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KSN Podcast: An interview with Penn State linebacker recruit Jake Cooper

Penn State is getting a certified winner in its 2015 recruiting class in Archbishop Wood linebacker Jake Cooper, a three-star prospect who has won three Pennsylvania state football titles. Cooper toughed it out through a sprained MCL in last Friday’s championship game, estimating he was at “65 or 70 percent” for Wood’s 33-14 win over Central Valley. Cooper joined Ross Tucker and Dustin Hockensmith on the Keystone Sports Network this…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting updates with Paris Palmer, Michael O’Connor news

Penn State landed another top offensive line recruit last week in Lackawanna College tackle Paris Palmer. Coach James Franklin flipped Palmer from his previous commitment to South Carolina, in the process adding an experienced offensive lineman to a 2015 recruiting class that made the jump to No. 9 in the nation on 247sports.com. Franklin also lost freshman quarterback Michael O’Connor, who announced his intentions to transfer, which could impact the…

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KSN Podcast: Previewing Penn State-Boston College in the Pinstripe Bowl

For the first time in three seasons, Penn State is going bowling. The Nittany Lions are back in the postseason mix after two years of bowl sanctions and their destination comes as little surprise. James Franklin and his crew are headed to New York City for the Pinstripe Bowl and a date with Boston College. The Nittany Lions and Eagles will clash Dec. 27 at 4:30 p.m. as part of…

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KSN Podcast: Breaking down the 4 teams in the College Football Playoff field

The inaugural College Football Playoff field was set as the committee announced semifinalists in No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Florida State and No. 4 Ohio State. The Buckeyes snuck in on the strength of a 59-0 blowout win over Wisconsin, edging Big 12 co-champions Baylor and TCU, both of whom played one less game and were docked style points by not winning their conference outright. Four of…

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KSN Podcast: Talking Pinstripe Bowl, Penn State season-in-review with StateCollege.com’s Ben Jones

Penn State started the 2014 season overseas in Dublin, Ireland, where the Nittany Lions played at Gaelic football stadium in the Croke Park Classic. Now they’ll finish it on a baseball field at Yankee Stadium, a bizarre start and finish that brought a bit of symmetry to James Franklin’s first season. That fact wasn’t lost on StateCollege.com beat writer Ben Jones, who said he saw potential in the Pinstripe Bowl…

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KSN Podcast: An interview with 2016 Penn State QB recruit Jake Zembiec

On the same day its 2014 regular season ended, Penn State got a big boost to its recruiting efforts when 2016 quarterback Jake Zembiec gave his verbal commitment to the program. Zembiec, a four-star prospect from Aquinas Institute in Rochester, N.Y., became the third verbal pledge in the Nittany Lions’ class and represented a key cog in the future competition for Christian Hackenberg’ successor. Zembiec checks in at 6-2 and…

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KSN Podcast: Interview with 4-star Penn State OL recruit Steven Gonzalez

Penn State has just one interior lineman in its lauded 2015 recruiting class in Steven Gonzalez, a four-star guard from Union City (N.J.) High School. The 6-3, 305-pound prospect said he is 100 percent committed to the Nittany Lions and doing his part to lure other big-time offensive linemen from both the 2015 and 2016 recruiting classes. Gonzalez said James Franklin made all the difference when he gave his verbal…

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KSN Podcast: Recruiting breakdown: How Garrett Taylor can impact the cornerback depth chart

Penn State landed four-star cornerback Garrett Taylor over the weekend, as he committed the day after taking an official visit for the Michigan State game. While still considering LSU, Ohio State and Virginia Tech, Taylor swiftly pledged to James Franklin and gave him a big, versatile cornerback who is both talented and aggressive. Taylor’s winding recruitment ended in Happy Valley after first beginning with a commitment to Brady Hoke and…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting update: Garrett Taylor and Jake Zembiec commitments

Penn State’s recruiting efforts are picking up this week after the team wrapped up its 2014 season with a 34-10 loss to Michigan State. Scholarship offers are being extended, and commits are entering the fold, most recently from four-star cornerback Garrett Taylor and four-star 2016 quarterback Jake Zembiec. Commitments from both players carry extra significance for James Franklin, who got the big cornerback he desires in Taylor and a potential…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Michigan State review: Spartans set early tone, dominate Nittany Lions

Penn State got off to an ominous start in its regular season finale against Michigan State and trailed throughout in a 34-10 setback at Beaver Stadium. The Nittany Lions surrendered a 90-yard return touchdown to. R.J. Shelton on the opening kickoff and did little to reverse the early momentum before eventually being worn down by the 10th-ranked Spartans. Given its offensive struggles and the inevitability of Michigan State’s high-powered offense…

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KSN Podcast: Uplifting Athletes Chapter Highlights – Week 14

Scott Shirley and Andy Shay Discuss the end of the college football regular season, the upcoming College Football Playoff, the rivalry Touchdown Pledge Drive between Clemson and South Carolina in their Palmetto Bowl matchup, and the fundraising done throughout the season by the Uplifting Athletes chapter network. Visit upliftingathletes.org for more coverage of the nonprofit organization that aligns college football with rare diseases.

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Michigan State preview: Can the Nittany Lions make season-ending statement?

Penn State wraps up its regular season and gets its last shot at a signature win when Michigan State comes to Beaver Stadium on Saturday. The Nittany Lions (6-5, 2-5) are 11.5-point underdogs for a Senior Day clash against a Spartans team that had national title aspirations shot down by Ohio State three weeks ago. Penn State has trudged through the middle part of the season with losses in five…

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KSN Podcast: Uplifting Athletes Chapter Highlights – Week 13

Scott Shirley and Andy Shay talk about their trip to Philadelphia to see former Brett Brackett, the former leader of the Uplifting Athletes Chapter at Penn State. They also discuss the Stony Brook, Colgate, and Penn State Touchdown Pledge Drives, the upcoming Maryland Touchdown Pledge Drive, the Palmetto Bowl Touchdown Pledge Drive matchup between South Carolina and Clemson, and a roundup of the week in the Uplifting Athletes Chapter network.

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting news and notes with Scout.com analyst Brian Dohn

Penn State saw its third de-commitment in the 2015 recruiting cycle last week, this time in four-star defensive tackle Adam McLean. Coach James Franklin is left with no interior defensive linemen in the class with less than 10 weeks before National Signing Day. Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Dohn joined Dustin Hockensmith and Andrew P. Shay on the Keystone Sports Network podcast this week to talk about McLean, Jarvis Miller,…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State recruiting: James Franklin’s next moves after Adam McLean de-commits

Penn State is down to just one interior lineman — offensive guard Steven Gonzalez — in its nationally acclaimed 2015 recruiting class, which presents an interesting storyline to watch between now and National Signing Day. James Franklin suffered another setback on the recruiting trail last week when four-star defensive tackle Adam McLean announced his de-commitment from the program. On the heels of McLean’s de-commitment, Franklin extended a scholarship offer to…

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KSN Podcast: Penn State-Illinois review: Same issues linger in Nittany Lions’ ugly 16-14 loss

Penn State’s season sunk to a new low on the road at Illinois, suffering a 16-14 setback that again showed glaring offensive issues surrounding Christian Hackenberg and the Nittany Lions’ passing attack. The offense generated just 265 total yards against an Illini defense that entered the weekend having the Big Ten’s worst scoring defense. Penn State took a 14-10 lead early in the fourth quarter but surrendered a pair of…

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