Ex-Penn Stater Jake Kiley revives football career in France, Isheem Young includes Lions in desirable dozen and more
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Jake makes his way to France
Jake Kiley played two games at wide receiver for Penn State during an injury-marred career.
He is now a quarterback.
Kiley, a New Hampshire native, came to PSU in 2012 and redshirted that season, according to the school’s website. He moved from safety to wideout the following year, missed all of the 2013 season with an injury and played in two games without making a catch in ’14.
John McGonigal of the Centre Daily Times picks up the tale from there, noting that Kiley’s injuries were an ACL tear and a broken leg. He intended to transfer and play the ’15 season elsewhere, but decided instead to create a profile on Europlayers.com, a website European clubs use to unearth talent.
McGonigal writes that Kiley drew interest from teams in Germany, Holland, France, Spain and Slovakia, but landed with Les Aigles de Chambery (the Chambery Eagles), a team in the French American Football League’s second division.
The town is in the French Alps, a two-hour drive from Switzerland and Italy. And the culture shock was considerable, Kiley told McGonigal by telephone:
“It was something I wasn’t really prepared for at first, with how much you really have to flip your mind and say, ‘I’m actually going to play in another country.’ You just have to tell yourself that it’s going to be for the best and make that jump.”
He’s adapting. He also finds himself fielding questions about the political climate back home:
“Everyone is asking me, ‘What the hell is going on with your country?’ That’s the question I get the most. Everyone thinks we’re crazy.”
Oh, to be Young again
Isheem Young, a 4-star safety from Philadelphia’s Imhotep Charter, has Penn State in his top 12.
As noted by Daniel Gallen of Pennlive.com, the list also includes Florida State, Ohio State, LSU, Baylor, West Virginia, Maryland, Temple, Clemson, Alabama, Michigan and Georgia.
Young, who said Penn State feels “like home” after visiting last month, is the No. 4 player in Pennsylvania, No. 6 safety nationally and No. 62 prospect, according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings.
Pedrie named All-Big Ten
Vince Pedrie, a sophomore defenseman on Penn State’s hockey team, was named to the All-Big Ten first team.
Pedrie has 7 goals this season, most among the conference’s defensemen, and his 26 points are second among those at his position. He’s also second on the team in plus-minus at plus-22.
Three Penn State players — goaltender Peyton Jones, defenseman Kris Myllari and forward Denis Smirnov — made the all-freshman team.
The Lions (21-11-2), seeded fourth in the Big Ten Tournament, face No. 5 Michigan (13-18-2) in the Thursday quarterfinals in Detroit, after No. 3 Ohio State (20-10-6) faces No. 6 Michigan State (7-23-4).
The top two seeds, Minnesota (23-10-3) and Wisconsin (19-14-1), have earned quarterfinal byes and will meet the Thursday winners in the semifinals Friday. The championship game is slated for Saturday.