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Published: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:49:25 GMT

Last Build Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2016 11:49:25 GMT

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Penn State line coach Herb Hand is a pretty good target shooter

Thu, 10 Dec 2015 17:42:00 GMT

College football coaches will do plenty to connect with recruits, and this is the time to do it. Coaches are on the road now during a 13-day recruiting stretch known as the "contact period."

During this time, coaches can make visits to recruits' homes, where they are entertained in a variety of...




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What is an NFL draft evaluation, anyway? A primer on the process

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 21:06:00 GMT

Penn State's Christian Hackenberg and Austin Johnson haven't discussed their NFL draft plans yet, and Hackenberg said last Saturday that he's unsure "how the process goes."

That prompted a thought: What is the process? How do college players decide to declare for early entry into the NFL draft?...




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Penn State's long-shot path to the Big Ten title game

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 15:27:00 GMT

Penn State doesn't control its destiny in the Big Ten East title race, but it still has a faint one.

With victories against Michigan and Michigan State, and losses by Ohio State to the same teams, Penn State would win the division tiebreaker and earn a trip to the Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis.

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Penn State's James Franklin: I should have called a timeout sooner

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 22:28:00 GMT

Penn State coach James Franklin said he should have called a timeout after a late first-down run that helped Northwestern secure a 23-21 win Saturday.

With more than 1 minute remaining. Northwestern's Justin Jackson gained 7 yards on a third-and-five draw that gave his team a critical first down....




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Paterno family to celebrate 50th anniversary of Joe Paterno's start as Penn State's head coach

Thu, 05 Nov 2015 21:10:00 GMT

Sue Paterno published a letter to Penn State's football lettermen Thursday, calling the university's culture "a treasure" that's "worth fighting for" as the fourth anniversary of her husband's firing approaches.

She also invited the lettermen to an event next year commemorating the 50th anniversary...




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Penn State addresses Big Ten scheduling concerns with future changes

Mon, 02 Nov 2015 18:09:00 GMT

Penn State coach James Franklin said recently that he would prefer scheduling his team's bye between Weeks 5-8 of the season. Two adjustments to future football schedules accomplished that.

Penn State announced Monday that the 2016 game at Michigan and 2017 trip to Iowa have been moved to earlier...




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The Penn State postgame: Maryland edition

Sun, 25 Oct 2015 01:25:00 GMT

Complain all you want, but Penn State wasn't about to join. The Lions were in a celebratory mood following their 31-30 win over Maryland.

Sure...

... the defense allowed a season-high 466 yards, including 124 on the ground to Maryland quarterback Perry Hills.

... the offense rushed for a season-low...




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Could the Wildcat return to Penn State's offense?

Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:58:00 GMT

Penn State coach James Franklin made the Wildcat a major component of last year's offense but removed it this season, largely because he has so many freshmen in the backfield.

But Franklin said Wednesday that, as his freshmen backs (particularly Saquon Barkley) gain more experience, he might feel...




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Penn State's Beaver Stadium gets a (field) makeover

Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:23:00 GMT

Penn State's Beaver Stadium could be renovated, or even replaced, at some point. In the meantime, the field of the world's third-largest stadium is getting a necessary makeover.

Penn State is replacing the sod at Beaver Stadium, which has served as the Nittany Lions' playing surface for a decade....




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Penn State's James Franklin talks Saquon Barkley, taking chances and winning 'ugly'

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:27:00 GMT

Running back Saquon Barkley looked "awesome" at practice Wednesday, and several other injured players were in uniform as well as Penn State continued preparing for Indiana.

Here's a look at coach James Franklin's post-practice media session from Wednesday.

BARKLEY PRACTICING

Franklin confirmed...




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'It's the hardest part of my job,' James Franklin says. So, what is it?

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 22:01:00 GMT

After taking a firm Saturday stance on staying "positive," Penn State coach James Franklin dived into the expectations pool again at his weekly press conference.

"That's the hardest part of my job," Franklin said in response to one particular question.

Did it involve his team's offense? Recruiting?...




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ESPN's Trent Dilfer sings praises of Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 15:54:00 GMT

 ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer delivered a sharp defense of Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg during a radio appearance Wednesday. He also sounded a critical note about Penn State's offense.

Dilfer, who worked with Hackenberg at the Elite 11 quarterback camp, told the 'Mike and Mike' show...




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Penn State's Anthony Zettel to play following death of father

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 18:12:00 GMT

Penn State defensive tackle Anthony Zettel will play against San Diego State on Saturday, one day after the death of his father.

Terry Zettel died Friday at his home in Michigan following a bout with cancer. He was 46. Zettel's family is in State College for the game.

Zettel, Penn State's all-America...




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Is Saquon Barkley the most elusive running back in college football?

Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:42:00 GMT

Freshman running back Saquon Barkley has helped energize Penn State's offense by making defenders miss. And that, according to one scouting service, has made Barkley perhaps the nation's most elusive running back.

According to Pro Football Focus, which grades college and pro players, Barkley has excelled...




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San Diego State coach notices significant change in Penn State's offense

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 15:27:00 GMT

San Diego State coach Rocky Long has noticed a distinct change in the Penn State offense that struggled so much against Temple.

Gone are the spread-style formations that produced 180 total yards in a 27-10 loss at Lincoln Financial Field. Long now sees a more pro-style offense, one he expects will...




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5 things we learned from Penn State's win over Rutgers

Sun, 20 Sep 2015 04:50:00 GMT

Penn State turned a 21-point second quarter into a 28-3 win over Rutgers to open its Big Ten Conference season. Here are five things we learned from the game.

1. Saquon Barkley is Penn State's No. 1 back. Head coach James Franklin admitted as much afterward, saying that Barkley and Akeel Lynch...




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Five things to watch in the Penn State-Rutgers game

Thu, 17 Sep 2015 15:12:00 GMT

Uneven Penn State hosts unpredictable Rutgers in the Big Ten opener Saturday night, when both teams hope to establish some sort of stability to their future. Here's a five-point gameplan to watch at Beaver Stadium.

1. What's next for Penn State's offensive line? If injured tackle Andrew Nelson...




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How James Franklin flipped Saquon Barkley from Rutgers to Penn State

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 15:19:00 GMT

Recruiting is a long game, dotted with early commitments, continued courtships and changes of mind. Consider this: Had he remained committed to Rutgers, Whitehall High's Saquon Barkley would have been on Beaver Stadium's other sideline this Saturday, playing against Penn State.

Barkley made a splashy...




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5 things we learned from Penn State's win over Buffalo

Sat, 12 Sep 2015 21:36:00 GMT

Penn State's offense unshackled itself in the second half of a 27-14 win over Buffalo on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. Here are five things we learned from the game.

1. Saquon Barkley begins realizing his potential.

The Whitehall High graduate energized Penn State's offense in the second half, finishing...




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Pitt renews 'Backyard Brawl,' presses for Penn State extension

Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:32:00 GMT

After reviving the 'Backyard Brawl' against West Virginia, Pitt's new athletic director said he wants to play more games against Penn State.

Pitt and West Virginia will renew their long-standing series for four games beginning in 2022. That will follow the four-game Pitt-Penn State series, scheduled...




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