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KSN Podcast: Previewing Penn State football storylines entering summer camp

Penn State comes off a strong finish to a 2014 season that featured its share of trials and tribulations. Coach James Franklin went 7-6 in his Happy Valley debut while working with a deeply flawed offense that featured inexperience at offensive line and wide receiver and little support for sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg. The results were forgettable as Penn State ranked among the worst offenses in the country. Looking ahead…

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KSN Podcast: Talking Penn State recruiting with Rivals analyst Adam Friedman

Penn State is well on its way to another nationally acclaimed recruiting class under second-year coach James Franklin, with 18 commits in a 2016 class that currently ranks among the top 10 nationally on all four major recruiting services. The Nittany Lions are poised to add another elite collection of talent to a roster that continues to reload in the aftermath of NCAA sanctions. Looking ahead to 2017, the state…

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KSN Podcast: The best players Penn State will face in 2015, Nos. 1-5

Penn State has perks in its 2015 schedule, namely with a manageable offseason slate and a run of five straight home games, but the Big Ten East division features few weeks off. The Nittany Lions take on two national championship hopefuls in Michigan State and Ohio State, programs that both have multiple candidates for the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. The Spartans and Buckeyes occupied 16 spots on…

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KSN Podcast: ‘Tucker’s Tape’ on Penn State recruits Cameron Brown and Shaka Toney

Penn State pushed its 2016 recruiting class to 18 commits last week when Cameron Brown and Shaka Toney, both listed as linebacker/defensive ends, pledged during Lasch Bash weekend. The Nittany Lions added two versatile defenders to a top-10 class that addresses virtually every need. Brown and Toney have the potential to help at multiple positions, an approach that coach James Franklin continues to take on the defensive side of the…

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KSN Podcast: Breaking down the latest Penn State news, recruiting exploits and more

The Penn State football program continued its momentum on the 2016 recruiting front at the Lasch Bash and also laid more framework for 2017 and beyond with a number of elite targets. One of those is based in the Nittany Lions’ backyard in Central Dauphin rising sophomore Micah Parsons, a defensive end who should push for a five-star rating in the 2018 class. In addition to securing commitments from outside…

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KSN Podcast: An interview with Penn State beat writer Audrey Snyder

Penn State has made a statement at the midway point of the summer, most recently through the removal of player names from uniforms but also by trotting out key players for Lift for Life earlier this month. In returning to the public eye in the weeks leading up to summer camp, a handful of Nittany Lions stood out as making a big leap forward physically. Freshman running back Saquon Barkley…

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KSN Podcast: Talking Penn State uniforms, QB recruit Sean Clifford’s commitment, more

Penn State has made headlines several times this week with the commitment of four-star quarterback Sean Clifford and the announcement that player names would be removed from uniforms. The jersey decision, which coach James Franklin made as a nod to the program’s tradition, ended a three-year era that former coach Bill O’Brien started prior to the 2012 season. Clifford represents the first verbal commitment in Penn State’s 2017 recruiting class….

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KSN Podcast: An interview with 2017 Penn State QB recruit Sean Clifford

Penn State got on the board in the 2017 recruiting class this week with a verbal commitment from four-star quarterback Sean Clifford. The St. Xavier (Ohio) High School standout, who rates as the No. 157 player in the ’17 class by Rivals, was eager to commit after camping at Penn State in June and vowed to take on leadership responsibilities in the class. Clifford could go down as the most…

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KSN Podcast: An interview with Penn State great Troy Drayton

Penn State announced this week that it would do away with player names on the backs of their uniforms, a decision made to honor a 125-year tradition in Happy Valley. The Nittany Lions’ jerseys were adorned with player names for three seasons from 2012-’14, in part, as a response to NCAA sanctions and as a gesture toward the players who stuck with the program. But the addition of player names,…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with Ohio State beat writer Doug Lesmerises

Ohio State has a loaded roster back in 2015 with more experience and arguably better overall talent than the group that won the national championship last season. In a suddenly crowded Big Ten East division, the Buckeyes still reign supreme, and that fact is unlikely to change anytime soon. Some might say coach Urban Meyer has too much depth, at least in one area. Ohio State has three star quarterbacks…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo

Penn State is reloading quickly under coach James Franklin with a huge influx of talent in the 2015 recruiting class to go with valuable experience gained by a young roster in 2014. The Nittany Lions still have issues to resolve, notably along the offensive line, but depth and numbers are on the upswing after laboring through three seasons of NCAA sanctions. Big Ten Network analyst Gerry DiNardo has spent time…

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KSN Podcast: The best players Penn State will face in 2015, Nos. 11-16

Penn State faces a steady stream of NFL talent in a 2015 schedule that might start with an early run of winnable matchups but inevitably gets into difficult matchups in a loaded Big Ten East division. Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State all have NFL-caliber talent up and down their roster, but perhaps none more so than Urban Meyer’s defending national champion Buckeyes. Among the list of 25 players on…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruits at The Opening, national title odds and more

Penn State had a quartet of 2016 recruits in Beaverton, Ore., this week competing at The Opening, one of the nation’s most prestigious talent showcases. The group had plenty of positive moments, including notable performances at the event’s SPARQ combine testing. Miles Sanders turned in the best performance of the group, finishing 23rd in the field with a well-rounded effort. Shane Simmons checked in with the fastest 20-yard shuttle time…

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KSN Podcast: Previewing Penn State’s Lift for Life with Scott Shirley of Uplifting Athletes

Penn State will put on a show for fans at its 14th annual Lift for Life event, which raises money and awareness for rare diseases through an entertaining display of the Nittany Lions’ strength exploits. The first Lift for Life took place on Penn State’s campus in 2002 and gave way to something bigger through Uplifting Athletes, which now has 24 chapters and big presence in the Big Ten and…

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KSN Podcast: Ranking the best players Penn State will face in 2015, Parts 1 and 2

Penn State will face many individual challenges in its 2015 football schedule in a wide variety of opposing players, from stars to under-appreciated grinders and everything between. That goes for players inside and outside of the Big Ten, with lesser-known stars such as San Diego State’s Donnel Pumphrey and Temple’s Praise Martin-Oguike in the Lions’ future. Bob Flounders sorted through the top 25 players on Penn State’s schedule and ranked…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting updates, more news and notes

Penn State has picked up a full head of steam on the recruiting trail with a class that ranks No. 6 nationally and is up to 15 verbal commitments. A run on defensive linemen has put the Nittany Lions back among the nation’s elite recruiting classes, highlighted by eight players ranked among the top 250 players in the country, according to 247 Sports. The recruitment of defensive tackles has been…

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