boys.

Now Bill O'Brien, the aboriginal new drillmaster to conduct preseason convenance at Penn State aback 1966 - the aboriginal day of convenance for this division is Monday - has a alpine adjustment to accumulate the
aggregation together. He charge acquisition replacements for key players who transferred to added schools aback the sanctions, which included a four-year basin ban and a abridgement of 10 scholarships per year for the abutting four seasons, were appear by the NCAA two weeks ago.

Already afterwards his No. 1 abhorrent athletic in tailback Silas Redd - he transferred to Southern California on Tuesday - O'Brien abstruse this weekend that Brown, the arch abiding receiver from 2011, had accustomed an action from Oklahoma. Brown is the alone chief amid the nine players who transferred.

Under rules revised by the NCAA to board Penn State players, all nine are acceptable to comedy for their new schools this season.

Brown, who is from Wilmington, bent 35 passes for 517 yards and a touchdown aftermost season. An agreeable target, accustomed his 6-foot-3, 210-pound size, Brown additionally was Penn State's best accomplished punt returner.

With Brown's departure, Penn State has absent 14 scholarship players, including four for antidotal affidavit and one for a medical issue, aback O'Brien took over in January.

In a radio account aftermost anniversary on the "Goon Show," a Penn State football-themed program, O'Brien said he admired the rights of some players to leave but added, "The amount of this aggregation ashore together.

"You allocution about altered positions that accept left, but cipher talks about the kids that stayed. We've got a lot of acceptable football players in the program," he said.

Still, O'Brien, who brought a abundance of ability from the New England Patriots, area he was abhorrent coordinator, has to appear up with new starters at two key accomplishment positions for an advance that underperformed aftermost season. Redd and Brown accumulated to accomplish added than 40 percent of the yards acquired in 2011 by the Nittany Lions.

Sophomore Bill Belton, a Winslow Township Aerial Academy alum who has never played a bottomward at active aback aftermost season, is the No. 1 tailback for now. The bristles players listed at the advanced receiver positions with Brown on the post-spring abyss blueprint accept 17 career receptions combined.

The affliction puts added burden on chief Matt McGloin, who was appointed by O'Brien as his No. 1 quarterback afterwards bounce convenance ended.

In accession to Redd and Brown, the breach absent addition above contributor in article Anthony Fera, who confused on to Texas. Fera handled added points, acreage goals, punts, and kickoffs aftermost season.

The abhorrent band has aloof one abiding amateur in centermost Matt Stankiewitch.

Defensively, the amount players that abide are led by chief linebacker Michael Mauti, conceivably the team's best articulate and abrupt leader. Mauti and end Pete Massaro, a Marple Newtown Aerial graduate, are advancing aback from broken antecedent cruciate ligaments.

With 29 preseason practices accustomed by the NCAA, O'Brien will agenda the aboriginal anniversary of training affected about the abutting of Penn State's additional summer affair and final exams. The aboriginal two-a-day convenance will booty abode on Saturday.

Players may still alteration up until the Sept. 1 division opener adjoin Ohio.

Nittany notes

O'Brien accustomed added bad account Sunday aback advanced receiver William Fuller of Roman Catholic Aerial switched his charge from Penn State to Notre Dame, according to assorted recruiting websites. The 6-1, 170-pound Fuller was one of six aerial academy stars who reaffirmed their charge to Penn State on July 28. . . . Rutgers drillmaster Kyle Flood fabricated it official Sunday that apprentice arresting accouterment Jamil Pollard of West Deptford Aerial has abutting the Scarlet Knights. Pollard transferred from Penn State.

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