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Hackenberg’s NFL hype already in full swing

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has had NFL people talking about his potential since the moment he started his first game as a freshman under Bill O’Brien. Hackenberg’s skill set is widely believed to be one that will transition to the NFL in smooth fashion, and having a coach of O’Brien’s pedigree get him started surely helped. Entering his third season as Penn...
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17 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft: TE JEsse James selected by Pittsburgh Steelers

With the 160th overall selection in the 2015 #NFLDraft we have selected Jesse James, TE, Penn State. #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/zXQjXp0Bwj — Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

NFL Draft: Penn State safety Adrian Amos picked by Chicago Bears

#Bears select Penn St. S Adrian Amos in the 5th round (142nd overall) of #NFLDraft. #BearsDraft pic.twitter.com/QTzzS5dvwf — Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) May 2, 2015
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 NFL Draft: Donovan Smith drafted by Tampa Bay

Penn State offensive lineman Donovan Smith was the second pick of the second night of the draft. He will be one of the key pieces of an offensive line that will now be tasked with protecting the draft’s first overall player, quarterback Jameis Winston. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted their franchise quarterback with the first overall pick on Day 1 of the 2015 NFL Draft. Heisman...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State’s first-round NFL Draft drought extends

The first round of the NFL Draft unfolded in Chicago Thursday night and no player from Penn State was drafted by an NFL franchise. There had been some talk suggesting Donovan Smith might go in the first round, but as the night came to a close it was clear Smith and any other Penn State player would have to wait at least one more night. It has now been five straight NFL Drafts without...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Link: Quick PSU spring Q&A with The Saturday Edge

Now that Penn State’s spring is in the books, I was asked to answer a couple quick questions about Penn State’s spring and the 2015 season for The Saturday Edge. Is Penn State better, worse or the same as they were last year? I think there are some reasons for optimism, but there is a very clear ceiling this fall. Check it out.
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Penn State and Georgia schedule agreement would be sweet as sugar

Scheduling rumors are always fun to discuss, even if we must do so with an expectation nothing will truly come of it. One thing most Penn State fans can say about the non-conference scheduling since joining the Big Ten in 1993 is the line-up has tended to be more disappointing than exhilarating, with a few notable exceptions from time to time. Opening the season against USC in the...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Final 2015 Big Ten spring game attendance figures

For those interested… 99,391 – Ohio State 76,881 – Nebraska 68,000 – Penn State 60,000 – Michigan 48,000 – Michigan State 15,782 – Rutgers 10,100 – Minnesota 10,014 – Indiana 9,630 – Wisconsin 8,000 – Iowa 5,145 – Purdue There are no attendance numbers for Illinois, Maryland or Northwestern. The Big Ten totaled 410,942 fans this spring, not counting whatever...
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26 days ago  |  Discuss

Predicting start times for Penn State’s 2015 season

The NFL has its fun Tuesday night by unveiling the entire 2015 schedule. College football is a little different in that bits and pieces of the schedule are unveiled over time, thanks in large part to the process the networks have in determining which games they will carry. The Big Ten Network has already confirmed a handful of games that will appear on primetime in 2015, including...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

SEC takes aim at Penn State when they should look in the mirror

It’s that time of the year again when folks around the SEC cry about Penn State setting up camps on their pristine recruiting soil. Just as they did a year ago, Penn State twill be traveling south to set up football camps. And just like they did last year, the SEC is not all too happy about it. SEC rules prevent coaches from working at a football camp outside of a 50-mile radius...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Steve Spurrier says Joe Paterno got a terrible deal at Penn State

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier turned 70 yesterday,, and the Head Ball Coach has not lost one step along the way. Spurrier is still working out like a machine, spouting off one-liners about his rivals out of the blue and he recently got started on Twitter. The guy is as in touch with the college football world as any. He also still has the back of former Penn State head...
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April 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State spring attendance ranks third in nation and Big Ten

Penn State head coach James Franklin may have wanted a full house on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, but the 68,000 fans that showed up for the annual Blue White Game is nothing to be ashamed of. Penn State’s spring game crowd currently ranks third in the nation and gives the Big Ten the top three spots in the order. Ohio State set a new national spring game record with 99,391 fans...
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April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

If Big Ten wants to leave Indiana, it has plenty of options

With the state of Indiana taking questionable steps toward discrimination, the Big Ten should think long and hard about the realistic possibility of leaving the state. The state of Indiana recently passed Indiana Senate Bill 101, otherwise known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The act is designed to mandate that religious liberty of individuals and corporations can only...
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April 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – College football icon Chuck Bednarik passes

The football world lost a legend over the weekend. Chuck Bednarik, a Philadelphia Eagles icon and a former college star, passed away at the age of 89. Bednarik won the 1948 Maxwell Award and finished third in the Heisman Trophy that same season. The three-time All-American with the Penn Quakers went on to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame after a Pro Football Hall...
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March 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State recruiting is building foundation at offensive line

Anyone who watched Penn State in 2014 knows what was the biggest weakness. The offensive line struggled to be a cohesive unit capable of protecting quarterback Christian Hackenberg and allowing the running game to get moving. For multiple reasons, the offensive line was the biggest hurdle Penn State rarely overcame last fall but the Nittany Lions are addressing that need in a big...
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March 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State trustees to review proposal to make for happier beat reporters

When James Franklin and his staff came to Penn State, a plan to improve the football facilities to keep up to speed with programs in the SEC and Ohio State was made clear. Now it appears Penn State could be one step closer to undergoing some facility upgrades. Last week, Audrey Snyder of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette made note of some items on agenda for this week’s Penn State Board...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Christian Hackenberg remains well respected as NFL prospect

This spring is seeing plenty of talk about quarterbacks around the Big Ten, and for good reason. Ohio State’s quarterback trio remains one of the biggest stories around the Big Ten this spring. Connor Cook at Michigan State is a highly respected player as well. As much as those quarterbacks will be discussed, there is still a watchful eye on Penn State’s own starting quarterback...
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March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Nittany Lions head to Chicago looking to pull off miraculous run

As much as any team that has lost six of its last seven games can, the Penn State Nittany Lions enter this week’s Big 10 tournament in Chicago on an emotional high. That comes courtesy of the Nittany Lions knocking off Minnesota 79-76 in their regular-season finale Sunday on the strength of a late three-pointer by senior sharpshooter D.J. Newbill.  As a reward for it all, PSU...
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March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Where Penn State recruiting ranks in 2016 right now

The snow threw a bit of a wrench in the plans so this morning’s rundown will be brief. On the site yesterday we wrapped up our expanded roundtable discussion on the Big Ten by making some bold predictions. Some of them were even focused on Penn State, which you may find interesting to read. You can go back and read any part of the Big Ten roundtable from this page. Penn State...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

With great stipends comes great responsibility

By all accounts it appears as though Penn State is currently in position to be able to offer the largest player stipends once Big Ten programs begin handing out stipends to scholarship athletes this year. If the numbers hold firm, then Penn State’s coaching staff will figure to have a legitimate recruiting advantage in one particular area, but that could be a minor concern that...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Hackenberg is Penn State’s Whopper

Over on The Student Section today the focus is on Big Ten quarterbacks. Here is what was said about Penn State and Christian Hackenberg; Let’s put it this way … if Burger King dropped the Whopper, it would be the equal of Penn State losing Christian Hackenberg. He’s a top-shelf NFL prospect who is backed up by a host of freshmen. PSU would be well advised to do everything...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: Bold predictions for 2015

The final installment in an extensive roundtable discussion about the Big Ten concludes today. After reviewing the state of the conference, scanning spring storylines, having fun with making our own changes to the conference, it is time to bring this roundtable discussion to a close with our bold predictions for 2015. And boy do we have some bold predictions for you. Over the course...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Morning Cup of Joe – Penn State possibly gains financial recruiting edge on Big Ten

Penn State’s valuable stipends, most followed coaches on Twitter, more Big Ten roundtable and a whole lot more! Here is your morning roundup! I have been saying for a few years now I believe Penn State could very well be a sleeping giant in college football. I feel as though the revenue stream is in place and the resources are there and improving. With James Franklin and his staff...
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March 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Penn State could have B1G advantage with stipends

With the Big Ten preparing to allow schools to hand out stipends to student-athletes to cover financial obligations not covered under a scholarship, it looks like Penn State could be gaining a nice little recruiting advantage. This, according to David Jones of The Patriot News today; Based on cost-of-attendance figures cited by CollegeData.com for the 2014-15 academic calendar,...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Big Ten Roundtable: What one B1G change would you make?

We are just about finished with our extensive roundtable discussion on the Big Ten. Before we get to our final thoughts though, each member of the panel was given a chance to make one change for the Big Ten. They were given the authority to do anything they wanted with the conference rules, scheduling or anything else they could come up with. Divisions was  a popular topic given...
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March 03, 2015  |  Discuss
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