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PSU’s offensive line confident it can fill holes

UNIVERSITY PARK — At 6-foot-6, 324 pounds, Penn State redshirt freshman left tackle Rasheed Walker is a mountain of a man. Walker, who is expected to start this season for the Nittany Lions after the departure of Ryan Bates and Connor McGovern to the NFL from last season’s team, has some ...

Something to talk about: Lions’ Parsons on verge of linebacker stardom

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry stuck his head in the door briefly during media day last week and shouted, “Stop talking about Micah!” It was a comical moment during one of the many discussions that day about Micah Parsons, this one centering on him ...

Barkley OK missing preseason games

By Tom Canavan The Associated Press EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Saquon Barkley has no problem watching preseason games from the sidelines, if that’s what New York Giants coach Pat Shurmur wants. While in uniform, the NFL offensive rookie of the year last season was a spectator and ...

Parking alert: PSU getting word out

We’re 20 days away from the first Penn State football game of the season, and the athletic department has created a couple of media-related challenges for itself. Specifically, the challenges relate to parking and ticketing — and Penn State needs the media to help deliver the messages ...

Former walk-on Johnson makes mark at PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jan Johnson came to Penn State as a walk-on, but he’ll end his career as a two-year starter at middle linebacker for “Linebacker U.” That’s a remarkable achievement, and no doubt Johnson has surprised many people along the way by his success. But when asked if ...

Franklin praises depth

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin heaped praise on junior defensive end Shaka Toney while singling out a handful of players who deserve more attention with Penn State entering fall camp. “On defense, Shaka Toney has got a strong voice with our team,” Franklin said Saturday. “He’s ...

Love it ‘OR’ not?: LB Parsons looking forward to being on kickoff return

UNIVERSITY PARK — Micah Parsons can’t wait to do it, and especially for a chance to carry the ball, but the question still remains of whether it’s a good idea or not. Penn State’s standout sophomore linebacker has been working out as a kickoff returner, and there seems to be a good ...

Most media see Nittany Lions going 9-3 or 8-4

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State will begin the 2019 college football season on Aug. 31 against Idaho without two offensive stars in quarterback Trace McSorley and running back Miles Sanders. McSorley broke four Penn State career passing records, including passing yards, and Sanders followed ...

Penn State No. 14 in preseason coaches poll

Penn State came in at No. 14 in the preseason coaches poll, released Thursday, and was the third-highest rated team from the Big Ten East. Clemson received 59 of the 65 first-place votes to come in at No. 1, while Alabama got the other six first-place votes and is No. 2. Georgia, Oklahoma and ...

Franklin puts ‘elite’ comments in context

CHICAGO — Penn State has made huge progress during James Franklin’s tenure, and the coach can to point to many areas when discussing the strength of the program entering his sixth season. Still, some comments he made about not being elite following last year’s gut-wrenching 27-26 loss ...

Alabama, Bucknell on PSU home slate

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team tips off its 2019-20 slate with two home games the first week of the season, with the opener on Tuesday, Nov. 5 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore. The Bryce Jordan Center will play host to eight of the Nittany Lions’ 11 nonconference games ...

Next man up: RB Slade brimming with confidence

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s now Ricky Slade’s turn to take over the high-profile role of lead tailback at Penn State, and he can’t wait. Slade is supremely confident in his abilities and promises big things. “I’m looking forward to it a lot,” Slade said with a big smile. “It’s ...

Wanting a challenge: QB Clifford takes on work with Uplifting Athletes

UNIVERSITY PARK — Leadership doesn’t come naturally for everyone. Some people shy away from it, while others seek it out at every opportunity. While he’s doing everything he can to prepare himself on and off the field to be Penn State’s new starting quarterback, Sean Clifford decided ...

Penn State men set to host Bucknell, Yale

UNIVERSITY PARK — Two home games as part of the NIT Season Tip-off event are confirmed for the nonconference portion of the Penn State men’s basketball schedule. The Nittany Lions will play host to Bucknell on Tuesday, Nov. 19 and Yale on Saturday, Nov. 23 in the Bryce Jordan ...

Book chronicles PSU wrestling

STATE COLLEGE — In his 10 years at the helm of the Penn State wrestling team, head coach Cael Sanderson has led the Nittany Lions to a run of success rarely seen in NCAA wrestling or any other collegiate sport. A new book written and published by the Penn State Wrestling Club, “Dawn of a ...

Football players cited for fight

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football players Tariq Castro-Fields and Henry Fessler were cited with disorderly conduct for their roles in a fight outside a fraternity house on Jan. 27. The incident occurred shortly before 2 a.m., and police were summoned after a large fight was reported. ...

Chaos theory: Passion big part of success for PSU’s Spencer

UNIVERSITY PARK — The guy is, admittedly, a little crazy. James Franklin says that, too, about Sean Spencer, Penn State’s highly successful defensive line coach. So, what’s crazy about him? “Other than a tattoo that says ‘CHAOS?’” Spencer answers with a laugh while showing off ...

Nittany Lions pick up three commits but lose key LB prospect

Penn State has had a busy recruiting weekend, landing three players since Friday night but losing a big one, as well. The latest news came Saturday night when four-star linebacker Derek Wingo decommitted from PSU and then committed to Florida. It was yet another big loss for the Nittany ...

Pens returning to Pegula

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State University and the Pegula Ice Arena will again host an NHL preseason game, with the Buffalo Sabres making their third trip in the past four seasons. In a rematch of the last NHL preseason game at PSU in 2017, the Pittsburgh Penguins will serve as the visiting ...

High profile recruit decommitts

From Mirror reports Penn State’s rough recruiting week got even worse Thursday when yet another high-profile prospect decommitted from the Nittany Lions. Four-star cornerback Josh Moten announced his decision to decommit, saying he made his initial decision too soon. “After talking ...