August 1, 2007

Big Ten Media Days: Day 2

For many Penn State fans, the 2007 season looms as one of promise. The reasons are myriad.

* Anthony Morelli will be a senior starter at quarterback and has all of the 2006 season, especially a breakthrough performance in the Outback Bowl, to draw from.

* Morelli will have a talented stable of thoroughbreds at wide receiver - Derrick Williams, Deon Butler, Jordan Norwood, Chris Bell and tight end Andrew Quarless.

* With the exception of a young defensive line and the graduation of linebacker Paul Posluszny, the defense is stacked at linebacker and in the secondary.

After the second day of the 2007 Big Ten Football Media Days and 36th Annual Kickoff Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, some fans are drawing parallels to the 2005 season.

That was a season, if you remember, that the Nittany Lions fell one second short - a literal last-second loss to Michigan - of an undefeated season and ended with the epic triple-overtime win over Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

The Big Ten Media Days provided the rallying cry for Penn State. Michael Robinson and Alan Zemaitis returned to campus from Chicago and regaled their teammates with tales of sitting for long stretches at their respective tables, the media shunning, relegating them to a status of conference cellar dwellers.

"No Respect!" was the rallying cry.

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