Gillikin brothers worked together to reach PSU, Northwestern

At first, Blake and Tyler Gillikin started their drills in the basement. The twin brothers would clear out enough room for Tyler to fire footballs back to Blake, who would then give them a light boot. Before they became starting specialists at Big Ten schools that face each other on Saturday — Blake as Penn […]

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Trace McSorley battling heavy expectations for PSU’s offense

The question was about his quarterback, and James Franklin had numbers at the ready. “I think he’s pretty much better in every metric possible,” the Penn State coach said when asked to compare Trace McSorley’s performance from this time a year ago. “To be honest with you, it’s not even really close,” Franklin said, first […]

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Time will tell on Mike Gesicki’s availability against Northwestern

Penn State certainly wants Northwestern to prepare to defend Mike Gesicki — whether the star tight end plays or not. The answer very likely won’t come until Saturday morning when the Nittany Lions take the field for warm-ups in Evanston. “No update on Mike,” Lions coach James Franklin said Tuesday at his weekly press conference. […]

Comments - 7:43 pm - updated: 8:07 pm.

PSU notebook: Big day vaults DaeSean Hamilton to top of record books

STATE COLLEGE — As far as football stories go, Deon Butler’s was an all-timer at Penn State. A walk-on from Virginia who worked at defensive back while redshirting his first year on campus. Then he became a wideout who outproduced a pair of five-star recruits in 2005 to lead the team in receiving. And then […]

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Special teams fuels opportunistic Nittany Lions over Indiana, 45-14

STATE COLLEGE — Already one of Penn State’s most animated coach on the sideline, Charles Huff was nothing less than the Tasmanian Devil in the first quarter. In his fourth season as special teams coordinator, Huff has built the unit back up from scratch because of NCAA sanctions that devastated the level of talent out […]

Comments - 7:32 pm - updated: 1:37 am.

Penn State will debut retro style, not retro scheme against Indiana

The uniforms will have throwback elements to them on Saturday. Numbers on the helmets. Stripes on the pants. White cleats and gray facemasks. Even the field will have a retro look with a diamond pattern in the end zones. Penn State’s offense won’t be following suit. Nittany Lions coach James Franklin and offensive coordinator Joe […]

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PSU’s Moorhead sets bar high: ‘Our best football is still ahead of us’

The play that found the end zone — Penn State’s first game-winning touchdown on the final snap in 88 years — had actually been called earlier in the game. Tight end Mike Gesicki had managed to sneak out in the flat and come well open on the sideline, but Iowa’s pass rush caused the pass […]

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Close relationship between Pry, Franklin helps boost PSU defense

James Franklin and Brent Pry have known each other for decades. More than that, the Penn State coach has known the parents of his defensive coordinator for just as long. That didn’t stop there from being a mix-up on Saturday when comedian Keegan-Michael Key — a Penn State grad — went on ESPN’s “College GameDay” […]

Comments - 9:19 pm - updated: 9:36 pm.

Penn State’s James Franklin addresses anthem protests in football

Out in town to buy a smoothie on Monday, James Franklin was stopped by a fan. The topic of conversation was not the Penn State coach’s last-second victory at Iowa over the weekend, but the ongoing debate over peaceful protests before and during the national anthem in pro sports. “And they had an opinion on […]

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PSU report card: Nittany Lions survive trip to Iowa … somehow

To get a sense of just how tense Penn State’s last-second victory was on Saturday night, consider that it was even killing members of the 2016 team, who know a little something about comeback victories themselves. “I hereby apologize for (the) 2016 season,” departed linebacker Brandon Bell wrote on Twitter after the Nittany Lions’ improbably […]

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