High School Players Hoping for Freed Up Scholarship

By Ben Manning | bmanning@wtajtv.com

Published 09/24 2013 09:37PM

Updated 09/25 2013 12:08AM

ALTOONA, BLAIR COUNTY - When the NCAA announced Penn State was getting some of their scholarships back, high school hopefuls took notice.

Kevin Givens plays fullback and linebacker for the Altoona Mountain Lions, but he’d like to play for Nittany Lions one day. He grew up watching them on TV, and with them being that close his family could come to the games.

His coach John Franco was glad to hear the NCAA’s announcement. He doesn’t approve of the way the NCAA handled the situation, saying they only hurt the kids and the current players. But he says this rectifies part of that. He's dedicated decades of his life to coaching high school athletes, so he's happy about anything that helps his football players get to the next level.

Givens likes scoring touchdowns on Friday nights in maroon and white, but he’d like one of those scholarships and the opportunity to wear blue and white on a Saturday.

The Mountain Lions will be away for the next two weeks. And when they come back on the October 11th it will be Homecoming. And the players will be doing everything they can to earn one of those scholarships.

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