We’re formally 42 days away from Penn State soccer!
42 is a fairly historic quantity in Penn State soccer historical past. There have been three well-known gamers that gave it their all whereas carrying 42.
The primary man that we are going to be discussing immediately is former Penn State working again Lenny Moore. Moore performed three seasons as a Nittany Lion (1953-1955) and posted a 1,000-yard speeding season and 11 touchdowns in his second yr. Moore performed 12 years within the NFL, the place he was each a 5x All-Professional and 6x Professional Bowler. There wasn’t a ton of motion from him within the passing recreation in faculty, however that modified within the NFL, the place he performed each working again and huge receiver.
Lenny Moore, star halfback of Pennsylvania State College soccer workforce, is offered the Patriot Information Award from Charles “Rip” Engle, Penn State coach, after Moore was named Pennsylvania’s athlete of 1954 at a sports activities evening program in Harrisbur, Pa., Feb. 4, 1955. (AP Photograph)
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The subsequent participant is one other working again named D.J. Dozier. As you’ll be able to inform, Penn State has carried out job of creating working backs and getting ready them for the subsequent degree. Dozier was part of the 1986 nationwide championship workforce, the place he was joined by Blair Thomas, two of probably the most iconic working again duos in Penn State soccer historical past. Dozier made a reputation for himself the second he stepped on the sector. His finest yr got here throughout his freshman yr, the place he recorded over 1,000 speeding yards and 7 touchdowns. The 1986 championship workforce was coached by Joe Paterno and lead by quarterback John Shaffer. The workforce misplaced to Oklahoma within the nationwide championship recreation. Dozier was chosen within the first spherical of the 1987 draft by the Minnesota Vikings,, the place he performed there for 4 seasons earlier than ending his profession with the Detroit Lions after the 1991 season. Dozier additionally performed a yr of Main League Baseball for the New York Mets in 1992.
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For the final participant, we’ll transfer over to the defensive aspect of the ball for former linebacker Michael Mauti. Mauti was a member of the 2012 workforce, which was lead by quarterback Matt McGloin Sr. Mauti was a really productive participant all through his time at Penn State. He was a former All-American linebacker within the Huge Ten who posted constant numbers all through his faculty profession. He was chosen within the seventh spherical by the Minnesota Vikings within the 2013 draft, the place he spent two years of his profession there earlier than ending out his NFL years with the Saints. All of those gamers left their legacy on the sector at Penn State. In 42 days, we’ll see extra gamers, whether or not it’s higher or underclassmen, proceed to make a reputation for themselves at State School.