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Penn State wigs out in effort to simulate U-M’s Denard Robinson

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Angelique S. Chengelis, DETROIT NEWS STAFF WRITER

How seriously is Penn State's Evan Lewis taking his scout-team assignment this week simulating Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson?

"They let him wear a wig with some dreads on it," Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti said with a chuckle Wednesday during a teleconference.

Robinson, who wears his hair in long dreads pulled back under his helmet, is second nationally in rushing, averaging 156.5 yards a game, and is second in total offense (345 yards).

The Wolverines, who were off last Saturday, play at Penn State on Saturday at 8 p.m. at Beaver Stadium.

Penn State linebacker Chris Colasanti said Lewis was given the wig on Tuesday for practice.

"I guess they want us to get the whole visual," Colasanti said.

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Penn State is preparing for Robinson using a few scout-team players, including Lewis. But freshman quarterback Paul Jones is simulating Robinson's throwing, Mauti said.

"He does a real good job," Mauti said of Evans. "He's a real good athlete. He gives us a real good look. This kid is shifty and he's making guys miss all week. Obviously, he's not going to have the blazing 10.2 100-meter speed (of Robinson), but he's shifty and he's making guys miss. I have to give the kid credit. He's been doing well all week, as he has all season on the scout team."

Pete Massaro, a Penn State defensive end, was asked this week what stands out about Robinson.

"You name it — he's fast, quick," Massaro said. "He has a great burst when he runs through the line of scrimmage. He's deceptive, as well. He's a great player."

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