Nittany Lions Den Staff

Nittany Lion's Den brings together a unique blend of media, fans, students and alumni to offer a well-blended view of Penn State football and more.

You can follow Nittany Lion's Den on Twitter and on Facebook.

Kevin McGuire
Managing Editor, Columnist

Kevin is the national college football writer and the Penn State football correspondent for He is also the host of the No 2-Minute Warning podcast. A Philadelphia area native, Kevin has been following Penn State football since the days before the Big Ten era. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation.

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Derek Aschman
Recruiting reporter

Derek may have grown up in Geneva, Switzerland, but he has never let that compete against his dream. That dream, of course, was to one day be a Nittany Lion. Although he used to travel 3,000 miles every year to see a Penn State game, he now only has to travel two as he currently studies at Penn State's Smeal College of Business. He attended, among others, the 1998 "LaVar Leap" against Illinois, 1999 "No Flags" against Miami and the 2002 sell-out against Nebraska.

Here at the NLD he is in charge of recruiting and morning links.

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Matt Brady

Matt Brady is the exclusive photographer for hip hop group, Primary Element and has done sports photography throughout high school in the Harrisburg area. Matt has followed Penn State since 1996, when he first lived in State College for a three year stint.

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Ryan Hogan
Track and Cross Country reporter

Ryan Hogan is the resident Nittany Lions Den XC/Track and Field guru. He has been immersed in the world of competitive running and track for many years. He hopes to bring great coverage to the otherwise lesser known sports of track and field and cross country. Ryan is also the secretary of the Penn State Cross Country Club.

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Karisa Maxwell
Staff Writer

Although she should be the starting quarterback for the Nittany Lions, Karisa is the football insider and on-site reporter for all things pig skin. She is a contributing reporter for The Steve Jones Show on 1070 WKOK radio and writes for She was the co-host of The SportsBuzz on Comradio and will be interning this summer for The Finsiders, the media and broadcasting department of the Miami Dolphins. During the fall you can find Karisa sleeping outside Gate A as a resident of Paternoville or standing front row in Beaver Stadium above the PATERNONATOR banner cheering obnoxiously.

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Ryan Murphy

Ryan Murphy believes that history repeats, and he's waiting for Penn State to repeat for another national title. His first tears for joy were January 2, 1987 when Penn State upset Miami, and Penn State's been in his blood ever since. The author of two books on missionary life in Africa, Ryan enjoys reading and writing about Penn State with his free time. Look for his book Saturdays of Our Lives: A Generation of Penn State Football Victories to be released in spring of 2012 through Father's Press and Amazon Kindle.

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Troy Weller

Recruiting reporter

Born in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, Troy grew up a Penn State football fan. Since he arrived on campus as a freshman in 2009, Troy camped out for home games and served as the President of the Nittanyville Coordination Committee during the 2012 season. He was also a Sports Information Director intern with the Penn State Men's Hockey team during the 2011-2012 season. He currently interns with Penn State Sports Properties in their marketing department.

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