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Penn State DL Fred Hansard Apologizes for Late Hit On Maryland QB Saturday

Photo by Penn State Athletics (Mark Selders): Fred Hansard

Penn State redshirt defensive tackle Fred Hansard became embroiled in some controversy against Maryland on Saturday, and he issued an apology via Twitter Monday night.

Hansard lost his cool Saturday against Maryland, pushing Terps’ quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa to the ground with a late hit out of bounds after Tagovailoa was corraled to the sideline by junior Brandon Smith. However, Hansard was not in the game on the play and was standing on the sideline as Tagovailoa came toward him and subsequently was pushed to the ground.

Hansard was not penalized for the late hit, and Tagovailoa left the game for a play — on a drive that ended with a punt.

Hansard apologized not only to Tagovailoa for his mistake but to teammate Rasheed Walker, who also wears #53 on offense for the Lions.

“To Taulia Tagovailoa and the Maryland Terrapins:”

“I would like to extend my sincere apologies for the unfortunate incident that took place on the sideline on Saturday. It was truly an act of impulse, and not of malice. I did not and would not intentionally try to hurt another player. I believe in the integrity and the rules of the game. My actions were not in line with the expectations we have for ourselves as a Penn State Football program. Please accept my apology for any unsportsmanlike behavior.”

“I would also like to apologize to my teammate and brother, Rasheed Walker. Not only did my actions make you the subject of false public criticism on Saturday, but I also misinterpreted what it mwans to wear #53 for Penn State Football.”

“With Respect, Fred Hansard, Penn State DT #53”

Penn State would later win the game, 31-14, against Maryland to snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 6-3 on the season.

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