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May 9, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Penn State football recruiting express continues to roll along with the Nittany Lions holding down the No. 2 spot in the Class of 2015 rankings by a consensus of recruiting websites. First-year coach James Franklin picked up his 14th and 15th oral commitments Tuesday night in offensive tackle Sterling Jenkins of Pittsburgh and quarterback Brandon Wimbush of Jersey City, N.J. The 6-foot-8, 305-pound Jenkins, from Baldwin High School, is ranked by 247 Sports as the top high school football player in Pennsylvania.
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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.
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April 17, 2014
Penn State's home football game against Ohio State on Oct. 25 will kick off at 8 p.m., the Nittany Lions said Tuesday. For the second straight year, Penn State will clash with Michigan and Ohio State in prime time. The Lions will visit Michigan on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.
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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 12, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Penn State begins playing football games for real, nothing will be more important to the Nittany Lions than keeping sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg upright and healthy. If the season opener were tomorrow, however, with all the questions about the offensive line, new coach James Franklin would have some major issues. Fortunately for Penn State, which plays its Blue-White spring game Saturday in State College, the real games don't begin for five months. "The guys we have I believe are going to do a good job for us," Franklin said Thursday in a conference call.
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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.
NEWS
April 3, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jack Sherry, 81, of Drexel Hill, a two-sport star at Penn State and the captain of the Nittany Lions' only basketball team to reach the NCAA Final Four, died Monday night in Lankenau Hospital. Born in West Philadelphia, the oldest of six children, Mr. Sherry, a 1950 graduate of West Catholic, attended Penn State on a football scholarship. Playing offensive end and defensive back, he set a team record in 1952 with eight interceptions, a mark that stood until 1969. As a senior in 1954, he led the Nittany Lions in receiving yards and tied for the lead in receptions.
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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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