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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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2 Five-Star Recruit Jabrill Peppers To Decide On May 26th, PSU on Short List

The second-ranked recruit in the nation and the top defensive back recruit will make his decision official on May 26th live on ESPNU, according to ESPN. Jabrill Peppers was sought by just about every college football program in the nation, but he’s down to a short list of just six schools and Penn State is on it along with favorite Michigan, Stanford, Rutgers, Notre Dame, and LSU.

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28 Irish Team Criticized For Donning PSU Jerseys

An Irish college football team, the University College Dublin Emerald Isle, are facing criticism for deciding to wear Penn State football jerseys in a game last night against American opponent Ohio Northern University, according to the Patriot News. The Irish team did not have enough jerseys to clothe their roster for the game, and it seems that Penn State was nice enough to lend them attire for the game.

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0 Bill O’Brien Puts Sports Illustrated Story on Blast

Bill O’Brien is usually very composed when talking to the media, but yesterday, Penn State’s head coach wore his emotions on his sleeve. In a 22-minute afternoon conference call with reporters, the Nittany Lions head man blasted the Sports Illustrated story penned by David Epstein that investigated Penn State’s medical care related to personnel changes that occurred a few months back.

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1 Mauti & Hodges Make It Official, Sign With Vikings

The reunion was made official yesterday when Hodges and Mauti both inked four-year rookie deals with the Vikings. Hodges is expected to make around $2.5 million over the course of the four years, similar to the contract that the player drafted in the same spot received last year. The terms of both contracts are currently unknown. Hodges was the first Viking draft pick to sign this offseason.

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11 O’Brien Discusses His Promise to Joe Paterno

Bill O’Brien has been keeping busy on the second Coaches Caravan, a dinner and meet-and-greet tour on which O’Brien and other Penn State athletic coaches get a chance to interact with fans and alumni. There was a video released by Fight On State following a recent stop on Penn State’s DuBois campus of O’Brien’s speech, the second-to-last destination on this spring’s Coaches Caravan.

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1 Penn State’s 8th Commit for 2014: Safety Marcus Allen

Penn State’s 2014 recruiting class now stands at eight members with a verbal commitment from Marcus Allen, a 6-1, 187-pound safety from Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Per Rivals, Allen had also received offers from a number of Big Ten programs — Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin, in addition to incoming members Maryland and Rutgers.

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0 Daquan Worley Commits to Penn State

Penn State secured its seventh verbal commit for the Class of 2014 and second defensive prospect in the form of Daquan Worley, a cornerback from Coatesville, Pa. Worley committed shortly before noon today, choosing the Nittany Lions over Rutgers, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh, and Massachusetts in news first reported by Bob Flounders of the Patriot News.

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3 QB Steven Bench Set to Transfer

The number of quarterbacks on Penn State’s roster just decreased by one. According to a GoPSUSports release, sophomore signal-caller Steven Bench has been granted a release to transfer from the Nittany Lion program when the semester concludes on May 3rd.

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2 PSU Scores 6th Commit: 4-star WR Chris Godwin

Ain’t no such thing as too many four-star wide receivers, if Bill O’Brien’s recruiting is any indication. Last night, Penn State secured a verbal from Middletown, Delaware’s Chris Godwin — the third four-star receiver to commit to O’Brien’s program in the last 10 days, joining fellow commits DeAndre Thompkins and Troy Apke.

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