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QB Christian Hackenberg became the first sophomore to be named team captain in Penn State history.

The stretch dates back 128 years. Penn State has seven team captains, two on offense, two one defense and three on special teams. Hackenberg already has plenty of fans after just one season as the team's starter, but he will look to build on that success in 2014.
Source: ESPN
Aug 13 - 11:40 AM

The Patriot News' Bob Flounder reports that sophomore TE Adam Breneman may need surgery and is expected to miss the year.

"Penn State sophomore tight end Adam Breneman is dealing with a left knee injury that is expected to require surgery and will likely necessitate a redshirt season, PennLive has learned," Flounder wrote. Breneman's injury is related to a bone bruise he suffered during the spring, and the injury does not involve any damage to the major ligaments, which means the surgery could be a minor procedure. The 6-4, 243-pound Breneman had surgery to repair the ACL in his right knee back in 2012.
Aug 12 - 8:44 AM

Penn State released a statement saying sophomore TE Adam Breneman is out indefinitely due to an injury.

Head coach James Franklin failed to reveal any further details. Breneman posted 15 receptions for 186 yards and three touchdowns while finishing the season strong in the final three games. Penn State has plenty of good tight end depth with Jesse James and Kyle Carter, but we expect to hear more on Breneman's situation soon. The tight end suffered a torn ACL during his final season of high school football.
Source: Penn State
Aug 11 - 11:10 AM

Penn State redshirt junior TE Kyle Carter is the No. 4 draft-eligible underclassmen TE, according to ESPN's Mel Kiper.

Carter had 36 catches as a freshman, but fell off to 18 receptions last season while sharing snaps with Jesse James and Adam Breneman. "Carter actually looks bigger than his 6-3 listing would indicate, with long arms he uses to attack the ball in the air," Kiper wrote. "Penn State will split him out, where he's simply too big to handle for most CBs, and it'll be particularly interesting for NFL evaluators to see how emerging QB prospect Christian Hackenberg uses him. Hackenberg's ball placement with Carter should be fun to watch, because Carter's frame will allow his QB to look for high-point catches and back-shoulder throws where the CB can't fight through Carter's frame. It'll be a good test of a QB, not just the emerging tight end." Carter, 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds, runs a 4.89 second 40-yard dash.
Aug 10 - 6:41 PM

Penn State redshirt junior T Donovan Smith didn't show improvement in 2013, according to TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The 6-foot-5, 335-pound junior has been in the lineup since he was a freshman, accruing 20 career starts. "Smith blew me away in 2012 but I did not think he improved all that much last year," Pauline wrote. "Smith is a big, fluid blocker with upside but must start to put the pedal to the metal." The veteran leader will protect Christian Hackenberg's blindside again this fall.
Aug 10 - 3:25 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline believes Penn State redshirt junior TE Kyle Carter "has the makings of a big time prospect at tight end."

"He has nice size and the ability to get down the field and make the reception," Pauline wrote. Carter had 36 catches as a freshman, but only produced 18 receptions last season as he competed for playing time at a stacked position. Once again this fall, he'll have to compete with Jesse James and Adam Breneman for snaps. The 6-foot-3, 243-pound Carter, whom Pauline sees as a Round 4 prospect, runs a 4.89 second 40-yard dash.
Aug 10 - 2:55 PM

Penn State redshirt senior LB Mike Hull "is arguably the top linebacker in the Big Ten," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Hull started nine games last season while suffering from a lingering knee injury, collecting 78 tackles and 4.5 tackles for loss. "He is the leader of the defense and makes the move to middle linebacker in 2014 where he can use his diagnose skills to break down the action and attack in the blink of an eye," Brugler wrote. "A healthy version of Hull is arguably the top linebacker in the Big Ten and a draftable player next spring."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 9:52 PM

Penn State senior RB Bill Belton "flashes next level talent," writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

"Stuck behind Zach Zwinak on the running back depth chart, Belton isn't a well-known name outside of Big Ten country, but he is a valuable piece to the Penn State offense and flashes next level talent," Brugler wrote. Belton enters 2014 as the thumping Zwinak's backup again, giving the Nittany Lions a classic thunder/lightning combination. "[Belton] is light on his feet with elusive moves and the change of direction ability to break ankles with his jukes," Brugler wrote. "Belton creates burst quickly and squirts through tiny creases, but doesn't offer much of a power element with limited size and strength to break tackles. While willing in pass protection, he struggles to be a consistent factor in this area and there are some durability and workload concerns due to his limited frame and growth potential. Although his name probably won't show up among the starters this season, don't overlook Belton when he enters the game as he adds juice to the offense."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 9:03 PM

Penn State defensive coordinator Bob Shoop said senior DB Adrian Amos has the talent and versatility to be the "best defensive back in all of college football."

Amos has already started 25 games at Penn State, 19 at CB and six at safety. The expectation is that he'll start at safety this fall, though the coaching staff understands he can easily be shifted back to corner if needed. "Amos is well built with good height, length and overall frame for the position, displaying adequate bulk and strength. He takes aggressive angles and explodes downhill while also showing the start/stop quickness to recover and alter his path mid-momentum," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "Amos has taken positive steps in his development each season and with a strong senior year in 2014, he could really help himself in the eyes of NFL evaluators."
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 8:33 PM

Penn State senior G Miles Dieffenbach's "football future is unknown at this point," reports CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Dieffenbach suffered a torn ACL during spring practice. In lieu of pursuing a medical redshirt, he hopes to play in the final three or four games this season. "He started 23 games at left guard the past two seasons and has the skill-set that translates well to the NFL game with his leverage, strength and grit," Brugler wrote. The graduate senior has started 23 games in the past two seasons at both left and right guard.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 8:05 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler likes Penn State redshirt senior DE C.J. Olaniyan's "aggressive, relentless approach."

Olaniyan collected 50 tackles, 11.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2013 as a first-year starter. "His size and power don't jump out, but his aggressive, relentless approach and quickness to win off the snap and penetrate the pocket are traits to watch," Brugler wrote. Olaniyan runs a 4.73 forty at 6-foot-3, 244 pounds.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 6:56 PM

Penn State redshirt junior TE Kyle Carter can line up in the backfield, inline or in the slot, writes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Carter had 36 catches as a freshman, but only produced 18 receptions last season as he competed for playing time at a stacked position. "Carter has to compete with [Jesse] James and Adam Breneman for snaps, but when he's on the field, he is reliable with the skill-set to line up in the backfield, inline or slot," Brugler wrote. Carter, 6-foot-3 and 243 pounds, runs a 4.89 second 40-yard dash.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 6:10 PM

Penn State redshirt senior RB Zach Zwinak plays "classic, downhill football," according to CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

Zwinak isn't subtle in the way he goes about things, but he's been the Nittany Lions' top rusher in each of the past two seasons. "Zwinak has been a model of consistency the last two years, rushing for 1,000 yards as a sophomore and 989 yards last season as a junior," Brugler wrote. "Whether or not he has the quickness for the NFL is debatable, but he plays classic, downhill football with forward lean, low pad level and the attitude that would take him through a brick wall." Zwinak, a highly touted recruit under Joe Paterno who redshirted in 2010, tore his ACL in 2011.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 5:55 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler sees Penn State junior TE Jesse James as a "top-five underclassmen prospects at his position."

James caught a career-best 25 catches for 333 yards and three scores last year, and he figures to be a bigger part of the offensive attack with Allen Robinson off to the the NFL. "He presents a large target for Hackenberg and uses his size and strength well to reel in tough grabs in traffic and be a formidable threat after the catch," Brugler wrote. The 6-foot-6, 257-pounder runs a 4.78 forty.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 5:25 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler believes Penn State junior CB Jordan Lucas has the ability to become the Big Ten's top cornerback.

The analyst notes that Lucas "quietly had an outstanding season" after surprisingly cracking the starting lineup as a sophomore. The 6-foot, 193-pounder tied for the team lead with three interceptions and also defended 13 passes. "Lucas isn't exactly 'well-known' outside of State College, but he might be the Big Ten's top cornerback sooner rather than later," Brugler wrote.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 4 - 5:09 PM


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