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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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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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