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Coachspeak with James Franklin­

A capsule look at James Franklin's weekly news conference:Opponent: Central FloridaKickoff: Saturday 8:30 a.m., Dublin, IrelandTV: ESPN2About the Knights: They went 12-1 last year and finished season ranked No. 10 after a Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor; only loss was to South Carolina; O'Leary won ...

Lions on ‘business trip’

UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin doesn't want anyone on the Penn State football team to lose sight of the most important thing about playing this week's opener in Ireland."For us, this is a business trip to go play a football game, no different than if we were playing at State College High ...

Nittany Lions adjust punt return

There's a big difference between a punt catcher and a punt returner.There have been frequent instances over the years when Penn State would send a defensive back deep to catch punts, and he not only wasn't much of a threat for a big return, he often would fair catch even with room to run.Think ...

Nittany Lions taking their time on depth chart

Penn State's opening-week depth chart was not released by press time Monday, and it appears the coaching staff is taking things down to the wire with some of the position battles.The starting tailback job between Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak is basically a 1 and 1A situation, offensive ...

Unusual week begins for PSU football

This is far from a typical game week for Penn State because of the trip to Ireland, but when things get back to normal, the team will have a different practice schedule under new coach James Franklin.The Nittany Lions traditionally have been off on Sundays and practiced on Mondays, but Franklin ...

PSU still on schedule

The Iceland volcano Bardarbunga began showing signs of erupting Saturday, but the Penn State football team has not changed its travel plans to Ireland for next week's season opener against Central Florida.Even scientists disagree about what is happening with Bardarbunga, which was upgraded ...

Passionate assistants thrilled for opportunity

You want to know one of the biggest reasons to be highly optimistic about the future of Penn State football?The assistant coaches.Why?They're hungry. And appreciative.This is the opportunity they've been waiting for their entire careers. After working their way up the coaching ladder, most at ...

Amos, secondary get shot at redemption

UNIVERSITY PARK - Adrian Amos entered the 2013 football season seemingly on the verge of becoming something special.He'll be the first one to tell you it didn't really turn out the way he had hoped."In my eyes, last year, I didn't feel I played my best. I feel like my sophomore year was better ...

PSU’s line gets reinforcements

UNIVERSITY PARK - New Penn State football coach James Franklin knows he has one of the best quarterbacks in the Big Ten - and maybe the nation - in Christian Hackenberg.What Franklin doesn't know is if he can keep him off his back."Where our focus is," Franklin said when addressing the press on ...

Meet the PSU staff: defensive coordinator Bob Shoop

Meet the PSU staff: Defensive coordinator coach Bob ShoopHometown: OakmontFamily: wife, Maura; sons, Tyler and JayEducation: Bachelor's in economics, YalePlaying experience: wide receiver, YaleCoaching experience: 1989: Yale, graduate assistant; 1990: Virginia, graduate assistant; 1991-93: ...

Meet the PSU staff: Defensive line coach Sean Spencer

Hometown: Hartford, Conn.Family: daughter, AlysiaEducation: Bachelor's in political science, Clarion UniversityPlaying experience: three-year starting safety at Clarion UniversityCoaching experience: 1996-97: Shippensburg, running backs; 1998-2000: Trinity College, running backs/passing game ...

PSU youngsters will get chance to help

The promise of early playing time has been a big drawing card in recruiting for Penn State the past few years, and Wednesday coach James Franklin singled out several true freshmen being counted on to contribute this season.Franklin rattled off the following names when asked which freshmen he ...

Penn State ex-LB diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Former Penn State and NFL linebacker Tim Shaw revealed during his Ice Bucket Challenge video Tuesday that he has ALS, the crippling disease that has been at the forefront of public consciousness lately through a widespread fundraising effort.Shaw posted his video on the Tennessee Titans' ...

Meet the new psu staff: QB coach ricky rahne

Hometown: Morrison, Colo.Family: wife, Jennifer; sons, Ryder and JakeEducation: Bachelor's in industrial and labor relations, Cornell UniversityPlaying experience: three-time team MVP quarterback at CornellCoaching experience: 2004: Holy Cross, assistant defensive line; 2005: Cornell, running ...

Chambers makes PSU a viable option

TIPTON - Stop if you've heard this before: Penn State is killing it in recruiting.But wait. This is the part you probably haven't heard:It's in basketball.The Nittany Lions have two of the nation's top 100 recruits for next year already committed, and they've also got another top 100 commit for ...

Report: Ohio State QB hurts shoulder

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With just over two weeks remaining before its season opener, it appears No. 5 Ohio State has already sustained a devastating loss.Two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year, quarterback Braxton Miller, considered among the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy, reportedly ...

Meet the PSU staff: Offensive coordinator John Donovan

Hometown: River Edge, N.J.Family: wife, Stacy; son John Patrick; daughters, Cate and SheaEducation: Bachelor's in sociology, Johns Hopkins; master's in Economics, Georgia TechPlaying experience: defensive back at Johns HopkinsCoaching experience: 1997: Villanova, assistant secondary; 1998-2000: ...

Four looking to become Lions’ punter

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State was one of the worst punting teams in the country last season, and those problems must be resolved on a squad that could have to punt a lot this year.The Nittany Lions will be replacing Alex Butterworth, who was inconsistent to say the least. He averaged 39.2 yards ...

Question of the week

What are your expectations in James Franklin's first season with the Nittany Lions?

Meet the Penn State staff: Special teams coordinator Charles Huff

Hometown: Denton, Md.Family: SingleEducation: Bachelors in physical education, Hampton UniversityPlaying experience: played tight end, fullback, center and guard, team captain in 2005 for HamptonCoaching experience: 2006: Tennessee State, offensive line; 2007-08: Tennessee State, tight ...