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KSN Podcast: Interview with 2015 Penn State recruit Juwan Johnson

Penn State’s incoming freshman class is just weeks away from arriving on campus and has a chance to make an immediate impact on the roster. The Nittany Lions are still recovering from NCAA sanctions and the 25 members of the ’15 class help restore the roster to nearly full strength. Coach James Franklin is back in the 80s with his scholarship count after the NCAA rolled back all remaining sanctions…

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KSN Podcast: How Michal Menet impacts Penn State offensive line plans

Penn State has verbal commitments from three offensive linemen in its 2016 recruiting class, perhaps none as gifted as Exeter High School offensive tackle Michal Menet. Expert opinion might vary on his future position for the Nittany Lions, but a consensus has emerged: Menet is a high-upside lineman and a must-get target who can anchor the line for years to come. Menet stands at 6-5, 270 pounds as he prepares…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting, College Football Hall of Fame and more news

While Penn State could potential send two of its all-time greats, Kerry Collins and Steve Wisniewski, to the College Football Hall of Fame, the program continues to look ahead to its 2016 recruiting class. That group grew by one with the commitment of Michal Menet and got recognition from Rivals and ESPN over the course of the last week. Miles Sanders (No. 55), Shane Simmons (No. 64) and Menet (No….

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KSN Podcast: Fan questions from Penn State’s win total to most critical players in 2015

This week’s fan questions covered a range of topics, from Penn State’s 2015 projected win total to the pecking order in the passing attack to the Nittany Lions’ most irreplaceable players. The over/under for Penn State wins in 2015 was set at 7.5 by 5 Dimes, a number that speaks to how much uncertainty the Nittany Lions face, even with a manageable, some might say easy, early-season schedule. Bob Flounders…

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KSN Podcast: Settling the Christian Hackenberg debate with Lee Hudnell

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg’s 2016 NFL draft stock has been widely analyzed and debated already, with nearly 11 months before a single pick is made. Hackenberg comes off a disappointing sophomore season plagued by offensive line troubles, sacks, young wide receivers and a stifled rushing attack. His numbers (2,977 yards, 12 TDs, 15 INTs) reflected a wide array of struggles. So, why is it that Hackenberg is being pegged…

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KSN Podcast: Breaking down Michal Menet’s commitment to Penn State

Penn State got big news over the weekend when four-star offensive lineman Michal Menet picked the Nittany Lions over Duke with a live announcement from Exeter High School Friday afternoon. The athletic, versatile lineman is the No. 1 player in Pennsylvania and the No. 37 player in the country, according to 247sports.com’s composite rankings. Menet has gotten serious interest from a number of high-profile programs with recent offers from Alabama,…

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KSN Podcast: Talking Penn State recruiting with Lions 247’s Sean Fitz

Penn State could be in the early stages of snowballing success on the recruiting trail, having picked up two key verbal commitments within the last week. Pittsburgh Central Catholic defensive tackle Rashad Wheeler could be another domino to fall in the coming days, while Exeter Township offensive tackle Michal Menet has already said he will decide between the Nittany Lions and Duke on May 29. Meanwhile, Lavert Hill and Miles…

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KSN Podcast: Fan questions from Anthony Zettel to, of course, John Donovan’s offense

The fans have spoken again this week and again provided a gauntlet of questions on all kinds of topics for Bob Flounders and Andrew P. Shay. Penn State football topics again occupy most of this week’s Keystone Kickoff segment, including their hypothetical responses to Anthony Zettel’s tree tackle and what changes they would make to oft-criticized offensive coordinator John Donovan’s playbook. The guys also touch on their favorite stadiums, both…

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KSN Podcast: Danny Dalton and Alex Gellerstedt’s impact on Penn State’s 2016 recruiting class

Penn State pushed its 2016 recruiting class to eight verbal commitments over the last week with pledges from Marshfield (Mass.) tight end Danny Dalton and Coffman (Ohio) offensive tackle Alex Gellerstedt. Both are quality additions to the class who could set the stage for a hot streak with plenty more high-profile recruits looking like Penn State “leans.” In addition to their potential on the field, both Dalton and Gellerstedt represent strategic…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State news and notes on Da’Quan Davis, Kevin Reihner, more

Penn State’s training camp might be weeks away, but the program had no shortage of news this week. Coach James Franklin wrapped up the Coaches Caravan with stops in the Lehigh Valley and Wilkes-Barre, and this week he gave insights into his roster and overall scholarship picture. Franklin also made official the transfer of former Stanford offensive lineman Kevin Reihner and dismissed cornerback Da’Quan Davis from the team for a…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State position priorities, primary targets on the recruiting trail

Penn State is shifting the momentum on the recruiting trail with reassurances from two prospects, LaVert Hill and Miles Sanders, who were previously viewed as shaky commitments. The Nittany Lions are also within arm’s reach for a number of blue-chip prospects and could begin surging toward the summer if momentum continues in the right direction. Andrew P. Shay and Dustin Hockensmith talked about the latest on the recruiting front, the…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State return candidates, John Donovan’s offense, other fan questions

Fan questions went well beyond Penn State football topics this week, branching out to the New England Patriots and Deflategate and ranking the best postseason sports to watch. Bob Flounders and Andrew P. Shay did give their best guesses on who the Nittany Lions’ kick returners would be this season and chose a drinking buddy between current and former coaches James Franklin, Bill O’Brien and Joe Paterno. And the segment…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State football news from Fran Fisher to Lavert Hill and Michal Menet

The latest Penn State football news centers largely around the passing of Fran Fisher, the revered former broadcaster and administrator who was a fixture at Nittany Lions games and practices. But Penn State was also active on the recruiting trail and announced this week that the Nov. 21 Michigan game would be the team’s annual “White Out.” There are threats on the recruiting front with rumors of commits Lavert Hill…

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KSN Podcast: Rich Scarcella remembers longtime Penn State broadcaster Fran Fisher

Penn State lost a beloved member of its community on Thursday in Fran Fisher, the longtime radio voice of the Nittany Lions, who died at age 91. Fans and former colleagues, as well as coaches, former players and Penn State administrators mourned the loss of Fisher while praising his many gifts as a broadcaster, as well as a friend. Veteran beat reporter Rich Scarcella of the Reading Eagle has been…

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KSN Podcast: A look at Christian Hackenberg and the NFL draft, Miles Sanders and more

Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg has dominated headlines in the aftermath of the 2015 NFL draft. The rising junior ranks among the best prospects in the nation in 2016 and is being recognized as a high first-round talent in a number of “way-too-early” NFL mock drafts. Hackenberg is one of three potential first-round quarterbacks in the Big Ten, joining Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones in that…

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KSN Podcast: Fan questions from Christian Hackenberg to James Franklin and more

Penn State is getting closer and closer to fielding a deep, experienced and talented football team going into coach James Franklin’s second season. Improvements can be found in many troublesome areas, thanks in large part to two high-impact recruiting classes that have begun to reshape a depth chart that was ravaged by sanctions. But plenty of questions do remain, both about the state of the current team and the future…

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