Let it Snow; Veteran FB Returns for ND

BranDon Snow.

At Penn State Media Day in early August, Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno said veteran fullback BranDon Snow would miss at least the team's first two games of the 2006 season due to an unspecified violation of team rules. Thursday, he changed that forecast.

On his call-in radio show Thursday, Penn State coach Joe Paterno said fullback BranDon Snow will play in the Nittany Lions' week No. 2 road trip to fourth-ranked Notre Dame. Paterno cited Snow's hard work on the foreign team during his time in the coach's infamous doghouse as the reason behind the faster-than-expected re-instatement.

While Paterno said Snow will play against the Fighting Irish, he did not say how much action he would see or if the fifth-year senior would start.

Regardless, Snow figures to be an important addition to a Penn State offense that struggled to move the ball on the ground in last weekend's season-opening 34-16 win over Akron, generating 76 yards on 27 carries.

Though he has rushed for just 26 yards in his career, Snow ranks among the top run-blocking fullbacks in the Big Ten. He also should be a key component as Penn State looks to keep the Notre Dame pass rush away from first-year starting quarterback Anthony Morelli. Snow is strong in short-yardage situations, too, having plowed in for three scores in 2005.

In related news, Paterno said Pat Hall, the projected starter at tight end heading into the season, will miss his second straight game for unspecified disciplinary reasons. Hall will not make the trip to South Bend. Paterno gave no indication if or when Hall might return to action.

Finally, Paterno said backup running back Austin Scott will make the trip this week. But after Scott missed the Akron game with a lingering ankle injury, Paterno is not sure if he will play this weekend.

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