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Penn State junior LB Manny Bowen will not play against Nebraska after being suspended for a second straight game.

He was held out last week against Rutgers for a violation of team rules. That same label applied to Bowen's absence last winter during the Rose Bowl. Bowen is a starter when on the field and will be replaced by Brandon Smith.
Nov 15 - 10:41 AM

Penn State redshirt junior QB Trace McSorley completed 16 of 21 passes for 214 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 35-6 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

McSorley was also the team's leading rusher with 44 yards and a touchdown. His 25 yard touchdown pass to DaeSean Hamilton was in tight coverage and perfect placement on an inside breaking route. McSorley faces Nebraska next.
Nov 11 - 3:16 PM

Penn State senior TE Mike Gesicki caught four passes for 45 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 35-6 win over Rutgers.

Gesicki's 14-yard touchdown catch was a great play call, as he stayed in as a blocker on the action fake then released for the open catch and run. We are excited to see Gesicki's athletic results, as he looks superior in that area to almost anyone else on the field.
Nov 11 - 3:06 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 35 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries in the school's 35-6 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

Barkley's yards per carry was low, but that is becoming a somewhat common trend. Poor blocking is limiting the easy yards for Barkley at the line of scrimmage, but he is still creating space on his own. The highlight, and there always is one for Barkley, was a hurdle at the end of a hook and lateral. Barkley added another 13 yards on a catch.
Nov 11 - 2:59 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley was named a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award.

The Hornung is handed out annually to the nation's most versatile player. Barkley (5'11/222) has posted 1,368 yards and 12 touchdowns from scrimmage in nine games this season. On top of his stellar work as both a runner and receiver, the junior Heisman contender has also excelled as a kick-return option this season, racking up 393 yards and two touchdowns on just 13 returns. The other three finalists for the Hornung Award are Iowa State LB Joel Lanning, Washington WR Dante Pettis and NC State RB Nyheim Hines. We'll find out who's taking home this piece of hardware on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Nov 9 - 4:57 PM

Penn State redshirt junior QB Trace McSorley completed 26 of 47 attempts for 381 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in the school's 27-24 loss to Michigan State on Saturday.

This was vintage McSorley, as he created a number of plays with his movement and willingness to stick with the down, then made some disastrous throws and decisions that allowed the Spartans to get the football. Penn State has now lost two in a row.
Nov 4 - 7:47 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley carried the ball 14 times for 63 yards and caught three passes for 33 yards in the school's 27-24 loss to Michigan State on Saturday.

Here's a question, should it concern evaluators that Barkley has only gone over 100 yards rushing in three games this season? Barkley is so good at adding a few yards on to runs that others cannot, and to be fair the conditions were not good in this one. He's still a must watch, but we haven't seen major highlights over the last two weeks.
Nov 4 - 7:38 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley is now the favorite for the No. 1 overall pick according to Vegas odds.

Barkley received 4/1 odds, USC quarterback Sam Darnold and UCLA's Josh Rosen at 6/1 and Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick at 8/1. Ki'Jana Carter was the last running back to be selected first overall, another former Penn State ball carrier. That was all the way back in 1995.
Nov 2 - 11:20 AM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Penn State senior TE Mike Gesicki's game is similar to Dennis Pitta.

If our memory serves us correctly, Jeremiah was on the Ravens staff while Pitta was on the team. Pitta "led all TEs in catches last year, and Gesicki has that kind of potential," Jeremiah writes, noting Gesicki dominates in contested catches. That is evident when you look at the tight end's athleticism, leaping grabs and a high enough vertical to jump over his quarterback.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 30 - 11:38 AM

Penn State redshirt junior QB Trace McSorley completed 17-of-29 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 49 yards and an additional score in Saturday's 39-38 loss to Ohio State.

McSorley proved to be an effective runner in the contest, but with Saquon Barkley held under 50 yards on the ground, the Nittany Lions were largely working a one-dimensional game. Especially in the second half. While Saturday's result was not ideal for the Nittany Lions, McSorley has now thrown at least one touchdown pass in all eight of their games.
Oct 28 - 7:29 PM

Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 44 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in Saturday's 39-38 thriller-of-a-loss to Ohio State.

Barkley started out the game in explosive style, returning the opening kickoff for a 97-yard touchdown. He would add a 36-yard scoring run early in the second quarter to put Penn State up 21-3. From that point on? Almost nothing. This was the best defensive performance we've seen against the breathtaking Heisman contender. He'll try for better results in an East Lansing date with Michigan State next weekend.
Oct 28 - 7:24 PM

ESPN Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Penn State junior RBSaquon Barkley at the top of his Big Board on Thursday.

He moves up one spot, with USC quarterback Sam Darnold "plummeting" all the way down to the fifth spot. It shouldn't be a huge surprise that the player leading the FBS in total-yardage ranks at the top, but the lead Darnold had at the beginning of the year makes this at least a minor upset, if not more. "Barkley is a lights-out athlete with a great lower body and quick feet who shows tremendous balance," Kiper notes. It would be an upset at this point if Barkley wasn't selected in the first half dozen picks at this point.
Oct 26 - 8:23 PM

An anonymous NFL general manager told Sporting News that Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley could go No. 1 overall.

"I think he has a shot to be No. 1 — he's that good," the GM said. "He's carried Penn State. He can do it all. A lot of teams, I think, are going to look at what the Cowboys did a couple of years ago with (Ezekiel Elliott). To me, Barkley is that guy, the top player in the draft right now. He’s a workhorse, he doesn't lose the football." The GM went on to say that a contender could move up for Barkley. "He'll put you over the top. Some team (is) going to be willing to overpay because he can make a middle of the pack team into a contender," he said.
Oct 25 - 3:53 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Penn State junior RB Saquon Barkley is going to be a "big three-down weapon" in the NFL.

Barkley did have a difficult time on a few catches against USC, but those appear to be mental lapses than a lack of content. While many focus on receiving skills, pass protection is equally important in the eyes of NFL evaluators. Barkley might not be at Ezekiel Elliott's level as a rookie, but few are. Barkley, as Jeremiah states, is willing to stick his nose in and pick up an assignment, but there are areas of improvement.
Source: NFL.com
Oct 23 - 10:11 AM

Penn State senior TE Mike Gesicki caught two passes for 52 yards in Saturday's 42-13 win over Michigan.

After catching a pair of touchdowns in each of Penn State's first two games, Gesicki (6'6/252) has now been held out of the end zone in five consecutive contests. The senior tight end owns a 24-228-4 receiving line for the season as a whole.
Oct 22 - 4:58 PM


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