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Penn State notebook: Former recruit arrested for second time

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By Scott Brown
Saturday, July 13, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

Zayd Issah likely squandered the second chance that Penn State coach Bill O'Brien appeared ready to give the former Central Dauphin High standout.

Issah is in trouble with the law again after he was charged with aggravated assault, three counts of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana following his arrest Saturday morning at a State College apartment.

Issah is being held in Centre County Jail, and a preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday.

The three-star recruit, according to, signed with Penn State last February, and the Harrisburg-area linebacker was one of the Nittany Lions' more coveted prospects.

O'Brien pulled Issah's scholarship after he was arrested in March for trying to use counterfeit money at several McDonald's restaurants.

Issah was diverted in an ARD program, and he planned to attend prep school with the hopes of enrolling at Penn State next January provided he stayed out of trouble.

Football charity raises more than $133,000

Penn State established a new record by raising a little more than $133,000 through Lift For Life, a football player-run charity that benefits the Kidney Cancer Association.

The money raised as of noon Saturday tops the $119,707 that the fundraiser generated in 2012.

Lift For Life was started in 2003, and it has raised $825,000.

“Lift For Life has become a great tradition where Penn State football and our fans are able to raise more than $100,000 annually for kidney cancer patients and research,” said fifth-year senior offensive tackle Eric Shrive, president of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes Chapter. “I couldn't be prouder to be a part of such a great tradition.”

Fans can still make a “Lift For Life” donation by visiting the Penn State Uplifting Athletes donation page at

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