April 17, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Saeed Blacknall felt he was well prepared for Penn State's first spring practice session in full pads, eager to join his teammates in trying out a fresh no-huddle, high-tempo offense installed by new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. "That's when we really got introduced to the tempo and being able to run your route and run the offense," Blacknall, a junior wide receiver, said earlier this week. "But after the sixth or seventh rep, we were exhausted and trying to get acclimated with the new tempo because last year we used to huddle a lot. "So this year it's a lot faster, back to back to back.
April 16, 2016 |
Predicting the performance of Penn State's offensive line this season may be impossible. But if there's one thing that's certain, it's that the Nittany Lions have many candidates and much competition for most of the five available starting spots. Having four starters back from a unit that struggled for the second straight season may not be tremendously encouraging. Position switches and a plethora of players who redshirted as freshmen in 2014 or 2015 also present some uncertainty.
April 15, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - As spring practice comes to an end, culminating in Saturday's Blue-White game, Penn State coach James Franklin isn't likely to make a decision on starting quarterback anytime soon. With Christian Hackenberg gone for the NFL, redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley and redshirt freshman Tommy Stevens are competing for the starting role in new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead's system. "We want to give Tommy every opportunity to fight for the job," Franklin said after practice Wednesday.
April 15, 2016 |
More than a quarter of female students surveyed at Pennsylvania State University's main campus said they were victims of sexual assault while at the university, according to results released by Penn State on Wednesday. And 80 percent of female students surveyed said they experienced some kind of behavior that could be considered sexual harassment. Harassing behaviors asked about in the survey ranged from "treated you differently because of your sex" to "sent or posted unwelcome sexual comments, jokes or pictures.
April 14, 2016 |
The second positional move for Brian Gaia as a Penn State football player wasn't as radical for him as the first move - one that took him from defensive tackle to guard - but it nevertheless required him to learn an important new set of skills. The move simply involved Gaia, a 6-foot-2, 286-pound redshirt senior, sliding over one spot to center. Now, however, before he even gets to throw a block, he must read the defense and set the blocking scheme on the line, then snap the ball shotgun-style in the Nittany Lions' new no-huddle spread offense.
April 10, 2016 |
After a terrific senior campaign during which he showed vast improvement, Archbishop Carroll's Ryan Daly is back on the free-agent market. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound sharpshooter, who announced his commitment to play basketball for coach John Gallagher and Hartford last August, reopened his recruitment last month. "I just didn't want to go there anymore," Daly said without getting into specifics. "Coach Gallagher is a great guy. I just wasn't feeling it in my heart. " Daly, a soft-spoken wing guard with a cool demeanor under pressure, averaged 21.7 points and seven rebounds while sparking Carroll to a 23-4 record and the second round of the PIAA Class 3A state playoffs.
April 8, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - When running back Saquon Barkley arrived on Penn State's campus last summer, all he wanted was playing time. "I really tried to compete with the older guys and get in the playbook early," Barkley said Wednesday night. "I didn't expect to have, like, a 1,000-yard season, but I really wanted to play as a freshman. That was my ultimate goal. " To be exact, Barkley finished the season with 1,076 rushing yards, breaking the university record for single-season rushing yards by a freshman.
April 1, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - When cornerback John Reid arrived in State College in the fall, he didn't expect to start in his first college game. Speaking with the media for the first time, the St. Joseph's Prep graduate said Wednesday night that his support system prepared him for that challenge. "The guys on the team were all very welcoming. They answered all my questions. I ask a lot of questions," Reid said. "I think my preparation, the people around me, the people in the building, allowed me to play a role like that.
March 31, 2016
1 St. Augustine 15-5 last season St. Augustine is perennially the class of South Jersey boys' lacrosse, a magnet for talent from all over the area with depth and skill that most programs simply can't match. This year should be no different. The Hermits return a veteran team led by senior Billy McMenamin, a premier faceoff specialist and strong defender. Seniors Charlie Kitchen and Jared Chiachetti will lead the offense as St. Augustine makes another run at a state title. 2 Shawnee 16-4 Shawnee returns one of South Jersey's most dangerous offenses.
March 26, 2016 |
Imagine for a moment that Babe Ruth hit his 714 home runs, compiled his 2.28 career ERA, and won his seven World Series titles and then went on to became the best manager in baseball history. That, essentially, is what Cael Sanderson is in the process of doing in the world of college wrestling. You can have an argument about who is the greatest college wrestler of all time, but you can't have it without including Sanderson. Your odds of winning by backing somewhere else are slim.