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October 24, 2014 | By John Stuetz, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christian Hackenberg committed to a Bill O'Brien-led Penn State program two weeks after his 17th birthday. After a standout freshman season with the Nittany Lions, the native of Palmyra, Va., saw O'Brien jump to the NFL's Houston Texans. A revamped staff led by James Franklin entered Happy Valley in January. Although Franklin came to Penn State with high praise, the combination of a new staff and a less-experienced roster has not yielded overwhelming results, particularly on the offensive side.
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October 24, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Sometimes there are stories that are teed up for sportswriting - for all the cliches of the craft about overcoming adversity or pain or both, for a quick and easy metaphor about how an athlete's triumph represents his team's best chance for an improbable victory. Mike Hull's story is one of those. Hull is Penn State's best linebacker, a 6-foot, 225-pound senior captain who ranks second in the Big Ten in total tackles (64). Who is the son of a former Penn State player and, as such, never seriously considered playing football for, or even attending, another university.
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October 23, 2014 | BY AARON CARTER, Daily News Staff Writer cartera@phillynews.com
YEARS FROM NOW, however long it takes, chances are you might become familiar with the name John Reid. The 5-10, 190-pound senior for St. Joseph's Prep is a nationally touted cornerback headed to Penn State next year. And, once his days as a Nittany Lion are complete, it's possible you could see him in a secondary on Sundays, or, you could simply be watching NFL football on a device the self-taught computer creator developed on his own. Indeed, for the last 2 or 3 years, Reid says, he, his father and an uncle have been building a computer - from scratch.
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October 23, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
The presumption for the last month is that the feeling within the Penn State football program hasn't been very positive, what with the Nittany Lions having lost games before each of their two bye weeks. If you told that to James Franklin, however, he would say that you are wrong. With the Lions preparing for Saturday night's game at Beaver Stadium against 13th-ranked Ohio State, Franklin exuded positivity and confidence Tuesday at his weekly news conference as his team tries to bounce back from losses to Northwestern and Michigan that saw it score just one touchdown and 19 total points.
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October 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Larry Johnson earned a reputation as an outstanding recruiter, an elite defensive line coach, and an excellent role model for college football players during his 18 seasons as a Penn State assistant - 16 to Joe Paterno and two to Bill O'Brien. But when the athletic administration of the university looked to hire a new head coach, officials twice passed over him in favor of O'Brien in 2012 and James Franklin last January. Johnson then said goodbye to Happy Valley, not knowing where his next job would be. A new job, however, surfaced almost immediately when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer asked him to become assistant head coach and defensive line coach, meaning fans of Johnson over the years will be shaking their heads Saturday night to see him on the visitors sideline at Beaver Stadium wearing the scarlet and gray of the Buckeyes.
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October 22, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Urban Meyer, who has coached in some big-time stadiums during his career, recalled his first Beaver Stadium experience with Ohio State in 2012 when he told his wife, "That's one of the top five atmospheres we've ever played in. " The ingredients will be there once again - a sellout crowd of close to 108,000, a "whiteout," lots of noise under the lights - on Saturday night when the 13th-ranked Buckeyes return to Happy Valley to take on a Nittany Lions...
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October 21, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop spent a good portion of Penn State's bye week watching film of the Ohio State offense, and that had to mean he endured some sleepless nights figuring out how to stop one of the hottest units in the country. The 13th-ranked Buckeyes (5-1), who will be at Beaver Stadium Saturday night to meet the Nittany Lions, defeated Rutgers, 56-17, Saturday at Ohio Stadium for their fourth consecutive win. During that streak, they have scored 50 or more points in each game (a school record)
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October 18, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The first time his father made the trip for a spring football game, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen warned him about the drive, that it would be a rural one from the airport in Jackson up to Starkville. Mullen told him it would be like traveling in the hills of Pennsylvania "past the Main Line. " The 42-year-old coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the improbable top-ranked college football team in the nation - after the fastest rise to the top in the history of the sport, from unranked to No. 1 in six games - is a Drexel Hill native and Ursinus College graduate.
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October 17, 2014 | By Mark Whited, Inquirer Staff Writer
The two teams had been battling on Ocean City's field for 95 minutes when the St. Augustine goalkeeper looked to clear the ball. The ball didn't make it there. Aaron King, charging in for the Red Raiders, blocked the attempt. The junior scored past the sliding goalie to give the Red Raiders a 2-1 victory in double overtime in a Cape-Atlantic American boys' soccer game Wednesday. With one minute left in regulation, it looked as if Collin Noble's first-half goal would be the decisive one for Ocean City.
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October 17, 2014 | BY JOHN McGONIGAL, Daily News Staff Writer mcgonij@phillynews.com
STATE COLLEGE - Six games into the college football season, Penn State coach James Franklin is still talking about things that need to be fixed. No team is perfect, but the issues confronting the Nittany Lions (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten) aren't encouraging this deep into the season. Saddled with a vulnerable offensive line, halfhearted commitment to the running game and an offense that has been a far cry from consistent, the Penn State defense has carried this team. With exception to its Sept.
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