Adam Cole to see action for Penn State
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Fourteen months is a long time.
It was that long ago that Adam Cole, a 2012 Belle Vernon Area graduate, played in an actual football game.
In that contest, the BeeGraphix Football Classic all-star game, Cole recorded 12 tackles and was named the defensive MVP for the South team.
Fast forward to today and Cole will be a member of the Penn State team that takes on Syracuse at 3:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
The contest will air on ABC.
Now a redshirt freshman, Cole is on the first unit of the Nittany Lions' punt return squad and second on the depth chart on kickoffs, kickoff returns and punts.
Cole (5-11, 219 pounds), who will wear number 46, is also listed third on the depth chart at one outside linebacker position behind redshirt freshman stud Nyeem Wartman and true freshman Brandon Bell.
“I'm really proud of Adam for sticking it out after he walked on a year ago,” said BVA coach Aaron Krepps. “He could have given up, but he didn't. He has shown a lot of character.”
Of the nine Penn State linebackers, only starting middle linebacker Glenn Carson is in his last year of eligibility and six of the nine are freshmen in terms of eligibility.
Cole was a preferred walk-on a year ago with the Nittany Lions and redshirted.
A business major, Cole was a three-year starter at BVA, was named all-conference and was a member of the National Honor Society.
The contest begins Penn State's second season with sanctions handed down by the NCAA.
It is the second of four seasons that the Nittany Lions cannot go to a bowl game. They come off an 8-4 campaign in Bill O'Brien's first year as coach and return 13 starters.
Playing at MetLife Stadium, home of the New York Jets and Giants, will be an adjustment for Cole.
Cole is the first BVA graduate since Craig Fayak, a 1990 BVA grad and a 1994 Penn State alum, to play for the Nittany Lions.
Fayak held the school scoring record with 282 points for 13 years until kicker Kevin Kelly past his mark in 2007.
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