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Neil Rudel’s Commentary

Can’t wait to see where Oweh lands

One of the most intriguing NFL prospects that Penn State has ever had is on the clock. We’re not talking about Micah Parsons, who is projected as a high pick as a game-changing linebacker. Also predicted to go in the first round is defensive end Jayson Oweh. If you can’t recall what ...

Roberson shows he has backup plan

UNIVERSITY PARK — Beyond the obvious overall improvement necessary to separate itself from what led to last season’s unthinkable 0-5 start, Penn State’s top priority this spring has been to find a backup quarterback. The Nittany Lions appeared to accomplish that with Ta’Quan ...

Shrewsberry aware of challenge

Power-5 conferences seeking new leadership in football or basketball generally have two choices: A head coach at a mid-major program who has had success or a rising assistant from a bigger-name school. In Micah Shrewsberry, Penn State chose the latter. Shrewsberry has spent the last 13 ...

Fallout transfers PSU hoop challenge

The Penn State men’s basketball program made national news twice last week. Micah Shrewsberry’s hiring as the latest coach was widely praised. By the next morning, almost the entire returning team was in the transfer portal. Most of the team departing in a huff, made possible by ...

PSU vote to improve Lasch produces ‘crack’

Penn State football went 1-0 last week with the Board of Trustees’ decision to approve a $48.3 million upgrade to the Lasch Football Building. But while the 27-6 vote may appear to have been a three-touchdown victory, there was notable sideline disagreement that could linger and affect the ...

PSU shouldn’t dismiss a Ferry ride

Other than an occasional Twitter comment, I don’t cover Penn State basketball anymore, but I still watch it, and I think Sandy Barbour has an interesting situation on her hands. The Nittany Lions are 7-9 overall and 4-8 in the Big Ten entering Sunday’s game with Nebraska at the Bryce ...

Locals have watched Nits’ new OC grow

Two local high school football coaches have first-hand experience with new Penn State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. R.J. Albarano roomed with him in the late 1990s while the two were on the football team at California (Pa.) University. “He played QB for us at Cal,” Albarano, a ...

History will smile on 2020 Lions

One of the oldest sayings in sports goes like this: “It’s not whether you win or lose but how you play the game.” In the case of the 2020 Penn State football team, it could be “that you played the game.” The record book will say 4-5 — the Nittany Lions’ first losing season ...

Lions can let loose vs. Illini

Some nitpicking as Penn State’s home season (for sure this time) concludes: n With three games canceled, and uncertainty over the availability of some key Ohio State players in the Big Ten title game, there’s an anti-climatic cloud over the entire conference today, and, surely, Penn ...

PSU football: In this category, the line forms behind Conlan

You can make a case for any number of unheralded recruits, even walk-ons, for today’s topic. But none would exceed the recruiting story, development and ascension to football stardom achieved by Shane Conlan. First, the background. Conlan was a lanky 190-pound linebacker who played at ...

PSU’s leadership, resiliency shining

There are many reasons for the Nittany Lions’ three-game win streak that they’re riding into Big Ten “Championship Week.” But the biggest is internal leadership. While most watching from the outside of Penn State’s program believe the players have sacrificed enough and are fine ...

Rudel’s Highs and Lows

Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 39-24 win over Michigan State on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Jahan Dotson returned a punt 81 yards for a boosted the Nittany Lions’ lead to 39-24 with 11:24 remaining. Offensive player of the game: In ...

Finish line for PSU football season, mercifully, should be near

Kickoff Saturday: Michigan State (2-4) at Penn State (2-5), Noon TV: ABC Latest line: Penn State is favored by 14.5 points With all the uncertainty that has surrounded this year, college football’s goal was really pretty simple: Just get the season in. And for the Nittany Lions, by ...

New identity imposing Nittany Lions’ will

Football teams often talk about an identity. Through their 0-5 start, the Nittany Lions didn’t have one, other than a losing identity. They certainly didn’t have a defensive identity as they were lit up for 30 points weekly. Nor could they throw the ball effectively, even though they ...

Rudel’s Highs & Lows

Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 23-7 victory over Rutgers on Saturday at SHI Stadium: Play of the game: With the Nittany Lions leading 7-0, Rutgers faced a fourth-and-1 at its own 45, and quarterback Johnny Langan was stopped for no gain by PJ Mustipher and Fred ...

Penn State’s Ciarrocca hasn’t lost confidence

Lion time Today: Penn State at Rutgers, noon Records: Penn State (1-5); Rutgers (2-4) TV: Fox Sports 1 Latest line: PSU favored by 11.5 When things aren’t going well — despite Penn State’s one-game winning streak – coaches who have enjoyed past success typically refer to their ...

Victory breathes life back into Nittany Lions

There’s a fine line between winning and losing, but there’s a wide gap on how outcomes affect certain teams. Especially teams with big dreams. Penn State’s 27-17 victory Saturday at Michigan in an empty Big House sent a much-needed infusion of positivity through the Nittany Lions, who ...

Rudel’s Highs & Lows

Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 27-17 victory over on Saturday at Michigan Stadium: Play of the game: On second-and-goal, Will Levis rushed for a 2-yard touchdown, extending the Nittany Lions’ lead to 27-17 with 8:12 remaining, answering PSU’s red-zone and ...

Time for Lions to start looking ahead

Since Penn State has never been 0-5, there’s no reference point in how the Nittany Lions handled that adversity. The closest stretch of futility was the early 2000s when the Lions managed four losing seasons in five years. Joe Paterno wanted a chance to bring the program back and kept ...