Penn State Football Lends Hand at Centre County Historical Society
Curtis Dukes should not have worn the white sneakers, not when he's shoveling mulch and barreling it around the site of the Centre County Historical Society.
This was the scene early Thursday afternoon, two days before Penn State's first crack at a top 25 opponent this season. Dukes, the fourth-year running back, along with several other members of the Penn State football program, spent at least an hour helping maintain the grounds around the Centre Furnace Mansion, located just off Porter Road down from Beaver Stadium.
Coach Bill O'Brien had announced earlier this year that his team would play an active role in the community. Thursday was a clear-cut example of that, as guys received a respite from an intense, ultra-competitive week of practice in advance of Saturday's Homecoming matchup against Northwestern (noon kick, ESPN).
"On the playing field we just concentrate on Northwestern," Dukes said, "but off the field we focus on other things like academics, community service and trying to help each other get better."
Joining Dukes were linebacker Michael Yancich, backup quarterback Shane McGregor, freshmen Jake Kiley and Wendy Laurent and members of the support staff and PSU baseball team. Members from the men's and women's basketball teams volunteered their service earlier Thursday.
"Everyday we're just trying to get better right now," Dukes said. "We're just going to help the community the best way we can and make this a better environment."