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Offseason fueled by teamwork

By Paddy Cotter For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — Senior Shep Garner, who is entering his final season with Penn State, doesn’t recall having a closer team than this year’s unit. “We like spending time together,” Garner said. “That’s the difference between this team and ...

Report: A&M thinking Franklin

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported Thursday that Penn State officials are preparing for Texas A&M to pursue James Franklin should the Aggies fire current coach Kevin Sumlin. Sumlin, whose 4-2 Aggies have finished with a record of 8-5 in each of the ...

Franklin, staff hitting recruiting trail

UNIVERSITY PARK — With just the graduate assistants and non-travel players left to practice Thursday afternoon on campus, James Franklin and his coaching staff are busy traversing the country, hitting the recruiting trail hard. After Wednesday night’s non-travel player scrimmage, Franklin ...

Youngsters benefit from bye week

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror UNIVERSITY PARK — The bye week is more than just an extra seven days for players and coaches to have free-reign, doing as they please. Instead it is a crucial period allowing for fine-tuning of units and opportunities for young players to step up and gain ...

Rest will help Lions with their next 3 games

By Thomas Schlarp For the Mirror Penn State’s bye week could not have come at a better time, according to James Franklin. Halfway through a 12-game regular season and the Nittany Lions are right where they want to be. All of the goals set at the beginning of the year are still within ...

Penn State, Michigan going under the lights

UNIVERSITY PARK —The Penn State football team will host Michigan for the annual Penn State White Out game on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. Penn State is currently ranked third in the country while the Wolverines are No. 17. In addition, the game will also be available on the ...

AP Top 25 shakeup: PSU to 3; Auburn in top 10

Penn State moved up to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll, and Washington State and Auburn jumped into the top 10 for the first time this season after six ranked teams lost this past weekend. Alabama and Clemson still hold the top spots. The top-ranked Crimson Tide received ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 31-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback B Tough to be overly critical of McSorley after 25-34-245 effort with TD and no picks. Held ...

Lions’ defense rules the day again

EVANSTON, Ill. — Penn State badly wanted to earn its third shutout in six games, but even though Northwestern scored against the backups in the final minutes, it didn’t change the fact that Saturday’s contest was dominated by the “D.” “Our defense is incredible,” PSU running ...

PSU showcasing new breed of ‘D’

EVANSTON, Ill. — Penn State’s offense took the Big Ten and the nation by storm a year ago and returned almost all of their key parts going into 2017. Through the offseason, the questions almost all were on the defensive side of the ball. Wouldn’t you know it: As the season hit its ...

PSU-Northwestern highs-lows

EVANSTON, Ill. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 31-7 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Ryan Field: Play of the game: Penn State defensive end Shaka Toney, a redshirt freshman, drilled Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson in the first quarter, ...

PSU-Northwestern notebook

Patient Barkley gets Heisman help EVANSTON, Ill. — Saquon Barkley has been the Heisman Trophy frontrunner for several weeks, and there’s not a lot of strong competition so far this season. His leading challenger’s hopes took a big hit Saturday when Baker Mayfield and No. 3 Oklahoma were ...

PSU will need to establish run

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Five things to look for as Penn State plays what figures to be a tough road game against a Northwestern team that could pose some problems on both sides of the ball. No. 1: Ready to run The Nittany Lions have to start showing a consistent running ...

Improvement has been Franklin’s trademark

If there’s one word that underscores James Franklin’s work to this point in his Penn State football tenure, it’s improvement. And that’s not by accident. At Vanderbilt and now Penn State, Franklin has built an impressive track record of taking over and patiently tinkering with a ...

Pry not surprised by success of defense

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Penn State has one of the best defenses in the nation through five weeks, and that doesn’t come as a surprise to coordinator Brent Pry. “We’ve got a veteran group and expect certain things,” Pry said Thursday. “To this point, it’s been ...

Play on field favors McSorley

I won’t say a bad word about Christian Hackenberg the man. He’s a good, intelligent, respectable person who was a terrific representative of Penn State, and I wish him nothing but the best in life. But Hackenberg is not a very good quarterback. He did some things well at Penn State but ...

Hack’s contributions immeasurable

In less than two years as a starter — just 19 games to be exact — Trace McSorley has established himself as one of the most prolific quarterbacks in Penn State history. There’s no doubt he fits James Franklin’s offense better than Christian Hackenberg, and there’s little doubt that ...

Gillikin, Fessler families have split interest in Big Ten game

UNIVERSITY PARK — A contest between Penn State and Northwestern will not be the only rivalry renewed Saturday afternoon. A pair of sibling rivalries will take the forefront for two families as both Nittany Lions punter Blake Gillikin and reserve quarterback/holder Billy Fessler challenge ...

Field-goal unit gaining concern for Lions

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com It hasn’t cost Penn State yet, but with the meat of the scheduling coming up, the surprising struggles of place-kicker Tyler Davis and the field-goal unit have become a big concern. Davis missed two more kicks Saturday against Indiana — a gimme ...

Coach says he never feels ‘just all right’

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Northwestern (2-2, 0-1 Big Ten) Kickoff: Saturday noon, Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill. (47,130) TV: ABC About the Wildcats: They’re coming off 33-24 loss at Wisconsin in Big Ten opener. … Other loss was at Duke ...