Freshman RB cited for underage drinking

UNIVERSITY PARK – A Penn State football player who was cited at about 11:50 p.m. Saturday at Nittany Apartments for underage drinking will face disciplinary action, assistant athletic director for communications Jeff Nelson said, according to The Daily Collegian.

Deron Thompson, 20, of Lititz, is listed as a running back on the Penn State Athletics website.

Nelson said the football coaches are aware of the situation and any sort of disciplinary action will be handled internally with the team.

Derrick Shields, 20, of Lititz, and Victoria Kramer, 19, of Lititz, were also cited for the same offense during the same incident Thompson was involved with.

An unconscious female was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center from the apartment, police said. Police could not identify the female.

Thompson was a redshirt freshman during the 2012 football season.

Shrive elected to position

UNIVERSITY PARK – Senior guard Eric Shrive has been elected president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter and will lead Nittany Lion football student-athletes in 2013.

Vice president of Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter the past two years, Shrive has been a significant contributor in the planning of the chapter’s events to benefit the Kidney Cancer Association. The most well-known event for Penn State’s Uplifting Athletes chapter is the Penn State Lift for Life, a strength and conditioning challenge among football squad members held annually in July.

Penn State football teammates joining Shrive as 2013 Uplifting Athletes officers are: vice president–senior tackle Adam Gress; head of operations-senior center Ty Howle; secretarysophomore cornerback Da’Quan Davis and fundraising chairmanincoming freshman tight end Adam Breneman.

“I am honored to be elected president and look forward to another successful year with Uplifting Athletes and helping raise awareness for rare diseases,” Shrive said.

Shrive recently was named one of seven finalists for the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. He has raised nearly $70,000 for the Kidney Cancer Association during his Penn State career. The honor is presented annually to recognize a leader in the world of college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare disease community.

Fans can vote through Jan. 31 to determine this year’s Rare Disease Champion at: