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2012 NFL Draft: Penn State's Johnnie Troutman drafted in fifth round by San Diego

Penn State offensive guard Johnnie Troutman was selected by the San Diego Chargers in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The 6'-4" 325 pound offensive lineman may not be one of the top linemen in the NFL Draft this year but many draft analysts predict a bright future for Troutman, who will fly under the radar around the league but put together a stable career as a...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: 2001 Penn State vs. Ohio State

Irony has marked Joe Paterno’s career at Penn State in so many ways. Numerous undefeated seasons, yet few national titles. Incredible football accomplishments, yet a relentless focus on academics. A career marked by integrity and honor, yet a retirement marred by scandal. Another irony is that some of Joe’s greatest personal achievements came in his worst seasons. He passed...
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April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NFL Draft: Penn State's Devon Still waits it out, drafted by Bengals

Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still was forced to wait an extra day, and the wait lasted longer than many predicted, but he finally had his named called in the 2012 NFL Draft. Still was selected with the 53rd overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals Friday night. The 6'-5" 303-pound defensive end proved to be a tough player to block the last couple of seasons for...
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April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

College Football Playoff Coming into Focus

The eleven college football conference commissioners will conclude their meetings today in Hollywood, Florida, hopefully with two or three playoff proposals in hand. Numerous mainstream reporters (due a Google search on you’ll find plenty of great reports) are claiming that one proposal (maybe the leading proposal) will be four-team event with the semifinal played in the existing...
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April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Nittany Lions Den Football Podcast: 2012 NFL Draft preview with Optimum Scouting

Where does Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still line up for the 2012 NFL Draft? Photo: Getty Images. The 2012 NFL Draft is just about here, so we decided to fire up the football podcast for a quick preview. Eric Galko, Director of Scouting from Optimum Scouting, checked in for today's Nittany Lions Den Football Podcast. We discuss a number of Penn State's NFL-hopefuls...
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April 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State to face Iowa, Ohio State under the lights

Penn State will play in prime time twice in the fall, in back-to-back weeks no less. Penn State's road game at Iowa will be aired on Big Ten Network on October 20, with a start time set for 8 p.m. Eastern. The following week, in Beaver Stadium, the Nittany Lions will host Ohio State at 6 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN 2. We will keep tabs on kickoff times and TV listings on the schedule...
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April 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The top 5 things journalists want to ask athletes

Have you ever watched a press conference for an NFL player or interview with a college football star and think to yourself “what in the world are they doing?” Well, believe it or not, reporters often find themselves wondering the same thing. Based off my experience interviewing both college and professional football players, here are the top five questions I really want to ask...
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April 24, 2012  |  Discuss

The Runner's High Podcast for April 24

We are into the heart of spring track season! With The Penn Relays on the horizon, it's really time to start dropping some fast times and big marks as May quickly approaches. One person who is looking to do that is newly sponsored professional runner Neely Spence, who we talk to right off the bat (0:00-10:50). The Penn State track team continues to improve and had some stellar...
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April 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State vs. UMass? It's a pretty big deal!

At least according to our friends over at Maroon Musket. The guys over at the UMass blog made note that the announcement of Penn State and UMass getting set up to play a game in Beaver Stadium in 2014 made the front page of ESPN.com's college football page. Over the weekend UMass confirmed a number of future non-conference games for the Minutemen, including the September 20...
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April 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Observations: Penn State Blue-White Game

Well, at least it didn't rain, right? The 2012 Blue-White game featured little in the way of excitement, but still gave us plenty to talk about afterwards. Here's what I took away from the "peripheral" aspect of the game. I've heard mixed reviews on it, but after watching the replay on TV, I really liked the look of the Big Ten logos on the field. I've...
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April 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Blue White Game Video Roundup

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April 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Photo Gallery: Penn State Blue White Game

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April 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Tailgating tips for the Blue White Game

What football weekend would be complete without some tailgating? If there is football being played in Beaver Stadium, there will be tailgating happening outside in the parking lots before, during and after. The tailgating scene at Penn State is among the best in the country, and the best thing is here is no wrong way to do it. We asked Maddy Martin from 2 the Lion Football to...
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April 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Keeping (grades) up with Jones

Paul Jones walked into his apartment, headed to his room and fell lifelessly onto the bed. His bag, thrown on the floor surrounded by mangled laundry, crumpled papers and empty Gatorade bottles. Practice ran late and he knew he had to wake up for a 7 a.m. workout the next morning, but couldn’t resist to get a few rounds of NBA 2K12 in on his Play Station 3 with his roommates...
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April 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Blue White Game preview

  Schedule 10:00 a.m. - Carnival and entertainment stage open 11:30 a.m. - Gates A and B open for autograph session 12:00 p.m. - Gates C and E open for autograph sessionNote: Autoraph session runs approximately from 11:55 a.m. to 12:40 p.m.  2:00 p.m. - Blue White Game kicks offWatch the game live on BTN2Go; Replay on Big Ten Network at 8 p.m. Scoring Format This year...
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April 19, 2012  |  Discuss

Fans organize black shoe tribute for Joe Paterno

Some fans will wear black shoes this weekend to honorformer head coach Joe Paterno. The tributes for Joe Paterno continue to be developed, whether officially or unofficially. This weekend's spring game will be the first game played inside Beaver Stadium since the passing of Joe Paterno, and some fans will be taking the opportunity to pay their respects one more time for...
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April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State Blue White Game watching parties in Chicago and California

On Saturday thousands of Penn State fans will make the spring pilgrimage to Beaver Stadium for the annual Blue White Game. For some this is a chance to soak in the Beaver Stadium experience, even if it is massively scaled down from this. For those unable or unwilling to make the trip they will be able to get their Blue White Game fix by watching on television. This year's Blue...
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April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Bleacher Report: Will Paul Jones take advantage of Blue White Game?

He stepped on to the field at Beaver Stadium for the first time two years ago, and he seized the opportunity as best he could. On Saturday, Paul Jones will once again look to be the best quarterback on the field. Penn State's annual Blue White Game takes place Saturday afternoon, and if Jones can come away having the most productive afternoon under center,a s he did in 2010...
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April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Penn State's 2012 football poster is everything you expect from Penn State

Which is to say it is as plain as the uniforms and helmets the team wears. So, what do you think? Thumbs up or thumbs down? You can grab a free poster this weekend at the Blue White Game and festivities. HT: @PSUSTRETCH
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April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Five players to watch at the Blue-White Game

 Penn State is in the midst of seismic transitions as the Bill O’Brien Era supplants the half-century long Joe Paterno Era. The changes that O’Brien’s trying to implement on offense (and the ones that new DC Ted Roof is bringing to the defensive front) should make Saturday’s spring scrimmage a fascinating watch for Nittany Lions fans. The quarterback battle is always first...
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April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

The Runner's High Podcast for April 17

It took a lot of effort to jam this week's show into 68 minutes, but we did it!   The show starts off with some Penn State track talk (0:00-9:04) and moves on to hit the big track results of the weekend as well (9:05-13:32)! After a brief mention of the Rotterdam Marathon, the guys tackle the Boston Marathon recap (14:46-29:34)! In that segment we discuss all aspects of...
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April 17, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: Tax Day Time-out

This week won’t feature a new game but will give you a chance to go back and read any stories you might have missed. If you want the best stories of the ‘70s or ‘80s, click here. If you want to remember the greatest games from the ‘90s, keep reading. The nineties started out strong with Tony Sacca at the helm. Sacca led PSU to a major upset of Notre Dame in South Bend in...
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April 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Athlon Sports asks who will challenge Wisconsin in Leaders Division?

I was asked to participate in a round table discussion of sorts with the folks over at Athlon Sports. They are asking questions about who will be the biggest threat to the supposed favorites in each conference or division this fall. Yesterday the topic was the Big Ten Leaders Division, where Wisconsin looks to be the clear favorite, especially considering the fact that Ohio State...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: 1990 Penn State at Notre Dame

To be the best you have to beat the best. This maxim has been plenty true for Penn State football. Their first national championship squad in 1982 beat No. 1 Georgia. Their second beat No. 1 Miami. Paterno’s teams had faced eight No. 1 teams when they traveled to South Bend, Indiana, in 1990. Victorious just three times in such matchups, Penn State had recently been victimized...
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April 14, 2012  |  Discuss

The Games of Our Lives: 1999 Penn State at Miami

Much has been made of the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. An eerily high amount of misfortune has come to spotlighted athletes and teams in the iconic magazine, so when Penn State found themselves showcased as the No. 1 team on the college football preview cover (through superstar linebacker Lavar Arrington’s ferocious scowl), fans didn’t know whether to be excited or afraid....
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April 11, 2012  |  Discuss
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