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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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KSN Podcast: Interview with 247 Sports director of recruiting Steve Wiltfong

Penn State is one of the nation’s hottest programs on the recruiting trail with a run of four commitments in six days that pushed the 2016 class into the top 10 nationally in all four major recruiting services. Three of those four verbal commitments came from defensive tackles, which were timely additions at a big area of need beyond the 2015 season. James Franklin has wasted no time building three…

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KSN Podcast: Former Penn State players Yaacov Yisrael, Scott Shirley on the state of the program

To say the Penn State football program has been through turbulence over the last four years would be a massive understatement. The Nittany Lions have been hammered with sanctions, played under two head coaches and two more interims and limped through several seasons of hefty roster restrictions. Through it all, Penn State has come out the other side under second-year coach James Franklin. The staff is recruiting at a high…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting updates, a look at Jim Haslett’s new role

Penn State is on a big-time roll in its 2016 recruiting class with four new commitments in a span of six days. Punter Blake Gillkin and defensive tackles Christian Colon, Michael Dwumfour and Ellison Jordan all gave their verbal pledges this week, bringing the class total to 14. While Colon and Jordan committed late in the week — and after the podcast in this post was recorded — Gillikin and…

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KSN Podcast: Fan questions from Penn State’s James Franklin to impact freshmen and more

The fan questions segment on the Keystone Kickoff Show focused largely on hot button issues at Penn State but also stuck with current events in asking about LeBron James’ likely position if he were to move from basketball to football. Bob Flounders and Andrew P. Shay talked about how to define success for James Franklin in his second season, which positions best lend themselves to early success for freshmen, where…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with FOXSports.com college football writer Bruce Feldman

Few national college football writers produce the same timely, quality information as FOXSports.com’s Bruce Feldman. Penn State faithful have gotten glimpses of his deep connections in the college football community when Feldman broke news of James Franklin’s hiring and the push to retain defensive coordinator Bob Shoop last winter. Feldman has also intensely studied two key areas for the Penn State program, writing “The QB: The Making of Modern Quarterbacks,”…

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KSN Podcast: Evaluating Penn State’s incoming 2015 freshman class

Penn State welcomes 22 freshmen to campus at the end of the month, a group that joins January enrollees Sterling Jenkins, Paris Palmer and Tommy Stevens. The crop of 2015 recruits is a key part of Penn State’s present and future as coach James Franklin finally pushes toward the NCAA scholarship limit of 85 after three years of sanctions. Because of an inherently flawed roster that is still both inexperienced…

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KSN Podcast: Looking at Jake Zembiec at the Elite 11, updated recruiting rankings and more

Penn State has an impressive collection of commitments in its 2016 recruiting class with three top-50 players overall and seven players mentioned in 247 Sports’ updated national rankings. Offensive tackle Michal Menet (No. 35) leads the way, followed by defensive end Shane Simmons (No. 39) and running back Miles Sanders (No. 49). Quarterback Jake Zembiec is also a prospect on the rise, cracking the Top 247 at No. 219 after…

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KSN Podcast: Fan questions from Larry Johnson to recruiting and plenty more

This week’s fan questions segment covered a range of Penn State football issues from recruiting to the offensive line and former PSU assistant Larry Johnson. The Nittany Lions’ recruiting efforts have centered on the O-line with back-to-back verbal commitments from four-star prospect Michal Menet and three-star Will Fries. Penn State continues to add high-upside talents to an offensive line that struggled in 2015. At what point can the coaching staff…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with 2015 Penn State recruit Ryan Buchholz

Penn State is getting a player with a massive frame and high upside in Great Valley defensive end Ryan Buchholz, a 6-6, 255-pound prospect who checked in at No. 129 in 247 Sports’ national player rankings. Buchholz is a key figure along a defensive line that could be faced with a rebuilding project when star tackles Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel both take their shot at the NFL. The depth…

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KSN Podcast: The latest on Will Fries, the future of Penn State’s D-line and more news

Penn State is on a roll in the 2016 recruiting class, particularly along the offensive line where three-star lineman Will Fries joined Michal Menet, Connor McGovern and Alex Gellerstedt. With four linemen in the mix, the Nittany Lions might be set at the position in the ’16 class as coach James Franklin continues to stockpile young talent in the trenches. Menet could go down as the best offensive line prospect…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with Penn State great Kyle Brady

Former Penn State tight end Kyle Brady had a front row seat for the All-America career of quarterback Kerry Collins as his teammate on a 1994 team that went 12-0 and beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Both players were part of a star-studded Nittany Lions offense that included running back Ki-Jana Carter and wide receiver Bobby Engram. Brady, Collins and Carter were all first-round draft picks; Engram was a…

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KSN Podcast: Fan questions from national title predictions to Penn State RBs and more

This week’s fan questions segment kicked off with a heavy question about Ohio State’s national title chances and prompted Bob Flounders and Andrew P. Shay for questions about running back depth, offensive line improvements and more. Of course, it wouldn’t be a Penn State fan questions segment without bringing up John Donovan, and the gang delivered again. Check out audio from the Keystone Kickoff Show in this post and be…

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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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