Spring football is well underway in Happy Valley, and we’re just three weeks — 21 days — away from the Blue-White Game. With that in mind, it’s time to begin our position previews with Penn State football’s special teams unit before diving into the defense and then finishing with the offense. While there are punters and kick/punt returners to worry about, the most noteworthy battle within the special teams unit falls on one big question: Who can fill Sam Ficken’s big shoes?
James Franklin DM’s at 4:57. As in 4:57 a.m. He flies to Boston and back. In an afternoon. He drives to the Lehigh Valley for a Sunday afternoon football banquet and back. In a day. In a snowstorm. For five hours. One way. (Although I’m not sure how much of it was uphill.) Time waits for no man. But it does allow James to ride shotgun.
After a brief hiatus in 2013, the player autograph session will return to Beaver Stadium for the second consecutive year to highlight a jam-packed weekend of activities for Penn State’s annual Blue-White scrimmage on April 18.
Penn State football lost DB Kasey Gaines, but the departure proved that this team is past depth issues.
Kasey Gaines, a former three-star recruit part of Bill O’Brien’s final recruiting class in 2013, is no longer with the Penn State football program.
This really isn’t fair. Nobody has seen a play yet this season. Not in practice, not at the Blue White game. There is nothing tangible beyond a roster and a schedule to work with. But one of the offseason’s great traditions is trying to predict how the upcoming season will go.
Really, the guy has achieved everything he’s put his mind to thus far. Now, he has his sights set on a new achievement; earning a cameo on his favorite television show, ‘The Big Bang Theory.”
Five players stood out among the rest as players who could greatly benefit from an impressive spring practice, looking to steal the spotlight as the Blue-White game approaches.
From de facto offensive coordinator to scapegoat, Christian Hackenberg needs to shed hats to succeed. At practice on Saturday, he wore one hat, that of an elite level athlete. And in a perfect world, that’s the only hat anyone in his corner wants him wearing.
Big plays are a big deal for Penn State. Especially in 2014, when the Nittany Lion offense had a small number of them. Forty-five in 13 games, to be exact. That’s why, on Saturday afternoon, James Franklin was yacking it up about wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins.