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Penn State senior DL Torrence Brown is retiring from football.

"Due to multiple injuries and surgeries, my career at Penn State has come to an end," Brown said in a statement. "It has been tough coming to terms with this news but I know that everything happens for a reason and God will continue to guide me." It's a significant loss for the Nittany Lions defense, as Brown has shown flashes of being an elite pass-rusher in his time with Penn State. His career was littered with injuries, however, and knee issues saw him miss all but three games in 2017.
Aug 19 - 2:15 PM

Penn State redshirt junior QB Tommy Stevens was wearing a walking boot on his right foot during the team photo shoot on Saturday.

This is not the first time we have seen Stevens in a boot, as he was also wearing one during spring practices. The exact nature of his leg injury is not known, nor is it known whether he will be available for Penn State's opener against Appalachian State on Sept. 1. His immediate absence wouldn't be felt by the team in any tangible way, but would become problematic should starter Trace McSorley suffer an injury. Redshirt freshman Sean Clifford will likely back up McSorley so long as Stevens is sidelined.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 18 - 2:39 PM

Penn State freshman CB Jordan Miner has retired due to a heart condition.

Miner (6'1/180) is forced to step away having yet to play a snap for the Nittany Lions. He signed with the program over the winter, with Rivals ranking him as the No. 216 overall prospect in the 2018 class. In his farewell note on social media, the cornerback specifically thanked HC James Franklin for allowing him to stay on scholarship even with his football career winding to a close far earlier than expected.
Aug 15 - 4:44 PM

Penn State redshirt junior DE Ryan Buchholz has retired due to health concerns.

Buchholz (6'6/258) cited "years of extreme pain" and "multiple back surgeries" as impetus for his retirement. During the past campaign, the redshirt junior registered 18 tackles while appearing in 10 games (six starts). While his statistical contributions have been modest to date, his retirement does leave Penn State scrambling somewhat, as Buchholz was expected to work as starter for the coming campaign. His departure from the active roster figures to mean additional opportunities will be available for Shane Simmons and Shaka Toney as the Nittany Lions reshuffle their deck.
Aug 15 - 12:32 PM

Penn State redshirt sophomore QB Jake Zembiec (undisclosed) has retired.

Zembiec (6'3/214) will be allowed to remain on scholarship, but he's no longer going to count against Penn State's limit. The former four-star recruit did not attempt a pass during his time with the team. Tommy Stevens and Sean Clifford will work as Trace McSorley's primary backups with Zembiec no longer on roster to jostle for depth-chart positioning.
Aug 8 - 11:58 AM

Penn State senior LB Manny Bowen is listed on the team's roster.

Bowen (6'1/220) was dismissed from the Nittany Lions over the winter after initially being suspended in November. He had started nine contests prior to all that unfortunateness. In late July, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline floated the possibility that the senior could potentially be reinstated in advance of the season. Looks like that has come to pass. Whether he can regain the starting role he held last season remains to be seen. Prior to his mid-season suspension, he had recorded 51 tackles (3.0 for loss), a sack and a fumble recovery.
Aug 4 - 11:58 AM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 G Saleem Wormley.

Wormley announced his final two as Rutgers and Penn State, and the Nittany Lions win the head-to-head battle. It's another four-star get for James Franklin and company, who now have the 17th ranked class in the country according to 247 Sports rankings. Wormley ranks 13th among guards in their eyes, as well, and he's considered the top player in the state of Delaware.
Jul 23 - 3:53 PM

Penn State redshirt senior QB Trace McSorley was named to the Big Ten preseason watch list.

McSorley was the only unanimous selection on the roster. He is joined by players from the conference like Ohio State's J.K. Dobbins and Nick Bosa, Michigan State's Brian Lewerke, and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor. McSorley is a potential Heisman contender this year, and should be considered among the favorites to take home the conference's player of the year award.
Jul 23 - 12:47 PM

The Athletic's Audrey Snyder notes that Penn State redshirt junior CB John Reid (ACL) returned to action this spring.

Reid missed all of the 2017 season after he tore his ACL in a non-contact drill that spring. He was a 2016 All-Big Ten honorable mention selection after making five tackles for loss and picking off one pass with a fumble recovery, as well. It's a big return for the Nittany Lions, who lost four players to the NFL from the secondary from the 2017 roster. Expect the 5-foot-10, 185-pound corner to start opposite Amani Oruwariye, and PSU should be just fine at the position as long as he can stay healthy.
Jul 23 - 11:24 AM

Uncommitted four-star 2019 G Saleem Wormley will announce his pledge on Monday.

Wormley (6'4/300) has chopped his offer list down to two programs, with Penn State and Rutgers standing as the final pair under consideration. He's developed positive relationships with both coaching staffs and this is a somewhat tricky recruitment to read, but we'd put our Monopoly money on Rutgers as the ultimate champion for the big man's heart. The Scarlet Knights hosted Wormley on an official visit near the end of June. On the Rivals master list for the 2019 cycle, he slides in at No. 103 overall.
Source: Rivals
Jul 21 - 1:01 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Penn State senior LB Manny Bowen could be back with the Nittany Lions in 2018.

Bowen was dismissed from the program at the end of December after he was given a season-ending suspension in November. Pauline, however, hears that there are rumblings that Bowen will be back with the Nittany Lions in 2018. He was a big part of the defense before the suspension/dismissal; registering 51 tackles -- three for loss and recovering a fumble. We'll see if Bowen is back in good graces with James Franklin and company soon.
Jul 20 - 8:29 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline grades Penn State redshirt senior edge rusher Torrence Brown as a sixth-round talent coming into the 2018 season.

Brown had tremendous hype coming into the 2017 season after his 2016 tape -- Pauline compared him to a better version of Aaron Maybin, a first-round pick in 2009, last summer -- but he was only able to play in three games last year because of a knee injury. When healthy, Brown has "terrorized" tackles as a pass-rusher in Pauline's eyes, and if he shows a similar skill set in 2018 -- and he shows he's healthy -- that grade could improve substantially for the 6-foot-3, 253-pound defender.
Jul 20 - 6:51 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Penn State redshirt junior G/T Ryan Bates a third-round grade coming into the 2018 season.

Bates (6'4/301) played left tackle for the Nittany Lions in 2017, and there's a good chance he'll line up there again for Penn State in 2018. Pauline sees him as a guard prospect at the next level, however, and a good one. He notes that he's higher on the redshirt junior than the industry, so there's likely Day 3 grades for Bates from other scouts at this point. "The wider the area he’s asked to protect, the more he struggles, something that was apparent to me last season," Pauline writes. "His next-level prospects are at guard in a traditional offense which occasionally requires him to block in motion."
Jul 20 - 5:34 PM

ESPN's Phil Steele lists Penn State as the team with the top quarterback situation in 2018.

It of course starts with Trace McSorley; the senior signal-caller that is getting Heisman hype already. As Steele points out, The Nittany Lions also have Tommy Stevens, who Steele believes is one of the country's best backups. With Saquon Barkley off to the NFL, Penn State is expected to open the passing game up more in 2018. With McSorley -- and in an emergency, Stevens-- the Nittany Lions are in a good position to do so.
Source: ESPN
Jul 9 - 11:44 AM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR John Dunmore.

Dunmore (6'2/172) opted in with the Nittany Lions over fellow finalists Florida State and Auburn. He earlier checked out Happy Valley on an official visit near the beginning of June. The Hollywood, Florida, native was viewed in many corners as a potential FSU pledge, making this a nice swipe for Penn State HC James Franklin and staff. Dunmore has performed well -- and consistently -- on the offseason camp circuit, notably winning position group MVP honors at the Rivals 3 Stripe camp regional in Miami. Rivals ranks the wideout as the No. 47 overall prospect in the 2019 class. He's Penn State's seventh commitment with a four-star or better grade.
Jul 5 - 12:12 PM


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