Von Walker continues to impress PSU coach

Penn State freshman Von Walker, a walk-on from Central Mountain, again drew praise from head coach Bill O’Brien this past week.

Walker earned his way into special teams in his first game last Saturday against Syracuse. He is listed second on the depth chart this week at punt returner, but has not fielded any punts.

O’Brien said in August he thought Walker, who rushed and threw for more than 1,000 yards last year in high school, might be among the first freshmen to play this fall.

“We are happy,” said O’Brien during his weekly press conference this past Tuesday. “It’s rare, believe me, I hesitate to say this but I think it’s important because he’s only a freshman but – I’ve got to be careful how I say this because he’s not headed for the Heisman Trophy, but he is he’s come in here and he’s one of those freshmen that has been able to adapt quickly to the regime of meetings and the combination of having to lift weights, condition, practice, go to class. I know it’s only been a week but he seems to be ahead of the game on those things, and he’s gone out on the practice field and been competitive.

“He has pretty good playing strength for a young guy right now and he can field the punt, he can catch, he has good ball skills, so his journey is interesting and he’s a fun guy to be around. I like tough, competitive kids and he’s one of those kids,” said O’Brien.