Penn State

Starting point

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Christian Hackenberg knew about two weeks ago he was going to start his first college football game for Penn State.Most everybody else found out Saturday, when the 18-year-old freshman quarterback led the Nittany Lions on to the field at MetLife Stadium.Just a few ...

QBs unknown headed into Penn State opener

NEW YORK (AP) - The much-anticipated unveilings should be done by the end of the first quarter between Penn State and Syracuse.The Nittany Lions and Orange will finally reveal their starting quarterbacks Saturday at MetLife Stadium.For Penn State, it'll be either junior college transfer Tyler ...

O’Brien preps Lions for opener with film

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has widened the realm of preparation for Saturday's season opener against Syracuse by honing his players' collective mental and emotional edge.Anything to get an edge.The second-year coach took a break from the playbook during preseason ...

O’Brien still mum on quarterback starter

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Coach Bill O'Brien didn't need to be asked the question. He knew everyone wanted to hear about his decision regarding Penn State's Week 1 starting quarterback, so he opened his weekly press conference with the hot topic, before anyone could even ask about it.Not that he ...

PSU, Syracuse keeping QB options open

The gamesmanship continues between Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and Syracuse coach Scott Shafer as neither has named a starting quarterback for Saturday's season opener.The Nittany Lions and Orange both released their week one depth chart Monday, and both list two quarterbacks as the potential ...

Scholarship players added

O'Brien has decided to put five run-on players on scholarship for this season. That brings the Lions' total to 71 scholarship players. They don't have to be down to the NCAA-mandated limit of 65 until next year.The five players put on scholarship are: G Bryan Davie (Jr. 6-3, 282), who weighed ...

PSU looks to regain volleyball dominance

Top-ranked Texas has all but one starter back from last year's national championship volleyball team, and Jerritt Elliott says his roster is the deepest it has been in his 13 years at the school.But the 2012 national coach of the year isn't ready to make travel plans for a fifth appearance in ...

Ficken looks to keep on moving up

STATE COLLEGE - Sam Ficken went from feeling near zero to finishing with a perfect 10 in 2012.Building on that for 2013 will take an improved mental approach, which he built from his early-season struggles last year, and improved physical skills, for which he's credited Penn State trainer Craig ...

Staying healthy key for Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - With Penn State limited to 65 scholarship players because of NCAA sanctions, coach Bill O'Brien has said keeping key players healthy is a crucial balancing act.That balancing act was evident Friday during the 25 minutes the coach opened the Nittany Lions' 14th practice to ...

Ferguson, Hackenberg are fighting for Penn State QB job

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) - Penn State coach Bill O'Brien has repeatedly contended that he's a one-quarterback coach. That philosophy might change this season.The duel between redshirt sophomore Tyler Ferguson, a junior college transfer, and true freshman Christian Hackenberg, a five-star recruit ...