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Givens cut by San Francisco

Kevin Givens’ first attempt to make the San Francisco 49ers was dealt disappointment Saturday. Givens, a defensive tackle, was among the players cut as the NFL’s deadline for the 53-player roster arrived. The former Altoona Area High School and Penn State product was bidding to make the ...

Giger’s 5 keys: PSU shouldn’t be tested by Vandals

Five things to look for as Penn State opens the season — and the Sean Clifford era — as a 40-point favorite against FCS opponent Idaho, which is getting $1.45 million from PSU to play this game. No. 1: Clifford in spotlight Everyone is looking forward to seeing how new starting ...

Rudel: Concussions end Hoenstine’s career

For as many walk-ons who venture into the upper levels of college football with stars in their eyes, hoping to someday make a contribution on the grandest of stages, just as many see their careers end on terms other than theirs. Such is the plight of Alex Hoenstine. The former Central High ...

The rating game: PSU creates unique system for depth chart

UNIVERSITY PARK — Imagine going into your office, whatever kind of job you do, and being asked to publicly rank all of the employees there — including yourself — from No. 1 to No. 10 or whatever, based on what you see from everyone’s job performance. There would be a lot at stake in ...

Coach briefly addresses lawsuit by doctor

UNIVERSITY PARK — A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Idaho (0-0) Kickoff: Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: BTN About the Vandals: An FCS program that competes in the Big Sky Conference against the likes of Montana, Weber State and Northern ...

Spartans want to fix their offense

By Noah Trister The Associated Press EAST LANSING, Mich. — Seven months ago, Mark Dantonio shook up his offensive staff, keeping his assistants but switching their roles around. It was a move that reflected the state of the Michigan State program — not necessarily panicking, but ...

Badgers pick their starting QB

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Jack Coan has been named starter at quarterback for 19th-ranked Wisconsin, which opens the season Friday at South Florida. Sunday’s move came as no surprise, since Coan took the first-team reps in fall camp, ahead of Chase Wolf and highly touted ...

Electric youth: Youngsters are everywhere for Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s starting quarterback is a sophomore (Sean Clifford). So is the projected starting running back (Ricky Slade). And top two returning wide receivers (KJ Hamler and Jahan Dotson). Plus the outstanding tight end (Pat Freiermuth). The All-America caliber ...

Nittany Nation OT show starts tonight on WTAJ

Nittany Nation Overtime, featuring the NitWits, will make its 2019 debut tonight on WTAJ at 11:35 p.m. The regular panel includes the Mirror’s Neil Rudel, Mark Brennan of Lions 2-4-7/FightonState.com, WTAJ host Peter Terpstra and a former Nittany Lion player each week. Joe Nastasi is ...

Giger: Year two big for Rahne, who needs to show more this season

Now that Penn State finally has named Sean Clifford the starting quarterback — a no-brainer for months, really, since Tommy Stevens transferred — the big question entering the season is if coordinator Ricky Rahne can get the most out of the new QB and overall offense. Make no mistake, ...

Clifford gets nod

Sean Clifford is QB1 for Penn State, according to a video released by the program on social media Friday afternoon. Clifford and Will Levis had been competing for the starting job in fall camp, but Clifford was widely considered to be the frontrunner for the position after serving as Trace ...

Stevens will start at QB for Miss. St.

The Associated Press STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Penn State graduate transfer Tommy Stevens has won the starting quarterback job at Mississippi State. Stevens beat out junior Keytaon Thompson and will start Aug. 31 in New Orleans when the Bulldogs’ meet Louisiana-Lafayette in their season ...

Franklin has not picked QB

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin still isn’t ready to name Penn State’s starting quarterback with the season opener just 10 days away. “We haven’t even talked about it, honestly,” Franklin said Tuesday night, in a video posted at gopsusports.com. “Swear to God, we haven’t even ...

Givens catches eye of NFL analysts

Kevin Givens had an impressive game Monday night for the San Francisco 49ers and drew rave reviews from some analysts Tuesday on social media. Givens, an undrafted free agent from Penn State and Altoona Area High School, started at defensive tackle and played 37 snaps in the 49ers’ 24-15 ...

The senior circuit: Reid hoping to provide leadership for Lions

AP top 25 The Associated Press poll released on Monday has Penn State starting the season ranked 15th. There are seven Big Ten teams in the top 25 this year. By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK – Expect cornerback John Reid to be one of Penn State’s defensive ...

Lady Lions preseason No. 1 again

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s soccer program has been selected as the preseason choice to win the 2019 Big Ten Conference announced by the league on Monday. As voted on by the conference coaches, Penn State has been selected preseason favorite to win the conference each year ...

Iowa has shot at 10 victories

Mark it down The Penn State football team will play at Iowa on Saturday, Oct. 12, at a time to be determined at a later date. The Associated Press IOWA CITY, Iowa — Even after losing a program-high four early entrants to the NFL, Iowa likely has enough talent to win the Big Ten ...

Lions are more than just ‘LB U’

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State has been nicknamed Linebacker U for many years, but the program has churned out some great running backs. Saquon Barkley turned in dazzling performances before he left early for the NFL two years ago, and continued his dazzling play as a rookie with the New York ...

Can Golden Gophers take next step?

Write it down The Penn State football team will play at Minnesota on Saturday, Nov. 9. The time will be determined at a later date. The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS — The long-languishing football program at Minnesota has experienced plenty of potential breakthroughs over the last ...