January 18, 2015 |
Like so many of the victories restored to his resume on Friday, the response from former Penn State players to Joe Paterno's posthumous redemption was easy to forecast. Via interviews and social media, Nittany Lions players reacted to the news about their ex-coach with relief and satisfaction. "It was only a matter of time," tweeted Mike McGloin, the Paterno-recruited quarterback now with the Oakland Raiders. "Now this [a photo of the Paterno statue school officials removed] needs to be put back.
January 10, 2015 |
Considering the success Bob Shoop enjoyed in his first season as Penn State's defensive coordinator, it seemed only natural that a program with deep pockets, such as Louisiana State, would reach out and try to persuade him to go south. Shoop said he was "flattered" by the attention, but he decided Wednesday night that he would stay at Penn State, and informed his followers on Twitter. Fox Sports reported Thursday that Shoop, who is originally from Oakmont, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, had a good incentive for staying - a new three-year deal worth about $1 million annually.
January 7, 2015 |
Penn State tight end Jesse James, an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection, has announced he will give up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, the Nittany Lions said in a news release. The 6-foot-7, 271-pound James, a junior who caught 38 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns this season, is the third player to leave the Nittany Lions with one year of eligibility left. He joins offensive tackle Donovan Smith and defensive end Deion Barnes, a former Northeast High star.
January 2, 2015 |
WHEN PENN STATE tight end Kyle Carter looks at the record books 10 years from now, he won't see this season's 7-6 mark and just think of the wins and losses. He'll remember a year of personal frustrations ending in jubilation. When Carter arrived at Yankee Stadium last Saturday, the redshirt junior hadn't scored a touchdown in 25 games. But that changed when it mattered most. The 6-3, 241-pound Carter used his size to haul in the final touchdown of the Nittany Lions' overtime win over Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl to end an individually disappointing campaign by celebrating with his teammates.
December 31, 2014 |
Tackle Donovan Smith, the most experienced player on the young Penn State offensive line for much of the 2014 season, announced Monday he has decided to enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Smith, a redshirt junior who started 31 games at left tackle over the last three seasons, will forgo his final season of eligibility. In a release issued by Penn State athletic communications, Smith said "it seems like it was yesterday" since he sat down with former coach Joe Paterno to discuss his plans after high school in Owings Mills, Md. "I promised him and my family that I would get my degree," Smith said.
December 30, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Sam Ficken lined up next to his kneeling holder and, with his head down looking at the torn-up field, counted three steps back. Penn State's senior placekicker picked his head up and stared at the uprights directly in front of him for a brief moment. The lanky, 6-2, 186-pound Indiana native then took two steps to the left and twisted his shoulders right to left. He was ready; ready to deliver Penn State its most significant, far-reaching win in years. The Nittany Lions (7-6)
December 29, 2014 |
NEW YORK - Penn State's nation-leading run defense allowed Boston College a sizable 285 yards on the ground in the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday. But it was the 2 yards quarterback Tyler Murphy didn't gain on a third-down scramble near the goal line that opened the window for a successful Nittany Lions comeback. Safety Marcus Allen hauled down Murphy to hold the Eagles to a field goal with less than three minutes in regulation, allowing a 44-yard field goal from Sam Ficken to tie the game and send it into overtime.
December 29, 2014
Saturday at 4:30 p.m., Yankee Stadium, New York Records: Penn State, 6-6, 2-6 Big Ten (sixth in East Division). Boston College, 7-5, 4-4 ACC (fourth in Atlantic Division). TV/Radio: ESPN; WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). Coaches: Penn State, James Franklin (first season, 6-6; 30-21 overall in four seasons). Boston College, Steve Addazio (second season, 14-11; 27-22 overall in four seasons) Series: The two teams have played 23 times since 1946. The Nittany Lions won 19 of the first 20 games in the series but the Eagles have captured the last three including a 21-7 win in their last meeting in 2004.
December 29, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It had been a long time, more than three months to be exact, since Christian Hackenberg looked like the confident quarterback who had excited Penn State fans during his 2013 freshman year, who was on everyone's top-10-in-the-nation list at the start of the season. On Saturday at Yankee Stadium, Hackenberg showed a captivated sellout Pinstripe Bowl crowd of 49,012 that he could still be that guy, leading the Nittany Lions back from a two-touchdown deficit against Boston College and carrying the game into overtime.