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Penn State

Rahne must show more this season

Now that Penn State finally has named Sean Clifford the starting quarterback — a no-brainer for months, really, since Tommy Stevens transferred — the big question entering the season is if coordinator Ricky Rahne can get the most out of the new QB and overall offense. Make no mistake, ...

Clifford named starter

UNIVERSITY PARK (AP) — Sean Clifford will start at quarterback for No. 15 Penn State in its season opener against Idaho. The Nittany Lions announced Clifford as the starter in a tweet on Friday. Clifford was expected to win the starting job after longtime backup Tommy Stevens transferred ...

Reid poised to lead secondary for young Penn State defense

UNIVERSITY PARK — Expect cornerback John Reid to be one of Penn State’s defensive leaders and a candidate for a 2019 captain’s role. The fifth-year senior cracked the starting lineup as a true freshman in 2015 and has more career starts (27) than anybody on the Nittany Lions’ ...

Shorter may be a breakout

UNIVERSITY PARK — If you’re looking for one breakout player this year for Penn State, the one guy who could erupt out of nowhere with a huge season, wide receiver Justin Shorter very well may be your best bet. Shorter caught all of three passes last season as a true freshman, playing in ...

Penn State QB still not named

UNIVERSITY PARK — James Franklin still isn’t ready to name Penn State’s starting quarterback with the season opener just 10 days away. “We haven’t even talked about it, honestly,” Franklin said Tuesday night, in a video posted at gopsusports.com. “Swear to God, we haven’t even ...

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 ...