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Penn State sophomore RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 59 yards on 15 carries and caught five balls for 77 yards in Saturday's 49-10 loss to Michigan.

Poor Saquon Barkley. After doing valiant work as a true freshman in trying to single-handedly prop up a broken, Christian Hackenberg-led offense, he's now doing valiant work trying to prop up an offense that didn't make the strides expected of it over the summer. Until Penn State finds a quarterback that defenses must respect, Barkley is going to face more stacked boxes than a young child playing Tetris for the first time.
Sep 24 - 7:38 PM

Penn State HC James Franklin indicated that junior WR Saeed Blacknall (finger) is not likely to play in Saturday's game against Michigan.

Blacknall appeared in just one game this season prior to being waylaid by a finger injury. The 6-foot-53, 212-pound junior hauled in two passes for 24 yards against Kent State in the season-opener. His absence against Michigan should be considered a minor depth blow and little more. Blacknall has never caught more than 10 passes in a season.
Sep 23 - 3:46 PM

Penn State redshirt senior ILB Nyeem Wartman-White will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a leg injury.

Specifics as to the exact circumstance of Wartman-White's injury haven't been made public, but it occurred during Saturday's win over Temple. The 6-foot-1, 243-pounder has been beset by leg injuries throughout his career, including a season-crippling knee injury early in 2012 and another one in the season-opener against these same Owls a year ago.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 20 - 12:49 PM

Penn State sophomore RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown on nine carries in the school's 34-27 win over Temple.

Barkley, as usual, created a big play with a 55 yard rush. He briefly left the game with a leg injury, which some classified as a calf issue. Barkley added seven receiving yards. This was the first game this season that Barkley did not top 100 total yards on offense.
Sep 17 - 4:06 PM

Penn State junior WR Saeed Blacknall (undisclosed) is questionable for Saturday's game against Temple.

Blacknall caught two passes for 24 yards in the Nittany Lions' season-opening win over Kent State, but was held out of last Saturday's showdown with Pitt. The extent of the 6-foot-3, 212-pound junior's injury has not been disclosed by the team. Over the summer, Bleacher Report's David Kenyan wrote that Blacknall possesses "tantalizing upside." That upside has yet to translate into results on the field.
Sep 16 - 6:24 PM

After Penn State HC James Franklin said his offense was disrupted by Pittsburgh's defense clapping, Panthers HC Pat Narduzzi stated, "I guess that’s just another excuse, okay."

Franklin went to the officials and asked about the clapping, but found out it is a legal form of communication. Narduzzi added they used the same technique in week one, and it is a way for them to get "defensive tackles to move where we want them to move." Franklin has done very little to warrant long-term consideration as Penn State's head coach in his first two years.
Source: SB Nation
Sep 12 - 11:20 AM

Penn State redshirt sophomore WR DaeSean Hamilton caught eight passes for 82 yards in the school's 42-39 loss to Pitt.

Hamilton produced a really solid game, but the game winning catch dropped off his fingertips in the fourth quarter on a long pass from McSorley. Hamilton remains Penn State's clear top receiver.
Sep 10 - 4:25 PM

Penn State sophomore RB Saquon Barkley converted 20 carries into 85 yards and four touchdowns in the school's 42-39 loss to Pitt.

Barkley added another receiving touchdown on a 40 yard wheel route. That means Barkley had a hand in every single Penn State touchdown today, which is not surprising since he is the offense. Penn State could not block Pitt early on, leading to a few negative runs for Barkley, but he was still able to make plays.
Sep 10 - 4:16 PM

Penn State junior TE Mike Gesicki caught three passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in the school's opening weekend 33-13 win over Kent State.

Gesicki was the team's second-leading receiver behind Chris Godwin. Many had high hopes for the tight end two years ago, teaming with Jesse James and Kyle Carter. However, the trio failed to reach expectations. Perhaps Gesicki can emerge this year now that he has a stranglehold on the position.
Sep 7 - 10:18 AM

Penn State redshirt sophomore QB Trace McSorley completed 16-of-31 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over Kent State.

Taking over for the departed Christian Hackenberg, McSorley's first touchdown pass of 2016 came when he hit up DaeSean Hamilton for a little four-yarder with just over a minute remaining in the first quarter. He would go on to toss a 30-yard scoring pass in the fourth quarter to polish off the 33-13 victory. The 6-foot, 195-pounder did have at least one Hackenberg-esque moment in this one (just for nostalgia's sake?) midway through the second quarter, when he fumbled while taking a sack. It would be returned for a touchdown.
Sep 3 - 7:26 PM

Penn State sophomore RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 105 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Saturday's win over Kent State.

Barkley scooted in for the touchdown from seven yards out with 8:02 remaining in the first half for his lone score of the game. The electric 5-foot-11, 222-pound sophomore averaged 4.8 YPC on his 22 totes of the rock. Last season, he rushed for 1,076 yards and seven scores. A road trip to Pitt shows next on the Nittany Lions' schedule.
Sep 3 - 7:17 PM

Penn State sophomore RB Saquon Barkley said, "I’m not OK with having someone be[ing] better than me. That’s what I strive for."

"Personally, I feel like I have a lot to go. Christian McCaffrey was at the Heisman ceremony and Leonard Fournette was probably at the top of the Heisman race for the majority of the season," Barkley said, adding that he "wasn’t satisfied with last year." The 5-foot-11, 222-pounder rushed for 1,076 yards (5.9 YPC) and seven touchdowns as a true freshman in 2015. In terms of fantasy, he is a dynamic dynasty-league prospect due to the fact that he will not be draft-eligible until after the 2017 season.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 28 - 3:00 PM

Penn State redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley has been named the school's starting QB.

"I know lot of people thought that decision was made in spring ball. It wasn't," head coach James Franklin said. McSorley stepped in for an injured Christian Hackenberg last season, and arguably outplayed the future second round pick (lol). In that bowl game against Georgia, McSorley completed 14 of 27 attempts for 142 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for another 31 yards. Penn State's offense was a train wreck the last two seasons, outside of Saquon Barkley. Penn State faithful are hoping coaching changes will turn that around.
Source: Penn Live
Aug 25 - 11:12 AM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 TE Patrick Freiermuth.

Freiermuth stands proudly as the ESPN Junior 300's No. 7 tight end prospect for 2018. Outlet analyst Gerry Hamilton notes that the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder "shows fast-twitch quickness getting off the line and the speed to work down the field in the intermediate and vertical game." The analyst adds that "[w]hen the ball is in the air, he does a very good job of snatching the ball with the arms extended and soft hands." Hamilton put on his psychic turban and wrote that there is a 95% chance that Freiermuth sticks to this commitment come National Signing Day, 2018.
Aug 22 - 3:38 PM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from three-star 2017 DE Brailyn Franklin.

"I built my strongest relationship with [DC Brent Pry] and [HC James Franklin]," Franklin (no relation) said. "We’ve been talking and messaging online for months now, but ever since they offered, we’ve been talking on the phone probably twice or three times a week. They were in communication with me more than any other school." Rivals recruiting analyst Ryan Snyder notes that while the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder is versatile enough to be moved around on defense, the Nittany Lions are likely to first try him at outside linebacker after he joins the program in 2017. He stands as Penn State's 13th commitment for the cycle.
Source: Rivals
Aug 2 - 3:17 PM


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