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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The 2014 Big Ten schedule was released this afternoon, and Penn State will begin conference play against a Big Ten newcomer in 2014 and conclude the season against a familiar end of the year opponent.
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.
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.
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.
After announcing today that he has signed a contract with the Oakland Raiders, Matt McGloin is taking his talents out west.
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.
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.
Penn State football locked up their second recruit of the day, gaining a commitment from Michigan linebacker Jared Wangler. Wangler, from De La Salle high school in Warren Michigan, is Penn State’s ninth verbal commit for 2014 and fourth on the defensive side of the ball.
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.
It’s one of college football’s most popular chants and Penn State knows it better than anyone.
“Seven Nation Army” the first track on the album Elephant by American alternative rock band The White Stripes, has become ubiquitous in the Beaver Stadium gameday experience.
The 2013 Coaches Caravan is in full swing and it looks like Bill O’Brien is showing attendees part of his lighter side.
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.
The often-discussed Penn State road trip to Ireland is a bit closer to reaching fruition. Penn State is reportedly in talks with UCF to open the 2014 season in Dublin, Ireland, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Penn State will play primetime games home against Michigan and on the road at Ohio State during the 2013 football season.
Former Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti will be NFL teammates with Gerald Hodges after being selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the 7th round of the NFL Draft with the 213th overall pick. Hodges was selected earlier this afternoon in the fourth round by the Vikings.
In his senior column, Drew Balis urges fellow students to never settle for mediocrity as he prepares to graduate from Penn State. Never let someone tell you that you aren’t good enough or insult what you do, but ask yourself if you are making the most of your time here.
Without doing anything directly, Christian Hackenberg just became much more important to Penn State as the Nittany Lions prepare for the 2013 season. With less quarterback depth on the roster, redshirting Hackenberg will be more difficult and less likely for Bill O’Brien.
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.
As spring practice gives way to summer workouts leading up to the start of training camp, Bill O’Brien will likely reveal the first depth chart of 2013. While all eyes will be on the starting quarterback decision, there are five other intriguing position battles to keep an eye on.
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.
Eugene Lewis’ playing career at Penn State is getting a later start than expected, but the slight delay may help him in the long run. Following a surprise redshirt season, the athletic receiver is primed to be a playmaker in Penn State’s offense heading into 2013.
Following Saturday’s Blue-White game, John Butler said that junior Adrian Amos would head into training camp as a starting safety after playing his first two seasons at cornerback. This move creates some interesting questions for the defensive coordinator and the secondary.