Breneman, Hackenberg Highlight Pregame Show Guests
Penn State (5-2, 3-0 Big Ten) looks to continue its five game win streak as it hosts the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes (8-0, 4-0) on Saturday in Beaver Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. The game will air live on ComRadio at www.psucomradio.com with Ryan Smith and Alex Gilliland on the call.
Justin Rocke will host a special two hour and fifteen minute edition of The ComRadio Football Pregame Show will beginning at 3:15 p.m.. Taking you up to kickoff, the Pregame Show will feature 13 interviews including exclusives with Penn State Class of 2013 commits Adam Breneman and Christian Hackenberg. The guest list is also highlighted by former Ohio State standout and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George and ESPN.com Big Ten Blogger Adam Rittenberg.
The full guest list is below:
Adam Breneman from Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, PA committed to the Nittany Lions in March 2012 and has been a centerpiece of the 2013 recruiting class. Breneman has helped keep the Penn State recruiting class together, emerging as a leader. He intends to enroll early at Penn State in the spring and is rated as the No. 2 tight end in the nation by 247Sports. Breneman is a Class of 2013 Under Armour All-American. Breneman was a guest on ComRadio during Blue-White Weekend in April.
Ohio State offensive tackle Reid Fragel has played in all 39 games over the last three years for the Buckeyes, starting nine of them at tight end. The senior from Grosse Pointe, Michigan moved to offensive tackle this season and will start at right tackle vs. Penn State.
Eddie George won the Heisman Trophy at Ohio State in 1995 and was a first round NFL Draft pick by the Houston Oilers. George now co-hosts College Sports Today on Sirius/XM College Sports Nation and serves as a college football studio analyst for Fox Sports.
Christian Hackenberg from Fork Union Military School in Fork Union, VA is rated a 5-star prospect by 247Sports. The quarterback has reaffirmed his commitment to Penn State and will be in attendance at the Ohio State game. Hackenberg is a Class of 2013 Under Armour All-American.
Steve Jones is a 1980 Penn State graduate and the voice of the Nittany Lions football and basketball broadcasts. Jones is in his 13th year as the football play-by-play announcer and joins The ComRadio Football Pregame Show every week.
Emily Kaplan, who covers Penn State Football for the Philadelphia Inquirer, joins The ComRadio Football Pregame show for her weekly spot previewing the match-up on the field. Kaplan also supplies insight from Bill O’Brien’s weekly press conferences and open practices.
Paul Keels has served as the play-by-play announcer for the Ohio State Buckeyes Radio Network since 1998. In October 2007, he was inducted into the Radio Television Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame of Ohio and was twice named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association of America.
Rich Mauti played for Joe Paterno at Penn State and was a wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints. Mauti knows the traditions of Penn State Football and has had many memorable moments in a Nittany Lion uniform. His son Patrick played wide receiver for Penn State from 2005-2008 and his son Michael is a senior linebacker for the current Penn State Football team.
Malcolm Moran serves as the Knight Chair in Sports Journalism and Society at Penn State and the Director of the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. He will take over as the director of Indiana’s National Sports Journalism Center next year. Moran has covered 26 college football bowl games in his 30 years of experience as an award-winning journalist at USA Today, The New York Times and Chicago Tribune.
ESPN.com Big Ten Blogger Adam Rittenberg returns to the ComRadio airwaves as a Pregame Show guest to discuss the matchup. Rittenberg joined ESPN.com in 2008 and was previously a sports writer at the Daily Herald in Illinois.
The Opening Drive airs an hour before The ComRadio Football Pregame Show. A round table of hosts break down the upcoming Penn State game as well as other games around the nation. Guests on the show this week include:
Scott Brown covers Penn State Football for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Brown returns to the airwaves of ComRadio for a Penn State media perspective of the matchup.
Tim May has covered Ohio State Football for the Columbus Dispatch since 1984 and brings a wealth of knowledge about the Buckeyes. May visits the ComRadio Pregame Show for a preview of the game from an Ohio State media perspective.
Ryan Snyder serves as a Penn State recruiting analyst for Blue-White Illustrated on the Rivals.com Network and joins the ComRadio Football Pregame show to discuss the impact of a big game on recruiting. Coach O’Brien said he expects 80-100 recruits in attendance on Saturday.
The ComRadio Football Pregame Show can be heard on psucomradio.com beginning at 3:15 p.m. The show airs before every Penn State football game. Stay tuned to ComRadio on Twitter @PSUComRadio and on Facebook at facebook.com/psucomradio for further updates.
About the Contributors
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Patrick Woo is a senior from Crumpton, Maryland enrolled in the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.
He is a Sports Director for ComRadio, reporter for the Centre County Report and manager for the Penn State women’s lacrosse team. He has interned with Bill King on Sirius/XM College Sports Nation and the Reese’s Senior Bowl and covered SEC, Big Ten and MAC Media Days, the NFL Draft and Super Bowl XLVIII among many other things at Penn State.
His biggest passions are college football and helping others by making a positive impact.
You can visit Patrick’s personal website at http://www.patrickwoo.com and follow him on Twitter @P_Woo.