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Penn State senior TE Mike Gesicki caught two passes for 52 yards in Saturday's 42-13 win over Michigan.

After catching a pair of touchdowns in each of Penn State's first two games, Gesicki (6'6/252) has now been held out of the end zone in five consecutive contests. The senior tight end owns a 24-228-4 receiving line for the season as a whole.
Oct 22 - 4:58 PM

Penn state redshirt senior WR DaeSean Hamilton caught six passes for 115 yards in a 42-13 crushing of Michigan on Saturday.

Hamilton (6'1/206) was excellent on Saturday, and had no problem finding open spots in the Wolverines' secondary. It's the second time in three games that the wideout has gone over 100 yards, and gives the Nittany Lions another option in their tremendously talented offense.
Oct 21 - 11:13 PM

Penn State redshirt junior QB Trace McSorley ran for three scores and 76 yards and passed for 282 yards and another score in a 42-13 rout of Michigan on Saturday.

McSorley (6'0/195) struggled with accuracy in the first half, but really turned things on from the third quarter on, particularly with his legs. His three-yard score gave the Nittany Lions a 21-13 lead just before halftime, and his 13 and 9-yard scores in the second half all but put the Wolverines away. Even on a night where he didn't have his best accuracy, McSorley was able to make a difference. Ohio State comes next for he and Penn State.
Oct 21 - 11:10 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley ran for 108 yards and two scores on 15 carries, and caught three passes for 53 yards and a score in a 42-13 destruction of Michigan on Saturday.

Barkley started out red hot, going over 100 yards in the first quarter and scoring twice from 69 and 15 yards, respectfully. From that point, Barkley was relatively held in check, but the damage had been done. He checked in with a 42-yard score in the passing game in the fourth from Trace McSorley to make it 35-13 Nittany Lions early in the fourth. Once again, Barkley looked like one of -- maybe even the -- best players in college football. Penn State has a must-see matchup next week against Ohio State.
Oct 21 - 11:03 PM

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh praised Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley's pass protection.

"He is a multi-purpose back that can do everything well," Harbaugh said while also highlighting Barkley's receiving ability and competency when running a number of routes. Penn State's offensive line is not a top unit, but Barkley is so good at creating yards on his own or turning negative runs into positive runs. Michigan's front is his toughest test yet.
Oct 18 - 11:14 AM

In the latest release of the Associated Press Top-25 poll, Alabama, Penn State, Georgia and TCU landed at Nos. 1-4.

While the AP Top-25 and the Amway Coaches Poll generally have some noticeable discrepancies, the first four teams were identical in both polls in Sunday's releases. Digging a little deeper into the Associated Press species, Clemson fell to No. 7, Washington to No. 12 and Washington State to No. 15. In something of a rarity, Michigan actually lost ground despite winning on Saturday, slotting down from No. 17 to No. 19.
Oct 15 - 2:27 PM

Responding to reports that Texas A&M could be interested in Penn State HC James Franklin, Penn State and Franklin announced that they remain committed to each other.

"Nothing has changed from the commitment that we made to Coach Franklin and the commitment James made to Penn State just before this season started," the Penn State athletic department said in a statement on Friday. Meanwhile, Franklin sent out a tweet on Friday morning that insinuated that the A&M reports were meant to hurt his current recruiting class at Penn State. In it, he reminded people that he's from Pennsylvania, has the No. 3-ranked team in the country and has the No. 3-ranked recruiting class in 2018. In August, Franklin agreed to a three-year extension worth an average of $5.8 million per year that runs through the 2022 season. His buyout is $2 million.
Source: ESPN
Oct 13 - 12:48 PM

CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd reports that Penn State "are preparing" for Texas A&M to pursue HC James Franklin if Kevin Sumlin resigns or is let go.

On the hot seat only a little over a year ago, Franklin is now the toast of college football. He led Penn State to the Big Ten title in 2016, a little over four years after the Nittany Lions were levied with devastating NCAA penalties due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Previously, Franklin won nine games twice as HC at Vanderbilt. Franklin agreed to a three-year, $19.75 million extension in August that runs through the 2022 season. His buyout is $2 million. Sumlin, always under fire, had led the Aggies to a 4-2 start. Despite an impressive overall record for the Aggies (44-21, .677), Sumlin may have to finish 8-4 or better to stay in College Station. Stay tuned.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 12 - 2:57 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay reports that Penn State senior CB Christian Campbell is "fast rising in NFL scouting circles."

"I believe he'll test well at the NFL combine," McShay predicted. Northwestern went after the 6-foot-1, 194-pound Campbell last Saturday, but he only gave up a couple short completions while recording an interception.
Source: ESPN
Oct 11 - 5:35 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley is a better college player than Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette were.

"[H]e'll get an elite grade from me, probably a notch below Adrian Peterson," McShay wrote. "He can really do it all as a player, and the only obvious area of concern is durability, as he's already been nicked up this season again." McShay's colleague Mel Kiper still believes it's a mistake to take any RB in the first round. That said, he's exceedingly high on Barkley as well, ranking him up with Gurley and Elliott. "I think he'll run under a 4.4 40-yard dash," he wrote. "He plays hard, he's tough, and I think there will be a case for him being the best overall prospect in the draft come next spring."
Source: ESPN
Oct 11 - 12:30 PM

Penn State redshirt junior QB Trace McSorley completed 25-of-34 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 31-7 win over Northwestern.

McSorley has been a dependable performer over the course of five games, having now thrown for 1,597 yards with a 13/4 TD/INT ratio. He'll be off on bye next weekend before Penn State takes on Michigan and Ohio State to close out October in what will be their biggest two-game test of the campaign.
Oct 7 - 4:29 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 75 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Saturday's 31-7 win over Northwestern.

The Wildcats did a fantastic job against Barkley, who had almost no rushing output in the first half. He would go on to bust out for a 53-yard touchdown gallop in the third quarter to account for the majority of his yardage on the ground. Barkley remains our Heisman favorite even with Saturday's modest numbers.
Oct 7 - 4:15 PM

Penn State senior TE Mike Gesicki (undisclosed) is warming up ahead of Saturday's game against Northwestern.

In full pads during the pre-game, Gesicki looks like he'll give it a go. Penn State HC James Franklin expressed optimism that Gesicki would play earlier this week.
Oct 7 - 11:53 AM

ESPN's Todd McShay believes that Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley is the most complete draft prospect at the position since Adrian Peterson.

You can expect to continue to hear this kind of buzz as Barkley continues to motor toward possible Heisman glory this winter and a potential top-10 selection in the draft next spring. An NFL college scouting director told NFL.com earlier this month that Barkley is as good a prospect as Ezekiel Elliott was coming out of Ohio State two years ago.
Oct 5 - 5:20 PM

An NFL college scouting director says Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley is "as good as Ezekiel Elliott and I thought Elliot was the best player in the draft when he came out."

Not all of the evaluator's endorsement was glowing, however. "The one thing that really worries me about (Saquon) Barkley is the hits he takes," he said. "(He's in) big collisions all the time. He has to learn how to slip some of those to preserve his career. That's where Elliott has a leg up on him." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein agreed with the idea that Barkley takes too many big hits, bringing up how he leaves his feet frequently and seeks out contact.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 3 - 5:05 PM


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