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Penn State senior DB Jordan Lucas is moving from CB to S this fall.

The 6-foot, 193-pounder should be a stud at his new position, as he's physical and a willing tackler. Last season, Lucas had 58 tackles, nine pass breakups and two sacks. Sports on Earth's Matt Brow ranks Lucas as the No. 14 safety in the nation.
Jul 1 - 11:48 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah tweeted the positive and negative parts of Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg's current evaluation.

Obviously we have all seen the highlights of Hackenberg's career, many taking place during his freshman season. As Jeremiah puts it, Hack can make "special throws" due to a combination of placement and downfield ability. The negatives? The Penn State quarterback "needs to improve his decision making and touch." We can all agree 2014 was not a good season for Hackenberg, but thankfully another season of tape will be available for his evaluation. Was it the offensive lines fault? Coaching? Or did Hack compound the problem? Hopefully answers are created in 2015.
Jun 30 - 9:24 AM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein believes Penn State redshirt senior TE Kyle Carter "must improve his focus, hands and ability to secure tougher catches."

"Carter has seen his numbers diminish after his outstanding freshman season," Zierlein wrote. "Christian Hackenberg's accuracy issues and unwillingness to target Carter haven't helped in the past and might hurt him once again, but I'm expecting a bounce-back year from the Penn State signal-caller. Carter could be the beneficiary thanks to his quickness off the line of scrimmage and ability to get open in space." The analyst ranks Carter as the No. 9 tight end in the land. The 6-foot-3, 247-pound Carter recorded 16 catches for 153 yards and one touchdown in 2014 in a timeshare with TE Jesse James.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 28 - 6:02 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper ranked Penn State junior Christian Hackenberg as the No. 2 underclassmen quarterback in the land.

"The pedigree and talent outpace the numbers, which is a good thing because 2014 was a forgettable year for Hackenberg, who had a negative TD-INT ratio and was on his back far too often behind a suspect O-line," Kiper wrote. "A coaching transition was also a clear setback for his development. This will be a big year as Hackenberg will be out to prove 2014 was a confluence of problems he couldn't control." We are in wait-and-see mode with Hackenberg. Some are willing to pawn off his struggles last season on a confluence of factors that Kiper touched on, but we'd prefer he prove it now that there's no excuses left. The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder posted an ugly 12/15 TD/INT rate last season.
Jun 23 - 10:30 PM

Penn State junior QB Christian Hackenberg's "accuracy was absolutely rotten last season and he missed too many opportunities," writes NFL Media's Lance Zierlein.

Despite that, Zierlein ranks him as the nation's No. 7 QB based on his size, arm talent and potential. "His footwork and weight transfer are sloppy and he is below average at recognizing what defenses are doing pre-snap," he wrote. "However, that arm strength is a thing of beauty and he showed outstanding promise in 2013. With eight starters back on offense, Hackenberg has a good shot at a big, bounce-back season." The 6-foot-4, 236-pounder threw for 2,995 yards and 20 touchdowns as a true freshman but regressed to a 12/15 TD/INT rate last season.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 23 - 12:05 AM

This spring, Penn State redshirt junior DL Anthony Zettel cleaned 365, benched 430 pounds and posted four bench reps of 385.

As NFL Media noted, Zettel isn't just an immobile, muscle-bound brute. "On the field, the 6-4, 280-pound defensive tackle did something usually reserved for ends and linebackers: He led the team in tackles for loss with 17 (with eight sacks), indicative of uncanny penetration ability inside," the organization wrote. The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Zettel must add weight, but he's an exciting prospect.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 7:23 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter believes Penn State redshirt junior DL Anthony Zettel "will bulk up in the pros, as well, enhancing his ability to wreak havoc."

"His body type fits well as a five-technique in the NFL, and the first-team All-Big Ten pick's motor (17 tackles for loss, eight sacks, three interceptions) gives him a chance to move inside to be a strong interior-rush presence in passing situations," Reuter wrote. Zettel (6-foot-4, 280 pounds) posted 42 tackles, 17 TFL (second-most in the Big Ten), eight sacks and three interceptions and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors last year. He does need to add weight.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 21 - 3:44 PM

Penn State backup redshirt freshman QB Trace McSorley received praise from head coach James Franklin.

"He’s very athletic, he’s very smart. He’s a winner," Franklin said. "He’s able to beat you with his mind, he’s able to beat you with his arm, he’s able to beat you with his feet." McSorley was a three-star recruit out of high school. We doubt he sees starts in 2015 outside of an injury, but McSorley could be Christian Hackenberg's replacement in 2016.
Jun 9 - 1:45 PM

Penn State has "a chance to be favored in as many as nine or 10 games this season" and "will be a much better team in [James] Franklin's second season," according to ESPN correspondent Phil Steele.

"Last season, Penn State had a poor offensive line and was in the first season of the James Franklin era with just 12 returning starters," Steele wrote. "This season, the Nittany Lions have 15 returning starters and I think Christian Hackenberg will look like the probable high first-round pick he should be in the 2016 NFL draft." The Nittany Lions currently hold minus-160 odds at 7.5 wins. Steele strongly suggests taking the over.
Jun 9 - 12:09 AM

Penn State HC James Franklin "has been exposed to plenty of NFL concepts throughout his college coaching career and it shows in the diverse offense he runs at Penn State," notes NFL Media.

In addition to his work at the college level, Franklin also spent a season with the Green Bay Packers. Because of these factors, many view Franklin as a future NFL coach. "He's confident enough to make the jump to the pro game, and wouldn't mind firing up an organization that might need somebody to guide a turnaround," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "He's a relatively young guy, which doesn't hurt, either."
Source: NFL.com
Jun 8 - 10:24 PM

The Big Ten voted to end Penn State’s bowl revenue ban a year early.

The decision means the school can accept the $4.5 million in 2014-15 bowl revenue that would have been withheld because of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Penn State forfeited roughly $5 million combined because of the sanction in the previous two years and it donated its $2.6 million from the '11-'12 cycle to child-abuse organizations. "I am obviously very pleased to report that the council agreed to provide us with our full share of the bowl revenue," Penn State president Eric Barron said in a statement. "This money is used to support student-athletes and our programs, and some things have been delayed due to the ban. Obviously, it is much needed and welcome. I thank my fellow presidents."
Jun 8 - 6:47 PM

Penn State DE commit Shane Simmons is a three-and-out candidate, believes ESPN's Tom Luginbill.

"In today's defensive game, coaches and GMs love scheme versatility, especially on the edge if you can rush the passer but also drop into coverage," Luginbill wrote. "Physically, Simmons has specific value for a DE/OLB hybrid. Plus, there is a serious need for an impact defensive guy at Penn State." ESPN ranks Simmons as the No. 12 prospect in the 2016 class. "Has moved around the front seven in high school and could offer some versatility to a college defense as well with ability to potentially fit as a 43 DE or 34 OLB," reads his scouting report. "Has potential at this stage to contribute early with ability to develop into a highly disruptive defender at Power-5 level."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 4 - 1:17 PM

Penn State RB commit Miles Sanders "could quickly become a feature guy not just as a running back, but also as a return man and pass-catcher," ESPN's Tom Luginbill.

The scribe thinks Sanders is a three-and-out candidate. "Aside from Christian Hackenberg, Sanders is arguably the most exciting offensive weapon Penn State has seen in years," Luginbill wrote. "Utility weapons who can create matchup problems are also becoming quite coveted in today's NFL game." ESPN ranks Sanders as the No. 67 prospect in the 2016 ESPN 300.
Jun 4 - 11:25 AM

Only seven offensive lines allowed more frequent sacks on passing downs than Penn State during the 2014 season, according to SB Nation's Bill Connelly.

"Only three teams allowed more run stuffs in the backfield," Connelly writes. In many ways, the school's offense was miserable last year. It starts with the offensive line (with a second round pick at left tackle), but other players failed to elevate the talent. Plenty of players who saw significant action return, but experience does not always equal improved talent.
Source: SB Nation
Jun 2 - 1:39 PM

Penn State T Paris Palmer "went through spring practice and is projected to take over for second-round pick Donovan Smith at left tackle," reports NFL Media.

Palmer, a transfer from Lackawanna CC (Pa.), was forced to go the JUCO route due to poor grades and a torn ACL during his senior season as a high schooler. He was a consensus national top-15 JC prospect. "He is athletic and has a nice upside, but needs to get stronger and add bulk," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin.
Source: NFL.com
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