June 29, 2010

Linkbacker U is reminding you that Evan Royster is good

Today on Linkbacker U we are not speculating about where Lebron James will play basketball next year. Instead, we're hitting up the Collegian, ESPN, and the CDT for your daily Nittany Lion fix.

Welcome Ernie Nestor, You have no idea what you're getting yourself in to.

Sorry guys. Ed Dechellis isn't going anywhere...yet anyway. But there is a new sheriff in town

"In Nestor, the Nittany Lions are getting a long resume of experience. In 41 years of coaching, Nestor has made collegiate stops at James Madison, Wake Forest, California, George Mason, South Carolina, and most recently Elon, with 11 years of head coaching experience under his belt.

After serving as Elon's head coach from 2003-2009, Nestor spent last season serving as a scout for the New Jersey Nets.

"It's really exciting to join coach DeChellis' program and a terrific conference like the Big Ten," Nestor said in the release. "I have a great deal of respect for how coach DeChellis runs his program and look forward to being a part of that and the challenge of competing in the Big Ten."

What's this mean for the future of Penn State basketball? Too early to tell, but if his years of experience can teach Dechellis how to call a play in late game situations, or better motivate players, then this move will definitely put smiles on Nittany Nation faces.

This just in: Evan Royster is good. Rest of Team, not so much.

Adam Rittenberg of ESPN has been releasing his top 25 players in the Big Ten, and yesterday decided Evan Royster was the sixth best player in the conference. Royster has been Mr. Consistency for Penn State during the past two seasons, racking up 2,405 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on only 396 carries. His career yards-per-carry average of 6.1 is extremely impressive for a guy who has been in a key role for the past three seasons. Some thought Royster would leave Happy Valley for the NFL, but he returned and needs just 481 rushing yards this fall to break Curt Warner's record and become Penn State's all-time leading rusher.

We all know Royster's good, but the team around him? You're guess is as good as mine. Stefen Wisniewski is the only other Lion to crack Rittenberg's top 25, while Ohio State and Wisconsin each have five players on the list. Could be a long year ahead for the Lions...

Josh Hull Signs with Rams

Josh Hull didn't come to Penn State with quite the hype or expectations that Royster did. In fact, he didn't even have a spot on the team. Now the former walk on can try and do it all over again with the Saint Louis Rams, as he
agreed to a contract with the team.

And Oh by the way, we are now two days away from the day that all of New York, Miami, Chicago and New Jersey have been waiting for, Lebron James is a free agent, and I finally turn 21.

Not that anyone's counting.

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