Penn State

Lions’ offensive line looks to compliment Barkley

UNIVERSITY PARK — The top priority for Penn State opponents this year, of course, will be to stop or at least contain Saquon Barkley. First, though, they’ll have to find him. The Nittany Lions could well field the tallest offensive line in their history, the perfect complement for the ...

PSU roster ready for spotlight

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Two years ago, James Franklin urged Penn State fans to be patient. He and his players believed a plan was in motion. That patience wore thin through back-to-back 7-6 seasons, but paid off last season. After shaking off a slow start, the Nittany Lions won nine ...

Linebackers again a focus at Penn State

UNIVERSITY PARK — First, starters Jason Cabinda, Nyeem Wartman-White and Brandon Bell were all out with injuries. Then, reserve Brandon Smith was ejected for targeting in the second quarter before reserve Jan Johnson went down with a season-ending knee injury. It couldn’t get much worse ...

Barkley can’t help but be focus for Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK — Saquon Barkley can actually still improve his all-around game, which if you think about it, is a scary notion. No sooner than he sat down for his media day press conference Saturday afternoon did Barkley receive a question about the Heisman Trophy. “The Heisman award ...

Moorhead doesn’t miss shot at critics

UNIVERSITY PARK — Of all the great recruiting James Franklin has done since arriving here, a case can be made that no one has made a bigger one-year splash than Joe Moorhead. Never mind that he’s not a player. The Nittany Lions’ offensive coordinator took a dormant offense and turned ...

Family man Smith ready for final year

UNIVERSITY PARK — Brandon Smith said he can’t run for miles and miles at a time like he could do back in the day before practice as an all-state wrestler at Lewisburg High School. But as a Big Ten linebacker Smith, now 23 and married, has traded that for added strength as he enters his ...

Nelson finds inspiration while battling injuries

UNIVERSITY PARK — Andrew Nelson’s perspective on what’s important in college football is as enlightening and refreshing as anything you’ll hear. It’s unfortunate that Nelson has missed significant playing time in his Penn State career because of various injuries, but not being able ...

Franklin has eyes on now and future

CHICAGO (AP) — Restoring Penn State’s reputation and returning its star near the top of the college football galaxy once again should have earned James Franklin some long-term job security. The fourth-year coach isn’t taking any chances. Expectations are high in Happy Valley after the ...

Extensions the talk of media days

While details are still being worked out on a new contract for football coach James Franklin, Penn State has signed wrestling coach Cael Sanderson to a long-term deal. Athletic director Sandy Barbour revealed that news Tuesday at Big Ten media days in Chicago. Barbour did not discuss details ...

PSU hopes defense can compliment offense

CHICAGO — Penn State’s offense bailed out the defense a number of times last season, and once again this year, the Nittany Lions should be able to score a ton of points. “We have weapons from top to bottom at almost every single position,” receiver DaeSean Hamilton said. “For us to ...