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Brad Heigel
Brad Heigel

Josh Wilkert

Age: 21

Hometown: Owego, N.Y.

Number of years attending Penn State football games: The homecoming game Saturday against Indiana was Wilkert’s second game attended

How he become a Penn State fan: His mother, and other family members, are Penn State alumni

Favorite Penn State football memory: Attending former coach Joe Paterno’s last game

Favorite tailgate activity: Playing KanJam

Hopes for the season: Have a winning record

Favorite Penn State football player: Kicker Joey Julius

Jacob Wilkert

Age: 16. Student at Owego Free Academy high school

Hometown: Owego, N.Y.

Number of years attending Penn State football games: The homecoming game Saturday against Indiana was Wilkert’s second game attended

How he become a Penn State fan: His mother, and other family members, are Penn State alumni

Favorite Penn State football memory: Attending former coach Joe Paterno’s last game

Hopes for the season: That the Nittany Lions make it to a bowl game

Favorite Penn State player: John Urschel

Samantha Heigel

Age: 17

Hometown: Mechanicsburg

Number of years attending Penn State football games: Attended her first game when she was 3 years old

School: Is a senior at Trinity High School in Camp Hill. She said she will be applying to Penn State this fall.

Favorite Penn State football memory: Attending former coach Joe Paterno’s last game

Favorite tailgate activity: Barbecuing and “eating tailgate food.”

Hopes for the season: Make it to a bowl game

Favorite Penn State football player: Christian Hackenberg

Brad Heigel

Age: 49. Heigel said he was celebrating an early 50th birthday Saturday with family and friends. His birthday is in December.

Hometown: Mechanicsburg

Number of years attending Penn State football games: Since 1978

Penn State graduating class: 1988

Favorite tailgate activity: Spending time with family and friends

Hopes for the season: Have a good enough record to become bowl eligible

Favorite Penn State football player: Brandon Bell

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