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Countdown to Blue-White / 24 Days: One Team Autograph Session a New Change to Blue White Weekend

by on March 27, 2013 6:00 AM

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Fans that scour the pages of Penn State athletics' website GoPSUsports.com, may have noticed a few weeks ago that the Blue White autograph session was curiously absent from the usual pregame ritual.

For the first time in recent memory, Penn State football players won't be lining the Beaver Stadium field hours prior to kickoff. A small yet enjoyable tradition for many fans that like to get up close with a hometown player or try and catch the eye of a Nittany Lions star.

However if you still want to snag a signature for your collection not all is lost.

A new event will take place during the April 19-21 Blue-White Weekend called the One Team autograph session. Featuring student-athletes from a variety of Penn State teams, the autograph session will be held on Saturday, April 20 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. in the area west of Beaver Stadium near the music stage.

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It isn't a huge change, but for some the appeal of walking on the Beaver Stadium field seeing all of their favorite players won't be the same. Penn State will likely trot out the biggest names for the autograph session, but the season's under-the-radar players may miss the gig. Despite losing some of the football-specific flare of a team-sized autograph session inside Beaver Stadium, fans might get to know and chat it up with some equally talented, but lesser-known Nittany Lions. 

Penn State hasn't specified the reason for the change but it could be as simple as holding around a team meeting prior to the Blue White game that had not taken place in the past. 

The Blue-White Game will kickoff at 12:00 p.m. on April 20 and is one of only several athletic events taking place throughout the weekend. As in previous years, there will be no admission or parking fee for the Blue-White Game. Stadium parking lots will open at 8:00 a.m. and stadium Gates A, B, C and E will open for fans at 10:30 a.m.

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Day 25: What Will Allen Robinson Do as an Encore?



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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