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Palmer has yet to lock down LT position

From Mirror reportsUNIVERSITY PARK - Paris Palmer is getting every opportunity to win Penn State's left tackle job, but the position does not belong to him just yet.Coach James Franklin said Wednesday that the left tackle spot is "still uncertain" and that Palmer, a junior college transfer, ...

Allen’s quick progress key for Nittany Lion defense

UNIVERSITY PARK - Marcus Allen tells the story with refreshing candor and even vulnerability, something tough football players often are hesitant to reveal.As a true freshman last season, Allen made his first start for Penn State at safety against none other than Ohio State, the eventual ...

Nittany Lions select 5 to be captains

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State football head coach James Franklin announced that Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro, Von Walker and Anthony Zettel will serve as team captains for the 2015 season. Hackenberg is a team captain for the second consecutive year."This group of guys was ...

Soft schedule will help Lions’ record

UNIVERSITY PARK - A very favorable early season schedule has most of the media members who cover Penn State believing the team will get off to a good start and win eight or nine games this season.Here's a breakdown of the predictions:Neil Rudel, Altoona Mirror - 9-3: "I think they'll get off to ...

Givens gets chance to compete

UNIVERSITY PARK - Altoona's Kevin Givens will be a defensive end for Penn State, and the goals for the true freshman this year are pretty simple."I want him to learn the system, and I want him to master his technique," PSU defensive line coach Sean Spencer said. "That's what I want him to do, ...

First camp tough on freshmen

UNIVERSITY PARK - The first few days of training camp can humble a new college player in a hurry, which is what Penn State's true freshmen are experiencing now."When you're a freshman and first get here, you're still thinking football is going to be like high school. It's not," redshirt ...

Lions say they have chip on their shoulder

UNIVERSITY PARK - The phrase of the day was repeated dozens of times by Penn State's players and coaches on media day.They have a chip on their shoulder. Pretty much all of them.Coach James Franklin said it first, addressing what motivates the team at the start of training camp."I think at lot ...

Hackenberg focused on ’15

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comUNIVERSITY PARK - Christian Hackenberg handled the matter right up front, with no hesitation and leaving no doubt.He is not going to talk about the NFL.The savvy young man knows, of course, that many, many people do want to talk about his pro future, and if ...

Fifth-year seniors have seen it all

UNIVERSITY PARK - Kyle Carter smiled when reminded during Penn State's annual football media day that he's one of just six remaining fifth-year seniors in the program."In some ways," he said, "I feel like a dad out here."Though just 22 years old, Carter is wise beyond his years.He's seen some ...

Shoop vital part of Lions’ hopes

As preseason camp gets under way today, it will be impossible to read or hear about Penn State's hopes this year without quarterback Christian Hackenberg's name coming up.But there is another name that could wind up being almost as important.Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop did a masterful job ...

PSU preseason primer

Five areas that will be heavily focused on during Penn State's preseason camp:1. QB Christian Hackenberg: All eyes will be on the junior, which is nothing new for him. However, now that he has the label of potential No. 1 overall NFL draft pick for next year, Hackenberg will face a level of ...

Zettel stands out in every way

To say Anthony Zettel is an interesting dude would be a major understatement.That's Zettel's word, too - "dude." Ask him about other guys, and he'll frequently respond by saying, "He's a good dude."So, what makes Zettel such a good dude, and perhaps the most interesting personality on the Penn ...

Top recruit picks PSU

PHILADELPHIA - Roman Catholic point guard Tony Carr, a four-star recruit, made a verbal committment to Penn State at the school's library on Monday, according to multiple reports.The 6-foot-4 inch Carr is the second Roman Catholic player to commit to head coach Pat Chambers and the Nittany ...

Penn State names new assistant AD

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State announced Monday the appointment of Dr. Michael Cross as assistant athletic director, new business development.Cross brings nearly 25 years of coaching and athletic administrative experience to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics.In his role at Penn State, Cross ...

Move to safety Lucas’ idea

CHICAGO - A little voice inside his head had some advice for Jordan Lucas during the spring."It was just something that told me, 'Jordan, I think you should play safety this year,'" the Penn State senior said.He played the position in high school and loves that it comes with much more ...

Franklin on right path to succeed

CHICAGO - Make a checklist of everything you'd want in a college football coach for the modern era, and consider how Penn State's James Franklin stacks up.Elite recruiter? That's easy. It's Franklin's specialty. Check.Leadership? Another easy one. Check.Charisma? Way too easy. Politicians wish ...

Penn State athletic director juggles scheduling objectives

CHICAGO - Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour discussed numerous subjects concerning the business of the school's athletic department Friday during Big Ten media days. Here are the highlights of her Q&A:Q: How closely do you work with James Franklin on scheduling?A: "We work very ...

Average will be good for line

CHICAGO - Penn State's offensive line should be absolutely, positively at least slightly above average this season.That should come as wonderful news to Nittany Lion fans.Coach James Franklin asked a favor of the press Friday during Big Ten media days. He asked us to keep criticizing his ...

Barbour sees no necessity in rivalry series

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comCHICAGO - Penn State doesn't have a true rival in football anymore, and it doesn't need one, either, according to the Nittany Lion contingent at Big Ten media days.The ever-popular PSU-Pitt rivalry discussion was a big topic during a 20-minute Q&A ...

Terps hope for rivalry with Lions

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comCHICAGO - From the moment Maryland's captains dissed Penn State players by refusing to shake hands before last year's coin toss, talk of a rivalry between the two teams heated up.Then the Terps went and did something they've rarely ever done - beat the ...