Nittany Notes: Penn State Pro Day is set

UNIVERSITY PARK – It is mid-January, which means there isn’t much Penn State football news to report.

However, there are a few tidbits to chew on.

According to ESPN, Penn State will host its annual Pro Day on Tuesday, March 20. In case you’re not familiar, Pro Day is designed for scouts to see what players have to offer. Many players will be invited to the NFL Combine, which runs from Feb. 27 through March 5.

Penn State’s Pro Day will take place at Holuba Hall and will feature the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, 3-cone, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle. There will also be more specific position drills.

Penn State players who will likely take part include: Marcus Allen, Troy Apke, Saquon Barkley, Saeed Blacknall, Jason Cabinda, Christian Campbell, Tyrell Chavis, Curtis Cothran, Parker Cothren, Tyler Davis, Mike Gesicki, Grant Haley, DaeSean Hamilton, Brendan Mahon, Josh McPhearson, Andrew Nelson, Tom Pancoast, Daniel Pasquariello and Brandon Smith.

If players like Barkley and Gesicki put up solid numbers at the combine, they may opt to sit out Penn State’s Pro Day.

The event is closed to the public and sometimes, the media.

Hey now, you’re an All-Star


That’s how many Penn State players will take part this month in postseason All-Star games. Six Nittany Lions will be on the field Saturday. Five players will take part in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Here’s the breakdown:

Five Nittany Lions – Cabinda, Cothran, Cothren, Haley and Hamilton – will play for the East team in the annual East-West Shrine Game on Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. One Nittany Lion – Apke – will compete in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl (also Saturday) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

Meanwhile, on Jan. 27, Allen, Campbell and Gesicki will play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl. That game will be played at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

The East-West and Senior Bowl games will be televised by the NFL Network. If you’re looking for the Collegiate Bowl, check out Fox Sports 1.

Triplett to be inducted

Penn State Football letterman Wally Triplett, who is synonymous with the creation of the “We Are...Penn State” mantra, is among the six honorees elected to the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Triplett is the second Nittany Lion to be enshrined into the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame, joining Lydell Mitchell, who was a member of the Class of 2005.

The Class of 2018 will be inducted on the West concourse of AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas the second week in May. The ceremony is free and open to the public. The exact date is being finalized. Joining Triplett in the 11th Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame class are Texas A&M linebacker Quentin Coryatt, Arkansas/Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt, USC head coach John Robinson, Texas running back Ricky Williams and Oklahoma strong safety Roy Williams.

Triplett was a tailback and linebacker for the Nittany Lions. He and end Dennie Hoggard became the first African-Americans to play in the Cotton Bowl game on Jan. 1, 1948. When asked to consider leaving Triplett and Hoggard at home due to a then-segregated Dallas, their teammates, led by team captain Steve Suhey, quickly responded in solidarity: "We are Penn State, there will be no meetings," referring to the 1946 Nittany Lion team having voted unanimously to cancel a game at then-segregated University of Miami.

After his Penn State career, Triplett became the first African-American player to be drafted by and play in the NFL when he was selected by the Detroit Lions. He played four seasons in the NFL with the Detroit Lions and Chicago Cardinals, taking a two-year break to serve in the Korean War.

(Editor's note: contributed to this report.)



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