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As college football training camps open, defenses fall under microscope

By Jerry DiPaola Bob Cohn and John Harris
As training camps open during the next week for Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia, each program finds its defense in a different place. Penn ...

Penn State notebook: Franklin focuses on offensive line
By John Manzo
CHICAGO — You don’t have to remind James Franklin how poorly the Penn State offensive line played last season. “Obviously, offensive line is going to be a big storyline going into the season,” Franklin said. “Going through it is never fun, but I do think they will be better because of ...
Big Ten notebook: Narduzzi missed at Michigan State
By John Manzo
CHICAGO — Only time will tell how much the Michigan State football program misses Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi on the field, but the effect already has kicked in off it. “I think it’s tough to let a guy like coach Narduzzi go,” said MSU senior defensive end Shilique Calhoun during ...
At Penn State, defense’s success starts up front
By Bob Cohn
Garrett Sickels said he would rather not look ahead. Then he did just that. Under duress from the media, the Penn State defensive end cracked and acknowledged, yes, he and his linemates might be pretty good this season. “I don’t really put numbers on things,” said Sickels, a redshirt sophomore. “I ...
Penn State lands pair of linebacker recruits
By Bob Cohn
Penn State landed two more verbal commitments for its 2016 recruiting class, four-star linebacker Cameron Brown from Paint Branch (Md.) and three-star linebacker Shaka Toney from Philadelphia Imhotep Charter, a source told Trib Total Media. Both players wrote on their personal Twitter accounts that they were committing to the Nittany ...
Penn State returning to nameless football jerseys
By Bob Cohn
Three years after breaking a tradition, Penn State restored it Thursday by removing players’ names from the backs of their football jerseys. Before the ...
Injuries a thing of the past with Penn State tight end Breneman
By Bob Cohn
At some point during his comeback, a strange realization struck Adam Breneman. “I still haven’t played a game with this coaching staff, as weird as ...
4-star Ohio QB 1st in Penn State’s 2017 recruiting class
By Tribune-Review
Penn State got its first verbal commitment for the 2017 recruiting class, quarterback Sean Clifford from St. Xavier in Cincinnati. The 6-foot-2, 203-pound Clifford, who is entering his junior season of high school, is considered to be an early four-star recruit according to multiple recruiting sites. With Penn State Christian …
Penn State linebacker Kline takes more active role in Lift For Life event
By Bob Cohn
UNIVERSITY PARK — One year ago, Penn State linebacker Ben Kline worked as lead organizer of Lift For Life among his teammates. But on the ...
Penn State lands top kicker in country
By Bob Cohn
Quinn Nordin, the top-rated placekicker in the country, announced his verbal commitment to Penn State on Friday. Nordin, from Rockford, Mich., made his announcement in a video posted on Twitter that showed him wearing a Penn State jacket while seated on and then departing a private plane. The video included the words, ...
Pitt, WVU, PSU players named to national tight end, center watch lists
By Jerry DiPaola
West Virginia’s Tyler Orlosky, Pitt’s Alex Officer and Penn State’s Angelo Mangiro were named to the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to college football’s top center. Pitt tight end J.P. Holtz and Penn State’s Kyle Carter were named to the watch list for the John Mackey Award, …
Penn State goaltender Skoff gets chance to impress the Penguins
By Jonathan Bombulie
To abide by NCAA eligibility rules, college hockey players must pay their own way when they attend an NHL team’s summer development camp. That won’t be ...
6 PSU, Pitt, WVU players on watch lists for Maxwell, Bednarik awards
By Tribune-Review
A total of six Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia players were named Tuesday to watch lists for the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award, given annually to the national player of the year and defensive player of the year. Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg and wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton and Pitt ...
‘We are’ chant now a permanent fixture on Penn State campus
By Centre Daily Times
We are. Those two words, just five letters, are the battle cry of every Nittany Lion. With the response, “Penn State!” the phrase says not that ...
PSU lands 4-star defensive end
By Bob Cohn
Daniel Joseph, a four-star defensive end from Lake Forest, Ill., on Tuesday announced his commitment to attend Penn State. Joseph a few weeks ago said his decision was between Penn State and Michigan. He reportedly visited Penn State on June 20. Penn State has received commitments from three defensive tackles and a ...
UConn transfer picks PSU hoops
By Tribune-Review
Connecticut basketball transfer Terrence Samuel reportedly committed to Penn State. The 6-foot-4 junior guard must sit out this season but will have two years of remaining eligibility, CBS Sports reported. He averaged 3.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists during his two seasons at UConn. — Staff report ...