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PSU notebook: Stanley, Hill, Willis limited in practice

November 15, 2012
By Timothy Schoen (sports@altoonamirror.com) , The Altoona Mirror

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State defensive end Sean Stanley did not participate in Wednesday's portion of the practice that was open to the media.

Stanley instead retreated to Holuba Hall, next to the outdoor practice fields, after the team stretch to work with strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald and a few other teammates. Stanley is not listed on this week's injury report that was released Monday night.

Safety Malcolm Willis did not partake in team drills after injuring his knee in Saturday's loss to Nebraska. Willis officially listed as day-to-day.

Safety Stephen Obeng-Agyapong said Ryan Keiser and Jesse Della Valle have been getting more reps this week in practice at safety in place of Willis. Keiser had two interceptions in a drill during Wednesday's practice.

Defensive tackle Jordan Hill also worked out indoors after stretching with the team. Hill is not on this week's injury report, but he still does not appear to be 100 percent after injuring his knee in the team's win at Purdue.

SUBHD: Walk-on award

Quarterback Matt McGloin is among 50 candidates up for the Burlsworth Trophy, which recognizes the nation's top college football player that began his career as a walk-on.

McGloin earned a scholarship and eventually the starting job at quarterback at Penn State after coming to the school as a preferred walk-on. He already has broken three school records and is on the verge of breaking several more before his career ends next weekend.

SUBHD: Carson wrestling future

With no possibility of playing in a late-December of early-January bowl game this year, Penn State's season will come to a quick and sudden end next weekend after the Wisconsin game.

With the season being done earlier than usual, it opened up the possibility for linebacker Glenn Carson to consider trying to wrestle for the two-time defending national champion Penn State wrestling team.

Carson was a three-time state finalist in high school at Southern Regional before he came to Penn State and gave up wrestling to play football. Cael Sanderson's team still does not have a set starter in the dual lineup at heavyweight, a hole Carson would have a chance to compete to fill.

"I think about it [wrestling] a lot, but I think it's best for me to stay with just football," Carson said.

The junior linebacker has the potential for an NFL future, and he said he wants to concentrate on just football this offseason in preparation for his senior year.

 
 
 

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