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Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn relayed that five-star 2018 DE Micah Parsons played corner, middle linebacker, receiver and running back during the East Coast Elite 7-on-7.

"[Parsons] is incredibly quick, he changes directions like a safety, he is loose, he plays at a fast pace and he dominates in nearly everything he does," Dohn wrote. "His speed and desire to compete stood out above everything else, and that is saying something given his immense talent." The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder committed to Penn State in late February. Per Dohn, he is not expected to reopen his recruitment.
May 26 - 6:00 PM

Penn State junior LB Jason Cabinda was named to the preseason Lott IMPACT trophy watch list.

The Lott IMPACT Trophy is given to the top defensive player who makes the biggest impact both on and off the field. Cabinda ranked No. 14 in the Big Ten with 7.7 tackles per game last season (100 tackles total), earning him an All-Big Ten honorable mention nod. Off the field, he was a high school honor student.
May 21 - 12:21 PM

ESPN's Austin Ward highlighted Penn State HC James Franklin as a coach who will need to jump out to a fast start in 2016.

"With in-state rival Pittsburgh on deck in Week 2," Ward wrote, "the Nittany Lions looking for revenge against Temple in Week 3 following last year’s loss and a difficult trip to Michigan on tap after that, the heat could get cranked all the way up on Franklin in a hurry." Penn State finished with a 7-6 record last season, boosting Franklin's overall record with the Nittany Lions to a lackluster 14-12. Ward warned that "[a] sluggish start might prove to be the beginning of the end for him at Penn State."
Source: ESPN.com
May 20 - 2:44 PM

ESPN's Mitch Sherman wrote that Penn State sophomore RB Saquon Barkley "could vault into the [Heisman] conversation with a big September."

"At 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, he’s built to endure punishment," Sherman wrote. "And who doesn’t appreciate a physical back in the Penn State white and blue? The opportunity for statement performances arrive early at rival Pitt and in the league opener at Michigan." HC James Franklin said earlier this offseason that he "[doesn't] know if [he's] seen someone like Saquon." The bruiser rushed for 1,076 yards and seen touchdowns last season. For the time being, though, Barkley is not viewed as a legit Heisman contender by Vegas. "With the exception of Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, no player in the Big Ten is on the radar in early Heisman handicapping," according to Sherman.
Source: ESPN.com
May 18 - 3:01 PM

Penn State OC Joe Moorhead said that sophomore RB Saquon Barkley "does some things that are freakishly athletic that the great ones do."

Moorhead is new to the Nittany Lions and in order to get a better feel for the offensive talent he has on hand, he went back and watched tape of every 2015 contest. Not too surprisingly, Barkley immediately jumped out on film. "The last thing you anticipate is a guy leaping over a defender like a tall building in a single bound, and that's what occurred," Moorhead said. "The first time I saw it on tape it caught me by surprise." HC James Franklin is of a like opinion, saying, "I've been doing this for 22 years. I don't know if I've seen someone like Saquon -- and not just physically. He has handled all of this attention really well, better than I would have imagined." Last season, the 5-foot-11, 222-pounder rushed for 1,076 yards (5.9 YPC) and seven touchdowns. He also caught 20 passes for 161 yards and a score. That he did all of this playing in a disjointed (to put it kindly) offense makes those statistical feats all the more impressive.
Source: CBS Sports
May 9 - 4:35 PM

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien believes Jets OC Chan Gailey is the "perfect coach" for QB Christian Hackenberg to learn from.

O'Brien worked under Gailey at Georgia Tech for a season and called the coach "very patient" and a "good teacher." O'Brien revealed the Texans graded Hackenberg as a "very good" quarterback prospect, but that can be taken with a grain of salt as the Texans traded above the Jets, but elected to not draft the passer. Granted, the Texans signed their starting quarterback in free agency.
Source: The MMQB
May 9 - 10:02 AM

Penn State trustees voted to allow alcohol sales at Beaver Stadium.

The vote passed on Friday. AD Sandy Barbour explained the decision to reporters, saying, "Those engaging in private and premium seating experiences expect hospitality to include alcoholic beverage service, similar to those in comparable facilities in other markets. We believe, because of this, we will find new revenue in the value of the opportunity to purchase alcohol more so than the sale of alcohol itself." At least part of the decision is geared toward drawing non-football events to the university.
May 8 - 12:44 PM

Per MMQB's Kalyn Kahler, the Jets held a secret workout with Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg in early April that helped convince them to draft the quarterback.

Noel LaMontagne of Compass Sports Advisors (who represent Hackenberg), described the workout, saying, "The word that comes to mind is intensity, just the level of intensity that they wanted to make sure it was kept extremely quiet and that nobody knew it was going to happen." The workout centered around pro-style offensive concepts that were not present in Penn State's shotgun offense. "It was about getting a really good feel for the way they are going to coach me going forward," Hackenberg said. The Jets ultimately selected Hack at pick No. 51. He probably won't see the field early in his NFL career unless the Jets have had a few drinks and are feeling adventurous.
Source: MMQB
May 7 - 3:05 PM

Vikings signed Penn State TE Kyle Carter.

Carter (6'3/243) was a rotational tight end for the Nittany Lions, finishing his career with 84 catches for 963 yards (11.5 YPR) and four TDs. He is an impressive physical specimen with long arms (34 1/8") and huge hands (10 3/8"). Underutilized at Penn State, Carter has a chance to become better in the NFL with top-shelf athleticism for his position, running 4.64 with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. It will be up to his NFL coaches to unlock Carter's so-far untapped potential.
May 6 - 6:47 PM

Former Penn State QB coach Jay Paterno posted an impassioned defense of his father Joe in a Facebook post.

On Thursday, PennLive.com reported that a court order in the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse insurance case indicated that former Nittany Lion HC Joe Paterno, now deceased, was aware of sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky in 1976. "The reckless, all-out rush to accept accusations as legitimate without a full fair review of the facts, cannot be allowed to happen again," Jay Paterno wrote in his father Joe's defense. That post, in it's entirety, is available at the link below. The 72-year-old Sandusky, convicted of molesting at least 10 underage males victims, is currently serving 30-60 years.
May 6 - 4:01 PM

Chargers sign Penn State CB Trevor Williams.

Williams (5'11/191) converted from receiver to cornerback and went on to start for 2 1/2 seasons, collecting five interceptions and earning All-Big Ten honorable mention as a senior. Williams was an average college player whose stock elevated in pre-draft workouts, blazing 4.44 with a 10-foot-5 broad jump at Penn State's Pro Day.
May 3 - 10:01 PM

Jets GM Mike Maccagnan said the team tried to "repeatedly" trade back from pick No. 51 before selecting PSU QB Christian Hackenberg.

We appreciate his honesty. Hackenberg at No. 51 is still baffling on some levels, and this comment does not shine a ton of confidence or conviction on the selection by the man who made the decision. Hackenberg will likely be allowed time to sit and theoretically learn without having to prove himself early in actual game situations. Chan Gailey has engineered plenty of production from lesser talents, but Hackenberg will need to be mindful of turnovers once getting an opportunity.
May 3 - 11:12 AM

Dolphins selected Penn State DB Jordan Lucas with the No. 204 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.

Lucas (6'0/201) made 33 starts for Penn State, shifting from cornerback to safety as a senior before suffering a season-ending shoulder injury. He piled up 11 career tackles for loss and 25 pass breakups with three interceptions. Lucas was recovered in time for the PSU Pro Day, blazing 4.45 and showing explosion in the vertical (38 1/2") and broad (10'10") jumps. Lucas has experience covering slot receivers and NFL-level athleticism, but he should've made more plays in college and isn't an in-the-box run stuffer. The Dolphins play to try Lucas as a press corner, but he'll have to pay special-teams dues first.
Apr 30 - 4:58 PM

Lions selected Penn State DT Anthony Zettel with the No. 202 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Zettel (6'4/277) made 28 starts on the defensive line, racking up 38 career tackles for loss and 20 sacks. He was a third-team All-Big Ten pick as a senior. Zettel turned in a solid Combine workout, running 4.81 with a 30 1/2-inch vertical and 28 bench-press reps. Zettel won with extreme effort in college, but he has short arms (31 1/8") and lacks one outstanding trait. He'll probably max out as a rotational lineman in the NFL.
Apr 30 - 4:55 PM

Browns selected Penn State EDGE Carl Nassib with the No. 65 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft

Nassib (6'7/277) earned 2015's Lombardi Award as the nation's best defensive front seven player, setting a Penn State single-season record with 15.5 sacks and leading the nation in forced fumbles (6). Although Nassib lacks quick-twitch athleticism, he combines outstanding length (34 1/2") with huge hands (10 3/8") and a relentless motor. If Nassib improves his strength -- the former walk-on gained 70 pounds in college and hasn't yet caught up in the weight room -- he could have a future at strong-side defensive end.
Apr 29 - 9:45 PM


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