April 23, 2007

Devlin finally sees the field

Former Downingtown, Pa., standout quarterback Pat Devlin has been waiting for his chance to play in front of a Beaver Stadium crowd. Saturday, he got it.

He became the steal of the much-heralded 2005 recruiting class for the Nittany Lions after coaching changes at the University of Miami forced him to re-think his commitment to the Hurricanes.

A late-January visit to University Park was impressive enough that only a few days after his visit, he verbally committed to Penn State and signed on the dotted line two weeks later on National Letter-of-Intent Day.

Since then, the Parade All-American has been awaiting his first shot at playing time. A rough bout of mononucleosis last fall eliminated Devlin's chances at seeing action during the 2006 season and forced a redshirt year, Lions' head coach, Joe Paterno, said.

"We probably would have played Devlin a little bit last year except he got the mononucleosis right in the middle of pre-season practice, so he lost four or five weeks," he said. "Then it was a question of whether you redshirt him or try to get him caught up. So, we redshirted him."

Now that the redshirt season is over and done with, Devlin is poised to see some playing time this season, however short it may be.

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