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Derrick Williams Returns As Penn State Sports Network Sideline Reporter

Derrick Williams, the author of so many electrifying touchdowns from 2005-08, is coming back to Happy Valley as a sideline reporter with the legendary Penn State Sports Network team of Steve Jones and Jack Ham.

Williams will roam the sidelines during each broadcast this fall, taking in first-hand the type of “where were you when?” moments he conjured up with the Nittany Lions during his playing days.

Williams adds a new perspective to the broadcast team of Jones and Ham, who are about to call their 17th season together as Penn State’s play-by-play and color commentators. As a blue-chip true freshman, the Greenbelt, Md., native played an enormous role in orchestrating that inconceivable 2005 turnaround culminating in triple-OT Orange Bowl glory. Williams knows all about those breath-taking moments that make or break a game, like his 78-yard gem against Notre Dame in 2007 in Beaver Stadium’s first full-crowd Whiteout and a 241-yard, three-touchdown Whiteout night over Illinois the following year.

Ham, who starred at “Linebacker U” from 1967-70 and is the lone Nittany Lion to be inducted into both the College (1990) and Pro Football (1988) Hall of Fame. If you can’t make it to Beaver Stadium or travel to an away game, you can tune in to hear the new trio’s broadcast at one of 60 Northeast radio stations across Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, and Maryland or at



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Ethan Kasales

Ethan’s a senior journalism major who grew up in Lemont, a few minutes from campus. When he’s not covering Penn State sports, you can usually find him golfing or teaching snowboarding at Tussey Mountain. Feel free to email him at [email protected]


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