Penn State aims to improve run game heading into Big Ten play

There are, James Franklin said, still holes to be patched. Bigger ones, perhaps, than a No. 4 national ranking and a 141-14 scoring margin during non-conference play would suggest. As the Penn State coach and his staff prepare for Saturday night’s Big Ten opener out at Iowa, the Nittany Lions are taking a hard look […]

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Way out in front: Penn State rolls right over Georgia State 56-0

STATE COLLEGE — There was no path for Saquon Barkley but straight ahead. Hauling in an across-the-body lob from Trace McSorley, Barkley was trapped against the left sideline with a Georgia State safety ready to cut him off. Then came a slight shake of the head. A half-step toward the middle of the field. The […]

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PSU notebook: Franklin, Barkley laud Lake-Lehman’s Nick Eury

STATE COLLEGE — Saquon Barkley may have stolen the show. But after the game, he and coach James Franklin wanted to talk about Nick Eury. That would be the former Lake-Lehman standout running back, a redshirt freshman who got his first collegiate carry late in Penn State’s 56-0 throttling of Georgia State on Saturday. Taking […]

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Penn State tries to ward off complacency against Georgia State

It took less than four minutes for James Franklin to mention it. This wasn’t a surprise. The Penn State coach was looking for anything for his players to seize on this week to take Georgia State seriously. “I think the thing that probably jumps out to me is this same team, essentially same team, went […]

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Penn State looking for a special teams boost from Saquon Barkley

There was a time when Koa Farmer worked regularly with the kick returners. In past seasons, before he became a full-time linebacker, Farmer’s natural athleticism led to Penn State coaches trying him out on special teams, where he even broke a return off for a touchdown during a past training camp. Now the kick return […]

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Senior cornerback Grant Haley keeps coming up big for Penn State

Grant Haley was just happy to not be stuck on the sideline. To not have an athletic trainer hovering over him. To not be forced to watch his team lose an early game to an in-state opponent. The Penn State cornerback had been hampered by September injuries in each of the last two seasons. He […]

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Georgia State helps Penn State solve annual scheduling puzzle

There’s always going to be a Georgia State. At least, for the foreseeable future. Penn State is playing its least heralded game of 2017 on Saturday when Georgia State visits Happy Valley, a game that has the Nittany Lions pegged as a whopping 38.5-point favorite. In sculpting a non-conference schedule each season, Penn State is […]

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Sokoloski: Passion over Penn State playing Pitt gets lost in Lions’ past

The significance of beating in-state enemy Pitt seemed lost in Penn State’s past. Didn’t the Lions realize this was supposed to be a special moment, draped in a certain significance, a badge of honor to brag about? Nah. When you’re chasing a national title, taking apart a small potato like Pitt seems pretty insignificant. “Everybody […]

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PSU notebook: Lions’ special teams unit provides big advantage

STATE COLLEGE — At 5-foot-8, Quadree Henderson can be tough to spot in a crowd of players. But Penn State made sure to never lose track of Pitt’s All-America return man Saturday, preventing Henderson from burning the Nittany Lions as he did a year ago. Try as he might to shake loose, Henderson was swallowed […]

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‘Just like beating Akron:’ Penn State knocks off Pitt

STATE COLLEGE — The question had the word “rivalry” in it, and Marcus Allen felt the need to interrupt. “I wouldn’t say it’s a rivalry, to be honest,” the Penn State senior safety said after the Nittany Lions’ 33-14 win over Pitt on Saturday. “We just came into this game prepared and ready to play. […]

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