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May 12, 2014 | By Rick O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, Tom Savage, working construction with his father and desperately seeking one last college opportunity, thought his football playing days might be over. Now, after impressing in one season at Pittsburgh and dramatically raising his stock in recent months, the strong-armed quarterback from Cardinal O'Hara is set to begin a pro career. He was selected Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL draft, with the 135th overall choice, by the Houston Texans. "It was tough," Savage said.
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May 11, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Jaguars traded up nine spots to select former Penn State receiver Allen Robinson in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night. The Jaguars gave San Francisco their third-round pick (No. 70 overall) and a fifth-rounder (No. 150) to choose Robinson with the 61st selection. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Robinson caught 177 passes for 2,474 yards and 17 touchdowns in three years at Penn State. He had 97 receptions for 1,432 yards and six scores last year.
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April 14, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin is not a patient person. Since arriving at Penn State 3 months ago, Franklin has made an impact and built relationships with his new team, on the recruiting trail and in town. He has certainly kept himself occupied, but that doesn't mean the coach wasn't getting antsy for the calendar to flip to today. Penn State will host its annual spring scrimmage, the Blue-White Game, at 1:30 p.m., giving Franklin his first taste of live football inside Beaver Stadium and fans their primary chance to see what direction the former Vanderbilt head coach and his new staff have the Nittany Lions headed.
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April 5, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christian Hackenberg hit the ground running after he reported to Penn State last summer for his first season of college football, cramming as much of Bill O'Brien's complex offense into his head as he could before leading the Nittany Lions into their season opener on Labor Day weekend. Now Hackenberg is learning all over again this spring, trying to grasp the nuances of the Lions' new offense under coach James Franklin. However, the quarterback's task this time is easier because of the experience he gained last season when he threw for 2,955 yards and 20 touchdowns as a true freshman.
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March 19, 2014 | BY STEPHEN PIANOVICH, For the Daily News
UNIVERSITY PARK - James Franklin wants his new team to hit the ground running this spring, even if it means running in circles. "There is no walking on the field ever," Franklin said yesterday at a news conference before Penn State held its first of 15 spring practices. "I told them the first day if you don't know where you're supposed to go or what you're doing when the horn blows, then sprint in a circle until you figure it out. " Franklin spent most of his first 9 weeks as the Nittany Lions' head coach in shirts and ties either greeting people at appearances in State College or nabbing eight early verbal commitments for the 2015 class.
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March 8, 2014 | By Dan Norton, For The Inquirer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State football players worked out in silence during their first week under the new coaching staff. They had to earn the music, and they earned it quickly. Dwight Galt, the Nittany Lions' new director of performance enhancement, who arrived from Vanderbilt with head coach James Franklin, has mixed feelings about that. "Now you say they must have earned it because we all have to clean our ears out," said Galt, not a fan of the Lions' contemporary playlist that resonated through their weight-room session Monday.
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February 23, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
INDIANAPOLIS - Johnny Manziel had swept into the interview room here at Lucas Oil Stadium like a prizefighter with an entourage, reporters shuffling in front of him and hustling behind him, as he positioned himself atop a riser and behind a podium early Friday afternoon. Here was the star of the second day of the NFL combine, ready to state his case as the best quarterback prospect in this year's draft, and all the reporters and analysts on hand paid him their attention. But the man who controls Manziel's fate hadn't entered yet. Bill O'Brien came in next, taking the podium at the opposite end of the room.
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February 23, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
INDIANAPOLIS - Arkansas coach Bret Bielema has proposed a college football rules change that would slow down hurry-up offenses, by allowing the defense at least 10 seconds to substitute, before the next play is run. Obviously, if college football goes that way, there's a chance the movement will spread to the NFL, where teams such as the Eagles have been known to make playing uptempo a key component of their approach. Eagles coach Chip Kelly hasn't spoken to reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine, but one of Kelly's friends, who has a similar mindset, said yesterday he doesn't much like the idea, particularly in the pros.
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February 7, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
For his first recruiting class as the head coach at Penn State, James Franklin leaned on the relationships he developed with the recruits he had attracted both at his current job and at his former position at Vanderbilt. The result was a full class of 20 players, including a final commitment on Wednesday, who returned their letters of intent and officially became members of the Nittany Lions' incoming class for 2014. "The staff kept recruiting and kept making phone calls, finding guys that we had relationships with to see if they were interested," Franklin said at a late afternoon news conference in Beaver Stadium.
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