KSN Podcast: Uplifting Athletes Chapter Highlights – Week 14

December 2, 2014

Scott Shirley and Andy Shay Discuss the end of the college football regular season, the upcoming College Football Playoff, the rivalry Touchdown Pledge Drive between Clemson and South Carolina in their Palmetto Bowl matchup, and the fundraising done throughout the season by the Uplifting Athletes chapter network. Visit upliftingathletes.org for more coverage of the nonprofit organization that aligns college football with rare diseases.

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Michigan State preview: Can the Nittany Lions make season-ending statement?

November 26, 2014

Penn State wraps up its regular season and gets its last shot at a signature win when Michigan State comes to Beaver Stadium on Saturday. The Nittany Lions (6-5, 2-5) are 11.5-point underdogs for a Senior Day clash against a Spartans team that had national title aspirations shot down by Ohio State three weeks ago. Penn State has trudged through the middle part of the season with losses in five…

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KSN Podcast: Uplifting Athletes Chapter Highlights – Week 13

November 25, 2014

Scott Shirley and Andy Shay talk about their trip to Philadelphia to see former Brett Brackett, the former leader of the Uplifting Athletes Chapter at Penn State. They also discuss the Stony Brook, Colgate, and Penn State Touchdown Pledge Drives, the upcoming Maryland Touchdown Pledge Drive, the Palmetto Bowl Touchdown Pledge Drive matchup between South Carolina and Clemson, and a roundup of the week in the Uplifting Athletes Chapter network.

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting news and notes with Scout.com analyst Brian Dohn

November 25, 2014

Penn State saw its third de-commitment in the 2015 recruiting cycle last week, this time in four-star defensive tackle Adam McLean. Coach James Franklin is left with no interior defensive linemen in the class with less than 10 weeks before National Signing Day. Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn joined Dustin Hockensmith and Andrew P. Shay on the Keystone Sports Network podcast this week to talk about McLean, Jarvis Miller,…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting: James Franklin’s next moves after Adam McLean de-commits

November 25, 2014

Penn State is down to just one interior lineman — offensive guard Steven Gonzalez — in its nationally acclaimed 2015 recruiting class, which presents an interesting storyline to watch between now and National Signing Day. James Franklin suffered another setback on the recruiting trail last week when four-star defensive tackle Adam McLean announced his de-commitment from the program. On the heels of McLean’s de-commitment, Franklin extended a scholarship offer to…

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KSN Podcast: Odell Beckham’s catch, Latavius Murray’s upside and more fantasy football notes

November 25, 2014

The fantasy football playoffs are looming in most leagues, and valuable help can still be found on the waiver wire. Latavius Murray and Isaiah Crowell are both gems to be found in free agency, rising to the top of a running back class that often features more questions than answers. Of course, before getting into any football-related topics, the catch made by New York Giants rookie Odell Beckham Jr. in…

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KSN Podcast: Eagles-Titans review: Philadelphia wins big, sets up Thanksgiving showdown with Dallas

November 25, 2014

The Philadelphia Eagles bounced back from an ugly 53-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers with a big offensive effort in a 43-24 home win over the Tennessee Titans. Josh Huff set the tone with a 107-yard return touchdown on the opening kickoff, and the Eagles churned out 462 total yards on 83 plays to improve to 8-3 with a big Thanksgiving Day contest at Dallas looming on Thursday. “Obviously,…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Illinois review: Same issues linger in Nittany Lions’ ugly 16-14 loss

November 25, 2014

Penn State’s season sunk to a new low on the road at Illinois, suffering a 16-14 setback that again showed glaring offensive issues surrounding Christian Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions’ passing attack. The offense generated just 265 total yards against an Illini defense that entered the weekend having the Big Ten’s worst scoring defense. Penn State took a 14-10 lead early in the fourth quarter but surrendered a pair of…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State quarterback recruits and the addition of Tommy Stevens

November 20, 2014

Penn State continues to build depth in key areas as the program recovers from heavy NCAA sanctions that were imposed in 2012 and lifted completely earlier this fall. The offensive line is facing its challenges now, and the same could be said about a young group of receivers that includes talented freshmen Saeed Blacknall, Chris Godwin, DaeSean Hamilton and DeAndre Thompkins. The Nittany Lions’ quarterback depth chart is less ominous…

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KSN Podcast: Jonas Gray, Tre Mason, Isaiah Crowell and other fantasy football quick hits

November 20, 2014

The fantasy football season is approaching its most pivotal point as the final standings begin to shake out and postseason brackets take shape. With that in mind, the timing of rises from players such as Jonas Gray, Tre Mason, Isaiah Crowell is particularly helpful for those looking to make their final playoff push. Josh Gordon is another high-profile addition in leagues he has managed to stay available. The NFL’s reigning…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Temple review: Improved O-line play, Akeel Lynch big factors in PSU win

November 19, 2014

Penn State secured its postseason eligibility and made a statement against intrastate rival Temple with a 30-13 win that featured a season-best rushing performance. The Nittany Lions set a new season-high with 254 rushing yards and forced five turnovers to win their second straight game in advance of Saturday’s road trip to Illinois. The Penn State offense finished with a season-high 254 rushing yards behind big efforts from Akeel Lynch…

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KSN Podcast: Eagles-Packers review: Philadelphia no match for Green Bay at Lambeau Field

November 19, 2014

The Philadelphia Eagles rode high into their Week 11 matchup at Lambeau Field and crashed hard, falling 53-20 to a Green Bay Packers team that also dropped 55 points on the Chicago Bears the week before. In a matchup of teams with Super Bowl aspirations, Aaron Rodgers picked their Eagles apart with precision and helped the Packers improve to 5-0 at home. The home/road dynamic is an interesting one for…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Temple preview: Nittany Lions favored to win big, clinch bowl eligibility

November 13, 2014

Penn State wraps up its non-conference schedule at Beaver Stadium this weekend against intrastate rival Temple in a noon kickoff at Beaver Stadium. The Owls and Nittany Lions both carry 5-4 records into the contest, making it a key week for both teams as they look to secure postseason eligibility. Penn State is 38-3-1 all-time against Temple in a series that dates back to the 1931 season. The Nittany Lions…

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KSN Podcast: Fantasy football quick hits: Brian Hoyer, Tre Mason, Martavis Bryant, more

November 13, 2014

Blink, and the fantasy football playoffs will be here. As Week 11 of the NFL season approaches, preparation for the fantasy postseason should begin sooner than later, with research into schedules and an understanding of which undervalued players could stand to benefit from a friendly run of opponents. Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer has much to gain this month with decent matchups and the returns of tight end Jordan Cameron…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting update: Breaking down the Nittany Lions’ most important commits

November 12, 2014

Penn State is starting to create new momentum in its 2015 recruiting class with leads on a number of blue-chip recruits and a recent commitment from three-star quarterback Tommy Stevens. The Nittany Lions have now secured 19 verbal commitments to date and lay claim to a class that ranks No. 9 nationally by Scout.com. Coach James Franklin’s first full class at Penn State is positioned to help in a number…

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