Penn State football notebook: Safety Keiser leaves hospital after multiple surgeries
• Hospitalized safety Ryan Keiser was returning to State College on Tuesday, Penn State coach James Franklin said in his weekly news conference. Keiser has been at the Hershey Medical Center after multiple surgeries related to bowel injuries that were a complication of the cracked rib he suffered in practice last month. “Keiser is on his way back to State College, so I know our players and everybody is fired up about that,” Franklin said. “I know his family is excited. … I do think his presence around the facility will be important.” Keiser, Penn State’s only married player, is a former walk-on who earned a scholarship and was the Lions’ starting free safety until a “freakish” injury Oct. 23. Players have saluted Keiser after each of the two wins since. “I’m just happy for him so that he can be around us and hang out and his health is a lot better,” center Angelo Mangiro said.
• Twenty-eight months after Illinois coach Tim Beckman and assistants openly recruited Penn State players in University Park in the wake of NCAA sanctions, PSU linebacker Mike Hull called it “water under the bridge.” Beckman drew the ire of former Lions coach Bill O’Brien and fans for pursuing players to whom the NCAA had given free clearance to transfer. Although Franklin said “we’re aware of some things that happened in the past” regarding Beckman, the two chatted at Big Ten Media Days. “From everything I see, it seems like he’s a pretty good guy,” Franklin said.
â¢ Gaithersburg, Md., defensive end Adam McLean became the second four-star recruit to decommit from Penn State’s 2015 class over the past six weeks, a source told Trib Total Media. The 6-foot-1, 282-pound McLean has more than 30 scholarship offers, according to Rivals.com. Quarterback Brandon Wimbush spurned a verbal commitment to Penn State commit to Notre Dame last month.