Penn State Football: Franklin winning key recruting battles

James Franklin Most people that watch college football know how important recruiting is in the sport. The more talented recruits a program is able to land, the better chance they have of winning games. No team in college football has recruited better over the past five seasons than Nick Saban at the University of Alabama. Alabama has had the top recruiting class in the nation the...
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UMass Coach Mark Whipple Believes Christian Hackenberg Would Have Been Picked First In 2014 NFL Draft

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is only a sophomore, so he won’t be eligible for the NFL Draft until 2016 at the earliest, but one opposing coach believe he would have been the top pick in the draft…last year. Penn State hosts UMass on Saturday afternoon, and Minutemen head coach Mark Whipple is very impressed with the Nittany Lions’ signal caller. UMass’ Mark...
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Matchup problems when UMass travels to Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Coaches know when their teams match up well with their opponents. Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple tends to think that his Minutemen will have problems against Penn State (3-0) on Saturday. When asked about how his offense matches up against Penn State's defense, Whipple said, "We don't." He added, "We haven't really run the ball...
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Penn State vs. UMass – Game Time, TV Schedule, Line, Preview, Predictions

PSU’s star quarterback will look to shred a bad UMass defense Penn State did it again last week. For the second time this season, the Nittany Lions were trailing late in a game, but thanks to a big drive orchestrated by star sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg, they came out with a big win against a quality opponent. This one was especially impressive, as Rutgers dominated...
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Penn St tailback Belton expects bigger run game

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) Penn State tailback Bill Belton believes the Nittany Lions will achieve a balanced offensive. The current numbers - 1,082 yards passing to just 227 rushing - are a bit skewed, and the young Penn State offensive line has been criticized despite winning its first three games. With just one returning starter up front, the running game has been grounded and quarterback...
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Plenty of candidates as Big Ten's best on offense

So who's the best offensive player in the Big Ten? Yes, the conference has gotten off to a dismal start. And, yes, the season is young. Ohio State's Braxton Miller, the Big Ten's top offensive player the past two years, is out for the season after shoulder surgery. Someone is destined to step into that vacancy. Yet not many teams in the country would turn down backs like...
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Rutgers Lost to Penn State But Still Came Out as B1G Winners

Boy, was that tough to take.  Falling behind for the first time with just 73 seconds left in the game is one of those that just breaks your heart.  But still, welcome to the B1G, Rutgers! The game between Penn State and Rutgers on Saturday evening was amazing from several points of view.  Of course, the game was a nail-biter, with both defensive units doing whatever it took to...
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UMass Coach: Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg Has No. 1 Pick Potential

Mark Whipple knows a thing or two about quarterbacks, so his praise of Penn State signal-caller Christian Hackenberg shouldn’t be taken lightly. Whipple and his UMass Minutemen will have to find a way to slow down Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions when the two teams meet Saturday afternoon in Happy Valley. The 0-3 Minutemen would be up against it regardless of who was under center...
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Penn State 13, Rutgers 10: R U not entertained?

When it came time for me to wrap my head around Penn State’s week two victory over Akron, here is how I started: It may have just been week two, but the theme for this season of Penn State football appears to be clear. The defense is going to put a shaky Penn State offense in position to win games until the offense can figure some things out. Rinse and repeat for Week Three. And...
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Penn State rallies to spoil Rutgers Big 10 debut

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) Bill Belton scored on a 5-yard run with 1:13 to play and Penn State rallied from a 10-point deficit to post a 13-10 victory over Rutgers on Saturday night, spoiling the Scarlet Knights' Big Ten Conference debut. Christian Hackenberg orchestrated the game-winning, six-play, 80-yard, drive with passes of 53 and 23 yards to Geno Lewis after the Nittany Lions...
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Another Bad Week for the Big 10? Week 3 Analysis and Picks

What an embarrassing weekend for the Big 10 last week. Michigan State fell apart late, Ohio State lost, Michigan got annihilated, Illinois used a 4th quarter rally to get past powerhouse, Western Kentucky, Iowa just hung on to beat a MAC team and both Northwestern and Purdue lost to one. Let’s forget about it and move on. I think the Big 10 bounces back this week. Let’s dig in...
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Badgers bye week TV viewers guide

A bye week can be a black hole in the lives of those who live and breath Wisconsin Badgers football (ourselves included). Luckily it’s also a chance for us to take a look at the rest of the conference and college football world. While we love our Badgers, after losing to LSU in Week 1, the reality is what happens around the rest of college football will affect Wisconsin’s chances...
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Veteran AFC scout calls PSU's Christian Hackenberg 'the top QB in college football'

Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg is not eligible for the 2015 NFL draft. If Hackenberg came out early, after his junior year, he could enter the 2016 draft. But if Hackenberg was part of the 2015 draft class, one AFC team would likely make a strong push for him ... very early.
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What’s next for Penn State football? Looking forward to Rutgers

In a few short minutes on Monday afternoon, the entire Penn State community rejoiced like they had just won the National Championship game in landslide fashion. But in reality, they’ve only been given the opportunity to do so, which in their book, is almost the same thing. The NCAA decided to remove the bowl ban on Penn State that would’ve kept it out of the postseason until...
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Rutgers’ ChopNation Is Ready For Penn State and Big Ten Play

You couldn’t have scripted it any better.  Rutgers is playing their first B1G conference game on Saturday, and enters it 2-0 against the 2-0 Penn State Nittany Lions. The hype in the New York Metro area is making this the biggest game the school has played in many years, for good reason. There has always been an inferiority complex at Rutgers regarding Penn State. Before PSU...
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Penn State Football: NCAA ends postseason ban effective immediately

The Penn State football team will be eligible for postseason play this year and will have all scholarships returned next year, the NCAA announced Monday. Former Sen. George Mitchell, Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor, recommended the actions in his second annual report that gauges progress made by the university. Following a good report from Mitchell in last year’s update...
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Penn State 21, Akron 3: Insert zippy headline here

It may have just been week two, but the theme for this season of Penn State football appears to be clear. The defense is going to put a shaky Penn State offense in position to win games until the offense can figure some things out. On what would eventually prove to be a dismal day of football around the Big Ten, Penn State managed to shrug aside a rough game and a potential upset...
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Penn St. powers past Akron in 21-3 win

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (AP) Christian Hackenberg threw for three touchdowns and 319 yards and Penn State was able to overcome its own offensive inconsistency to beat Akron 21-3 on Saturday. The Nittany Lions (2-0) totaled 425 yards total offense but two interceptions and a fumble kept Akron (1-1) within reach until late in the game. The game featured 82 passes and 527 passing yards...
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Penn State Football: Lions look to eliminate miscues against Akron

A win is a win, but last week’s sloppy performance in Ireland against UCF has Penn State looking for improvement. James Franklin wasn’t shy this week in stating he expects a more disciplined performance out of his Nittany Lions (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten) against the Akron Zips (1-0, 0-0 MAC) following nine penalties for 90 yards in the 26-24 win over the Knights. He also expects better...
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Hackenberg ready to throw more after big opener

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) It took Christian Hackenberg about three hours to do something in Penn State's season-opener that no Nittany Lion quarterback had done in the program's previous 128 years. And if throwing for more than 400 yards becomes necessary to win, Penn State's sophomore star is up for trying. Hackenberg completed 32 of 47 passes for a team-record 454 yards...
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Nittany Minute: Just how good is Hackenberg?

Following up on a record-breaking day in the season opener, Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg is already being thrown in the conversation as the best quarterback in school history. I am willing to throw him in the top five without any hesitation, but I still feel there is some work to do to move in to my top three, let alone the top spot overall. The potential is there...
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Morning Cup of Joe: Don’t compare Hackenberg to Collins just yet

Today on the site I started what will be a season-long series looking back at the 1994 Penn State football season the way I remember it. It was 20 years ago today the season got started with a blowout in the Metrodome. I was not able to watch it on TV, so I had to get updates from my dad, who sat in the living room on the couch and listened to the whole game on the radio. It was...
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Penn State suddenly has sights on poll position

Two years after sanctions threatened to cripple the program, Penn State has an eye on a spot in the polls. The Nittany Lions as one of the top 25 teams in the country? Just the thought of a ranked Penn State team seemed improbable in 2012 when the NCAA levied the type of punishments against the program that should have been a virtual death sentence. Among the big hits in the wake...
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Penn State vs. Akron – Game Time, TV Schedule, Line, Preview, Predictions

Will Hackenberg light up Akron? After kicking off its 2014 season in Ireland, Penn State is back stateside. The Nittany Lions had a dramatic contest in their season opener, taking down the Knights on a last-second field goal to win, 26-24. It was an extremely impressive performance, especially from quarterback Christian Hackenberg and wide receivers DaeSean Hamilton and Eugene Lewis...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State Football: Hackenberg and the “it” factor

Maybe James Franklin has a crystal ball. Before Christian Hackenberg engineered Penn State’s game-winning drive on Saturday in Dublin, the coach –about to direct his new football program for the first time no less- knew he could count on his quarterback. “He’s a special guy, we just have to go out and support him,” Franklin told ESPN’s Kenny Mayne just before kickoff...
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