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Penn State notebook: Players get light workload during bye week

By John Harris
Penn State coach James Franklin had a 3-1 record in games following a bye week in his previous stop at Vanderbilt. Franklin draws similarities between the two schools in his first bye week with the Nittany Lions, but he also wants to capitalize on the differences. “I think everything is …

Penn State notebook: Team aims to limit hits on Hackenberg
By Bill West
Looking back and seeing quarterback Christian Hackenberg so often on the ground or protecting himself from pass rushers has begun to take a toll on center Angelo Mangiro. “He’s a good friend of mine,” Mangiro said, “and he’s our leader, so of course, as an offensive lineman, there’s something inside …
Northwestern stymies Penn State for 1st loss of Franklin era
By Bill West
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s James Franklin continually returned to the nagging problems his coaching staff must fix — a struggling run game and limited …
Penn State notebook: Young linebackers forced to fill void left by injured Wartman
By Bill West
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State linebacker Mike Hull, a graduate student and four-time letterman, recognized at the start of the season he would serve as …
Penn State has leg up on rest of Big Ten
By Chris Adamski
Maybe given a head start via an unintended scheduling quirk was all Penn State needed to begin Big Ten play the way it wanted. Heading …
PSU assistant Gattis getting credit for team’s success on, off field
By Chris Adamski
By most measures — wins, recruiting, buzz surrounding the program — Penn State’s new coaching staff is off to a roaring start. But it’s difficult …
PSU defensive tackle Johnson looms large
By Chris Adamski
The biggest man at the position group that has loomed largest for Penn State this season, Austin Johnson was asked what it was like to …
Jury still out on Penn State, despite 4-0 start
By Chris Adamski
The season is one-third complete. Has anyone learned enough about how good Penn State is? In small sample sizes, the Nittany Lions are 4-0 overall …
Penn State notebook: Lions share wealth with 3-back rotation
By Chris Adamski
Through four games among Penn State’s top three running backs, Bill Belton has received more than 40 percent of the carries, Zach Zwinak slightly less, and Akeel Lynch roughly half as many as Zwinak. Asked how the breakdown is game-planned, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said it isn’t game-planned that …
Penn State notebook: Backup QB Crook acquits himself well in debut
By Chris Adamski
UNIVERSITY PARK — During a prep school season at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts two years ago, quarterback D.J. Crook canvassed about 50 Division I colleges in which he would jump at the chance to play football. And he sent emails. Lots of emails. Cold emails. He got only one response. …
Penn State rolls past Massachusetts
By Chris Adamski
UNIVERSITY PARK — After three weeks of frustration with little success in establishing a running game, Penn State wasn’t going to take no for an …
Penn State notebook: LG Dowrey gets chance to start on struggling O-line
By Tribune-Review
UNIVERSITY PARK — The first personnel adjustment was made to Penn State’s struggling offensive line. Derek Dowrey got his first career start, at right guard, …
PSU figures to flex its top-10 ground ranking Saturday
By Chris Adamski
During a conference call with media earlier this week, Massachusetts coach Mark Whipple was asked how his team’s injured-depleted rushing offense matched up against Penn …
Ex-Gateway coach Smith making mark at Penn State
By Chris Adamski
Eight months, three games and a hand in an excellent recruiting class into his new job at Penn State, Terry Smith has few complaints. “It’s …
Whipples return to area they call home when UMass visits Penn State
By Chris Adamski
Though the Whipples spent a relatively short time in Western Pennsylvania, the men in the family came away with a Super Bowl ring, the start …
Shoop’s preparation, expertise trickles down to Penn State defense
By Chris Adamski
The way the Penn State defense played in the second half Saturday, it appeared the Nittany Lions knew what Rutgers was doing before the Scarlet …