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Link to PSU’s past finds home with App

Gasparato coaching Mountaineer safeties There’s a familiar name on the Appalachian State coaching staff who will be marking a homecoming of sorts today when Penn State launches its 2018 season at Beaver Stadium. Greg Gasparato is in his first year as the Mountaineers’ safeties coach. ...

PSU fully aware of App State challenges

When No. 10 Penn State and Appalachian State take the field in front of nearly 107,000 fans at Beaver Stadium today, it will have been exactly 11 years since the visitors pulled off one of the greatest upsets in NCAA football history. On Sept. 1, 2007, the Mountaineers traveled to Michigan ...

Hollidaysburg grad starts season as No. 2 kicker

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Vlad Hilling didn’t win the place-kicking job during his first preseason camp at Penn State, but the true freshman from Hollidaysburg Area High School made the competition interesting. He also made quite an impression on coach James Franklin and ...

Givens hoping to be next star PSU DT

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State has had a number of outstanding defensive tackles in recent years, and Kevin Givens has a chance to be the next star at the position this season. The Altoona Area High School product isn’t just excited about that possibility, he’s driven by a strong desire ...

Lions will play lots of youngsters

A capsule look at James Franklin’s weekly news conference. Opponent: Appalachian State (0-0) Kickoff: Saturday 3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: BTN About the Mountaineers: What most people know about App State is it pulled off one of the biggest upsets in college football history in ...

Bowen no longer part of Lions’ team

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Manny Bowen’s tumultuous career at Penn State appears to finally be over, ending hopes that the twice-suspended player might have been in line to fill the major void at middle linebacker this season. “Manny Bowen is no longer on the Penn State ...

Men’s schedule released

From Mirror reports The Big Ten Conference unveiled its 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule Tuesday, rolling out the league’s new 20-game format. Penn State’s 15-game regular-season home schedule includes 10 Big Ten opponents at the Bryce Jordan Center along with five nonconference ...

Nittany Lions 10th in preseason AP poll

Penn State came in at No. 10 in The Associated Preseason football poll released Monday. The Nittany Lions just missed being No. 9, getting 1,012 votes, just one shy of Auburn’s 1,013. Penn State was voted ninth in the preseason coaches poll released two weeks ago. Alabama will begin its ...

Speedy Polk hoping ‘it’s my time’ this year

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — It seems like a lifetime ago, the 2015 season opener, when Brandon Polk burst onto the Penn State scene. What most will remember about his first game, a 27-10 loss at Temple, is that Christian Hackenberg, seemingly wearing cement ...

The safety dance: Wade ready to play wherever needed

Lamont Wade gave the best possible answer when asked what position he prefers to play. “Football,” he said. “I like to play football. That’s it.” Wade came to Penn State as an elite cornerback recruit from Clairton, and he spent his true freshman season playing that position a ...

Stevens has foot injury

Two weeks from the season opener, Penn State backup quarterback and starting “lion” Tommy Stevens showed up to team photo day Saturday wearing a walking boot on his right foot and carrying crutches. Exactly what that means for Stevens’ availability at the outset of the season remains to ...

Injuries force two to retire

Ryan Buchholz did his best for as long as he could to play through extensive pain from back injuries, but the Penn State defensive end announced Wednesday that he has decided to retire from football. Buchholz, a redshirt junior who would have been a starter this season, was one of two Nittany ...

PSU-Pitt football game sold out

PITTSBURGH — The highly anticipated Sept. 8 clash between the Pitt Panthers and Penn State Nittany Lions at Heinz Field is sold out, University of Pittsburgh Director of Athletics Heather Lyke announced. The game will not only be viewed by a sellout crowd at Heinz, but also a national ...

Legendary RBs excited about Lions’ backfield

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Two of the greatest running backs in Penn State history, Ki-Jana Carter and Blair Thomas, raved about Saquon Barkley, of course, and said they are excited to see Miles Sanders carry on the school’s terrific tailback ...

Lady Lions predicted to garner Big Ten title

The Penn State women’s soccer team was selected to win the 2018 Big Ten regular season title, according to the Big Ten women’s soccer preseason coaches’ poll, announced Monday. The Nittany Lions have sat atop the Big Ten preseason coaches’ poll every season since the poll began in ...

Former Penn State quarterback signs with Philly

The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed quarterback Christian Hackenberg and waived rookie offensive lineman Ian Park. Hackenberg was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the New York Jets in 2016 but didn’t play in a game. He was traded to ...

Thompkins wants to be better this year

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Juwan Johnson is getting most of the attention, and rightfully so, among the Penn State receivers this preseason, but another wideout will need to have a big year for the offense to be as explosive as projected. Senior DeAndre Thompkins says he’s ...

Giger: Fair or not, criticism a way of life for offensive linemen

Blame the offensive line! Nobody really knows what those guys do anyway, so it’s got to be their fault when something goes wrong! Isn’t that sort of how things go in football? No matter which team you root for at any level, from Penn State to the Steelers or anyone else, chances are ...

QB Zembiec has career cut short

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Penn State quarterback Jake Zembiec announced Tuesday that his football career is over due to an unspecified injury. Zembiec was a three-star recruit out of Rochester, N.Y., who redshirted in 2016 and didn’t see any action last year. He posted the ...

PSU recruit: OT Anthony Whigan

Anthony Whigan Position: Offensive tackle Recruiting class (size): 2019 (16 players) Hometown/School: Great Mills, Md./Lackawanna College in Scranton Height/Weight: 6-5/290 Stars: 4 (247); 3 (Rivals) Other top offers: Oklahoma, Nebraska, TCU, West Virginia, Pitt, Louisville, South ...