Big Ten: Austin Scott

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May, 16, 2011
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These links go out to Taj Gibson.

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March, 5, 2010
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See kids, this is where we bring suspects in order to be detained. Trust me, you do not want to be sitting in these seats. We call this place "Loserville."

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January, 20, 2010
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Just another day in paradise.

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October, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Your TGIF edition of da links.
  • When Iowa's team bus crosses the state line into Wisconsin, Badgers fans are usually waiting, Scott Dochterman writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
  • Wisconsin's O'Brien Schofield gets tips on how to pass-rush against Iowa from fellow defensive end Brandon Graham of Michigan, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Badgers might have tipped off Ohio State to what offensive plays they were going to run last week, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal.
  • Ohio State's coaches have taken a patient approach with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch. Head coach Jim Tressel wants to see fewer missed blocks up front, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
  • Michigan State's defense needs all hands on deck against Northwestern's no-huddle spread, Steve Grinczel writes in The Grand Rapids Press. Northwestern coaches keep trying different tactics to get the offensive line in gear, Teddy Greenstein writes in the Chicago Tribune.
  • Michigan's Graham is climbing Mel Kiper's Big Board to No. 23. Former Michigan quarterback Rick Leach takes to the airwaves to rip Lloyd Carr, Steve Schrader writes in the Detroit Free Press.
  • JoePa thinks Penn State linebacker Sean Lee will play against Minnesota, Mark Wogenrich writes in The (Allentown) Morning Call. Lee's return will finally pair him with fellow star 'backer Navorro Bowman, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News. Former Penn State running back Austin Scott wants retribution from the school after his dismissal for a rape arrest that was later dismissed.
  • Minnesota's improved offensive line will be put to the test Saturday in Happy Valley, Marcus Fuller writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
  • Indiana defenders are surprised to see Illinois quarterback Juice Williams fighting for his job, Dustin Dopirak writes in The (Bloomington) Herald-Times (subscription required). Since 1995, things have been pretty ugly in football for both Illinois and Indiana.

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October, 15, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Guess what? I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I dunno, I sing in the shower? Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me -- no, don't sue me. That is opposite the point I'm trying to make.

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg


Stephfon Green was the talk of spring football at Penn State in 2008.

Green wowed coaches, teammates and reporters with his highlight-reel speed and shiftiness, breaking away for several long touchdown runs in practices and scrimmages. But when the season rolled around, Evan Royster took center stage for the Nittany Lions, while Green moved to the backdrop.

 
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 Stephfon Green racked up 120 yards rushing and a touchdown against Illinois.
Royster's emergence as one of the Big Ten's best running backs forced Green to wait his turn. The Bronx, N.Y., native, had to be patient on the sideline. Now with a greater opportunity to contribute, Green is more patient on the field, too.

Green turned in arguably his best career performance last Saturday at Illinois, rushing for 120 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He put Penn State on the scoreboard with an electrifying 52-yard touchdown run, reminiscent of his spring-ball highlights in 2008, but he also picked up five valuable first downs on runs, including a 4-yard gain on third-and-1 from the Illinois 5-yard line that set up a Daryll Clark touchdown.

"It's just my patience," Green explained, "just getting two to three to four yards and then, hopefully, bam, a home-run play will come. I'm just focused on ball movement, time of possession and getting the key first downs. And if the hole opens up, then I can hit it and go."

Green had his moments in 2008 as a redshirt freshman, rushing for 578 yards and four touchdowns on 105 carries. He also caught 15 passes for 268 yards, highlighted by an 80-yard touchdown dash on a screen pass against Michigan. He led Penn State with 124 all-purpose yards against the Rose Bowl but suffered a dislocated right ankle in the fourth quarter that required surgery and kept him out for spring ball.

The ankle is no longer an issue for Green, but he played through bruised ribs for part of the Illinois game. Head coach Joe Paterno saw Green take a more patient and careful approach against the Illini, which paid off.

"It's taken a while for him to just settle down and take the crack inside and go from there," Paterno said. "He's doing a better job going up field and taking better advantage of the blocking, a little more patience. So I think he's one of these days going to be a really good back."

Green wants to become a "consistent, pick-up-your-yards type of back." It helps to have one sharing the carries load.

Royster's patience as a runner is considered his best attribute, and Green has taken notice. With Royster racking up 105 rush yards and a touchdown last week, he and Green became the first tandem of Penn State running backs to eclipse 100 rushing yards in the same game since Tony Hunt and Austin Scott in 2004.

"[Royster] told me about blocking schemes," Green said, "told me what cracks open up sometimes and which ones don't. He's been an excellent help to me becoming more patient and becoming more consistent."

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