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Here's how one recruiting analyst sees David Corley impacting Penn State; safety target gets an offer, more Lions notes

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:00:00 UTC


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David Corley will be charged with replacing Charles Huff as Penn State's running backs coach.

He'll also be tasked with replacing the sizable recruiting shoes left behind by the new co-offensive coordinator at Mississippi State, too. 

Huff was the Nittany Lions' primary recruiter or at least had a hand in helping to land many of the 22 Class of 2018 signees currently on board, particularly on offense. He handled Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia and also recruited nationally for specialist and running backs and would make extra stops, as most of James Franklin's assistants do, wherever those duties took him.

Corley will be expected to do the same, and he'll take on a lot of the same areas Huff recruited. The good news? Rivals' national analyst and longtime recruiting follower Mike Farrell thinks he's plenty capable of stepping in and filling the void.

"Corley may not come from high-level recruiting schools, but James Franklin knows excellent recruiters and has been following Corley's progress," Farrell writes.

"He's a good talent evaluator, gets the most out of his players and has worked so many different roles, including some in recruiting engagement. I think he becomes a big part of this staff as a recruiter."

The comments came as part of a ranking of recent college football hires. Corley was No. 2 behind Florida State's poaching of defensive ends coach Mark Snyder from Michigan State. 

A new suitor for Irvin

Penn State was the most recent big fish to join the race for Class of 2018 safety Julius Irvin.

That's until Alabama threw its hat into the ring, anyway.

The Crimson Tide extended an offer to the Anaheim, Calif., four-star talent on Wednesday night, adding its considerable opportunity to a list that already includes USC, Notre Dame, Washington, and of course the Lions. 

Irvin, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect who is the No. 12 safety in the Class of 2018 according to the 247Sports' Composite rankings, currently has no visits planned, leading the race to land him wide-open as National Signing Day nears on Feb. 7.

Lions stop at top 2019 target's school

One final note for this Thursday three pack: Coaches continue to hit the road recruiting, which took two coaches to Massachusetts. 

Everett High defensive coordinator Carlos Ruiz Jr. shared on social media on Wednesday that PSU safeties coach Tim Banks and corners coach Terry Smith stopped by the school.

It is home to four-star Class of 2019 safety Lewis Cine, who is easily among the top targets on defense in the next cycle.

The coaches can continue to hit the road through early February. 


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Penn State's 2018 offensive line: When will James Franklin's wide bodies start to dominate?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 10:30:00 UTC


The Lions are replacing just one starter and they have plenty of options at the tackle and guard spots.

Penn State signee Will Levis named All-Courant offensive player of the year

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:30:00 UTC


Another accolade for the future Nittany Lions quarterback. Watch video

Penn State Class of 2018 signee Will Levis will arrive in State College later this year with another accolade on his mantle.

The Hartford Courant named the quarterback its offensive player of the year on Wednesday after he threw for 2,771 yards while sporting a 27-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio and completing a touch over 56 percent of his passes.

Levis was also named to a couple of conference teams and was a Walter Camp All-Connecticut second team pick following his senior season at Middletown, Conn., Xavier. 

"It means a lot especially with all the tradition and the people who have come before," he told the Courant. "And that's what I tried to do is bring that energy and that spirit to every game we played. Xavier football and the community has done so much for me and I'll forever be in debt to them."

Xavier head coach Andy Guyon, who also spoke to the outlet, offered something of a scouting report related to what the Lions will be getting in Levis.

"There's time in practice where you'd see the ball whizzing by and just go, 'This kid can throw.' And he's got an ability to put the ball where only his guy can get it," Guyon said.

"He's a really special player and an even better person. He's everything you look for in a student-athlete."

Levis is one of 22 Penn State Class of 2018 signees; six are already on campus, and the rest including the quarterback, plus any prospects who sign on on the traditional signing day Feb. 7, will arrive to begin their careers in June. 


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On the move again: Former Penn State OL coach Herb Hand leaves Auburn, winds up at Texas

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:00:00 UTC


Hand spent two years with James Franklin's Nittany Lions staff.

Today in former Penn State coaches news, Herb Hand has a new job.

The onetime Nittany Lions' offensive line coach has left Auburn to take the same job and also become the co-offensive coordinator at Texas.

Hand came with James Franklin from Vanderbilt to Penn State back in 2014, and he coached there for two years before leaving for the SEC following the 2015 season.

Longhorns' head coach Tom Herman and Hand had not previously met before the latter accepted his latest chance to switch jobs.

"As an aspiring young coach, I spent a great deal of time studying the best offenses around the country, and his group was continually one of them," Herman said in a release.

"[Auburn was] as well coached up front as I've seen, so when I was looking to fill our 10th coach position and he was interested, we had a great visit, and we're thrilled we were able to get him."

Former Penn State assistants under Franklin now reside in the Big 12, SEC (Joe Moorhead, Charles Huff, and Bob Shoop), and NFL: John Donovan is an offensive assistant with the AFC Championship-bound Jacksonville Jaguars.  

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Big Ten newsmakers: Which former B1G players are in the AFC Championship Game?

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:00:00 UTC


26 players from an assortment of Big Ten programs are on the rosters for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Penn State offers 2020 OT recruit; where Saquon Barkley lands in 2018 NFL mock drafts, and more

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:30:00 UTC


Today's Penn State football news headlines feature a new offer to a 2020 offensive tackle recruit and a collection of all the potential destinations for Saquon Barkley in the 2018 NFL Draft. Today's Penn State football news headlines feature a new offer to a 2020 offensive tackle recruit and a collection of all the potential landing spots for Saquon Barkley in the 2018 NFL Draft. The Lions sent out an offer Tuesday to Anton Harrison, a 6-5, 300-pound offensive tackle from Archbishop Carroll in Washington, D.C. He has an early four-star rating from 247Sports and owns a growing offer sheet that also includes Maryland, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest. Tyler Donohue from Land of 10 has more on the offer to Harrison and 2018 signee Ricky Slade's last high school football action in Hawaii. Barkley has drawn nearly universal appeal for his unique arsenal of skills and the humble, hard-working attitude that has marked his Penn State career. Andrew Callahan from Lions 247 pulled together a number of early NFL mock drafts that all predict Barkley will land in the top 10 picks, including one projection that Barkley will go off the board to the Cleveland Browns at No. 1 overall. In other Penn State football news, the Lions' winter workouts are under way. Barkley tests pizza for Barstool Sports, and Black Shoe Diaries takes a way-too-early look at Penn State's 2018 depth chart. PennLive's Bob Flounders, Greg Pickel and Dustin Hockensmith also talk Penn State football on the Keystone Sports Network. Check out audio from their latest podcast below. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""> Those headlines and more highlight today's Penn State football news roundup: Where is Barkley landing in NFL mock drafts?: Callahan [Lions 247] Lions offer rising 2020 OT: Callahan [Lions 247] Penn State recruiting: Nittany Lions offer OL Anton Harrison; RB Ricky Slade competing in Hawaii: Donohue [Land of 10] Get excited, Penn State fans: Winter workouts are underway ahead of the 2018 season: Pickel [PennLive] Shrine Game news and notes and Saquon Barkley's spot in latest mock draft: Tuesday thoughts: Pickel [PennLive] What would Penn State's offense look like in a video game?: Filipovits [Roar Lions Roar] Saquon Barkley's latest stop on the path to the NFL Draft? A pizza shop in New York: Pickel [PennLive] Penn State's 2018 wideout and tight end picture: How will the Lions replace Gesicki and Hamilton?: Flounders [PennLive] Way-too-early 2018 Penn State football depth chart: Offense: Lucia [Black Shoe Diaries] [...]

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Checking in with Lamont Wade and Tariq Castro-Fields, Penn State's goes in-home with Solomon Enis, more talking points

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:45:00 UTC


As another January week rolls along.

The Penn State Blitz: Breaking down the Lions' coaching staff, recruiting news, and more

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 22:30:00 UTC


Join Bob Flounders and Greg Pickel for this video rundown. Watch video

The PennLive Penn State Blitz is back for another week to discuss the hot topics in Lions land.

Bob Flounders and Greg Pickel take you through the day's biggest news and all the latest developments from recruiting to Saquon Barkley's NFL Draft hopes to who will replace No. 26 and assessing James Franklin's newly-complete 10-member staff.

Check it out above. 

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Here's who Penn State football will play on Homecoming weekend 2018

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:00:00 UTC


The news came out on Tuesday. Watch video

Penn State will take on Michigan State in this year's Homecoming game, according to the school's student-run homecoming organization.

The news was announced on Tuesday, roughly nine months before the Lions battle the Spartans at Beaver Stadium on Oct. 13.

All-time, Penn State is 78-22-5 in the annual alumni-centric contest, including last year's 35-6 victory over Rutgers. The Lions have won three straight Homecoming game contests, beating Indiana in 2015 and Maryland in 2016 before dispatching the Knights a year ago.

Michigan State earned the last victory in the series between the two schools, as it scored a 27-24 victory in East Lansing, Mich., a year ago to dash the Lions' College Football Playoff chances. MSU has a 16-15-1 all-time series advantage. 

A kick time nor additional details regarding the parade or other Homecoming week events have been announced. 

Following last year's Homecoming game, strength assistant Chance Sorrell stole the show by proposing to his girlfriend (she said yes, by the way). See the video below.


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Get excited, Penn State fans: Winter workouts are underway ahead of the 2018 season

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 19:00:00 UTC


Something to look forward to on a snowy Tuesday.

It might be snowy across Pennsylvania and other parts of the country, but here's one sign that spring is coming: College football winter workouts.

Penn State returned to the Lasch Building weight room on Tuesday for day one of the grind toward spring practice and ultimately the 2018 season, according to a picture shared by the program's strength staff on social media.

A date for the start of James Franklin's fifth set of March and April practices in State College has not yet been announced, but the Blue-White game is set for April 21, and then summer conditioning and Lift for Life will pave the path to camp at the end of August and then the opener against Appalachian State on Sept. 1 in Beaver Stadium. 

"You look at our season, there were some ups and downs and twists and turns and adversity," head coach James Franklin said after the Fiesta Bowl. "But these guys never stopped believing in one another. And I think that confidence comes from how hard they've worked and how hard they prepared and how much they've sacrificed to get to this point. They believe in each other. The coaches believe in them in more ways than just football."

Winter lifting will continue throughout the rest of the month and right through March before spring practice begins. 

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Shrine Game news and notes and Saquon Barkley's spot in latest mock draft: Tuesday thoughts

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 18:00:00 UTC


The latest topics on the blue and white radar. Watch video

Five former Penn State players are getting set to play in this weekend's Shrine Game.

The East-West contest is scheduled for Saturday; NFL Network will televise the contest at 3:07 p.m., and receiver DaeSean Hamilton, defensive tackles Parker Cothren and Curtis Cothran, linebacker Jason Cabinda, and corner Grant Haley will suit up for the East team.

All five are already in St. Petersburg, Fla., for a week of practice and other game events, and weighed in as follows per Sporting News

CB Grant Haley: 5-foot-9, 183 pounds

WR DaeSean Hamilton: 6-foot, 207 pounds

LB Jason Cabinda: 6-foot, 243 pounds

DT Parker Cothren: 6-foot-3, 297 pounds

DT Curtis Cothran: 6-foot-4, 291 pounds

Hamilton drew a mention from Football GamePlan's Emory Hunt after the week's first practice.

"Hamilton's ability to work himself open was evident both on tape and in live viewings this season; nothing changed today at practice," Hunt wrote.'s Chase Goodbread chimed in with a quote from Hamilton. He asked the former Lion what it's like to be teammates with former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett this week.

"I told him I'm glad to be playing with him for a change, and he told me the same thing," Hamilton said. "He's glad I'm catching his passes instead of somebody else's."

Troy Apke is also in action this weekend; he's playing in the NFLPA game on Saturday at 4 p.m.

Barkley and the mocks

A new week means another set of mock drafts that look toward April's NFL Draft are out.

The latest installment comes from Bleacher Report's Matt Miller; he has Barkley slotted No. 4 overall to the Cleveland Browns, three picks after he has them taking USC quarterback Sam Darnold with the top pick. 

"The best overall player in the 2018 draft class lasts until the No. 4 pick due to his position," Miller writes. "For the Browns, this is the best possible scenario. [Browns GM] John Dorsey can go to bed after Thursday night of the draft with a new quarterback and the best running back prospect I've ever seen."


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Saquon Barkley's latest stop on the path to the NFL Draft? A pizza shop in New York

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:40:00 UTC


Barkley was featured on Barstool Sports Monday afternoon. Watch video

Since the Fiesta Bowl, Saquon Barkley has popped up at the Rose Bowl ahead of Georgia-Oklahoma, signed with Jay-Z's Roc Nation Sports, and appeared at the Walter Camp awards dinner in Connecticut.

Monday featured his latest stop, as the former Penn State running back and 2017 unanimous All-American was featured in a Barstool Sports 'Pizza Review' segment outside of the Mediterraneo Restaurant in New York.

The segments, which feature Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy sometimes alone and sometimes with a guest, are popular on social media, and this particular installment has been watched nearly 300,000 times as of Tuesday morning.

Check it out below.


Barkley is expected to be a top-five pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, which is scheduled for the end of April at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, Tex.


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Paterno and 409: Penn State wins restored 2 years ago today

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:00:33 UTC


Penn State fans celebrated on this day two years ago when Joe Paterno's 409 wins were secured. Penn State fans celebrated on this day two years ago when Joe Paterno's 409 wins were secured.  A settlement on Jan. 16, 2015, restored 111 Paterno wins and one win by Tom Bradley that were erased from the record books during the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.  READ MORE: 'Paterno' to debut this spring on HBO, focuses on downfall of Penn State coach The NCAA made the announcement two years ago, bringing back the victories earned by the teams who played between 1998 and 2011.  It was a decision that also ensured Paterno's spot as the winningest coach in major college football history.  You can relive that day in our coverage below:  NEWS ON THE AGREEMENT  409 again: Penn State football wins restored under settlement (Teresa Bonner) NCAA announces proposed settlement with Penn State, restoration of wins (Bonner) Settlement of NCAA sanctions lawsuit a good step towards closure; but it's not closure (Charles Thompson) Penn State trustees ratify NCAA sanctions settlement agreement, restoring Joe Paterno's wins (Thompson) Penn State Trustee Anthony Lubrano says sanctions settlement is not perfect, but really good (Thompson) Sen. Jake Corman declares victory over NCAA with repeal of its sanctions on Penn State (Jan Murphy) Five highlights from Sen. Jake Corman's reaction to NCAA's repeal of Penn State sanctions (Murphy) Is "official" Penn State ready to mend fences with the Paternos? President Eric Barron says discussions must be had (Thompson)  Video: Sen. Jake Corman discusses agreement reached to repeal Penn State sanctions (Murphy) REACTION Paterno family reacts to PSU/NCAA settlement: report (Bonner) Paterno's wins are restored, and for good reason: Editorial (PennLive Editorial Board) On Twitter, mixed reaction to restoration of Paterno's wins (Matt Zencey) NCAA restores Penn State wins: players celebrate, USC is spiteful, and more social media reaction (Dustin Hockensmith) NCAA vacating Joe Paterno wins was as meaningful as Mark Emmert's leadership (David Jones) Penn State alum John Urschel reflects on time with program and the wins that, to him, always counted (Bob Flounders) Penn State alumni sound off on NCAA's return of wins, end of consent decree (Greg Pickel) Penn State alum Jordan Hill's time in State College marked by excellence, injury and (once again) many victories (Flounders) Penn State students declare major football win (David Wenner) Jay Paterno reacts to NCAA settlement, discusses Mark Emmert's conduct on ESPN's 'Outside the Lines' (Stephen Pianovich) 'The hollowest of victories': What people are saying about Joe Paterno's wins (Ben Burrows) Video: ESPN's Keith Olbermann blasts NCAA, Penn State in 'World's Worst' segment (Hockensmith)  CELEBRATION OF 409 Joe Paterno 409: Game-by-game list of restored wins (Paul Vigna)  History rewritten: Joe Paterno's 409 wins restored on Wikipedia (Michael Sedor) Watch: Joe Paterno wins his 409th game with 10-7 triumph over Illinois (Pickel)  Joe Paterno honored, settlement recognized, by Penn State hockey with '409' helmet decal Friday night (Pickel) Penn State crowd peaceful in State College following win restoration, sanction removal (Pickel) Video: Penn State students react to reinstatement of coach Joe Paterno's wins (Joe Hermitt) Goofy but peaceful Friday night celebration follows return of Paterno wins (Wenner) FALLOUT Poll: Now th[...]

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Meet new Penn State tight ends coach Tyler Bowen: Lions Q&A

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 14:30:00 UTC


Why the former Maryland assistant decided to join the Nittany Lions.

Penn State hired Tyler Bowen to be its new tight ends coach on Dec. 1.

It was the same day head coach James Franklin promoted the former coach of that position, Ricky Rahne, to offensive coordinator while also elevating Phil Galiano from an off-field role to special teams coordinator.

Bowen was the only outside hire made to replace Joe Moorhead and Charles Huff (before David Corley was hired last Friday to be the backs coach and 10th assistant, of course), as he decided to leave Maryland, where he graduated from and also was the offensive line coach, to come back to Penn State, where he was once a graduate assistant under Franklin.

"Tyler is a young man I have known for many years, beginning as an offensive lineman at Maryland and then continuing our relationship while he was a student assistant at Maryland and as a graduate assistant at Penn State," Franklin said in December when Bowen's hiring was announced.

"He has a high football IQ and tremendous passion for the game that will impact our student-athletes on a daily basis. He has history with our offensive scheme, which will help this be a seamless transition."

PennLive caught up with Bowen before the Fiesta Bowl to get a timeline for his decision to jump from one Big Ten East school to the other, learn how his first recruiting travels as a Nittany Lion went, and more in the Q&A below. 

What made the Penn State job enticing to you?


Knowing Coach Franklin for a long time, really, loyalty to him. He's meant everything [to me] in my coaching career up to this point, and at the same time, you're talking about going to a top-10 football program and a place that, when you're selling the student-athletes, it's top of the line. To me, it's a dream job destination.

When did you get a sense that this job might come open and you could fill it?


"It really happened within the span of a couple of days. Coach had a pecking order of how he wanted to do things with Coach Moorhead leaving, Coach Rahne getting promoted, and myself coming on board. I know everyone here, was a graduate assistant here, was involved with this offensive system as the offensive coordinator at Fordham at one point, and it was pretty easy and pretty late and fast."

What is it like jumping into coaching the tight ends after coaching the offensive line at Maryland?


"it's easy because a lot of these guys were either first-year players in the program or we recruited them [when he was a graduate assistant at PSU]. We had a few practices at home, but Coach Rahne did a great job, and these guys are unbelievable to work with and coach. It's been a seamless transition."

What was your recruiting trip like as a PSU coach?


"It was great. Closed out the class; obviously this class was very strong, and that was also easy because a lot of the same kids that you're recruiting at the University of Maryland, you're also recruiting at Penn State, it's just a little harder to get them [at Maryland], so now you're on that other end of things. We were out the whole month of December, and it went really well."

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Penn State makes top recruiting target 'feel like family'; 7 numbers behind the Lions' success, and more

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:19:15 UTC


Today's Penn State football news headlines feature a quick update from top recruiting target Solomon Enis and seven numbers behind the 2017 team's success. Today's Penn State football news headlines feature a quick update from top recruiting target Solomon Enis and seven numbers behind the 2017 team's success. Enis spoke with David Berry from Rivals at the Polynesian Bowl in Hawaii and broke down what he likes about the Penn State program. He told Berry the coaching staff makes him "feel like family" and the prospect of playing in Beaver Stadium is a factor in his upcoming decision. width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""> Ben Jones from took a look back at the Lions' 2017 season and the numbers behind the team's success. The Lions capped that campaign with a strong performance in a 35-28 win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl, finishing No. 8 in the final AP and coaches polls. One surprising number for those who haven't been tracking it is Penn State's third-down conversion rate. In other Penn State football news, James Franklin fulfills his promise to dominate the state. Penn State's success in 2018 starts with the forgotten John Reid, and Leo Wisniewski reflects on his son's career. PennLive's Bob Flounders, Greg Pickel and Dustin Hockensmith also talk Penn State football on the Keystone Sports Network. Check out audio from their latest podcast below. width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=""> Those headlines and more highlight today's Penn State football news roundup: Penn State recruiting: Nittany Lions offer 5-star WR Jashawn Sheffield, visit legacy target Solomon Enis: Donohue [Land of 10] Penn State recruiting success fulfills James Franklin's promise to 'dominate the state': Donohue [Land of 10] Penn State football: Seven numbers behind the success of 2017: Jones [] 2018 NFL Draft: Replacements for the top 20 underclassmen leaving college early: Dodd [CBS Sports] A way-too-early look at 2018 college football top 25 and where Penn State (and a certain non-rival) fit in: Jones [PennLive] The best games of every week of the 2018 season: Rapaport [Sports Illustrated] Remember him? PSU's success starts with forgotten John Reid: Bodani [York Daily Record] What's next for Michal Menet as his Penn State career enters season three?: Pickel [PennLive] Penn State letterman Leo Wisniewski reflects on son's NFL career, Eagles' playoff run: McGonigal [Centre Daily Times] Penn State basketball: Overtime loss marks start of messy future: Jones [] [...]

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