September 5, 2014 |
Considering Penn State's second coaching change in three years and the resulting alterations in schemes, signals, and philosophies, the Nittany Lions appeared rather smooth and confident with their execution Saturday in their first game under James Franklin. Sure, the Lions had just enough hiccups - minus-2 on turnovers, nine penalties - to make their game against Central Florida a little closer than they would have liked. But no one in Happy Valley was complaining after a 26-24 victory Saturday in the Croke Park Classic in Ireland.
September 4, 2014 |
The fact that Christian Hackenberg established a Penn State record for passing yards in the season-opening victory over Central Florida obscured the inability of the Nittany Lions to do much on the ground, something that James Franklin noticed. That's why Franklin said Tuesday that his team is "going to work hard this week" on getting the running game ready for the Lions' home opener - and Franklin's first game on the Beaver Stadium sideline - Saturday against Akron. "Obviously we need to do a better job of being able to impose our will in the running game and be able to dictate the game from that standpoint," the Penn State coach said at his weekly teleconference.
August 30, 2014
Saturday, 8:30 a.m.; Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland TV/Radio: ESPN2; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (first season); Central Florida, George O'Leary (11th season, 72-56). Series: Penn State leads the series, 2-1. UCF picked up its first victory over the Nittany Lions last season, 34-31, at Beaver Stadium. Three Things to Watch This will be the first chance to watch the style of offense and defense to be employed by Franklin and the members of his coaching staff, most of whom followed him to Happy Valley from Vanderbilt.
August 13, 2014 |
EIGHT DAYS ago, Penn State's football team held its annual preseason media day at Beaver Stadium, where nearly 90 non-freshmen players were spread out across the yet-to-be-painted natural grass field. The defensive linemen were stationed to a far corner, in an area of the field typically used as part of the opposition's sideline. Midway through the hour the players spent in the stadium, about 10 reporters huddled around the 6-4, 255-pound defensive end sporting a blue No. 18 uniform.
August 6, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Whenever Penn State coach James Franklin has been asked recently about Christian Hackenberg, he consistently has mentioned finding the "pieces of the puzzle" - choosing from an inexperienced corps of offensive linemen and wide receivers - to place around the Nittany Lions quarterback. Franklin won't say he is worried, but most of Nittany Nation is. The offensive line returns only one starter, and three of the early projected starting five have not played a single down there.
July 30, 2014 |
CHICAGO - The darkest days of Penn State football may be receding as the focus moves back onto the field. While sanctions remain against Nittany Lions football in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal the subject barely came up at yesterday's Big Ten football media day. About the closest new coach James Franklin came to addressing NCAA punishments came when asked to compare building up his former Vanderbilt program and obstacles...
April 24, 2014
Penn State and new Big Ten rival Rutgers will open the 2014 conference season under the lights on Sept. 13 in Piscataway, N.J. The game will kick off at 8 p.m. at High Point Solutions Stadium and be televised on the Big Ten Network. This will be not only the first conference game for the two teams, it also will be the first Big Ten contest of the season. Rutgers officially will become a member of the Big Ten on July 1. The Scarlet Knights will be playing in the East Division, meaning they will compete against the Nittany Lions annually.
January 14, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State football players emerged from the Lasch Football Building at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday after meeting with their new coach, James Franklin, for the first time. Roll was taken at the meeting, which lasted about 30 minutes. Every player attended, including Penn State's five early enrollees. None was made available to the media afterward. On Saturday, Penn State formally introduced Franklin in a news conference at Beaver Stadium. "It is going to be a sprint from here on out, and that is talking to the players, the current players," Franklin said.
January 3, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Dave Joyner sat in the front of the Beaver Stadium press room yesterday and faced the reality: He and Penn State need to find someone to fill the seat he was sitting in and lead a football team onto the field at his back. Again. For the second time in 3 years, Joyner, Penn State's athletic director, and the school are looking for a new person to lead a storied football program, as it was officially announced yesterday that Bill O'Brien has accepted the head coaching job with the Houston Texans.
December 2, 2013 |
MADISON, Wis. - Seniors such as Penn State guard John Urschel were crushed last week when they could not come up with a victory in their final game at Beaver Stadium. But one week later and more than 700 miles away from Happy Valley, Urschel and his fellow seniors celebrated a major upset, Saturday's 31-24 victory over Wisconsin that allowed him to finish his collegiate career with a huge smile on his face. "It's great to get the win," Urschel said. "Honestly, I don't really know what to say. It was a tough loss last week and just to fight all four quarters, it wasn't always pretty, it wasn't always perfect football, but we got it done.