Troy Apke (Pittsburgh/Mount Lebanon) reeled in about nine catches his sophomore season, so he hadn't really counted last summer on becoming one of the offense's centerpieces.
His new coach, Mike Melnyk, did.
Melnyk needed to watch just one practice to become convinced. He glanced a few times at those long strides, that quick acceleration, those soft hands and just knew. He swore if someone would've told him last summer that Apke would end up with 1,000-plus yards, his mind wouldn't have held a single doubt. He believed Apke could be a superstar. But, the Penn State commit admitted Monday night, he wasn't so confident.