Winter Workout Warriors

Winter Workout Warriors

If you’re not paying attention, you should be. If you think the Rose Bowl was as good as it gets, you’re sadly mistaken. Friends, the Rose Bowl was just the beginning of better things to come. While the rest of us bore down on Old Man Winter and squabbled over politics, the reigning Big Ten Champs (doesn’t that still have an awesome ring to it?) quietly went back to work with the goal of defending their title and taking the next step in the process. Yep, winter workouts have begun. The first glimpse of the 2017 Nittany Lions is in the books and spring practice is just a hop, skip, and jump away with sights set on April 22nd and this year’s Blue-White extravaganza! It may be cold and frosty now, but spring is right around the corner. By the time it does show, those winter workout warriors will be in top shape.

In other news, for the third year, the Nittany Lions can stake claim to Mr. PA. That’s right, early enrollee and the Class of 2017's highest ranked player, Lamont Wade, made it three years in a row for James Franklin and Penn State as Pennsylvania’s best of the best. Previously, Saquon Barkley won in 2015, and Miles Sanders took home the honor last year. Congrats to Mr. Wade, as well as Mr. Franklin, for staying true to his word. “Dominate the State” indeed as the Nittany Lions continue their grip on the No.1 ranked Class of 2018 by adding a verbal commitment from inside-linkbacker, Nick Tarburton, of Pennridge High, following those of Charlie Katsir, Jesse Luketa, and five-star Ricky Slade the previous week.


Earlier this week, offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead earned some much-deserved praise as he was named the Sporting News Offensive Coordinator of the Year. Moorhead, considered for several head coaching positions in early January, has firmly committed to Penn State and Happy Valley for at least one more season and we are better off for it. The former Fordham head coach brought an up-tempo, high octane offense that by seasons end was virtually impossible to stop. One of the major beneficiaries of that offense was Chris Godwin and he, along with Alpha Dog Garrett Sickels, were both extended invites to this year’s NFL Combine held in Indianapolis at the end of the month.

Last but certainly not least, for the second year in a row, Penn State football will have one of its own on the BJC floor for THON this weekend. Charlie Shuman, a walk-on offensive lineman, will take part in this year’s 46-hour dance off. He follows in the footsteps of Matt Zanellato who danced last February and will be part of Team SAAB (Student-Athlete’s Advisory Board). Dare I say, it won’t be hard to find Charlie on the floor. He is likely one of the larger participants ever to bust his moves For The Kids, who we all know are the true warriors as they fight courageously and battle cancer. That’s it for now, but in an offseason that truly never rests, there will be plenty to cover in the coming weeks. Best of luck to Charlie Shuman and all of our THON dancers this weekend, as well as all the kids that are taking on that terrible disease face to face! #CANCERCANNOT