The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


September 7, 2013

Penn State football notebook: Selinsgrove's Keiser sidelined by injury

By William Bowman

The Daily Item

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Penn State junior safety Ryan Keiser, a Selinsgrove alum, missed most of Saturday's home opener against Eastern Michigan after getting injured on a kickoff early in the second quarter.

Keiser, an all-state receiver/safety on Selinsgrove's 2009 PIAA champion, is listed as a co-starter with Malcolm Willis at one of the safety spots and saw action on consecutive series after Willis played the first two series.

While covering a kickoff following Penn State's first touchdown, Keiser was hit hard on a block. He got to his feet, wobbled for a second before falling back down. He quickly got up and waved for Willis to come in as he went to the sideline.

Doctors checked out Keiser on the bench for several moments, and he later walked off the field. Coach Bill O'Brien had no update on Keiser's status in his post-game press conference.

Keiser finished with two tackles, including an open-field stop on a punt return that could have broken for big yards.

SIGNAGE: One of the more popular attractions at each home game in Beaver Stadium are the signs the PSU student sections create, highlighted by the long-standing "Linebacker U" sign.

For the first time ever, Keiser had one of his own, located just to the right of the tunnel the team uses to enter and exit the field. The sign, with blue paint on a white bed sheet, read "Keiser is on a Roll, #23."

RECORD HOLDER: The second week of the 2012 season, Penn State placekicker Sam Ficken became a household name when he went 1-for-5 on field goal attempts in a one-point loss at Virginia.

On Saturday, in the second game of the 2013 season, Ficken made his 14th consecutive kick, dating back to last season.

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