Penn State

Franklin juggles life, football

UNIVERSITY PARK — There are a ton of workaholics in the world, and some jobs require that you be available to work pretty much all the time. When you’re young and single, you just deal with it. You embrace it, even. For many people, that constant drive to work becomes part of their ...

Walk-on Johnson quietly makes name for himself at linebacker

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jan Johnson came to Penn State as a walk-on, but he’ll end his career as a two-year starter at middle linebacker for “Linebacker U.” That’s a remarkable achievement, and no doubt Johnson has surprised many people along the way by his success. But when asked if ...

Penn State embraces paperless ticketing

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State is all but eliminating paper tickets for its sports venues as the fall season begins. The university previously announced it would be fully transitioning to digital ticketing at Beaver Stadium for the 2019 season, although paper tickets were delivered to season ...

PSU up to task on defense

UNIVERSITY PARK — Two words are being embraced and emphasized in Penn State’s defensive meeting room: Finishers and closers. “Just having a finisher’s mentality — a mentality to close out teams when we’re up on them,” defensive coordinator Brent Pry said during Penn State’s ...

Franklin spreads positivity

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin heaped praise on junior defensive end Shaka Toney while singling out a handful of players who deserve more attention with Penn State entering fall camp. “On defense, Shaka Toney has got a strong voice with our team,” Franklin said during Saturday’s ...

Parsons primed for stardom

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Micah Parsons could hardly wait to see his face on the massive video board atop Beaver Stadium. He imagined how cool it would be to hear 107,000 fans roar when he was announced as a starting linebacker for Penn State — as a freshman. Parsons rolled into Happy ...

Steelers’ Watt looking to build on breakout rookie season

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Personal stats don’t mean much to Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt. The 24-year-old was happy to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl during a breakout second season, but he also wanted to make the playoffs with the Steelers. This year, Watt looks to lead the ...

PSU wrestling book published

UNIVERSITY PARK — In his 10 years at the helm of the Penn State wrestling team, coach Cael Sanderson has led the Nittany Lions to a run of success rarely seen in NCAA wrestling or any other collegiate sport. A new book written and published by the Penn State Wrestling Club, “Dawn of a New ...

Penn State football holds media day

UNIVERSITY PARK — Micah Parsons can’t wait to do it, and especially for a chance to carry the ball, but the question still remains of whether it’s a good idea or not. Penn State’s standout sophomore linebacker has been working out as a kickoff returner, and there seems to be a good ...

Coaches: Lions start No. 14

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State was ranked No. 14 in the preseason coaches poll, released Thursday, and was the third-highest rated team from the Big Ten East. Clemson received 59 of the 65 first-place votes to come in at No. 1, while Alabama got the other six first-place votes and is No. 2. ...