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Former Lion Breneman on NFL radar

AMHERST, Mass. — After what turned out to be a brief but much-needed sabbatical from football, Adam Breneman has his life in order. He is on track to earn an MBA at the University of Massachusetts, playing on the same team as his best friend and heading into his last college season as one ...

Potentially-lengthy tenure for Franklin just getting started

While we wait for the inevitable contract extension for James Franklin following a terrific 2016 season, one thing that’s interesting to start thinking about is how long he will remain Penn State’s coach. Ten more years? Fifteen? Longer? It may seem a bit presumptuous to throw out such ...

Pitt doesn’t fit into Barbour’s plan

Penn State will not be playing Pitt every year once the current series ends in 2019, athletic director Sandy Barbour said. The Nittany Lions and Panthers will not play from 2020 through at least 2025 because PSU’s non-conference schedule already includes one Power 5 opponent for each of ...

Franklin extension discussed

A potential contract extension for coach James Franklin was the hot topic on the first day of the Penn State coaches caravan Monday. “Stay tuned. It’s moving along,” PSU athletic director Sandy Barbour said. “There’s no pressure or hurry from either Penn State or from Coach ...

Penn State adds Illinois lineman to 2018 class

The run on offensive linemen apparently has begun. After securing commitments from a pair of players along the front line hours before kickoff of the Blue-White Game a couple of weeks ago, Penn State added another on Saturday afternoon when Illinois’ tackle Bryce Effner decided to enter the ...

Julius entering facility

From Mirror reports Penn State kicker Joey Julius announced Friday that he has entered a treatment facility once again for an eating disorder, which is the reason why he was not with the football team for the Blue-White Game two weeks ago. Julius became a national sensation last season ...

PSU caravan nears sellout

UNIVERSITY PARK — A limited number of seats remain available for the Penn State Coaches Caravan stop in Altoona on Thursday, May 11. Nittany Lion football coach James Franklin and athletic director Sandy Barbour headline PSU’s contingent scheduled at the Discovery Center. Lunch begins ...

Godwin picked by Bucs

It took until late in the third round, but Penn State receiver Chris Godwin was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 84 overall pick in Friday’s NFL draft. Godwin was thought by some to be a second-round pick, but instead he saw nine receivers picked ahead of him. He left Penn ...

Lions’ Godwin most likely to go tonight

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com The way his stock has risen in recent months, Chris Godwin almost certainly will hear his name called in the NFL draft tonight during either the second or third round. It’s no secret to Penn State fans what Godwin can do as a receiver — namely ...

Lions lose star recruit

Coming off the high of one of the biggest recruiting weekends in several years, Penn State football was hit by a gut-punch on Sunday night when Harrisburg defensive end Micah Parsons — the Nittany Lions’ top-ranked pledge in the nation’s second-rated class — announced that he was ...

Franklin gets an eyeful of Nittany Lions’ depth

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — When injuries decimated the Penn State football team’s linebacking corps early last season, Cam Brown got thrown into the fire. Literally, in a sense, as his redshirt had to be burned. “Developmentally, (I was) not ready,” ...

Coach looking ahead, not back at 2016

Commentary UNIVERSITY PARK — It would stand to reason that the biggest intangible challenge facing the 2017 Nittany Lions will be to manage expectations they haven’t faced since, oh, say the mid-1990s. James Franklin, however, doesn’t see it that way. After Saturday’s Blue-White ...

Stevens makes an impression

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State has a potential Heisman Trophy candidate at quarterback, and yet he was not the most impressive quarterback during Saturday’s Blue-White Game. Granted, it was just a scrimmage, and he played mostly against reserves, but ...

Blue-White highlights, lows

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from the Blue’s 26-0 victory over the White on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Brandon Polk tipped the ball to himself, snared it as he stepped past the defensive back and ...

Sidelines are filled with PSU’s future

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — If building depth was the theme for the Penn State football team during spring practice, it certainly appears to have crossed over the recruiting side, too. The Nittany Lions’ lost a highly-regarded offensive tackle prospect on ...

Potential there for OL this season

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Center Connor McGovern made a bold prediction about the offensive line that should come as great news to Penn State fans. “We’re going to be one of the strong points this year on the team,” McGovern said. “We’re going to be a lot more ...

Coach looking ahead, not back at 2016

Commentary UNIVERSITY PARK — It would stand to reason that the biggest intangible challenge facing the 2017 Nittany Lions will be to manage expectations they haven’t faced since, oh, say the mid-1990s. James Franklin, however, doesn’t see it that way. After Saturday’s Blue-White ...

NE PA tackle changes mind

pcmor@altoonamirror.com One the eve of its annual Blue-White Game, the Penn State football has lost one of its 2018 verbal commitments. “After many months of discussions with my family I came to the decision it is in my best interest to Re-Open my recruitment and Decommit from Penn ...

Campbell getting his chance

UNIVERSITY PARK — Cornerback John Reid’s knee injury opens up a big spot for Penn State, and senior Christian Campbell appears to have done everything he needs to do so far in order to take over the position. “Christian Campbell is another guy that we’re very, very pleased with,” ...

Reid’s void anything but secondary

Some random thoughts while welcoming spring: n The loss of Penn State cornerback John Reid to a knee injury that could possibly sideline him for the entire season cannot be underestimated given that Reid was the Nittany Lions’ best pass defender last season and by far their top punt ...