August 27, 2015 |
As the most experienced of Penn State's offensive linemen, Angelo Mangiro took it upon himself in the offseason to lead his group through meetings and workouts and make sure last year's dismal performance by the unit does not happen again. "I know last year we had our ups and downs during the season, and we took it personal," Mangiro, a fifth-year senior center, said before the start of training camp. "We know we're forty-some percent of the offense, and that offense only goes as far as we go. So we put the onus on ourselves to really push ourselves over the summer, and we did. " Since there are no exhibition games in college football, the offensive line's level of improvement won't be evident until the Nittany Lions' Sept.
August 21, 2015 |
Going into Penn State's preseason camp, many were focused on the improvement on the offensive line. But the defensive side has made equally large strides, defensive recruiting coordinator Terry Smith said Wednesday. "We're flying around, executing, communicating well," Smith said. "We haven't been giving up too many big plays. . . . It's been really competitive and really promising. " At cornerback, senior Trevor Williams has impressed, Smith said. "The secondary's really good," said Smith, particularly safeties Marcus Allen and Jordan Lucas, who played cornerback last season.
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 18, 2015 |
Prep Charter's Karamo Dioubate, a 6-foot-4, 277-pound defensive end and four-star recruit, committed Sunday to Penn State. The senior from Southwest Philadelphia chose Penn State over Alabama, Auburn, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee, West Virginia, and Wisconsin, among others. He is the program's 19th player to commit in the Class of 2016. "Penn State is always strong in football and it has great academics," said Dioubate, 17. "And I found the coaches to be a great bunch of guys.
August 16, 2015 |
Since it went live in June, a website that contains a petition to end hazing at fraternities, a roster of cases related to physical and sexual abuse in the Greek system, and a plethora of related documents, has drawn brisk traffic. Aaron Freiwald, a creator of endhazingnow.com, says the site is about more than the civil suit filed by his client, James Vivenzio, against Pennsylvania State University and the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. But the attorney for the fraternity's national organization contends the site is about a lawyer selling his services and is an abuse of something ordinarily out of the public eye - the pretrial discovery process.
August 14, 2015 |
As the Nittany Lions wrap up the first week of preseason camp, there's one thing that coach James Franklin is certain about: Everything's different compared to last year. After practice Wednesday evening, Franklin repeated that this change may be most noticeable on the offensive line, which struggled last season. "They're not seeing blitzes every down from our defense and things like that, but the offense is having more success than we've had," Franklin said. "The depth and the competition is dramatically different.
August 10, 2015 |
When Penn State landed Daiquan Kelly as part of its 2015 freshman class, the Nittany Lions thought the athletic-but-undersize linebacker might one day grow into a playmaker for them. Now they'll never know. On Saturday morning, Penn State issued a statement announcing that the 6-2, 194-pound Kelly had been dismissed from the team for violating unspecified team rules. Kelly is generally regarded as a three-star recruit, although some recruiting services have rated him as high as four stars.
August 7, 2015 |
1. Will Christian Hackenberg have a bounce-back season? A wise guy's answer would be: "Ask the offensive line. " The Nittany Lions will go as far as Hackenberg takes them, but that means the offensive line has to protect Hackenberg a lot better than it did last year (44 sacks) and revamp a running game that ranked at the bottom of the Big Ten in 2014. Instead of one returning starter, the line brings back four starters from last season plus a highly touted junior college transfer tackle to replace NFL second-round draft choice Donovan Smith.
August 5, 2015 |
The pipeline from Broad and Vine to State College continues. Surrounded by family and friends Monday afternoon at the school's library, Roman Catholic's Tony Carr, a dynamic senior point guard and four-star recruit, committed to play at Penn State. Roman classmate Nazeer Bostick, a 6-foot-4 wing guard and three-star recruit, committed to head coach Pat Chambers and the Nittany Lions in April. Former Cahillites teammate Shep Garner started 33 games as a freshman for Penn State last season.