|48 Kurtis von Bargen|
A loyal and dedicated reserve defensive back and special teams performer who will enter his senior season in 2008 ... Career has followed a prototype walk-on success story which has culminated with competitive action during the season ... Expected to experience action on special teams squad again as a senior ... Earned the special team's Rick Bankston Memorial Award in 2007, an honor symbolic of the squad's top scout team player ... Booked a pair of tackles and a quarterback pressure during the first spring scrimmage (3/28) before tallying six and adding an interception a week later (4/4) ... Did not record stats in the '08 Purple-Gold Game.
2007: In addition to earning the Bankston Memorial Award as the special teams' top scout squad player, also appeared in three games (West Virginia, UCF and UAB) ... Did not record statistics however.
2006: Member of scout team ... Did not experience game-day action.
2005: Did not appear in any games as a member of defensive scout team despite being elevated to travel or active roster on numerous occasions.
2004: Officially joined Pirate program as walk-on ... Redshirted.
High School: A four-year letterman and team captain for coach Ken Whitehurst at Benedictine ... Booked 71 tackles and four interceptions to earn all-state (second-team) honors as a senior ... Invited to '03 Nike Camp ... Also rushed for 724 yards, picked up 418 reception yards and scored eight TDs on offensive side of the ball in 2003 ... Ran for 859 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a junior .... Combined to make 64 stops, knock down 17 passes and pick off three as a freshman and sophomore ... Led Cadets to three straight state championship game appearances (won title in 2000 and 2001) ... Excelled in classroom as well, earning selection to the Honor Roll ... Named winner of the "Rudy Award" (most improved student) and held position in Foreign Language Club.
Personal: Full name is Kurtis Frederick von Bargen ... Born October 14, 1985 at Norfolk, Va. ... A health fitness specialist major ... Father Fred was a golf letterman at Penn State while mother Nancy played lacrosse and field hockey for the Nittany Lions ... Hobbies include playing soccer and weight-lifting.