NAPA -- Stefen Wisniewski is hurting, and not just because he practiced for the first time in seven months Monday.

So is Nate Stupar, for reasons that go far beyond his first practice as a professional football player.

Wisniewski, in his second year, and Stupar, a rookie seventh-round pick, are proud graduates of Penn State and have seen the reputation of their alma mater destroyed.

"It makes me sad and a little bit angry, too," Wisniewski said.

"Obviously what happened was a devastation to the school," Stupar said.

According to the independent Freeh report, Penn State hid facts of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal at the behest of coach Joe Paterno and other administrators.

The NCAA brought the hammer down, fining the school $60 million, instituting a four-year bowl ban and reducing scholarships.

Wisniewski is impressed at the number of players that have stepped forward and intend to remain at school although they would be allowed to transfer without a delay in eligibility.

"They look like they're going to stick together and fight," Wisniewski said. "I'm really proud of that. The NCAA can't kill Penn State ... they might wound us for a little while but Penn State is still going to be a great university and football program."

Stupar, like Wisniewski, feels for Sandusky's victims and realizes "what happened was obviously bad." He feels a lot of people are paying a high price for the mistakes of a few.


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"The people who were involved are out, and there was justice," Stupar said. "So why go further and do something to the football program which really didn't do anything?"

As for the Freeh report, Stupar said "everyone has their opinion on what the Freeh report is and what it is not, and if Joe was really hiding stuff or not. Only God knows the truth."

It was a difficult day for Wisniewski on another score. It was his first Raiders practice without his uncle Steve as assistant line coach. Steve Wisniewski resigned before training camp for personal reasons.

"It's weird. I'm definitely going to miss him a lot," Wisniewski said. "He's told me he's going to be around game days and he'll be around a little bit here at practice. So we'll still see him."

Wisniewski worked as the starting center, having missed the entire offseason following shoulder surgery. Stupar got work on special teams and as a middle linebacker.

Other Penn State players on the roster are defensive end Jack Crawford, a defensive end selected in the fifth round, and cornerback Chaz Powell, an undrafted free agent.