Penn State Football: Optimism following Big Ten media days

With NCAA sanctions fully in the rearview mirror, Penn State is eager to get back to the the football field and strive towards once again joining the Big Ten’s elite. Head coach James Franklin touched on the impact of entering the 2015 season sanction-free during his Big Ten media day availability, and how it has created optimism for the team and fans alike. “We’re coming into...
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Matt Millen predicts Christian Hackenberg will be top 5 pick

Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Christian Hackenberg is one of the top signal-callers in all of college football. He has the size and skill set to excel at the next level and many believe he is a lock to be a first-round pick. Ex-Penn State linebacker and former Detroit Lions president Matt Millen took his prediction one step further. Not only does Millen believe Hackenberg...
Via Campus Sports Net
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Sports on Earth: Zettel, Hackenberg among top 100 players

Penn State has two of the top 100 players in the nation according to a top 100 list compiled by Matt Brown of Sports on Earth. Anthony Zettel comes in at No. 18, the fourth highest-ranked defensive lineman on the list, and second-highest ranked defensive tackle behind Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss (Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is ranked No. 1 overall). The only other Penn State...
Via Nittany Lions Den
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Penn State caught in middle of Backyard (Twitter) Brawl

Penn State has upcoming series with both Pittsburgh and West Virginia, caught in the middle of the feud Earlier this offseason we saw new Pittsburgh head coach (and former Michigan State defensive coordinator) Pat Narduzzi openly suggest he would love to rekindle an annual rivalry game with Penn State. We will get a brief four-year resurrection of the in-state series starting next...
Via Nittany Lions Den
6 days ago  |  Discuss

At media days, star quarterbacks can be hard to find

Conference media days have become made-for-TV events, but some of the most notable players are often missing. Plenty of teams have been leaving their quarterbacks at home. Even some of the biggest stars in college football such as Penn State's Christian Hackenberg, Clemson's Deshaun Watson and Ohio State's Cardale Jones are being left behind as coaches lean toward rewarding upperclassmen...
Via AP on Fox
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Prospect primer: Christian Hackenberg | QB | Penn State

As one of the best prospects in the country coming out of high school in 2013, Christian Hackenberg had his fair share of suitors but decided to commit to the troubled Penn State program that was still reeling from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. His performance as a true freshman starting quarterback in the Big 10 led many to believe he was a future #1 overall pick. Hackenberg threw...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: Keys to a successful season

Penn State has their work cut out for them if they want to contend for a Big Ten title From new and departing faces to strength of schedule, a number of factors come into play when breaking down how a team will perform during a particular season. College football fans around the country have already started crunching numbers and trying to ascertain what a good season would look...
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Connor Cook named to Manning Award watch list

No Big Ten quarterback has won the Manning Award since its inception in 2004, but 2015 could be the league's best chance yet.  Connor Cook of Michigan State, Tommy Armstrong of Nebraska and Christian Hackenberg of Penn State represent the league on the Manning Award's watch list that was released Thursday.  While the omission of an Ohio State quarterback might be a surprise to...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State Travels To Ohio State For Most Expensive Game in 2015

In a whirlwind of a season, which began with a new head coach and sanctions that were supposed to keep the Penn State Nittany Lions out of bowl participation, things surely went better than expected. James Franklin’s first season resulted in a 7-6 record and a Pinstripe Bowl victory over Boston College, something that was impossible as the team practiced throughout the summer in...
Via Nittany Lions Den
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Bloguin Top 50: No. 29 — Penn State

Penn State Nittany Lions2014 Record: 7-6 overall, Big Ten (won Pinstripe Bowl vs. Boston College) 1 Burning Question: Is the offensive line going to be better? It can’t get worse, right? Penn State’s offensive line has always been one of the weaker spots on the roster in recent years, and last season was no exception. The good news is it could be better. The bad news is it...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Bloguin Top 50: No. 29 — Penn State

Penn State Nittany Lions2014 Record: 7-6 overall, Big Ten (won Pinstripe Bowl vs. Boston College) 1 Burning Question: Is the offensive line going to be better? It can’t get worse, right? Penn State’s offensive line has always been one of the weaker spots on the roster in recent years, and last season was no exception. The good news is it could be better. The bad news is it...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

The 2015 Davey O’Brien watch list for best QB

In a conglomerate of pre-season college football nominations being handed out, the Davey O’Brien Award features the smallest list of qualifiers, including a solo slot on Ohio State’s 3-quarterback depth chart (Cardale Jones). The quarterbacks on the 2015 pre-season list include two finalists from 2014 (Dak Prescott and Trevone Boykin) and seven others, whose named appeared on...
Via Campus Sports Net
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State will drop name plates on players' jerseys this season.

Christian Hackenberg and James Franklin. Photo via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.The names are gone in Penn State. The Nittany Lions will return to the tradition of not putting the names of players on the back of their jerseys for the 2015 season.Then-Penn St. head coach Bill O'Brien had ended the 125-year old tradition of jerseys with only the players' numbers in 2015. The move was in...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: Expectations for Christian Hackenberg in 2015

Christian Hackenberg has the eyes of NFL scouts everywhere already, and a productive junior year could vault the Penn State signal caller to the very top of the 2016 draft. Coming off a 7-6 season in which Hackenberg suffered through a subpar season, Penn State and its quarterback are hoping for better results leading to more production and wins. With protecting their quarterback...
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Tatum Coffey and Christian Hackenberg Poised to Become a Sports Power Couple?

If anyone’s looking to place money on future sports power couples, what about dropping some dough on Penn State’s Tatum Coffey and Christian...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Despite rough 2014, Hackenberg still coveted at No. 1

All college football fans can agree that Penn State Nittany Lions rising junior quarterback Christian Hackenberg had a subpar sophomore season in which he threw for 2,977 yards and had just 12 touchdowns compared to 15 interceptions. Despite that, however, as Matt Brown of Sports on Earth put it, Hackenberg is still being viewed and coveted as the potential No. 1 pick in the 2016...
Via Campus Sports Net
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State needs rebound season from Hackenberg

The frustration had been building, and when Christian Hackenberg bounced a short pass to Bill Belton on 3rd-and-10 in the third quarter of Penn...
Via Athlon Sports
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona State QB Mike Bercovici Won The Counselor Competition At The Elite 11

The top high school quarterbacks in America aren’t the only talented signal callers at the Elite 11 Finals at Nike headquarters in Oregon this week. Some of the most talented college quarterbacks are in attendance as well, serving as camp counselors. One of the traditional events at the Elite 11 is the yearly counselor competition. There were some big names participating this year...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State Football Preview: A look at the 2015 Nittany Lions offense

Coming off of a 6-6 season and getting a full compliment of players back, Penn State is hoping to turn a corner and be a true contender in James Franklin’s second season in Happy Valley. Will that happen? The answer to that question rests completely on one side of the ball to improve, and that side is the offense. After a nearly non-existent run game and a quarterback who looked...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Christian Hackenberg participates in Yoga during Elite 11

The Elite 11 is widely recognized as one of the nation’s top high school quarterback camps.  Well, you can’t run a camp without counselors and Penn State University’s Christian Hackenberg was hired to develop some of country’s top signal callers. Throughout the camp, the counselors were called upon to show both their talents on and off the field and Hackenberg was caught...
Via Campus Sports Net
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Checking in on Penn State QBs at Elite 11

This week marked the beginning fo the Elite 11 camp. Incoming Penn State quarterback Jake Zembiec is attending as a participant. Let’s see what he is up to this afternoon… Future Penn St QB @jakezembiec doing Legos w/future Tennessee QB @Guarantano18 #QBTacticalTraining @TeamRWB @Elite11 — Trent Dilfer (@TDESPN) July 6, 2015 Earlier in the day things...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State Releases 'The Next Phase' Hype Video

People are anxious to see what James Franklin and the Nittany Lions will do this year. With Christian Hackenberg under center and other top players...
Via Athlon Sports
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Video: Penn State Football Releases “The Next Phase” Hype Video

There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the Penn State football program right now.  The Nittany Lions have a potential No. 1 pick at quarterback in Christian Hackenberg, a lot of talent on both sides of the ball and a coach with an extremely bright future in James Franklin. What type of season will PSU have this fall? We’re getting close to finding out.  In anticipation of...
Via College Spun
June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Athlon Sports 2015 preview and Hackenberg’s cover shot

To avoid a cover jinx in recent years magazine companies have started expanding their regional covers to feature talent a little closer to home whenever possible. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg appears on the cover of this particular Big Ten preview, which I received in the mail today along with a copy of the national preview from Athlon Sports. “Hackenberg poised...
Via Nittany Lions Den
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

The Opening: Class of 2016 QB Jake Zembiec just makes Elite 11 cut

For the second time in three years, Penn State will have a quarterback recruit attending The Opening at the Nike headquarters. Jake Zembiec was the 18th and final quarterback to receive an invitation to compete in the Elite 11 quarterback camp next month. The 18th & final invite to The #Elite11 Finals…Aquinas Institute (NY) QB Jake Zembiec (@jakezembiec). #WeAre pic.twitter...
Via Nittany Lions Den
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss
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