Penn State opens spring practice with deepest offensive line in several years

Five years later, Miles Dieffenbach’s story remains stuck in James Franklin’s memory. The Penn State coach has recounted several times during his tenure in Happy Valley how Dieffenbach, a highly regarded offensive line recruit, was fifth-team on the depth chart when he arrived as a true freshman. “Didn’t get one rep in practice his freshman […]

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Quality and quantity: Penn State players boost their draft stock at combine, pro day

When the numbers were tallied up, Penn State had representatives from all 32 NFL teams in attendance at Tuesday’s pro day. Thirty-seven scouts. Fourteen assistant coaches. Two general managers — the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Kevin Colbert and the Oakland Raiders’ Reggie McKenzie. One rep from the Canadian Football League. And, uh, one WWE talent scout. Well, […]

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Penn State pro day: Blessings coming soon for Barkley

STATE COLLEGE — In the next month, Saquon Barkley will receive the two biggest phone calls of his life. One will be the heads up that he’s about to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft. The other will be the heads up that he’s about to become a father. And if […]

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Dallas’ Ryan Zapoticky lends an arm to Nittany Lions at pro day

STATE COLLEGE — He had won the Old Shoe Game at Dallas. He had broken records at Shippensburg. But for Ryan Zapoticky, nothing quite compared to what he went through on Tuesday. With Penn State needing a quarterback to throw to its handful of NFL hopefuls on offense, Zapoticky landed the invitation. And after a […]

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Penn State sets to-do list as spring practice opens

STATE COLLEGE — For Penn State, life without Saquon Barkley formally begins now. True, the Nittany Lions already went through winter workouts without their NFL-bound star running back. But the point was driven home Monday when No. 26 wasn’t in the backfield for their first spring practice. “Let’s be honest, guys — to think we’re […]

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Bo knows gold: Nickal’s pin delivers another wrestling national title to Penn State

With nothing less than an individual and team national title on the line, Penn State’s Bo Nickal found himself giving up the first two points of Saturday night’s climactic match. No matter. From the mat, Nickal used his strength to flip Ohio State’s Myles Martin, putting him on his back for the pin. A second […]

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Troy Apke’s speed caps off big week for Penn State at NFL combine

At the start of the segment, Deion Sanders wasn’t sure how to pronounce Troy Apke’s name. A moment later, one of the most famous defensive backs of all time was calling him over for a hug. While playing safety for four years at Penn State, Apke wasn’t particularly on anyone’s NFL radar. But on Monday, […]

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Saquon Barkley makes his case to be No. 1 overall pick at NFL combine

The numbers themselves were impressive enough. Saquon Barkley continued his blitz on the NFL combine on Friday, recording a 4.4-flat 40-yard dash with a 1.54-second 10-yard split after posting a 41-inch vertical jump. That’s on top of the 29 reps at 225 pounds the Penn State running back put up on the bench press on […]

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Penn State’s Saquon Barkley impresses at opening of NFL combine

INDIANAPOLIS — The only thing that Saquon Barkley has to prove at the NFL combine this week is that he’s every bit as good as advertised. “For a guy like Barkley who has worked so hard to develop his gifts, I mean, for him it ought to be a victory celebration. It really should,” NFL […]

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PSU notebook: Franklin lauds versatility of new assistant coaches

Now with a coaching staff full of successful college quarterbacks, James Franklin is still claiming the title of the best small-school signal-caller in the group. Sort of. “Well, yeah, it’s clear that James Franklin is the best small college quarterback on the staff,” Franklin deadpanned Wednesday. “I mean, there’s no argument there. But that’s because […]

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