Penn State’s Mike Gesicki continues his long road toward the NFL

Mike Gesicki’s physical routine before the 2016 season was well-documented. The Penn State tight end stayed after practice every day during the offseason to hit the blocking sled and catch passes. But off the field, he did the same sort of repetition to help from a psychological standpoint. “I had goals and aspirations,” Gesicki said. […]

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A potential final home game awaits Penn State’s Saquon Barkley on Saturday

It wasn’t something Saquon Barkley was willing to think about. At least not to discuss it publicly. Though he won’t have his name called before Saturday’s game against Nebraska, it will almost certainly be Barkley’s final game in Beaver Stadium as the NFL and a projected first-round draft selection awaits in the spring. “That’s not […]

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PSU’s Brandon Smith steps in for suspended linebacker Manny Bowen

Brandon Smith had started his Penn State career in 2013 as a fullback. Which was a bit of a problem considering the Nittany Lions don’t even acknowledge the position exists anymore. So he was essentially a walk-on tight end, quite literally looking up to guys like 6-foot-7 Jesse James and 6-foot-6 Mike Gesicki. “I was […]

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Nittany Lions knock off the rust, cruise past Rutgers 35-6

STATE COLLEGE — As the second quarter began, he was more animated than usual. Which, for Marcus Allen, is saying something. Coming off of two straight losses, the fiery Penn State safety took every opportunity to hammer Rutgers players and pump up his fellow defenders, who found themselves facing a first-quarter deficit for the first […]

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Penn State regroups as improved Rutgers hits Happy Valley

In hindsight, Penn State was set up for a letdown last week. According to their coach, the Nittany Lions struggled to bounce back from a 39-38 loss to Ohio State and then fell short again the following game, falling 27-24 at Michigan State. “I don’t think we got over the Ohio State game quick enough,” […]

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Nittany Lions hunting for physical edge up front against Rutgers

He was talking about the pass rush at the time. But it could have applied to any number of topics on James Franklin’s mind. “It’s not one specific issue,” the Penn State coach said. “It’s not one specific concern. It’s a lot of things.” Following the Nittany Lions’ second straight loss on Saturday, Franklin made […]

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Penn State wideout DeAndre Thompkins continues evolving

Because of how things ended, DeAndre Thompkins’s first career 100-yard game won’t be what most remembered. Nor the trickier-than-it-looked 70-yard touchdown catch that gave Penn State the lead. Because the Nittany Lions lost to Michigan State, it will be the catch Thompkins didn’t make that will stick out. A fourth-and-3 slant that hit off the […]

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Penn State taking calm approach into season’s final stretch

It may have just been the frustration talking. But shortly after suffering a second straight loss on Saturday, James Franklin delivered a caution. “It’s going to be boring interviews from now on,’’ the Penn State coach told reporters. “You guys aren’t gonna like it.’’ Tuesday proved quite the opposite. As the Nittany Lions look to […]

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Penn State prepares for tough battle at Michigan State

DETROIT — Mike Gesicki remembers the reaction and the atmosphere well. The first College Football Playoff poll of 2016 hit Penn State with some fanfare. At the same time in 2017, the Nittany Lions have a better record and a higher ranking, but the expectations are much different. “Last year, that felt like there was […]

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Penn State’s offensive line will be in the spotlight against Michigan State

The challenge has been laid down for Penn State’s offensive line. After an encouraging performance coming out of the bye week against Michigan’s heralded defensive line, the Nittany Lions struggled down the stretch in last week’s 39-38 loss at Ohio State. Lions coach James Franklin said after the game that the difference came up front […]

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