Source: Derek Levarse | Times Leader
STATE COLLEGE — It took just five games for Connor McGovern to get on the Beaver Stadium marquee.
The Lake-Lehman grad made his first career start on Saturday against Minnesota, getting to announce the occasion on the video boards along with the rest of the starters before the game.
It was the first time since 2007 that a true freshman started on the offensive line. Future NFL veteran Stefen Wisniewski made one start that season while splitting reps throughout the year.
McGovern would again share time at the spot in this one. Except instead of fifth-year senior Derek Dowrey — the starter for the first four games of the year — it was redshirt sophomore Chasz Wright.
Wright, listed as Penn State’s tallest player at 6-foot-7 and 243 pounds, played the second and third drive of the first half with McGovern going the rest of the way.
“Connor knows what he’s doing,” said fellow starting guard Ryan Bates. “Connor, he’s there mentally and physically. And he’s a Penn State offensive lineman. He knows what to do. I didn’t have to say a lot to him.”
McGovern wasn’t the only rookie to make his first start on the day as classmate Cameron Brown starter at weak-side linebacker and finished with nine tackles.
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