Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Drake, Jones among those to miss PSU bowl
By Brian Bennett
Some day soon, I promise, there is going to be good news about Penn State in this space.
But for now, we've got some more tough news for the Nittany Lions as it pertains to their TicketCity Bowl game against Houston. Four players, including receivers Curtis Drake and Shawney Kersey and backup quarterback Paul Jones, didn't make the trip and won't be available to play on Jan. 2.
Drake is primarily known for two things this season: running the Wildcat quarterback in a big win at Ohio State, and for getting in a fight with Matt McGloin after a Dec. 17 bowl practice. Interim head coach Tom Bradley would only cite "personal reasons" for Drake missing the bowl trip. Getting into a scuffle with your team's starting quarterback could be considered a personal reason, I suppose.
The reverberations from that fight continue. McGloin suffered a concussion when he fell during the scuffle, and he did not take part in practice Tuesday. Bradley said McGloin will be evaluated each day by the medical staff. McGloin has a week to get back, but concussions must be treated with caution and he missed a lot of reps. Rob Bolden would start if McGloin can't go, and Bolden would have to play a lot better than he showed this season for Penn State's offense to do much. And he'll be missing two potential offensive contributors in Drake and Kersey.
The Nittany Lions had hoped to get Jones back from his academic problems to provide some quarterback depth and had even talked about getting him some snaps in the game. But Jones still isn't academically eligible, making one wonder if he'll ever get his grades in order. So if McGloin can't go, Bolden will finally have the quarterback position to himself, for better or worse.
The news will eventually get better for Penn State at some point. We swear.