September 5, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - After earning Inquirer first-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors while playing for Frankford one year and for George Washington the next, Shareef Miller sat out Penn State's 2015 season as a redshirt and admitted it tested his patience. However, the way Miller played in his collegiate debut Saturday for the Nittany Lions, it appeared to be well worth the wait. Miller, a 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive end, spent much of his playing time in the Kent State backfield, finishing with 1½ sacks and countless hurries, in the Lions' season-opening 33-13 victory over Kent State at Beaver Stadium.
September 4, 2016 |
Kent State at Penn State Saturday, 3:30 p.m., Beaver Stadium TV: Big Ten Network. Radio: WNTP-AM (990), WNPV-AM (1440). History: Penn State leads, 4-0. It's the first meeting since 2013. About Penn State: The Nittany Lions begin their third season under James Franklin and, for the first time since 2011, they are right at or near the NCAA maximum of 85 scholarships. . . . A new up-tempo offense installed by offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead, the former head coach at Fordham, figures to favor the Lions' big-play skill players such as running back Saquon Barkley and wide receiver Chris Godwin.
August 29, 2016 |
James Franklin realizes that expectations are part of the job description as Penn State's head coach. And for his first two years in Happy Valley, the fact that the Nittany Lions played with a reduced number of scholarships compared with their opponents took very little weight - if any - off those expectations. In rolling back its 2012 sanctions on the football program two years ago, the NCAA allowed the Nittany Lions to return to the maximum 85 scholarships last season. But they couldn't get to that number, with Franklin saying on more than one occasion that they played with 75 in 2015.
August 27, 2016 |
If James Franklin wanted to surprise Penn State fans at his latest media availability, he would have announced redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens as the team's starting quarterback for its Sept. 3 season opener against Kent State at Beaver Stadium. But even as he admitted that "the statistics were pretty even" in the quarterback competition during the first two-plus weeks of training camp, Franklin decided to go with experience in redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley. It was a safe and smart move by the third-year head coach at the start of an important season.
August 17, 2016 |
Before defensive back John Reid even enrolled at Penn State last summer, he quickly had impressed his coaches with his focus and commitment to football. "You spend a handful of minutes with him, and this kid has got maturity beyond his years," then-defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said in September. "The first time, we just started talking football and every time he'd come up, he really embraced the process. We became very, very close. " That description of Reid by Shoop, who left the Nittany Lions after the season to take the same job at Tennessee, isn't the least bit surprising to Gabe Infante, who coached Reid at St. Joseph's Prep.
August 6, 2016 |
More About the Nittany LionsHere are five questions (and answers) at the start of Penn State training camp: 1 How will the Nittany Lions do in their new hurry-up offense? Penn State spent the first two years of the Franklin regime near the bottom of the Big Ten in offense, and that cost John Donovan his job. Joe Moorhead, the former head coach at Fordham, was hired away from the Bronx last December to install his hurry-up attack that produced some great numbers for the Rams, albeit at the FCS level.
June 15, 2016 |
The Penn State football team is scheduled to host Temple at noon on Sept. 17, the school announced Monday. The Nittany Lions opened the 2015 season at Temple, and the Owls earned a 27-10 win. The last time Temple visited Beaver Stadium, in 2014, Penn State won, 30-13. Penn State also announced it will open the 2016 season in Beaver Stadium against Kent State on Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m.. Both the Temple and Kent State games are to be shown on the Big Ten Network. The Nittany Lions had already announced a visit to Pittsburgh on Sept.
May 29, 2016 |
North Carolina played keep-away for nearly nine full minutes and it was just barely enough to end Penn State's season in women's lacrosse. With a minute and a half left Friday, the Nittany Lions finally forced a turnover and had a chance to tie the score. But Tar Heels goalie Caylee Waters came up with one final stop to seal the victory. "That's what it takes to make a national championship game," North Carolina coach Jenny Levy said of the save. The third-seeded Tar Heels (19-2)
May 29, 2016 |
Right after halftime, Penn State's Ally Heavens stood next to a Northwestern player. In the pouring rain, Heavens' jersey was soaked. The Northwestern player had changed into a new uniform. "A lot of top-ranked teams, they get a lot of gear. They get a lot of stuff, so I was like,'Damn,' " Heavens said. But the Nittany Lions ended up losing by only 5-4 to the perennial powerhouse. That was why Heavens said she chose to play at Penn State in October of her junior year at Garnet Valley High School.
May 28, 2016 |
Friday at Talen Energy Stadium, Chester. NORTH CAROLINA vs. PENN STATE, 5 p.m. Records: North Carolina, 18-2, 7-0 Atlantic Coast; Penn State, 14-6, 3-2 Big Ten. Coaches: North Carolina, Jenny Levy, 21st year, 293-106; Penn State, Missy Doherty, 6thyear, 155-87. Road to the Final Four: North Carolina defeated Duke, 15-10, and Notre Dame. 10-6; Penn State defeated Winthrop, 16-6; Florida, 14-13; and Penn, 8-4. Key Players: North Carolina, A/M Molly Hendrick (55 goals, 12assists)