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O'Brien has adjusted to sanctions

Coach knows walk-ons will quickly have to learn to run for Nittany Lions

Updated: January 27, 2013, 7:56 PM ET
By Josh Moyer | NittanyNation

D.J. Crook hunched over the laptop in his bare-walled dorm room and emailed college coaches across the country: Akron, Maine, New Hampshire, Elon, Temple.

The quarterback at Worcester (Mass.) Academy wanted a shot somewhere. Anywhere. So there he sat, many times during lunch, typing away between bites of turkey and cheese sandwiches and trying his best to convince coaches to give him a shot, even as a non-scholarship athlete.

"Hello, Coach," some of his emails would start. "My name ...

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