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Nittany Lions 10th in preseason AP poll

Penn State came in at No. 10 in The Associated Preseason football poll released Monday. The Nittany Lions just missed being No. 9, getting 1,012 votes, just one shy of Auburn’s 1,013. Penn State was voted ninth in the preseason coaches poll released two weeks ago. Alabama will begin its ...

Speedy Polk hoping ‘it’s my time’ this year

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — It seems like a lifetime ago, the 2015 season opener, when Brandon Polk burst onto the Penn State scene. What most will remember about his first game, a 27-10 loss at Temple, is that Christian Hackenberg, seemingly wearing cement ...

The safety dance: Wade ready to play wherever needed

Lamont Wade gave the best possible answer when asked what position he prefers to play. “Football,” he said. “I like to play football. That’s it.” Wade came to Penn State as an elite cornerback recruit from Clairton, and he spent his true freshman season playing that position a ...

Stevens has foot injury

Two weeks from the season opener, Penn State backup quarterback and starting “lion” Tommy Stevens showed up to team photo day Saturday wearing a walking boot on his right foot and carrying crutches. Exactly what that means for Stevens’ availability at the outset of the season remains to ...

Injuries force two to retire

Ryan Buchholz did his best for as long as he could to play through extensive pain from back injuries, but the Penn State defensive end announced Wednesday that he has decided to retire from football. Buchholz, a redshirt junior who would have been a starter this season, was one of two Nittany ...

PSU CB glad to be back on playing field

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State cornerback John Reid was named to ESPN.com’s Big Ten All Freshmen team in 2015 after becoming one of only four true freshmen to start for the Nittany Lions. Reid followed that up as a sophomore by making 36 tackles, including five for loss, and breaking up ...

PSU-Pitt football game sold out

PITTSBURGH — The highly anticipated Sept. 8 clash between the Pitt Panthers and Penn State Nittany Lions at Heinz Field is sold out, University of Pittsburgh Director of Athletics Heather Lyke announced. The game will not only be viewed by a sellout crowd at Heinz, but also a national ...

Legendary RBs excited about Lions’ backfield

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Two of the greatest running backs in Penn State history, Ki-Jana Carter and Blair Thomas, raved about Saquon Barkley, of course, and said they are excited to see Miles Sanders carry on the school’s terrific tailback ...

Lady Lions predicted to garner Big Ten title

The Penn State women’s soccer team was selected to win the 2018 Big Ten regular season title, according to the Big Ten women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll, announced Monday. The Nittany Lions have sat atop the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll every season since the poll began in ...

Former Penn State quarterback signs with Philly

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Christian Hackenberg and waived rookie offensive lineman Ian Park. Hackenberg was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets in 2016 but didn’t play in a game. He was traded to ...

Thompkins wants to be better this year

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Juwan Johnson is getting most of the attention, and rightfully so, among the Penn State receivers this preseason, but another wideout will need to have a big year for the offense to be as explosive as projected. Senior DeAndre Thompkins says he’s ...

Giger: Fair or not, criticism a way of life for offensive linemen

Blame the offensive line! Nobody really knows what those guys do anyway, so it’s got to be their fault when something goes wrong! Isn’t that sort of how things go in football? No matter which team you root for at any level, from Penn State to the Steelers or anyone else, chances are ...

PSU women’s soccer stands at No. 4

KANSAS CITY — The Penn State women’s soccer team opens the 2018 season ranked No. 4 in the nation, according to the United Soccer Coaches preseason poll. The Nittany Lions are slated to play five ranked teams during the 2018 campaign at home. The Stanford Cardinal, the defending NCAA ...

QB Zembiec has career cut short

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Penn State quarterback Jake Zembiec announced Tuesday that his football career is over due to an unspecified injury. Zembiec was a three-star recruit out of Rochester, N.Y., who redshirted in 2016 and didn’t see any action last year. He posted the ...

PSU recruit: OT Anthony Whigan

Anthony Whigan Position: Offensive tackle Recruiting class (size): 2019 (16 players) Hometown/School: Great Mills, Md./Lackawanna College in Scranton Height/Weight: 6-5/290 Stars: 4 (247); 3 (Rivals) Other top offers: Oklahoma, Nebraska, TCU, West Virginia, Pitt, Louisville, South ...

Penn State’s Davis win MET championship

PARAMUS, N.J. — Rising Nittany Lion junior Ryan Davis claimed the 116th annual MET Amateur championship 2&1 at Arcola Country Club Sunday. Davis never relinquished the lead in the 36-hole final, moving to 1-up on the fifth hole and going 3-up with seven birdies in morning’s 18. “It ...

Sanders ready for spotlight

UNIVERSITY PARK— Miles Sanders has waited his turn. He’s been patient. Worked hard behind the scenes. Learned what he could. Said all the right things. He was the nation’s top running back recruit coming out of high school, but it just so happened that Saquon Barkley, the best running ...

With clouds in Columbus, PSU in ‘good place’

UNIVERSITY PARK — Throughout his five-year tenure, James Franklin has regularly used examples of bad behavior to help educate his football team. That includes what’s currently going on in Columbus. In case you’ve been in a cave, Ohio State — the Big Ten’s flagship program – has ...

Franklin’s bruises steal show

UNIVERSITY PARK — Linebacker Manny Bowen is back on the Penn State team, which was the biggest football news of media day, but coach James Franklin actually stole the show by doing something rather, um, cheeky. Franklin made national news when he showed off some bruises he got during the ...

PSU 2018 season predictions

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State will be without running back and kick returner Saquon Barkley, who was selected by the New York Giants with the second pick in the first round of the NFL Draft. Coach James Franklin will have to fill the entire secondary after the departure of Marcus Allen, Troy ...