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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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7 Top QB Michael O’Connor Commits To PSU

Adding on to an already impressive 2014 recruiting class, the Penn State football team can now add Michael O’Connor to the list. O’Connor, a four-star recruit and the eighth-ranked pro-style quarterback recruit in the nation, was expected to choose Happy Valley as his destination after considering a slew of schools including Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Missouri, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, Rutgers, Toledo, Mississippi State, Buffalo, and Akron.

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5 Highly Touted QB Interested in Penn State, Decision Coming Saturday

Penn State looks to already have its quarterback of the future in 5-star recruit Christian Hackenberg, but the Nittany Lions might be making room for one more highly rated signal-caller. According to a PennLive story citing 247 Sports, Michael O’Connor, a pro-style quarterback currently playing at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida is expected to make his college decision this Saturday, and the destination appears to be Happy Valley.

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12 Matt McGloin Reportedly Impressing Raiders

Matt McGloin, recently signed by the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted following his strong senior campaign, is reportedly making a push up the depth chart. Chris Mortensen, ESPN’s NFL insider, said on NFL 32 that McGloin was making a strong impression on the organization’s higher-ups and pressuring his competition for the backup quarterback spot in Oakland.

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3 2015 B1G Schedule Released

Penn State’s 2015 Big Ten schedule will include a conference opener at home and a game at an NFL stadium. Released this morning, the 2015 conference slate is similar to the 2014 schedule with the locations flip-flopped. Like the season prior, the Nittany Lions and Rutgers will get things started two weeks early on September 19, this time at Beaver Stadium.

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20 Potential Change Coming to Penn State Jerseys

The Lions-Pride merchandise website, which has been crashing all afternoon from a traffic overload, released a pre-order link for the new 2013 Nike Penn State replica game jerseys. While much has been made about potential changes coming to Penn State’s iconic jerseys, most fans thought they would need to wait until the fall to check out the new threads.

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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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