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Updated: 2018-03-23T08:28:02-04:00


Success with Hyperlinking is Moving Up the Board


We got links for you! FOOTBALL IS BACK The weather outside may still be frightful, but spring practice is in full swing for the Nittany Lions. Check out the latest, including Nick Scott cementing his role as a leader of the safeties. He’s helping out newcomer Lamont Wade, who has switched from his spot at cornerback as a true freshman. The Top Tight End? Mike Gesicki captured the imaginations of NFL offensive coordinators with by showing off his dazzling athletic ability at the Combine. Gesicki will now look to make an impact at the next level, with some outlets predicting him as a first round pick. I’m sure Drew Brees would welcome Gesicki to New Orleans with open arms. Cornerback Christian Campbell may not be a first round hopeful, but he’s sure been putting in the work to move up the NFL Draft boards. DaeSean Hamilton has also been joining Campbell in turning heads of NFL personnel since the end of the season. Getting Down to Business Paul Posluszny hung up his cleats to end a brilliant career at Penn State and in the NFL. Now he’s preparing for his second act in the world of business. Success with honor, indeed. Mike Hull is making the most of his opportunity to also have a long and successful career as an NFL linebacker. Tonight I’m Gonna Go Down in Shame (Just Like Jesse James) The NFL is finally changing its catch rule, that has baffled fans, and even its own officials, for years. That means Jesse James could have been the hero who scored the winning touchdown against the Patriots last season. There IS Crying in Basketball The first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament have been filled with breathtaking upsets, which has led to many long and uncomfortable close-ups of children shedding tears in the stands- which feels...icky. However, CBS doesn’t see a problem with this and vows to continue to show the true agony of defeat. War Stories If you’re of a certain age and don’t have a story of being kicked out of a bar, you haven’t really lived. Onward State wants to hear your story. [...]

Penn State Pro Day in Pictures



Enjoy some of the sights as Penn State’s departing players show off what they can do.

Penn State held its annual Pro Day on Tuesday, as many of the departing players looked to impress the NFL personnel in attendance and show that they have what it takes to play on Sundays. Enjoy some of the sights, courtesy of Heather Weikel.

Penn State Hockey Media Notebook


Nikita Pavlychev’s development highlights this week’s Penn State Hockey Media Notebook. For the second consecutive season, Penn State is heading to the NCAA Tournament. While the Nittany Lions have a banner hanging from the rafters of Pegula Ice Arena to commemorate their first trip, their second go-around may be even more special to the program. While the Lions will take the ice Saturday evening on neutral ice, they will be playing in what is essentially their back yard at PPL Center in Allentown, Pa. A shade under three hours from their usual stomping ground, the Lions may have a home-ice atmosphere to work with when they take on Denver. “I think it’s a great opportunity,” coach Guy Gadowsky said Tuesday. “We were able to take advantage of that in our first year [when] we played in different arenas around the state. That was on purpose. That was to spread the word to have alumni and Penn State supporters hear our product.” That word has spread rapidly, thanks in large part to Lions’ rapid ascension among the best teams in the nation. While that inaugural season was full of the hardships of a program doing its best to transition from a club team to Division-I, fans of the blue and white will experience a much different version of the Lions this Saturday. “Fortunately, a good problem to have is that this is a really hard ticket to get. I hear all the time that there’s a lot of alumni and supporters that would love to come see us play that haven’t been able to. To go in that area, where there’s a lot of Penn State supporters, I think it’s great.” Pavlychev Playing Beyond His Role In the matchup-driven sport that is hockey, coaches look for every edge they can get over their opponents. They will often manufacture a defense pairing or forward line dubbed the “shutdown unit.” While it will limit how many quality opportunities the opposing team’s top players will get, a shutdown unit may not create many opportunities for itself. That hasn’t exactly been the case for Penn State’s shutdown unit and, in particular, its shutdown center. The Nittany Lions’ shutdown unit has been anchored this season by Nikita Pavlychev. Despite a role that may not allow for offensive production, the sophomore has nine goals and 14 points this season. While often listed as the fourth-line center, Gadowsky doesn’t think of Pavlychev or his line in that regard. “We can’t call it our fourth line because I think they often are our first line in terms of how we play,” he said. While Pavlychev’s wingers rotate in and out of the lineup or up and down the line chart, all have produced respectable numbers given their time on the unit. James Robinson, Pavlychev’s usual left winger, has a career-high six goals this season. Sam Sternschein has netted five goals and 10 points in 25 games. While many of the members of the line have impressed, Gadowsky has been most impressed with the line’s center. “I don’t think there is a forward in the Big Ten that wants to see Pav jump over the boards when they’re on the ice,” he said. “He is really, really tough to play against.” “He’s really tough to play against and I think he takes the most pride in his defensive game but at the same time he has nine goals. He’s scored big goals for us. He’s scored pretty goals. His development is really, really good and honestly I think the Pittsburgh Penguins are going to get a really good player.” Gadowsky Shares Praise for Lucia Tuesday afternoon, Minnesota coach Don Lucia stepped down from his position. After missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in the past three seasons and fifth time in the last ten, Lucia walked away from the position he’s held for 19 seasons. While Lucia’s legacy with the Golden Gophers ended with a whimper, his impact on the game will be felt for quite some time, and the respect he built will never be forgotten. “He is and always will be one of the very best coaches in college hockey. What he’s done [...]

Blessed & Honored: New York DT Lands Penn State Offer



We’re back with a Wednesday edition of the B&H.

Lions Offer Harrison-Hunte

New York City DT prospect Jared Harrison-Hunte made a visit to Penn State over the weekend, and left Happy Valley with an offer from the Nittany Lions. He also holds offers from Baylor, Boston College, LSU, Rutgers, and Syracuse, among others.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Harrison-Hunte is certainly a raw prospect judging by his junior year film, but also one with an enormous amount of potential as a defensive tackle. After taking three defensive tackle prospects in the 2017 class, Penn State can afford a player like Harrison-Hunte who may not project as an early contributor, but someone who could pay off three to four years down the line.

Penn State In Top 7 For Top Tight End

The Nittany Lions don’t seem to be pursuing many tight ends, but their top tight end prospect — Jahleel Billingsley — released his top seven which featured the Nittany Lions.

The 2018 class just got a little smaller, as big man Tolu Jacobs Yaffa has decommitted from Penn State. The Center prospect committed last November, being somewhat of an unexpected commit at the time. Just as unexpectedly, Tolu has reopened his recruitment for the 2018 recruiting cycle.

The decommitment gives Penn State one open scholarship for the 2018 class, allowing Pat Chambers to add a potential transfer at the end of the season. There’s a program west of State College with 9 players seeking a release...

Penn State 85, Marquette 80: Back To Madison Square Garden


The Lions’ season continues. The Penn State basketball team will play in Madison Square Garden once again this season. Pat Chambers got win number twenty-four on the year and with it a ticket to the NIT Final Four a week from today. Each team came ready to play. Just four minutes in the score was 15-9 in favor of the Lions at the first television timeout. The shooting was hot, both teams made five of their first seven shot attempts. Marquette went on a 7-0 run to take the lead before Lamar Stevens answered with a hoop and a foul shot. Josh Reaves got an early second foul, just five minutes into the game, and Pat Chambers was forced to send him to the bench. Jamari Wheeler came in and played solid defense in replacement of Reaves. The Lions led at the end of the first period, 25-22. Shep Garner had three deep balls and Lamar Stevens was 5 for 6 from the field for 12 quick points. Penn State was in the bonus with seven minutes left in the second period but was unable to take advantage, getting to the line only once as a result. Midway through the period Chambers’ squad led 31-26. The Golden Eagles continued to fight. Andrew Rowsey hit a three-pointer to cut into an 8-point Penn State lead and the score was 37-32 with 1:41 to go before halftime. Rowsey had 13 first-half points. Josh Reaves did not return to the court in the first half after picking up his second foul just five minutes in, but Penn State was able to hold a 41-34 advantage at halftime. The Lions came out of the half with focus, gaining a 52-41 lead three minutes in at the first timeout. After the lead got as high as 13, Marquette cut it to 8 with 3:47 to play in the third quarter. Shep Garner hit a tough basket on a drive through the lane to stop the rally. On the next trip down the court, Garner hit a deep three-pointer for his 17th point of the game, forcing the Golden Eagles to take a timeout, down 13 again so quickly. Marquette cut the lead to 67-60 with just under five minutes to play in the game after trailing by double digits for most of the second-half. Pat Chambers called timeout and Shep Garner hit a drive in the lane to get the lead back to nine. On the next possession, the Golden Eagles hit a three-pointer to make it a two-possession game. With 3:19 to play it was 69-65 and the home crowd was back in it for Marquette. Josh Reaves hit a clutch three-pointer from the corner with time running out in the shot clock on the next possession to get the lead back to seven. Both Reaves and Tony Carr played with four fouls late in the game. Lamar Stevens had two-consecutive finishes to preserve the lead late in the game. src="" style="border: 0; top: 0; left: 0; width: 100%; height: 100%; position: absolute;" allowfullscreen="" scrolling="no"> The Lions held on, making enough free throws and taking care of the ball, to finish with a tight 85-80 win. The Lions were very efficient with the ball. Shooting 53% from the floor, 43% from behind the arc and hitting 81% of its free throws was enough grow and maintain a healthy lead. Player of the Game Tony Carr (25 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists) Carr played well from the start. Initially he worked to get his teammates involved but he asserted himself with the ball when needed, scoring a basket several times to preserve the lead. Random Thoughts With very little contribution from Josh Reaves in the first half, and nothing from Nazeer Bostick or Mike Watkins, it was impressive to watch Penn State play so well in a tough road environment. The team is beginning to show its depth out of necessity and the playing time for support players will go a long way in their development. John Harrar has been starting lately and his minutes have been increasing. Harrar played 11 minutes in the first half, which tied for the second-most minutes he has played in a game. Versus Notre Dame he saw the court for more than half the game, a career-high 23 minutes played. This[...]

YAY POST SEASON HOOPS: Penn State at Marquette - NIT Quarterfinal Open Thread



Open threading in the NIT!

Let’s talk about the game.

Nittany Lions Show Out At Pro Day



Daesean Hamilton, Marcus Allen and Christian Campbell continue to see their stock improve

Tuesday was the last chance for Penn State NFL Draft prospects to catch the eyes of the NFL scouts with their athletic testing.

The Nittany Lions welcomed representatives from all 32 NFL teams to Holuba Hall for their Pro Day and the participants did not disappoint. While, unlike at the NFL combine, the running numbers are hand-timed, scouts and fans each had an idea of what would be good numbers for Penn State prospects.

Saquon Barkley, a consensus top-five pick, did not workout during the day and Mike Gesicki limited his workout to pass catching, while Troy Apke also stuck to position drills.

All eyes were on cornerback Christian Campbell throughout the day. Campbell, who was at the combine but did not work out due to a minor injury, was expected to wow scouts with some of the numbers he put up at 6-foot-1 with 33.5-inch arms and an 80-inch wingspan.

Campbell started the day strongly with a 11-3 broad jump that would’ve been second among all combine participants behind on Denzel Ward of Ohio State who jumped 11-4 and is likely to be one of if not the first cornerback off the board.

He followed that up with a 41-inch vertical jump, which again would’ve been among the best at the combine. There has not yet been a report released on Cambell’s 40-yard dash time, though anything sub-4.6 will put him squarely in the conversation for the middle rounds of the NFL Draft.

Safety Marcus Allen, who is expected to be a second-day prospect, clocked somewhere between a 4.56-4.58 according to scouts in attendance which is a strong number for him as many considered 4.6 to be the benchmark at 6-foot-2, 215 pounds.

Lastly, Daesean Hamilton had an opportunity to clock a 40-yard dash time after opting not to do some at the combine. Though Hamilton’s Shrine Bowl and Senior Bowl performances have seen him rocket up draft boards, there were lingering concerns about the speed possessed by the future slot receiver.

Hamilton’s benchmark time at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds was somewhere in the mid-4.5s and according to reports he blew that number away, as scouts had him clocked anywhere between 4.47-4.51 according to Kimberly Jones of the NFL Network. That number, combined with Hamilton’s precise route running and strong hands could see him rise as high as the front end of the third round of the upcoming NFL Draft.