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PSU lookahead: Nittany Lions’ difficult climb to the top resumes in 2018

There was still a bowl game to play — the 2017 season wasn’t over yet. But James Franklin already had 2018 and beyond on his mind. Moments after closing out a second-straight 10-2 regular season with a demolition of Maryland, the Penn State coach was focused on the next step. “I’m proud of the progress […]

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Penn State hires David Corley as new running backs coach

Speaking this week on a panel at the annual AFCA Convention, James Franklin laid out his process for making a new hire for his staff. “Your resume means nothing,” the Penn State coach said, according to Football Scoop. “I’ve never looked at a resume — ever. Your references mean nothing. I’m not calling your references, […]

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PSU notebook: Lions finish No. 8 in polls, listed among favorites for 2018 title

Two very different routes ended up landing Penn State at roughly the same spot in the polls. Though the 2017 season didn’t play out as dramatically as 2016 for the Nittany Lions, their Fiesta Bowl victory over Washington earned them their second straight top-10 finish with an 11-2 record. Penn State checked in at No. […]

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NFL-bound Saquon Barkley leaves a lasting legacy at Penn State

PHOENIX — His NFL announcement was still 24 hours away, but Saquon Barkley knew this was it. After he helped lead Penn State to a narrow Fiesta Bowl victory on Saturday, after he celebrated with teammates and after the party had died down on the field, Barkley made his way toward the stands. “To show […]

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Penn State’s Saquon Barkley makes it official, declares for NFL draft

PHOENIX — It may indeed have been a tough decision for Saquon Barkley, as he said all along. But with his junior season now in the books, it was the only one he could truly make. With nothing left to prove in college football and millions of dollars awaiting him and his family as a […]

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PSU Notes: Improved pass rush helps Lions offset turnover woes in Fiesta Bowl

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The offensive numbers said Penn State should have won easily. Another number suggested it should have been another disheartening collapse. Both Penn State and Washington entered Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl ranked in the top 10 in turnover margin with the Nittany Lions at plus-14 and the Huskies at plus-11. But Washington came up […]

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Happy ending for Hamilton in PSU’s Fiesta Bowl victory

GLENDALE, Ariz. — With his jersey and pads still on underneath his new Fiesta Bowl champions T-shirt, DaeSean Hamilton entered the interview room with his phone out, ready to record the moment. “Just trying to document all the stuff since I’ve been here, like, a decade,” the Penn State wideout deadpanned. Give or take. Hamilton […]

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PSU Notebook: Connor McGovern, O-line make major statement in victory

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Anchored by the Pac-12’s best defensive player, Washington finished the regular season leading the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 92 yards per game on the ground. Penn State matched that in one play in the second quarter of Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl, springing Saquon Barkley loose for a 92-yard touchdown run, a […]

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Finishing with a flourish: Historic offense lifts Penn State to Fiesta Bowl win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — For a moment, Ricky Rahne was alone in the middle of a still beaming locker room as cameras and microphones found his players after Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl. For his first game as Penn State’s full-time offensive coordinator, Rahne merely managed to put together a gameplan that racked up the most yards in […]

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Fiesta Bowl preview: Collision course set for Lions’, Huskies’ stars

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — At 6-foot-5, 340 pounds, Vita Vea wasn’t hard for James Franklin to find. Washington’s massive defensive tackle has been on the mind of the Penn State coach and his team ever since Saturday’s Fiesta Bowl matchup was announced at the start of December. Upon meeting him in person? “I saw him the […]

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