The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 20, 2013

College football: O'Brien to name Lions starting QB soon

Both players to get time early on


On Tuesday, Zwinak showed up to practice wearing his normal white No. 28 practice jersey and practiced full-go with his teammates. All signs point toward him being the starter against the Orange.

"He's ready to go," O'Brien said. "He took the red jersey off ... I think it was last week. He had the red jersey on and he was hitting guys and the defensive backs, they were like, 'Coach, he has a red jersey on, so shouldn't he have that off if he's going to hit us?' So, we decided to take it off and he's done well."

Beaver Stadium tour

On Monday night after team meetings, O'Brien led the Nittany Lions through a twilight tour of Beaver Stadium. While they walked through the dark stadium, O'Brien gave a history lesson about the tradition of Penn State, its former coaches, standout players and defining moments.

"It was really great," said senior linebacker Glenn Carson. "It was something that I think we should've done in years past because a lot of people know about the tradition, but just to walk around (the stadium), you can feel the tradition and the history of Penn State and how important putting on that jersey is."

Selinsgrove graduate Ryan Keiser, who is a junior defensive back and placement holder for the Nittany Lions, called it the highlight of his preseason camp. And as the season climbs closer, he feels the camaraderie growing among his teammates.

"Just being together as a team and jelling," he said. "We're coming together, I think. We're really starting to get going."

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