The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 17, 2013

Penn State Football: Selinsgrove's Ryan Keiser works the mic


Said Keiser, "Sam's been great. He keeps his head up all the time and he's having a great year. I'm proud of where he's at."

n On quarterback Christian Hackenberg. In recognition of his 262-yard one-touchdown, zero-interception performance against UCF, Hackenberg earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week accolades for the second time this season.

Said Keiser, "He's been improving. Obviously, Coach O'Brien has done a great job with him. I'm not too sure of what all goes into being a quarterback, because I don't play that position, but from what I've seen he's been doing a good job."

n On playing in Beaver Stadium, which saw 92,855 fans file into the stadium on Saturday for the Nittany Lions' matchup against UCF. Keiser admitted that, especially early in his career, it was an adjustment to get used to playing in front of such a large crowd. It's certainly a lot different from high school, even his state championship season at Selinsgrove.

Said Keiser, "It's been great. It is awesome playing in this stadium. It's a lot different than high school, but I've adapted to it over the years. But I love playing here. It's awesome."

Keiser suffered an undisclosed minor injury during the Eastern Michigan game and, as a result, O'Brien listed him as "questionable" leading into last week's game with UCF. But he played sparingly and collected two tackles against the Knights.

Per team policy, Keiser didn't comment on the injury during his media availability Tuesday. However, he's expected to be a full participant against Kent State.

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