October 16, 2015 |
The question faces every Penn State opponent sooner or later. Of the four men who guard the trenches for the Nittany Lions on the defensive side of the ball every Saturday, whom do you double-team? It's got to be a puzzle. The Lions possess probably the best pair of defensive tackles in the Big Ten in Anthony Zettel and Austin Johnson. Their best pass rusher, sack-happy fifth-year senior Carl Nassib, who walked on as a freshman out of Malvern Prep, merits a lot of attention. "It's kind of balanced up front with us," said defensive end Garrett Sickels, the fourth member of Penn State's D-line.
August 31, 2015 |
The word system comes up often in discussions of quarterbacks these days, especially college quarterbacks, and it usually comes up in a certain way, nestled within a certain phrasing. Boiled down, the question goes like this: Is he a product of the system? That's football, more and more. A particular coach runs a particular offense, with a particular style, and that system might require a particular set of skills from the quarterback, or it might enhance those skills the quarterback already has, or it might minimize the quarterback's weaknesses and flaws.
August 19, 2015 |
Carl Nassib is entering his fifth season at Penn State, where he has played for four defensive coordinators, three head coaches and two defensive line coaches, yet still finds it amazing that he wears the blue and white and plays in Beaver Stadium. His road hasn't been an easy one - from Malvern Prep to walk-on who didn't play for two years to scholarship player to probable starting defensive end for the Nittany Lions. But the journey has been a tribute to Nassib's focus, work ethic and motor on the field.
August 4, 2015 |
CHICAGO - This is the year Anthony Zettel has been waiting for. His first four years at Penn State, Zettel needed to learn a new defense each year under four different defensive coordinators - Tom Bradley during his true freshman season, when he sat out, followed by Ted Roof, John Butler, and Bob Shoop. Bradley worked for Joe Paterno and Roof and Butler were part of Bill O'Brien's staff. Now, for his senior season, the defensive end- turned-defensive tackle gets to stay in the scheme that Shoop installed last year, when he accompanied James Franklin and the new Penn State coaching staff to Happy Valley.
July 18, 2015 |
Penn State football coach James Franklin gathered former and current players Thursday morning for a special announcement: The players' names that had been stitched onto the backs of the Nittany Lions' blue-and-white jerseys since 2012 were coming off. Jerseys with no names revive one of Penn State's oldest traditions. "I've thought about this since day one but I just thought year one wasn't the right time to make the decision," the second-year coach said Thursday night. "There was a lot of issues, a lot of things we had to overcome.
April 29, 2015 |
PENN STATE quarterback Christian Hackenberg is widely viewed as a future pro. It also is abundantly clear to one NFL draft analyst that he has some work to do before entering the selection process, which he can do as soon as next year. "He needs to drastically play better than he did [in 2014] if he has any hope of going in the first three rounds," said Russ Lande, president of GM Jr. Scouting and college scouting director for the Big Ten Network, the CFL's Montreal Alouettes and 120Sports.com.
April 17, 2015 |
TOM BRADLEY, who had been at Penn State forever, isn't answering any more questions about the Jerry Sandusky scandal. "I think all those questions have been answered years ago," Bradley told the Associated Press. "I'm here to help UCLA and these players be the best players they can possibly be. " The Bruins' new defensive coordinator under head coach Jim Mora still bleeds blue and white. Which you would expect from a guy who spent 32 years as an assistant to Joe Paterno. That was after playing defensive end for four seasons for the Lions.
April 9, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - As Adam Breneman prepares for the 2015 season, he has a renewed sense of motivation. Last season, the Nittany Lions tight end was sidelined by a knee injury, which forced him to refocus his life. "I learned how to live with myself without football for a while," Breneman said Tuesday as Penn State continued spring practice ahead of its April 18 Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. "I learned about myself outside of football and that was kind of neat, even though I always wanted to be playing.
March 26, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Andy Reid once had control over personnel as coach of the Eagles. Now he doesn't have it, officially, in Kansas City, though Reid played a role in the hiring of his old Green Bay friend, John Dorsey, as the Chiefs' general manager. So, is having that power a good thing for a coach? And if it is, why didn't Reid want it anymore, after he was dismissed by the Eagles at the end of a 14-year run? "I think every situation's different. I loved doing it, when I did it. Where I'm at in my career, I'm glad I'm out of it," Reid said yesterday at the AFC coaches' breakfast, during the NFL meetings, which conclude today.
February 21, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Chip Kelly once preferred Brett Hundley to Marcus Mariota. But Hundley chose UCLA and Kelly settled on Mariota, and somewhere over the next three years Oregon proved to get the better college quarterback. Mariota is also expected to be the better NFL prospect and likely out of reach for Kelly and the Eagles, who have the 20th overall selection in the first round of the NFL draft. But Hundley should be available when the Eagles pick, and possibly in the second or third round, as well.