KSN Podcast: Penn State ‘green-light’ freshmen, Paris Palmer’s importance and more

August 28, 2015

Penn State settled a number of looming depth chart issues this week following an open practice on campus Wednesday. Coach James Franklin tipped his hand on the offensive line, broke down his four true freshmen who are most likely to see the field and addressed ongoing “concerns” about the kicking and punting units. Paris Palmer is all but official as the starting left tackle in advance of the team’s season…


KSN Podcast: Thoughts on Penn State recruit Karamo Dioubate, training camp observations

August 22, 2015

Penn State entered the midway point of its 2015 training camp with a number of known issues to resolve in advance of the Sept. 5 opener at Temple. The left tackle position and the placekicker battle between Joey Julius and Tyler Davis remain unresolved, but several others look to be in good hands, particularly with the rise of true freshmen John Reid and Saquon Barkley. Junior college transfer Paris Palmer…


KSN Podcast: Penn State football interview with Fight On State’s Mark Brennan

August 18, 2015

Penn State is going through its practice reps this summer in search of solutions at a number of key positions, including the left tackle spot and the backup running backs, to name two. The Nittany Lions are hoping for a quick transition from junior college offensive tackle Paris Palmer and holding open an open competition at the running back spot with Akeel Lynch, Mark Allen, Nick Scott and Saquon Barkley…


KSN Podcast: Penn State O-line developments, the running back depth chart and more

August 17, 2015

The stability and success of Penn State’s offensive line this season goes far beyond just one player, but it wouldn’t hurt the Lions if junior college Paris Palmer acclimates quickly. The 6-7, 300-pounder is off to a slow start in practice while redshirt junior Wendy Laurent has been mentioned by name as turning heads. Could James Franklin be forced to shuffle the deck if Palmer continues to struggle? While that…


KSN Podcast: ‘Tucker’s Tape’ breaks down offensive linemen on the spot in 2015

August 8, 2015

There’s no escaping the importance of progress on Penn State’s offensive line this season. The offense can only go so far as that group takes it, and the hope is that a season of experience and a full year learning coordinator John Donovan’s offense can lead to big breakthroughs for the likes of Brendan Mahon, Brian Gaia and Angelo Mangiro. A number of scenarios exist for the starting lineup this…


KSN Podcast: Penn State news, from the O-line to Big Ten rivals and more

August 7, 2015

Penn State has kicked off its summer training camp this week and hopes to create momentum in a few key areas. The offensive line is the big issue going into the 2015 season after the unit struggled to protect quarterback Christian Hackenberg and create running lanes a year ago. That group is worth watching to see progress in camp, along with linebackers and running backs, to name a few. Fifth-year senior…


KSN Podcast: Penn State recruits Paris Palmer, Sterling Jenkins make commitments official

December 23, 2014

Penn State has officially landed two talented offensive line recruits in four-star tackles Sterling Jenkins and Paris Palmer, who both signed paperwork to make their commitments official. Palmer, a four-star junior college recruit from Lackawanna College, signed his letter of intent on Dec. 17, while Jenkins, a four-star talent from Baldwin High School signed a financial aid agreement on Dec. 22. Jenkins and Palmer will enroll at Penn State in…


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

December 16, 2014

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…