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Mt. Lebanon alum Apke set to make debut for Penn State

By Chris Adamski
After more than two decades of coaching high school football in Pennsylvania’s largest enrollment classification, Mike Melnyk didn’t hold back in praise of Penn State’s newest player. “(Troy Apke) is the best athlete that I have coached,” said Melnyk, now at Mt. Lebanon. “I’ve been coaching for 26 years, and …

Cross-training lineman necessary for Penn State
By Chris Adamski
Penn State is working tirelessly to address its issues on the offensive line. How hard? Its style of “cross-training” had junior Angelo Mangiro seeing triple Saturday. “Cross-training” is offensive line coach Herb Hand-speak for what Steelers coach Mike Tomlin might call “position flexibility” — the ability to perform duties at …
Penn State linebacker Hull is playing his way into awards debate
By Chris Adamski
Early in the fourth quarter, with his defense keeping his team in the game and having already flipped the momentum, Penn State’s Mike Hull relayed …
Penn State notebook: Senior safety Keiser undergoes surgery
By Chris Adamski
Penn State safety Ryan Keiser was in a Hershey hospital Tuesday recovering from surgery related to a bowel injury, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said Tuesday to open his weekly news conference. Franklin said Keiser’s condition was “improving,” but relayed few other details other than to say that “there is …
Penn State trustees vote to wait and watch on Freeh Report
By Megan Henney
Penn State University’s board of trustees voted 17-9 on Tuesday against a resolution to re-examine the Freeh Report, which the university has used as a road map for reform since the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. A faction of alumni trustees say former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s report is …
Penn State notebook: Zwinak, Keiser out for rest of season
By Chris Adamski
The attrition of Penn State’s roster continues. The football program announced Monday that running back Zach Zwinak and safety Ryan Keiser will miss the remainder of the season because of undisclosed injuries. The loss of the two fifth-year seniors leaves 10 seniors on the roster — six who were recruited …
Penn State notebook: Apparent blown calls irk Franklin
By Chris Adamski
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State coach James Franklin in his postgame comments late Saturday was careful to avoid specifics when discussing two apparent blown calls …
Penn State succumbs to No. 13 Ohio State in double overtime
By Chris Adamski
UNIVERSITY PARK — After a first half in which it appeared every bit the biggest road favorite in Beaver Stadium history, Ohio State had to …
Penn State notebook: Dieffenbach’s season debut remains on hold
By Chris Adamski
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s offensive line will have to wait at least another week for the return of Miles Dieffenbach. Dieffenbach, a senior co-captain who started at left guard the past two seasons, did not make his season debut Saturday against Ohio State. Dieffenbach, who tore an ACL in …
Penn State players regroup amid losing streak
By Chris Adamski
UNIVERSITY PARK — Going on five weeks since they experienced the satisfaction of a victory, Penn State players responded in facing their first on-field adversity …
Penn State seeks recruiting win in ‘whiteout’ game
By Chris Adamski
Austin Johnson is expecting a “wild” atmosphere Saturday night at Beaver Stadium. Just the type of game that helped compel him to commit to Penn …
Penn State driven by last season’s embarrassment at Ohio State
By Chris Adamski
Heading into last season’s meeting at Ohio Stadium, eight of the previous 16 Penn State-Ohio State games had been decided by one possession. To say …
Penn State defense returns to familiar spot atop Big Ten Conference
By Chris Adamski
A Penn State lifer as the son of a Nittany Lions linebacker and a Pennsylvania kid who admits he has been a fan since he …
Penn State receiver Lewis looking to rebound after demotion
By Chris Adamski
If Geno Lewis was in James Franklin’s doghouse, Penn State’s most experienced receiver and his coach have talked it out. Lewis went from being arguably …
Penn State notebook: Dieffenbach might return to help Lions’ offensive line
By Chris Adamski
Help could be coming for Penn State’s beleaguered offensive line — and it could be coming from a familiar face in a familiar place. Speaking at his weekly news conference Tuesday, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin strongly suggested that when guard Miles Dieffenbach returns from his recovery from a torn …
Former Penn State assistant coach Johnson just visiting this time
By Chris Adamski
Throughout an 18-year tenure as a Penn State assistant coach, Larry Johnson walked into Beaver Stadium countless times. However, there’s one portion of the Nittany …