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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline relays that insiders he has spoken to "like [Penn State DE Garrett] Sickles' professionalism and the way he approaches the game."

Pauline hears that Sickels is "a film junkie who meticulously scouted opponents every chance he got." Having the intelligence for the next level and having the athleticism for it are too different things, though, and Pauline believes that the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder's draft potential "will be graded heavily on measurables and the way he tests at the combine." The analyst views Sickels as a potential fourth- or fifth-round selection.
Jan 13 - 4:41 PM

Penn State junior S Marcus Allen announced he will return to school for the 2017 season.

Allen says the feedback he received from the NFL was "largely positive." Tony Pauline previously reported Allen met with agents since the start of the season, so obviously he put plenty of thought into declaring.
Jan 9 - 10:58 AM

Penn State junior WR Chris Godwin will forego his final season of collegiate eligibility to enter the 2017 NFL Draft.

Godwin's final game in a Penn State uniform was a beautiful one, as he burned USC for 9-187-2 in the Rose Bowl on Monday. Over the past two seasons, the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Godwin has caught a combined 128 passes for 2,083 yards and 16 touchdowns. CBS Sports ranks the Penn State standout as their No. 14 receiving prospect in this draft class and sees him being drafted in the third or fourth round. Walter Football is slightly more conservative on his draft slot, seeing him more in the fifth- to seventh-round conversation.
Jan 5 - 8:40 PM

The Associated Press reported that Minnesota reached out to Penn State OC Joe Moorhead about its open head coaching job but was turned away.

Per the report, Minnesota contacted Moorhead's agent but was told that the assistant didn't want to leave the Nittany Lions. The Gophers recently fired HC Tracy Claeys. Minnesota is reportedly nearing a deal with Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck.
Source: ESPN
Jan 5 - 3:42 PM

Penn State redshirt junior DE Garrett Sickels will declare for the NFL Draft.

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Sickels led the Nittany Lions with 12.5 tackles for losses and tied for the team lead with six sacks. He was named second-team all-Big Ten by the league's coaches. Sickels was named the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player at the postseason team banquet. He was an ace recruit in the heralded 2013 recruiting class along with Christian Hackenberg, Adam Breneman, and Brendan Mahon. Sickels was rated by CBS as the No. 8 2018 defensive end prospect, one spot ahead of NC State's Bradley Chubb, who recently announced he would return to campus.
Source: Philly.com
Jan 5 - 12:36 PM

Penn State junior WR Chris Godwin caught nine passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 52-49 loss to USC in the Rose Bowl Game.

The offensive stars were shining bright in Pasadena on Monday. Godwin notched a 30-yard scoring catch midway through the second quarter, but it was his bobbling 72-yard touchdown grab deep down the left sideline early in the third quarter which truly excited. Not only was the play itself electric, it came on the heels of a Saquon Barkley 79-yard scoring gallop, in one of the more breathtaking scoring two-steps by a pair of players this season. There has been scuttlebutt that the 6-foot-1, 208-pound Godwin might opt to declare for the draft, so stay tuned.
Jan 2 - 10:01 PM

Penn State sophomore RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 194 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries while catching five passes for 55 yards and an additional score in Monday's 52-49 loss to USC in the Rose Bowl Game.

Barkley might have lost, but his performance was as beautiful as they come. Included in those 194 yards on the ground, a 79-yard scoring scamper early in the third quarter in which he utilized just about every tool in the box to find the end zone. Indeed, he had to make a pair of moves in the backfield just to get going, then a few more jukes and a "how is that humanly possible?" cutback in which he planted and shifted, then immediately re-planted and re-shifted again before exploding to full speed on his way to the end zone. Barkley sits comfortably on the 2017 Heisman short list after posting 1,496 rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns this season.
Jan 2 - 9:49 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that while Penn State junior S Marcus Allen has been "meeting with agents since last summer," there is a belief in some corners that he is leaning toward returning to campus for the 2017 season.

Allen seems to be a real on-the-fence prospect, here. Not only has he been in contact with agents, he submitted his papers to the NFL Draft Advisory Committee in December. Despite his obvious interest in potentially joining the 2017 draft class, the 6-foot-2, 202-pounder should not be considered a lost cause quite yet. He has registered 101 tackles (6.0 for loss), three passes defended and a forced fumble in 13 games this season. Expect some clarity on his thinking following the Rose Bowl Game on Monday.
Jan 1 - 10:54 AM

Penn State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 S Isaiah Humphries.

Nice get for HC James Franklin as he wraps up prep for Monday's Rose Bowl Game showdown with USC. Nittany Lion fans with longer memories may recall the name Humphries, as Isaiah's pops, Leonard Humphries, was a corner with the team in the late 80's. As for the younger 5-foot-11, 185-pounder who just hooked up with Dad's old squad, Scout.com's Gabe Brooks notes that he is "a versatile and talented player who could potentially play either traditional safety spot." The outlet ranks him as their No. 161 player in the 2018 class.
Jan 1 - 10:37 AM

Penn State junior S Marcus Allen has submitted his paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Committee.

Allen hasn't heard back from the committee as of yet, but their recommendation figures to play heavily into his draft decision. Said the 6-foot-2, 202-pounder, "I still haven’t gone over with my family yet, but we’re still constantly talking. But as of right now, we’re just strictly Rose Bowl. That’s all I’m focused on." Allen has turned in his best collegiate season to date as a junior in 2016, compiling 101 tackles (6.0 for loss), three passes defended and a singular forced fumble over the course of 13 games played.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Penn State junior LB Jason Cabinda will return for his final season of collegiate eligibility in 2017.

"Obviously make sure I have my degree, as well and I get to play for Penn State for a whole ’nother year. Not a lot more to say than that. I love playing here and I love this place to death," Cabinda said after Rose Bowl Game practice on Wednesday. The 6-foot-1, 237-pound junior has recorded 69 tackles (4.0 for loss), a sack and three passes defended in eight games this season. A hand injury prevented him from posting a more complete statistical campaign.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 04:04:00 PM

Penn State sophomore LB Manny Bowen has been suspended for the Rose Bowl Game.

Bowen and WR Saeed Blacknall were both suspended due to violations of team rules. No further information as to the reason for these suspensions is known. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Bowen is a key cog in Penn State's defense, having recorded 67 tackles (8.5 for loss) and two sacks over the course of 13 games played. Expect Farmer Koa to see extended action in Bowen's place when the Nittany Lions do battle with the Tronjans on January 2.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:24:00 PM

Penn State junior WR Saeed Blacknall has been suspended for the Rose Bowl Game.

Blacknall was suspended for a violation of team rules. The precipitating circumstance of that suspension is not yet known. The 6-foot-5, 212-pounder was coming off a strong showing in the Big Ten Championship Game, logging six catches for 155 yards and a pair of touchdowns against Wisconsin. Penn State -- now sans Blacknall -- will tango with USC in the Rose Bowl Game on January 2.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 04:13:00 PM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman writes that Penn State OC Joe Moorhead "figures" to be a candidate to replace the fired Bob Diaco as UConn's head coach.

NBC Connecticut's Kevin Nathan has gone so far as to report that Moorhead is the "leading candidate" for the now-open Huskies head-coaching position. In addition to Moorhead, Feldman relays that Fordham HC Andrew Breiner is in the running for the position, too. Whoever inherits the program will have quite the job ahead of them -- UConn has gone 11-26 over the past three seasons.
Source: Land of 10
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 12:38:00 PM

Penn State junior TE Mike Gesicki will return to school for the 2017 season.

Many believe Gesicki has potential, but we don't see it. His running style is similar to Andre Williams', and he lacks quickness in every part of his game. Add that to a long injury list, and we aren't sure what his career post Penn State looks like.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 10:39:00 AM


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