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An NFC scout called Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley "special."

"He's special," said an NFC scout. "He is as complete as they come at the position." NFL.com analyst Bucky Brooks likens Barkley to a "young Frank Gore." Brooks says the 5-foot-11, 223-pound Barkley's "uncanny ability to shift from power to finesse is uncommon, which is why running back coaches will salivate over his game at the next level." To the scout's point about Barkley's well-rounded game, Brooks also praises the prospect's skills as a receiver out of the backfield and his blocking ability. "Although he hasn't put the finishing touches on his collegiate resume, Barkley certainly has the talent and potential to be a dominant player at the next level," Brooks wrote.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 3:23 PM

Penn State redshirt senior WR DaeSean Hamilton will replace Tampa Bay Buccaneers third-round pick Chris Godwin as the Nittany Lions' No. 1 receiver.

Hamilton caught 34 passes for 506 yards over 13 starts for the Nittany Lions last year in a secondary role. With Godwin gone, Hamilton will become the go-to target for QB Trace McSorley. The 6-foot-1, 198-pound Hamilton led the Big Ten with 82 catches as a freshman but had only 79 receptions over the past two years combined.
Source: NFL.com
May 24 - 4:08 PM

A Penn State coach singled out freshman CB Lamont Wade as a spring practice standout.

The 5-foot-9, 192-pound corner was the crown jewel of Penn State's 2017 class, a five-star recruit and consensus top-10 overall prospect. "At 5 feet 10, he isn’t the biggest defensive back, but what he lacks in size, he makes up for in speed and instinct," ESPN's Dan Murphy and Tom VanHaaren noted.
Source: ESPN
May 20 - 11:42 AM

247Sports' Barton Simmons notes that due to the knee injury suffered by Penn State junior CB John Reid, freshman CB Lamont Wade could have to take on a larger early role.

Simmons isn't too worried about Wade's ability to step in, even as a true freshman, writing that the 5-foot-9, 192-pounder has "got the DNA to compete at a really high level and no stage will be too big." The analyst likes what he saw out of Wade -- 247Sports' No. 46 overall prospect for the 2017 cycle -- this spring, particularly in terms of his consistency.
Source: 247Sports
May 19 - 5:33 PM

A "high-level executive" told Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller that Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley has the "potential to be the best running back of the last decade."

That would mean better than Todd Gurley, Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott, among many others. In March, Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported from the NFL Draft Combine back that several NFL sources expected Barkley to be a top-5 overall pick. The 5-foot-11, 222-pound Barkley racked up 1,496 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns on 5.5 yards per carry last season. He's a Heisman Trophy frontrunner.
Source: Ble
May 18 - 3:29 PM

ESPN's Billy Tucker compared Penn State four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Justin Fields to Florida State redshirt sophomore QB Deondre Francois and former Clemson QB Deshaun Watson.

"Deshaun Watson might be a closer comparison, but Francois works well, too," Tucker writes. "Francois and Fields both have quick deliveries, and the ball jumps off their hands with juice and accuracy." He also notes that the 6-foot-3, 221-pound Fields is a "better athlete" than Francois was at this point in the latter's recruitment. ESPN ranks the Penn State commit as the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle and the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback.
May 16 - 7:46 PM

Penn State AD Sandy Barbour hinted that a contract extension might be in the works for HC James Franklin.

While speaking at a school event on Monday, Barbour was asked by Pennlive.com about the possibility of an extension for Franklin. Her response? "Stay tuned." Franklin's current contract is set to expire following the 2019 season. He is fresh off leading the Nittany Lions to an 11-3 record. Given that Barbour was having to offer votes of confidence for Franklin's job security just last September, it has been nothing short of a remarkable turnaround in Happy Valley.
May 9 - 6:02 PM

Penn State redshirt junior K Joey Julius is undergoing treatment for an eating disorder.

Julius did not participate in the Nittany Lions’ spring game on April 22 and has checked himself into a Missouri clinic for treatment. In a Facebook post, the 5-foot-10, 258-pounder said, "Recovery is a wonderful and beautiful thing that I am working on returning to … There is light at the end of the tunnel. It is just a very long tunnel." Julius worked on kickoffs this past season. His availability for August camp is not yet known.
May 6 - 1:24 PM

Colts signed Penn State DE Garrett Sickels.

Sickels (6’4/261) turned pro as a redshirt junior after logging 24 starts in Happy Valley, tallying 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2016 en route to second-team All-Big Ten honors. Sickels’ pre-draft workouts were horrific, running 4.97 with a putrid 28-inch vertical. NFL.com did chart Sickels with the most QB hurries (43) in the Big Ten last year, so his production is notable even if his athleticism is sub-NFL-caliber.
May 4 - 2:51 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley told Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel that he would consider sitting out a potential 2017 bowl game to avoid injury.

"I would have a hard time doing it, but I’m not going to sit here and say I would never do it. I don’t know," Barkley said. While there was a minor rumble on the internet when LSU's Leonard Fournette and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey opted to sit out bowl action this winter in order to preserve their health ahead of the NFL Draft, those decisions did nothing to hurt the pair of top-10 picks when all was said and done. Barkley is a shortlist Heisman contender for the coming season and a potential top-10 pick in his own right. He racked up 1,496 yards rushing and 18 touchdowns during the past campaign.
May 2 - 9:01 PM

In his first 2018 mock draft, Sporting News' Eric Galko projected the Browns to select Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley at No. 2.

"Depending on whether DeShone Kizer makes strides as a rookie, the Browns will have to decide whether to trust him for the long term or take a quarterback early in 2018," Galko writes of the choice between Barkley or a quarterback like Sam Darnold or Josh Rosen. He believes that the 5-foot-11, 222-pound Barkley could "grade as high as, if not higher than, Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott." The Penn State standout rushed for 1,496 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season.
Apr 30 - 1:23 PM

Bucs selected Penn State WR Chris Godwin with the No. 84 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Godwin (6’1/209) turned pro after three years, finishing with a 154/2,421/18 (15.4 YPR) career receiving line. He only earned honorable mention All-Big Ten in 2016. Godwin’s stock soared Indy, recording a top-four SPARQ score among wideouts with a 4.42 forty and explosive 10-foot-6 broad jump. Godwin topped 1,100 yards at age 19 and scored 11 TDs last season as a 20-year-old. While he is still learning to use his speed and has room to improve after the catch, Godwin impressed with acrobatic plays on tape and stood out in Matt Harmon’s Reception Perception as this draft’s premier contested-catch receiver. Godwin is among the highest-ceiling prospects in a weak 2017 wideout class.
Apr 28 - 10:35 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley did not participate in the team's spring game on Saturday.

No need to panic, Nittany Lion faithful, as Barkley's sitting out was something planned by the team. The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder is coming off a 1,496-yard, 18-touchdown showing in 2016. He is a true Heisman contender and could potentially land as a top-10 pick in next spring's draft should he declare at the end of the 2017 campaign.
Source: Land of 10
Apr 25 - 10:06 PM

Matt Harmon believes Penn State WR Chris Godwin would be a great fit for the Steelers.

We agree, and the Steelers have shown interest in a form of a visit. Harmon notes Godwin's contested catch rate translates to the NFL and he would be a great counterpart to Antonio Brown. We all love Martavis Bryant, but he cannot be relied on. Rotoworld's Josh Norris has passed along buzz that the Steelers will draft a pass catcher in rounds one through three.
Apr 24 - 8:22 AM

Penn State WR Chris Godwin visited the Jets on Wednesday.

Godwin is a really fun and intriguing day two receiver. According to matt Harmon's charting, Godwin is the best contested catch receiver over the last two years. Add on that Godwin will be 21 years old as a rookie and tested in the 88th percentile, and there's plenty of perceived upside to work with. Godwin versus USC is one of the best prospect games in this class.
Apr 13 - 8:52 AM


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