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RB Barkley happy with NFL choice

What was obvious all year became reality late Sunday night when Saquon Barkley announced he’s giving up his final year of college eligibility and entering the NFL draft. The sensational running back wasn’t ready to let the world know his decision following Penn State’s Fiesta Bowl win ...

Penn State report card

Following is Neil Rudel’s report card from Penn State’s 35-28 victory over Washington on Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium: POSITION GRADE COMMENT Quarterback A McSorley went 32-of-41 for 342 and two TDs, and boy ...

Hoenstine sees progress

Alex Hoenstine said he made progress in all aspects of his game during his redshirt freshman season for Penn State. The Central product, a preferred walk-on receiver with the Nittany Lions, made the bowl trip to Arizona for the Fiesta Bowl with the rest of the team and was able to enjoy all ...

PSU’s Barkley declares early for NFL draft

UNIVERSITY PARK -- Junior running back Saquon Barkley has decided to forgo his senior season and has declared for the NFL Draft. He was unanimously selected to the 2017 NCAA Consensus All-America team, becoming the 42nd student-athlete in program history to earn the honor. He finished his ...

Restoring the roar: McSorley shines in PSU victory

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Trace McSorley gave a little smirk when told of his incredible day throwing the football on third down. “Yeah, that’s pretty good,” he said. No, not just pretty good. “(Going) 12-for-12 is pretty damn good,” backup quarterback Tommy Stevens chimed in when ...

Lions save best of ’17 season for last

GLENDALE, Ariz. — There’s sure something about the Fiesta Bowl that agrees with the Nittany Lions. Penn State kept its perfect record in the desert intact at 7-0 by starting strong and holding off Washington, 35-28, Saturday in a well-played and entertaining showdown at University of ...

Penn State-Washington notebook

Lions’ defense pressures QB GLENDALE, Ariz. — The biggest question mark for Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl was whether its defense could get enough pressure on Washington quarterback Jake Browning. The Nittany Lions were up to that challenge. Browning had been sacked only 16 times all ...

PSU-Washington highlights, lowlights

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 35-28 victory over Washington on Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium: Play of the game: Immediately after Washington pulled within 28-21 to start the third quarter, Trace McSorley ...

2017 in review

JANUARY n The Penn State football team loses a heartbreaker in the Rose Bowl, 52-49, to USC on a last-second 46-yard field goal. n Penn State’s Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels announce they will leave early for the NFL Draft. Teammate Marcus Allen announces he will return for his senior ...

PSU needs pressure on QB

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Five things to look for as Penn State faces Washington in what should be a fun Fiesta Bowl in the desert. No. 1: Pressure QB Both of these teams do a lot of things very well, but one clear issue for Penn State is that it often struggles putting pressure on the ...

Givens, Simpson improving

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Blair County products Kevin Givens and Zach Simpson both made strong progress this season for Penn State, and their position coaches rave about their versatility and what they bring to the team. Givens is the only player to play every position on the defensive line this ...

Reid helping team despite not playing

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — If he absolutely had to, cornerback John Reid probably could play in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl. He won’t play, of course, but that’s how much progress Reid has made since suffering a knee injury in spring ball that wound up costing him the entire season. “I feel ...

AD has expectations

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Penn State men’s basketball team is 10-4 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten, but it’s coming off a very disappointing loss to Rider, and Patrick Chambers’ team sits at 109 in the RPI rankings. This is year seven for Chambers at PSU, and he has yet to make an NCAA ...

Pressure on QB vital for PSU defense

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The biggest challenge for Penn State in Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl against Washington could be getting pressure on Huskies quarterback Jake Browning and not letting him have time to pick apart the defense. In the Nittany Lions’ two losses this season, Ohio State’s J.T. ...

Hoops du Jour

PSU women at Michigan Tipoff: 6 p.m. Crisler Center, Ann Arbor, Mich. Records: Penn State (9-4), Michigan (11-2) Coaches: Coquese Washington is 190-139 in her 10th season at Penn State and overall. Kim Barnes Arico is 122-65 in her sixth season at Michigan and 392-271 overall. Radio: ...

Barkley gets tips for Huskies game plan

Saquon Barkley and the Penn State offense will face quite a challenge against Washington’s top-ranked run defense, but Barkley was able to get a bit of a scouting report from another one of the nation’s elite running backs. “I talked to (Stanford’s) Bryce Love out in Atlanta and see ...

Bowen, Charles no longer with Nittany Lions

Junior linebacker Manny Bowen and sophomore receiver Irvin Charles have had their Penn State careers come to an end because of disciplinary reasons. A spokesperson for PSU said Tuesday that both players are off the squad because of a violation of team rules. It’s unclear what the two did to ...

Running back Sanders biding his time until moment is right

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Miles Sanders came to Penn State as the No. 1 running back recruit in the nation, but he hasn’t had many opportunities to play the past two seasons behind superstar teammate Saquon Barkley. “I just had to be patient,” Sanders ...

Former PSU football player Gress dies at 26

Former Penn State offensive lineman Adam Gress has died, the school confirmed Friday. He was 26 and would have turned 27 next Friday. Gress played for Penn State from 2009 through 2012 and developed into a starting tackle for three games his final season. He was a native of West Mifflin and ...

Lions land big one in Parsons

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin looked ahead to a sandy beach, a time when he had hung up his whistle as Penn State football coach and began penning his memoirs when asked about the question central to the Nittany Lions’ 2018 recruiting class. “The book will probably be five chapters ...