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Hack takes step back, and he’s getting no help

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Christian Hackenberg didn't come out to meet the media following the Nittany Lions' loss to Michigan on Saturday night, and it's tough to blame him.He's suffered enough.Penn State's decorated sophomore quarterback is bruised and beaten - "frustrated," James Franklin admitted ...

PSU-Michigan highlights-lowlights

By Neil Rudelnrudel@altoonamirror.comANN ARBOR, Mich. - Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State's 18-13 loss to Michigan on Saturday night at Michigan Stadium:Play of the game: Late in the third quarter with the Lions up 13-10 and facing third-and-4 from their own 28, ...

PSU offense fizzles in 18-13 loss to Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Penn State led by three at the half but went scoreless in the second half as Michigan rallied for an 18-13 win Saturday night at Michigan Stadium.Christian Hackenberg threw a key interception that helped Michigan tie the game with a field goal, and the Wolverines took the ...

Hand admits O-line not meeting expectations

There's no sugarcoating the struggles of Penn State's offensive line, and position coach Herb Hand didn't bother trying to do that as he made it clear the unit has not played up to expectations this season."I don't get paid to pat them on the back for things they've done right," Hand said ...

Execution key for Nittany Lion offense

Penn State's offensive problems, according to Christian Hackenberg, can be summed up in one word.It's a word the quarterback used over and over again Wednesday when discussing this week's game at Michigan."It all comes down to execution," Hackenberg said.Mentioning the word more than a ...

Accused rapist testifies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - One of four former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a student in a campus dormitory last year testified Wednesday that athletics officials told him he would lose his scholarship if he didn't cooperate with police investigating the case, so he felt he ...

Lions recharge batteries in week off

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State has enjoyed its time off with the bye week, but coach James Franklin is ready to get back on the field.The first-year coach said there was a lot of productivity made with the extra time off as players were able to refocus academically, spend time with their families ...

Coachspeak: James Franklin

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conference:Opponent: MichiganKickoff: Saturday 7 p.m., Michigan StadiumTV: ESPN2About the Wolverines: They're having one of the worst seasons in program history at 2-4 and 0-2 in the Big Ten; lost three games before October for first time ever; ...

QB recruit decommits from PSU

Penn State's 2015 recruiting class got off to a great start, but it's been taking some hits lately.The biggest so far came on Tuesday when New Jersey four-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush switched his college choice to Notre Dame after taking an official visit to South Bend for the Fighting ...

Franklin testifies in ex-players’ rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former Vanderbilt University football coach James Franklin has testified in a hearing that he did not see a video of an alleged rape involving four of his players.The testimony came during a hearing over various motions in the case against two of the former players, Brandon ...

QB, WR use time wisely to improve

UNIVERSITY PARK - At the end of the second quarter against Northwestern, Christian Hackenberg was desperate to do anything to spark his offense. Penn State had only one first down and had yet to spot the ball on the Wildcats' end of the field.In a drive that began at 8:10 in the second quarter, ...

Penn State loses elite QB recruit

Penn State's 2015 recruiting class got off to a great start, but it's been taking some hits lately.The biggest so far came on Tuesday when New Jersey four-star quarterback Brandon Wimbush switched his college choice to Notre Dame after taking an official visit to South Bend for the Fighting ...

Rudel: Penn State should fall back on fullback

That Penn State arrived at its first of two open dates with a 4-1 record is not surprising.In some ways, given the Nittany Lions' lack of depth due to the NCAA sanctions, and in particular their skeleton offensive line, it's admirable.But we're a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately society, and ...

Top CB recruit picks Pitt over Penn State

Central Valley blue-chip cornerback Jordan Whitehead isn't going to Penn State. But he is going to play his college football in Pennsylvania.In a move that surprised many, Whitehead, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound four-star prospect, made a verbal commitment to Pitt at a press conference at his high ...

Defensive line excels under ‘Coach Chaos’

Defensive line rarely has been a big concern at Penn State, and that continues to be the case this season even after the departure of longtime position coach Larry Johnson.Sean Spencer, nicknamed "Coach Chaos," now is in charge of the D-line after coming to PSU along with James Franklin from ...

Franklin enlisting Sanderson for help

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin's positive and encouraging messages have echoed throughout Penn State since his arrival back in January.In order to keep positive ideas fresh in his players' minds, Franklin said he likes to bring in special speakers to offer a different perspective. Before ...

Bye week a blessing for Franklin

Every football team has players who are banged up after five games, so getting them rest during a bye week is always important.It's especially important at Penn State, where coach James Franklin acknowledged the scholarship issues and depth problems from the sanctions have begun to take a toll ...

Hull, Lions ready to work

UNIVERSITY PARK - Mike Hull walked in with the rest of his Penn State teammates on Sunday, ready to hit the reset button.At this stage in the fifth-year senior's career, an embarrassing 29-6 loss to Northwestern does not phase him much. All of the changes the program has seen in the past four ...

Ex-Curve staffers ascend to prominent posts with Penn State, Pirates

Minor league baseball is about more than just preparing players for the major leagues. In many cases, it's about preparing the people who work in it to go on to highly successful careers across the sports landscape.The Altoona Curve have sent 117 players to the major leagues in their 16-year ...

Wolverines coach in defensive mode

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan coach Brady Hoke said Monday he has never kept a player with a suspected concussion in a game, trying to address questions over his handling of quarterback Shane Morris last weekend as the Wolverines continue to struggle.With Michigan down 30-7 to Minnesota early in ...