Cram Session features quick-hitting athlete updates and commentary:
• Some have suggested that Cathedral Prep grad Damion Terry should move to wide receiver to see more playing time with Michigan State next season because junior-to-be Connor Cook is the starter at quarterback. I disagree. Terry is a quarterback, period. He has four years of eligibility remaining after redshirting in 2013. He has the talent to be a star quarterback, and if Cook is the starter, Terry would be better used as an occasional change-of-pace, double-threat QB.
• Notre Dame tight end Ben Koyack could get many more targets in the passing game next season after teammate Troy Niklas declared for the NFL Draft. Koyack, an Oil City graduate, had 10 receptions for 171 yards and three TDs as a junior. Niklas, the starting tight end, had 32 receptions for 498 yards and five TDs. Some of that production should come Koyack’s way.
• I didn’t think James Franklin was necessarily the best fit for the Penn State football job last week, but after seeing his introductory press conference, I’m impressed. My guess is that recruits will be impressed, too. Franklin seems to have his priorities straight and appears to be a coach who can inspire his players. He already proved he can coach at Vanderbilt.
• Penn State’s wrestling program continues to roll under Cael Sanderson as the Nittany Lions target their fourth straight NCAA team title. Grove City graduate Wes Phipps has contributed to PSU’s season with a 5-4 record while filling in at 174 and 184 pounds. The redshirt freshman was the Erie Times-News Varsity Cup Athlete of the Year in 2012.
• Meanwhile, the 2011 Varsity Cup Athlete of the Year, former Reynolds wrestler Mason Beckman, is starring for Lehigh. Beckman is 13-2 at 133 pounds. He was Lehigh’s Deferred Eligibility (similar to redshirting) Wrestler of the Year in 2012-13 when he went 34-3. He went 19-8 as a freshman. His only two losses this season came in the prestigious Midlands Championships, where he placed fifth.
• Girard graduate Raegan Moore, a senior guard, continues to lead the Duquesne women in scoring with an average of 15.8 points per game. The Dukes are 11-6 overall and 3-1 in the Atlantic 10 as they aim for an NCAA Tournament berth.
• Mercyhurst Prep grad Marie Case enjoyed a successful start to her senior season with Kent State on Sunday when she won the uneven parallel bars (9.825), balance beam (9.750) and floor exercise (9.800) on her way to the all-around title (39.1) in the Golden Flashes’ win over Southeast Missouri State.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor