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Lions defense trying to break bowl trend

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - Points have been piling up at a huge pace this bowl season, surprisingly in many cases, which makes the Penn State-Georgia matchup an interesting one from an over/under standpoint."Something you see in bowl games a lot, teams take a few weeks off and you see a lot of ...

Johnson still weighing draft option

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - Austin Johnson says he's coming back to Penn State. For now. But he's not sure yet. Hasn't made up his mind.So, in other words, nobody knows what the standout junior defensive tackle is going to do - either turn pro early or return for his senior year.The first question ...

Penn State players spirited in practice

FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - There was a bunch of smack talk and whooping and hollering during Penn State's TaxSlayer Bowl practice Tuesday, which is exactly how the players like it."We've been doing that since the first bowl practice," safety Marcus Allen said of the chippyness. "Me and Hack ...

Penn State bounces back

PITTSBURGH - The No. 15 Nittany Lion men's hockey team bounced back on Tuesday night in a 5-1 victory over Clarkson at CONSOL Energy Center in the Three Rivers Classic.Five Nittany Lions tallied goals and Matthew Skoff had a spectacular game (36 saves) in his home city to remain unbeaten in ...

Giger: Johnson, Barkley among PSU’s best pro prospects

Watching the big fella rumble 71 yards down the sideline for a game-clinching TD against San Diego State gave us a 10-second glimpse of why 325-pound defensive tackle Austin Johnson is a big-time NFL prospect.Watching the little guy leap over a defender for the first time against Buffalo showed ...

Receiving gift: Godwin does it all for Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK - It's not entirely accurate to say Chris Godwin is an underrated player, because he does get a fair share of attention and praise from media and fans.But when you stop and think about Godwin and the progress he's made this season, it is worth appreciating just how good he ...

Something to build on: Young, inconsistent LBs have room to grow

UNIVERSITY PARK - By traditional Penn State standards, the linebackers have not had a strong season.Next year could be a much different story."We had a lot of youth playing, we had guys switching up positions and we had a lot of stuff going on," sophomore Jason Cabinda said.The linebacker ...

Hoops du Jour

Penn State men vs. ColoradoTipoff: 10:30 p.m., Orleans Arena, Las VegasRecords: Penn State (8-3); Colorado (10-1)Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 64-78 in his fifth season at Penn State and 106-106 in seven seasons overall. Tad Boyle is 118-69 in his sixth season at Colorado and 174-135 in 10 ...

Giger: TaxSlayer Bowl pits two distracted teams

When the major story lines for not one but both teams have very little to do with the actual game, it's easy to wonder how much we're supposed to care about Penn State's bowl matchup against Georgia.PSU quarterback Christian Hackenberg is probably playing his last college game.New offensive ...

Pry staying at Penn State

Brent Pry and his many titles are staying put at Penn State after being a finalist for the head coaching job at Georgia Southern.Pry, an Altoona native, is the Nittany Lions' assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He's vital in all three roles, meaning he would ...

Penn State dominates

LAWRENCEVILLE, N.J. - The Penn State wrestling team dominated Rider in the team's final dual meet of the first semester Saturday, winning nine of 10 bouts en route to a 38-4 victory.The Nittany Lions, ranked first in the country, are 6-0. Rider fell to 3-4.The dual began at 125 where senior ...

Future is now for some Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK - A number of players not named Christian Hackenberg face decisions about whether or not they will return to Penn State next season.Junior defensive tackle Austin Johnson is considered to be a potential first-round NFL draft pick, and most people feel the upcoming TaxSlayer Bowl ...

McShay: Hack ‘not ready’ for NFL

ESPN analyst Todd McShay once projected Christian Hackenberg to be the No. 1 overall pick in next year's NFL draft, but McShay now has big concerns about the Penn State quarterback."He's just not ready," McShay said on a conference call Thursday.The main reason? Accuracy."Accuracy, to me, is ...

Penn State’s Rose signs 5-year contract extension

UNIVERSITY PARK - Women's volleyball head coach Russ Rose has signed a five-year contract extension, Sandy Barbour, Penn State Director of Athletics, announced on Thursday.Rose directed the Nittany Lions to a record-setting seventh NCAA Championship in 2014, Rose has led Penn State to six ...

Should Hack come back?

UNIVERSITY PARK - Many people seem to think it's a foregone conclusion that Christian Hackenberg will turn pro early, but ESPN analyst Brock Huard was very critical of the quarterback Wednesday and said he should return to Penn State for his senior year."Hackenberg's going to have to make a ...

Pry finalist for Ga. Southern job

UNIVERSITY PARK - Brent Pry had a chance to be Georgia Southern's head coach two years ago and turned it down, but he's once again a candidate for the position.Penn State's linebackers coach, an Altoona native with deep family roots locally, reportedly is one of three finalists for the job. Pry ...

Whitehead, Barkley honored

From Mirror, wire reportsPitt safety Jordan Whitehead added another prestigious postseason honor today when he was named to the Sporting News Freshman All-America Team.Penn State running back?Saquon Barkley also was selected for the team after rushing for more than 1,000 yards.Ferentz wins ...

Penn State welcomes Moorhead

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin wasn't his typical "awesome" self on Wednesday.Oh, Franklin still thanked everyone for coming, but he was a bit more subdued than usual while introducing Joe Moorhead, the Nittany Lions' new offensive coordinator.And he admitted why. Moorhead's arrival, while ...

AP bowl picks: Georgia to beat PSU

There are 41 FBS games, involving 80 teams, scheduled to be played from Saturday to Jan. 11.FORTY-ONE! Losing football teams will play in bowls. Teams from the same conference will play each other in a bowl.If the postseason keeps growing at its current rate, Kansas could qualify for a bowl ...

Nassib named all-Big Ten

Ohio State dominated The Associated Press All-Big Ten team released Tuesday, with seven players on the first team and running back Ezekiel Elliott voted the offensive player of the year.Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib was picked as the defensive player of the year, Michigan safety Jabrill ...