STATE COLLEGE -- Each of Beaver Stadium's 110,000 seats was empty, offering a calm stillness to the clear Friday afternoon. On the field, the Penn State football team rehearsed pages from the playbook in preparation for the following day's Blue-White Game.
Charlie Fisher, the newly hired quarterbacks coach, keenly observed each play. He's got an important job within the Nittany Lion offense, and the results are probably the most visible.
His task: Groom a stable of quarterbacks, three of whom are vying for the outright starting spot. It's been the most scrutinized, most publicized position battle for a third straight year, and he realizes the success of the team in 2012 relies heavily on the performance of his guys.
But as the Warrior Run alum stood arms crossed behind his offense, assessing the play of each quarterback candidate, he paused for a moment. He looked around the empty stadium -- the same place he used to travel the 70 miles from Allenwood to catch a Penn State game -- and thought, "It's good to be home.
"As a kid that grew up here (in Pennsylvania) and came to games years ago and sat in the wooden bleachers, and to have the opportunity to coach here and represent my home state at Penn State," Fisher said, "it's a dream come true. Really (it's) a culmination of a lot of hard work and a lot of support from people around me. It's exciting."
Fisher came to Penn State in February as the last assistant to be hired by head coach Bill O'Brien, rounding out his nationally acclaimed coaching staff.
Before the hiring Fisher coached at Miami of Ohio and he was also at Temple for two years, which is the closest he's worked to his hometown since he graduated from Warrior Run in 1977.