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Julius reveals eating disorder
Kicker Joey Julius, who has become something of a sensation this season for lowering the boom on unsuspecting kickoff returners, revealed Monday on Facebook that he was treated earlier this year for a binge-eating disorder at the McCallum Place Eating Disorder Center in Missouri.
Julius, listed at 5-foot-10 and 258 pounds on the Nittany Lions’ roster, said in his statement he has been suffering from the condition for 11 years. Things apparently came to a head last spring, as he left the team then, and didn’t return until late July:
Due to my increase in not only weight but also depression and anxiety, my team physicians started to notice not only a change in my overall happiness but also my performance as a normal human being.
While he wrote that he “showed signs” of bulimia, he believes his true diagnosis is binge-eating disorder. He urged anyone suffering from a similar malady to reach out to him on social media, and promised he would be in “immediate contact” to offer whatever help he could.
Julius has recorded 19 touchbacks on 30 kickoffs to date, and has flattened kickoff returners in games against Kent State and Michigan. A Minnesota player was also ejected for a cheap shot on Julius in the Lions’ 29-26 overtime victory last Saturday.
Highly-rated recruit Pitts decommits
Safety Derrek Pitts, the top-rated player in the state of West Virginia, announced Monday on Twitter he was backing out of his verbal commitment to Penn State and re-opening his recruitment. The announcement came two days after he made an unofficial visit to West Virginia, according to Scout.com’s Brian Dohn.
Dohn also reports that when Pitts committed to PSU in late July, his other finalists were West Virginia, Florida, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Maryland. Donnie Mays, his coach at South Charleston High School, told Dohn that he will sit down and discuss the situation with Pitts at some point, but the focus at present is on the team’s season.
“I told him it’s your decision, and you have to do what you have to do to make it right. He said he was going to open it back up, but he’s also not really entertaining anyone right now because he’s focused on our season.”
Honors for Allen, Davis
Safety Marcus Allen was named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week after his 22-tackle performance against Minnesota. Allen, who shared the award with Northwestern’s Ifeadi Odenigbo, was also named Rose Bowl Game Big Ten Player of the Week.
Allen had eight solo stops and 14 assists in the 29-26 overtime victory over the Gophers, and one tackle for loss. According to a Penn State release, the 22 stops are the most by a Penn State player since Paul Posluszny also had 22 at Northwestern in 2005. In addition, Allen’s total equals the fourth-greatest total in school history, a mark he shares with not only Posluszny but Ron Crosby, who had 22 against Ohio in 1974.
Allen’s 22 tackles are the most by a Big Ten player since Wisconsin’s Mike Taylor had 22 at Ohio State on Oct. 29, 2011. Allen is just the second FBS player this season to reach the 20-tackle mark. Rodney Butler of New Mexico State made 24 stops (4 solo, 20 assisted) against New Mexico on Sept. 10.
Allen, averaging 10 tackles a game through five weeks, leads the conference in that category and is 20th in the FBS.
In addition, kicker Tyler Davis was selected as one of the three Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Stars of the Week, after making all three of his field-goal attempts against Minnesota, including a game-tying 40-yarder with two seconds left in regulation.
Davis is now 17-for-17 in his career, breaking Sam Ficken’s school record of 15 straight successful attempts spanning the 2012-13 seasons.
Persons of interest
The Centre Daily Times tweeted out the photo below of two college-aged men who police say made an unauthorized entrance into Beaver Stadium at 4:15 a.m. Saturday. Police told the newspaper that the two men were related to increased security measures around the stadium before PSU’s game against Minnesota.
According to the report, authorities did “exhaustive searches” of the facility and dismissed any potential risk by 11 a.m., four and a half hours before kickoff.
The game was played as scheduled.
Men tied to increased security at Beaver Stadium, police say https://t.co/xhQroVht9W
— Centre Daily Times (@centredaily) October 3, 2016