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Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman reports that the Penn State Board of Trustees will discuss a contract extension for HC James Franklin this week.

There have been rumblings of an extension for Franklin throughout the offseason, with AD Sandy Barbour essentially confirming at the beginning of July that a new deal was in the works. Franklin and the Nittany Lions are coming off an 11-3 season and enter 2017 with sky-high expectations.
Aug 15 - 2:31 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin said of redshirt senior WR DaeSean Hamilton, "I think he’s gonna have a huge year for us."

Franklin referred to Hamilton as being "as polished and productive of a wideout as I’ve been around in a camp setting." The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder logged a 36-506-1 receiving line last season while playing second fiddle to Chris Godwin. Godwin is no longer on roster, leaving Hamilton to take over the mantle as the team's lead wideout. Saeed Blacknall and DeAndre Thompkins are also expected to see plenty of targets from QB Trace McSorley as the Nittany Lions look to carry over the momentum from their run to the Rose Bowl in 2016.
Source: Scout.com
Aug 10 - 9:47 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley declined to discuss his NFL intentions.

Barkley (5'11/228) is projected to be a top-5 pick in next spring's draft if he declares. "I'm really just focused on my season and, day-by-day, focusing on camp," Barkley said. Barkley has reportedly run a 4.33 forty. He also broke Anthony Zettel’s school record with a 405 power clean. Barkley racked up 1,496 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry last season, adding another 563 yards and five touchdowns on 48 receptions. He's most often compared to Ezekiel Elliott coming out of Ohio State.
Aug 6 - 2:33 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin indicated that he is not sure when freshman DE Damion Barber will join the team.

Barber (6'3/245) was a three-star recruit out of high school, but has yet to join the team with the rest of the freshman class due to the fact that he needed to take several classes this summer in order to achieve academic eligibility with the Nittany Lions. While the defensive end was hopeful that he would be able to join the team on July 30, Franklin said that his arrival date "hasn't been determined."
Jul 27 - 5:24 PM

Penn State redshirt junior K Joey Julius has left the team.

Julius did not play in the team's spring game, as he had checked himself into a treatment facility for an eating disorder. He wrote at the time that "[r]ecovery is a wonderful and beautiful thing." Whether his decision to leave the team for good in any way ties to his personal battles is unknown. This is not a minor loss for the Nittany Lions -- Julius let fly on 93 kickoffs last season. Next man up should clarify in August camp.
Jul 24 - 6:21 PM

Ohio State HC Urban Meyer said that he thinks that comparisons between Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley and former Buckeyes RB Ezekiel Elliott are valid.

Barkley (5'11/228) and Elliott (6'0/225) share almost identical measurements and Barkley has a real chance to top the career numbers Zeke finished with at OSU -- he would need 1,389 yards rushing and 16 rushing touchdowns during the coming season to match Elliott's career 3,961 yards and 41 ground scores. Barkley topped Sports Illustrated analyst Bruce Feldman's list of "Freaks" this offseason. Expect Heisman buzz so long as he can stay healthy.
Source: Land of 10
Jul 24 - 5:53 PM

SI's Bruce Feldman ranked Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley No. 1 on his annual "Freaks" list.

Deservedly so. The 5-foot-11, 228-pound Barkley has somehow managed to add 15 pounds while dropping his 40 time from 4.48 to 4.33 whilst on campus. "My freshman year I was explosive, but I didn’t have true speed," Barkley said. "My 20- and 30-yard burst was really good, but when I got to go 60 or 100 I didn’t really have another gear. My being a freshman playing with seniors, I really wanted to increase my 40." Barkley also broke Anthony Zettel’s school record with a 405 power clean. Oh, and he can do five reps squatting 525 pounds. Productive, explosive and a high-character person, some consider Barkley the best running back prospect of the last decade.
Source: SI
Jul 23 - 12:52 PM

Penn State freshman DE Damion Barber hopes to join the team on July 30.

The rest of Penn State's incoming freshman class is already on campus. Barber graduated high school, but needed to take a few summer courses to achieve eligibility with the Nittany Lions. As of last month, he was on track to hit that July 30 mark. The 247Sports composite ranked the 6-foot-3, 245-pounder as the No. 13 strongside defensive end in the 2017 class.
Source: Land of 10
Jul 20 - 6:41 PM

Penn State senior TE Mike Gesicki vertical jumps 37 1/2 inches and has broad jumped 10’11".

In addition, he power cleans 380 pounds and bench presses 410. Gesicki set school records for a tight end in receptions (48) and receiving yards (679) last year. the 6-foot-6, 252-pounder is a former high school basketball and volleyball star.
Source: SI
Jul 19 - 2:16 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 WR Daniel George.

"(WR coach Josh) Gattis compared me to Chris Godwin. That's the position he wants me to play. He wants me to mirror how he played and do even better," said George. Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder as the No. 160 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle, with outlet analyst Brian Dohn writing that he is "a down-the-field threat who is also a physical receiver," adding that he tends to be "fearless in going over the middle."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 18 - 9:45 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 S Isheem Young.

Young (5'11/196) opted for the Nittany Lions over fellow finalists Clemson, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and West Virginia. "I picked Penn State because I love the academics there and the coaches," he said. "I think it’s a great fit for me. I think I’ll be able to play my freshman year." As for what Penn State will be getting in terms of on-field product, here, Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman writes that "The Nittany Lions gain a versatile safety [who] can punish wide receivers that come into his area and loves mixing it up against the run. Young’s physicality is contagious and he is a great fit in Penn State’s secondary." Friedman's outlet ranks Young as the No. 114 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 18 - 5:23 PM

NFL.com analyst and former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah likens Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley to Ezekiel Elliott coming out of Ohio State.

"Barkley is everything you'd want in a modern-day running back," he wrote. "He can run with power, generate explosive runs and contribute on passing downs. ... I thought Elliott was one of the best pass-protecting college running backs I'd ever evaluated and Barkley is right on that level. Both guys have that ideal blend of size/speed and they are very instinctive football players." Jeremiah had almost no suggestions for Barkley in terms of avenues to improve his game, but did mention that Barkley sometimes takes negative yardage because he gets "bounce happy" while trying to find a crease to hit a home run through.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 18 - 3:13 PM

Penn State four-star 2018 verbal CB commit Jordan Miner does not plan on visiting any other programs.

Miner, who committed to Penn State just after the July 4 holiday weekend, is looking like a stone-cold lock to stick it out with the Nittany Lions until National Signing Day. Scout.com notes that the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder "has to continue to strengthen up his frame, but is a tough kid who is willing to come downhill with physicality," adding that he "does a good job of reading and reacting, and then closes on the ball in a hurry." The outlet ranks him as the No. 19 cornerback prospect in the South region.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 16 - 2:59 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 QB Will Levis.

This probably doesn't do much to alleviate the sting of five-star QB Justin Fields' decommitment, but Levis ranks as Rivals' No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the state of Connecticut. "Levis has a big frame, and he will be able to take on the physical nature of Penn State's quarterback position in which the pocket is moved and he is asked to throw on the run," writes Scout.com's Brian Dohn. "Taking too many hits is never a good thing, but he has the size and strength to handle it." The analyst notes that the 6-foot-4, 222-pound Levis "possesses slightly above average arm strength, but his accuracy and ability to release the ball quickly stands out the most."
Source: Scout.com
Jul 15 - 1:34 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 DT Judge Culpepper.

Culpepper (6'5/256) is "a relentless defender who does a nice job of pushing up the field and wreaking havoc in the backfield," according to Scout.com, who ranks him as the No. 5 defensive tackle in the talent-rich state of Florida. The outlet would like to see him add a few go-to moves to pair with his aggressive on-field demeanor.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 14 - 3:26 PM


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