April 18, 2015 |
There couldn't have been a sophomore quarterback in the nation with more on his plate in 2014 than Penn State's Christian Hackenberg. Learning a new offensive system for the second straight season, the talented Hackenberg had to find a way to magically provide points for a team with young wide receivers and a thin and porous offensive line, a combination that resulted in 44 sacks and dozens more knockdowns. However, through all this frustration, Hackenberg answered the call as a leader of the offense, a responsibility that he has embraced more strongly this spring going into the Blue-White Game Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
April 16, 2015 |
Akeel Lynch has waited a long time to be Penn State's featured running back. The junior-to-be redshirted his first season with the Nittany Lions and didn't start a single game until the 10th contest of the 2014 season against Temple. Now, Lynch, who finished as Penn State's leading rusher last year with 678 yards despite averaging fewer than 12 rushes per game, has seized the starting role in spring practice and doesn't plan to let go any time soon. "For me individually, it's just establishing myself as the No. 1 running back," he said Tuesday.
April 15, 2015 |
Penn State will open the 2015 Big Ten season Sept. 19 against Rutgers in a night game at Beaver Stadium, the Big Ten Network announced Monday. Game time will be set at a later date. The two teams began their Big Ten schedules last year on the third Saturday of their seasons under the lights at High Point Solutions Stadium, with the Nittany Lions rallying from a 10-point deficit to win, 13-10, on Bill Belton's touchdown run with 1 minute, 13 seconds to play. The victory gave the Lions a 23-2 advantage in the series that began in 1918.
April 13, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A lot of uncertainty hung over the Nittany Lions before spring practice began last month. For coach James Franklin, the loss of both starting defensive ends was a major concern. But now, with the Blue-White game less than a week away, those question marks are gone for the second-year coach. Not only have the defensive ends been playing with good technique and fundamentals, Franklin said after practice Saturday, but they've also shown great confidence. He said Carl Nassib and Garrett Sickels have continued to impress.
April 11, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees voted Thursday to pay an undisclosed amount - what one trustee called "an extraordinary" sum - to settle claims filed by sexual-abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky. In a special meeting held by teleconference, the board voted, 18-6, to approve the settlement. It did not disclose the size of the payout, the case details, or names of any plaintiffs. Sources had told The Inquirer that the meeting was being called solely to settle at least one Sandusky-related lawsuit.
April 9, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - As Adam Breneman prepares for the 2015 season, he has a renewed sense of motivation. Last season, the Nittany Lions tight end was sidelined by a knee injury, which forced him to refocus his life. "I learned how to live with myself without football for a while," Breneman said Tuesday as Penn State continued spring practice ahead of its April 18 Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium. "I learned about myself outside of football and that was kind of neat, even though I always wanted to be playing.
April 8, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University this week is looking to end one of the remaining lawsuits filed by a victim of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, according to sources. The school's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday morning to discuss "potential settlements" and possibly vote, said spokeswoman Lisa Powers. She did not provide details, but sources familiar with the case said Penn State was seeking to settle with a victim of Sandusky, a former assistant football coach convicted in 2012 of 45 counts related to sexual abuse of 10 children.
April 6, 2015 |
The Final Four is taking place in Indianapolis as scheduled, and, no doubt, the NCAA is quite proud of the inroads it made in the past week to ensure that same-sex couples will still be able to get their wedding cakes from religious-right bakers. After all, it's every couple's dream. That's not one of the specific rights the founding fathers addressed when fashioning the U.S. Constitution, but it's in there somewhere amid the philosophy of equality, tolerance, and the separation of church and state.
April 4, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - One day of the summer of 2013 still sticks out for Carl Nassib. The defensive end was worried because he had yet to pay his Penn State tuition. "I walked up to Bill O'Brien's office and I was like 'crap, I'm not going to be able to practice,' " said Nassib, who started his Penn State career as a walk-on. "And he said I was on scholarship. That was pretty intense. " The West Chester native said he's thankful every day to be a part of Penn State's defense. While many dread practice, Nassib said it's his favorite part of the day. And it shows.
April 3, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Coming off a tough 2014 season, Penn State's offense already seems stronger to Christian Hackenberg. And it's not only physical toughness, the sophomore quarterback said, but mental fortitude after overcoming adversity last year. "My mind was in a lot of places last year. I kind of lost that ability to focus on myself when I need to and make sure I'm doing my job," Hackenberg said Wednesday. "It's awesome having the confidence I have in them now to make sure they're doing their job, and the confidence in my leadership to step up and hold them to the standard of doing their job. " Coach James Franklin has made a point of defending his quarterback during spring practice.