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Williams finds groove

UNIVERSITY PARK - If someone were to summarize the last four years of Penn State football with one word, the most fitting would be transition.Few, if any, players on the squad have made as much of a transition during that time as senior cornerback Trevor Williams.He arrived at Penn State in ...

Despite losing plenty to graduation, PSU still team to beat

The loss of two All-Americans and two other senior mainstays would foretell a rebuilding season for almost any volleyball team.Not Penn State."Right now," Stanford coach John Dunning said, "it's Penn State against everybody else. Until a few more teams beat them, how could you not pick them No. ...

Huff hopes Lions will be ‘special’ this year

UNIVERSITY PARK - Charles Huff is a really smart guy and a really good football coach, but he learned a valuable lesson last year about how not to talk the talk unless you can walk the walk.Going into the 2014 season, Penn State's special teams coordinator made all sorts of presumptive ...

Embray set to join PSU athletic department

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State announced the appointment of Keith Embray as Assistant Athletic Director for Student-Athlete Welfare and Development on Thursday. Embray brings several varied experiences in higher education to Penn State Intercollegiate athletics.Embray will work closely with the ...

PK Julius hoping to fill in

UNIVERSITY PARK - Coaching big football players is nothing new to Penn State running backs and special teams coach Charles Huff.Working with powerhouse backs such as Zach Zwinak (233 pounds last season) has Huff accustomed to dealing with football behemoths - in the backfield.However, this ...

Secondary impresses CB coach

UNIVERSITY PARK - All four starting jobs in Penn State's secondary appear to be set, and the group is "really good," according to cornerbacks coach Terry Smith."We feel like we're light years ahead of where we were this time last year," Smith said. "The guys are much more comfortable in the ...

Future looks bright for PSU hoops

TIPTON - There's more to be excited about regarding the future of Penn State basketball than there has been in a long time.The key word in that sentence is "future."The present, as in the upcoming season this fall, might not be so great, not after losing scoring machine D.J. Newbill.So fans ...

Ex-Lion Newbill eludes touchy situation overseas

TIPTON - Former Penn State standout D.J. Newbill had to undergo a bizarre and scary situation early Monday in Germany when he was detained at an airport, reportedly on suspicion of being a terrorist.Newbill was on his way to join his new team in France and apparently did not have all the ...

Four-star Dioubate joins Penn State class

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comSince James Franklin came on board as Penn State football coach and the NCAA pulled back its sanctions on the program, the Nittany Lions have gone about trying to rebuild the roster left undermanned by two years of roster and scholarship reductions."Two ...

Year 2 in system big for PSU receivers

UNIVERSITY PARK - One of the more revealing comments James Franklin has made about the upcoming season came when he discussed the expected differences in Penn State's receivers this year."Typically, places I've been, the wide receivers are one of those positions you usually see a pretty ...

PSU’s Greene signs deal with Sun

UNIVERSITY PARK - The WNBA's Connecticut Sun announced Thursday that it has signed former Penn State Lady Lion center Nikki Greene to a seven-day contract.A 2013 Penn State graduate, Greene was the only player in program history to reach 1,000 points, 900 rebounds and 200 blocks. She ranks ...

Wartman-White set for new role

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's only 9 feet. Nyeem Wartman-White doesn't think it's that big of a deal.But those couple of steps over from outside linebacker to middle linebacker represent not only a position switch for Wartman-White, a redshirt junior, but replacing some of the leadership void from ...

PSU women’s volleyball voted Big Ten’s favorite

ROSEMONT, Ill. - The top-ranked Penn State women's volleyball has been voted the Big Ten's preseason favorite in the 2015 Big Ten Preseason Poll. The No. 1 ranking marks the 10th time in the last 11 seasons the Nittany Lions have been picked to win the league.Penn State is also well represented ...

Bowman nearing return to 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - In a trying offseason for the San Francisco 49ers that featured a number of key losses, one star player's comeback is providing a glimmer of hope.Inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman is nearing the end of the road in his recovery from surgery on his left knee.After donning ...

Former walk-ons seeking action at linebacker for Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK - Von Walker came to Penn State from Central Mountain High School given nothing and promised nothing.But, should the last two years of his career go the way his first two went, he'll leave with plenty.Brandon Smith arrived the same way from Lewisburg, but seeing the field has ...

Palmer has yet to lock down LT position

From Mirror reportsUNIVERSITY PARK - Paris Palmer is getting every opportunity to win Penn State's left tackle job, but the position does not belong to him just yet.Coach James Franklin said Wednesday that the left tackle spot is "still uncertain" and that Palmer, a junior college transfer, ...

Allen’s quick progress key for Nittany Lion defense

UNIVERSITY PARK - Marcus Allen tells the story with refreshing candor and even vulnerability, something tough football players often are hesitant to reveal.As a true freshman last season, Allen made his first start for Penn State at safety against none other than Ohio State, the eventual ...

Nittany Lions select 5 to be captains

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State football head coach James Franklin announced that Christian Hackenberg, Jordan Lucas, Angelo Mangiro, Von Walker and Anthony Zettel will serve as team captains for the 2015 season. Hackenberg is a team captain for the second consecutive year."This group of guys was ...

Soft schedule will help Lions’ record

UNIVERSITY PARK - A very favorable early season schedule has most of the media members who cover Penn State believing the team will get off to a good start and win eight or nine games this season.Here's a breakdown of the predictions:Neil Rudel, Altoona Mirror - 9-3: "I think they'll get off to ...

Givens gets chance to compete

UNIVERSITY PARK - Altoona's Kevin Givens will be a defensive end for Penn State, and the goals for the true freshman this year are pretty simple."I want him to learn the system, and I want him to master his technique," PSU defensive line coach Sean Spencer said. "That's what I want him to do, ...