April 18, 2010
Pete Massaro, Marple Newtown 2008 graduate, was in line for significant playing time and competing for a starting position at defensive end for the Nittany Lions entering the 2009 spring game. Pete was a 2 year All-Delco at defensive end, All-Central and played in he prestigious Big 33 Game during his playing career at Marple Newtown High School.
Unfortunately, Pete suffered an ACL injury to his knee during the first quarter of last year’s spring football game. As a result, he was redshirted for the 2009 season.
During 2009 Penn State spring practice, Pete was lauded by coaches and teammate. According to Blue & White Illustrated, Jared Odrick (Penn State All Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year) said Massaro had one of the best spring practice sessions of anyone on the Nittany Lions Defense. All indications where that Pete, back wearing his familiar # 59, would see some significant playing time in 2009 as the Lions attempted to defend their Big Ten crown. BWI reported he had all but secured the backup strongside defensive end position with a strong spring performance.
Winter workouts began in January with Pete back in action. Although he is close to 100% healthy, Pete will not fully participate in every aspect of spring practice in 2010. He will work with the defensive line in individual drills but will be with held from team periods and contact drills. Penn State has five defensive ends on scholarship on its spring roster. BWI reports in its last edition that, with a strong spring practice, Pete can position himself to be in the picture for significant playing time in 2010. They report that the return of Pete Massaro created a situation where the Nittany Lions only recruited 2 defensive ends in its class of 2010.
One thing we at Marple Newtown High School are certain, Pete Massaro will be working hard, doing his best to keep Penn State Football at the top of the Big Ten in 2010 and beyond. We wish Pete the best of Luck in 2010.
The Nittany Lions earned their second consecutive 11-2 record in 2009. They beat LSU in the Capital One Bowl. The Nittany Lions were No. 8 in the final USA Today Coaches poll and No. 9 in the Associated Press survey, earning their 23rd final Top 10 ranking under Joe Paterno. The Nittany Lions return 38 letterwinners for the 2010 season, including 13 starters (7 offense, 5 defense, 1 specialist), as well as 11 starters. Penn State opens the season September 4 vs. Youngstown State in Beaver Stadium and visits 2009 national champion Alabama on September 11.