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KSN Podcast: Penn State depth chart updates, another look at Saquon Barkley

Penn State won its second straight game and put together its best performance of the season in a 28-3 win over visiting Rutgers last weekend. The Scarlet Knights were facing an uphill climb as they played through coach Kyle Flood’s suspension and without key players, including No. 1 wide receiver Leonte Carroo (suspension), but the Nittany Lions still had reasons for optimism. The good vibes, of course, were highlighted by…

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KSN Podcast: ‘Tucker’s Tape’ breaks down Penn State’s offensive playcalling

Penn State’s offense has been slow out of the gates again in 2015 behind another version of the same troublesome offensive line and the continued woes of quarterback Christian Hackenberg. The Nittany Lions have struggled to establish consistency through the air and on the ground, leading to 37 points in two games against Temple and Buffalo. While much of the blame has been directed at Hackenberg and the O-line, coach…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with Penn State great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Jack Ham

Penn State legend Jack Ham knows his linebackers, and he likes what he sees from some of the Nittany Lions’ young players. A former All-American and NFL Hall of Famer, Ham has watched a shifting group of Penn State linebackers show signs of progress from Week 1 against Temple to the Week 2 win over Buffalo. In particular, Jason Cabinda and Troy Reeder have caught his eye as potential program…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State injury updates and a PSU-Rutgers preview

Penn State takes on Rutgers tomorrow in its Big Ten opener with a flurry of activity leading up to the game. Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood was suspended for the game, and star wide receiver Leonte Carroo was handed an indefinite suspension after allegedly assaulting a woman. Impact defensive lineman Darius Hamilton has also been ruled out with a lower body injury. Rutgers is a wild card as it gets…

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KSN Podcast: Breaking down Rutgers coach Kyle Flood’s suspension with Dan Duggan

Rutgers continued down a bumpy road full of disciplinary issues and controversies this week, when the university announced football coach Kyle Flood would be suspended three games and fined $50,000 for inappropriate contact with a professor. That suspension is effective for the Penn State game and creates plenty of noise for the Scarlet Knights to try and ignore leading up to Penn State. Whether Rutgers can rally around the absence…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Buffalo game preview

Penn State kicks off a five-game home stand at Beaver Stadium Saturday afternoon when it hosts Buffalo. The Bulls are coming off a 51-14 win over Albany in their season opener, and they enter the weekend as 20-point underdogs. While there’s a chance for early tense moments, the focus will largely be on the Nittany Lions themselves and how they address lingering issues. All eyes will be on Penn State’s…

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KSN Podcast: Recapping Penn State football news, from the O-line to more deep shots

Penn State looks to bounce back from an ugly 27-10 loss to Temple with a friendly matchup against visiting Buffalo. Coming off that loss, coach James Franklin vowed to get more involved in the offensive play-calling and experiment with an offensive line that surrendered 10 sacks on quarterback Christian Hackenberg. He was also forced to find a long-term solution at linebacker after starter Nyeem Wartman-White was lost for the season…

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KSN Podcast: Talking Penn State, Big Ten football with BTN.com’s Tom Dienhart

While Penn State fell flat in its season-opening loss to Temple, the rest of the Big Ten East division showed promise for huge dividends. Michigan State got on the board with a Week 1 win in advance of Saturday’s clash with Oregon. Ohio State was impressive in throttling Virginia Tech in the second half, and Michigan was highly competitive in the face of roster limitations in a loss to Utah….

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KSN Podcast: What to expect from Penn State’s offensive line vs. Buffalo

Penn State’s offensive line surrendered 10 sacks and contributed to a sputtering second-half offense in a 27-10 road loss to Temple last weekend. The unit had many of the same problems that plagued it last season, and coaches and linemen cited communication issues for their breakdowns against the Owls. And there were many as the Nittany Lions managed just 52 yards and zero points in the final 51 minutes of…

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KSN Podcast: Breaking down Penn State recruit Michal Menet’s game

Penn State is getting one of the best offensive tackle recruits in the country in Exeter Township’s Michal Menet, a 6-5, 270-pound dynamo at one of the Nittany Lions’ biggest area of needs. Bob Flounders and Jim Galanti break down Menet’s game and what he brings to the table for Penn State in 2016 and beyond. Check out audio of the show in this post and be sure to check back…

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KSN Podcast: Recapping Penn State’s tough day at Temple with Bob Flounders

Penn State was beaten by Temple for the first time since 1941, allowing 10 sacks and struggling mightily in a 27-10 loss at Lincoln Financial Field. Bob Flounders joined Jim Galanti on the Keystone Sports Network to recap a rough day in Philadelphia and what it means for the Lions moving forward. Check out audio of the show in this post and be sure to check back in to KeystoneSportsNetwork.com for plenty…

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KSN Podcast: ‘Tucker’s Tape’ breaks down a talented, experienced Temple defense

Temple’s defense returns 10 starters this season from a group that ranked among the best in the country in scoring (No. 4, 17.5 ppg), red-zone (No. 8, 0.727), passing (No. 13, 186.9 ypg) and total defense (No. 24, 347.1 ypg). The Owls are a formidable test in the season opener for a Nittany Lions offense that struggled run or pass with any consistency last season. Former NFL offensive lineman Ross…

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KSN Podcast: Breaking down Penn State’s most important players, Nos. 1-5

Bob Flounders’ look at Penn State’s 25 most valuable players wraps up in time for the Nittany Lions’ season opener at Temple with Nos. 1-5 on the list. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg took his rightful place as the player who can most impact Penn State’s season, but the other four key contributors are on the defensive side of the ball, highlighted by Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel. Flounders shed light on…

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