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Penn State hired Army WR coach David Corley to serve as running backs coach.

Corley was hired over as Army wide receivers coach last offseason. Prior to working on staff with the Black Knights, he spent three seasons at UConn, two of which came as a running backs coach. He'll try to help transition Penn State into the post-Saquon Barkley era.
Jan 12 - 6:23 PM

Penn State signed four-star 2018 WR Shaquon Anderson-Butts.

Anderson-Butts (6'0/202) signed on with Penn State after committing to the school in July. He ranks 50th on ESPN's list of the top wideouts in the class, and the 11th best player in the state of Pennsylvania. With his size (6'1/202) he could be a red-zone threat, and reports are that he has quality hands with the ability to make people miss with the ball in his hands.
Source: Penn Live
Jan 8 - 2:12 PM

Penn State signed four-star 2018 DL Jayson Oweh.

Oweh made the announcement at the Under-Armour All-American game, but had actually signed with Penn State on December 22. The 6-foot-5, 236-pound defender picks the Nittany Lions over Ohio State, and is ranked as the fifth-best defensive end in the country by 247 Sports.
Source: 247 Sports
Jan 6 - 4:12 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell gave Penn State four-star 2018 verbal RB commit Ricky Slade the "Lightning in a Bottle" award for his work during the Under Armour All-America Game practice week.

Farrell hands this one out to the "most dynamic and exciting player during the week." He praises Slade's ability as both a runner and a pass-catcher, writing that the Penn State pledge is "as elusive as they come and can turn on the jets in just a couple of strides." The big question with the 5-foot-9, 170-pounder is whether he'll have the durability to handle the rigors of collegiate play as a true three-down back. Rivals ranks Slade as the No. 53 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
Source: Rivals
Jan 5 - 4:42 PM

Colts owner Jim Irsay hinted that the team might select an RB early in Aprils NFL draft.

"You put (Andrew Luck) on that field, healed up, and you put an Edgerrin James -- maybe that's bigger, faster, stronger -- ... this is going to be a special place to be and a special place to play," Irsay told the media. James was the No. 4 overall selection back in 1999, and the Colts now hold the No. 3 overall pick with an obvious top talent in Saquon Barkley possibly available. Irsay previously signed off on a trade that sent a first-round pick for Trent Richardson just a few seasons ago.
Jan 2 - 11:14 AM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley will forego his final year of eligibility to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

A New Year's Eve announcement from Barkley, who is expected to be drafted within the first 10 picks and could climb as high as the top three. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder went off for 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage this season and brings to the table speed to spare as well as an array of hurdles and cuts. He might have been a top five pick if he had been allowed to enter last year's draft class. Barkley went out with a bang on Saturday, posting 137 yards and a pair of scores on the ground in a 35-28 win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 09:09:00 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley declined to make a public decision on an NFL Draft declaration following Saturday's win over Washington in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

"Right now I’m just trying to enjoy the moment, live in the moment… Whether it’s the day after, whether it’s two weeks or until the last day, I’ll make that decision," Barkley told ESPN's Tom Luginbill after the Fiesta Bowl. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder rushed for 137 yards and a pair of scores in the contest to cap off a fantastically delightful season in which he went off for an even 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage. Should he declare for the draft -- as is widely expected -- he will be in the conversation as a potential top-five pick.
Source: 247Sports
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 09:12:00 PM

Penn State redshirt senior WR DaeSean Hamilton caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 35-28 win over Washington in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

Hamilton (6'1/211) made several beautiful grabs in this one, including on his second touchdown catch, which he hauled in against tight coverage from 24 yards out midway through the third quarter. The redshirt senior ended his final season of collegiate ball the owner of an 87-1009-4 receiving line. His big-play potential will be what draws NFL eyes during the draft process. He'll be heading to the East-West Shrine Game in January as he looks to make headway toward a Day 3 selection.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 07:59:00 PM

Penn State redshirt junior QB Trace McSorley completed 32-of-41 passes for 342 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 35-28 win over Washington in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

McSorley (6'0/195) was steady, if occasionally mistake prone, in the Fiesta Bowl victory. He was at his best on third down, with the Nittany Lions converting 13-of-17 such situations. The redshirt junior finishes the year with 3,570 passing yards and a 28/10 TD/INT ratio across 13 games played. We love what we've seen from McSorley as a collegiate gunslinger, but there's not a ton of NFL upside, here. If the redshirt junior were to declare, he would be a fringe-draftable candidate. A return to Penn State for one more try at the Playoff is his best future bet.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 07:54:00 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in Saturday's 35-28 win over Washington in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

Barkley (5'11/222) flashed his superior athleticism throughout, hurdling defenders, making razor-sharp cuts upfield and showcasing his game-breaking speed. That speed was most evident on a thrilling 92-yard touchdown run down the left sideline with just over nine minutes remaining in the first half. The junior back finishes the season having totaled 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns from scrimmage. He'll decide on the NFL Draft in the coming days. Should he declare, Barkley will very much be in play for a top-five pick. He's as dynamic a running back as we've seen in college football in recent years and checks all the boxes of future NFL stardom.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 07:39:00 PM

Penn State redshirt freshman DE Shaka Toney has been suspended for Saturday's Fiesta Bowl.

Toney (6'3/233) was a three-star recruit for the 2016 cycle, redshirted a year ago and then came on to register 17 tackles (6.0 for loss), 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles for the current campaign. Just what he did to land in HC James Franklin's doghouse is not currently known.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 05:08:00 PM

Penn State redshirt sophomore DE Shareef Miller has been suspended for Saturday's Fiesta Bowl.

No word as of yet as to what Miller did to draw the suspension. The 6-foot-5, 257-pound redshirt sophomore registered 34 tackles (10.5 for loss) and 4.5 sacks during the regular season. We'll pass along updates as available -- this information has only now come to light courtesy of ESPN's broadcast of the Fiesta Bowl.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 05:03:00 PM

Penn State signed four-star 2018 TE Zack Kuntz.

Kuntz (6'8/221) put pen to paper with the Nittany Lions on Dec. 20 following a commitment to the program of over a year. What stands out most with the towering tight end prospect is his ability as a receiver -- he has legitimate game-breaking ability when matched up with linebackers and safeties and even possesses some upside playing out of the slot. He'll need to work on tightening up his routes with the Nittany Lions and could stand to bulk up some, but the offensive possibilities, here, are enticing.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 06:20:00 PM

Penn State junior LB Manny Bowen has been dismissed from the team.

Bowen (6'1/220) started the first nine games of the season, but was hit with a season-finishing suspension in early November. He had logged 51 tackles (3.0 for loss), a sack and a fumble before landing in HC James Franklin's doghouse. Brandon Smith has started in his place ever since that suspension went into effect and will do so once more when the Nittany Lions take on Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30.
Source: Rivals
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 07:07:00 PM

Penn State redshirt sophomore WR Irvin Charles is no longer with the program.

This news has been confirmed by a Penn State spokesman. The 6-foot-4, 212-pounder was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, but has yet to truly make his mark with the Nittany Lions. He's caught three passes for 110 yards and a touchdown in his career. Just one catch for four yards this season. His next move is not currently known.
Source: 247Sports
Tue, Dec 26, 2017 05:09:00 PM


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