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January 28, 2016 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, STAFF WRITER
STATE COLLEGE - Ever since it was disassembled in 1960 and relocated to an eastern edge of Penn State's campus, Beaver Stadium, like some '57 Chevy in Cuba, has been repaired, patched and, where possible, upgraded. But after 56 years, Happy Valley's most iconic structure is rusting, sputtering and due either for a major overhaul or replacement. "When you stand on the Beaver Stadium field at kickoff and there are 107,000 fans in the stands, there's not a better place in college football," said Phil Esten, Penn State's deputy director of athletics.
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January 2, 2016 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. - Gregg Garrity admits that he tries to keep his family connection as low-key as possible, that he doesn't initiate any reference to "The Catch," an event that is up there with the top legendary moments in Penn State football history. But when asked, he will come clean. And he was repeatedly asked by the media Thursday after Penn State completed its final practice for the TaxSlayer Bowl against Georgia on Saturday. Garrity's father, also named Gregg, made a diving catch of a 47-yard touchdown pass from Todd Blackledge that sparked the second-ranked Nittany Lions' 27-23 victory over No. 1 Georgia in the 1983 Sugar Bowl and gave them their first national championship.
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December 20, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg confirmed Friday that he has filed paperwork with the NFL Draft Advisory Board to gauge where he might fall in the draft should he decide to skip his senior year with the Nittany Lions. But when it came to giving any indication about which way he might be leaning, Hackenberg was typically tight-lipped in an interview during Penn State's TaxSlayer Bowl media day at Beaver Stadium. On his anticipated evaluation by the advisory board, he said, "I don't know if we've gotten that back yet but that's normal protocol for juniors in that situation.
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November 23, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Christian Hackenberg looked up at the 107,418 screaming, white-clad spectators packed into Beaver Stadium. During Penn State's 28-16 loss to Michigan, a game that could have been the junior quarterback's last game in Happy Valley, the scene elicited a mixture of emotions, including frustration at the team's performance. "It just means a lot to me playing here, playing with these guys, playing with these seniors," said Hackenberg, who said last week that he is focusing on this season, not a decision on whether to leave for the NFL. "It was disappointing we couldn't get it done.
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November 22, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
They are the Final Six, a portion of the 46th and last recruiting class gathered in 2011 by head coach Joe Paterno. Defensive tackle Anthony Zettel, defensive end Carl Nassib, offensive lineman Angelo Mangiro, tight end Kyle Carter, linebacker Ben Kline, and wide receiver Matt Zanellato all redshirted that first season on campus, a season that went horribly wrong after revelations in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and the firing of Paterno....
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November 21, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn State pass defense, which has been ranked near the top of the FBS rankings in yards allowed this season, will get a major test from Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock on Saturday in a senior day matchup against the 14th-ranked Wolverines at Beaver Stadium. But the leader of the defense, senior cocaptain Jordan Lucas, will be watching from the sidelines. The Nittany Lions' starting strong safety suffered a season-ending injury in the first half of the team's Nov. 7 loss to Northwestern.
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November 20, 2015 | By Erin McCarthy, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - During his team's bye week, Penn State coach James Franklin watched Michigan's double-overtime, 48-41 win over Indiana last Saturday. "A heck of a game as a fan of college football to watch," Franklin said. But he was also watching as a coach, trying to learn from Indiana's offensive effort as his Nittany Lions (7-3, 4-2 Big Ten) prepare to face Michigan (8-2, 5-1) on Saturday at Beaver Stadium. The Wolverines defense ranks second in the Football Bowl Subdivision, allowing an average of 268 yards per game.
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November 19, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things are looking up for Penn State football. The program has all its scholarships back after three years of limited numbers under NCAA sanctions. The Nittany Lions will lose only six seniors who have played regular roles on offense or defense this season. The one thing that would reinforce this surge would be a signature win. The Lions have yet to defeat a ranked team in the two-season run of coach James Franklin, and will get another chance to pick one up Saturday on senior day at Beaver Stadium against No. 14 Michigan.
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November 19, 2015 | BY GORDIE JONES, For the Daily News
NINETEEN PENN State players will be honored Saturday in Beaver Stadium, before they play their final home game, against Michigan. Christian Hackenberg will not be one of them. Doesn't mean the junior quarterback will spurn the NFL and return for his final season in 2016. Just means that nothing is certain right now. Hackenberg was asked during a news conference Tuesday afternoon if he has thought about whether this will be his last home appearance. "Not really," he said.
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November 18, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
A newcomer who listens to the weekly news conference conducted by Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh must be prepared for a ride down some roads that most head football coaches never travel. The 14th-ranked Wolverines (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten), play Saturday at Beaver Stadium against Penn State (7-3, 4-2). They are coming off a 48-41 double-overtime victory over Indiana that saw quarterback Jake Rudock pass for 440 yards and a school-record six touchdowns. Rudock, a graduate transfer from Iowa, had seven straight games earlier this season in which he did not reach the 200-yard mark for passing.
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