With two national titles and four Big Ten Championships to its name, the Penn State Nittany Lions football program is coming off a year where it captured its first conference title under James Franklin. Known for tradition, Beaver Stadium, and Joe Paterno, the program is a point of pride in the community after the team persevered following harsh NCAA sanctions that eliminated wins and placed scholarship reductions on the program. The team will try to make even more strides with Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley leading the charge for the 2017 season.
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In 2019, Franklin’s contract surges to $5,350,000 in guaranteed compensation ($2,650,000 paid by the school in base salary). He receives an additional $300,000 in base salary in each of the years for the remainder of the contract, which will max out at $6,250,000 (before potential bonuses) in 2022.
At a reported $5.8 million a year, James Franklin will have the fourth-highest salary of college football coaches in the country.
Ohio State’s sixth-year head coach told ESPN’s Chris Low Thursday he thought the Nittany Lions “absolutely belonged” in last year’s four-team playoff field.
The Nittany Lions currently count two coaches and two players from the WPIAL power, with intentions of adding more in the future.
Forget Dippin’ Dots — fans will now be able to purchase pints of Creamery ice cream from concession stands on game day inside Beaver Stadium.
Jarvis Miller earned his black belt in karate at age 13. Now, he’s drawing on those martial arts skills as he acclimates to a new position.
“There are bigger guys, there are stronger guys, there are faster guys, but he is as polished and as productive of a wideout as I’ve been around in a camp setting,” James Franklin said. “I think he’s gonna have a huge year for us.”
Entering training camp one week late won’t stop Devon Still from competing for a spot on the New York Jets’ roster. It’s one of the easier challenges he’s faced.
“You want to see increments getting better. I don’t expect him to go out there and be Roger Staubach,” Jets head coach Todd Bowles said. “The kid has to get a chance to play and make some mistakes, grow from it, and come back from adversity and make good plays.”
“He’s a future coordinator,” James Franklin said of his tight ends coach. “He’s been fiercely loyal, he’s a relentless recruiter; he just gets it.”
Senior Jason Cabinda proved he was captain material long before he took the baton as Penn State’s next great linebacker.
Saquon Barkley barely lost a step while completing an obstacle course under various grueling conditions.
A handful of Penn State players discussed which teammates and coaches give the best pregame speeches and what’s in their headphones in the locker room.
Barton Simmons, Director of Scouting for 247Sports, thinks only Ohio State, Alabama, and Oklahoma boast better quarterback situations than the Nittany Lions.
Special teams coordinator Charles Huff ran through the candidates to take over Penn State’s primary kick and punt return duties at media day.
“I really wanna see Alabama in the national championship or just [end up] playing them somehow, some way,” Brown, a Tuscaloosa native, said Saturday.
James Franklin highlighted a few incoming freshmen who already appear to have solidified a spot on the field this season.
With a number of prime wide receivers and tight ends returning to Happy Valley for the 2017 season, McSorley has a lot of options at his disposal.
Saquon Barkley said he’s up to 230 pounds Saturday. He ran a 4.33 40-yard dash and posted 30 reps of 225 on the bench press this offseason.
Tampa Bay Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston has been impressed with Penn State product Chris Godwin’s preparation and production in training camp.
Penn State added another key piece to its 2018 recruiting class Friday in four-star Erie center Fredrick Scruggs, who picked the Nittany Lions over Ohio State and others.
Penn State’s quarterbacks are sporting a special sleeve on their throwing elbow during preseason camp. Here’s why.
After failing to earn a preseason ranking in each season since the Nittany Lions secured the No. 25 spot in 2011, James Franklin’s squad earned this one after last year’s breakout season, winning 11 games en route to a Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl appearance.