Hollidaysburg Area High School product Josh Hutchison walked on as a receiver at Temple but has earned a scholarship and will be with the team for Saturday's game against Penn State.
''We put him on scholarship, and it was well deserved,'' Owls coach Al Golden said.
Hutchison, a redshirt sophomore, played in eight games last season on special teams and made one tackle. He's been battling a hamstring injury this season and has not appeared in a game yet.
The injury prevented Hutchison from being on the travel roster for Temple's trips to Army and Buffalo.
''He earned his way onto the field a year ago as a special teams player and a guy who just gave great effort,'' Golden said. ''He's a bright young man, does a great job for us. He gets a lot of reps at wide receiver now, and he's getting close to the point where we can start to use him in the game. He's got to just keep making progress there and just continue to be a special teams contributor.''
Hutchison graduated from Hollidaysburg in 2006 after a solid career in football, basketball and track.
News and notes
n Joe Paterno once again refused to go into detail about suspended defensive linemen Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma on his radio show Thursday night.
''I've stayed away from making any comments on that,'' he said. ''I don't think that I know enough about everything yet to say anything. I think everybody's just got to wait and see.''
Evans and Koroma were charged Wednesday with possession of marijuana. Both have sat out the past two games.
Paterno also noted backup defensive lineman Mike Lucian will miss Saturday's game with an ankle injury.
''We can't afford any more injuries,'' Paterno said before adding, ''We're struggling a little bit with depth on both sides of the football when you're talking about linemen.''
- Cory Giger