PSU

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 ...

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 ...

Franklin explains classroom incident

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin doesn’t want to see his Penn State football players sitting in the back of class, so last week while he was a guest in a sociology lecture, he forced three players to move up to the front row. The funny scene was captured on video by someone in class and ...

Sophomore steals spotlight

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Typically each spring, one player emerges as the most talked-about guy on the Penn State football team, someone his coaches and teammates frequently mention and praise. Altoona’s Kevin Givens had that distinction a year ago. This spring, it’s ...

PSU’s Reid injured

Penn State junior cornerback John Reid has suffered a knee injury and could miss the entire season this fall, according to a report Thursday by Lions247.com. Losing Reid would be a big blow to the Nittany Lions on defense and special teams. He has been a major contributor on defense his ...

McSorley excited about future

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley has spent a lot of time this winter thinking about one pass from last season — his final toss. That late-game interception set up USC’s Rose Bowl-winning field goal and set McSorley on a path to improve his in-game ...

Constant drive to get better fuels PSU’s Sanderson

UNIVERSITY PARK — Except for a couple of NCAA wrestling team championship trophies sitting on a desk in the Penn State wrestling offices earlier this week, one would never have known that the Nittany Lions were fewer than two weeks removed from winning their sixth championship in seven ...

PSU gets Texas DB

It’s shaping up that Penn State’s secondary might feel a lot like the Lone Star State in a couple of years. With rising senior legacy safety prospect Isaiah Humphries of Sachse, Texas having committed to the Nittany Lions on New Year’s Eve, Penn State added another defensive back pledge ...

Players enjoy a trip

UNIVERSITY PARK — Running back Saquon Barkley and some Penn State teammates got a chance to work out with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, the reigning NFL Rookie of the Year, during a recent trip to Florida. “It was really cool,” Barkley said when telling the story following ...

Retherford joins Nittany Lion history with award

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State Nittany Lion wrestler Zain Retherford won the WIN Magazine/Culture House Dan Hodge Trophy on Tuesday, which is presented annually to the top collegiate wrestler in the nation by ASICS. The Hodge Trophy has been awarded since ...

PSU falls step short of Frozen Four

CINCINNATI, Ohio — The historic season for the Penn State men’s ice hockey team reached its end on Sunday in the NCAA Midwest Regional championship game. The third-seeded and No. 11-ranked Nittany Lions were defeated, 6-3, by the No. 1 team in the nation, Denver University, at U.S. Bank ...

Penn State one win from Frozen Four

From Mirror reports CINCINNATI, Ohio — The Penn State men's ice hockey team scored five goals in the third period to capture a 10-3 victory over the the Union Dutchmen in the Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament Saturday at U.S. Bank Arena. Penn State improved to 25-11-2. ...

Lions’ Banks not returning

UNIVERSITY PARK — Payton Banks, a redshirt junior on the Penn State men’s basketball team, will graduate from Penn State this spring and not return to the program, coach Patrick Chambers announced. “We wish Payton the best moving forward and thank him for his four years at Penn ...