The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 7, 2013

Todd Hummel's college football column: Penn State secondary was hurting without Keiser


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---- — Former Selinsgrove High football standout Ryan Keiser had been playing more and more at safety for the Penn State Nittany Lions, but a hand injury suffered on Sept. 20 against Kent State kept the redshirt junior out of the Lions lineup for Saturday's Big 10 opener with Indiana.

And Keiser was missed in the secondary in Penn State's first ever loss to the Hoosiers: 336 yards, a 61.5 percent completion rate and two touchdowns through the air.

However, where he was missed the most was on special teams where maybe most importantly he holds on kicks. The Lions had a field goal attempt blocked and botched snap on another.

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The Bloomsburg University offense didn't need much of an introduction this season, led by Harlon Hill candidate Franklyn Quiteh and a veteran offensive line, including Mount Carmel graduate Chris Steck.

And the Huskies' haven't disappointed in their 5-0 start.

Quiteh leads Division II at 197 yards per game and moved into ninth on the all-time Division II rushing list with 6,367 yards against Gannon on Saturday. Quiteh has his 10th 200-yard game against the Golden Knights with 251 yards on 24 carries.

The question mark was a defense that would have five new starters, but its performance against Gannon Saturday proved the Bloomsburg defense is quite formidable as well.

The Huskies held the Golden Knights to just 276 total yards and 14 points. Gannon had scored at least 36 points in each of its first four games.

Larry Webster had two more sacks, giving him six on the season and 19.5 in 15 career games at Bloomsburg. Justin Shirk and Andrew Harris each had eight tackles.

Shikellamy graduate Garrett Pope, a starting outside linebacker, had two tackles for the Huskies and has 11 on the season.

Mount Carmel graduate Marcus Wasilewski continues to have an outstanding season for the University of Maine football team.

The Black Bears have one of the most prolific offense in the Football Championship Division led by their quartback Wasilewski.

Maine (5-1) -- whose lone loss is to No. 19 Northwestern 35-21 -- is the No. 23-ranked team in FCS and the Black Bears rolled No. 24-ranked Delaware, 63-21, on Saturday.

The 63 points is the third most in school history and the most the Black Bears have scored since they put up 61 against Shaw in 2006.

Wasilewski threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns against the Blue Hens.

He's completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,535 yards and 12 touchdows with six interceptions this season. He has spread the ball around with four different Maine receivers having at least 20 catches. Wasilewski is also second on the team in rushing with 237 yards and two scores.

The Black Bears are 2-0 in the Colonial League.