John Urschel has been labeled many things by the Penn State Nittany Lions. Some call him a genius with a mean streak. Others simply know him as a burly offensive lineman working on a second master's degree in math.
And now, maybe more important to the team overall, the soft-spoken guard has emerged as an unlikely - but ideal - leader in Happy Valley as Penn State opens preseason camp.
All in a day's work.
''He's a very, grounded young man, levelheaded. He's certainly prioritized his life right,'' offensive line coach Mac McWhorter said. ''He's not a guy who craves a lot of flattery ... His idea of relaxing is much different (from everybody else).''
The big guys up front usually don't attract the notoriety that players like wideout Allen Robinson do. Robinson, an affable junior, led the Big Ten in receiving last season. But when it came time to taking players to conference media days in Chicago last month, Urschel was the only offensive player to go for Penn State.
''I think eve...