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Franklin ‘loves’ Givens

Penn State coach James Franklin gave a scouting report of what to expect from Altoona product Kevin Givens during Thursday's Coaches Caravan stop."We love him," Franklin said. "He's a talented guy. I think his growth potential and upside is huge."Givens initially committed to Pitt but flipped ...

Barbour doesn’t downplay football’s importance

Fairly or not, NCAA president Mark Emmert spoke scornfully about Penn State's "culture of football" when he handed down sanctions prior to the 2012 season.Sandy Barbour won't downplay football's importance to Penn State's athletics as a whole, though."You have to resource your money-maker in ...

Franklin, coaches believe in PSU culture

There was very little actual gridiron talk but plenty of discussion about fundraising, facilities upgrades and football scheduling during Thursday's Penn State Coaches Caravan stop in Altoona.Aside from those necessary topics - the caravan is, at its core, a fundraising event - everyone on hand ...

Lions ready to play in NCAA semifinal

STANFORD, Calif. Fifth-seeded No. 6 Penn State men's volleyball (21-9) knocked off fourth-seeded Hawaii (24-7) in four sets (25-22, 25-20, 17-25, 27-25) Tuesday evening at Maples Pavilion.With the victory, the Nittany Lions earned a spot in the NCAA national semifinals for the 17th consecutive ...

Fans can check out Franklin at Casino

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comJames Franklin loves the opportunity provided by the Penn State Coaches Caravan, which stops in Altoona today for a luncheon at The Casino at Lakemont Park."I do enjoy it because I do like meeting people," Franklin said.The second-year Nittany Lion coach is ...

James elated to land in Pittsburgh

It was a perfect match predicted in many mock drafts, and sure enough, the predictions of Jesse James going home to Pittsburgh came true.The Penn State tight end, who grew up 12 miles away from Pittsburgh in Glassport, was selected by the Steelers in the fifth round of the NFL draft Saturday."I ...

PSU’s Smith selected by Tampa Bay in Rd. 2

There were a lot of questions and skepticism when Donovan Smith announced he'd be giving up his final year of eligibility at Penn State, but Smith's gamble paid off big time Friday night.Tampa Bay selected the left tackle with the second pick of the second round, No. 34 overall, making him the ...

Red flags up on prospects

The Associated PressCHICAGO - Shane Ray and Randy Gregory, two players who could help any NFL team's defense, didn't help themselves in the lead-in to the draft.On Wednesday at a league-sponsored event, the Missouri defensive end and the Nebraska linebacker owned up to their errors involving ...

Red Flash adding water polo in 2016

LORETTO - Saint Francis University added women's water polo as the 23rd varsity sport, it was announced by Director of Athletics Bob Krimmel.The Red Flash water polo team will begin competition during the 2016-17 year inside the Stokes Athletic Center Natatorium, and it is still in search of a ...

Possibly more than football at Beaver Stadium

By Ben BrigandiFor the MirrorUNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State is open to expanded use of Beaver Stadium beyond football, though no specific conversations about concerts or other sporting events such as the NHL's Winter Classic have taken place, said Phil Esten, Penn State's deputy athletic director ...

Blue-White highlights, lowlights

UNIVERSITY PARK - Following are the highlights and lowlights from the Blue's 17-7 win over the White on Saturday at Beaver Stadium:Play of the game: Freshman Nick Scott electrified the crowd in the third quarter, somehow getting free of all-Big Ten tackle Anthony Zettel and Carl Nassib in the ...

Lynch ready for big role

UNIVERSITY PARK - Akeel Lynch waited his turn for three years, and everyone in the Penn State camp agrees that the redshirt junior running back is poised for a big season this fall."I think Akeel's going to have a great year," offensive coordinator John Donovan said. "I can't wait to see him ...

Game adds feather to recruiting cap

UNIVERSITY PARK - As Penn State football coach James Franklin fielded a question about recruiting during spring practice following Saturday afternoon's Blue-White Game, the second year Nittany Lion coach saw it as another opportunity to play to many of the prospects who were upstairs watching ...

Hack back and on (NFL) track

UNIVERSITY PARK - The NFL Draft is right around the corner (April 30-May 2), and Christian Hackenberg won't be in it.But a year from now, he very well may be, as NFL draft analysts continue to slot him on top of a short list of the best quarterbacks available beginning in 2016.He's already been ...

Improving offensive line remains a top priority

UNIVERSITY PARK - There were a few surprises in Saturday's Blue-White Game, but it came as no surprise that Penn State's defense clearly is ahead of the offense at the conclusion of spring drills.Quarterback Christian Hackenberg actually played longer than expected in leading the Blue team, ...

Good vibes among O-linemen

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comUNIVERSITY PARK - From communication to confidence and everything in between, Penn State's offense linemen expect things to be drastically different and much better this season."I know so far in the spring our communication across the board has been really ...

Julius leading the pack

With a nickname like "Big Toe," he has to be a good kicker. Right?That's what coach James Franklin is hoping with Joe Julius, a former soccer player who appears to have the best chance to replace Sam Ficken as Penn State's place-kicker.Ficken turned out to be very reliable as his career ...

Nassib could be headed for the spotlight

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comUNIVERSITY PARK - This is the time of year, with the Blue-White Game approaching Saturday, when Penn State fans start wondering which under-the-radar players could be on the verge of a big breakout season this fall.Perhaps the best candidate for such a ...

Franklin excited about defensive ends

UNIVERSITY PARK - One of the biggest developments for the Penn State football team this spring has been the improvement at the defensive end spots.The Nittany Lions have to replace Deion Barnes and C. J. Olaniyan, and even coach James Franklin wasn't sure what to expect at the start of spring ...

Hack hopes lessons pay off

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comUNIVERSITY PARK - Christian Hackenberg could be one of the darlings of the 2016 NFL draft, so there's a good chance that next year at this time we'll be seeing him all over the extensive pre-draft coverage.Just like the current wall-to-wall coverage of ...