2. Penn State players showed up
Recruiting well is just half of the battle. The Penn State strength and conditioning team had a lot to do with the amazing combine dominated by Nittany Lions, too.
Troy Apke is a fringe safety prospect, at best. And then the guy ripped off a 4.35 40 and was smooth as glass in the other drills.
WR DaeSean Hamilton didn’t run the 40, but he jumped well and was quick enough through the short drills to get by.
And then there’s Mike Gesicki. No one’s ever going to be another Gronk, but the 6-5, 247-pounder came up with a special workout, ran a 4.54, leapt 41.5″ in the vertical, approached 11-feet in the broad jump, and was wide receiver-quick through the cones.
It was a big weekend overall for Penn State football and the program as a whole, with the biggest star of the bunch really, really showing up …