August 24, 2010

Linkbacker U welcomes back Mike Mauti

Going to keep it short and sweet today. No ground breaking news going on, so its just many different preseason breakdowns as we take you up to the start of the 2010 season.

Taking a Look at the New Era of PSU Linebackers

No need to tell you that it will be a new wave of students attending Linebacker U this fall. Sean Lee, Navorro Bowman, and Josh Hull all passed with flying colors, and it's up to their successors to follow suit. Black Shoe Diaries breaks down the new crop of linebackers, and interestingly lists Mike Mauti amongst the starters.

Mauti looks to return to his 2008 form after suffering a devastating knee injury in 2009. Penn State has proved over the years that if you are a young talented true freshman LB, they will find some snaps for you. Mauti joined a list of recent Penn State LBs to earn significant playing time during their true freshman season (Paul Posluszny, Dan Connor, Sean Lee). Although not 100% Mauti is still one of, if not the best, option at OLB for Penn State. Depending on his knee and development, Mauti could slide inside to MLB like Posluszny and Connor. Junior Nathan Stupar is currently the backup.

Surprised to see BSD listing him as a starter over Nate Stupar. Haven't seen this anywhere else, but can't say I am disappointed. Mauti was a top recruit and certainly has all the talent in the world to be the difference maker in the linebacking group...if he is healthy.

More on Mauti: Unleash the Beast

Finally. After missing a year after tearing his ACL, Mauti is finally a full go. He is participating in full-contact practices and couldn't be happier, he tells ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.

"I was like, 'Oh, this is what it feels like to be hitting again,'" Mauti recalled. "But it definitely felt good to get out there and start hitting and get that feeling again."

"I've probably watched more football than ever," Mauti said, "so I'm just really looking forward to getting back out there come September, and make plays. The way I look at it is I've had the last year to prepare for this season."

Crawford Ready to Step Up

No Odrick? No problem, says Jack Crawford. He's up for the challenge, and ready to make this defensive line his own, he told

“Jared was a big leader on the field, and he had tremendous talent, and we just have to fill those shoes. I have strong confidence that we can,” Crawford said. “If we can play with the same speed throughout the whole game, there’s no doubt we can be the best, if not one of the best defensive lines in the country.”

Any chance Jack can play quarterback too?

Trey Lewis Talks about Joining PSU

A little late on this one as Victory Bell Rings had this posted a few dgays ago. But nonetheless, here's recruit Trey Lewis on joining the Nittany Lions. If you only knew what you were getting yourself into.

PSU Athletics starts season strong

It's early, but a win is a win, especially over a ranked opponent. So when the women's soccer team knocks off the 24th ranked West Virginia squad, that's nothing to scoff at. points out that PSU is now 1-0 overall, and shares the upcoming schedule with its readers. Reminder: there is more than just football here in Happy Valley, and this is the year to be grateful for that.


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