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KSN Podcast: ‘Tucker’s Tape’ eyes the dominance of Penn State’s defensive line

Penn State’s defensive line has long been an integral part of the program’s success, dating back to the days of Joe Paterno and position coach Larry Johnson. But that unit’s dominance has continued under James Franklin and Sean Spencer, anchored of course by the 1-2 punch of Austin Johnson and Anthony Zettel inside. The front four are making even more noise this season as the Nittany Lions with the third-most…

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KSN Podcast: Talking Penn State football with Steve Jones

Penn State is going through a time of transition, from a scholarship-strapped program with a bleak future to an aspiring Big Ten contender making huge gains in building a talent base. James Franklin’s first two seasons have been far from smooth, and his approach still comes with question marks as the team works through the same offensive struggles again in 2015. Where the Nittany Lions are, and where they’re going,…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State football news, injury updates, more

Penn State football coach James Franklin is focused on positive going into the Indiana game. His team is 4-1 and working on a run of four straight wins, but red flags abound in the form of injuries and continued offensive struggles. Those problems reached a boiling point of sorts in last week’s narrow 20-14 win over Army, after which Franklin was questioned as if his team lost. It’s hard to…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Army preview

Penn State wraps up its non-conference season at Beaver Stadium on Saturday when Army comes to town for a noon matchup on ESPNU. The Nittany Lions are trending up in terms of wins and losses but have a number of injuries this week, while Army comes off its first win of the season, a 58-36 victory at Eastern Michigan. The Black Knights run a triple-option offense that is heavy on…

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KSN Podcast: Evaluating Penn State performance at each position

Penn State has won three straight games and is a heavy favorite to beat Army at Beaver Stadium this weekend. Bright spots have come into focus everywhere on the roster following an all-around debacle, with a fresh, new look at the linebacker spots, along the offensive line and at cornerback with the return to health of talented sophomore Grant Haley for the Buffalo game. The Nittany Lions’ defensive line has…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State football news on Christian Hackenberg, injuries and more

Penn State is 3-1 going into its final non-conference game with points of optimism — Hackenberg’s best performance of the young season against San Diego State — and points of concern heading into Army weekend. The Nittany Lions could be without running backs Saquon Barkley and Akeel Lynch this Saturday, perhaps beyond, putting even more strain on Hackenberg and the passing attack. Hackenberg has made headlines since May as a…

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KSN Podcast: Talking Penn State football with Mark Brennan

Penn State rides a three-game winning streak into this weekend’s non-conference matchup with Army at Beaver Stadium, and the Nittany Lions have appeared to generate offensive momentum through the air and on the ground. The team has come a long way from the season-opening loss to Temple, and pleasant surprises such as Saquon Barkley, Troy Reeder, John Reid and Carl Nassib have played a big part in the recent run…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-San Diego State preview

Penn State plays its third of five straight home games Saturday against San Diego State with a little momentum on its side. The Nittany Lions are working on a two-game winning streak, the second of which came in impressive fashion with a dominant 28-3 win over Rutgers last weekend. A return to non-conference plays features a date with the Aztecs, who travel across the country to play their first ever…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with Penn State great, BTN analyst Matt Millen

Former Penn State great and current Big Ten Network analyst had a front row seat for running back Saquon Barkley’s breakout performance in last Saturday night’s win over Rutgers. Millen is also from the same hometown as Barkley (Whitehall, Pa.) and has inside information about the freshman’s rise to prominence. The analyst is a big believer in Barkley’s abilities. Millen’s admiration for “Say-Say” came through as he called the Penn…

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KSN Podcast: ‘Tucker’s Tape’ looks at Saquon Barkley’s impact on Penn State’s offense

Penn State’s offense has shown new purpose early in the 2015 season with better offensive line play and the emergence of freshman running back Saquon Barkley as a true weapon out of the backfield. Those two developments were big keys in the Nittany Lions’ 28-3 win over Rutgers last Saturday night and could be building blocks moving forward, as well. Quarterback Christian Hackenberg has more help than at any previous…

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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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